“I will be so happy if my Lord Jesus Christ accepts me as one of His followers. Is it possible if I [was] born a Muslim?”
What do you think of Islam and how do you feel about those involved?
“They are desperate for approval from God.”
Q. How could you or I change their thinking or behavior?.. that is not going to happen. How could I change anyone's acts? God can change us.
Speak to their hearts from your heart, believer. Give it some time. Find common ground. Expect a miracle -- the greatest miracle each of us need to see happen. You can befriend and lovingly share the Gospel with Muslims to win them to Christ.
I am out to simply befriend them if I can with the truth and win them to Jesus Christ. Yeah, I can’t change anyone's thinking, attitudes or behavior, so why would I even try to? God has never even called Christian believers to reform the behavior of wrong-doers or those deceived by lies. Sinners (of all backgrounds) act like sinners because they are sinners -- been there done that. Was also raised in a strict religious organization -- a big one.
When Christians in love, selflessly serve, wisely warn, tactfully explain and win sinners to Christ with the Bible, it’s Jesus who begins to change our thinking and behavior (from the inside out, not vice versa). So why not get right in the light rather than left in the dark and all do that? God leads, “..us along in Christ’s triumphal procession. Now he uses us to spread the knowledge of Christ everywhere, like a sweet perfume. Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God. But this fragrance is perceived differently by those who are being saved and by those who are perishing." 2 Corinthians 2:9-15.
Sword of Islam, Cross of Christ. Dr. Zwemer the “Christian apostle to Islam” wrote in his book, “The Cross is the center of the universe and of history.”
As much as he believed in prayer, he insisted that prayer is not the message of the cross. Praying is not evangelism. It will not by itself accomplish the mission of Jesus. “We pray for our friends and relatives. But do we ever evangelize them? It is so much easier to talk about them to Christ than to talk to them about Christ.”
The sword of war alone can only produce brutality; the cross.. tenderness. The sword destroys human life (and killers bent on their killing need to be killed); but the cross gives lives a priceless value. The sword alone deadens lost man’s conscience; the cross awakens it. The sword ends can end in hatred; the cross in love. He that takes up the sword perishes by it; he that takes up the cross inherits eternal life.But he insisted to the students gathered in Toronto that the cross was not only a message; it was a way of life. And this way of life is essential today. The life stories of David Livingstone, Henry Martyn, James Gilmour, Mary Slessor, and all the great missionary pioneers bear the print of the nails.. Only those who have suffered, who have iron in their blood, can serve a generation that has seen so much “blood and sweat and tears.” Neither Japan nor China today will hearken to any easy-going gospel spoken by those who have never borne a cross after Jesus. We are living in an age of new martyrdoms... Only those who love truth more than life are really soldiers of the cross.Surely, this must be said in our day. Most of the peoples who are yet to be reached have no interest in a soft and degenerate Western culture. But they may respond to the message of the glory of the cross, spoken by true soldiers of the cross.Will You Cross? Dr. Zwemer’s pleading voice thrilled multitudes of Christians in many lands, inspiring them to work and pray for the Muslims of the world that Christ died to save.“There never has been an ideal time for a great missionary movement. The time is always now.”Mr Zwemer said of the apostle Paul, “His philosophy of life was on fire with an irrevocable decision.” Great life-decisions happen when students gather under the Cross. This is happening somewhere every day. Pray that those commitments be “irrevocable.”
