Chrislam is an attempt to syncretize Christianity with Islam. While it began in Nigeria in the 1980s, Chrislamic ideas have spread throughout much of the world. The essential concept of Chrislam is that Christianity and Islam are compatible, that one can be a Christian and a Muslim at the same time. Chrislam is not an actual religion of its own, but a blurring of the differences and distinctions between Christianity and Islam. READ MORE
Why It’s Important to Represent the Truth as Best as Possible
In the late 90s, an internet game went viral. Elf Bowling was on work and home computers. It was a free game. A rival company suddenly sent out a warning that, at midnight on Christmas Day, the Elf Bowling game would release a virus and kill our computers. Immediately, we uninstalled Elf Bowling from every computer at home and work. Midnight came on Christmas Day and nothing happened.
News would report a hoax. A rival computer company was rumored to have sent out false information just to put Elf Bowling out of business. We were bummed. That game was missed. We bring this up because the internet is full of false information. Christians make accusations against other Christians. False stories and rumors come from conspiracy theory “news” sites or gossip mills. Like how, in 2012, Pastor Rick Warren was accused of supporting Chrislam.
Here’s a part of an interview on Christianity Today by a respected writer, Ed Stetzer:
QUESTION: A recent newspaper article claimed you believe Christians and Muslims worship the same God, that you are “in partnership” with a mosque, and that you both agreed to “not evangelize each other.” You immediately posted a brief refutation online. Can you expand on that?
WARREN: Sure. All three of those statements are flat out wrong. Those statements were made by a reporter, not by me. I did not say them … I do not believe them… I completely disagree with them … and no one even talked to me about that article! So let me address each one individually: First, as I’ve already said, Christians have a fundamentally different view of God than Muslims. We worship Jesus as God. Muslims don’t. Our God is Jesus, not Allah. Colossians 2:9 “For in Christ dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.” Second, while we urge our members to build friendships with everyone in our community, including Muslims and other faiths, (“Love your neighbor as yourself”), our church has never had any partnership with a mosque. Friendship and partnership are two very different levels of commitment. Some of our members have hosted a Bible study with Muslim friends, which I applaud, but I’ve never been to it, and a Bible study certainly isn’t any kind of partnership or merger! It’s just crazy that a simple Bible Study where people explore Scripture with non-Christians would be reported as a partnership and others would interpret that as a plan for a new compromised religion. Just crazy! Third, as both an Evangelical and as an evangelist, anyone who knows me and my 40 year track record of ministry that I would never agree to “not evangelizing” anyone! I am commanded by my Savior to share the Good News with all people everywhere, all the time, in every way possible! Anyone who’s heard me teach knows that my heart beats for bringing others to Jesus.
If you hit the ‘share’ button without asking the right questions, you are gossiping and spreading a false story about someone else in the ministry. False stories hurt ministries and people. It makes their jobs unnecessarily tough. So let’s be wise in what we share. Take an extra five minutes to search it out on Snopes, or wait til you have more time to read all the articles and get the whole story. The rumor began with a secular news source in 2012 and continues to spread even now through various and dubious news sources, bloggers, and groups.
Pastor Rick Warren ends the article in good spirits. Gossip is a part of ministry. If we have done nothing wrong, our actions will show this and prove the rumor false on its own. Like the endless email forward, it keeps circulating and changing.
“Of course not. It’s the lie that won’t die. No matter how many times we refute it and correct that lie, people keep passing it on as truth. Jesus is the only way to salvation. Period. If I didn’t believe that, I’d get into much easier line of work! But I do believe that everybody needs Jesus and I am willing to put up with false statements and misunderstandings in order to get the Gospel out.”
Questions to Ask Before You Share:
- Is it true?
- Is it necessary to share?
- Why are you sharing it? What is your agenda?