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Congregates at Heartsong in Cordova, Tennessee, and at Aldersgate United Methodist in Alexandria, Virginia, believe it’s their Christian duty to fellowship with Muslims and allow them to pray to Allah in their churches.

The apostle Paul, who authored 13 of the 27 books—almost half of the New Testament, writes in 2 Corinthians 6:14, “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers.” The idea is that Christians and non-Christians are so dissimilar that it is like hitching up different species of animals to a two-yoke harness, which makes the union improper and injurious.

In verse 15 Paul asks rhetorically what commonality exists between Christ and the devil; and knowing there isn’t any, he asks how then can one who believes in Christ have anything in common with one who does not?

Diane Bechtol of Aldersgate dismisses Paul’s admonition saying, “[I]t’s a tenet of our Christian faith … that we extend hospitality to the stranger. We are a congregation that wants to be helpful to people and if we are asked to help a neighbor in need, that’s what we do.”

Christian theologian and radio talk show host Dr. Alex McFarland criticizes Bechtol and the congregates for “political correctness and hyper-tolerance gone awry.” They “have crossed the line from respect and tolerance, to … affirmation and endorsement.”

“We as the church are called to show love, we’re called to help. But to let a building simultaneously be used for the activities of a mosque and also the activities of Jesus Christ, it’s just incompatible.”—Dr. Alex McFarland

With Mosque construction at an all-time high, it’s likely the “hospitality” trend will continue with the expansion of the Muslim population across the U.S.

The best lack all conviction, while the worst

Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;

Surely the Second Coming is at hand.—W.B. Yeats

I.M. Kane

For more on the story, see Churches Open Doors to Muslim Worship.

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