Delivered By
C.C. Risenhoover
Delivered On
April 3, 2016
Central Passage
Matthew 26:30-35
Subject
Christianity vs. Islam
Description

April 3, 2016

THE ROOSTER HAS CROWED

Then Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away because of me this night.  For it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’  But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.”  Peter answered him, “Though they all fall away because of you, I will never fall away.”  Jesus said to him, “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows, you will deny me three times.”  Peter said to him, “Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you!”  And all the disciples said the same (Matthew 26:30-35 ESV).

McDonald’s does not serve a doom or gloom meal.  The fast-food giant serves only a happy meal…which is the kind of spiritual meal most churchgoers want to be fed by their pastors.  They want to leave a Sunday worship service…or at least what they perceive to be worship…feeling good about themselves and their status in Christ’s kingdom here on earth.  These folks epitomize the attitude of Phil Robertson from the Duck Dynasty TV show, who often uses the phrase “Happy, happy, happy.”

But, if a preacher is true to God’s Word…he must feed his congregation more truth meals than happy meals…and truth meals are often more difficult for people to swallow or digest.  For example, I could tell you that everything in our world is OK…sort of like a bowl of warm peach cobbler with a big dip of vanilla ice cream on top…but if I did that I would be telling a lie.

Things are not OK…and they’re never going to be OK in this world until Jesus comes again.  Now even in my saying this…there’s certainly nothing wrong with putting on a happy face…knowing that God controls your eternal destiny…but don’t do it at the expense of His eternal truth.  Churches have been putting that spin on things for much too long.

When God called me to preach, He didn’t call me to sugarcoat the truth.  I was called to warn people about what’s coming…and to also tell them that His salvation is available to everyone who truly believes in the Lord Jesus Christ.  He also called me to tell people that He made them eternal…and that He has given them the choice of where they will spend eternity…and that the only two choices are heaven or hell.

Some people will say that’s not fair…that everybody ought to get a trophy for just being here…but God’s not a politician.  He’s not running for office…so He doesn’t cater to the whims of what people want or to what they think is fair…and, obviously, He’s not governed by affirmative action or political correctness.

Frankly, I think it’s very fair that God has provided us a choice of our final destination…and also a choice of whether we want to accept His truth or Satan’s lies.

Peter denied Jesus three times before the rooster crowed.  The majority of Americans…the majority of the world for that matter…has denied Him so many times that the rooster’s crowing has become nothing more than a rasping whisper.  We’ve worn the rooster’s voice box out.  He can’t make enough noise to wake us up from our lethargy…or to warn us about what’s coming.

Jesus and His church are under attack.  We may think that this attack is only in faraway places…but it’s also here…and closer than you think.  The enemy is using a many-pronged attack from every direction…and there are four major armies that are launching all out assaults in their attempts to destroy Christianity…one of which is doing it unconsciously and unwittingly.  But, three of these armies have the full support of liberal media…and the media is pretty much ignorant of the fourth.

The first army being sent by Satan to destroy Jesus and His church is Islam.  The goal of Islam is to murder or enslave every Christian and Jew on the face of the earth…and to totally eliminate God’s Word in favor of an ideology based on sex, murder, money and slavery.  Those who try to convince you that Islam is a religion of peace haven’t read the Qur’an…or they have read it and are following its teaching.  The Qur’an allows lying to an infidel in order to achieve what they call a Caliphate.  Americans who swallow the peaceful religion lie aren’t just ignorant…they are…in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary…stupid.

The second army being launched in an attempt to destroy Jesus and His church…with support of the majority of the U.S. Supreme Court and liberal media…is the pro-abortion movement.  This army has already brainwashed many people into thinking that murder of a human being is OK…as long as that human being is in the womb.

The third army out to destroy Jesus and His church is the homosexual movement…again with support of the majority of the Supreme Court, liberal media and Hollywood.  This army doesn’t just defy God’s Word…it changes His Word to fit its Satan-inspired agenda.

