For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day. Luke 17:24
But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. Malachi 4:2

But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ . . . Galatians 6:14
For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. 1 Corinthians 2:2
Let the motto upon your whole ministry be - "Christ is All!" - Mather

Friday, August 7, 2020

It's Not Stupid But Loving And Biblical To Tell Muslims The Truth About Muhammad


I posted the above picture portion of the hadith (hadith are collections of traditions about Muhammad and his words) Sahih al-Bukhari on Facebook with this message:

When my Muslim friends refuse to listen to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the first thing I like to tell them about their false prophet Muhammad is that he married a six year old girl and had sex with her when she was nine (Aisha). He was in his fifties. It's in one of their most trusted hadith: 

You can check it out here: 

Please turn away from Muhammad and come to the most precious, pure, powerful, praise-worthy Man Who has ever lived - the Lord Jesus Christ - the God-Man Who died for sinners and rose again from the dead so that you might be saved!

I got some responses that I would like to respond to here. Why is it not stupid to tell Muslims this truth about their false prophet but loving and Biblical? I'm glad you asked:

1. This Is Not Where I Start - Always Start With Jesus And The Gospel

First of all, note I wrote that I only bring this up when my Muslim friends refuse to listen to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I don't start with the evil life of Muhammad. I start with the glorious, perfect, holy, amazing life, death, and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Only this message can save anyone. But Jesus told His disciples:  

And if anyone will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet when you leave that house or town. Matthew 10:14

This action of shaking the dust from their feet pointed to the judgment that would come to those who reject Jesus and His message. I see my telling Muslims the truth about their false prophet as a kind of "shaking the dust off" indicating that if they will not take Jesus and His glorious salvation, they are left with an old, dead, false prophet who did horrendous actions such as this with a nine year old - and he cannot save you. I hope and pray this might leave them with a little pebble in their shoe, so to speak, which will be used by God to cause them to question what they've been taught about Muhammad and drive them to seek refuge in the real Man of men: Jesus Christ.

2. I Am Merely Stating What The Most Trusted Muslim Sources Already Say

When I point my Muslim friends to Sahih al-Bukhari, I'm not pointing them to some anti-Muslim, anti-Islam propaganda. I'm pointing them to their own most trusted sources so they can read for themselves. Many of the Muslims I encounter don't even know this about Muhammad. In my neighborhood in Philly, I once told a Muslim man I often saw doing street ministry this fact about Muhammad. He got really mad at first. He said, "Are you calling Muhammad a pedofile?!" I simply responded by telling him that "pedofile" was his word, not mine - I was merely telling him the truth about what Muhammad did. I gave him the source and told him to look it up. He walked away angry and incredulous. But about two weeks later, the same man came up to me and briefly said this: "You know what you told me about Muhammad, you are right." And he walked away. 

I pray that many Muslims would come to see the wicked life of Muhammad for what it is, and that their seeing of this might open doors for them to see the glory, purity, and beauty of Jesus Christ and move many Muslims to come to Jesus and be saved. There's so much more material like this on the truth about Muhammad's life as well.

3. It's Biblical And Loving To Tell People The Truth About False Prophets Who Will Ultimately Lead Them To Hell

 God's Word instructs us to expose unfruitful works of darkness: 

Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of the things that they do in secret. But when anything is exposed by the light, it becomes visible, for anything that becomes visible is light. Therefore it says, "Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you." Ephesians 5:11-14

If you love people, you are going to tell them the truth about people, places, things, and ideas that will hurt them, even if it offends them. Love will offend sometimes. Offense is not my first option. Offense is not (or shouldn't be!) my heart. Jesus and His Gospel message is my first option (and even that message will offend!). But when He is rejected - I will tell Muslims the truth about Muhammad. 

Consider a few examples of the "offensive" ways God's men have spoken to and about false prophets:

Elijah mocked the idol Baal and his false prophets: And at noon Elijah mocked them, saying, "Cry aloud, for he is a god. Either he is musing, or he is relieving himself, or he is on a journey, or perhaps he is asleep and must be awakened." 1 Kings 18:27

Paul wished false teachers would cut their genitals off: I wish those who unsettle you would emasculate themselves! Galatians 5:12

Jesus called false teachers and false prophets snakes and ravenous wolves: You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell? Matthew 23:33

Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. Matthew 7:15

And why did they speak this way? Love. They loved God's glory. They loved God. They loved the truth. They loved those who were being deceived and dragged to hell by false teaching. Love will speak up, even if feelings get hurt. 

One man who does not shy away from telling Muslims the truth about their false prophet and religion is Zakaria Botros. He was World Magazine's Daniel of the Year in 2008. He was so successful at helping Muslims see the truth about their religion that radical Muslims put a $60 million bounty on his head. One show he did was entitled: "Was Muhammad A Messenger From God Or Satan?" What motivates Mr. Botros to so "offensively" attack the false prophet of Islam? He says it's love. He said, "My program is to attack Islam, not to attack Muslims but to save them because they are deceived. As I love Muslims, I hate Islam."

