The Foolishness of the Yale Proposal
I CAN'T SIGN THE LETTER
Peace at the cost of absolute truth is conciliation
with a lie
By Eric Barger
World peace. What an idea! Everyone would certainly
like that. After all, we represent the Prince of Peace don’t we?
However, it is a theological misconception to believe that we are here
solely to make peace. Jesus never said that. In fact, he proclaimed the
opposite in Matthew chapter 10.
Jesus told His followers: “Think not that I am
come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.”
(Matt. 10:34) This is just after His proclamation that “...ye shall
be hated of all men for my name's sake...” in verse 22. Though He
proclaimed that peacemakers would be blessed in the Beatitudes of the
Olivet Discourse (Matt. 5:9), He never came close to intimating that
we'd bring ultimate peace or be accepted by the world because of Him. Quite the
opposite is true.
What liberal theologians have ignored and what we
must remember is that any peace which results from the
compromising of absolute truth isn’t really true peace at all. Such
would be a counterfeit based on falsehood. I believe this is why Jesus
clearly points out that the world will always be at enmity with His
teaching and His true people. Though world peace sounds wonderful, if it
results from unholy conciliation then count me out. If for no other
reason, this is why I cannot sign “the letter.”
I am referring to a document produced by the Yale
Center for Faith and Culture titled
“Loving God and Neighbor Together: A Christian Response to a Common Word
Between us and You.” (Read document
The Yale document is in response to
“A Common Word Between Us and You” (read document
here) produced by over a hundred Muslim clerics and intellectuals.
It is a call for dialog between the two religions. This new Muslim
document is an outgrowth of the 2006 treatise
“Open Letter to His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI” (read document
here) delivered by some 38 Islamic scholars to Pope Benedict.
“A Common Word” claims “for the first time in
recent history, Muslim scholars from every branch of Islam spoke with
one voice about the true teachings of Islam.” For an in-depth
exploration of the accuracy and validity of that statement see the
companion article “Their God is NOT Our God.” (Read article
BUT WHAT KIND OF PEACE?
To those unaware of the history and doctrine of
Islam the Yale letter may sound like a great idea. Even though it is an
incorrect assumption that secularists love to repeat, the public’s
perception is that religion has been the source of the majority of wars.
And of course, almost everyone is aware that Christians and Jews seems
to be at odds with Muslims. However, before anyone gets to excited about
joining in with the Yale mistake let me add my two cents as to why this
is not only a fruitless adventure but a perilous one at that.
On a purely human level, it is indeed the civil
thing to do to attempt to find common ground with adversaries. However,
there are circumstances and reasons that often negate such exploration.
Absolute truth would head that list. So, with that as a basis, here are
two reasons that neither I, nor any Christian leader should sign the
Reason number one: Biblical Christians have no
basis for dialog if the entire discussion is not based in objective and
historic truth that both sides agree on as fact.
Reason number two: Biblical Christians cannot
compromise if in so doing one capitulates concerning tenets of faith
that are immoveable. In other words, doctrine and standards of faith
must override our human inclination to try and come into a neutral
agreement with the opposition be they secular or religious.
It is for both of these reasons (and perhaps more)
that you will not find informed Bible believers signing “Loving God and
Neighbor Together: A Christian Response to a Common Word Between us and
When I first heard of the Yale letter and saw the
list of signers, I was frankly shocked but somehow not extremely
surprised. One could certainly expect a group of liberal theologians to
concoct such an idea. The list also included representatives from the
Emergent camp and several notable neo-Evangelicals, the usual suspects
who continue to prove almost daily that they hold no esteem for the
Bible. However, as I read down the list of signers, my heart sank.
Previously strong Evangelical leaders - men whom I thought had
discernment and who have claimed their basis for life is rooted in truth
- how could they be so far from reality on this? I pondered just how
many of these men might have signed this love letter to the Muslims but
were simply just ignorant without apologetic understanding of the
doctrines and history of Islam. You would think that a little research
might have prevented some of them from this regrettable alliance. I also
wondered whether those who conceived of and signed the Yale document had
bothered to pray and seek God about what they were about to do?
