Recently, a passage from the Koran which denies that Jesus is the Son of God was sung during a service at St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Glasgow, Scotland. In response, the Provost of the St Mary’s Cathedral, Kelvin Holdsworth, said “No-one pretends that Muslims and Christians believe the same things. We know that Muslims don’t believe in the divinity of Christ – that’s a known and accepted fact.” In light of this, why did Mr. Holdsworth think it was a good idea to have a Muslim read a passage from the Koran that denied Christ’s divinity? It’s tough to say, but he tried to dismiss people’s negative reactions by remarking “This same Quranic reading has been given before in services and no outcry has happened.” In other words, Koranic passages denying the divinity of Jesus are apparently read aloud at St Mary’s Cathedral with frequency. Sadly, this level of apostasy isn’t a surprise.
Over the years, there have been plenty of examples of Christian ministers compromising with Islam on basic tenets of the Christian faith. Pope Francis has done so repeatedly. In 2013, he greeted “Muslims, who worship the one God, living and merciful, and call upon Him in prayer.” That’s right, Pope Francis think the Lord and Allah are the same. Along those lines, he has allowed Islamic prayer at the Vatican and in remarks made at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, he addressed “my Muslim brothers and sisters” by giving them “assurances of my prayers. I unite myself with you all. A prayer to almighty god, all merciful.” This is an obvious reference to Allah, who is called the all-merciful one in the Koran (Koran 39:53).
At the time, this blog observed “Quite clearly, Pope Francis is pushing Chrislam, a blend of Islam and Christianity. He’s not alone. Several church figures signed “A Common Word” Christian Response, asking “forgiveness of the All-Merciful One and of the Muslim community around the world.” Likewise, although he issued a correction, Pastor Brian Houston of Hillsong Church has said in the past that “Do you know – take it all the way back into the Old Testament and the Muslim and you, we actually serve the same God. Allah to a Muslim, to us Abba Father God.” Wrong! The Bible says “Whoever denies the Father and the Son is the antichrist” (1 John 2:22). Well, Muslims reject that Jesus is the Son of God (Koran 19:88-92) and they deny He died on the Cross (Koran 4:157). According to the Bible, Islam is anti-Christ. There is no middle ground.”
Why would these supposed Christian leaders want anything to do with a group that throws homosexuals off of buildings, crucifies people and executes the Christians they claim to represent? Admittedly, not all Muslims behave this way, but that’s because they’re bad Muslims. The Koran commands Muslims to fight unbelievers and force them to pay a tax, known as the Jizya (Koran 9:29). Elsewhere, the Koran commands good Muslims to behead unbelievers and cut off their fingertips (Koran 8:12). To please Allah, Muslims must strike terror in the hearts of their enemies (Koran 8:60) and crucify Allah’s enemies (Koran 5:33). Why would Kelvin Holdsworth, Pope Francis, Brian Houston and scores of others attempt to legitimize an evil, anti-Christ religion?
Instead of cowardice and compromise, let’s preach the good news of the Son of God, Jesus, without reservation or hesitation. If it offends people, so be it, because we’re here to please God, not man (Galatians 1:10). Rather than comfort Muslims in their sin and unbelief, let’s confront them with the truth, spoken in love, to turn them “from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins” (Acts 26:18).