Delivered By
C.C. Risenhoover
Delivered On
April 24, 2016
Central Passage
Jude 1:3
Subject
Christianity vs. Islam
Description

April 24, 2016

CONTEND FOR THE FAITH

“…although I was very eager to write you about the salvation we share, I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints” (Jude 1:3).

There are a number of definitions for the word “contend,” one being to strive against difficulties.  But, I believe Jude was encouraging Christians to struggle in opposition with the enemy for control…to defend their belief in Christ… and to keep affirming the truth.

Another important word that Jude uses here is “entrust.”  The word means to give someone responsibility for doing something…or caring for someone or something.  I believe Jude is telling Christians that they have been entrusted with the responsibility of making sure the Great Commission is carried out.

Jude Thaddeus was a cousin to Jesus and one of His 12 original apostles.  Catholics label him as being the patron saint of lost causes and desperate situations.  But, the name Thaddeus means sweetness and gentleness of character.

Following the crucifixion of Jesus…Jude Thaddeus went on to help evangelize the known world for Christ.  His epistle, although short, is a no nonsense warning to Christians.  That warning is against licentiousness, perversion, sexual immorality, and unnatural lust, slander of holy people, rejection of authority and denial of Jesus Christ.

The apostle was murdered by an angry pagan mob in Lebanon in 65 A.D. for sharing the truth about Christ with people who didn’t want the truth…just as Christians are murdered today for the same reason.

In today’s world this short epistle could well be a trumpet blast from heaven against Islam, abortion, homosexuality and lack of discernment by entities that call themselves churches.  The epistle of Jude…and the way all the apostles died…is just another reason I’m sickened by the kind of rotten tripe alleged preachers of the Gospel like Joel Osteen feed people.

Jesus never promised that believing in…and following Him…would be an easy road.  For belief in Him and our discipleship…He promised salvation and eternal life with God the Father, the Holy Spirit and Him.  He never promised His followers any material wealth…only spiritual wealth.

Can a person attain wealth greater than eternal life with God?  In Mark 8:37 Jesus said, “What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?  Or, what can a man give in exchange for his soul?

The majority of people don’t want to answer that question.  Most people…including a lot of so-called prosperity preachers and politicians…have exchanged the truth of God’s Word…and their souls…for the wealth of this world.  Jesus says about them in Mark 8:38, “If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”

When Jesus speaks about an adulterous generation here…He’s not talking about relationships between men and women.  He’s talking about a relationship with God…being unfaithful to Him above all the temporary things we think precious in this world.

In my first three messages on Christianity vs. Islam…I’ve presented considerable information about Muhammad…a self-proclaimed prophet who in today’s world would probably be equated with a thug leading a Chicago street gang.  In fact, many of today’s gang members…especially those in prison…convert to Islam because their actions are similar to those that Muhammad employed.  Many recant, however, when they learn that being Muslim means they can no longer have pork chops or baby back ribs.

Nazism was a form of Islam…and I daresay that no one can prove otherwise.  There are many apologists for the actions of Muslims flying the flag of Islam…but their interpretation of war verses in the Qur’an…or the actions of Muhammad that are proudly recorded in the Hadiths…would leave Aristotle, Plato and Socrates scratching their heads.  Their logic is a language all its own…one that is incomprehensible to those of us who love freedom and democracy.

I’m more than willing to listen to someone who can logically explain to me the ideological difference between Islam and Nazism…just as I’m more than willing to have someone logically explain to me the ideological differences between the Communist Party and the Democratic Party.  But, I expect no such explanations because perpetrators of these ideologies can’t find an iota of difference in any of them.

In all of these ideologies the poor get poorer…and the power brokers…those who aspiration is one world government get richer and richer…and, of course, Christians and Jews get the blame for all the ills that are fostered by their manipulation of humankind.

Apologists for Islam contend that the Qur’an advocates war (jihad) only in self-defense…but like almost every Muslim contention to justify their barbaric actions…that is a lie.  But, of course, lying is condoned and encouraged by the Qur’an and Hadiths if it helps further the cause of Islam.  Talk about different…our Christian God calls lying a sin…and this Allah of the Qur’an calls it a virtue.

Were Saudi Muslims defending themselves against airliner passengers and the people in the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on 9-11?  Have Islamists been defending themselves by launching an average of five terrorist attacks a day since 9-11?

Of course, Islam’s war against infidel populations by genocide or enslavement was going on a long time before 9-11.  Dare we mention the slaughter of more than one million Armenian Christians in eastern Turkey in the early 1900s?  Dare we also mention chapter 8, verses 12-13 of the Qur’an, which says “Strike off their heads.  Strike off their finger-tips…because they defied Allah and his Apostle.”

What I’ve mentioned is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to atrocities perpetrated by Islam since Muhammad combined his thoughts with Satan’s in order to found a hellish merger of a hybrid one world religion and government.  Christians stand in the way of Islam…as has America in its storied past.  But, what’s perceived as political correctness and tolerance is rapidly destroying all of America’s opposition to this evil called Islam.

Islam is the one world government Christians have been warned about for many years…and “the antichrist” will come from Islam.  He will be a great deceiver…just as Muhammad and Hitler were great deceivers…along with a host of other brutal dictators who…through butchery…have attempted to destroy God’s people.  These dictators possessed the spirit of the antichrist…but the true antichrist is now on the immediate horizon.

We are in an “age of apostasy”…but we are also in the final phase of “The Church Age.”  The Church will be raptured prior to the “Great Tribulation” period…but there’s likely to be plenty of tribulation prior to that seven-year period.

As for whether the seven years spoken of in Revelation is as actual or symbolic period of time…I don’t know.  Nor do I know when the Rapture will occur.  What I do know is that when God says something is going to happen…and you had better believe it.  Unlike the Allah of the Qur’an…our Christian God doesn’t lie.