Did it not matter that while defending authentic
Christianity, countless missionaries have lost their lives because of
the evil edicts of Muhammad? Didn't anyone bother to point out that no
matter how inviting the ovation offered by the Muslim clerics may appear
on the surface that the real nature of Islam is displayed by the salvage
manner in which people are treated in Muslim nations when they happen to
infringe on Sharia Law? I suppose that when one considers the heresy
regularly being preached by many who’ve adhered to the Yale letter it
shouldn't shock us. As Rush Limbaugh would say, it's "symbolism over
True to their lack of
convictions this bunch of milk toast, self-proclaimed Christian leaders
espousing Rodney King “why-can’t-we-all-just-get-along?” theology have
made the decision that toiling over doctrine and truth is somehow less
important than public perception. Well, they certainly aren’t speaking
for me or for millions of other bible believers either. Grovelling at
the feet of Islam isn’t going to win Muslims over – even if it really
was the right thing to do. It is sickening and each of the signers
to the Yale letter - including Robert Schuller, Rick Warren, Bill Hybels, Leith Anderson,
Jim Wallis, Richard Mouw and two prominent Assemblies of God bible college presidents
- should fall on their knees in shame and beg Jehovah God for
Christians and Muslims in
THEIR GOD IS NOT OUR GOD
A Biblical and Historical Rebuttal to “Loving God and
Neighbor Together: A Christian Response to a Common Word Between us and
By Eric Barger
This document is in response and protest to the
“Loving God and
Neighbor Together: A Christian Response to a Common Word Between us and
You.” (Read document
here.) a document produced
by Yale Center for Faith and Culture in November, 2007 and signed by a
large number of Christian leaders.
The Yale document is in response to
Common Word Between Us and You” (Read document
produced by over a hundred Muslim clerics and intellectuals. It is a
call for dialog between the two religions.
At the very beginning of “A Common Word Between Us
and You” truth and history give way to the oft-used Muslim talking point
that their God is actually our God. This is simply and absolutely not
so. I will substantiate this below. A survey of history, Islam,
Judaism and Christianity all disprove this, the very basis of the Muslim
HISTORY AND TRUTH
In my previous commentary, “I Can’t Sign the Letter”
(see article above),
I mention that there are at least two reasons why no Christian leader
should participate by signing the Yale letter. Let me restate the
First, Biblical Christians have no basis for dialog
if the entire discussion is not based in objective and historic truth
that both sides agree on as fact.
Second, Biblical Christians cannot compromise if in
so doing one capitulates concerning tenets of faith that are immoveable.
In other words, doctrine and standards of faith must override our human
inclination to try and come into a neutral agreement with the opposition
be they secular or religious.
The second paragraph of the Muslim document (below)
presents a void that cannot be crossed by biblical thinkers who care for
God’s word as well as historical truth. “A Common Word Between Us and
You” states the Muslim position – or at least the perception they wish
to project concerning who God is. The Muslim world refers to their god as Allah
and the clerics who constructed the letter proposing dialog with
Christians contend that Allah is the same God that Christians worship,
“The basis for this peace
and understanding already exists. It is part of the very foundational
principles of both faiths: love of the One God, and love of the
neighbour. These principles are found over and over again in the sacred
texts of Islam and Christianity. The Unity of God, the necessity of love
for Him, and the necessity of love of the neighbour is thus the common
ground between Islam and Christianity.”
These statements are not based
in truth but instead is actually common and widespread Muslim
propaganda. Note the statement that both Christians and Muslims love
“the One God” so without even reading the rest of the document its very
basis is historically fallacious. Though the introduction page of the
Koran that I own states that Jehovah and Allah are one in the same but
that the Bible has been altered to convolute this fact, it is no stretch
to wonder how anyone calling himself a Muslim cleric doesn’t actually
know this is false. From this, it is obvious from the Muslim viewpoint
which side must bend to arrive at “common ground.”
