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24 February, 2011 / theexpositor

Christian churches welcoming Muslim worship? Protestant renewal organization does not think it is a good idea for church buildings to be used for Muslim worship services.

Fox News recently reported that two Protestant churches are getting criticized for opening their facilities to Muslims groups that are in need of a place to conduct their services. Heartsong Church near Memphis, for example, reportedly allowed members of the Memphis Islamic Center to hold Ramadan prayers in its building last September, and Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Alexandria, Virginia currently allows the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) to hold regular Friday prayers in its facility while their new mosque is under construction.
Alan Wisdom (IRD)Alan Wisdom, vice president for research and programs and director of the Presbyterian Action Committee at The Institute on Religion & Democracy (IRD), does not think God’s house should be used by those who do not accept Jesus.

“Worship is a sacred thing. We dedicate our sanctuaries to the worship of Jesus Christ. It is not appropriate in a space that’s dedicated to the worship of the Lord Jesus Christ to have prayers said based on the false prophecy of Mohammad,” Wisdom contends. “And I would venture to say that I doubt that Muslims would allow us to pray in the name of Jesus Christ in a mosque that was dedicated to Islam.”
While Wisdom believes it is important for Christians to reach out and share the gospel with Muslims, he concludes that church congregations should never allow their buildings to be used for religious practices that oppose Christian teachings.