Delivered By
C.C. Risenhoover
Delivered On
May 22, 2016
Central Passage
Matthew 23:3
Subject
Christianity vs. Islam
Description

May 22, 2016

ARE WE THERE YET?

Jesus said “…do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach” (Matthew 23:3).

In this statement Jesus was referring to religious leaders of his day who talked out of both sides of their mouths.  They had concocted a set of religious laws for others to follow, but had exempted themselves from following those self-same laws.  In other words, the religious leaders Jesus confronted were a lot like the politicians in our executive, legislative and judicial branches today.

Quite frankly these men saw themselves as being above the law.  And, in all things religious…at least in their minds…they thought that they had arrived at an ultimate spiritual destination.  The rule of law that they had concocted was of primary concern to them.  God, on the other hand, was of secondary concern.

It’s impossible to track down who first asked, “Are we there yet?”  Or, for that matter when it was asked or why.  But, most of us have heard it at one time or another…especially when traveling with kids.

But, that question has theological implications as well as those associated with travel.  For example, maybe we should ask ourselves, “Am I there yet in terms of where I should be spiritually?”  Or, maybe we might even ask ourselves, “Am I there yet in my ability to face the future and what’s coming?”

And, we certainly might ask, “Is my church there yet in terms of doing what Jesus asked us to do?”  But, we shouldn’t pose tough questions of ourselves if we’re not willing to answer them honestly.

As previously stated…the Jewish religious elite thought they had arrived…and some of today’s churches do, too.  But, during His time on earth Jesus made it pretty clear that the Jewish religious establishment wasn’t even close to being there yet in terms of understanding what God expected of them.  As for the folks outside the narrow confines of what religious leaders had defined as being of God…well, even if they had known what God expected of them…they wouldn’t have cared.

So welcome to the 21st century…and to the fact that the attitude of people toward God hasn’t changed all that much from the time when Jesus walked the earth.  People still don’t care about what God expects of them…and they still don’t take God all that seriously.  Even alleged Christians aren’t all that serious about God.  If they were…there wouldn’t be so many empty seats in church buildings when God calls us to corporate worship on Sundays.

But, obviously, the apostasy in today’s world is just another indication that biblical prophecy is being fulfilled.  So we might as well get used to it…because when God foretells that something is going to happen…it’s going to happen.  And, He said there would be great apostasy in the last days.

We have to remember that during historical biblical times the majority of people didn’t like many of the prophecies spoken by God’s prophets…and the majority of people today don’t like them either.  Most people are like those spoken of in Isaiah 30:10, who said “Speak to us smooth things.  Prophesy deceits.”

That’s why some people don’t like my saying that the slaughter of Christians, Jews and others who refuse to bow down to Islam will soon be coming to their city, town or neighborhood.  And, that doesn’t classify as prophecy.  Based on what’s going on in the world around us…and of what we know about Islam…all I’m doing is exercising a common sense appraisal of where we’re headed.  We aren’t there yet…but we’re getting close.

Of course, people can choose to believe that the disciples of Muhammad are just like us…that Islam is a religion of peace…that they can extend a hand of welcome to these murderous savages and everything will be OK.  But, there’s about as much chance of a friendly gesture saving you when facing an Islamic jihadist as there was for a Jew being saved by hugging a Nazi during World War II.

Now I can’t tell you the exact date when this bloodbath of Christians, Jews and Islamic unbelievers will occur in our country…but the time is a lot closer than most people think.

Some Christians think they’re going to be saved from this bloodbath by the Rapture…and, of course, I agree with them that the Rapture is also a lot closer than most people think.  But, we can’t dismiss the possibility that Christians might get a taste of what the Great Tribulation will be like before it actually begins.

Based on prophecy…we know that the church will be raptured and escape the brunt of the Great Tribulation…but that doesn’t mean we’re exempt from what’s going on in the here and now in places dominated by Islam.

Prophecy can for some folks be stimulating, enthralling, headline grabbing, captivating and even addictive.  For others it can be scary and unreliable.

The Bible chronicles the words and deeds of numerous prophets…some true and some false.  Some people today are not true prophets in the biblical sense…but they’re perceptive enough to see where things are headed.

