In a news video from station WHNT News 19 in Alabama, Pastor Jason Parks, senior pastor of Refuge Church in Huntsville, is featured to discuss his work with Muslims around the world. According to Parks, “There’s just not a relationship between Muslims and Evangelicals, and we want to try to bridge that gap and try to foster those relationships.”
(Screenshot from WHNT News 19 video)
The pastor is featured because he was chosen by the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding (FFEU), located in New York, to work toward narrowing “the divide” between evangelicals and Muslims. According to polling that FFEU has participated in, the evangelicals and Muslims they spoke to feel that there is hope that their differences can be diminished. When you hear Parks speak of reaching out to Muslims in love and working to become friends even when people have “extremely different” beliefs, it sounds as if he’s referring to the great commission (Matthew 28:19-20). He makes it seem as if it’s a great program to be a part of for the sake of the gospel. And there’s nothing wrong with being friends with Muslims. However, upon deeper review, what Parks is involved with is nothing more than Chrislam, which is a path to lead toward one world religion–something we are warned about in Revelation.
The FFEU is an organization that discourages proselytizing. They’re all in favor of establishing friendships with people of other faiths and having local church leaders visit mosques for community functions (as was done in Huntsville recently). But evangelicals sharing the gospel to try to lovingly persuade Muslims or Jews to repent and confess Jesus as Lord is prohibited by the FFEU. So since Parks is doing his work via the organization, you can best believe he’s not fulfilling the great commission with the FFEU.
Furthermore, the FFEU is in partnership with the Women’s March movement, a conglomeration of feminists that includes radical Muslims and witches who have expressed hatred toward Christians and Jews, especially the ones who support President Trump and his pro-life policies. The FFEU has also been a staunch defender of George Soros, which means they most likely have received funds from him. As if that weren’t enough to raise red flags about the organization and those tied to it, the leader and founder of the FFEU, Rabbi Marc Schneier, works closely with the Saudi Arabian religious initiative that was started by the late King Abdullah in 2011. It seeks to get all religions to work together for global relations and to stop “anti-Muslim bigotry,” or, in other words, to make societies worldwide abide by sharia in the form of outlawing any subjectively perceived criticism of Islam.
For any “evangelical” pastor such as Parks to partner with any organization like this speaks ill of his spiritual discernment and has the likely potential of leading churchgoers astray. God didn’t call his church to take part in spiritual compromises with those who worship idols. He called us to be a people sanctified unto himself to serve only his heavenly purposes. My prayer is that Christians in that community will not be deceived by these efforts to establish the false religion of Chrislam.
14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God… 2 Corinthians 6
Source: Christine Mitchell, Local pastor working to bridge divide between Christians and Muslims, WHNT.com, January 14, 2020.