The TRUTH please !
Split among Christians over moves to convert Muslims, says senior leader
By Boo Su-Lyn
August 11, 2011
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 11 — Mainstream Christian churches are distancing themselves from independent evangelical churches’ “over-enthusiastic” attempts to proselytise Muslims in Malaysia, says a senior Protestant church leader.
He told The Malaysian Insider that the mainstream churches were disappointed with some independent Christian groups for being insensitive to other religious communities when sharing their faith.
“We’ve had cases where the Hindus complain that the Christians have been too assertive,” said the church leader, adding that Muslims, Buddhists and Sikhs have made similar complaints.
..... The senior church leader said mainstream churches were also concerned with how some independent evangelical churches proselytised Muslims openly.
Evangelist group calls church split ‘wild allegations’
By Boo Su-Lyn
August 12, 2011
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 12 — Malaysia’s main Christian evangelist group has said it does not have to defend independent evangelical churches from “wild allegations”, denying there is a split among Christians over attempts to proselytise Muslims.
The National Evangelical Christian Fellowship’s (NECF) denial came after The Malaysian Insider reported that mainstream churches are disappointed with some independent Christian groups for being too assertive in sharing their faith with Muslims and other religious communities.
……… “You guys ought to guard your reputation. You used to have a reputation where you are truthful; now, you are as good as Utusan (Malaysia),” he said, referring to the Umno-owned Malay newspaper.
“This split among Christians — people can tell this is a lie,” added the senior pastor of Full Gospel Tabernacle.
If the revelation of the Senior Protestant Church leader about complaints by the Hindus, Buddhists and Sikhs over “over-enthusiastic” attempts to proselytise is true, then where is the TRUTH?
Could those who often speak on behalf of the Hindus, Buddhists and Sikhs please stand up and state your concerns or worries as they may be?
If it is true that we have rogue "over-enthusiastic" Church groups and pastors who are clearly going against the letter and spirit of our Federal Constitution then the onus is on us to put a STOP to such provocative and irresponsible actions.
IF such "over-enthusiastic" pastors and churches really exist and have been causing discomfort among believers and followers of other religions then we must STOP them.
Although proselytising is only forbidden on Muslims, it doesn't mean that the churches should be insensitive to the feelings of Hindus, Buddhists and Sikhs when propagating Christianity among them.
... and what more if the church itself is ILLEGAL.
p/s My Sarawakian buddy (a staunch Borneo Evangelical Church or SIB follower) says these rogue "over-enthusiastic" churches and pastors are giving CHRISTIANS a BAD NAME!