In fact, a new term has been coined that furthers this false “doctrine”. It is called “Chrislam”.
Many point to Rick Warren of Saddleback Church as the origination of “Chrislam”, referencing Warren’s ISNA 2009 Conference call to faithful Christians and peaceful Muslims to cooperate in living together peacefully in accordance with the commandment of Jesus Christ to “love our neighbors” and “if it be possible on your part, live at peace with everyone…” (Romans 12:17-18).
Now, personally, I am NOT a “fan” of Rick Warren! But I try to be a defender of truth…even when the truth might be disadvantage to myself! Thus, having read carefully the transcript of Warren’s statements at the referenced conference, it is my opinion that Warren is being grossly misjudged by the suggestion that he’s trying to “merge” Christianity and Islam on the basis of this message at the conference! His appeal does not appear to me to be for the “mingling” of the doctrines of our Lord Jesus and the teachings of Muhammad. It appears to me that Warren’s appeal as that Muslims and Christians live at peace with and in respect of one another as good neighbors (Romans 12:18), and to exercise the 2nd of the two greatest commandments (Matthew 22:37-40).
Personally, I want to emphasize this with a personal testimony. One of my VERY BEST FRIENDS is a Jew! We have been friends for nearly a decade and I will tell you, Reader, that I consider Ruben as close a friend as ANY of my Christian bothers- ANY FRIEND FOR THAT MATTER!
Trust me when I tell you that our “belief” concerning Jesus Christ as Son of God and Messiah do NOT “mingle” and are most certainly not “compatible”; and I do not budge an inch towards”compromise” when it comes to the truth of Jesus Christ.
Nor can we expect of one another that we can comfortably worship together- even though our God is the same God! I am able to comfortably worship God with Ruben at his synagogue because God and His Holy Spirit has opened my eyes to see my Lord and Savior portrayed in the ceremonial laws God had given Moses at Sinai. Conversely, while I am sure that if I asked my friend to worship in my church, Ruben would likely be uncomfortable, unable to worship because his spiritual eyes remain veiled to Jesus Christ, Messiah (Isaiah 44:18; 2 Corinthians 4:4), opened only by acknowledgment and repentance of sin.
Now, I assure you that it is NOT that we remain silent about our respective beliefs! Ruben (for now) continues to “draw the line in the sand” as it relates to Jesus Christ NOT being the promised Messiah; at the same time that my “line in the sand” is in reality set in stone! Neither of us is silent about this.
However, out of His love for me, Ruben has GENEROUSLY cooperated and supported several Christian mission needs; and, likewise, my family has cooperated and supported needs that have arisen in the Jewish community. This is BECAUSE OF OUR LOVE and BECAUSE WE ARE “NEIGHBORS“.
BUT…I repeat, there is no compromise when it comes to the person and work of Jesus Christ! It is BECAUSE of Jesus Christ that I and Ruben live in peace with one another and together we BOTH honor the commandment of God to love our neighbor!
So, I say again also: At the same time that I’m not a big fan of Rick Warren, I firmly disagree with the idea that Warren’s comments speak to a goal to mingle and compromise the doctrines of Jesus Christ, and reject the oft used application of being “unequally yoked” as it relates to living at peace and loving our neighbors, but reflects a heart of obedience to living at peace with and living out the command to love our neighbor!
Back to Islam and “Chrislam”. Perhaps it is possible that Rick Warren has slipped down the path implying that Islam and Christianity are compatible in terms of truth and worship. This I do not know. However, this I DO know: Islam and Christianity are in NO WAY compatible with one another! The character of the “Allah” of Islam is incompatible with the character of “Elohim” of the Bible. The character of Muhammad of Islam is incompatible with the character of the Son of God of the Bible. And the “way” to redemption as written in the Quran is incompatible with the Way of redemption as written in the Bible.
Islam brings forth a prophet who suggests that a man MIGHT be good enough to deserve heaven, depending upon Allah’s evaluation of the deeds of the man.
Christianity asserts that it is IMPOSSIBLE for any man to be good enough to deserve heaven…yet, God makes the way possible for EVERY man to enter heaven in complete disregard of the deeds of the man but based upon the man’s trust in the vicarious redemptive work of the one and only perfect man who ever lived.
