I have a vague idea I may have written on this subject here before. But the scenario looks even more likely to me today than it did then (whenever that was).
I consider it highly probable that the mainline Protestant churches will convert, en masse, to Islam. Very likely within my lifetime.
Here’s my reasoning.
At this point in history, it’s pretty clear that liberal Protestants consider insulting Islam the most serious sin in the world. That’s because all Islamic terrorism stems from the Muslims’ righteous outrage at being insulted by us. They themselves are not culpable in any way. It’s all our fault, for insulting them.
Well, what insults Islam more than anything else? I’d say it’s the Christian doctrine that Jesus is God. God has no son, Muslims say. It’s an offense and blasphemy to suggest such a thing. Jesus (whom they call Issa) was a great prophet, and they revere Him. But not the Son of God.
Here we see a confluence of doctrines. Many liberal Protestant theologians (I’d bet even a plurality) believe pretty much the same thing about Jesus. They don’t believe in the virgin birth. They don’t believe in the Incarnation. Jesus, in their view, was a great human teacher, whom we revere. But that’s all.
In other words, they’re pretty close to being Muslims already.
But there’s another point of convergence.
For generations, liberal theologians have told us that Jesus’ mission was not to save us from our sins and reconcile God to man. Jesus, they have proclaimed, was a preacher of pacifism. Pacifism was His whole mission. Whatever makes for peace is a fulfillment of Jesus’ true gospel.
“Islam” means peace. The peace that comes from submission to Allah and his law.
Conversion to Islam will be packaged as a foolproof plan for world peace. Once everyone has submitted to Islam, there will be peace over the whole world.
Why wouldn’t a liberal church agree to that, bearing in mind that they don’t believe in Jesus’ divinity anyway?
They’re going to convert. That’s my prediction.