by Mike Ratliff
14 Μὴ γίνεσθε ἑτεροζυγοῦντες ἀπίστοις· τίς γὰρ μετοχὴ δικαιοσύνῃ καὶ ἀνομίᾳ, ἢ τίς κοινωνία φωτὶ πρὸς σκότος; (2 Corinthians 6:14 NA27)
14 Do not become unequally yoked with unbelievers for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness or what fellowship has light with darkness? (2 Corinthians 6:14 Possessing the Treasure New Testament V1)
As many of you have know, there has been much news and rumor about the “Historic Interfaith Document“ between Saddleback Valley Baptist Church in Orange County, California and the many Muslim communities there. As usual, the absolute worst place to get the truth about something like this is in the opinion polls of “Twitter,” which are like popularity contests with only your best friends. What should our position be about this? We should always come down on the side of sharing the gospel with those outside of Christ, but not if is some sort of “social engineered gospel” meant to offend no one nor be robbed of the right view of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. It must also be clearly defined in terms of the Orthodox position of the fall of man and his need of redeemer as the only means of redemption, hence, the need of a perfect, sinless, propititiation, that is, God himself, who is the second person of the Holy Trinity, God the Son. Yes, the gospel we give to these Muslims must at least start there.
As I followed the discussion today about the maneuverings in the Saddleback camp to get the story changed, to make it look like Rick Warren never really supported anything like a message that said Christians and Muslims worship the same God and then the opinion poll stuff in Twitter started up and then the stories from Saddleback began to change, et cetera, I just shook my head with disgust. To be honest, I stopped caring a long time ago about what Rick Warren and his people say and do. What I mean by that is that I do not take them serious theologically because they have proven to be completely out-of-bounds a long time ago. On the other hand, I do intend to always pay enough attention to document things to the point that I can give those with discernment clear warning even if I would much rather be exegeting 1 Peter 1:23-2:3.
My brethren, what I described going on with the maneuverings above is deceit, which is a carrying out of falsehood for some evil purpose. It is not acceptable behavior for believers to do this and we are warned in scripture to avoid it and shun those who are addicted to it (Psalm 101:7). We are also warned to beware of anyone who claims to be a Christian teacher who uses deceit (Ephesians 5:6; Colossians 2:4; Colossians 2:8; 1 John 3:7.
In our own lives how should we behave? Let’s look at 1 Peter 1:23-2:3.
 [d]since you have been born again, [e]not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through [f]the living and abiding word of God;  for
[g]“All flesh is like grass
and all its glory like the flower of grass.
The grass withers,
and the flower falls,
 [h]but the word of the Lord remains forever.”
And this word [i]is the good news that was preached to you.
[2:1] [j]So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander.  [k]Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual [l]milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— if indeed you have [m]tasted that the Lord is good. (1 Peter 1:23-2:3 ESV)
[d] ver. 3; [John 3:3; James 1:18]
[e] John 1:13
[f] Heb. 4:12
[g] James 1:10, 11; Cited from Isa. 40:6, 8
[h] [Matt. 24:35]
[i] Isa. 40:9
[j] Eph. 4:22, 25, 31; Col. 3:8
[k] See Matt. 18:3
[l] 1 Cor. 3:2; Heb. 5:12, 13
[m] Ps. 34:8; Heb. 6:5
Those who have been born again not are not born of the flesh, but of the Spirit, through the living and abiding Word of God. Therefore, all of us who are born of the Spirit are to put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and slander. Why? These are the works of the flesh and evidences of those who are born of perishable seed, not of the Spirit. Now, Christians do act this way, but as they mature and learn to walk more and more in Christ through the renewal of the minds by becoming living sacrifices (Romans 12:1-2) these things should not be how they operate in the world, especially within the Church nor with the Gospel of Lord Jesus Christ. The very opposite should be true. We should become more and more Christlike and that does not mean that we just become pushovers who let the world take advantage of us, but we stand firm and never compromise the truth of God for any reason, even if it costs us our lives.
Soli Deo Gloria!
See also: Rick Warren, Islam, and Jim Hinch