In an update to a previous post, it now appears Wheaton College, an Evangelical school, is preparing to fire suspended professor, Larycia Hawkins, over her claim that Christians and Muslims worship the same God. See the story below.
In reaction to some anti-Muslim, political rabble rousing, Hawkins created a firestorm at Wheaton last month by stating, “I stand in religious solidarity with Muslims because they, like me, a Christian, are people of the book. And as Pope Francis stated last week, we worship the same God.”
In our post-modern era, which worships plurality and inclusiveness, Wheaton’s actions to date have not been popular. Even some in the Evangelical “community” have come to Hawkins’ defense.
So, is Allah the same God as Yaweh? Muslims don’t believe Jesus was God the Son. They don’t believe He died on the cross as a sacrifice for the sins of mankind. Like Catholicism, Islam believes salvation is obtained through a combination of “faith” and works.
But the Father revealed Himself to mankind only through Jesus the Messiah. The only way to salvation is through Jesus Christ; by accepting Jesus as Savior by faith.
“We accept human testimony, but God’s testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son. Whoever believes in the Son of God accepts this testimony. Whoever does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because they have not believed the testimony God has given about his Son. And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.” – 1 John 5:9-12
Christians don’t believe Mohammed was a prophet of Yaweh. We don’t believe the Quran is the inspired Word of God. The Allah of Islam is not the Yaweh of the Old Testament believers and Christianity.
“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.” – John 14:6-7
Hawkins’ statement certainly resonates with the majority of people in today’s culture. Wheaton, hardly a bastion of Evangelical orthodoxy, will be smeared as an example of uncharitable and ungodly sectarianism. Going forward, Evangelical seminaries, churches, and para-church organizations will face increasing pressure to conform to the extremely popular ecumenism of pope Francis and other religious universalists.
I love Muslims. I love Catholics. My prayer is that many Muslims and Catholics will someday accept Jesus Christ as their Savior.
“I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their fellow Israelites, and I will put my words in his mouth. He will tell them everything I command him. I myself will call to account anyone who does not listen to my words that the prophet speaks in my name. But a prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, is to be put to death.” – Deuteronomy 18:18-20
Professor flabbergasted over Wheaton’s plan to fire her over worship comments