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Chrislam: The New Religion
Globalism - Ecumenism
Thursday, May 05, 2016
J.L. Robb

There seems to be a new religion going around named Chrislam. Have you heard about it?

Chrislam is described as “neither Christianity or Islam” and the religion is based in Nigeria. Described as a “new, syncretic religion” it intermingles Christian and Islamic beliefs. I am not sure how one could intermingle the beliefs since they are diametrically opposed. How could one mix Christianity into a religion that does not even have Christ in the name, a slap in the face to Jesus. Another slap in the face I should say. World societies have been slapping Jesus for decades, but I have a feeling that’s about to end.

In an article, written by Jim Hinch in the Orange County Register, February 26, 2012, titled Rick Warren Builds Bridge to Muslims, stated the following:

“The Rev. Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest and one of America’s most influential Christian leaders, has embarked on an effort to heal divisions between evangelical Christians and Muslims by partnering with Southern California mosques and proposing a set of theological principles that includes acknowledging that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.”

After this report, Rev. Rick Warren publicly denied that he said the God of the Christian religion was the same as the God of the Muslim religion and that the reporter erred in his reporting. In his effort to build the bridge between Islam and Christianity, a document named King’s Way was issued. Here are a few of the excerpts and more of the document is available here:

I. WHO: we believe in ONE GOD:

1. GOD IS ONE (Mark 12:29; Muhammed, 47:19)

2. GOD IS THE CREATOR (Genesis 1:1 Al Shura, 42:11)

3. GOD IS DIFFERENT FROM THE WORLD (1 Timothy 6:16; Al An’am 6:103)

4. GOD IS GOOD

a. God loves (1 John 4:16; Al Buruj 85:14)

b. God is just (1 John 1:9 Romans 3:26; Hud 11:45)

c. God’s love encompasses God’s judgment (1Peter 4:8; Al A’raf 7:156; Al Ghafir 40:7)

The Chrislam label did not stick to Rev. Warren after his denial, though internet rumors still tie him to the Chrislam push. Because of his importance and his megachurch, the term grew lots of legs; and now there is a movement among some churches to make a kind of equivalency between the two religions. I wonder how many leaders of these churches have studied, or even read, the Quran?

So is the God of Islam and the God of Christianity one-and-the-same or not? Is Allah just another name for Yahweh, the Jewish God from Old? Do Muslims really worship the God of Abraham?

God said this to Moses at Horeb:

“Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” Then he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God. Exodus 3:5,6 NIV

Note the hierarchy of the Torah:

  • The God of Abraham
  • The God of Isaac (son of Abraham and his wife, Sarah)
  • The God of Jacob (son of Isaac)

This hierarchy is established in the very beginning of the Bible about 1450 BC, two thousand years before Muhammad appeared and wrote the Quran.

Note the hierarchy of the Quran:

  • The God of Abraham
  • The God of Ishmael (son of Abraham and his concubine/slave girl)
  • The God of Isaac
  • The God of Jacob

Isaac is not the son of Ishmael, as the lineage would indicate. They were half-brothers. God was very specific as to the lineage through which His blessing would flow. And Jacob was not a grandson of Ishmael.

God also said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you are no longer to call her Sarai; her name will be Sarah. I will bless her and will surely give you a son by her. I will bless her so that she will be the mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her.” Genesis 17:15,16 NIV                            

God makes plain that Sarah is very special and that He will bless her with many nations and kings of nations. The concubine is not mentioned.    

Abraham fell facedown; he laughed and said to himself, “Will a son be born to a man a hundred years old? Will Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety?” And Abraham said to God, “If only Ishmael might live under your blessing!” Genesis 17:17,18 NIV

When Ishmael was almost fourteen, Abraham was told again that his wife Sarah would have a son. He laughed, as he was one hundred years old and Sarah was ninety. Believing that age was a barrier to God’s awesomeness, he pleaded for his illegitimate son, Ishmael, that he might receive God’s blessing and covenant. That was not the case:

Then God said, “Yes, but your wife Sarah will bear you a son, and you will call him Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his descendants after him. And as for Ishmael, I have heard you: I will surely bless him; I will make him fruitful and will greatly increase his numbers. He will be the father of twelve rulers, and I will make him into a great nation. But my covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you by this time next year.” Genesis 17:19-21 NIV

The covenant that God established with Isaac did not include Ishmael, no matter how Islam has spun the story, a story written 2,000 years before Muhammad.

The Quran, in my opinion, is simply a rewrite of the Torah and other parts of the Old Testament with a little New Testament thrown in with a strong Muhammadan slant. Until that time, Allah had been a moon deity.

Larycia Hawkins, a professor at Wheaton College is now an ex-professor for stating on social media that Christians and Muslims worship the same God.

But wait, the Old Testament written long before Islam was a thought (Muslims say it was always a thought, God is a Muslim as is Jesus) states that God loves the Israelites, his chosen people.

I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” Genesis 12:3 NIV

So God states he will curse those who curse the Children of Israel, but the Quran does just that as does Islamic teaching that God did not restore Israel to Palestine. Islam teaches that Jesus existed but was not God’s Son, was a servant like Moses and Muhammad and that Jesus was never killed. Oh, and he was a Muslim.

The Quran refers to Christians and Jews as “people of the book” but feel Islam is far superior. When Islam conquers new land, Jews and Christians can remain in the land as long as they do not try to convert any Muslims, as long as they pay a high tax (Jizya) and as long as they do not insult Muhammad, which carries a death penalty.

To be a member of a mixture of Islam and Christianity called Chrislam, one would have to believe that God is really disappointed in Jews and Christians but loves when Muslims behead the infidel, which is everyone but them. You would have to believe that Jesus was not really the Messiah but simply another messenger, an ordinary prophet.

Jesus did not fight his way off the cross but surrendered himself so that all the world could have an opportunity at the next life, the good and eternal life.

There is no message in the Bible that indicates that God made a mistake and really wanted the covenant to be through Ishmael rather than Isaac-Jacob. God does not make mistakes; people make mistakes. And one of the mistakes that some churches are making is to equate Islam with Christianity. The New Testament doesn’t instruct Christians to kill the infidel.

About J. L. Robb

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