By Julian Mann, Virtueonline
It should not need to be said. But the revisionist Anglican crusade for inter-faith 'partnerships' is making it increasingly difficult to say it at synods and clerical gatherings without being accused of heresy: Muslims are not the spiritual brothers and sisters of Christians.
The New Testament is clear that the family or household of God is comprised of believers in the real biblical Lord Jesus Christ who, contra the Koran, was the incarnate Son of God, was crucified in person and did rise again bodily from the dead.
For example, the Apostle Paul thus addresses former pagans who became Christians and joined local churches in and around Ephesus in the 1st century AD:
"Consequently you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow-citizens with God's people and members of God's household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone" (Ephesians 2v19-20 – NIV).
It is such people that Paul addresses in familial terms in his letters and distinguishes them from those who do not believe in the Jesus Christ proclaimed by the New Testament Apostles. For example, in his Second Letter to the Thessalonians, Paul asks for prayer from the Christian community for himself as a preacher of the saving message of the crucified and risen Jesus Christ:
"Finally, brothers, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honoured, just as it was with you. And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men, for not everyone has faith" (2 Thessalonians 3v1-2).
It is true that not all Muslims are hostile to Christians. But many definitely are and, incited by Koranic texts, support violence against Christians.
There is still a naivety about Islam among the English middle classes from whom Anglican clergy are largely drawn. John Laffin, in his prophetic 1979 book The Dagger of Islam warned of a growing anti-Christian feeling amongst Islamic militants, which we have seen coming to violent fruition since then: