I want to share a couple of testimonies from some missionary friends of mine. One is in Zambia. I was recently in a missions conference with him and he shared some of his experiences with Muslims in his community. Many of them are immigrants into Zambia so they have to behave themselves or the government will throw them out.
In one of the meetings with these Muslims, there was a former Christian who had converted to Islam. The Muslim imams were bragging about how great it was that they had a convert who was a former Christian. The missionary’s response was pretty smart. He asked him, How did you get along with the doctrine of the Trinity as a Christian? The so-called Christian said that he could never quite accept that or understand it. The Missionary replied to the imams, You didn’t convert a Christian to Islam. You converted someone to Islam, but he certainly is not a Christian. You cannot be a Christian and not believe in the Trinity.
I thought his explanation was very clever. He asked, If a person said he was a Muslim and said that he didn’t quite believe that Muhammad was a prophet, could that person be a Muslim? Their was, NO, he could not be a Muslims if he doesn’t believe Muhammad was a prophet. He said you cannot be a Christian unless you accept that God is a complex being, His is God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
I thought this was an interesting testimony, and I wanted to pass it on to those who follow our ministry.
I would also like to share with you a testimony of one of our missionaries, who is with Missions to Muslims. He is going to New York City to reach the Afghani Muslims in that city. There are about 20,000 Afghani Muslims in New York City. While he was in Virginia raising support, he had the opportunity to observe Friday prayers in a masjid, which is just another name for a mosque. As he was observing this, there were 18 Muslims, the majority of whom were immigrants from various countries, like Afghanistan, Pakistan, Egypt, Jordan. Two of them were American Converts. The converts were in their early twenties.
There was also a Christian who had joined these Muslims to pray with them. He was an “ecumenical evangelical” who thought he was sharing the love of Christ by worshiping with them.
There are those who call themselves Christians who have allowed their zeal to share the love of Christ to blind their senses to biblical doctrine. The Bible says that we are to mark false teachers and avoid them, not associate with them.
Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. Rom 16:17
I know that if we are going to take the Gospel to people, we must build bridges to them. I have gone, on occasion, to observe Friday prayers inside a mosque to further my education concerning Islam. To kneel and prostrate with them, and to pray along with them and worship their god with them for the sake of showing them the love of Jehovah God, is a clear violation of Scripture.
The Bible teaches us that when we see false doctrine, like Islam, we are to flee from it. The Bible warns against those who have a form of godliness.
Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 2Ti 3:5
Muslims deny the Holy Spirit as being part of the Trinity, and exercising His power in us. Even though they have a form of godliness and piety, we are to turn away from them.
We are told not to receive those who deny the doctrine of Christ.
If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into [your] house, neither bid him God speed: 2Jo 1:10
We are not even to allow those who hold false doctrine into our houses, nor are we to bid them God speed. The Bible is clear about Christians separating from false teachers.
The most well known passage on separation is in 2 Corinthians Chapter 6:
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?
And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?
And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in [them]; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean [thing]; and I will receive you,
And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. 2Co 6:14-18
The idea that a Christian can pray to Allah as if he was God, even to show our camaraderie with Muslims, is not biblical and makes one a hypocrite.
The god of Islam is not the God of Christianity. Muslims want us to believe that they are the same God. The Chrislam movement, which is trying to unite Christianity with Islam, is doing great harm to Christianity. There is a passage in the Qur’an says:
Surah 3:64 Come to a common word that we have between us and you, that we worship none but Allah, and that we make no partners with him.
This verse is often given to Christians by Muslims. You would be surprised how many passages in the Qur’an are messages to Christians. They are trying to get us to convert to Islam and come along with them. They want us to believe that we have the same prophets and the same God.
Muslims always start with the statement that we have the same God. Here is my response every time; “That’s wonderful, so your god has a son?” They get an awkward, mean look on their face and say, “No, for Allah hath no son.” I reply, “Then we don’t have the same God because my God has a begotten Son, and His name is Jesus Christ.” How can a Christian pray to this false god?
Another thing about Allah, he is the capricious one, he can change. He can change his nature and his mind. Parts of his word, the Qur’an, as been abrogated or annulled or done away with. Some of the earlier passages that talk about peace with non-Muslims have been abrogated by the violent, militant passages because Allah has changed his mind.
The earlier passages say there is no compulsion in religion, while the later passages say fight them who believe not. The later passages are what stands today.
Those Christians who think we have common ground with Muslims are in serious error. They either don’t know their Bible, or don’t believe what it says.
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