CHRISLAM–Many People Don’t Know!
Actually, it’s been here for a while; but on June 26th of last year, 2011, the United States of America adopted it.
For legal reasons, I am not able to share my opinion on this religion; I can only give you the facts. My desire is to inform you of world events that I and many other Christians feel fulfill scripture. You decide for yourself what you think of this as I make you aware. I can’t tell you how many people I have mentioned this religion to who do not know what it is and have never heard of it. I will begin with a quote from an article I found on Belief Net.
“Pastor Mike Sanderson reports that churches in Houston, Atlanta, Seattle and Detroit have called for an ecumenical reconciliation between Christianity and Islam. In addition to sermons, he said, Sunday school lessons were being centered on the teachings of the Prophet Mohammad. “Korans will be placed in the pews next to the Bibles,” he told readers.
Chrislam is a religion which combines Christianity and Islam. It is believed this religion is a big step in world peace because finally, Christians and Muslims can have peace together on one common ground; Jesus. The fact is, the Muslim Jesus (Nabi Isa, that is Prophet Jesus, or, Isa al-Masseh, which is Jesus the Messiah) is still to come. He is not the same Jesus that we call the Messiah, they believe. They believe that the Jesus we call the Messiah was a prophet who did not die on the cross; rather, Allah felt sorry for Him and removed Him from the cross, thus replacing Him with someone else who looked like Him. They are still awaiting the person that Christianity calls the false prophet, but to them is the Isa al-Masseh, or Nabi Isa. This person will work alongside the great imam Mahdi; the world religious and political leader who will establish Islam as the one world religion, bringing peace to all of the earth. When compared, the man who will be the Antichrist to the Christians is the same man who will be the imam Mahdi to the Muslims.
So how can these two religions be combined by the one thing that draws them together? In a single word, Jesus! But to each, Jesus is a different person; so how can they agree on someone when the only thing agreeable is the name?
The Muslim, as I’ve stated, does not believe in the Trinity. To them, Jesus was merely a prophet and to believe otherwise is absurd. The idea of God having a son is also ridiculous to them. To the Muslim, God, or Allah if you will is one divine being.
To the Christian, who believes in the Trinity, Jesus is the Messiah; the Son of God, Jehovah. The Christian believes Jesus was God in the flesh, and indeed died on the cross for our sins, and was raised back to life in three days. Furthermore, that He went back to heaven with God, Jehovah, where He sits at His right hand. Through the death and ressurrection of Jesus, the Holy Spirit, who is the Spirit of Jehovah, was therefore released to humanity, and is on the earth with us who are saved by grace.
Here is another blurb I copied from an article about Chrislam on Belief Net–
“In the African nation of Nigeria, the Rev. Shamsuddin Saka seeks to bridge the religious divide. Fred de Sam Lazaro for “The World” radio program on Public Radio International reports:
One man is trying to bridge the gap. He preaches a liturgy that blends Christianity and Islam. Of hundreds of small churches in Lagos, this likely is the only one that has both a Bible and a Qur’an on the lectern. The invocations come loudly from both. Practitioners of what the preacher calls ‘Chrislam,’ fifteen 1,500 on some Sundays, see no religious fault line.
Saka preaches that Christians and Muslims are both children of Abraham. Saka was born Muslim, and, the PRI report notes: “It was after returning from a Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca that he was inspired – he says instructed by God – to launch his new ministry: ‘That was about 19 years ago. I was praying and I laid down and the Lord told me, make peace between Christian and Muslim.'”
Christian Science Monitor reporter Abraham McLaughlin describes Saka’s place of worship:
At first, it seems a surprising sight: inside a two-story mosque in sub-Saharan Africa’s largest metropolis hangs a life-size portrait of Jesus Christ. Yet worshipers at “The True Message of God Mission” say it’s entirely natural for Christianity and Islam to co-exist, even overlap. They begin their worship by praying at the Jesus alcove and then “running their deliverance” — sprinting laps around the mosque’s mosaic-tiled courtyard, praying to the one God for forgiveness and help. They say it’s akin to Israelites circling the walls of Jericho – and Muslims swirling around the Ka’ba shrine in Mecca. This group — originally called “Chris-lam-herb” for its mix-and-match approach to Christianity, Islam, and traditional medicine – is a window on an ongoing religious ferment in Africa. At a nearby church/mosque with perhaps 500 worshipers is a teacher named Tela Tella who says that Saka stole his idea for Chrislam.