IGNORANCE OF THE BRETHREN
The Yale letter states,
“As members of the worldwide Christian community, we were deeply
encouraged and challenged by the recent historic open letter signed by
138 leading Muslim scholars, clerics, and intellectuals from around the
world. A Common Word Between Us and You identifies some core
common ground between Christianity and Islam which lies at the heart of
our respective faiths as well as at the heart of the most ancient Abrahamic faith, Judaism.” In reality however, Islam disdains
Abraham. We see the historic inception of the Arab world takes place
with the denial of Ishmael as the child of blessing in Genesis 16. Would
any honest Muslin look back adoringly and claim alignment with Abrahamic
roots? In reality, Islam claims that it was Ishmael and not Isaac who
Abram took up the mountain to become the sacrifice. Ishmael is but the
out-of-wedlock bastard son of Abraham’s (then Abram’s) faithless sexual
fling with his wife’s handmaiden, Hagar.
Genesis 16:11 says,
“And the angel of the LORD said unto her (Hagar), Behold, thou art with
child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because
the LORD hath heard thy affliction.” But the passage continues,
“And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and
every man’s hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all
his brethren.” This, my friends, is a prophetic picture of the
attitude, turmoil and lifestyle of the Arab world since long before
Islam’s roots may have
ties to Abram but not to the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Genesis
17:19-21 clears up that misconception once and for all…all who will
believe the Bible that is. “And God said (to Abram), Sarah thy wife
shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I
will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and
with his seed after him. And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold,
I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him
exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great
nation. But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall
bear unto thee at this set time in the next year.”
ISLAMIC HISTORY 101
In reality, Muhammad was a
persuasive political and military leader in his day. Claiming he was
troubled by the variance of idols that were worshiped in conjunction
with what is now known as the Kaaba Stone (a meteor) in what is now
Mecca, Saudi Arabia he set out to enquire through prayer which god was
really “the” god to serve. During several encounters which he and his
followers had in a cave near Mecca Muhammad proclaimed that “an angel of
light” had spoken to him that he was to lead the people to serve but one
god and bring restoration of spiritual truth (does this sound at all
like what Mormonism’s founder claimed as well?).
Being that there were an
estimated 360 nomadic tribes who bartered and found haven at Mecca due
to its geographical position those tribes brought not only items to
trade but also idols or religious icons which they stationed around the
Kaaba there in ancient Mecca. In 629AD, approximately 20 years after
receiving the “revelations” in the cave, Muhammad attacked Mecca
(breaking the peace pack he had forged with local leaders just one year
prior) and cleaned house at the Kaaba. Gone were the idols of all other
gods but his. And who exactly was his god? Why, the god of the
Quraysh tribe, that’s who. He proclaimed that his birth tribe’s own god
was the Allah (or “god” in Arabic) to be worshipped and it
was either conform, flee or die. Who was this “Allah” and could it have
possibly been Jehovah? Keep reading.
The universal symbol for Islam is a crescent moon.
This symbol appears on mosques worldwide and on the flags of many Muslim
nations such as Tunisia, Algeria, Mauritania, Malaysia, Pakistan and
Turkey. The moon god, symbolized with the crescent can be easily traced
as far as 2500 years before Muhammad. It was a powerful and common
symbol in pagan worship that has endured for nearly four millennia.
According to Mark Hall of the University of Pennsylvania, worship of the
god of the crescent can be traced to ancient Harran and Ur where it
first received the title it is still known by today. The name of the
pagan god of the Quraysh tribe, the god Muhammad installed by the sword,
the god whom millions have died because of, the god of Islam – its
name is “Sîn” !!! (See Mark Hall, A Study of the Sumerian
Moon-god, Sin, PhD., 1985, University of Pennsylvania,
“Archaeological photo gallery of the Arabian Moon-God” from www.bible.ca)
Though Muslim apologists try desperately to skirt this issue, claiming
that Christians simply do not understand and are looking for a tool to
bash Islam with the fact remains that they cannot wiggle out of the
crescent, its origins and inherent paganism. However, this is hardly a
case breaker. Comparing the texts of Islam against those of Christianity
and Judaism is far more damaging to the Muslim assertion that their god
is the same deity as ours.
