Published Feb 8, 2002
I love preachers who have character, compassion, and concern for others, but I have disapproval, disdain, and disgust for those think they are called to “build bridges” rather than preach the Word, the whole Word, not only the Gospel to a dying world. Paul told us to “preach the word…reprove, rebuke, exhort…” “Exhort” means to advise strongly or urge earnestly. However, when we reprove, rebuke, and exhort we usually become controversial and Heaven knows preachers must never be controversial. We are told that modern preachers must never make people feel uncomfortable. However, I think that is exactly what we must do: Preaching truth will make people mad, sad, or glad, and principled preachers do not adjust their message to satisfy their hearers. They challenge their hearers to adjust their lives to fit the message!
Since the terrorist attack on America, many blinded eyes have miraculously received sight concerning incompetent government and irrational religion, but until I am proved wrong, I still believe most Americans (including preachers) are using a white-tipped cane as they walk the streets. Before the dust and smoke cleared from the attacks, religious leaders stumbled over each other to get to television cameras to absolve Islam from any guilt. In doing so, they displayed political correctness and private cowardice. They will be recognized as cheerleaders for our destruction. Those sickly, smiling clergymen wearing panty hose, silk shorts, lace around their shirts, and sniffing French perfume from frilly handkerchiefs made me ashamed to be an American, let alone a preacher.
Leaders who are afraid of adverse public opinion and being labeled “conservative” (gasp!) or “Fundamentalist” (gasp! gasp!) are moral cripples…
Most Americans want leaders with hair on their chests, bone in their backs, and a brain in their heads. Many clergymen lack all three. Leaders who are afraid of adverse public opinion and being labeled “conservative” (gasp!) or “Fundamentalist” (gasp! gasp!) are moral cripples who are not aware of their limp and crooked walk. Such leaders, in a crisis, are as useless as a milking stool under a bull. When courageous leaders such as Franklin Graham, Jerry Falwell, Jerry Vines, Pat Robertson, and others. spoke the truth about Islam, unprincipled politicians, preachers, and pundits fled from them like the mythical vampire flees the rising sun.
Soft religious leaders are now “building bridges” (of mist) between Christianity and Islam, and the uninformed that cross that “bridge” of mist will fall into a noxious swamp of unbelief.
It is astounding that religious leaders would come to the defense of a religion that produced such a massacre of innocent people, but men such as television preacher Robert Schuller did. He even had a Muslim imam (cleric) on his television show! (Many thinking people know Schuller as the Biggest Phony in America.)
Faisal Hammouda said, “We believe in Jesus more than you do, in fact.” Did Bill correct him with the truth that Muslims do not believe Christ is divine or that he died for our sins and rose from the dead? No, Bill Hybels wants everyone to feel warm and fuzzy.
Another soft, “sensitive,” silly preacher is Bill Hybels of Willow Creek Community Church in Illinois, and I think he is President of the League of the Willfully Blind! According to Voice of the Martyrs web site, Hybels also had a Muslim leader in his pulpit on October 7, 2001. Faisal Hammouda said, “We believe in Jesus more than you do, in fact.” Did Bill correct him with the truth that Muslims do not believe Christ is divine or that he died for our sins and rose from the dead? No, Bill Hybels wants everyone to feel warm and fuzzy. He may think he is showing love, but love is not love without truth. Without that truth, his “love” would encourage Muslims in their unbelief. Our concern should not be interreligious tolerance but regeneration of the lost. Maybe he should try to “build bridges” between Islam and the thousands of widows and orphans of those who died in the September attacks. See if that works.
Preachers like those above would rather appear tolerant than right. They have become the deaf, dumb, and blind priests of feel-good religion. I have enormous pity for them. They could be accomplishing so much good, but instead are doing irreparable harm, but no doubt, they feel warm and fuzzy.
© 2005 Don Boys, Ph.D.
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Excellent article. Most preachers need to read an English translation of the Qu’ran. I have one in my personal library. A Muslim scholar who got saved (can’t remember his name) opined that all the English translations tone down the Qu’ran substantially.
I desire to see the salvation of Muslims as much as anyone but false syncretism will not do the job. Joel Rosenberg has some interesting books and DVD’s on the subject.
I think I met you once at Bro. Ron Tottingham’s? Keep up the good work. God bless.
Roy F. Dearmore, M.D. Local church sent missionary 52+ years.
How can you promote a religion whose Allah said in Qur’an (5:51) - “O you who believe! do not take the Jews and the Christians for friends; they are friends of each other; and whoever amongst you takes them for a friend, then surely he is one of them; surely Allah does not guide the unjust people.”
Qur’an (5:80) - “You will see many of them befriending those who disbelieve; certainly evil is that which their souls have sent before for them, that Allah became displeased with them and in chastisement shall they abide.” Those Muslims who befriend unbelievers will abide in hell. Never can Islam and Christianity meet! They serve two different Gods! You cannot merge them! All who do so are of the devil!
Thanks for your articles on Islam. It seems people are so blind to their motives. We have a Prison Ministry in three prisons and deal with them weekly. During the month of August, their stupid Ramadan month, prison officials cater to their every request.
May God Bless Your Ministry.
Well said brother, I for one will not preach tolerance or acceptance, the Word of God is very clear, “if anyone comes to you preaching another gospel that you have not heard, do not receive him”. This warning is clear when God said “I am a jealous God, you shall have no other god’s before me”. So clearly, there are ‘other god’s’ out there and we must guard ourselves and warn others of these ever present dangers to eternal death or eternal life, we have become the messengers of the Truth and praise God,the Truth shall set us free.