And, the fourth army out to destroy Jesus and His church are alleged Christians who lack discernment where God’s Word is concerned…who subscribe to whatever culture they’re in rather than to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

But, let’s begin with Islam, a political ideology based on murder, sex, slavery and money…not necessarily in that order.

As of today there are thousands of Islamic terrorists in the United States…along with 27 terrorist training camps.  Three of those camps are in the Washington D.C. area.  These numbers aren’t simply the imagination of raving of conspiracy buffs.  The truth is that every federal agency assigned to the task of protecting Americans is aware of these facts…but they can do nothing because our government won’t let them.

And, of course, for a majority of Americans ignorance is bliss where Islam is concerned.  They don’t want the truth because it upsets them.  Truth is an attack on their proclivity for the politics and political correctness that they think will save them.

But, God has called me…and if you’re a Christian He has called you, too…to stand for His truth…no matter what the consequences.  And, we’re not called to be passive about what’s going on in the world.  We’re called to be proactive purveyors of the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  We’re called to be on the offensive…to attack the idolatry and evil that is the basis for a so-called religion…along with a secular culture and government that supports this alleged religion and mocks God.

Because we’re armed with the truth of God’s Word…our task is to educate people and proclaim God’s truth in the shadow of Islam…while always maintaining the imperative of reaching the Muslim masses with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  This is not a matter of choice for us.  We have been commissioned to bring the world into a right relationship with God through Jesus Christ…our Lord.

Is that commission daunting?  Of course it is.  But, it shouldn’t be as daunting to us as when Jesus voiced it to a few disciples.

Statistically, eight out of 10 people in the world identify with a religion.  There are 2.2 billion adherents to Christianity…1.6 billion adherents to Islam…1.1 billion adherents to agnosticism or atheism…and 1 billion adherents to Hinduism.

An adherent is someone who follows a person or idea.  If the 2.2 billion adherents to Christianity truly followed and obeyed Jesus…it would be possible to bring the population of the entire world into a right relationship with God in just a couple of days…and certainly in a couple of years.  Unfortunately, the majority of these adherents to Christianity aren’t all that serious about their own relationship with Christ…so they don’t have anything to share with others.

That means it’s up to a remnant of these 2.2 billion adherents to help bring the entire world into a right relationship with God.  Just remember what Jesus said in Matthew 7:21 (NLT): “Not everyone who calls out to me ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven.  Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter.”

It take more than mere lip service to be a true Christian.  It takes a heartfelt and mind-centered commitment to the Lordship of Jesus…a love relationship with Him that surpasses all human understanding…and an obedience that never questions the leading of the Holy Spirit.

Do you have the guts to be all that you can be for God?  I hope so…because to not deny Him during what’s coming down the road will require every ounce of courage that you possess.

If we’re going to reach the unsaved people of the world for Jesus…we’re going to have to overcome the dark spiritual power behind Islam, which goes by the name of Allah.  And, in order to bind this “strong man” mentioned in Scripture…the first step is to understand what we’re dealing with under the surface.

After 9-11, politicians and media pundits declared that Islam was a peaceful religion…and that fanatical offbeat groups like al-Qaeda do not represent true Islam.  Political correctness prohibited most people from asking the basis for that assessment.  That’s because in politics there’s always compromise because of the nature of the system…and truth becomes a relative issue…depending on whom it will benefit.

Obviously, these politicians and media pundits were not basing their assessment on any personal knowledge of the teaching and traditions of Muhammad…or the content of the Qur’an…or the 1,400-year history of Islam.  They dismissed fact for hearsay, emotion, feeling and think so…and, possibly, for fear of retaliation.

Unfortunately, the lives of millions of people depend on facts…not on a distortion of those facts by a wimp-infested government and media.

