Thursday, July 02, 2009

Called. Sent. What Do You Say?

The Islamic Society of North America will be holding its annual convention this 4th of July weekend, and they've asked Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church to address their gathering.

While I have no idea what he's going to say, my question to you is this -

What would you say to this group if you were given a chance to speak before them?

Ingrid Schlueter, on her blog Slice of Laodicea, rhetorically asked whether Pastor Warren will "feel impelled as a follower of the one true God to let the Muslims know that true happiness is only found through the forgiveness of sins through the blood of Jesus Christ, God’s only Son? Or [will he] talk about finding a 'higher purpose,' 'living for others,' and all the ways we can feel better by finding something 'bigger than ourselves” to live for?'"

That's a good question.

So, what's your answer? What would you, if you're a blood-bought follower of Jesus Christ, say to the ISNA?

But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect. (1 Pet. 3:14-15 ESV)

Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God, who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of his own purpose and grace, which he gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, and which now has been manifested through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, for which I was appointed a preacher and apostle and teacher, which is why I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me. (2 Tim. 1:8-12 ESV)

I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. As for you, always be sober-minded, endure suffering, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. (2 Tim. 4:1-5 ESV)


At 7/04/2009 3:02 PM, Blogger Eskil said...

Maybe I would start in a way similar to Paul: "Men of The Islamic Society of North America
! I see that in every way you are very religious… (Acts 17:22)”

At 7/08/2009 8:52 PM, Blogger Puritan Lad said...

Well, we have the answer.

See Is Ecumenicism "Common Good" for Islam?


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