Last month, in Sweden, the Bishop of Stockholm “proposed a church in her diocese remove all signs of the cross and put down markings showing the direction to Mecca for the benefit of Muslim worshippers.”
As reported on Breitbart.com, “Calling Muslim guests to the church ‘angels’, the Bishop later took to her official blog to explain that removing Christian symbols from the church and preparing the building for Muslim prayer doesn’t make a priest any less a defender of the faith. Rather, to do any less would make one ‘stingy towards people of other faiths’.”
At one time, not sharing the gospel explicitly was considered stingy.
Who was it said, “Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel?
But Paul said that when churches actually believed the gospel’s message and saw it as a form of liberation that they simply had to share, despite suffering. The cross was the Christian’s greatest source of pride, not something to take down and hide in the face of ignorance, doubt, unbelief, or opposition.
It’s not hard to see why this is happening. As Mark Steyn points out,
Germans have a fertility rate of 1.3 children per couple. European Muslims are estimated to have approximately 3.5.
In short, European post-Christians who accept abortion have no future and European Muslims who have children have a future.
So why shouldn’t the Muslims have the buildings too then? They are the ones who need them. As Steyn says, demographics is a game of last man standing.
Also from Brown:
As reported on the Religion News Service, “One of Germany’s largest Protestant regional churches has come under fire from other Christians for speaking out against efforts to convert Muslims just as tens of thousands of refugees from the Islamic world are streaming into the country.”
Yes, it’s time to throw out the Great Commission!
And this was a carefully thought out strategy, reflected in a new position paper in which “the Evangelical Church in the Rhineland says the passage in the Gospel of Matthew known as the Great Commission — ‘Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit’ — does not mean Christians must try to convert others to their faith.”
No? What else could it possibly mean?
When one is baptized, one becomes a Christian. A good Christian, a bad Christian, an indifferent Christian, but that is what baptism is.
At least that is what it was. I guess the post-churches will come up with a workaround soon.