SODC and MuslimsSeattle Open Door Church is located in an area where there are many Muslim families. These families need to hear the Good News of the Gospel. Seattle Open Door Church is absolutely committed to reaching Muslims with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
God's CallingMany years ago SODC Senior Pastor Rich (prior to pastoring SODC) felt the call of God to reach out to the addicted and homeless. For a period of time he resisted the call. But the burden from the Holy Spirit became too strong and he started doing street ministry. He has now been ministering to addicts, prostitutes, homeless, mentally ill, and the incarcerated for over 19 years. He is the Executive Director of Fairhaven House, a clean & sober housing and discipleship program. Thus SODC is known as a church that reaches out to those who have been outcasts of society. However, at this time in Pastor Rich's life God has put a new burden on him-to reach out to Muslims in America. Pastor Rich resisted the call to reach out to the addicted because he knew it would be a tough ministry, but has given him much grace over the years. Now God has called him to a tougher ministry. A very hard ministry. A ministry that sees little fruit. BUT a much needed ministry. Praise God that the members of Seattle Open Door Church are willing to support him in this new ministry. Pastor Rich will still be the Senior Pastor of SODC, but he will be spending some time building a team of believers who are willing to spread the Gospel to the Muslim communities in the Seattle area.
Training on Reaching Muslims for Jesus
On Sunday mornings Pastor Rich did a series titled "How to Reach Muslims for Jesus". He taught on the following topics: History of Islam, Who is Muhammad; The Beliefs of Islam, The Koran, Hadith, Sharia Law; The Differences Between Islam and Christianity; How to Relate to Muslims, How to Witness to Muslims.
Full DisclosurePastor Rich believes Islam is a false religion. He actually believes it is more than a religion, it is a tool used to build a world-wide Caliphate-total dominance of the world by Islam. He believes a true Muslim will follow the teachings and examples of Muhammad. Currently ISIS/ISIL/IS, is the closest to following the teachings and actions of Muhammad found in the Koran. Hadith, and Sharia Law. Thankfully there are millions of Muslims that do not take literally all of the Islamic writings. Most only accept portions of the writings. Many Muslims would be considered Secular Muslims. The phrase secular comparable to Secular Christians or Secular Jews. Some may call them Moderate Muslims. There are other Muslims that are Muslim mainly in the realm of being Cultural Muslims. These are Muslims who grew up in Muslim homes or countries and much of what they do is based upon Muslim culture. So they come to America with their culture (dress, food, customs) but at the same time embrace American culture over a period of time. After several generations of being in America many Muslim families no longer embrace much of their culture but they would still consider themselves Muslims.
Stating the above Pastor Rich is clearly not denying there are Muslims that are very evil and will go to any extreme to kill infidels (non-Muslims). It is not this group that SODC is trying to reach. Our focus is on the Secular Muslim, the 'Moderate' Muslim, and the Cultural Muslim. Our goal is to find the 'man of peace' who is open to the Gospel.
Luke 10:1-11 (NASB)
1 Now after this the Lord appointed seventy others, and sent them in pairs ahead of Him to every city and place where He Himself was going to come.
2 And He was saying to them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.
3 "Go; behold, I send you out as lambs in the midst of wolves.
4 "Carry no money belt, no bag, no shoes; and greet no one on the way.
5 "Whatever house you enter, first say, 'Peace be to this house.'
6 "If a man of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you.
7 "Stay in that house, eating and drinking what they give you; for the laborer is worthy of his wages. Do not keep moving from house to house.
8 "Whatever city you enter and they receive you, eat what is set before you;
9 and heal those in it who are sick, and say to them, 'The kingdom of God has come near to you.'
10 "But whatever city you enter and they do not receive you, go out into its streets and say,
11 'Even the dust of your city which clings to our feet we wipe off in protest against you; yet be sure of this, that the kingdom of God has come near.'