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“. . . it is hard to understand how a Christian church opening its sanctuary for Islamic prayers that renonce Jesus Christ contributes to interfaith tolerance. Muslims would never allow a Christian to preach the Gospel in a mosque. Palestinian Muslims continue to ban all Jews and Christians from praying at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. It would appear that “interfaith dialogue and tolerance” are just more code words calling for Muslims to rise up and conquer.”

Muslims Chant to Remove Jesus at Washington’s National Cathedral by David Lazarus
http://www.israeltoday.co.il/NewsItem/tabid/178/nid/25544/Default.aspx

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“How sad . . . it was to learn that the National Cathedral recently invited a Muslim imam to praise Allah in an official worship service there.
One report noted, “The planners say this is the first time the cathedral has invited Muslims to lead their own prayers there, which they call a ‘powerful symbolic gesture.”’
Columnist Robert Knight, in his article “A Brave New World of Intolerance,” notes: “The cathedral, indeed, sent a powerful message—of weakness. Many Muslims will see it as akin to raising their flag over a conquered enemy.”
The imam came and said his prayers there last Friday. Meanwhile, the officials kicked out a brave, unruly Christian lady who was objecting out loud to this event.
It is ironic to me that on the day I write this (11/17/14), I received an email from Christian Concern out of England on their plan to “launch an initiative to help protect those in the UK who want to leave Islam but fear the consequences of doing so.”
They write: “Entitled ‘Safe Haven’, the project has been launched in response to the brutal treatment in the UK of some who have left Islam and become Christians.” Some of those who will participate in their campaign on 11/18/14 include former Muslims who have converted to Christianity. According to strict Muslim law, the penalty for leaving Islam should be death.
One of those ex-Muslims who plan to testify for “Safe Haven” said, “My own family would rather see me dead.” In short, tolerance toward someone else’s religion seems to come only from the Christian side of the fence, but never the other side, where “tolerance” is crushed under the bulldozer of a totalitarian ideology.
America is a free country, and if the Episcopal Church wants to invite an imam to say prayers at the National Cathedral, who can stop them?
But are these professing Christians pleasing the Lord? Jesus Christ said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but by Me.” I’m sure their answer would be something like: “Tolerance. That’s why we invited the imam. We all worship the same God anyway.”
G. K. Chesterton once said, “Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions.””

-JERRY NEWCOMBE , CP OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR
Praising Allah at the National Cathedral
http://www.christianpost.com/news/praising-allah-at-the-national-cathedral-130002/#!

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National Cathedral Hosts Islamic Prayers; Lone Protestor Interrupts
https://muddystreams.wordpress.com/2014/11/15/national-cathedral-hosts-islamic-prayers-lone-protester-interrupts/

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As the spiritual mud thickens, the direction of once prominent emerging church leaders becomes more clear…

The following is an update to a previous blog posting here at Muddy Streams called Oprah’s New Agey Introduction of Rob Bell and his New Agey Message.

This past weekend, former evangelical pastor Rob Bell and former television icon Oprah wrapped up their national 8-city “Oprah’s The Life You Want Weekend” New Age tour. Joining Bell and Oprah on the tour were other two New Age sympathizers – Deepak Chopra and Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love). There was a time, not too many years ago, when Bell’s best-selling book Velvet Elvis was being read by millions of young evangelicals, and the book was touted by Christian leaders and college professors. It was a disaster in discernment in the church as even back then Bell was promoting the New Age. . .

Read more here:

Rob Bell and Oprah Wrap Up New Age Tour—EQUALLY YOKED
http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=16411

Update:

An Insider’s View of Oprah’s Life You Want Weekend Tour 2014 With Rob Bell – Bringing Americans to the New Age “Christ”
http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=16482

***NEW:

*May 12, 2015:
Letter to the Editor: Oprah Winfrey Becomes Stanford University’s “Office of Religious Life’s 2015 Rathburn Visiting Fellow”
http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=17360

*July 2015:
CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC PIONEER DON FRANCISCO DEPARTS FROM BIBLICAL INERRANCY
(is okay with Rob Bell)
http://standupforthetruth.com/2015/07/contemporary-christian-music-pioneer-don-francisco-departs-from-biblical-inerrancy/

