A discussion of David Garner’s article and the Insider Movement from Philip Mark of Reformation 21…
Insider Movements – Gutting the Bible
Hindu-Followers-of-Jesus? Messianic Muslims? Is this something that we should be excited about? Or does it represent the most serious threat to the gospel that the modern missionary movement has yet encountered? David Garner’s article
“High Stakes: Insider Movement Hermeneutics and the Gospel” (1) is important because it gets under the skin of certain innovations in missions and to the heart of what they are missing – an organic, all-encompassing, gospel-centered hermeneutic. The message of the Bible, not only in its whole, but also in each of its parts, is the story of God’s redemption of his people in Christ Jesus.
I have spent most of my life among missionaries and institutions dedicated to reaching Muslims with the gospel. Ours is a unique frontier of Christian presence in the Muslim world, an Evangelical subculture, a sort of ‘eco-system’, if you will. A variety of perspectives and approaches have been cultivated in this eco-system for good and for ill, including what are known as Insider Movements (IM).
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