Church to Debate Convert Motion
I was surprised (not really shocked) to read on BBC that the Church of England will debate a motion about the need/importance of evangelizing people of different faiths – more specifically Muslims. This motion is being brought to the floor by Paul Eddy – a layman who is training to become a priest.
Eddy puts it this way:
Both Christianity and Islam are missionary faiths,” he said. “For years, we have sent missionaries throughout the whole world, but when we have the privilege of people of all nations on our doorstep, we have a responsibility as the state church to share the gospel of Jesus Christ.”
“Most Muslims that I’ve talked to say, ‘I really wish that Christians would stop watering down their faith and expecting us to do the same.’
“Until we start really saying what we really believe in our faith, there will be no respect.
“Actually, to present to a Muslim that we believe Jesus is the only way to God, they’ll say, ‘We know that’.
“They will expect us – if we’re true Christians – to try to evangelise them, in the same way they will expect us, if they’re true Muslims, to adopt their faith.”
It is hard to disagree with Eddy. He is absolutely right in his statements. Having said that – leave it to the Anglican Church to muddle the waters on this issue and come up with an evasive answer. They have been doing it on the issue of homosexuality. I wonder what is next…
See also the fine analysis of Al Mohler. He rightly concludes:
“If Bishop Lowe’s theology wins the day [ he sees no need for sharing the Gospel with people of different faiths], as evidence suggests is already happening, the Church of England will forfeit any claim to the Gospel. The New Testament leaves absolutely no room for other “paths to God,” nor for allowing “respect” to preclude evangelism.”