I don’t claim to be a biblical prophet…but based on my knowledge of biblical prophecy, of world history and current events…I believe the Holy Spirit has gifted me with the ability to see the direction in which we’re headed.  And, it’s not toward a utopian world that can be achieved by one world government and one world religion.

God’s prophets were continually warning Jewish kings about the consequences they and their people would suffer as a result of their sins against Him.  Those warnings were usually ignored…often resulting in God using some pagan army and its leader to administer punishment and death on His rebellious people.

As for the prophets who dared warn kings and their subjects about impending doom…well, they were usually beaten, imprisoned and even killed for doing what God told them to do.  Nobody likes bad news.

I’m sure that the Holy Spirit speaks to you just as He does to me.  What He has told me is that I have an obligation to preach the truth about Islam, homosexuality, abortion and the lack of spiritual discernment by churches on these very issues.

If that labels me as a doom and gloom preacher…so be it.  Naïve optimism is not going to change a thing in this country…or in the world.  We must speak the truth…and the truth is that we are being invaded by a satanic evil called Islam that had its origin in the bowels of hell.

And, if you think Christianity and Islam share anything resembling common ground…you probably think that you can make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.  I’m not calling on you to hate Muslims.  What I’m doing is calling you to understand what you’re up against.  You’re up against more than a billion people who have been brainwashed and conditioned since childhood to hate, despise and seek to murder Christians, Jews and anyone else who disagrees with the Qur’an or anything Muhammad reportedly said.

Obviously, some Muslims will be saved…but the majority won’t be.  Hundreds of years ago the Christian Church dropped the ball when dealing with the Arab world.  Satan picked it up…handed it off to one of his minions called Muhammad…and in the eyes of his fellow Arabs he ran for an uncontested touchdown.

Over a period of several hundred years many churches have fumbled the ball when it comes to sharing the Gospel.  We’ve done it right here…but I pray we haven’t gotten comfortable with fumbling it.

We need to do what we can to share the Gospel with Muslims, atheists, abortionists, homosexuals and people who think every church is a country club.  The Holy Spirit will advise each of us individually as to what we’re to do…and when He does that and we respond in a positive way…the church collectively will be in one accord.

Islam promises a combination one world government and one world religion.  Many people believe that the earth will become a peaceful utopia with the advent of a one world government and religion.  That’s possible, I suppose, if evil is totally unshackled.  If nothing humankind does is considered evil or sinful…and if Satan is allowed to do as he pleases without opposition…then that can be perceived as a sort of peace.

But, the majority of people in this alleged utopia will endure suffering…and they will discover that the one world government and religion won’t care.  Today I’m going to introduce you to the fantasy that is the political ideology and religion of the Muslim world…statistical data that you can easily look up on the Internet.

Muslims claim to be opposed to alcohol and drugs…yet alcohol consumption in Muslim regions of the world has increased by 25 percent in a period of five years…and Afghanistan produces 93 percent of the opium for the world market.  Their entire economy is built on drug trade with the rest of the world.

·         Four out of five Middle-Eastern women are sexually abused between the ages of three and six by family members…and more than half of all Yemeni girls are married before reaching puberty.  About one in 10 pregnancies in the Arab world ends in abortion.  But, in Pakistan every sixth pregnancy is terminated…and in Yemen 94 percent of children ages two to 14 are subjected to violence from a parent or guardian.

Contrary to what you might hear…FBI statistics show that anti-Muslim incidents in the U.S. account for only 1.3 percent of all hate crimes.  Jewish victims of hate crimes in the U.S. outnumber Muslim victims by a 10-1 ratio.  And, anti-Christian hate crimes in America far outnumber anti-Muslim crimes.

If you’re an advocate for free speech…you should know that Turkey has more journalists in prison than any other country in the world…almost double the number imprisoned in China and Iran.  And, 40 percent of Indonesian Muslims say they would not hesitate to use violence against those blaspheming Islam.  In Britain, 78 percent of Muslims support the death penalty for people who publish cartoons mocking the Prophet Muhammad.

Homosexual relationships, acts or behavior are allegedly illegal in 36 Islamic countries…10 of which impose the death penalty for homosexuality.  Iran, for example, has executed thousands of homosexuals and lesbians since their 1979 revolution.  But, the interpretation of what is and isn’t homosexuality is suspect…since many children in Muslim countries are sodomized on a regular basis…and the perpetrators are not punished.  But, an American soldier was punished for stopping a Muslim man from sodomizing a child.

