<a href="https://biblicalmissiology.org/author/ghoussney/" target="_self">Georges Houssney</a>

Georges Houssney

Georges Houssney was raised in the predominantly Muslim city of Tripoli, Lebanon. He came to faith in Jesus Christ as a teenager. Soon God grew a deep love for Muslims in his heart, and he began to sense God's call for full-time service among them. Well-known for his work supervising the translation and publication of the Bible into clear modern Arabic, Georges and his family moved from the Middle East to the United States in 1982 to minister to international students. Georges is passionate about reaching internationals here and abroad with the great news of salvation. He writes and lectures internationally about ministry to Muslims, and he strives to awaken a new generation who will proclaim the gospel boldly. Georges is founder and director of Horizons International and does Muslim evangelism training through his training Engaging Islam.

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    You make an interesting point, and really, while this site deals a lot with Islam, it is applicable to any group. At the root of the Insider Movement is postmodernism. A relativism that when added to the gospel makes it cost little, and frankly saves none.

    I do not believe that we are saying don’t present the gospel and utilize culture when applicable in biblical ways to display the power of the gospel. The problem is, missions has become 90% about contextualization, and maybe 10%, if even that much, about the gospel. I can’t remember the last time (Except the Engaging Islam course http://engagingislam.org ) that any missions training I went through focused on the gospel, and to clearly present the gospel. I lead and mentor so many young and upcoming missional people who are learning, training, reading books, spending tons of money on the means and have no clue on earth the message. My call to them is forget about means, focus on message, and see that the results are better than the other. The message is the means, because the Holy Spirit does the work. If you focus on means, you may never got to message, and have a hollowed out ministry that glorifies only your intelligence.

    Ultimately a lot of our churches here in the west are insider churches that focus on making people comfortable, and not convicted. Without conviction there cannot be repentance, and without repentance there cannot be salvation. And without a clear and powerful message, there will not be conviction to start the process.

    So I’d say look at how we do outreach in our current culture and analyze it in this context. Is the gospel message clearly presented. Does it point to Christ, Son of God, His full character (not just love, there is a lot more to him), and ultimately does it lead to conviction, repentance and true salvation and a transformative life.

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    Thanks for the interesting article. I think that I will have to digest it some more, but you have articulated some of my own concerns with super-contextualization (also called C-5).

    While I agree with your main premise, the only concern that I have with our discussion about this is that I’m afraid that we do not extend to Muslims the same flexibility we use in explaining the gospel in our own culture. As your site continues to discuss biblical missiology I’m interested in reading about that. For, we in the West are quite content to use many different ways to communicate the gospel (even using edgy movies, for example). I want to make sure we don’t use two standards.

    However, I appreciate the call to center our discussion around the Bible and around Jesus himself. HE IS THE BRIDGE!

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