Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The Rise of Chrislam?

As if we didn’t have enough strange doctrines and false religions to deal with, another prominent teaching that has emerged which bears caution is the rise of Chrislam.

Chrislam is a growing phenomenon that is an attempt to syncretize Christianity with Islam. The essential concept of Chrislam is that Christianity and Islam are compatible, that one can be a Christian and a Muslim at the same time. Chrislam is not an actual religion of its own, but rather is a blurring of the differences and distinctions between Christianity and Islam.

Advocates of Chrislam point to facts such as Jesus being mentioned 25 times in the Quran, or Christianity and Islam having similar teachings on morals and ethics, or the need for the largest monotheistic religions to unite to fight against atheism and alternative spirituality.

What must be understood by all Christians is, and the most important issue of all—the identity of Jesus Christ! True Christianity declares Jesus to be God incarnated in human form. The Deity of Christ is non-negotiable, for without His Deity, Jesus’ death on the cross would not have been sufficient to be the atoning sacrifice for the sins of the entire world. (I John 2:2)

Islam adamantly rejects the Deity of Christ. The Quran declares the idea that Jesus is God is blasphemy. (5:17) Belief in the Deity of Christ if considered shirk “filth” to Muslims. According to Islam, Jesus was a prophet, paving the way for Mohammed. Further, Islam denies the death of Christ on the cross. The most crucial doctrine of the Christian faith is rejected in Islam. The two religions are absolutely not compatible. Muslims and Christians do NOT worship the same God.

Allah was the Arabic name for a higher power, or a god. Mohammed’s god was Allah, the moon god which conveniently became the generic name for the god, Allah. This is why a crescent moon and star is on the flag of Islam.

Chrislam is a false religion. The off-base emerging church is encouraging pastors to embrace Chrislam. The Apostle Paul warned us in 2 Corinthians 11:13-15 “For such are false prophets, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness, whose end shall be according to their works.”

Check information on Chrislam. (The Rise of Chrislam)

- Pastor Virgil Amundson

Friday, July 15, 2011

Ladies' Wednesday Evening Bible Study- A Great Adventure!

The Sinai Desert
"Have them make a sanctuary for Me and I will dwell among them."-- GOD 

This foundational verse, Exodus 25:8, kicked off our summer trek with God's chosen people through the wilderness.  Nearly a month ago we began our Bible study "A Woman's Heart: God's Dwelling" with author and Bible teacher, Beth Moore.

Our journey has taken us through the beginning of time, the Great Flood, the calling of Abraham and the creation of the great nation of Israel.  We have witnessed the enslavement of God's Chosen People and God's daring rescue.  At present we are camped with them, witness to Pillars of fire and cloud, bitter water made sweet, and food from heaven as God sustains them.  In spite of this, the wilderness experience is anything but pleasant for the Israelites.  God knows His creation so intimately that He knew theirs was not wholly a physical need.  He knew there was an emotional and spiritual need as well.  So,it is in the midst of their discomfort that God says to Moses:  "Have them make a sanctuary for Me and I will dwell among them."

Isn't that just like God?!  In the middle of hardship, His plan is to literally pitch His tent and camp out with his people!!!  The beauty and intimacy of this single act alone, amazes me, for in it, we gain a precious glimpse of the lengths God will go to care not only for the Israelites, but for all of us who are His children. We enjoy that same faithful providence today.Age to age our God is the same!  I've got goosebumps- how about you?

In the next several weeks we will begin to explore the building of God's portable dwelling among the Israelites and I am so eager to learn more of who He is. He shares himself in a manner so personal- the like has not been seen since He dwelt in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve!  What a wonderful blessing this study has been and, (I am certain) will continue to be.

From the wilderness ( and having the time of my life) - Nancie Eagan