Today I want to continue with what we started yesterday. Christians are called to be salt and light in this world. They are called to stand up for the truths of God’s Word. Instead, many pastors and Christians in the pew, are surrendering to Islam.
We know that the Lord Jesus Christ and true Christianity will never surrender to Islam. We will see a little later that when Lord Jesus Christ does come back He will be dealing with Muslim nations and they will be the focus of the battle against Satan’s armies.
What Does Scripture Have To Say?
There are those who tell us we should not be offensive. They say that to be effective for Christ we must be amiable and get along with everyone, including Muslims. The Scriptures and Lord Jesus Christ have something quite different to say on the subject.
We need to be grounded in the Word of God and follow what it says rather than man’s opinion. Matthew Chapter 10 says:
Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. (Matthew 10:34-35)
The idea that we can’t offend anyone, and that we must get along with everyone has no biblical basis. Paul made it clear in his letter to the Christians in Rome that we should not be ashamed.
As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. (Romans 9:33)
We must be bold and stand unashamedly for the truth. God tells us that the truth will be a stumblingstone for many and it will offend people.
Paul also made this clear in his first letter to the church at Corinth when he said:
But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; (1 Corinthians 1:23)
The message will not always be popular.
Having lived so many of my years in Europe, I see the American touch on the Gospel here. Americans want something that sells well. We have to change the Gospel to make in less offensive so it will sell better. We were warned that there would be a day like this. Listen to what Paul said to Timothy:
Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. (2 Timothy 4:2-4)
They will follow fables rather than hearing the truth. Their lusts will cause them to seek teachers who will scratch their itching ears. This really describes the days in which we live. This is exactly what is happening in most of the pulpits of America.
We need to remember that in this passage Paul is not talking about the lost of the world, he is talking about those who call themselves believers. It fits with what we see in Revelation Chapter 3 in the seventh letter to the pastors of the seven churches. We know that the church of the Laodiceans was a literal church in the first century. Today it would be in Turkey. We also know that this is a type of the churches of the last days just before the Tribulation.
And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. (Revelation 3:14-22)
God has nothing good to say about this church. He is ready to vomit it out of His mouth. He is standing outside this church, knocking at the door, and desiring to come in and dine with it. The door to this church is closed to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Revelation 3:20 is not a verse about evangelism as it is so often misused. It is a warning to the lukewarm churches. When we are lukewarm and have the Rick Warrens of this world putting together a peace plan we are in real trouble. When Rick Warren spoke at the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA, a Muslim Brotherhood organization) conference about his PEACE Initiative, he was betraying the Lord Jesus Christ. We have heard Rick Warren and people from his church say that when they reach out to Muslims, they will not seek to evangelize them. They want to find peace and common ground so Christianity and Islam can get along.
These modern false prophets have abandoned the Great Commission. They would rather allow Muslims to go to Hell than offend them.
A moment ago we looked at Matthew Chapter 10. There is a parallel passage in Luke Chapter 12:
Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division: For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law. (Luke 12:51-53)
When the Word of God comes, be it the written word of the Scriptures or the Living Word, the Lord Jesus Christ, it does not bring peace and cause everyone to get along. It brings offense to some and it brings life to others. It causes division, and this is what many are afraid of. As a result they are teaching a false unity. They say that our greatest goal is unity, and we must ask, Unity in what? Unity in compromise? Unity in the rejection of the Word of God?
Paul says we must have unity of the Spirit, with the bond of peace. You can’t have peace without the unity of the Spirit, and you can’t have unity of the Spirit if you are grieving the Holy Spirit. When you compromise the Word of God you cannot help but grieve the Spirit because the Spirit is God.
Let’s look at some examples of this compromise or surrender.
First I want to look at something that happened at the Billy Ghrahm Center for Evangelism at Wheaton College. We are not sure if Wheaton College actually was really on board with what happened there, but it was hosted there. In December there was a meeting of over 100 supposedly evangelical leaders. It was facilitated by three major organizations, Lifeway Research, World Vision, and World Relief.
We have talked to you before about how the refugee program is about bringing all of these Muslims into America, resettling them, and believing that they will just get along with us. We have addressed how their agenda is counter to this.
After the meeting they came up with a declaration which claims to be the evangelical response to the refugee crisis. Here is some of what they said:
Refugees possess the image of God and, as such, are infinitely valuable to God and to us.
We are commanded to love our neighbor, and it is our privilege to love refugees.
As Christians, we must care sacrificially for the refugee, the foreigner, and the stranger.
We will motivate and prepare our churches and movements to care for refugees.
We will not be motivated by fear but by love for God and others.
Christians are called to grace-filled and humble speech about this issue.
The most disturbing statement is:
We acknowledge that there are genuine security concerns and encourage governments to be stewards of safety, but we also observe that choosing to come to North America as refugees would be among the least effective ways for those who intend to do us harm.
This shows how little they understand about the problems with Islam. They are actually saying that bringing Muslims from the Middle East so they are actually in our country, is the least effective way for those who intend to do us harm. How foolish is it to believe that once they are here in our country they will not do us any harm. Do they really believe that it is more effective to do us harm from thousands of miles away than when they are standing on our soil?
Either those saying this are devoid of logic, which I doubt, or they are living in a fantasy world. The idea that if we just show them love and compassion and give them the shirts off our backs they will love us and get along with us totally misses the ideology and goals of Islam.
We are not against genuine refugees. We need to have a compassionate heart. The intentions of these people may be good, but the way they are going about it is wrong.
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