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12 May, 2003 9:02 AM

The Connexion comments upon a group of conservative Evangelicals who've come out saying we should heal 'rifts' with Muslims that threaten missionary work. While all in favour of reconciliation Richard makes an excellent point about the motivation behind it:

I may be nit-picking, but let's not condemn assaults on Islam because of the effects it might have on evangelism, or the potential threat it poses to lives and livelihoods. Let's condemn the rubbishing of Islam because it's wrong in itself and contrary to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

I couldn't agree more. We shouldn't love others because it might open a door for them to become one of 'us'. We should love them because they are made in the image of God, because God loves them and because it is a call at the heart of the message of the one we follow in Jesus. Any other reason I feel is somewhat manipulative.

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The other one I object to is those mission programs designed as "outreach" - ie, we will run a soup kitchen or provide tutoring or whatever because then we can convince those people to turn to God. No. No. No. Those things are worth doing just for themselves. Ulterior motives ruin it.

dan » 12 May, 2003 12:19 PM

Thanks for the links Darren.
And, you know, I've not had a single "de-linking" threat as a result.

It can only mean one thing - I wasn't linked in the first place!

"it's better to have linked and lost
Than not have linked at all"

[My apologies for the spurious Flashing Blade reference that is probably meaningless to all but a few europeans of a certain age ;o) ]

Richard Hall » 12 May, 2003 10:29 PM

Dan! You just hit on one of my big pet peeves!!

"We'll run a 'God's crew' and while we're fixing doors and painting houses we'll invite 'em to our church..."

Meanwhile people inside the congregation have busted doors and old ladies need their house painted, but since they're already 'in' they can't receive...they're expected to give, give, give.

Far be it from me to have any kind of need...

Laura » 13 May, 2003 4:54 AM

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