Archive for the 'Islam' Category

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/

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

20
Jun
17

How ISIS is Spreading the Gospel by Dr. Dave Cashin

A few weeks ago I received an email from one of my students. She has been working amongst Muslim women and had just had a phone call from one of her Muslim friends. The woman was weeping uncontrollably, and my student assumed someone in her family had died. After she regained her composure she made the following startling statement, “I have been a Muslim for forty-one years, and in all that time have never questioned Islam. But now, I have decided to leave it.” When my student asked her “why,” she related that she had been watching ISIS videos and the brutality that they justified as the “methods of the Prophet.” She decided to leave Islam.

I have often referred Islamic radicals as “proto-evangelists” for the Christian faith. The first of these was the Ayatollah Khomeini. His brutal regime in Iran, whose atrocities and policies have lead many Iranians to leave Iran, has also led to an exodus of Iranians out of Islam. Estimates are difficult, but the numbers significant. Outside Iran the numbers are firmer but no less astonishing. In Sweden, fully ten percent of the Iranian immigrant population has converted to the Christian faith. That is approximately eight thousand out of a total of eighty thousand in the entire country. Some Iranian believers have called the Ayatollah the greatest missionary because he showed us what Islam is really like.

Read the complete article here:

http://www.zwemercenter.com/how-isis-is-spreading-the-gospel/

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Read the above article and then consider the refugee situation of the past few years in the light of what the article says.

Not long ago I read a book about the growth of the church in Iran, where the gospel became particularly effective in the lives of former Muslims after their experience of Islam under the Ayatollah Khomeini and later under Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Their resulting disillusionment with Islam made them more open to the gospel of Jesus.

The situation in Syria and Iraq that has caused so many to flee their homes would surely lead many to have similar questions about the nature of Islam, and the reality of that outcome seems to be born out in the article above.

And yet, what has been a far too common “Christian” response to the influx of fleeing Muslims?

Sadly it’s be a response of fear, of nationalism and rejection.

Instead of being welcomed, the refugees have mostly been demonised.

As Islamic law, and the groups that espouse it, fails, where will people turn? When I met a group of Iranian Church leaders in Sweden their great fear was that Muslims would turn to secularism, even to atheism. Many have come to the Church but this assumes that the Church is a “safe space” for Muslims. The tragedy is that many Churches are not welcoming for Muslims. They regard them as the enemy.




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