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SINCERE BELIEVERS NEED THE ANOINTING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT:
Pagans know the terrifying power of witchcraft. People of other religions are surprisingly familiar with the entities that inhabit the spiritual world, because they all have their witchdoctors or shamans, who have personal relationships with powerful demonic beings. Consequently, the Great I Am sent Moses in His Word and Power to the court of Pharaoh, just as Jesus sent His disciples with His Gospel and the Holy Spirit into the world.
We should never lose sight of the fact that Jesus’ born again believers are spiritual priests and kings, whom Jesus Himself had entrusted with the Gospel-message and authority of their King, (Rev. 5:9.) And so, Jesus Himself declared, “Those who believe and are baptized [as sincere believers,] will be saved… and these signs will follow them. In My Name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents, [not the ceremonial handling of snakes, but shirking off ‘accidental’ encounters with them, Acts 28:3-6.] If they drink anything deadly, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover… And as the disciples went out and preached everywhere, the Lord worked with them and confirmed the Word through His accompanying signs,” (Mark 16:16-20.)
These Gospel-signs confirm the miraculous Word of the All-powerful God.
The Spirit Filled Bible explains that these Gospel-signs “cannot be limited to the apostolic age any more than the Lord’s commission to carry the Gospel through the world. The signs, therefore, confirm the ministries of Christ’s ambassadors in every generation. Similarly, a servant of the Lord may look for divine protection in matters pertaining to food and drink. Many missionaries have testified to God’s miraculous protection in heathen territories, where they experienced no ill effects from impure food and drink. All of the signs listed here have occurred repeatedly in God’s [continual] ministry [through the ages,]” (Eph. 4:31, 1 Cor. 5:2.)
Every sincere believer is called to evangelize his or her personal, as well as the general world, according to the particular gifts, which the Holy Spirit had entrusted to each of us. We should never become cold and stagnant in our walk with the Lord. We should continually move forward in the wisdom, leading, and power of the Holy Spirit, and with the bold Gospel truth of the Risen Christ in our hearts and on our lips. We simply cannot allow timidity and fear to enslave us and keep us from living in the power of the Word and the real, Biblical anointing of the Holy Spirit.
We need to ask God to manifest His real Scriptural, Holy-Spirit power through us as He deems each one of us fit to preach His Gospel to the world, and to minister to His ecclesia, His believers, or the ‘called out ones’ from the world, (Jn. 3:16.)
We have to pray continually for the Muslims and other religionists all around us. Prayer is the most powerful weapon, which makes a way for the Gospel of our Lord to dispel the darkness in this world. May our love for our pagan and Christian enemies never grow faint and go cold.
“What reward will you have if you love only those who love you in return?” Jesus asked. Instead, our Lord has called us to an unselfish lifestyle of Godly love in Gospel truth – and He commanded us to forsake all our comfort zones in His pursuit of bringing salvation to the world, (Lu. 6:32; 12:51-53.) Muslims and other religionists like Mary worshipping Catholics are our neighbors; they share many of our workplaces, supermarkets, and the playgrounds, schools, colleges, and universities of our children. We breathe the same air; drink water from the same reservoir, and God makes His sun to shine on all of us.
We should never focus merely on the miraculous, but we should never exclude it either. When God sends His born again instruments to peach His Gospel, heal the sick, and deliver the oppressed and possessed, we simply dare not linger any longer on the troublesome deck of Old Jonah’s boat – the boat of church-exclusiveness.
THE WHOLE WORLD NEEDS TO KNOW THE MOST IMPORTANT TRUTH:
Every person on earth is important to God. As a result, all must come to a saving knowledge of the One True God, or be eternally condemned. The crux of the Gospel is this: only the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living God, is the Savior of the world. Jesus Himself clearly stated in Jn. 14:6, "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, no man comes to the Father except through Me." His awesome declaration was confirmed by the Holy Spirit, as recorded in Acts 4:12, “Nor is there salvation in any other [god,] for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
In response to the fact that Jesus is the Son of God, Muslims say, “God has no son. To say that God has a son is blasphemy! The Qur’an, in Surah 4, 171 states, ‘O People of the Book… [Believers of the Bible,] Do not say ‘Trinity…’ for Allah is One God… far Exalted is He above having a son. To Him belong all things in the heavens and on earth…’”
Jesus Himself asked to the Jews, “Do you say of Him Whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I Am the Son of God?’” - Jn. 10:36b.
