Talking Point #59 – have we not done many wonderful works in Your Name?

[mantra-pullquote align=”left|center|right” textalign=”center” width=”33%”]Let me be clear about something:[/mantra-pullquote]The folks touting jesus in the Quran believe they are right about their methods.  How many people will you see in your lifetime that openly admit doing something when they know it is wrong?  I mean, most of us have our gut feelings (or, in the case of this site, the Bible as a teaching and instruction tool) that guide what we do.  And I truly believe that people trying to create equality of Jesus (of the Bible) and jesus (of the Quran) trust that what they’re doing is right.  The only problem is, they are blinded by (or from) the Truth of Scripture.  They are so set on adhering to the second Great Commandment that they overlook the first.  And this just might be their fate:

“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
Matthew 7:21-23

Whoever wants to hear those words spoken to them, raise your hands up right now.  I don’t see many hands going up.  So why would they continue?  Well, because it’s too monetarily enriching because the message is being “bought” by everyone so easily and they are on top of the world (even as they knowingly do things such as serve halal food that has been offered to an idol to the unaware Christians to whom they preach their heresy).  It’s disgusting, really, but they cover the message with icing and sugar to make it all seem so “hip” and “current”…it’s just the right thing to do with 1.57 billion Muslims out there needing to be witnessed to (even if that witness carries compromise).

Just as a reminder, we’re all for witnessing to a Muslim.  We’re all for witnessing to a Satanist as well for that matter.  We’re all for witnessing!  We don’t wish anyone to die without knowing Messiah, Jesus Christ (of the Bible). But we won’t witness with compromise to find some mythical common ground, as if God (of the Bible) and Satan (of the Quran) had anything at all in common.

But back to those thinking they are doing wonderful works in the name of Jesus (of the Bible).  They go to such lengths to do His works (in their opinion) that they forgo actually learning the truth about what they teach and they create sameness where previously none existed.  The “seeker-friendly” church of today is so bent on pleasing the audience that they forget their obligation to please their God.  And in doing so, they totally and honestly believe that this is favored by God (of the Bible), when in fact it is only favored by the god of Islam – they are BLINDED to the Truth of Scripture.  Let me give you an example.

There’s a group of folks in Snellville, GA, who teach about common ground between Christianity and Islam.  They try to reach the Muslim by pointing to the guy named jesus in the Quran as the Muslim’s savior (shameful!).  In doing so, they cite Paul as their example:

“For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.  And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.  To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.  And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.:
1st Corinthians 9:19-23

Notice that Paul “became” like his audience (and this is the point on which the group wants you to focus – being “like” the other group, a memorial, if you will, to allowing compromise in witness).  They use Paul as as example, or model, for their witness technique in allowing their ministry to compromise from such things as the god of Islam being the same as the God of the Bible to serving halal foods to their audience when they teach their heretical witness techniques.  If they are “like” the Muslim (even to the point of practicing pronouncing “Allah” to sound like they were born in the local area – see Exodus 23:13 about pronouncing the names of other gods), they feel justified by Paul’s teachings here that they are right.

But one big thing is missing from their plight:  Paul would never compromise!  He would transgress no law of Messiah to please or humor any man, even if in an attempt to witness to him; but he would accommodate himself to all men, where he might do it lawfully, in order to gain some.  In other words, Paul would use his ability to witness, going into night clubs if that what it would have taken, going into other dens of sin (Jesus of the Bible sat and ate with sinners, citing the fact that the sick need a doctor), but he would never have gone into a mosque (which didn’t exist back then) or into any other place of worship of another god and practice the worship rituals with those in attendance!  You have to know your limits and you have to recognize it when those in Christian leadership positions twist Scripture to allow for the teaching that says compromise is allowed and necessary to get a point across.  It is not.

What these people are doing in teaching that the guy named jesus in the Quran is the same as the Jesus in the Bible is sinful.  Their mentor, Paul, is used out of context entirely.  Paul would not sin against God (of the Bible) in order to “please” the sensibilities and save the soul of his neighbor, but he would very cheerfully and readily deny himself things to which he would otherwise be entitled.  The laws of God (of the Bible) he could not give up, but he might resign himself to put aside some of the things he had or pleasures he may have enjoyed, and he very often did so for the good of others.  In other words, Paul did not compromise the Word of God (of the Bible).  He did not go into and act and worship like those to whom he was witnessing in order to gain their trust or friendship.  He took the message of the Gospel of Messiah to them – the same message that we have today, and he did it within the confines of the laws of God (of the Bible).

If you confront one of the “common ground” teachers now about their witness techniques, you’ll more than likely be asked to visit a mosque with them and to “show them how to do it better”.  This is a common reply.  Don’t do it.  Don’t play their game and end up in the enemy’s camp.

So the Bible is clear about our mission and it is clear to us that sometimes our mission, if we truly follow the example of the Bible, will be unfavorable to some.  Some will not hear and obey the Word of God (of the Bible):

“And when ye come into an house, salute it.  And if the house be worthy, let your peace come upon it: but if it be not worthy, let your peace return to you.  And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.  Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.  Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.”
Matthew 10:12-16

I hope the words of Jesus (of the Bible) above clarify something we’ve been speaking about for many posts now – the difference between instructions given to followers of the God of the Bible and those instructions given to the followers of the god of Islam.  Notice above that God (in the form of The Man named Jesus) tells us merely to give the message and, depending on how it is received, perhaps leave while shaking the dust off of our sandals.  It also tells us to be wise (about the world, no less) yet harmless.  Meanwhile, over in the Quran, the false moon god is telling people to kill people who do not want to convert to Islam and that jesus (of the Quran) will return one day to fight against Jews and Christians.  A little study goes a long way toward being a true Bondservant of Messiah.  Listen to His words and heed them; don’t make up your own rules like the folks in Snellville have done and tell Muslims things like “We don’t need you in our church…we have enough Christians.”  What a shame.  What a pity.

The Bible is clear that God is Lord over all the world and universe and that one day all (read that ALL) will bow in His presence and confess that He is God and that His Son, Jesus Christ (of the Bible) is God and the King of Kings!  It is also clear that He alone is God and there is no substitute nor equal.  He cannot be found in the Quran and, like Father like Son…

Jesus is NOT in the Quran!

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