Corrected for name change, sorry!
Christians at WordPress have been discussing the fact that Dr. James R. White, Director of Alpha & Omega Ministries and an elder at Phoenix Reformed Baptist Church (www.prbc.org), facilitated an event – a dialogue – with the well-known Imam Yasir Qadhi.
In a recent post, Tom of excatholic4christ, while frank about his concerns with this, encouraged us to be charitable in discussions of what has happened, and I believe this is good advice.
In the first video Paul Flynn and Reformed Baptist Mark Fitzpatrick have a lengthy discussion of giving Qadhi a platform to present Islam to Christians. It is worth the time to hear Pastor Fitzpatrick’s insights and Paul Flynn’s heartfelt distress over White’s failure. The second video is Paul Flynn only and more low-key. All of this is a small attempt to add to a careful, prayerful discussion. Lord bless you, brothers and sisters!
March 28, 2017
* Because I said more than I should have in the comments on the original post, I have taken it down. Comments are closed on this update. It’s not that I don’t want to hear from you, but that I can’t say in comments what I haven’t said directly to IB. That isn’t right. *
March 7, 2017
Yesterday IB of See, there’s this thing called biology… ~ wrote about the need to be compassionate when we react to hurting people who say they’ve been helped by The Shack. It’s a truly good thing to be careful how we respond to others, especially those who are suffering, but there is more at stake here because we’re commanded to defend the faith. Compassion and sound doctrine must go hand in hand, and they do.
3 Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. 4 For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ.
Mercy and truth have met together;
Righteousness and peace have kissed.
Recently Tom of excatholic4christ posted Weekend Roundup – News & Views – 3/4/17 in which he included this image. Compassion is needed by all of us, truth is essential to us all. Let’s make sure we focus on both!
This is an extremely helpful article! I did not find it – another blogger directed me to it. If this was you, dear reader, please forgive and remind me. I’ll insert a HT link to your blog.
Hiram R. Diaz III
“God the Son tells us to be wise as serpents and meek as doves. This is not advice; it is a command. It is a command that places upon all of God’s saints the responsibility of being aware of how the devil and the unbelievers under his influence wage war against the church…
“The devil aims to deceive the naive, to create and nurture divisiveness and stumbling blocks contrary to the sound doctrine once for all delivered to the saints. He aims to achieve this through ‘smooth talk’ and ‘flattery.’ And as it was in the time of Adam and Eve, so it has been with the enemies of God ever since…”