God the Father also declared in Mt. 4:17b, “This is My beloved Son, in Whom I Am well pleased.” Did God make this incredible announcement to any other person who ever lived – Mohammed included? Of course not; therefore John could write in Jn. 3:16, “God SO loved the WHOLE world that He sent His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.”
Still, Muslims have only the following to say about the Biblical Son of God, “Jesus was only an ordinary prophet. There is no god but Allah and Mohammed is his prophet. Mohammed is the last and most important prophet – peace be upon him!”
None of the great religions such as Buddhism and Islam attempt to deny the divine life and miraculous ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ. Historically, that would simply be impossible. However, they attempt to degrade the Divine Jesus to the status of an ordinary prophet. They might not state it this way, but in reality Muslims have substituted Mohammed with the Lord Jesus Christ of the Bible and instead of Jesus, they have crowned Mohammed as their christ.
THE HUNDREDTH NAME OF ALLAH, ISLAMIC SALVATION, AND OUR SAVIOR IN THE QUR’AN:
In his book, ‘The Camel – How Muslims are Coming to Faith in Christ,’ Kevin Greeson recites the following Muslim proverb, “…Allah has one hundred names. And… he has revealed 99 of his names to the sons of men that they may know and worship him. But one name, the one-hundredth name, he has told only to the camel. And, the camel, he is not talking.”
The writer then challenges Islam with the assumption that the hundredth name of Allah is Isa al-Mashi, which means the Lord Jesus Christ.
It is not correct that Muslim Scripture actually ‘reveres and accepts’ the True Jesus Christ of the Bible, because Allah is definitely not the God of the Bible! The Names of the True God of the Bible is Yahweh, Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Jesus Christ, and many more, but Jesus was never called ‘Allah.’ Yet, the Qur’an was supposedly based on Hebrew dogma, and so Muslims claim spiritual ancestry to the Hebrew patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. If this were true, however, and they really do worship the God of the Bible, why do they call Yahweh, (or Christ Jesus) “Allah?”
In fact, Jesus lived in the first century A.D. and Mohammed only came into existence more than 600 years later, but Muslims compensate for his late arrival by calling him ‘the last prophet.’ Instead of researching the most reliable Scriptures, the first writings of Jesus’ time, and the time of the birth and growth of the first ecclesia, (the early called-out assemblies of Christ,) Muslims believe Mohammed’s interpretations of, and additions to the original Hebrew and New Testament manuscripts, [Torrey, ‘The Jewish Foundation of Islam.’]
Nonetheless, Kevin Greeson, in his book, ‘The Camel,’ extracts certain lines from verses in the Qur’an to supposedly point Muslims to the real ‘Isa al-Masih,’ the Lord Jesus Christ of the Bible. This book, also known as ‘The Camel Method’ is currently revered as the ultimate methodology of Muslim evangelization.
Greeson wrote,’ “Thirteen verses of the Qur’an’s book, Surah al-Imram chapter 3, tell of Isa al-Masih. Here we read that Isa would be born of a virgin, that He would do miracles; that He would be a sign to the whole world; that Allah would cause Him to die and raise Him again to heaven…. The full Qur'anic name for Jesus is Al-Masihu Isa – ‘the Messiah Jesus’ (cf. Surah 4.157, 4.171).”
Greeson’s extractions from the Qur’an sounds like the Gospel of the Bible, but sadly, the full Qur-anic implication of Greeson’s statements differs drastically from the picture that he is trying to paint.
Greeson only uses lines from verses and passages in the Qur’an.
If one reads these lines in context, as any sane Muslim would, it goes like this, “There is no god but Allah… It is He Who sent down to you, in truth, the book… and He sent down the Law of Moses and the Gospel of Jesus… as a guide to humankind… Those firmly grounded in knowledge say, We believe in the Book, the whole of it is from our Lord: and none will grasp the Message except men of understanding… [However, the Qur’an is not speaking of the Jesus of the Bible nor the Gospel of the Bible; it is interpreting the life of Jesus from the perspective that the man Jesus Christ was and always will be Muslim!] (Surah 3.2-7.)
