A Religious War . . . Reminder
"Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a man is the antichrist—he denies the Father and the Son."1
A friend of ours recently returned from England where he received first-hand knowledge of M_ _lims active in the very place where he worked for many years. These M_ _lims were claiming that Judaism was dead, that Christianity was dead, and that now is the time for I_slam to become the dominant world religion and world power.
Certainly not all M_ _lims are radical, but many around the world are radical fundamentalists who not only hate Jews, Christians, Americans and other Westerners, but are determined to have us killed or made slaves to their religion. Be assured of this, Allah of the Isl_m faith and the K_ran is not the God of the Bible, nor is he the God of creation. To M_ _lims, Jesus Christ may be a prophet, but he is NOT God the Son who died for our sins, nor is he the Savior of the world. Note today's Scripture verse and what God's Word says about those who deny that Jesus is the Christ.
The war today against terrorism that is seeking to destroy Jews, Americans, Westerners and Christians is a religious war. We are not warring against a people or a nation as such, but against religious zealots whose goal, as taught by the Ko_ran, is to destroy all infidels. And who are the infidels? It's everyone who is not a M_ _lims or a member of the M_ _lim or I_lamic faith. That includes me and many of our Daily Encounter readers. Some of our readers in various parts of the world are already in the crosshairs of radical, fundamental M_ _lims. And as 9/11 has shown us, we in the West are not as safe as we would like to think we are.
According to Michael S. Rose of CruxNews.com, a well-known French actress "denounces the 'Isl_macization' of France and blames the degeneration of French society on her country's liberal immigration laws. 'For twenty years we have submitted to a dangerous and uncontrolled underground infiltration,' she writes in her new book that became an instant bestseller in France when published. 'Not only does [Is_am] fail to give way to our laws and customs. Quite the contrary, as time goes by it tries to impose its own law on us.'"2
Think of Spain, too, where the majority of people not so long ago voted out government leaders who were taking a stand against terrorism and voted in leaders who yielded to terrorists' tactics. God forbid that we should ever surrender to religious terrorists' tactics here in the U.S.
Tragically, however, here in America where Christian bashing is increasing at an alarming rate and where even using the word, God, in public places is being condemned by so many who claim to be leaders, who, at the same time, are appeasing M_ _lims, and claiming that Is_am is a religion of peace.
What is the answer against all forms of evil? We Christians need to awake and not only demonstrate our faith in our everyday lives, but also aggressively communicate the gospel in word and action across the nation and around the world. The average American church is spending 95% of its income on itself—preaching to the choir as it were. No wonder we Christians aren't making an impact on our society, let alone the rest of the world.
Suggested prayer: "Dear God, open the eyes of every Christian at home and abroad so that we will see what the forces of evil are doing among us in today's world. Please send a great spiritual awakening so that we will never yield to the beliefs and tactics of those who deny that Jesus is the Christ, Son of the Living God. And help us in our manner of living to demonstrate the love of God in everything we do, and be genuinely committed to help spread the gospel across the street and around the world. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. Gratefully, in Jesus' name, amen."
1. 1 John 2:18, 22 (NIV).
2. From J. Grant Swank, Jr. on MichNews.com http://michnews.com.
For a comparison grid between Christian and Islamic beliefs go to: http://tinyurl.com/24zlgs3.