If Islam is a peaceful religion, why did Muhammad claim to have engaged in 47 battles?  And, why throughout history…in every campaign engaged in by Muslim armies…have men, women and children been slaughtered who did not bow their knees to the lordship of Islam?

If Islam is a peaceful religion, why are there so many verses in the Qur’an encouraging the murder of infidels and those who resist Islam?  If Islam is a religion of peace, why isn’t there even one Muslim-governed country in the world that will allow freedom of religion and speech?  If Islam is a peaceful religion, who is imparting the desire for bloodthirsty violence to the hundreds of Islamic groups that are murdering innocent people throughout the world in the name of Allah?

The undeniable truth can be found in what Muhammad did in his lifetime…and what the god of Islam calls for in the Qur’an.  People need to know the truth…even if they find it offensive.  We need to know what’s ahead…and how to deal with it.

Should we to shut our eyes to the truth and back off from it in order to not offend Muslims?  I don’t think so.  Christians must speak the truth…not in anger, but in love.  We must also be instructive…not destructive.  We must not yell at the darkness and those bound by it…but rather open a door and let the light and love of Jesus Christ in.

The truth of Jesus Christ is our only path to freedom.  I don’t doubt that millions of Muslims long for a freedom that only He can provide…and the only way they will ever experience that freedom will be when we lift our voices in unison and expose an ideology (and idol) that has for centuries held its adherents in fear and bondage.

In John 8:32, Jesus said, “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Well, the truth is that there are no redemptive analogies in the Qur’an…but the entire Bible is about nothing other than redemption.  Another difference is that the Qur’an is simply a book conceived by a deranged mind…whereas the Bible is God’s Word.

Think about this: More than 1,400 years ago Muhammad…with the Qur’an…redefined fundamental tenets of Scripture.  For example:

Our God keeps His promises…but what is stated clearly in the Qur’an is that Allah abrogates earlier promises and sometimes cancels them out.  According to the Qur’an, he even contradicts his own commands…leaving everything he ever said through Muhammad open to question.

Christians believe that Jesus…by His death on the cross…atoned for the sin of the world…providing redemption for everyone who believes in Him.  Islamic teaching declares that Jesus did not die on the cross…and that He was not resurrected from the dead.  In fact, the concept of God requiring an atonement as His legal basis for absolving the guilty is denied by Islam.

Muslim writings accuse Christians of worshiping three gods…and of teaching that God had intercourse with Mary…causing her to conceive Jesus.

Christians also approve the separation of religion from civil government…but Islam binds religion and the state together with iron chains.  That’s why I think of Islam as a political ideology…rather than as a legitimate religion.

It’s also why you have to look at Islam, its founder and its teaching differently than you look at the redemptive analogies of the Bible.  What I’m attempting to have you do is to compare the wording of the Qur’an and the actions of its founder with the Bible…the Word of God.  We need to open our eyes to the secrets that lie within the Qur’an’s Arabic text…and the truth that history reveals.  We need to ask what Islam means today…for Muslims and for the entire world.

I’m not implying that every Muslim agrees with…or even understands…the problems rooted at the core of Islam.  After all, not every alleged Christian reads the Bible…or agrees with the core doctrines of the Word of God.  But, to win a person to Christ…you normally need to understand something about that person and his or her beliefs.

So to compare Islam with Christianity is not to incite hatred toward a group of people.  It’s to provide Christians with an understanding of what they’re up against when trying to introduce a Muslim to Jesus.  And, that’s what we’re supposed to do as Christians…introduce all people to Jesus…no matter what their background, belief or culture.

It’s my belief that God’s love can conquer all evil and injustice…including what Satan inspires through Islam and the Qur’an.

If you’re a Christian, you’re God’s line of defense against Satan and his lies that are sending a multitude of people to an eternal hell.  If you’ve denied Christ…been ashamed of Him and His Gospel…it’s time to straighten out your relationship with God.  You can do that by surrendering to His will for your life.  You have that opportunity today.  It may not be available to you tomorrow.

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