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This week we have been talking about how to engage Muslims with the Gospel. We have been playing clips on our daily broadcast from our Saturday broadcast. Many of the stations that play our daily broadcasts don’t play our Saturday broadcast. If you don’t get it in your area you can listen to it by going to http://fortressoffaith.org/afr.
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Today we are going to continue our subject of how to engage Muslims with the Gospel. We are going to look at some of the objections that Muslims have when confronted with the Gospel. They are usually serious question. They are not usually just putting up a smoke screen, they are sincere questions.
One of the biggest objections that Muslims have is the Trinity. They have been taught that we believe in three gods and are polytheistic. We have to explain to them that this is not the case. Islam teaches that Allah is not a father and the idea that he could have a son is totally foreign to them. The idea of a Holy Spirit is also foreign to them also.
They believe that when we talk about the Trinity we are saying that Joseph is the father, Mary is the mother, and Jesus is the son. They believe that we should not say that any of these are God.
The Bible teaches us that there is a heavenly Father who has revealed Himself in three distinct persons but they are all one God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
When we deal with this subject we must start by presenting the concept of a heavenly Father. This could be a very important issue to a Muslim because if he leaves Islam he will probably lose his earthly father.
Muslims have been wrongly taught what Christians believe and what we do believe needs to be explained to them. We must communicate that we are not trying to win a debate with them, we are just answering questions and clearing up what Christians really believe. If we make it an adversarial confrontation you may have all the answers and win the battle, but you will lose the war. The objective is not to win an argument, it is to win them to Christ.
The second area they will usually attack is our Bible. They have been taught that our Bible has been corrupted. There are a lot of resources out there that you can study to learn why we can have confidence that our Bible is God’s Word. It was inspired by God and it has been preserved by God. You need to be familiar with this subject because if you are going to be dealing with Muslims they will bring this subject up.
It is so important that we get Muslims into the Word of God. Remember, “Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17)
If they have been taught that your Bible is corrupt then you need to answer that question. There is ample proof of the reliability of the Bible but I don’t have the time in this short article to cover this. This is why we have produced the course “Engaging Muslims With The Gospel” to help you. It is a 90 page book and four hours of my teaching on this subject. You can get it in our online store. You can also get it by calling 1-800-716-9272.
Another important point you will have to deal with is their concept of Jesus. The Qur’an teaches that Jesus is a prophet of Islam. It mentions this some 90 times. They have been taught that we believe that man became a god. We need to show them that this is not what we believe. We believe that God became a man.
They need to understand that because of God’s love for mankind (John 3:16) He sent His eternal Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the penalty for our sin. This will be a new concept to them because in Islam there is no concept of the atonement for sin. There is no sure solution to the problem of sin. All they know is that Allah is fair.
We must teach them that God so loved them that He came Himself to pay their debt. This will touch them. It may initially offend them, but it will touch them.
It is very upsetting to me to hear those who want an interfaith dialog say that Christians believe in Jesus and Muslims believe in Jesus and that it is the same Jesus. Nothing could be farther from the truth. We need to present the true Jesus of the Bible to them.
I want to give you ten steps suggested by Dr. Mark Gabriel for reaching Muslims. Dr. Mark Gabriel is a pseudonym name for a former Muslim who was an Imam who studied at Al Azhar university, the most prestigious school in the Islamic world. He started studying the Christian Scriptures to prepare himself to deal with Christianity and ended up getting save. This shows how important it is to get Muslims into the Bible.
1. Make Friends – Very important
2. Prayer – Equally important – Dr. Bob Baird (Mission Director) said “No one was ever saved that was not prayed for first.”
3. Share the Word of God – This is key
We must get them into the Bible. It is the power of God’s word that can change hearts and lives.
Jer 23:29 – “Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?”
Heb 4:12 “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
Ps 19:7 “The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure,making wise the simple.”
Rom 10:17 “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
Most Muslims welcome spiritual conversation. Talk about Christ, sin, heaven and hell. Tell them about your assurance of salvation because God cannot lie.
4. Ask thought provoking Questions
Good questions to ask are:
“Do you have assurance that God will accept you?”
“What does the Qur’an say about forgiveness?”
“Is God more concerned about our outward ceremonies or the condition of our hearts?”
“Do you serve God because you love him, or because you are afraid of Him?”
“Is God able to forgive sins without a sacrifice?”
“Can God Lie?”
“Can we trust God to keep His promise?”
5. Listen actively
Give them an opportunity to respond. Don’t interrupt. You will learn a lot just by listening.
6. Present your beliefs openly without apology.
Be clear and show the scripture for your beliefs as support for your teachings. This will place the responsibility for your doctrines where it belongs – On God’s Word.
7. Reason – Don’t argue
An argument may win a point but lose a hearing. Don’t get upset. Remember, they don’t have the Spirit of God yet. Truth cannot be discerned by them yet.
8. Never denigrate Mohammad or the Qur’an You are seldom persuasive when you are abrasive!
9. Respect their customs and sensitivities
Do not place your Bible on the floor. Muslims revere their holy book by covering it in velvet and placing it in an elevated place.
Do not speak about sex, it is dirty to Muslims.
Do not appear too familiar with the opposite sex. Be discrete and proper in this regard,
Do not make jokes about sacred things as prayer, fasting, heaven, hell or God.
Do not offer pork to eat.
Do not offer alcohol in any form.
Do not dress immodestly whether you are a male or female.
Do not show cleavage or thighs. Notice how careful their women are in covering themselves.
As mentioned before, be patient. Let the Word of God and the Holy Spirit do its work in their heart. You want a Real Convert – not a False Convert.