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