Love tells the truth. And sometimes this loving truth-telling will be painful and offensive.

Another faithful brother who loves Muslims with offensive, confrontational love is Jay Smith. I first heard of Jay when Mark Dever mentioned his name in a sermon, remembering Jay had said that he expected to die at Speakers Corner in London where he preached to Muslims for so many years, confronting them about the lies of Islam. Here Jay is confronting numerous Muslims with the fact that the Quran is not a perfectly preserved holy book, but there are numerous Arabic Qurans with textual variations. Here David Wood interviewed Jay about this very matter of confronting Muslims with hard, offensive truths about their religion and why this kind of offensive work is so needed to love and reach Muslims for Christ. I love how Jay ended this video, reminding Muslims that all that they hope for in the Quran is found in the Word of God made flesh: Jesus Christ. Jesus is eternal; Jesus was sent down by God; Jesus is complete; Jesus is unchanged: the same yesterday, today, and forever! Hallelujah! What a Savior! May many Muslims come to Him!

4. One Of The Most Fruitful Men I Know In Ministry To Muslims Uses This Method

I rarely heard about or saw Muslims converting from Islam to Christianity. Until I was introduced to David Wood. David Wood is the main human instrument God used to bring a very devout Muslim, Nabeel Qureshi, to faith in Christ. Read this excellent autobiography about Nabeel's amazing conversion story. Also read his book comparing Islam and Christianity. You can also hear a shorter version of his testimony.

In Nabeel's conversion story, you see that one of the great barriers that had to be broken down in order for him to finally come to Christ was all the false ideas he had been taught about Islam, the Quran, and Muhammad. God used David Wood to help break down those barriers. Now David has a huge Youtube following in which he seeks to do just this: tell Muslims the truth about what the Quran and Islam's most trusted sources actually say about Muhammad and Islam. And God uses this. He uses this to open Muslim eyes to the truth and beauty of Christ by first showing them the lies, emptiness, and deception of Islam.

This is not the only method to reach Muslims for Jesus. But it is a method God does use, and it's not stupid and useless. We are commanded to "destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge off God":

 For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ . . . . 2 Corinthians 10:4-5

May we do so for the glory and praise of our great King Jesus and point people to Him, the only Savior. And may we do so with love and compassion!

5. Muhammad Cannot Be Compared With The One, True, Living God

One of the responses I received to my Facebook post implied that telling Muslims about their false prophet's attraction to a young girl is like telling Christians to abandon the God of the Bible because He commanded Israel to commit genocide and kill a whole race of people - referring to the Canaanite genocide. This comparison borders on blasphemy of the living God. I would tremble to make such a comparison.

First of all, Muhammad is a false prophet of a false god of a false religion. The God Who saved Israel from all of her enemies is the one, true, living God Who is just, righteous, good, and holy in all that He does, all the time. He is the triune God: One God eternally existing in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Second, every one and every nation that God commanded Israel to destroy through the Canaanite genocide deserved to be destroyed because their sin and rebellion against the holy God. 

Third, these judgments in the Old Testament point to the final judgment and are gracious and merciful ways that God is calling all people everywhere to repent of sin and turn to Him.

Finally, there is a trajectory in the Bible that the Quran does not share. There is a trajectory in the Bible toward grace, mercy, and salvation with the coming of Jesus Christ until the final judgment. Right now is a time you can make peace with King Jesus before He returns. Then He will destroy all of His enemies, but now He is crying to all people everywhere: Repent and believe the Gospel!

For more on this point, read Nabeel Qureshi's excellent article: How Does Jihad Compare with Old Testament Warfare?

6. Please Reject Muhammad And Believe In The Crucified And Risen God-Man: Jesus Christ

Unlike Muhammad, Jesus Christ never did anything sexually impure in thought, word, feeling, or deed. Jesus was the only perfect, sinless man who ever lived. He never looked at a woman with lust. He never even had sex with a woman, but was a pure virgin all of His life. He is totally God and totally man, all at the same time. And He was obedient to death, even to the point of death on the cross where He suffered the full measure of the wrath, anger, and fury of God toward sin and sinners. He died. He was buried. And on the third day, He rose from the dead, conquering sin, death, and hell. Now He is calling all people everywhere to turn from their sins and believe in Him for:

God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16

Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6

Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live,  and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?" John 11:25-26

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30

Would you please come and trust in Him today? 

Please watch this excellent documentary on the Gospel of Jesus Christ, made in honor of Nabeel Qureshi: American Gospel: Christ Alone. There's a free, 1 hour version online. It's also available on Netflix until November 2020.

You can also read more about the Gospel here. Also in Arabic here.

There's no one like Jesus Christ! He's the King forever!

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