Chrislam — is the unification of Islam and Christianity a real agenda by global religious elites? We know that Judaism and Catholic Christianity have already “partnered.” Rhetorically, I ask, “who saw that coming?”… and I answer: the same people who warn about “Chrislam.”
On one side of the arguments, some say Chrislam is a figment of overactive imaginations… an unfounded conspiracy theory, if you will. Those who deny allegations of (in effect) promoting Chrislam resort to (in essence) defensively calling their opponents “quacks.”
The other side of the argumentation begins with allegations from conservative evangelicals, calling their opponents “apostates” and “blasphemers.” They offer evidence of the agenda to wed Christianity and Islam. I’d like to be on the side which lays out some evidence and let you weigh it for yourself.
Firstly, we are not discussing militant or apocalyptic Islam. These are breeds of Islam that stand apart from the sort of “diplomatic” and (ironically) “democracy-friendly” Islam, which first began to appear in the early 2000’s and then to assert itself in 2010 with the Arab Spring. This “westernized” and “academic” Islam seeks to present itself as a peaceful and cultured religion. Yet, those who are “by the book” Muslim accuse the political Islam of fakery; and there is much evidence that historical Islam does not philosophically match that of the “new (2010-present) Islam.” Nor can political Islam rationally explain the commands of the Qu’ran to brutally murder Christians and Jews and those who refuse to convert to Islam. Political Islam is just that—an Islam, which has been engineered within the past 1.5 to 2 decades to achieve certain religious/philosophical, international/economical & political agendas, namely formation of a cohesive UfM [which happens to be fulfilling Bible Prophecy].
Political Islam is the brand of Islam which ecumenical Christianity seeks to wed.
Secondly, perverted ecumenism such as the Catholic/Muslim Summit, and more recently, the Wheaton debacle only give fuel to the Chrislam controversy. If religious elites want conservative evangelicals to quit accusing them, then perhaps they should cease putting proverbial fodder in the scrutiny cannons. For example, Rick Warren (and N.T. Wright, and Russell Moore) have come under great controversy within the past year, because they–ignoring warnings from Italian Evangelicals–went (on invitation by the Pope) to the Vatican to speak about marriage. Yes, the same “conservative marriage agenda” that Pope Francis shredded earlier this year by altering the moral line on homosexuality, the family and divorce after only about 2,000 yrs. of Christian teachings which prove otherwise. [see also Amoris Laetitia]
Part of Warren’s activity at the Vatican was to speak in front of Muslims (among other religious elites). Warren reportedly told those present that he believes in inter-faith projects instead of Inter-faith dialogue. Warren should simply say something like, ‘I will serve [Muslims] however I can, BUT I boldly preach the Gospel that Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ, the Son of God and the Only Way to the Father.’ (see also Christianity Today)
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Thirdly, I submit personal experience. I am someone who likes a good investigation. Instead of believing someone else’s word, I go to the source or else study a plethora of evidence, or both. Where I can, I give the benefit of the doubt until proven otherwise. I err on the side of grace. Earlier this year, such an opportunity came my way in the form of interviewing Marian University’s career placement department for potential employees. One continually hears, “not all catholics are the same;” and I do know some catholics who are clearly (by every word of their testimony, as it matches the Scriptures) regenerated by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. The fact that some catholics are truly saved is no testament to the doctrine and practice of the Roman Catholic Church, but rather, to the power of the Gospel.
Marian University’s order is Franciscan—one of the more notably “evangelical” branches of the ecclesiastical RCC, if there is such a self-contradictory thing. So, I seized the occasion; but sadly, I had to conscientiously turn down opportunities for making contacts in the “inter-faith” sector. Catholics are indeed inter-faith dialoging and partnering with Muslims and Buddhists and Hindus in the name of doing good and ‘good religion.’ Those at Marian feel it is the spiritually wise and mature thing to do. I, however, read the Apostle Paul from 2 Corinthians 6:14-16
14Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? 15Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? 16Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, “I WILL DWELL IN THEM AND WALK AMONG THEM; AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE.
I am what the religious elites of our day may call a conspiracist quack. I am crazy enough to weigh all of the evidence against what is being denied. I am also conscientious enough to read and prayerfully study the Bible for Divine illumination. What I have gained in that discipline is the same as many others—that God foretells through His prophets a time when Satan will deceive the leaders of religions to be of one nebulous, apostate religion and leaders of governments to be a one-world empire. That time is now.