Mennonites and Muslims Merge?

And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. Mark 16:15,16

Instead of obeying the words of our Lord by witnessing, preaching the gospel, and sharing the truth, some Mennonites recently prayed with Muslims for peace, and then participated in the Hegelian dialectic process with them over dinner.

A five year long effort recently resulted in an evening of making placards and posters for “A Joint Muslim- Christian Public Prayer for Peace,” to be held on April 16 in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery. Muslims and Christians stood together to pray for peace in the nations of the Middle East. About 100 Mennonites and Muslims got together for dinner and poster making at Peace Mennonite Church on April 9. (…)

While the group ate, Mennonites listened to their Muslim tablemates share about their lives and their faith. The Mennonites, in turn, shared about their faith and what it means to live as a follower of Jesus (Isa in Arabic).

Both communities were equally represented at each table, with a facilitator encouraging
tablemates to engage in dialogue by asking questions such as, “What was it like to grow up in your particular Muslim/ Christian community/family/culture

?” “What does your faith mean to you?”
“What are some regular practices that are a part of your faith as a community and/or individually?”

Muslims, Mennonites, act together, for peace
http://liveforpeace.org/node/390

This is a classic example seen in too many church settings today, and always includes the following:

“…a diverse group of people (in the church, this is a mixture of believers (thesis) and unbelievers (antithesis), gather in a facilitated meeting (with a trained facilitator/teacher/group leader/change agent), using group dynamics (peer pressure), to discuss a social issue (or dialogue the Word of God), and reach a pre-determined outcome (consensus, compromise, or synthesis).”

Deceived by the Dialectic Process

Also mentioned in the above Live For Peace article is how the Mennonites referred to Isa, the Muslim’s Jesus, in order to appear to be on the same ground. But do they know that this Isa not the Jesus of the Bible?

“…truly Born again Arab believers normally address Jesus as ‘Yesua Hamesa’…(the Islamic name for Jesus who is not the Jesus of The Gospels because Issa is not God’s Son)…”

Judas Strikes Again

This typical dialogue process generally achieves its intended goal so well that soon the Christians participating believe they are on common ground with other religions, even though Jesus said “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me..” (John 14:6).

Though it seems hard to believe, many are being deceived today through dialogue methods intended to bring about compromise and interfaith unity. This is not the only recent dialogue between Mennonites and Muslims, as seen in these recent news articles:

Mennonite theologians meet with Iranian Muslim clerics
Winnipeg Free Press

Tuxedo News: Mennonite Scholars from CMU Face Criticism for Meeting with Iranian Clerics from Institution Led By Ahmadinejad’s Spiritual Leader
Winnipeg Jewish Review

It sounds like a page out of a book called Ecumenical Jihad, where author Peter Kreeft calls for ecumenical union with Islam to morally redeem society, arguing that others have salvation and without a personal saving faith in Christ (see Our Regretful Inability To Become A Signatory -The Manhattan Declaration). Whether knowingly or out of ignorance, some Mennonites are entering into this union.

Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 2 Cor. 6:14

RELATED:

Common Ground
Signatories to make Menno roll over
http://rollovermenno.wordpress.com/2007/11/29/common-ground/

More Dialogue
Mennonite and Muslims
http://rollovermenno.wordpress.com/2008/01/22/more-dialogue/

Does God care what He is called – Can a Christian to call God by his Islamic name?
http://www.letusreason.org/current112.htm

What Is Ecumenical Jihad?
http://www.thebereancall.org/node/6854

The Myth of Islamic Tolerance
http://answering-islam.org/Shamoun/badawi_tolerance.htm

Islamic Extremism: The Five Deceptions of Islam
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4qgbWMEedJM

A Response to a Pastor of political correctness
Peace at the expense of truth.

http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/forcing-change/08/5-inter-faith.htm

Update:

In the November 2011 MB herald is a page of quotes entitled Overheard which includes the following:

“Large communities of Muslims and Christians in the world will continue to make the best case they can for their faith communities. Polemic will continue. But polemic need not lead to acrimony. Will the partners in the conversation be able to respect each other in spite of their disagreements? The first act of respect for the partner is to acknowledge difference.” – Gordon Nickel, “‘A Common Word’in Context,”
http://www.quranandinjil.org

“If I don’t speak with you, my judgment abut you might be wrong. When we sit around the table and talk, my judgment about you is correct because I understand you and you understand me.”
-professor Maryam Esmaeili, on MCC’s 10-year-old inter-faith dialogue between Mennonite and Muslim scholars

“Christians recognize that the gospel both challenges certain aspects of cultures, Christians are called to respect all people. Christians are also called to discern elements in their own cultures that are challenged by the gospel.”
-“Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World: Recommendations for Conduct,” a document signed by the World Evangelical Alliance, World Council of Churches, and the Vatican, representing more than 90 percent of the world’s total Christian population

“Any evangelicalism is love. If we show real love, they will be drawn to Jesus. I have 500 Muslims in my church. I have never ‘evangelized’ them. I never go knocking on their doors. But what we have done is show them real love and kindness in our church’s ministries of compassion – food distribution and the like. They see that we as Christians care about them and they want to come and worship as we do.”
-Andrew White, the “Vicar of Baghdad”, in Christianity Today, September 2011

= = = = =

“Friendships between Muslims and Christians are blossoming across the globe. In these situations, it isn’t only two life stories that collide, but entire generational histories. Worldviews bump up against each other, words mean different things, cultures clash, and collective memories can cause rifts.

