I am reposting this article I did back in 2009, with a new picture and updated links. (both the old photo link was broken, and I felt it needed to have the links to the other articles I was referring to.)
Be sure to review all the articles linked to at the end of that article.
Now, in the light of all the controversy over Dr. White’s dialogue with Yasir Qadhi, and the impression that many conservative political / patriotic Christians give to Muslims,
the question I have is this: Are American patriotic / political Christians making the same mistake in a different area that the early church did by the over-exalting of Mary (see the articles at Beggar’s All) , neglect of the doctrine of justification by faith alone in the NT; and the additions of other man-made traditions?
It seems to me the same root of idolatry and leaving our first love. Revelation 2:4-5
“Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in; aim at earth and you will get neither.” C. S. Lewis, page 118, Mere Christianity.
The last part – “aiming at earth” is what political Christians do, the first part “aiming at heaven” is what Dr. White did in the dialogue with Dr. Qadhi and all the other outreach to Muslims, both before and afterward.
See more of my responses to the Dr. White / Yasir Qadhi controversy here at this blog: