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prov·o·ca·tion - something that provokes, arouses, or stimulates. pant - to long eagerly; yearn. a collection of thoughts intended to provoke and inspire. these posts are hoping to encourage people to think, especially Christians, and pant even harder for the waterbrooks of the Lord. If you are not a believer in Christ Jesus, I welcome your perspective and encourage your investigation on these matters.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Ascol Questions Riding the Camel

Tom Ascol has written a very important article in which he calls into question The Camel Method, a way of presenting the gospel through a high form of contextualization in which believers use the Qu'ran as a starting point for sharing the gospel. This is much I would like to say about this, but I am currently strapped with two papers and pressing deadlines. However, I would like to provide you a quote I just came across while doing some research on evangelical inclusivism. Clark Pinnock, a chief proponent of evangelical inclusivism wrote in his book, A Wideness in God's Mercy: The Finality of Jesus Christ in a World of Religions, the following quote (emphasis mine):

“When Jews or Muslims, for example, praise God as the Creator of the world, it is obvious that they are referring to the same Being. There are not two almighty creators of heaven and earth, but only one. We may assume that they are intending to worship the one Creator God that we also serve” (96-97).
This should not alarm many of you who are aware of the attempts to say that the god of Muhammed is the Father of Jesus. If you are interested in the gospel mission of Christ in a Muslim context, let me encourage you to read up on this issue concerning the Camel Method, for what is at stake in such practices is not only fidelity to the gospel message and mission but also to the identity and exclusivity of our Savior Jesus Christ. For a link to Muslim contextualization approaches, go here. If you would like to download the Camel Method tract, you can find it here. The Camel Training Manual can also be found here.

2 Comments:

Blogger Trey Atkins said...

I am an IMB missionary no longer serving in an area with Muslims. However, when I worked in such an area, I did use the Camel method and found it to be nothing like you are describing.

The Camel method, as I understand it and was taught it, refers a Muslim to passages in the Koran which lead to creating an interest in reading the Bible and considering who Jesus really is.

At no point in my training on this method or in my practice of it would you say or even want to say anything close to an inclusive theological approach. Could it be abused for such purpose? Of course, what can't.

I am a conservative, evangelical Baptist. I found the approach to be very productive in helping Muslims open the Bible for the first time and to honestly consider the truth of Jesus, what He has done for us, and what their response must be.

In His Love,

Trey Atkins
IMB, Croatia

11/24/2006 09:25:00 AM

 
Blogger Timmy said...

Trey,

Thanks for the feedback. After reading your comment on Founders blog, I assume you made your way over here (altough there is a slight chance it was the other way around . . . well not really). In any case, I am glad to hear a response from an IMB missionary (or former) in a Muslim context. Contrary to how you took it on Founders, I don't think anyone is blasting you. Rather, I think they are asking honest questions, sharing legitimate concerns, and expressing their own opinions beit informed or uniformed on the issue.

For clarification sake, I would like to ask you then,

1. To what extent did you use the Koran?

2a. Did you refer to Allah and the Father of Jesus as the same person?

2b. How did you communicate Jesus in the context where one's understanding [of him] is clearly different from the biblical standpoint?

When you have opportunity, I would love to have a better understanding of how you used the Camel Method, beginning with these questions. In the meantime, I will be reading the tract and training manual for future discussion.

11/24/2006 02:04:00 PM

 

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