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End Times File: Rick Warren, National Association of Evangelicals leader Leith Anderson endorse Yale statement promoting Christian, Muslim unity

The New Testament predicts that prior to the fulfillment of the Hebrew prophet Daniel’s seventieth week (D70W) an apostasy from sound Bible doctrine will occur among professing Christians (see 2 Thessalonians 2:3 and 2 Timothy 4:3). D70W includes the rapture of the church followed by the seven-year tribulation period and the glorious return of Jesus Christ to earth. The religious trend toward ecumenical/interfaith compromise has in fact been ongoing for some decades now but is finally reaching its denouement in the so-called “Yale statement” promoting “peace” between Christianity and Islam.

There should be no surprise that the pro-communist National Council of Churches (NCC) climbed on board this invitation by the Muslims to betray the Gospel of Jesus Christ. However, the endorsement given by “America’s Pastor” Rick Warren and National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) president Leith Anderson to this rapprochement with a religion at war with the West should serve as a wake-up call to faithful Christians everywhere that the physical translation of the saints to heaven is just around the corner.

The article below reports that: “The gathering is a direct response to a letter signed by 138 Muslim leaders last fall that called for peace between Muslims and Christians for the sake of world peace.” From the Muslim point of view, however, there will be no peace on earth until every Christian, Jew, and “infidel” has bowed the knee to Islam, or offered his neck to the jihadist’s sword. Noteworthy attendees also included: Jordanian Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad; former Sudanese Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi of Sudan; Geoff Tunnicliffe, CEO and international director of the World Evangelical Alliance, to which the NAE belongs; Antonios Kireopoulos, representing the NCC; and leftist US Senator John Kerry, who was slated to deliver the keynote address. Pictured above: Warren with bud Barack Hussein Obama, presidential nominee for the communist-infiltrated Democratic Party.

Christians, Muslims Seek ‘Common Ground’ at Historic Conference
By Katherine T. Phan
Christian Post Reporter
Sun, Jul. 27 2008 10:28 AM EDT

Top Christian and Muslim leaders have convened at Yale University for a historic conference that is expected to promote understanding and peace between Christianity and Islam on an unprecedented level.

The conference, “Loving God and Neighbor in Word and Deed: Implications for Muslims and Christians,” will officially be held July 28-31 but leaders from both faiths have initiated dialogue on peace during closed-session workshops since Thursday.

The gathering is a direct response to a letter signed by 138 Muslim leaders last fall that called for peace between Muslims and Christians for the sake of world peace.

The letter, entitled “A Common Word Between Us and You,” urged followers of the two faiths to find “common ground” in the love of God and engage in more sincere discussions on peace rather than simply just “polite ecumenical dialogue” between certain religious leaders.

Yale scholars responded with a statement that pledged more open dialogue to “reshape” the two communities to “genuinely reflect our common love for God and for one another.” Some 500 Christian leaders – including prominent Christians including Saddleback pastor Rick Warren, theologian John Stott, National Association of Evangelicals president Leith Anderson – endorsed the Yale statement.

But several withdrew their names from the letter following criticism by respected theologians.

R. Albert Mohler, Jr., president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, disagreed with key points raised in the letter because he felt they compromised the Christian faith. Among them, he said that amid calls for love in a common God, the letter “failed to clearly define the Christian understanding of God as the trinity.”

Participants at the “Common Word” conference will explore ways to “rectify distorted perspectives Muslims and Christians have of each other and repair relations between the Middle East and the West,” according to the Yale Center for Faith & Culture.

Notable leaders at the event include Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad of Jordan; former Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi of Sudan; Geoff Tunnicliffe, CEO and international director of World Evangelical Alliance; Leith Anderson, president of NAE; and Antonios Kireopoulos of the National Council of Churches. A handful of Jewish leaders will also attend the conference.

On Tuesday, Senator John Kerry is scheduled to give a keynote address.

“Christians and Muslims have gone through periods of good relations and bad relations over the centuries,” said Kireopoulos, senior program director for NCC’s Faith and Order and Interfaith Relations.

“Recent history has reinforced ill will between the two communities, so this interfaith initiative can make progress toward mutual understanding.”

The “Common Word” conference at Yale is one of a series of interfaith workshops and events. The other conferences will take place in October (Cambridge University), November (the Vatican), March 2009 (Georgetown University), and October 2009 (Royal Aal al-Bayt Institute, Jordan).

This blog’s Christian visitors might be aware of the fact that the tribulation saints, according to Revelation 20:4, are martyred by decapitation. This is an intriguing prophecy, the fulfillment of which appears to be looming in the near future. It is very likely that Islam, which is seeking through the United Nations to criminalize Christianity, will be part of the ungodly one world religion that will persecute true believers during D70W. As we have posted before, the murder of “infidels”–meaning Christians, Jews, and other non-Muslims–by beheading is sanctioned in the Koran.

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