Islam asserts that, at puberty, an account of each person’s deeds is opened, and this person’s account will be used at the Day of Judgment to determine his eternal fate.
Christianity promises that it will NOT be the account of the person’s deeds that determines the eternal fate of the person. It will be, instead, God has declared that the deeds of Jesus Christ that determine the eternal fate of the person who believes and trusts Jesus Christ.
To think that both “Allah” and “Elohim”, and Muhammad and Jesus can be “equally” worshiped exhibits the great ignorance of the worshiper. And, that so-called pastors and other leaders in Christianity are leading followers of Jesus Christ down the path to “cooperative worship” on the basis that “Allah” and God are the one and the same is at the epitome of heresy!
THE DOCTRINE OF ISLAM
- about Allah: The single most important belief in Islam, and arguably the central theme of the religion, is that there is only one God. The name of God is Allah, which is simply Arabic for “the (al) God (Ilah).” Checkout Allah: Is “Allah” and God the Same Person?
- about the Prophets: Muhammad, the founder of Islam, is revered as “the Seal of the Prophets” – the last and greatest of the messengers of God. He is not divine in any way, for the strict monotheism that characterizes Islam (as well as Judaism) does not allow for such an interpretation. Other prophets are important in Islam as well, all of which are shared with the Jews or the Christians.
- about Human Nature: According to the Quran, Allah “created man from a clot of blood” at the same time he created the jinn from fire. Humans are the greatest of all creatures, created with free will for the purpose of obeying and serving God.
- about Life and Salvation: For a Muslim, the object of life is to live in a way that is pleasing to Allah so that one may gain Paradise. It is believed that at puberty, an account of each person’s deeds is opened, and this will be used at the Day of Judgment to determine his eternal fate.
- about the Afterlife: Like Christianity, Islam teaches the continued existence of the soul and a transformed physical existence after death. There will be a day of judgment and humanity will be divided between the eternal destinations of Paradise and Hell.
- Six Articles of Faith: There is no official creed to which one must adhere to be considered a Muslim. All that is required is to believe and recite the Shahada: “There is no God but God, and Muhammad is his Prophet.” Beyond this core belief, however, Muslim doctrine is often summarized in “Six Articles of Faith.” Many Muslims believe that one must adhere to the six articles to be considered a Muslim.
- about Creation: In Islamic doctrine, the universe is the result of the direct work of Allah. Because Islam teaches that the Bible is corrupt, it adopts some of Genesis’ teachings on the creation of the universe and humanity, but not all of it. The Quran’s teaching on creation is not as thorough as the Bible’s, but nevertheless explicitly states that the universe was created.
“Do not the Unbelievers see that the skies (space) and the earth were joined together, then We (Allah) clove them asunder and We (Allah) created every living thing out of the water. Will they not then believe?”[Quran 21:30] “Then turned He to the sky (space) when it was smoke, and said unto it and unto the earth: Come both of you, willingly or loth. They said: We come, obedient.”[Quran 41:11] “And it is We (Allah) Who have constructed the sky (space) with might, and it is We (Allah) Who are steadily expanding it.”[Quran 51:47] “On the day when We (Allah) will roll up the sky (space) like the rolling up of the scroll for writings, as We (Allah) originated the first creation, (so) We (Allah) shall reproduce it; a promise (binding on Us); surely We will bring it about.”[Quran 21:104]
- about Islam “Messiah”: There is no explicit reference to the Mahdi in the Qur’an, but references to him are found in hadith (the reports and traditions of Muhammad’s teachings collected after his death). According to Islamic tradition, the Mahdi’s tenure will coincide with the Second Coming of Jesus Christ (Isa), who is to assist the Mahdi against the Masih ad-Dajjal (literally, the “false Messiah” or Antichrist). Differences exist in the concept of the Mahdi between Shia Muslims and adherents of the Sunni tradition. For Sunnis, the Mahdi is the Muslims future leader who is yet to come. For most Shia Muslims, the Mahdi was born but disappeared and will remain hidden from humanity until he reappears to bring justice to the world, a doctrine known as the Occultation. For Twelver Shia, this “hidden Imam” is Muhammad al-Mahdi, the Twelfth Imam.