Sadly, there are those who are pushing what is called the “Insider Movement.” This movement is telling Muslims that if they accept Christ they should lie to their families. They say that if their parents ask them if they are Muslims they are to say yes. They tell Muslim converts to continue going to the mosque so they don’t draw attention to themselves. The tell them to do all the things that Muslims do.
Either Shahram was a dummy when he told his parents he was a Christian, or the Insider Movement is what is truly foolish. Listen to what Jesus said about this:
Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. (Matthew 10:32-33)
Why do we think that Jesus came to cause everyone to get along? It is the exact opposite. When you follow Christ you become an enemy of the world. For lack of a better term, Shahram became an enemy to his family.
Shahram’s mother is now open to the Gospel. Just a couple of weeks ago he visited her and was able to boldly share the Gospel with her. We need to be praying for his mother and that the Holy Spirit will tug at her heart and that her eyes will be opened so she can see the truth.
There is a lot more for Muslims to deal with than just understanding the truth and accepting it. It is a struggle for them to have the courage to embrace the truth.
We need to understand what the real Gospel is. A lot of modern Christians think that sharing the Gospel is just showing Christian kindness. I travel and speak in many churches and you will often hear me hold up the Qur’an and explain that 1.7 million people in the world follow it as the word of god. This means that almost a quarter of our wold is now Muslim.
The Qur’an tells people that Jesus was just a man. It says He was a prophet of God, but just a man. It also tells Muslims that Jesus did not die on the cross. The story goes like this:
Allah could see that Isa (Jesus) was in trouble so he rescued him and took him into heaven. He took the image of Jesus and put in on another man. It was this man that went to the cross to fool everyone into thinking that Jesus died, but he did not.
Islamic tradition teaches that the disciples of Christ stole the body to make it look like Jesus rose from the dead.
If you don’t have Jesus as God; if you don’t have Him dying on the cross and shedding His blood for the atonement of sin; and if you don’t have the resurrection, you don’t have the Gospel. These truths are essential to the Gospel message. Muslims have been deceived by Muhammad, who claimed to have gotten these revelations through a spirit from God. I believe he received his revelations from a spirit, but is was not a spirit from God.
Even Muhammad thought that he was demon possessed when he received his first revelations. He said:
Poet or possessed, never shall the Quraish say this of me. I shall go to the top of a mountain and cast myself off and find rest.
He actually planned to commit suicide because he though he was demon possessed. It was his wife who persuaded him that it was an angel from God.
The revelations of Muhammad were not from God. They have deceived nearly a quarter of the population of the planet. Islam has been deceiving Muslims with these lies for over 1,400 years.
When Muslims die, they will go to hell, not because hey are Muslim, but because they have rejected Jesus Christ.
The True Gospel
We often see a distorted Gospel preached today. Much of what is presented today as the Gospel is really a social gospel. The definition many Christians are giving today is that the Gospel is the showing of Christian kindness, and meeting felt needs. It is also a kind or “lifestyle” evangelism. They think that Christian kindness will bring Muslims and other lost people to Christ through some kind of osmosis. The Bible says we are supposed to give an answer for what we believe.
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: (1 Peter 3:15)
How can they know unless they hear?
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17)
Christian kindness is an open door, but the Gospel must actually be shared if it is going to be received. The door can be opened by showing our love, but that is not the Gospel, and only the Gospel can save.
Remember, it was the young lady’s willingness to go further than just kindness and risk offending Shahram, that brought him to Christ. The Spirit of God used this to stir his heart and would not let him off the hook until he listened to the message. He had to come to a point of decision.
What is the Gospel? What should be be sharing with the lost, including Muslims?
First of all, people must be confronted with the issue of their sin. They need to understand that they have a debt of sin because they are sinners by nature and by choice. Judgment is coming for all of mankind.
And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: (Hebrews 9:27)
I often start dealing with Muslims by asking if they have ever heard the story in the Gospels where Jesus confronts a Jewish rabbi, a Jewish leader? Muslims will be excited to hear how Jesus reprimanded a Jew because they have been taught that Jews have perverted the Old Testament. I have never had one Muslim tell me he didn’t want to hear the story.
I take them to John Chapter 3, where Jesus confronts Nicodemus, who was a ruler of the Jews. In verse 10 he says:
Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things? (John 3:10)
The subject Jesus is dealing with is that one must be born again to see the Kingdom of God. Mankind is spiritually separated from God because of the sin nature that we all have received from Adam. God said that the day they ate of the forbidden fruit they would surly die. They didn’t die physically, so what did it mean. It meant that they died spiritually. Spiritual death is separation from God. When Adam sinned, mankind was spiritually separated from God.
When we are born physically we are already spiritually dead. We must, therefore, have a second birth, a spiritual birth. This is what is meant by “ye must be born again.”
In order to be born again, you must first understand what Jesus did on the cross. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, came and dwelt among us.
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)
The purpose for Christ’s coming the first time was to die on the cross. He came to lay down His life, the shedding of His blood, to pay the price of our sin. All of the Old Testament sacrifices, including the killing of animals to make coats to cover Adam and Eve’s sin, were a picture of the shedding of Christ’s blood on the cross. Just as innocent animals blood was shed for an atonement, so Jesus’ blood was shed to take away our sin.
And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (1 John 2:2)
We don’t use the word “propitiation” very much in our everyday conversation. The word means a complete payment, a payment that fully satisfies the debt. Jesus is the payment in full for our sins. He is the propitiation for the sins of the whole world if they will only accept it.
We know that Jesus is God because He not only died and was burred, but he rose from the grave. He promised us new life, and He assured us that He could keep His promise by rising from the dead Himself.