Daily Devotional for Saturday July 6, 2013
A Christian Response to Islam - Part Two
***ASK BILL: Pastor Bill, When I'm in church listening to a sermon, or listening to someone witness about what God has done in there life or even listening to church music, I get so overwhelmed and tear up. Sometimes I cry. Do you have any idea what this means?
ANSWER: It is very common. We get so busy just living life, during those times when we are doing nothing but focusing on our faith, on what our salvation means, what Jesus did for us and how much He loves us, it is hard NOT to get emotional. The fact is, we can't even begin to fathom it all!
Part Two of Two
Yesterday in part one, I made the clear case how Islam is growing around the world and has a very clear and stated goal of taking over every nation on the planet. We are actually watching this unfold before our very eyes. I also shared how most people in the United States are sleeping on this issue, and without even knowing it you now have Muslim groups operating in all 50 states.
Like in European nations, they have infiltrated every aspect of our society from the business community, the military, media, politics, to the education system. You name it and there is now an Islamic presence. They are well financed and become more organized and emboldened each day.
So that begs the question, how should Christians in the United States and around the world respond to the ever growing threat of Islam?
First, let me share with you what a Christian should NOT do. Theologically, Christians and Muslims have NO common ground. I get sick every time I hear of Christian churches and groups getting involved with Imams, mosques, and different Muslim groups. It is that ecumenical lie from hell. On the surface it sounds great. Let's all hold hands and sing kumbaya. The problem is IT DOESN'T WORK! Again, I get the concept of getting along with people of other faiths, but here is why it never works.
In these ecumenical situations, in these feel good alliances between Muslims and Christians, it is always the Christian who has to lay aside the absolutes of the Bible...NOT THE MUSLIM THEIR BELIEFS! They pray to their mythical god "allah," and talk of their murdering, pedophile prophet Mohammad without hesitation. Christians become afraid to even pray in the name of Jesus, yet alone have the courage to share the true Gospel, for fear of "offending" someone.
The reality is, Muslims love to get involved in these relationships with Christian churches and groups. Most Christians have big hearts and are easy prey for those who follow Islam. The Christian has a real desire to be friends with Muslims and thinks that they will be able to convert them to Christianity simply by being kind to them, when the Muslim is simply using the relationship for credibility and to further the lie they are simply peaceful people who want to get along with everyone. Trust me my friend, when "jihad," holy war comes, your nice, "peaceful" Muslim friend will not hesitate to cut your head off!
So what is a Christian's proper response to Islam? THE LIGHT OF THE WORD OF GOD AND THE POWER OF THE GOSPEL!!!
How do you fight the lie? With the Truth. How do you overcome evil? With love. We don't take up arms to fight the spread of Islam. That is how they have propagated their false religion around the world for 1400 years. We take up the sword, the Bible! Christianity has its roots in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve. The false relgion of Islam was founded just 1400 yrs ago by a mere man who was visited in his sleep by angels of satan.
The God of the Bible and "allah" of Islam ARE NOT THE SAME! If you study the attributes of the God of the Bible and "allah," you will quickly see they are NOT the same person. Muslims speak of Abraham, due to the poor plagiarism of parts of the Bible Mohammad used when he wrote his book of fantasies called the Qu'ran. Abraham, through his illegitimate son Ishmael, was the father of Arab race and had NOTHING to do with Islam since this false relgion wasn't even created until 2600 years after Abraham lived!
People who claim there are 3 religions from Abraham are WRONG! Only Judaism and Christianity have a connection to Abraham, NOT ISLAM! While many of the Arab race have become Muslims in the past 1400 years, there is no direct connection between Abraham and the false religion of Islam. Abraham's illegitimate son Ishmael was NOT a Muslim!
Of course Islam recognizes Jesus as a "prophet." Like all cults and false religions they deny Christ's deity. If Jesus was not God incarnate than the best He could have done was die for His own sins, not the sins of all mankind meaning there is no such thing as salvation through faith in Jesus Christ!
ISLAM HAS NO PLAN OF REDEMPTION FOR MAN'S SINS. ISLAM HAS NO SAVIOR. CHRISTIANS MUST FIGHT ISLAM WITH THE LIFE-TRANSFORMING POWER OF THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST!
I love you and care about you so much. Christians in the United States and across the world must fight the growing threat of Islam with the Truth of the Bible and the power of the Gospel! We can't fight Islam through these ecumenical projects. We can't fight Islam with physical force. We fight Islam with God's Word and His plan of salvation available to all men through faith in Jesus Christ!
While Islam is growing by the day all over the world, one of the reasons for the spread of Islam is those who have bought into the lies of this false religion are bold, fearless, and tireless in "evangelizing." How sad is it that those who believe the lies of satan are more aggressive in telling others those lies, than those who have the only Truth there is. If the servants of satan are so bold with their lies, how much more bold should the servants of Jesus Christ be with the Truth???
My friend, we fight the growing threat of Islam by changing hearts and seeing souls won for Christ. I realize at some point when the last chapter of human history is unfolding, there will be a great war fought on the planes of Megiddo between those who follow the false god "allah," and those who follow the God of the Bible. However, for this season, we fight this war with Islam by boldly proclaiming the hope we and all men have through faith in Jesus Christ.
The Gospel is our only weapon, our only hope, and our only answer in defeating Islam!
In His love and service, Your friend and brother in Christ,