Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Downside of the Insider Movement

Recently I learned from several sources about the “Insider Movement”.  For several decades, US missions strategies for reaching Muslims with the gospel have been drifting towards telling Muslims they can continue attending regular mosque services, calling themselves Muslims, and participating in the normal Muslim rituals—while also being a follower of Jesus.  While this may strike you as being absurd, there are actually very powerful and seductive arguments in favor of the “Insider Movement”, and it is more popular among Western missionaries than you would think.  Here is a link to one of the more extreme (but still surprisingly smooth) pro-Insider arguments I’ve read:

Thankfully, a few people are now speaking up with a carefully articulated response to the errors of the Insider Movement approach.  Here are links to a couple of these: (more in depth -- read the comments at the bottom too—they are in reverse order)

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