SBTS Grad Becomes Muslim to "Be More Like Jesus"

Miguel De La Torre received his Masters Degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and then served as pastor to the Goshen Baptist Church in Glen Dean, Kentucky. He then went on to Temple University and began to study Liberation Theology. Today, he serves as an activist and lectures in churches across the country on various topics relating to Christian ethics.
And, De La Torre is now self-identifying as a Muslim to be more like Jesus. He writes…

As a committed liberationist-leaning Christian, I may have no choice but to say the Shahada and convert to Islam if I wish to be faithful to my beliefs.

He explains that it’s the Biblical principle of “showing solidarity with the suffering” would provoke him to officially become Muslim. De La Torre invokes the “persecution upon Muslims by Donald Trump” as the reason for his conversion to Islam.
One wonders if De La Torre would turn himself into a headless martyr to show solidarity with persecuted Christian refugees. He continues…

But, you might ask, what about Islamic terrorism? Don’t we have a right to protect ourselves from those wishing to do us harm? By any means necessary? To which I would say: really? Do you really want your Islamophobia to show?…
But what about the Qur’an? Isn’t the book full of violence? Calling for conversion by the edge of a sword? To which I can only again reply: really? Have you actually read the Qur’an? Have you read it in comparison to the Hebrew Bible? Have you ever read the Bible? You know, the book calls for genocide (Josh. 6:21). You are aware women were considered possessions (Ex. 20:17). You realize it permits sex slaves (Deut. 31:10-14). In fact, it supports all forms of slavery (Phil. 1:12).

De La Torre says that his only response to the hypocrisy of Christians is to become Muslim and recite their prayers…

So, how to I respond to those seeking to visit injustice upon a people because of what they believe? I begin by responding with a prayer:  إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَأْمُرُ بِالْعَدْلِ وَالْإِحْسَانِ وَإِيتَاءِ ذِي الْقُرْبَىٰ وَيَنْهَىٰ عَنِ الْفَحْشَاءِ وَالْمُنْكَرِ وَالْبَغْيِ ۚ يَعِظُكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَذَكَّرُونَ  (Qur’an Surah 16:90).

The new Muslim convert then invokes an invitation to Baptists and others to follow the steps of Jesus into Islam…

Forgive me for ending this op-ed with an altar call, but what can you expect from a Baptist? Will you walk the cyberspace aisle and join me in following Jesús by becoming a Muslim if necessary?

For the sake of Scriptural clarity, the Scripture actually speaks quite explicitly about De La Torre’s dalliance with false religion.

But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed. (Galatians 1:8-9)

[Editor’s Note: HT Baptist News Global]


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