MADISON, Wisc., March 5, 2012 /Christian Newswire
/ -- Rick Warren issued a response to the Orange County Register's article "Rick Warren Builds Bridge to Muslims." In his response, Warren said editor Jim Hinch misinterpreted him. In the article, Hinch said Warren was "proposing a set of theological principles that includes acknowledging that Christians and Muslims worship the same God."
Jim Hinch must have read "A Common Word Between Us and You
" that Warren signed in 2007. He signed the document with the late John Stott, Brian McLaren, Robert Schuller, Leith Anderson (NAE President), David Neff (Christianity Today), Richard Cizik (former NAE VP), and Bill Hybels (Willow Creek).
The document called for peace between Muslims and Christians. It pushed a common understanding between both faiths based on the Koran commandment, "O People of the Scripture! come to a common word as between us and you: that we worship none but God."
This document was an attempt to apologize for the supposed mistreatment of Muslims around the world. Christians should not have signed this document because Allah and the Judeo-Christian God are not the same. Christians believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the second person of the Trinity.
Muslims deny this doctrine as they believe Jesus was only a prophet and not God. Rick Warren's response to the Orange County Register's article clarified that he believes the doctrine of the Trinity and that Jesus is the Son of God.
The problem that we have is that he has a case of doublespeak. Warren denies the Orange County Register article's contents, but the document he signed "A Common Word Between Us and You" says differently.
Steve McConkey, leader of BigWorldWatch.com, says "A person should not say one thing one time and another thing later and then blame the reporter. Also, it gets old as he vilifies his critics as being Pharisees and not reaching out. He knows nothing about us. I minister to more foreign people here at the University of Wisconsin in a week than most people meet in a year."
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