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The Ideological Struggle with Islam

What President Obama and the media in the West does not understand that is that battle with Islam is not over human rights.  It is not over land for peace.  It is not over the desire to live in peace and under a republic.  The struggle of Islam is that the fundamental desire is to control the world by force.  This is both taught in the Quran as well in the Hadith.  The Muslim prophet Mohammad set this example by his own life.

For the Christian, we know that the struggle over Islam is a spiritual battle.  In reality, the hope for the Middle East does not depend on the United States, the United Nations, or Israel.  The hope for the Middle East is the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.  The gospel is the only true solution to the war with Islam.  Nations will try to fight the Muslims with weapons of warfare but in reality, the heart of the Muslim must be turned away from their false worship to the true and living God.

Ephesians 6:12 reminds us:

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

2 Corinthians 10:4-5 tells us how to fight this war:

4 For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. 5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.

This battle with Islam will be fought and won when the Church preaches the gospel to the lost Muslims.  I praise God that He is indeed saving Muslims all across the 10/40 window.  Yet this should be the Church’s call to prayer, to call out to God for Him to save Muslims and this alone will bring true peace to our wicked world.  I call to Christians to pray for ISIS to repent before the Lord Jesus (1 Timothy 2:1-6).  Despite what we might think of the lost Muslims who are committing wicked deeds in the name of their god, we should remember Ezekiel 18:32.  We should remember 2 Peter 3:9.  We should remember that Jesus shed His blood on the cross not just for us but also for the lost Muslims (Revelation 5:9-10).

I urge you to pray Psalm 110:1 and Matthew 6:10 over the 10/40 window.  Pray for the Lord to pour out His Spirit and bring salvation to the nations.  1 Corinthians 15:25 promises us that all His enemies will be placed under His feet at the end.  I pray that the Lord’s enemies will repent and turn to Him in true faith.  So many Muslims want to practice their religion in peace but dear friends, they still are lost and on their way to hell.  They still need to know the truth of salvation (Romans 10:14-17).  Let us pray that their eyes will be open to the grace of God that brings salvation (2 Corinthians 4:4).  Let us pray that the God of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18-21) will reconcile lost Muslims unto Himself.

Friends, the hope for the Middle East is not found in war.  It is found in the gospel of Christ being preached.  This alone will turn the Middle East away from their false religion toward the truth of God.  This gospel will end the violence, will end the corruption, will end the torture, and will end the backwards thinking of so many in the Middle East.  This gospel will bring true peace (Ephesians 2:15).

The Idolatry in Islam

Islam claims to exalt Allah as the one supreme God.  They claim that their prophet, Mohammad, was the final and ultimate prophet of God who revealed the truth of Allah and his ways.  Islam claims to be the fulfillment of all the Old Testament prophets and even claim that Jesus promised the coming of Mohammad when He spoke of the coming Comforter in John 14:26.  Islam claims that the Bible is corrupted and that Mohammad came to restore the true way to worship Allah.

And yet even with Mohammad we have nothing but idolatry and rage.  Mohammad was a man of war.  There is no denying this.  He led his armies to battle his own people in forcing them to abandon their idols for Allah.  It is a known fact that Mohammad greatly oppressed people who were not Muslims.  He forced them to embrace Islam not by conversion but by force.  He was completely different than Jesus Christ who laid down His life for His enemies (John 15:13; Romans 5:8-9).  John 1:29 says that Jesus bore the sins of the world!  How radically different from Mohammad who used the sword to force people to embrace his religion.

We have 1400 years of Islamic history.  What can we learn from this?  We know that for the vast majority of that history, Islam has been a very oppressive religion.  Compare the freedoms that we enjoy in the West (especially in the United States) in contrast to the bondage of Saudi Arabia and other Islamic nations.  Wherever Islam is the state religion, bondage follows.  Wherever Christianity has influence (not that all are disciples of Jesus mind you), freedom reigns.  Christians have no problem allowing atheists or Mormons or Catholics or even Muslims practice their religions.  We disagree with them.  We believe they are wrong but we grant them their freedom to practice their faith without fear.  We only ask the same.  Not so with majority Muslim nations.  In Saudi Arabia, it is illegal to be a Christian.  This week we heard how Muslims in Afghanistan were rioting because of Korans being burned by US military officials.  Compare that to the fact that US personal are not allowed to carry Bibles into Saudi Arabia and all Bibles found among US personal are burned without protest from the US government.

The facts are clear, Islam is a false religion.  It’s founder is not other than Satan himself who wishes to deceive millions of people.  I have no doubt that some Muslims and perhaps the majority of Muslims want to live in peace with others.  It is stated that less than 5% of Islam are so-called “radical Muslims” but conservative estimates would make that number around 300 million people who are “radical Muslims.”  Most of them come from Saudi Arabia including most of the 9/11 attackers.  I don’t doubt that most Muslims are sincere, friendly people who are nonetheless deceived by the enemy of their souls.  Jesus called Satan the father of lies (John 8:44) and that is what Islam is, another false religion.

Muslims claim that they worship Allah alone.  They claim not to bow down to saints or images or any likeness of Allah.  Allah is to be revered and obeyed.  The name Muslim means “one who submits” and in this case to Allah and his will.  Allah has some things in common with the Calvinist view of God (though they are vastly different).  For instance, both Calvinists and Muslims hold to omni-causality of all events by God.  Allah knows all things and all things happen because he wills them to happen.  His will is absolutely sovereign and whatsoever comes to pass happens because he willed it so.  Of course, Allah and Yahweh are very, very different and I do not mean to imply that Calvinists worship the same God as Muslims.  They are only similar in their views regarding God’s sovereignty.

What is ironic is that while Muslims claim to oppose idolatry, we see it all the time.  If a Dutch newspaper prints a cartoon of Mohammad, Muslims take to the streets in protest and violence even calling for the death of the cartoonist.  When a man writes a book that claims that Mohammad was a false prophet, Islamic nations call for his death.  When US troops burn the Koran, Muslims take to the streets in violence and protest against the very ones seeking to provide them freedom to protest.  On and on I could go citing one event after another of Muslims rushing to the streets to protest and kill all in the name of Allah.  Is it not idolatry to worship Mohammad who was just a man?  Is it not idolatry to worship the Koran which is suppose to reveal the one we are to worship, Allah?  Is is not idolatry to circle a meteorite in Mecca that Mohammad kissed?  Is it not idolatry to want to be like Mohammad and not like Allah?

I pray that many Muslims repent of their sins.  They know not the forgiveness of their sins.  They fear Allah and his wrath and most know that they will be cast into hell despite their passionate desire to “love and obey” Allah.  None of them know the peace of God.  How they need the gospel of His grace.  How liberating would it be to Muslims to realize that Jesus Christ died for our sins, that He bore the wrath of God for us, and that by His grace He accepts us and brings us close to the Father?  That we can even call God our Father is enough to set a soul free that is bound by religion (1 John 3:1-3).

Christianity is the only true faith.  Jesus is the only way to God (John 14:6).  We must pray that Muslims hear the gospel (Romans 10:14-17).  We must pray for the Church to fulfill the great commission from our Lord Himself (Matthew 28:19-20) to take the gospel of His grace to all the nations.  Like the Jews in Paul’s day, Muslims have a zeal for God but not based on knowledge (Romans 10:1-4).  Let us pray that Yahweh will raise up laborers to work the harvest fields of Islamic nations (Matthew 9:37-38).

Written by The Seeking Disciple

02/26/2012 at 1:29 PM

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