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26
Jun
17

The Choice Between Love and Hostility

Recently I’ve been posting a lot of material from and about people who recognise the need to share the gospel with those from a Muslim background, a sharing in both word and deed.

I’ve felt the need to give prominence to that ministry direction because I’ve become increasingly aware that the complete opposite is happening – that too many professing Christians are responding to Muslims with hostility and fear. And it’s happening at a time when opportunities to reach out to those from Muslim backgrounds are increasing, and are becoming more and more critical.

Many of those Muslim background people are in an extremely vulnerable position. Many have witnessed the worst of what’s being done in the name of Islam, have lost everything because of it and are in desperate need of help.

Consider what response they’ve been getting from those who are able to help.

I’ve seen far too much hostility directed against them, even by recognised Bible teachers. I’ve drawn attention to some of that in previous posts.*
While individually we may not be in a position to personally interact with a person of Muslim background, we can ALL do something about the toxic atmosphere that makes the ministry of others more difficult.

I feel that the professing Christians are at a critical point in history, when we will face the choice between obedience to Jesus and His gospel, and the security of our comfortable lifestyles. If we choose the latter we’re likely to see our fears realised and we’ll lose the security we idolised and tried so hard to protect.
And even worse than losing that revered security, those misplaced priorities potentially put our relationship with God at risk.

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* Another example of which has been recycled here:

https://billrandles.wordpress.com/2017/06/25/treacherous-dealers-dealing-treacherously-the-west-in-prophecy-pt-9/

23
Jun
17

A Muslim Walked into a Church…

The audio below is actually the “prequel” to one I posted a few days ago.  ( Islamophobia in the Church: The Jonah Syndrome)

The official title of the discussion below is “Why Muslims Are Angry”. The title I gave to this post reflects an experience spoken about towards the beginning of the talk, that shows a far too common attitude.

 

 

The latter half of this audio also provides a reality check to the image of the “west’s” allegedly worthy Judeo-Christian history that I tried to address here:

A Flawed Historical Viewpoint

 

I found the recording here:

http://www.zwemercenter.com/zwemer-podcast/page/7/

So far I’ve listened to the first few podcasts on this site and have found them to be very interesting and challenging.

There are 51 podcasts in all. I can only give my qualified “endorsement” to the first four – those I’ve listened to myself. Those four genuinely challenge Christian attitudes to Muslims – without compromising the gospel and without diluting the fact that Muslims need to turn to Jesus as the only way to God.

23
Jun
17

A Biblical View of the Refugee Crisis: David Platt

From:
http://vm.cnmm.ca/

 

Do we realise the unprecedented opportunities that exist right now for Syrians to hear the gospel because of the refugee crisis. Doors are open right now.

 

 

It is only Americanised Christianity that prioritises security in this world over proclamation of God’s word.

 

David Platt – A Biblical View of the Refugee Crisis – Acts 17 from Southeastern Seminary on Vimeo.

22
Jun
17

Why The Church Must Love The Refugee” by Scott Gustafson

Here are a few excerpts from “Why The Church Must Love The Refugee” by Scott Gustafson.

Please go to the link at the end of this post and read the whole article.

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Research finds that churches are 2x more likely to fear refugees than help them

 

The biblical case is clear for the Christian: caring for foreigners, immigrants, and the refugee is an irrefutable mandate.

 

Though we gratefully enjoy the benefits of American freedom today, from a biblical perspective we are not entitled to it, for it is far from the norm in the biblical and historical context.

In our fear of losing our blessed, but uniquely American comforts and freedoms, we have conflated ‘Christian’ with ‘American’.

 

 

I pray that the church will not miss one of the greatest ministry opportunities in the history of mankind out of a fear of cultural change and an idolization of safety. Now is the time to be salt and light.

http://www.zwemercenter.com/why-the-church-must-love-the-refugee/

22
Jun
17

Is This What You Do? Is This What You See?

Does the following reflect the way we live our lives – or at least how we ASPIRE to live?

Or do we prioritise other things that might be compromised if we obeyed what Jesus said?

Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also. If someone takes your coat, do not withhold your shirt from them. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you.

If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

(Luke 6)

21
Jun
17

Say Hello: Ministry to Muslim Women.

I heard about this interesting ministry and thought it was worth promoting.

http://sayhelloinfo.com/

Say Hello is an imperative that beckons believers into the wonderful experience of relating Christ to Muslim women. Its intention crumbles language and culture barriers by appealing to everything Christian and Muslim girls of all ages value in common. It imparts joy in friendship; it yields eternal fruit.

Research affirms that Christian friendships are key to a Muslim’s decision to follow Christ. * (Christianity Today reference) Most Christian women regularly come in contact with Muslim women, but stereotypes and unfounded fears deceive us into behaviors that keep them marginalized and lost. A simple act of friendship can initiate a Muslim woman’s journey to Jesus.

"Say Hello" Introduction Video from Say Hello on Vimeo.

21
Jun
17

Islamophobia in the Church: The Jonah Syndrome

The length of this audio will probably put most people off – but I found the content was worth it.

I am convinced that we have to maintain a BIBLICAL response to Muslims, not one driven by politics and media hype.

Fear, misguided patriotism, and racism, are biblical themes that kept Israel from bringing God’s light to the nations. Is the American Church making the same mistakes?

from:
http://www.zwemercenter.com/zwemer-podcast/page/7/

[I found out later that this podcast is more or less part 2 related to this topic. Part 1 can be found here: Why Muslims Are Angry




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