Chrislam – What is it?
Chrislam is a movement, hoped by some to be the answer for the ongoing clash between the West, which is predominantly Christian, and the Middle East, which is predominantly Muslim. Though a form of it reportedly began in Nigeria and is not new, it is a new movement in the United States. Several protestant denominations have adopted this effort in the name of “love thy neighbor” and to promote an ecumenical, or unified, reconciliation between Christianity and Islam.
Chrislam – How does the movement work?
Chrislam is trying to focus on a connection between the Bible and the Koran. In the attempt to blend these two religions, Chrislam has itself become a new religion of sorts. Some churches have been joined by others in placing the Koran next to the Bible in the church pews. Then there is a reading from both text, both being recognized as Holy Text.
Chrislam has grown dramatically and now has infected many hundreds of churches and denominations across America.
Chrislam – What does God say about this?
When examining what God says about the merits of Chrislam, it is first important to clarify of which god we are speaking. Allah is the god of Islam and not the same deity as the God of Christianity and Judaism. Christianity declares the Son of God, Jesus, to be God incarnate in human form.1 In Christianity, the deity of Jesus is non-negotiable, for without His deity, Jesus’ death and resurrection would not have been sufficient to be the atoning sacrifice for the sins of the world (1 John 2:2).
Islam adamantly rejects the deity of Jesus Christ and says Allah has no sons [Surah 72]. The Koran declares the idea of ‘Jesus is God’ is blasphemy. (Christ is considered shirk or “filth” to Muslims.) Furthermore, Islam denies the death of Jesus Christ on the cross (4:157-158). Islam’s name for Jesus is Isa. The Jesus or Isa in the Koran is not the same Jesus as in the Bible. Islam views Isa as a prophet who was appointed by Allah to prepare mankind for the coming of Mohammad.
Matthew 6:24 and Luke 16:13 say “No one can serve two masters.” tells us that we are not to bow down, serve, or worship any other god. “For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God…” James 1:8 also tell us that “a double-minded man will be unstable in all his ways.”
Chrislam will be debunked by many while others promote its efforts. So the question may be “Which god will you serve?” Jesus proclaims “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). This is the foundation and rock of salvation. Those who have jumped on the bandwagon of Chrislam have the misguided notion that the church must adapt to a changing society. This is false; the church was never called to adapt to society, but to adapt to the teachings of Jesus Christ. We are to love one another with the love of Christ, but not to forsake Him in the process.
1 John 2:22 states, “Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ?” 1 John 4:3 (NKJV) says, “And every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.”
The blending of these two religions is not compatible and both Christians and Muslims should reject it.
1 See Jeremiah 10:10, John 17:3, 1 John 5:20
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