Four out of 10 wives in Turkey are beaten by their husbands…and 91 percent of Jordanian university students say they approve of wife beating…even for burning a meal.

There are 13 countries in the world where the state can execute you for being atheist.  And, every single one is officially Islamic.  Nine of the top 10 persecutors of Christians are Islamic countries…and 38 of the top 50 countries.  Indonesia has about 150 religiously motivated regulations that restrict the rights of minorities.

And, if you think America has a problem with pornography…you might be surprised to know that Google reports that Muslim countries rank 1, 2, 4, 5, 7 and 8 in accessing sex-related websites.  Iranians made the highest number of visits to "immoral sites" in a single day…and each minute approximately 2 million people in Turkey are watching pornographic films online.  Pakistan ranked number one in searches for "child sex," "animal sex," "rape sex," "camel sex," "dog sex" and "rape video."

Our administration likes to talk about how much Muslims have contributed to society.  Well, 1.17 percent of world science literature is contributed by a combined 46 Muslim countries…less than that provided by smaller populated individual countries.

Almost 100 percent of Muslims living in non-Muslim countries favor changing that country’s laws to correspond with Sharia law.  And, neither education nor age provides an explanation as to why they are willing to exchange freedom for such an oppressive government and judicial system.

Many in our government want you to think that terrorism is being perpetrated by a small group of radical Islamists…but research shows that at least four out of 10 Muslims worldwide are extremists.  And, since the Qur’an teaches that it’s OK to lie to infidels to further the goals of Islam…the number who are extremists is probably much greater than 40 percent.

Many Americans can’t seem to grasp that 95 percent of all suicide bombing attacks conducted worldwide are carried out by Muslims…or that almost every terrorist attack worldwide has a Muslim connection.  They also can’t seem to comprehend that almost all Muslims have a negative opinion of Christians, Jews and Americans…and that includes the Muslims living in the United States.

Maybe you know one…or a few…Muslims who are nice to you…but that doesn’t mean they wouldn’t murder you for the sake of Allah.  They take their allegiance to Allah much more seriously than most Christians take their allegiance to Jesus Christ.

In Egypt, Morocco, Pakistan, and Indonesia…64 percent of Muslims believe it is U.S. foreign policy to spread Christianity in the Middle-East.  Ignorance is wide-spread and pervasive.  Six out of 10 Muslims worldwide still can’t read…and close to half of all Muslims in the world are inbred.

It’s well known to our intelligence community that three out of every four mosques in America preach anti-West extremism…but what isn’t well known is that Islam loses as many adherents via conversion as it gains.  Islam is growing…but only because of a high birth rate and invasion.  In fact, 75 percent of new Muslim converts in America leave Islam within a few years.

There are 164 jihad (war) verses in the Qur'an and nearly 500 verses that speak of hell.  Practicing Muslims recite anti-Semitic and anti-Christian rhetoric at least 17 times a day…and over 5,000 times a year.

·         Compared to Hitler’s Mein Kompf…verses of the Qur'an contain twice the amount of anti-Jewish text.  You don’t hear much about that…and you don’t hear much about the more than 140 million Africans who were taken…or who have been taken…as slaves by Muslims.  There were also some 1.25 million white European Christians who were captured and sold into the Muslim slave trade between the 16th and 19th centuries.

         The Islamic slave trade still flourishes in Muslim countries…and the number of those who are enslaved is in the millions.

          Contrast Muhammad and his Allah who enslave and murder people with Jesus, who said in Luke 4:18-19 (ESV), “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.  He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”        

So why do you need to know about Islam?  The reason is simple.  You need to know what Satan is trying to do to you…your family and all of God’s people.  You need to know who is assisting Satan in his attempt to destroy all that you care about…and you need to know what steps to take to keep him from doing it.  We can’t know too much about the enemy…but God help us if we know too little.  And, you do need to know what’s being imported to America.

Are we there yet in knowing how to combat this enemy?  I think we know how…if we will only study the Bible.  I think the real question is: Are we there yet in terms of doing it God’s

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