A former imam is warning of the grave dangers of Islam and cautioning church leaders to avoid being lassoed into an anti-Christ movement.
A convert to Christianity from Islam, Dr. Mark Christian addressed pastors and other church leaders at an online event hosted by the American Pastors Network. Dr. Christian, executive director of Global Faith Institute, set out to answer the question: "Is Islam luring the American church into denying Jesus?"
Dr. Christian argued that an alleged interfaith dialogue "has been going on for ages" and has always been between Christians and Jews. Islam, he added, wasn't a part of that equation for the most part until hours after 9/11.
The Islamic Society of North America, started by the Muslim Brotherhood, has been advocating the Shoulder-to-Shoulder Campaign. The movement since 2007 has been urging Christian leaders to sign a deceptive document titled "A Common Word Between Us and You." He explains that according to Islam, a "common word" refers to the Quran – and the Quran alone.
"So they say in obedience to the Holy Quran, we as the Muslims are asking you Christians to come with us and come to be with us by doing – what? By leaving Jesus Christ out and to believe in the Quran and agree on the Quran."
Dr. Christian finds it unfortunate that 281 Christian leaders and many different denominations in America have signed this document.
"The Book of Galatians, the letter of Paul, was very clear: whoever adopts any, any, any book other than the gospel that has been presented to us by Jesus Christ, curse on him [Galatians 1:8)]," he stated. "This is not my own words; this is the words of the Bible that they [Islam] want to deny."
He says Christians need to educate themselves about the Common Word document and the Shoulder-to-Shoulder Campaign. Protestant groups among the steering committee of the latter include American Baptist Churches USA, Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), The Episcopal Church, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Presbyterian Church (USA), Progressive National Baptist Convention, Sojourners, and United Church of Christ.