I heard a while back that there was one man in the Michigan conference, from Australia, who was giving the straight gospel truth to the Muslims, and having success at bringing them to Christ. Well, today i finally tracked down who it is, and watched a seminar given by him (Rodney MacCullum) and an associate (Sam Bonello) and one other helper (Jared Thomas). Here is the video of the event held at the ASI conference in 2009: http://asiconvention2009.s3.amazonaws.com/track_001_bonello_lo.mp4
Sad to say, there were many points of concern, and i cannot recommend this organization: “Advent Interfaith Initiative” to anyone. While not being quite as pro Islam as Jerald Whitehouse and Stephen Dickie, there is still a lot of falsehood being passed off as truth. The most fundamental problem which i’ve seen with all these Adventist-Muslim people, is that they believe the Qur’an is a holy book, and that the god of that book is the same God that Christians worship. So with a platform based on the same teachings, it is no wonder that their teachings have many commonalities, because they don’t give the straight truth as it is in Jesus Christ.
They also have a website called People of the Book publications: http://pobproductions.com/ The same thing is seen there as in their speeches. That is, the Qur’an is upheld, and Allah is synonymous with the true God, both of which are very much against true Christianity.
God is not mocked. Just because the Qur’an professes to believe the God of Abraham does not make it so. The Qur’an is emphatic that God has no son, but the Bible is emphatic that God has a son. This is clear enough that anyone willing to, can see that the Qur’an is not from God, and consequently, the god of the Qur’an is not the same as the God of the Abraham, because Abraham worshiped the true God, the one who has a son.
I do agree with their teaching that we should show love to the Muslims. Many of them are much more sincere and searching for truth than we Seventh-day Adventist Christians are. Would Jesus shun them? Of course not, he would try his best to reach them where they were, and, here is the important difference between what we should really be doing as Christians, and what the Adventist-Muslim people are doing – is that we should be lifting up Jesus as the Son of God, the Saviour of the world.
The Qur’an, in referring to Isa, (which is claimed to be Jesus, but is not the true Jesus), says regarding Isa: Sura 43:59 He is nothing but a slave on whom We bestowed favour, and We made him a pattern for the Children of Israel.
But the Bible says: John 14:6 Jesus said unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the Father, but by me.
Pretty clear here about how much the Qur’an really values the Son of God – nothing but a slave. In contrast, Jesus calls himself the way, the truth, and the life. Notice that there is no other way to God – either you go thru Jesus, or you just don’t get to God at all. This basic pillar of Christianity has been overlooked for far too long in the name of “all you need is love”.
Rodney MacCullum says in the video:
“I thank the Muslims, because if not for them, there would have been no Reformation.”
“Please don’t tell me that Allah means something other than “God”.”
He gave a talk in a mosque with Stephen Dickie.
He reads from the Qur’an in a favorable light.
“Islam is just like ourselves, they want peace. Bless them….”
He talks about calling himself a “Seventh-day Adventist”, but says nothing about being a Christian. The next speaker explains why.
Sam Bonello then speaks a while:
He talks about how the image of Christians is bad, so only calls himself a Seventh-day Adventist
“Islam is not a demonic religion.”
“Prophecy is a key to help Muslims.” (agreed when that prophecy shows Jesus)
“The Sanctuary message helps Muslims understand Jesus better.” (intriguing, perhaps true)
“Because of hatred and prejudice over the centuries the Muslims are lower than Baptists to understanding the truth.”
Lastly, Jared Thomas speaks:
“Our Muslim Brothers”
He quotes the Spirit of Prophecy trying to show that what Paul did on Mars Hill in Athens is what they are trying to do for the Muslims. Actually tho, Ellen White mentions that Paul made a mistake at Mars Hill in Athens, and later resolved to only preach Jesus Christ and him crucified!
“Mingle among them (Muslims) as fellow monotheists. Because they pray to the God of Abraham, the same as we do.”
May we lift up Christ, and Christ alone, and avoid mixing the doctrine of demons with the doctrine of Jesus Christ.