The Qur’an continues, “The angels said: O Mary! Allah gives you glad tidings of a Word from Him: His Name will be CHRIST JESUS, the son of Mary… She said, O my Lord! How shall I have a son when no man has touched me? He said: Even so: Allah creates what He wills: when He has decreed a Plan, He but says to it, Be! And it is. And Allah will teach him [Jesus] the Book and Wisdom, the Law and the Gospel, [Allah had to teach Jesus Muslim doctrine!] and appoint him a messenger [NOT THE MESSIAH OR SAVOIR] to the children of Israel, with this [Muslim] message: I have come to you with a Sign from your Lord…. And I heal those born blind and the lepers, and I quicken the dead by Allah’s leave [as a mere messenger of Allah, not as the Anointed Bible-Messiah,] and I… have come to you to ATTEST [not fulfill] the Law which was before me… So fear Allah, and obey me [as a Muslim messenger.] IT IS ALLAH WHO IS MY LORD AND YOUR LORD; then worship Him. This is a Way that is straight.
“When Jesus found unbelief on their part, he [JESUS] said: Who will be my helpers to the [Muslim] work of Allah? Said the disciples: We are Allah’s helpers: WE BELIEVE IN ALLAH AND YOU BEAR WITNESS THAT WE ARE MUSLIMS. Our Lord! We believe in what you have revealed, [the Muslim path,] and we follow the [Muslim] Messenger…
“Behold! Allah said: O Jesus! I will take you and raise you to Myself and clear you of the falsehoods of those who blaspheme; [those who say You are the Son of God and the Savior of the whole world,] I will make those who follow you [as Muslims] superior to those who reject [the Muslim] faith… As to those who reject [Muslim] faith, I will punish them with terrible agony in this world and in the Hereafter, nor will they have anyone to help…
“The similitude of Jesus before Allah is as that of Adam; He created him from dust, [THE BIBLE STATES THAT JESUS WAS BEGOTTEN BY GOD, NOT CREATED!] then [Allah] said to him: Be! And he was. The [Muslim] Truth comes from Allah alone… There is no god but Allah… Say: O People of the Book! [Bible believers.] Come to common terms as between us and you: that we worship none but Allah, that we associate no partners [LIKE JESUS] with Him… It is a wish of a section of the people of the book [Bible believers] to lead you astray. But they shall lead astray not you, but themselves, and they do not perceive. You People of the Book! Why do you reject the Signs of Allah, [the miracles of Jesus] of which you are yourselves witnesses? You People of the Book! Why do you clothe truth with falsehood, and conceal the Truth, [that Jesus was a Muslim] while you have knowledge…” (Surah 3:42-71.)
Then, in Surah 4.157: “They [the Jews] rejected [Muslim] Faith… and they said in boast; We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the [human] messenger of Allah – but they did not kill him nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no certain knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they [the Jews] did not kill [Jesus.] Nay, Allah raised him up unto Himself… And there is none of the People of the Book but must believe in Him before his death; and on the [Muslim] Day of Judgment [when Jesus returns to earth as a Muslim,] He will be a witness against them, [because Jesus will condemn every non-Muslim to eternal hell.]”
The Qur’an does not state that Jesus was raised from the dead, it actually states that Jesus ascended into heaven without being crucified or resurrected from the dead!
In spite of these clear anti-Biblical, anti-Messiah statements in the Qur’an, one of Greeson’s disciples, Gilchrist, continues, “What is most significant is that the title [Messiah or Christ Jesus] is applied solely to Jesus in the Qur'an and [defined also as] Al-Masih, namely, the Messiah. The title is never used without the definite article. This rule out any possibility that the title can be applied to anyone else. No one else in the Qur'an is, or accordingly possibly could be, the Messiah. Jesus is not a messiah or one of the messiahs, he is Al-Masih – [Christ Jesus,] the [Anointed] Messiah…”
What Greeson and his followers apparently do not understand, is that Muslims respect Jesus solely on the Qur’an’s teaching that He was a Muslim messenger of Allah, who had to proclaim the Muslim path during his time. The Qur’an definitely does not revere Jesus as the Anointed Christ of the Bible; God’s only begotten Son, and Muslim scholars will not and cannot relate their Qur’anic version of Christ Jesus to the Real Biblical Jesus; Creator-God of the universe and the Savior of the entire world.
Muslims are schooled in Qur’anic doctrine from a very early age; they know that Islam only accepts Jesus as a human prophet. Surah 2.136; 43.59, 5.78, and many other verses clearly state that Jesus is no more than a human servant and a messenger of Allah.
According to Biblical principles and even sound logic, it seems impossible to use such non-contextual Qur’anic references to lead Muslim scholars to the real Christ Jesus of the Bible Who declared, “I Am the Truth and the Way and the Life, and no one comes to the Father except through Me!”
