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The Birch Society also has a history of placing enormous weight on a variety of conspiracy theories, particularly the United Nations and the CFR plotting to merge the United States into a one-world entity that would likely be socialist and undemocratic.

The ‘Purpose Driven Pastor,’ as he describes himself,” writes McManus, has recently been linked to Chrislam, which “calls upon adherents to participate in joint services that use both the Christian Bible and the Muslim’s Koran. In the recent past, Warren addressed a convention of the Islamic Society of North America where he stated in part: ‘… we ask forgiveness of the All-Merciful One and of the Muslim community around the world.’ Critics claim that such a prayer denigrates Christ and elevates the core belief of Islam. In other words, Islam wins and Christianity loses. Promoters of Chrislam insist that they are following the Christian message of ‘Love thy neighbor,’ something they claim can’t be done if one doesn’t know anything about his neighbor or his beliefs.

“Warren had also been tapped to deliver a prayer at the 2009 inauguration of President Obama. In his remarks, he referred to Christ as ‘Isa,’ a Muslim name for Jesus,” notes McManus, not mentioning that Warren also used the English, Hebrew and Spanish names for Jesus. “Few caught the significance of the use of that unusual name. Muslims surely did. Yet, Warren adamantly denies being a promoter of Chrislam.”

What are the odds of Chrislam successfully merging Islam and

Christianity? The largest entities in American Christianity, the Roman Catholic Church and the Southern Baptist Convention, won’t even join the World Council Churches, which is made up of fellow Christians. Further, the Catholic Church considers pointless any call for unity that cannot result in all parties acknowledging the supreme authority of the Vatican.

Islam’s two largest entities, the Sunnis and Shi’ites, can’t even agree with each other on much – but do hold that Jesus was a prophet who had good things to say, but did not die on the cross and did not resurrect. The more fundamentalist Wahabis are wary of any theology other than their own – and are not about to embrace Christianity.

Nevertheless, with Warren’s people shaking their heads in dismay, the controversy rages on.

Jan Markell, writing for Right Side News, tells of her skepticism regarding Warren, saying she “shuddered” when she heard some of the accusations. “When he spoke to the Islamic Society of North America and withheld the Gospel, I reacted again. ISNA is a front for the Muslim Brotherhood.”

The moderate Christian website Crosswalk recently noted in its “Religion Today Summaries”:

“The Rev. Rick Warren of Saddleback Church, one of America’s most influential pastors, has received criticism for a new effort to build bridges between Christians and Muslims. According to the Orange County Register, Warren has been outreaching for years to Muslims, including breaking Ramadan fasts at mosques and addressing thousands of Muslims at a national convention in D.C., and has now embarked on an endeavor called “King’s Way” that aims to bring Christians and Muslims together.

“The ChristianNewswire reports that Warren’s church and Muslim leaders have co-authored a document outlining points of “agreement” between Christians and Muslims, affirming they believe in “one God” and share the “love of God” and “love of neighbor.”

“They have also agreed to not evangelize each other. Warren has denied that he is promoting “Chrislam” — a merging of Islam and Christianity — but Steve McConkey, president of the ministry 4 WINDS USA, argues: “Rick Warren and others who follow him are being led in the wrong direction. Instead of fulfilling the Great Commission of winning and building men and women in the faith, they are building a Tower of Babel that leads to nowhere … something

like the ‘bridge to nowhere.’ … Warren has confused the Great Commission with the ‘Great Lie,’ that we can reach man with a little truth but more love. However, 1 Corinthians 13:6 says ‘Love does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth.’ As we love others, we need to present the truth clearly despite the resulting persecution.”

What is “King’s Way”?

In the Register, Hinch writes about December’s inter-faith event: “At the dinner, Abraham Meulenberg, a Saddleback pastor in charge of interfaith outreach, and Jihad Turk, director of religious affairs at a mosque in Los Angeles, introduced King’s Way as ‘a path to end the 1,400 years of misunderstanding between Muslims and Christians.’

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