Despite these challenges, however, Muslims and Christians are finding ways to share life together.”

A beautiful collision
http://www.mbconf.ca/home/products_and_services/resources/publications/mb_herald/november_2011/features/collision/

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10 thoughts on “Mennonites and Muslims Merge?

  1. Absolutely mind numbing, but not super suprising.

    Western secularized “muslims” talking with Western secularized “Mennonites”. Who cares? Neither one of them is actually representative of anything. It may as well have been a symposium on the future of plumbing attended by members of the America Tap Dance Foundation and the National Rifle Association.

    Nobody in the middle east cares about peace with the Mennonites or anyone else; peace to muslims = all their enemies are dead and everyone else is subjugated to shari’a and paying the jiz’ya.

    Isa isn’t Jesus and anyone who actually CARES about the Jesus of the Bible can spot that from a mile away.

    Surah 4:157 says that Jesus didn’t die on the cross and Surah 5:88-92 & 112:2-5 say that God didn’t have a son and in Surah 5:116-17 Jesus’ divinity is explicitly denied.

    A purely human Jesus who didn’t die on the cross is not Jesus of the Bible.

    In relation to the “scholarly exchange” in Winnepeg…

    The Imam Khomeini Education and Research Institute promotes suicide bombings, nuclear armament, officially calls the ENTIRE west (i.e. Canada and the US) “the damned Satan”, actively campaigns against democracy, upholds and champions Islamic blasphemy law, promotes enslavement as a form of evangelism and openly teaches that the enemies of Islam fight Islam while lying about wanting peace (wonder who they’re talking about there?).

    Here’s an article on “The Crocodile”, founder the IKERI – http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iran/1503479/The-rise-of-Prof-Crocodile-a-hardliner-to-terrify-hardliners.html

    There is plenty of information on “The Crocodile” on the web for anyone who’s interested in knowing about him.

    Do you think the Mennonites would get along swimmingly with that guy?

    Do you think the representatives from IKERI were being honest and up-front with the Mennonite scholars?

    Do you think a meeting will ever happen in Iran, if the Iranians living in CANADA protested the last one?

    I’d lay serious money that the reason that the media wasn’t invited was because the IKERI reps knew that if recordings of what they said in Canada got leaked onto the web, they would be accused with shirk and their whole families would have been killed.

  2. Honestly, this whole thing is just showing off how LITTLE us westerners know about Islam, and how incompetent we are at finding things out in this age of a tsunami of information.

    The information is out there, if anyone cares. Sadly, almost nobody does.

    The muslims want us all dead.

    They consider apostasy from Islam to be a capital crime; an apostate is called a “kufr” and Surah 9:11-12 calls faithful muslims to kill the apostates. Furthermore, Sahih Al Bukhari 9.17, 57-58 and Sahih al Muslim 1.29 are quite explicit in commanding the slaying of apostates. Add that to the Islamic theological understanding of “al-fitra(h)”, whereby Islam teaches that all infants are born muslims and made apostates by their Jewish, Christian, etc. parents.

    Every single non-muslim is an apostate.

    That’s why they bomb indiscriminately.

    The concept of “innocent bystander” doesn’t exist in Islamic theology. Every single non-muslim is, by dictate of sharia law, deserving of death.

    Then, add the fact that they will consciously lie to us about their ends when they come into our countries; this is part of Islamic theology called “taqiyya”.

    I cannot fathom how we ignore the openly taught truth of islam, taught by muslims in the public square in our own country, about their own religion.

  3. I should have added a couple of MCC resources. First, there are numerous articles and press releases through MCC and affiliate Mennonite conferences describing MCC’s involvement with the Islamic community, primarily its involvement with the Khomeini Education and Research Institute.

    Secondly, the booklet, “What is Palestine/Israel?” – published by MCC in 2004 – not only distorts major elements of the Israeli-Arab historical tension, but greatly muddies the water regarding Christianity/Judaism and Islam; “Christians, Jews and Muslims all believe in the same God… Christians, Muslims and Jews call God by different names depending on their native languages, but all of these terms refer to the same God.” (p.32).

    Third, the MCC-commissioned booklet, “What is Iran?” (published in 2009), could best be described as an apologetic tract for the Iranian regime, Ahmadinejad and Ayatollah Ali Khamanei, and even Hezbollah. This is such a propaganda piece that, after first reading it, I thought it had to have been paid for by Iranian government interests – and if not, then Iran got an incredible bargain; free propaganda paid for and disseminated through the Mennonite community. What a deal.

  4. Next thing we will see is Mennonite women marrying Muslim males only because they have in common the COVERING. Such a shame. I am all for modesty but people can be evil while covering their whole body. How do the Mennonites justify the fact that the Muslims believe that Jesus was only a prophet and that God has no son.

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