As a Christian, what would you do if your pastor invited a Muslim to take part in a worship service where the Muslim recited from the Quran? What if that Muslim recited sections of the Quran and then added additional texts that denied that Jesus was the Son of God and that Jesus should not be worshipped?
On January 6, 2017, Anglican Communion’s Church of St. Mary’s in Glasgow, Scotland celebrated one of its holiest celebrations of the church, known as Epiphany or Three King’s Day. It is the celebration of when the three king’s or wise men were given the revelation of that the Son of God, Jesus, had been born. The celebration of Epiphany in many churches throughout the United Kingdom is a very solemn occasion.
This year, leaders at the famous Anglican church invited a Muslim woman to take part in the Epiphany worship service by reciting from the Quran. According to one report:
“The passage being recited is from Surah 19, ‘Mary’ and includes some apocryphal material about Jesus speaking as a baby from the cradle. This is pretty docetic stuff and a little infant speaking adult words is a kind of ‘superhuman’ Jesus that is miles away from the Biblical view. The source of this material is from the Syriac Infancy Gospel, an apocryphal document from the fifth or sixth century. Needless to say, it’s not even vaguely ‘Scripture’ and Michael Nazir-Ali is right to condemn the use of it in a church service by Kelvin Holdsworth, the Provost of Glasgow.”