The “more strongly you are committed to your faith,” emerging church leader Brian McLaren stated at Georgetown University on November 21, 2013, the “more tolerant and compassionate you are.” McLaren’s equivalency among all faiths fit perfectly into the conference “Muslim-Christian Relations in the 21st Century: Challenges & Opportunities,” a day-long, one-sided presentation of Islam as a pacific faith unjustly maligned by Christians and others.
“You are a sushi,” Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, the United Kingdom’s Minister for Faith and Communities, recounted friends describing her mixed Sunni-Shia Pakistani-Muslim ancestry during a November 15, 2013, Washington, DC, address. Warsi’s delectable presentation of her Muslim heritage, however, was part of a junk food understanding of different belief systems having no irreconcilable differences hindering harmony, all past and present evidence notwithstanding.
This last article in the examination of ReconcilingWorks (RW, Parts I and II available here) analyzes RW’s denial of sexual and lifestyle norms interrelated with RW’s denial of natural genders and their significance. These Lutheran heretics reject standards of family formation within the natural institution of marriage and sexual propriety, once again irrespective of consequences. RW’s baleful influence in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) calls into question whether any committed Christian can in good conscience remain in the ELCA.
A vain desire to eliminate all distinctions among genders and their various homosexual and heterosexual acts featured prominently at pro-homosexual events during the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s (ELCA) 2013 Churchwide Assembly. The revisionist worship at which ELCA’s first openly homosexual bishop, Guy Erwin, gave the sermon, previously examined by me at Juicy Ecumenism, was merely the climax in a series of events hosted at the assembly by the Lutheran pro-homosexual group ReconcilingWorks. While the group’s website hailed that the assembly events including Erwin’s presence would “make history,” objective observation of ReconcilingWorks’ presence at the assembly in Pittsburgh’s David L. Lawrence Convention Center reveals a deeply disturbing agenda.
Having already achieved notoriety with a ludicrously superficial comparison of George Washington with Islam’s prophet Muhammad (analyzed by me here), Huffington Post blogger and PhD candidate Craig Considine has returned with more delusional thoughts on Islam. Considine’s latest Huffington Post entry attempts to present the Islamic doctrine of jihad not as a violent threat to Christians and others, but rather as a teaching of individual improvement common to both Christianity and Islam. This by Considine purported interfaith bridge between Christianity and Islam, however, does not withstand any serious examination.
“If your eyes are open, you should have cause for concern,” addressed Christians United For Israel (CUFI) executive director David Brog at the July 23, 2013, Night to Honor Israel (NHI) during CUFI’s Washington Summit. Brog was discussing increasing anti-Israel sentiment in American society, particular in academia, with the admonition that “we can learn from Europe,” where French students indoctrinated in anti-Israeli views on campuses in the 1960s later in leadership positions reversed pro-Israel French policies.
Any student of the world’s largest monotheistic religions must read the Bible, the Koran, and Not Peace but a Sword: The Great Chasm between Christianity and Islam by Robert Spencer. Spencer’s comprehensive understanding of his Christian faith and Islam along with lucidly insightful writing give lie to his international notoriety as a bigoted “Islamophobe,” most recently manifested in his denial of entry into the United Kingdom. Not Peace but a Sword masterfully validates the title-giving verse in Matthew 10:34 with Jesus’ indication that His message will bring not a politically correct, multicultural theological universalism, but division.
By Andrew Harrod Speaking on November 5, 2012, before a synod of Germany’s Lutheran Church (Evangelische Kirche Deutschlands or EKD), German chancellor Angela Merkel recently incited national controversy. Merkel’s address in Timmendorfer Strand in the German province of Schleswig-Holstein included the passing comment that “Christianity is the most persecuted religion in the world.” The German federal […]