Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Dr. James White and Muslim Dialog

Dr. James White has taken the time to learn Arabic and study the Hadith.  He has participated in numerous debates with Muslim apologists throughout the world and has also written What Every Christian Needs to Know About the Qur'an (Bethany House).  He has proclaimed the Gospel inside mosques - how many preachers can make that claim?
Recently, American Thinker published an article that severely criticized Dr. White for his dialog with Yasir Qadhi.  Dr. Qadhi is an American Muslim scholar of Pakistani descent.  He is the Dean of Academic Affairs at the Al-Maghrib Institute and has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the  University of Houston and Ph.D. from Yale.  Listen to the dialog yourself and make up your own mind.  One factual error that American Thinker makes is the claim that Qadhi is Salafi, the strictly orthodox Sunni Muslim sect advocating a return to the early form of Islam.

In this video White deals with the Eugene Peterson (The Message) controversy and then deals with the Yasir Qadhi dialog (@ 19:30 mark).  Here is another video where Dr. White defends his actions.  James was also on Janet Mefferd Today and you can hear the podcast here (warning: very explosive! & may increase your bpm's).

Dialog Matters:

While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols.  So he reasoned [dialog] in the synagogue with both Jews and God-fearing Greeks, as well as in the marketplace day by day with those who happened to be there. (Acts 17:16,17, NIV)

Paul entered the synagogue and spoke boldly there for three months, arguing [dialog] persuasively about the kingdom of God.  But some of them became obstinate; they refused to believe and publicly maligned the Way. So Paul left them.  He took the disciples with him and had discussions [dialog] daily in the lecture hall of Tyrannus. (Acts 19:8,9, NIV)

After some days Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, and he sent for Paul and heard him speak about faith in Christ Jesus.  And as he reasoned [dialog] about righteousness and self-control and the coming judgment ... (Acts 24:24,25, ESV)

Let's all share the gospel with the Muslims we know.


In the 1990's, there was a debate at the University of Oklahoma (my alma mater) between an engineering prof who was a seminary grad (how many of those do you know?) and a Muslim apologist from Canada.  OU at one time had the highest percentage of Pakistanis among US universities.  The mood in the air was intense, but there was no riot.  "Pakistani Night" @ OU was one of the most fun and entertaining events I've ever attended while going to school!