Worshiping Jesus in the Mosque


Christianity Today looks at muslim background believers who stay within their Islamic culture while affirming that Jesus is Lord.


A critique of the Insider Movement approach and a response.

This month’s Evangelical Missions Quarterly examines the issue. Subscription required.

Gary Corwin in the IJFM

Two books on the question of Insider Movements and syncretism.


  1. Justin
    Posted 18 January, 2013 at 7:50 am | Permalink

    Hi Steve,

    I work among Muslims in north Africa and am gearing up to put CityTeam’s Discovery methodology into practice…hopefully with some local partners.

    I’ve been listening to some of your podcasts and been blessed by the bold multiplication effort that has been present.

    However, I just read the article and it really describes Insider Movement-type of strategy. I have to say that this is disappointing to hear. I have never met a local BMB here who, upon understanding Christ for real, has any interest at all in anything Islam because they have been freed from this evil system. Frankly, I hope that you won’t post any more articles involving–what many call ‘heretical’–Insider Movement strategy.



  2. Posted 18 January, 2013 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    Justin, if you have a well written, concise, biblical response to the Insider Movement that you an recommend, I’ll be happy to link to it.

    I’ve posted some links to various articles. I don’t think the issue will be resolved by not talking about it. Our model should be Acts 15. Out in the open, and what the Scriptures teach wins.

  3. Justin
    Posted 28 January, 2013 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    Hi Steve,

    Thanks for getting back with me. The Acts 15 passage is an excellent example for not putting undue other-cultural burdens on believers. However, that seems vastly different from someone, as a disciple of Jesus Christ, remaining, in any capacity, in the mosque. My understanding is that a mosque is a local heartbeat for the lies and death messages of Islam, a false religion.

    Jesus said in John 15:19, “If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” This seems to say quite clearly that we are called out of the world we are currently in, in all its forms, so that would/should include Muslims who come to Christ stop being Muslims and therefore, pull themselves out of the false religious system in a bold move. Staying in the mosque suggests that Islam can be redeemed, somehow, but that’s a dangerously false idea. It cannot, in any way, be redeemed. The people can, praise God, and they are. Like I said earlier, every BMB I’ve known sees Islam as the spiritual prison that it is and they are happy to be free from it.

    I found a great article in response to the CT article that really articulates well the Lord’s rightful demand that we worship Him and him only without compromise of any kind. Here’s the link if you have some time:


    Blessings and keep up the great work!


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