JESUS WAS A MUSLIM SAYS HEAD OF RELIGION AT LUTHER COLLEGE

No, I imply that what pagans sacrifice they offer to demons and not to God. I do not want you to be participants with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons. (1 Corinthians 10:20-21)

Islam As Favorite Fetish For Evangelicals And Increasing Numbers Of Professing Christians

For at least the past six years now online apologetics and discernment works Apprising Ministries, has attempted to alert you to the growing infestation within evangelicalism of critical thinking skills-numbing corrupt Contemplative Spirituality/Mysticism (CSM), such as that taught by Living Spiritual Teacher and Quaker mystic Richard Foster along with his spiritual twin and Southern Baptist minister Dallas Willard.

You may remember that none other than Emergent Church guru Brian McLaren told you they were “key mentors” of the Emerging Church.1 So what did you think these mentors were teaching the leaders within the sinfully ecumenical neo-liberal cult of the Emergent Church who have now gone on to develop a quasi-universalism in their new version of Progressive Christian theology under their spiritual circus “big tent” Emergence Christianity?

As AM has been warning you, this über-inclusivism has led to increasing syncretism within the visible church and I’ve noted for you a marked rise in interest concerning the world religion of Islam as evidenced e.g. by Chrislam And The Gospel Of Islam. You may recall in Jim Wallis And Sojourners Making Muslim-Christians I pointed out that the founder of Islam, Muhammad, was actually a false prophet who did not hear from the one true and living God of the Bible at all.

The fact is, Muhammad miserably fails the test as a Biblical prophet when he calls us [to] go after other gods (cf. Deuteronomy 13:1-4) because the capricious, singular, Allah (cf. Surah 5:73) is most clearly not the loving and triune one true and living God of the Bible. In addition, the revelation Muhammad received—the Qu’ran—specifically denies the Deity of Christ; and God has told us:

By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. (1 John 4:2-3)

My opening text makes it quite clear the Lord Himself has told us that, even though many of them may indeed be very sincere, the faithful Muslim is absolutely not serving God; rather, they are serving demons. As it is written — All worshipers of images are put to shame, who make their boast in worthless idols; worship him, all you gods! (Psalm 97:7) Now you’re positioned upon the battlefield to better recognize the advance of enemy troops in this particular sector of our Truth War.

Which brings us around now to College professor: ‘Jesus was a Muslim’, which concerns Robert F. Shedinger (in vid clip below), who is “is an Associate Professor of Religion at Luther College where he teaches courses primarily in Biblical Studies and Islamic Studies.”2 As you might have imagined, Luther College itself is indeed affiliated with the Lutheran Church; specifically, the apostate ELCA.3

In that CampusReform.org piece mentioned above Josiah Ryan tells us:

The head of the religion department at Luther College in Iowa recently argued that Jesus Christ, the central figure of Christianity, was in fact, a Muslim.

“‘Was Jesus a Muslim?” asks Prof. Robert F. Shedinger in the beginning of a book he published this year entitled Was Jesus a Muslim? ” I will answer with a very qualified yes.”

In a recent interview Shedinger also defended his controversial thesis explaining that a Muslim undergraduate student had sent him on academic odyssey that culminated with him asking himself “Was Jesus a Muslim?”

“Even as a Christian I have to answer yes to that,” said Shedinger, who is the head of the religion department at Luther College in Iowa. (source, bold his)

Then in ‘Jesus Was A Muslim’: Religion Professor Makes Unbelievable Argument Mytheos Holt adds:

According to Shedinger, Islam is a “social justice movement,” not a religion, and since Christ supposedly supported “social justice,” that makes him a Muslim.

To quote him, “I came to the conclusion that [Islam] was a social justice movement and I think that’s who Jesus was in the first century so I conclude Jesus is more like a Muslim.” (source)

O…kay. Islam’s not a religion; perhaps then, I’m really Hatta, the Hatter and this is actually Alice In Wonderland come to life. However, Holt brings out the heart of the matter with Robert Shedlinger’s mental off-roading into the murky mud of postmodern Humpty Dumpty language:

Where do we begin with what’s wrong with this picture? The first and most obvious point would have to be that Christ, being born roughly 600 years before Islam even existed, is not capable of being a Muslim…

Finally, about that “social justice movement” description, we’d like to hear more of an explanation about how a religion that encourages female circumcision and conquest of any and all unbelievers is somehow tied to “social justice,” or, if it doesn’t support these things, why people who believe it does are wrong.

We also wonder why a social justice movement would be based around a belief that there is no God but theirs and their founder is the only legitimate prophet. We expect to be waiting a long time regarding these points. (source)

Cover your head now. It’s beginning to look like the postmodern bats really have left the belfry after-all…

Further reading

Endnotes

  1. http://www.brianmclaren.net/archives/000271.html, accessed 7/12/12.
  2. http://www.luther.edu/about/, accessed 7/12/12.
  3. http://www.luther.edu/, accessed 7/12/12.