Saturday, March 08, 2008

Being Honest with Muslims

In this short clip John Piper gives a Biblical response to "A Common Word," for those who are unfamiliar with "A Common Word" it's a letter written to Christians by 138 Muslim scholars last October saying that love for God and love for neighbor is common ground between Christianity and Islam. The response from the Christian leaders, which John Piper finds disappointing, was published in November of last year. As someone who is in a constant spiritual battle with some Muslims who are very close to me I truly appreciate Piper's honesty towards this issue.

"Biblical truth is to be proclaimed with authority, not put on the table for discussion as just one possible alternative to other points of view. The conflict between biblical truth and competing beliefs is not a matter to be settled by dialogue. This is spiritual warfare, not a tea party. It should be seen as combat, not a conversation. We are commanded to pull down the strongholds of unbiblical thinking, "casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge fo God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ" (2 Corinthians 10:5). —John MacArthur

Excerpt taken from Why One Way? by John MacArthur p.54, W Publishing Group 2002

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