In the Garden of Eden the serpent (Satan) lied to Eve…and he has never stopped lying.  Scripture tells us that he’s a liar and truth is not in him…so he is a total contradiction to Jesus Christ.  That’s why I have no doubt that the angel who Muhammad claimed spoke to him was none other than Satan.  I also have no doubt that Muhammad’s abode today is in the depths of a fiery hell.

Speaking of himself in the Qur’an, Muhammad said, “A prophet may not take captives until he has made a great slaughter in the earth” (8:66, 68).  Does that give you an idea of how Muhammad thought?  Islamic terrorists today are simply following the thinking and actions of their prophet.

Draw your own conclusions from what I’m about to say…and you can’t accuse me of being political for simply stating facts.  Truth is truth.

Until the last few years there was no outlandish presence of Islam in America.  Now Islam is taught in public schools…but Christianity and the Bible are banned.  Today we must allow prayer rugs everywhere…and must also allow for Islamic prayer in schools, airports and businesses.

Because of Muslims in prisons and other institutions…including retirement homes…these entities have been forced to stop serving pork with meals for fear of offending Muslims.  In addition, our legal system is inundated with lawsuits by Muslims who are offended by American culture…burkas are worn everywhere…and we’re not to question what they’re covering up.

Further, we have Muslims suing employers and refusing to do their jobs…if they decide their job conflicts with Sharia Law.  And, the Attorney General of the United States has vowed to prosecute anyone who engages in anti-Muslim speech.  There’s no such threat, however, aimed at those who engage in anti-Christian speech…because that would include a large majority of the entertainers, media people and politicians in the country.

In today’s America jihadists who engage in terrorism…and openly admit that they’re acting in the name of Allah and Islam…receive nothing more than a shoulder shrug by our government.  And, their murderous acts are not declared to be terrorism, but merely workplace violence.  Our government wants us to view them as simply misunderstood…and promote the idea that they would be model citizens if we would just lay down our arms and give them jobs.

It has also become the policy of our government to try to replace secular Middle East dictators who are benign or friendly to America and Europe with ideologue Islamists or Muslim Brotherhood terrorists.  We withdrew our troops from Iraq in order to placate Iran and terrorist armies like ISIS.

Also, take note of the fact that our nuclear stockpile has been reduced to 1950s levels…and that the administration’s stated goal of a nuke-free America goes unchallenged.

And, while depleting our nuclear stockpile…a deal at any cost with Iran was negotiated…and billions of dollars was handed over to that “Death to America” country…which is the world’s greatest benefactor to terrorists…and which will use those billions to further its plan to nuke both Israel and America.

It’s also now commonplace for America to apologize to Muslim states that perpetrate acts of aggression, war and sabotage against our military…and to actually fund their evil.  There are limits to genius…but absolutely no limits to stupidity.

The American Navy is now at a 1917 pre-World War I level of about 300 ships…and the American Army is at pre-1940 levels.  The Air Force has scrapped 500 planes…and another draw down of 50,000 military personnel is in progress.

Half of our aircraft carriers have been recalled for maintenance…rendering the Atlantic unguarded.  It was only recently that a carrier was sent to the Middle East.

Guantanamo Bay is being emptied of captured jihadists…who return to jihad-friendly states…where they can continue their quest to kill everyone who is not a Muslim.  And, we now, obviously, negotiate with terrorists…evidenced by the five Taliban commanders who were traded for a deserter and jihad sympathizer.

There’s no money for America’s poor…for disabled veterans…for jobless Americans…for hungry or displaced Americans.  But, there’s an endless stream of money for Syrian refugee resettlement programs.

And, doesn’t it strike you as strange that after every terrorist attack…Americans are asked to give up their guns?  Thankfully, Americans aren’t responding to this agenda by liberals, but are, instead, in record numbers buying guns and ammunition.

Does it bother you that the Obama’s senior advisor is a Muslim…or that six top members of the Muslim Brotherhood advise him…some of them on Homeland Security?  He is also known to have connections with 14 other members of the Muslim Brotherhood.  It has even been reported that John Brennan, head of the CIA, has converted to Islam.

In the past few years Muslims have quietly infiltrated all of our government…and they have key roles in the nation’s security.  Hillary Clinton’s deputy chief of staff is Muslim…and she has three relatives who are members of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Our country is being sold out to Islam on a daily basis.  There is now a movement to take Bibles out of libraries…but no one dares suggest taking the Qur’an out of libraries.  Unfortunately, many Christians are passive and won’t fight for the faith because they’ve been fed a lot of tolerance garbage from the pulpits.

With a passive attitude Christians have allowed liberal government to brainwash children in our public schools…feeding them a steady diet of pseudo-science and revisionist history…all of which call for destruction of the Constitution…Christianity…and ignorance of the one true God.  In the name of tolerance and political correctness…school children have been taught to be accepting of abortion and homosexuality… along with other liberal agendas.  And, many alleged churches that go along with the liberal culture get their teaching material from the same dung pile that Satan uses.

People ignorant of the true meaning of certain Scripture like to quote Jesus as saying, “Turn the other cheek,”  This simply means that one should not return insult for insult in retaliation…which most people expect…and how worldly people react.  In the culture in which Jesus lived, responding passively to a hateful slap by turning the other cheek was a sign of disdain.  

Jesus was not a wimp.  He was far more of a warrior than Muhammad ever thought about being.  He took on one of the most entrenched religious systems of His day…and one of the most brutal secular governments…with the truth of God’s Word as His only weapon.

He didn’t resort to brutality to those who were offended by Him…He gave to them the same opportunity for salvation as to those who believed in Him.  There was no vindictiveness in Him…only a love that surpasses all understanding.

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