Semantic Deception in Action? Or Is it “Rush to Judgment?”
This article has now been corrected because of additional information supplied directly by Rick Warren which indicates that there is no biblical compromise in Mr. Warren’s association with Muslims.
The below mail was sent to Dr. John Piper regarding his rejection of Rick Warren’s alleged compromise with the Muslim religion. The Muslim religion allows Muslim’s to lie to non-Muslims much like the Communist allow lying to the enemy if it furthers their cause, but I would guess that the average Muslim is just as truthful as the average American.
Thomas Clark March 5, 2012 at 9:54 am #
Mr. John Piper,
Thanks for confronting this issue head on. We can be pleasant with Muslims but we cannot make any common agreement with them in terms of theology. There have a different god, Allah, and a different plan of salvation – by good works. They have had and continue to have an inherent hatred of true Christianity. They likewise believe in killing their enemies rather than what Jesus said, “Love your Enemies”. Also, the word “love”(agape) does not require a Christian to feel “warm and fuzy” about them, but to do good to them according to what they truly need – give them the clear and undeluted gospel of Salvation by grace thru faith based only of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ upon the Cross. Many “Do-gooders” misunderstand the biblical meaning of love (Agape) and promote the Western “touchy, feely” effeminate version of “love”. This needs to be clearly taught in biblical based Churches.
Our total culture has perverted the original meaning of many words. I call this Semantic deception! I have intended to write a lengthy article on the issue of semantic deception. I use this statement frequently in my teaching ” Definition is everything!” Many times people may be arguing about something but their problem may just be a misunderstanding of definitions. The two people may actually be in agreement, but are using or misusing terminology. Many people do not like it but I ask them what is their definition? Many times they have no concept of what I am talking about. They just think that words mean exactly what they think they mean!! But to another person they may carry another meaning or slightly different meaning. Check out our Blog site:
Below are some links about this issue. It is not clear whether Rick Warren clearly stated that the God of Christianity and the god of Islam are the same. They just stated that both Christianity and Islam are monotheistic, that is that both believe in only One God. Also, the agreement was that both Christianity and Islam teach a love for God and one’s neighbor. However, the problem that arises is in the matter of definition: Islam has a different god than Christianity does, by definition! Most of the articles were written without the input of Rick Warren. The first two below links are clarifications of what Rick Warren believes and practices regarding Muslims. The remainder of the articles are probably off center! We have left only one article regarding the accusation of compromise with Islam by Rick Warren. Unfortunately, Christians as well as others are too quick to made judgments without adequate information (myself included) so I have corrected this Post. Thus I have entitled the article Semantic Deception? or Rush to Judgment? However, did Rick Warren sign a 2007 document Regarding Christianity and Islam? This would be interesting to find out. But we must allow people to change their minds if they have honestly come to different conclusion after considerable thought.
Rick Warren Interview on Muslims, Evangelism & Mission http://www.edstetzer.com/2012/03/rick-warren-interview-on-musli.html
Rick Warren Does Not Embrace Chrislam http://www.christianpost.com/news/pastors-answer-does-rick-warren-endorse-islam-52833/
Rick Warren clarifies says Christians might not be Christians …. http://rightonweekly.com/rick-warren-clarifies-says-christians-might-not-be-christians/
Someone had a stand near Internal Revenue Service when I visited several years ago. The sign read, “Jesus is the Answer”. As is sometimes my habit I went up to the lady and asked, “Which Jesus?”. To which she answered, “There is only one!” To which I answered that there are 100s and maybe even thousands of men named “Jesus”. I explained that the Hispanic people have literal hundreds, if not thousands of men named “Jesus”. The lady was Roman Catholic by background so I assumed that she had some understanding on who the biblical Jesus was. However, I decided to take to questioning further. I mentioned that the only way we truly know who the correct Jesus is by the Holy Scriptures definition of HIM. In fact, I explained that there was probably as many as a hundred men named “Jesus” crucified outside Jerusalem. According to history records, the Romans crucified 10,000 or more Jews outside Jerusalem. Since the Hebrew word (O.T.), “Joshua” is the equivalent of the New Testament word,”Jesus”, and many mothers and fathers would have named their male children after the famous “Joshua”: thus there would have been many men named “Jesus” crucified outside Jerusalem.
We tend to have many naive assumptions which we do not recognize until someone points them out. Do you know the true Jesus of Holy Scripture? Do you know the Holy Scripture?
Would you like to know the true Jesus? He is the only one that can give eternal life!
24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. John 5:24 (KJV)
May God bless your today and forever.
Rev. Thomas Clark – Phil. 3:14