Islamic Rise

Did you know that churches in England are currently at an all time low with only 2.4% of the population attending any given Christian Sunday service. Not only that but there is a church decline taking place here in America. I personally, have seen two congregations recently close their doors because of a financial burden and I am sure some of you have seen churches close their doors. Today, however, I want to show you that there is one religion that is on the rise, and sadly it’s not Christianity… its Islam!

Currently Christianity out numbers Islamic believers, however Islam is growing more rapidly than Christianity or any other religion in the world. And because of that Islam is now the world’s second largest religion.

According to the most recent Pew report on Muslim demographics; there are approximately 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide. Which means 24% of the world’s population practice Islam (that’s about one out of every four people on this planet!!).

Now to be fair, about 80% of them are not radicals and they don’t believe in killing Jews and Christians. They are considered a peaceful people. However, the other 20% of them are radical enough to strap a bomb on their bodies in order to kill Jews and Christians or anyone who opposes their belief.

If this number is accurate, that means about 300 million Muslims are willing to die in order to take us down. Now it is safe to say that the vast majority of Muslims are peaceful people, however, the question is, is Islam itself a peaceful religion?

Well, now that, is the question! But in order to find our answer lets first look at the meaning of Jihad. One meaning, is that the word Jihad signifies a battle between man versus himself. Basically it means standing against those carnal sinful desires. However, the other definition is the belief of using violence in order to accomplish the will of Allah by punishing infidels in order to expand the kingdom of their god, Allah (this is what fundamentalist believe).

To further find our answer, let’s look to the very book they use to grab their doctrine from, the Koran….

Sura 5:51, “O you who believe, do not take certain Jews and Christians as allies…GOD does not guide the transgressors.” 

Sura 5:33, “{Jews & Christians} are the ones whom God has cursed, and he whom God excludes from His mercy, you shall never find one to help and save him.”

Sura 9:5, “Kill the infidels, [Christians & Jews] wherever you may come upon them and seize them and confine them, and lie in wait for them at every conceivable place.”

Sura 9:12, “Fight with the leaders of unbelief.”

Sura 47:4, “When you meet those who disbelieve (in war), smite them at their necks.”

So according to the verses in the Koran, Islamic fundamentalists (not peaceful Muslims) believe in: fighting, and killing infidels [or all who do not believe in Islam]. They are taught to hate Jews, Christians, and anyone who opposes Allah. They are also taught that Jews and Christians are cursed and should not be taken as friends, but rather they should be murdered and smite at the necks.

Sadly the very Islamic religion is one born of violence and hate.You see Islamic fundamentalist, are taught to seek conversion at any cost. Whether that’s with persuasion, sword, peace, force, it doesn’t matter as long as they are converted.  Christianity, on the other hand, seeks conversion by persuasion, it’s their choice if they want to accept it. It is never forced on them.

Now that we have covered that, lets chew on this for a moment. Did you know that there is not a single 1 out of all 55 predominately Muslim Nations, that DO NOT persecute Christians. Christians are persecuted in all 55 predominately Muslim nations! You see, if Islam is so peaceful, then why is this the case? The reality of this is, is that one day, Jews and Christians will be persecuted for their faith (Tribulation) and this just plays right into that.

Now I do want you to know something. The Arab and the Palestinian people, are not our enemies. And nor should we ever treat them as such. Paul made it very clear in his letter to the Ephesians that we do not wrestle against flesh and blood.

“We wrestle against power, principalities and spirits of wickedness in the heavenly places….” Ephesians 6:12

So we must constantly keep a proper Biblical perspective and love our Arab and Palestinian brothers and sisters. For God loves them just as much as he loves you. And there have been many of them who have received the Lord Jesus as their Savior. My hope is that we can win more of them over for the Lord!

I say all this to remind you that it will only be a matter of time before persecution rolls around our way. God says in the Bible that Christians are promised persecution and that because the world hated him, it will also hate us. But do not fear. For God did also tell us that in these last days to look up for our redemption draws near!!

Love you all!

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21 responses to “Islamic Rise

  1. Very well written article. Also, I think people should read “Son of Hamas.” It also addresses the question of whether Islam is a peaceful religion or not.

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  3. I see you liked mybroom’s post about us being spirit beings. I have a different take that I hoped you’d be interested in considering:

    We have to take care that this spirit filled language doesn’t err on the side of gnostism, the error of the medieval church of rome. Our God is creative God. He created a physical world, and promises to wipe this corrupt world away and create a new physical world. The Bible teaches that uur souls incorporate our whole self: mind, heart and strength and the Holy Spirit resides in God’s elect, those who are born again.

    • Hi Creditaction, I found your comment interesting, I hope Elissa won’t mind my replying to you, some do but as I couldn’t find you on your Blog, which seems more to do with men’s problems, this was the only way.

      I agree with you about gnostism although there is more then one interpretation of it which you are probably aware of, what I’m hoping is that you will share your understanding of being Born again, you said God’s elect so it seems you believe it is only for a few or have I misunderstood you, as it is not confirmed in reference to being Born again of God’s seed but of course thy are a reality but they are not as some believe.

      Christian Love Anne.

  4. Thank you Elissa, a powerful message, Ron talked about this happening 25 years ago and has also preached about it. A threat that sadly has now become a reality and yet as you have often shared, Love breaks down the walls of hostility and one person is of immense value in God’s heart, if we can share His Truth spoken and shown in genuine deeds of Love but not the Saccharine sweet kind that leaves a bitter after taste but God’s Love, it will not return to Him void.

    Christian Love from both of us – Anne

  5. I love the way you handled this and shared. Thank you!! I had something happen recently, and this helped confirm what God told me about it. God bless you!

  6. Ah but the same could be said for Christianity or any other religion. God is great but he has terrible ground personnel.

    I think as long as you are being open and respectful much more can be achieved than pointing fingers.

    Whether you are talking about inquistions or intifada’s or jihads or what more there will always be people who choose hate over love. Just crossing my fingers that they will become smaller in number…

    • There are always people who choose hate over love, and sadly there are too many of them. The thing with the Islamic religion is that some of their teaching include getting rid of infidels (beheading, etc. per the information above)… anyone who doesn’t agree with the Islamic belief. Now, not all Muslims view it that way, some of them see infidels as unbelievers, however extremist Islamist’s take the verses at their word. This is where some of the problems lie and this is why we see suicide bombers in the name of Allah.
      Now, any person who calls themselves a Christian and is practicing violence is Not a true Christian. They are ‘wolves in sheep’s clothing.’ In my book, any real believer of Jesus would not do such things. Hope that helps. 🙂

  7. Great courageous post! Thanks for sharing. I was born in Nigeria and lived with Muslims before moving to London. Nigeria is fighting a losing war with Islamic extremists. Islam is not a peaceful religion and it’s saddening that Christians are losing their faith daily!

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