The Bible warns, “Then you will come from your place out of the far north, you and many peoples with you, all of them riding on horses, a great company and a mighty army. You will come up against My people Israel like a cloud, to cover the land. It will be in the latter days that I will bring you against My land, so that the nations may know Me, when I am hallowed in you, O Gog, before their eyes.” Eze. 38:15-16
We see this angry group of armies with their leaders join together against the Jews.. yes, to finally overrun them completely. Their aim is to totally crush them, abolish them with their severe hatred of the Jews. Won’t happen though, cuz God personally will destroy these armies. What a severe battle is coming, but where is the USA when our friend Israel really needs our help? The USA isn't even there. Now go read Ezekiel 37, 38 and 39 cuz it's about God wrapping up all of history. Check it out cuz there we see a coming of a coalition of nations out on the march to destroy the tiny nation of Israel. Man, it's just a little sliver of land perhaps 100 miles long and 30 to 50 miles long. Despite these armies having overwhelming military superiority over little Israel, this specific attack will be stopped, totally halted, forever terminated by the very hand of God. The Bible says, “And you, son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God: ‘Behold, I am against you, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal; and I will turn you around and lead you on, bringing you up from the far north, and bring you against the mountains of Israel. Then I will knock the bow out of your left hand, and cause the arrows to fall out of your right hand. You shall fall upon the mountains of Israel, you and all your troops and the peoples who are with you; I will give you to birds of prey of every sort and to the beasts of the field to be devoured. You shall fall on the open field; for I have spoken,” says the Lord God. And I will send fire on Magog and on those who live in security in the coastlands. Then they shall know that I am the Lord.” Eze. 39:1-6
You know that some people who call themselves Christians are going to be in heaven forever. Not all are regenerated. You know that some Muslims are also going to be in heaven forever, but only those who turn.. who have turned from their sin (repented) and trusted Christ (believed with saving faith) for forgiveness of their sin. I'm not a universalist at all -- we all need Jesus today.
You also know that Jesus will save people, will redeem, will wash, will regenerate, will ransom humble people from “every tribe and language and people and nation (ethnic group)” (See Revelation 5:9).
Scheme #1. Mr. Lu-Cifer insists to lost Muslims over and over again that Christians, Jews and Westerners are the Muslim's real enemies. Fallen angels really are, but he insists over and over again to nominal and real believers too that Muslims are our ultimate enemies. Piper calls this a total myth.
In reality it's Mr. Lu-Cifer (Satan) himself along with fallen angels that are our ultimate enemies. Some people make themselves our enemies here for sure, but it’s ex-angels who deceive and influence them in this -- they are really our ultimate enemies.. out to destroy us. We primarily war not against flesh and blood here.
And many people refuse to make themselves the enemies of believers. Thank God. And many others will mock and persecute us. Hopefully, we are NOT living hypocritically, unrighteously.. giving them reasons to dislike us and our Lord.
Satan wants people to keep denying that he exists or forget that he, the Great Deceiver, is our ultimate enemy. Instead, he’d have us fear, and have us hate and neglect Muslims. Too many Christians in the West view Muslims as bad guys who deserve God’s judgment (as if the unrepentant/unforgiven people in the West don’t!) -- that they don’t deserve God’s mercy at all (as if we do!). Those ideas are satanic. Why would we who are commanded to love our enemies (in Matthew 5:44) be angry or indifferent when hearing of the deaths and suffering of so many in Libya, in Yemen, in Syria, in Iraq, in Eritrea, in Pakistan, and in more middle-eastern places?
Don’t get me wrong. Am I (Kurt) saying that ISIS should not have been bombed and defeated by Trump’s armies and friends as they were? Nope. They deserved it for all their murders. Real love always protects people.. especially from murderers like they have been. I say we continue to do our parts to protect the citizens in our Lands! No matter where you stand regarding 45 (I don’t really care), that’s why he was elected. Other leaders weren’t protecting.
Scheme #2: Satan spreads exaggerated reports of conversions among Muslims. One popular book says, “Hundreds of thousands of Muslims are falling in love with Jesus.” The Christ of the Bible! Ain’t happened, ain’t happening. Though well-intentioned as this may be, it just ain't so. It’s a myth--a misleading claim.