Common sense tells us that if
indeed the god of Islam is also the God of Christianity and Judaism then
the Koran, the allegedly perfect and inspired text of Islam, would
perfectly harmonize with the Bible. But an investigation of this proves
Surah (Koran chapter) 4:142: “The hypocrites
seek to deceive God, but it is He who deceives them.”
Surah 8:30: “They schemed—but
God also schemed. God is most profound in His schemings.”
Surah 8:12: “God revealed His
will to the angels, saying…I shall cast terror into the hearts of the
infidels. Strike off their heads, strike off the very tips of their
It would seem that their god
is a deceiving, scheming terrorist - the opposite of Jehovah.
How can a Christian find common ground with Islam
when the Koran mocks the Trinity of God?
Surah 5:73: “They
do blaspheme who say God is one of three…for there is no Allah except
Surah 5:116: “And
behold! God will say: O Jesus the son of Mary didst say unto men,
‘worship me and my mother as gods’ in derogation of Allah?
Not only does the
Koran not teach of the same God that Christians and Jews worship but the
Koran also speaks of a different Jesus than the Bible! The Koran
teaches that Jesus was indeed born of a virgin. He is mentioned 97 times
in its pages. However, the Jesus of the Koran is viewed as but a prophet
on the level of Moses or Muhammad. Note as well that the Jesus of the
Koran did not die on the Cross but was replaced by another individual.
Surah 4:157: “That
they said in boast ‘we killed Christ Isa, the son of Mary’…but they
killed him not, nor crucified him.”
The Jesus of the Koran
is an imposter and not God incarnate. Again, how can
a Christian who knows the truth about the origin of the Muslim god and
the Muslim Jesus ever consider aligning with such teachings?
Perhaps worst of all is the fact
that these Christian leaders who proceed to engage themselves with this
unholy dialog have and will continue to do incalculable damage to the
cause of evangelizing the lost. No doubt from the promotion of this
perceived alignment of Christians and Muslims claiming “common ground”
the lost people could certainly deduce that if the Muslim God is also
the Christian God then Islam is a viable alternative for eternal life.
In fact, if there was any way to
be saved and redeemed from our sins but by the blood of Jesus Christ
then the God of the Bible is by far the most heinous god of all! What
loving father would send his son to die such a horrible death for
nothing and to pay a price that didn’t need to be paid? Isn’t this the
real bottom line? Either Jesus is the only
way or He isn’t. Christians cannot be faithful to the God
and His Bible and also think kindly of Islam, its demonic Allah and
false prophet Muhammad.
Just as compelling
from the Muslim viewpoint is the question, how can Muslims
entertain the idea of dialog and common ground with Christians for to do
so is diametrically opposed to their own religious writings!
“Believers, take neither the Jews nor the Christians for your friends.
They are friends with one another.”
“Say: 'Unbelievers, I do not worship what you worship, nor do you
worship what I worship. I shall never worship what you worship, nor will
you ever worship what I worship. You have your own religion and I have
Surah 5:59: “Say:
'People of the Book, is it not that you hate us only because we believe
in Allah and in what has been revealed to us and what was formerly
revealed, and because most of you are evil-doers?' Say: 'Shall I tell
you who will receive a worse reward from Allah? Those whom Allah has
cursed and with whom He has been angry, transforming them into apes and
swine, and those who serve the devil.”
Surah 4:101: “The
unbelievers are your inveterate foe.”
It is the ultimate in
foolishness to believe that those committed to Sharia Law with its
floggings, lashings, amputations and executions will magically be
tolerant of Christians, Jews and others. According to the Koran, there
can never be compromise with an infidel and that is exactly what
Islam sees all those outside their belief system as - infidels.
You are either a member of the “house of peace” (Muslim) or a member of
the “house of war” (everyone else). Live and let live is not now and has
never been a Muslim edict. Just speaking out is enough to bring the
wrath of Islam down on a person.