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A Moderate Muddy Mess


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VIDEO: Imam Hamad Ahmad Chebli Praises Allah Before Bowed Heads on House of Representatives Floor

At the same time as a Christian woman was being forcibly ejected from the National Cathedral for loudly praying “Jesus Christ is Lord” before Muslim prayers began, the United States House of Representatives allowed a Muslim imam to give the opening prayer, in which he praised Allah in front of Boehner and other Republicans bowing their heads. Imam Hamad Ahmad Chebli of the Islamic Society of New Jersey was invited by Democrat Rep. Rush Holt (NJ).
What a pity that this alleged moderate imam didn’t take the opportunity to condemn the mass slaughter of Christians and non-Muslims across the world in the cause of Islam, or the vicious Jew-hatred spewed by millions of Islamic clerics the world over. But it’s not surprising.

More here:

http://pamelageller.com/2014/11/video-imam-hamad-ahmad-chebli-praises-allah-before-bowed-heads-on-house-of-representatives-floor.html/

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National Cathedral Hosts Islamic Prayers; Lone Protester Interrupts Service
BY STEPHANIE SAMUEL, CHRISTIAN POST REPORTER
November 14, 2014

The Washington National Cathedral hosted it first Muslim prayer service Friday afternoon in an effort to promote interfaith prayer and improved global relations between Muslims and Christians

UPDATE: 3:31 p.m. The Muslim prayer service held at the Washington National Cathedral was briefly disrupted by a protester, according to a local NBC report.
“Jesus Christ died on that cross over there!” a woman said loudly, immediately after announcements at the beginning of the service were made. “He is the reason why we are to worship only him. Jesus Christ is our lord and savior!”
According to the NBC report, she continued, “We have built, and allowed you here in mosques across this country. Why can’t you worship in your mosque, and leave our chuches alone?”
The protester was then escorted out of the cathedral, News4’s Kristin Wright reported. She was removed without incident, but she continued her protest once she was taken to an adjoining space. . .

READ MORE HERE:

http://www.christianpost.com/news/national-cathedral-hosts-islamic-prayers-lone-protester-interrupts-service-129726/#!

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The following is a clip of Oprah introducing one of her speakers, Pastor Rob Bell at Live Your Best Life (Day 2) in Newark, September 27, 2014. Bell tells the audience that if you are breathing, where ever you are is sacred ground, and everything is spiritual.

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Update:

An Insider’s View of Oprah’s Life You Want Weekend Tour 2014 With Rob Bell – Bringing Americans to the New Age “Christ”
http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=16482

***NEW: May 12, 2015
Letter to the Editor: Oprah Winfrey Becomes Stanford University’s “Office of Religious Life’s 2015 Rathburn Visiting Fellow”
http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=17360

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Russell Moore, Rick Warren to Join ‘Pope Francis’ With Muslims, Buddhists for Interfaith Conference
by Heather Clark

ROME – Russell Moore, the president of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and Saddleback megachurch leader Rick Warren will team up with Roman Catholic Pontiff Francis later this month for an interfaith Vatican conference on marriage and family.

“Complementarity of Man and Woman,” will be held Nov. 17-19 at the Vatican, and is expected to feature more than 30 speakers from over 20 countries. According to the Catholic News Service, those of the Jewish, Islamic, Buddhist, Hindu, Jaina Shasana, Taoist and Sikh religions will be present, as well as Roman Catholics and professing Christians.

The event is sponsored by the Pontifical Council for the Family, the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. . .

More here:

http://christiannews.net/2014/11/07/russell-moore-rick-warren-to-join-pope-francis-with-muslims-buddhists-for-interfaith-conference/

UPDATE:

Rick Warren at the Vatican Humanum Conference: “We All Love Jesus Christ”
http://www.donotbesurprised.com/2014/11/rick-warren-at-vatican-humanum.html

Will Rick Warren Play a Role In Persuading Some Calvary Chapel Pastors To Follow His Lead Towards Ecumenical Evangelicalism?
http://www.understandthetimes.org/rwbbe3.shtml

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