STRAIGHTFORWARD, BIBLICAL EVANGELISM:
We agree with evangelists who use clear, uncomplicated Biblical truth in Holy Ghost conviction to lead pagans to Christ. Jesus Christ and all His disciples used a direct Biblical approach in evangelism, as described in Acts 17:22-34, when Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and shouted, “Men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are very religious; for… I even found an altar with this inscription: TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Therefore, the One Whom you worship without knowing, Him I proclaim to you…”
Knowing that the entire Qur’an was written with an anti-Bible, antichrist view in mind, one really cannot find any Biblical Truth in its writings. They do not even refer to the Lord Jesus Christ as the “Unknown God”; they refer to Him as the “Messenger of Allah.” Even if one would be able to use certain lines from the Qur’an, (not whole Qur’anic verses or passages, because in fact, no Biblical truth exists in the context of the Qur’an,) to turn Muslims to the True Jesus Christ of the Bible, one should be aware of the fact that Islamic teachers have already used these verses to warn Muslims against Jesus’ evangelists, i.e.: ‘Say to the People of The Book…’
And so, one can understand that Muslims deny Jesus as the Son and the Lamb of the Most High God; the risen Savior of all humanity. The Christ Jesus of the Qur’an, who came to preach the Muslim message, is in fact an imposter. The Real sin-bearing, risen Savior, Jesus Christ, was omitted from the Qur’an. He’s just not there.
As a result, Greeson’s ‘Camel Method’ only proves that truth, and especially evangelical methodology, is only as relevant as the viewpoint from which it is preached.
THE BASIC HUMAN NEED OF THE SAVIOR:
The Legalistic Path of Religion:
Every religion on earth is called ‘a path,’ i.e.: the Buddhist path to enlightenment; the Islamic path – even the legalistic Christian, Catholic, and Protestant path. [A path = a predefined, visible track that has been worn by the continual passage of feet which gradually leads to some distant destination; a clearly constructed, physical road one needs to follow to go from one place to another over a period of time.]
In all kinds of religion, that long, predefined path consists of legalistic, outward, prescribed laws, rites, rituals, and ceremonies, which have to eventually, earn its followers some kind of merit with a distant, unreachable, and unknown god. However, even the slightest divergence from that path; any form of non-adherence to its rules and rites, is in fact desertion of that religion and of course, desertion from that god. (In religious Christian circles, deviation from the legalistic path is called ‘backsliding,’ for instance, when a church member misses one of the many meetings.)
The legalist’s concept of sin:
To Muslims and other religionists, sin is never defined as moral sin like idolatry, greed, hate, lovelessness, adultery, stealing, lying, slander, etc., but any form of failure to conform to their religious path, (Jam. 1:14-15.) For instance, it is a deadly ‘sin’ not to make the right Islamic, Buddhist, Judaist, or Christian confession; to miss a religious meeting; to neglect tithing and/or offerings; not to wear a head-covering or ceremonial robes, etc. Accordingly, every religionist can declare, “The church/temple/mosque with its accompanying hierarchy of priests, rituals, and ceremonies is our mother; outside her there is no salvation!”
Muslims, as all other religionists like the Christian ‘Mother’ Theresa, believe that humankind is basically good. As such, humankind does not need spiritual salvation; they are merely in need of continual Islamic, Buddhist, or Christian guidance in adhering to their path. And so, religionists have really no need for atonement. Eventually, one day, their religious works might (hopefully) reach their far off god and appease him enough to grant them entrance into their different concepts of paradise or heaven.
We have to seek God’s face in this matter so that we will not shame Him through our ungodly conduct. Paul asked in Rom. 2:23-24, “You who make your boast in [keeping certain OT laws like tithing,] do you dishonor God through breaking the [MORAL] law [of love]? For the Name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.” Peter added his voice to this admonition in 2 Pet. 2:2-3, “False prophets and false teachers will secretly bring in destructive heresies, and many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed.”
Let us ask God to have mercy on us so that our lives may testify to the fact that through the blood of Jesus Christ “we were washed and sanctified, and we were justified in the Name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.”
Oh Lord, let our lives be “an epistle of Christ, written not with ink on tablets of stone but on tables of flesh, that is, of the heart… known and read by all men…” (1 Cor. 6:11; 2 Cor. 3:4-6.)
ON THIS PAGE:
1. We need the anointing of the Holy Spirit
2. The Whole World needs to know this All-important Truth
3. The 100th name of Allah, Islamic Salvation, and our Savoir in the Qur’an
4. Straightforward, Biblical Evangelism
5. The basic human need of the Savior