Why Evangelicals Should Be Thankful for Muslim Insiders
How should evangelicals best respond to such movements? We should be thankful. Many who might have never had the chance otherwise are now discovering the same wonderful Jesus we know.
Next, we should be prayerful. Though they remain part of their families and communities, these Jesus followers are still seen as "different" or even unacceptable by some, and many have suffered persecution for the name of Jesus. (This is not the time to widely publish details of these movements, thus exposing people on the ground to unnecessary risk.)
Additionally, we should be careful. We could find ourselves opposing what God is doing, when God moves in ways we do not expect. Those trying to pull up what they perceive as tares may in fact be destroying maturing wheat.
Finally, we should be biblical. They, just as we, are saved by grace through faith in Jesus alone, not by religious affiliation.
John J. Travis is an affiliate faculty member at Fuller Seminary and has worked cross-culturally in the Muslim world for more than 25 years.