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Baptist slams `camel method'
Ergun Caner, a former Muslim who is president of Liberty Theological Seminary, has called a method used by fellow Southern Baptists to spread the gospel a form of “heresy.”
Associated Baptist Press reports that Caner, who considers Islam a false religion, rejected the so-called “Camel Method” in a podcast interview on the SBCToday blog.
“You can't start an evangelistic enterprise based on deception,” Caner said. “I just can't imagine that type of lying, and that's exactly what I call it.”
The “Camel Method” uses the Qurʾān as a bridge for sharing the gospel with Muslims and draws on a familiar legend in Islam. “The story goes that every good Muslim knows 99 names for Allāh, but there is a 100th name that was revealed only to the camel,” writes ABP. That name is Jesus, or “Isa” in Arabic.
The method was developed by Kevin Greeson, who has served with the Southern Baptist International Mission Board since 1993, who told ABP he created it after he initially was unsuccessful in converting Muslims.