PRI describes a service at Saka’s facility:
It begins each Sunday morning with Qur’anic prayer. The prayer is intense, a trance-like frenzy similar to a Pentecostal Christian service. It climaxes with a sermon hitting repeatedly on the themes of prayerfulness and on the commonality between Islam and Christianity.] Alan Wisdom, director of the Presbyterian Action committee and vice president for research and programs at the Institute on Religion & Democracy contends that Islam should never be viewed as an equal to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Moreover, Korans should never be placed next to God’s Holy Word, he says. He told writer Chad Groening at the news site OneNewsNow:
“The Bible is God’s unique revelation to us. The pulpit of a church is for preaching the Word of God, and we believe that is the scriptures of the Old and New Testament. When we go to worship God, we worship Jesus Christ, and we can’t mix that worship with any other allegiance.”
Wisdom said that while he believes it is important for Christians to study and understand religions like Islam, he does not think believers should ever cross the line and blend Christianity together with a religion that is “antithetical to Christian teachings.”
Ishak Akintola, a religion scholar at Nigeria’s Lagos State University, has watched the two Chrislam congregations in Lagos and told PRI the spiritual basis for the merger is sound:
“The Bible concentrates on teachings of love; that’s what Jesus says in Matthew: Chapter Five, that you love your neighbor and you even love your enemy. Now you find the Qur’an saying exactly the same thing.”
It’s still up for debate whether the Nigerian Chrislam congregations and others like them, could become models for Muslim-Christian unity worldwide or whether they’re uniquely African. But either way, they are “part of a trend,” says Dana Robert, a Boston University religion professor.
Author Bill Muehlenberg on his website “Culture Watch” sees no future for Christlam:
Some misguided Christians believe they can somehow combine the two religions and still have something recognizable as the Christian faith. Sorry, but it can’t happen. Muslims are happy to use such versions of religious syncretism to gain entry into Christian circles, but it just results in the creation of more dhimmitude – Christians becoming second-class citizens. Islam always wins in such attempts, while Christianity always loses. The truth is, the two religions are fully incompatible. They may seem to be similar (both are world religions, both have Abrahamic origins, both are monotheistic, etc) but the differences are far greater.
Bestselling Dr. John MacArthur writes:
When evangelicals capitulate and attempt to soften the offense of the gospel in this way, they blur the lines between the god of Islam and the God of the Bible. Islam rejects the Trinity and the God of the Bible, insisting instead that Allah alone is the one true deity. It denies that Jesus is God, that He died on the cross, and that He was raised from the dead. Instead, say Muslims, Jesus was but one of thousands of prophets sent by Allah, the greatest of them being Mohammed. In other words, Jesus was merely a man. Islam rejects the salvation of forgiveness through Christ, teaching that only Muslims can be saved.
The concept is likely to be embraced by a few non-fundamentalists on either side of the Christian-Islam divide, such as Universalists, Unitarians — who make up a tiny fraction of Christianity. There are some Buddhists, Hindus, Bahai, Sikh and Shinto faithful who might be willing to add Christianity and Islam to their belief system — since some within those faiths reject that there is any single path to God.
But any successful hybrid of Islam and Christianity is unlikely to play well at the Vatican or in Mecca — much less Nashville or Tehran — since a merger would require abandoning such key beliefs as that: Jesus is the only hope of the world or that submission to Koranic law alone earns eternity in Paradise.
Islam holds the firm view that eternal damnation awaits those who do not earn salvation by submitting to the requirements of the Koran, which describes Jesus as a noteworthy prophet who didn’t really die on the cross.
Christianity has at its very core that Jesus is the only way to heaven, that we are to turn away from “revelations” such as the Koran that deny that He is the Son of God — and that eternal salvation cannot be earned, but is God’s gift of grace, earned for mankind by Christ’s crucifixion.
I wanted to better educate people on this. I found this story here: Belief Net. As you can see, even the elect could be led to believe that this religion is truly a good and wonderful thing; after all, it promises something that has never existed–peace between the Christians and the Muslims. As a Christian who believes the only way to heaven is through the blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the Messiah, the only way–you decide for yourself what you make of this.
Me personally, and this is all I will say–the one world religion is among us. People, you had better get ready, because this is the last sign to occur; the rapture of God’s church could happen at any moment. If so, are you ready? Is your family ready? Are your neighbors ready? What about that person you have a grudge on or can’t seem to forgive…is whatever it is worth their eternal soul for you not to make peace and inform them?
Think about it, but let me warn you, you don’t have much time. I can already see the clouds parting in the sky. The chariots of fire are are preparing for their journey to take the bride. The bridegroom is taking one final glance in the mirror before he enters the chambers. The angel is polishing his trumpet. Are you watching for Him? Or have you fallen asleep? Wake up! Here He comes!
I John 2:22, “Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is Antichrist, that denies the Father and the Son.”
For further review: Great Awakening Blogspot
Recommended reading: The Islamic Antichrist, by Joel Richardson
Here are a couple of videos I came across on Youtube concerning this.
WHAT HAPPENED ON JUNE 26, 2011 REGARDING THIS RELIGION? Click here to find out!