Surah 5:36: “The
punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His Apostle, and
strive with might and main for mischief through the land is: execution,
or crucifixion, or the cutting off of hands and feet from opposite
sides, or exile from the land.”
Surah 9:5: “But when the forbidden months
are past, then fight and slay the Pagans (infidels) wherever ye find
them, an seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every
stratagem (of war); but if they repent, and establish regular prayers
and practice regular charity (following the Five Pillars of Islam), then
open the way for them.”
Surah 8:60-61: “Against the infidels make
ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of
war, to strike terror into (the hearts of) the enemies of Allah...
Whatever ye shall spend in the cause of Allah, shall be repaid unto you.
But if the enemy incline towards peace, do thou (also) incline towards
peace, and trust in Allah.”
Once again, “peace” means conversion to
Islam and nothing less.
PURPOSED DECEPTION? THE TROJAN HORSE OF
I perceive that the 138
Muslim signatories of the document which started this debate are either
(1) liberal Muslims who do not believe the Koran and are MINOs (Muslim
in name only) (2) Are merely trying to bolster the public image and
acceptability of Islam or (3) involved in a finely tuned campaign of
deception to draw unsuspecting evangelicals and others into an unholy
alliance to further the chief goal of Islam – religious, political and
practical world domination. That’s no overstatement. This is what
Muhammad taught and what some 60 countries in the world are today
operating by. Dare I say, it is the ultimate in foolishness to align
with Muslims if we care to also align with Jehovah God. We also have
great reason to believe that much of the talk about peace, harmony,
unity and brotherhood we hear coming from Muslims today may be a ruse
for the Koran expresses that they have perfect right before Allah to
deceive the infidels if it is for the furtherance and good of Islam.
In the geopolitical
atmosphere today, it is expected that common ground be found. Otherwise,
one is painted as a bigot or separatist. But is being a separatist
always bad? No, not if truth is the highest objective. This is
why the prophet Elijah challenged hundreds of false prophets of Baal and
Asherah. Truth was at stake and the real God showed up in an awesome
display of power. The Bible is replete with
accounts of those who either withstood following other gods or failed
What common ground could the Allies have found and
what compromises with Hitler would have been beneficial? What common
ground did Kennedy find with Khrushchev and Castro in 1962? What common
ground did Washington find with Cornwallis? What common ground does the
temple of God have with idols? (II Corinthians 6:16)
World peace will indeed be wonderful. But it will
only be authentic and lasting once Jesus returns in power and glory.
Have the Christian signers of the ill-conceived Yale document noticed
that for the past 5,000 years there has been a consistent void between
Jews and Arabs? All of the diplomacy and peace talks are in reality just
so much hot air for without one side or the other giving up essential,
immovable beliefs no common ground will be found. Only for a short 3 ½
years will Antichrist accomplish the much sought after goal of world
peace but then it will only be but a short-lived deception. If there was
common ground to be explored, don’t you suppose that the Israelis and
Palestinians (and the rest of the Muslim/Arab/Persian world, not to
mention so many U.S. Presidents and UN officials) would have found it by
now? Certainly. But because these religions serve two uniquely,
different masters who both require complete obedience they have not, nor
will they find common ground.
A wise and dear friend
of mine once told me that purity is the resistance of compromise.
This is true in every area of our lives whether it be our morally and
ethics, our personal, business or
professional life or in our interaction with family and friends, etc. It is
certainly true when considering absolute truth and the doctrines that
Christians have given their lives for over the last 2,000 years.
Daniel refused to bow
down and worship (compromise) with foreign gods. So did Shadrach,
Meshach and Abednego. In turn, God Almighty protected, blessed and
filled them with power. They were men of purity. Through all the trials
of refusing to budge on what they knew was empirically true, God was
doing something else behind the scenes. He was building no-compromise
character in them and forging a testimony that would affect the eternal
destiny of billions who would read of their exploits. These things will
not be said of the politically correct and misguided signers of
the Yale letter of compromise. I suggest they would do well to read
Paul’s warning to the Colossian church.
“But though we, or an
angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we
have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I
now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have
received, let him be accursed.”
- Colossians 1: 8-9
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