So many unverified stories on TV and Radio, even on so called Christian stations. Too many pass along undocumented stories, often told by national workers who are tempted to make claims that will please their financial supporters. If one would ask nearly any Muslim if he loves Jesus, the answer would likely be, “Of course. Jesus is our #2 prophet. Muslims love Isa Al Masih so much, we correct the false claim that he died on the cross. Allah would never allow that to happen because Allah loves him too.” But admiring Jesus just like many lost church visitors in the West do, even as a sinless prophet, does not mean that a any of em.. that any Muslim has repented and believed in Jesus' finished work on the Cross or been reconciled to God.
Most informed Christian observers of the Muslim world agree that more Muslims have become Christians since 1990 than all the previous centuries combined since Mohammed. But most of these conversions have occurred only in a few countries, and usually only among certain ethnic groups in a particular country. For example, the harvest in Algeria is among the indigenous people, the Kabyles, but very little among the Arab majority who conquered the Kabyles in AD 670. And Kabyle Christians are very slow to reach out to the Arab majority, whom they historically resent.
The movements to Christ in Bangladesh, Indonesia, and Iran are examples of what we pray will yet occur among other Muslim peoples. Turkey has perhaps only five thousand known believers among 80 million Turks. Libya, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, the Gulf Arabs, the Maldives, Malaysia, and Pakistan have less than one hundred known citizens of Muslim background taking an open stand for Christ.
Scheme #3: Satan tells the lie that Western missionaries to Muslims aren’t needed because national believers are already doing the work cheaper and more efficiently. Where believers are able and willing to risk their livelihood, and maybe their lives, to make disciples among their own people or nearby Muslims, this may be true. But this is very rare. Most Christians in places like Pakistan, Malaysia, India, China, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and so on are either not able or not willing. Most of the bolder, outspoken former Muslims now reside in the West, not among their own people.
For example, there are wonderful, dynamic large congregations of Chinese and Indian believers in Malaysia, but hardly a dozen believers among them are willing to risk witnessing to the 19 million Malay Muslims. Not even one fellowship with elders of Malay believers exists there! In Pakistan, the Christians (whose social contact with Muslims is hampered because they are still considered part of a low Hindu caste) face a very real and present danger of being accused of “blasphemy against the Prophet,” which not infrequently leads to being killed on the spot before they can get a trial. Who can blame them for remaining silent for Christ while surrounded by uneducated, often Taliban-oriented Muslims who would prefer to exterminate them?
Scheme #4: Satan creates dissension between missionaries over methodologies. Satan is working hard to turn missionaries and their supporters against fellow missionaries over methodology. It’s not unlike the controversies that began in the 1960s when Charismatic Christians and non-Charismatic Christians wrote each other off as “unbiblical” or “demonic.”
This is an issue for urgent prayer. Pray earnestly that missionaries and their agencies would be delivered from consuming precious time and resources on debates over the “right” methodologies for witnessing to Muslims. Pray that missionaries will unify and evangelize Muslims.
Scheme #5: Satan spreads the lie that it’s wrong to put our families at risk in order to obey Christ in going to serve on the mission fields of this world.
This is understandable from an emotional perspective. But it is not biblical and won’t be all the way to the Rapture. The witness of Scripture and church history all testifies to the need and the great cost of Christians to put their lives, and sometimes the lives of their family members (going with them), at risk for the sake of the gospel. We are sent out “as lambs in the midst of wolves” (Luke 10:3). Lambs’ odds against wolves are not good — unless, of course, God is with them.
Again, I have John Piper to thank for many of these ideas. Should a Christian couple take their children into danger as part of their mission to take the gospel to the unreached peoples of the world? Short answer: Yes.
Why? Because the cause is worth the risk, and the children are more likely to become Christ-exalting, comfort-renouncing, misery-lessening exiles and sojourners in this way than by being protected from risk in the safety of this world.
How are we to live? The Bible is true, and the Koran is not. It's filled with evil murderous commands.
Check it out. The Muslim population in the United States will be larger than the Jewish population by 2040, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center.