You read that headline correctly. The National Association of Evangelicals does not speak for me, nor does it speak for true Conservative Christians. In October of 2007, 138 Muslim leaders from around the world sent an open letter to the Pope saying "The very survival of the world itself is perhaps at stake", and asking for a meeting. Some saw that statement as a plea for peace between Christians and Muslims, others saw it as a declaration of war.
In November, NEA President Leith Anderson and NEA Vice President Richard Cizik signed onto a Christian response to that October invitation to dialogue from 138 Muslim leaders around the world.
An attempt by leaders of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) to win friends and influence Muslims is alienating another group — evangelical Christians. Reactions have been negative and strong. Islam expert Dr. Patrick Sookhdeo has called it a “betrayal” and a “sellout.” Dr. Albert Mohler, president of Southern Seminary (Southern Baptist), termed it “naiveté that borders on dishonesty.” [snip]
— apologized for the sins of Christians during the Crusades and for “excesses” of the global war on terror, without mentioning Muslim atrocities. It appeared to leave the fundamentals of Christianity — especially the deity of Christ — open for discussion.
It even seemed to acknowledge Allah as the God of the Bible. “Before we ‘shake your hand’ in responding to your letter,” it stated, “we ask forgiveness of the All-Merciful One and of the Muslim community around the world.”
The very name of the Muslim communiqué — A Common Word between Us and You — is from a verse in the Quran that condemns “people of the Scripture” (Christians) for alleged polytheism (the doctrine of the Trinity).
Mohler said the agreement “sends the wrong signal” and contains basic theological problems, especially in “marginalizing” Jesus Christ. (continue reading at CitizenLink)
Now doesn't that make you feel all warm and fuzzy. These evangelicals might as well just surrender now and be done with it.
Pope Benedict XVI, being the nice guy that he is, has agreed to a meeting.
Three representatives of the Muslim scholars will come to Rome in February or March to prepare for the meeting, the head of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, told the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano this weekend.
The agenda, he said, would cover three main topics: respect for the dignity of each person, interreligious dialogue based on reciprocal understanding, and instruction of tolerance among the young.
"The meeting with a delegation of some of the 138 Muslims, planned for Rome next spring, is in a certain sense historic," Tauran was quoted by L'Osservatore as saying. (more)
Amy Proctor says:
This is certainly an unprecedented step in the right direction. Of course, true unity would include a meeting that included Jewish representatives, but that might be asking too much. One step at a time…… (emphasis mine)
I'm sure the Muslims didn't want the Jews there. They are busy winning over the gullible evangelicals.