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‘Test the Spirits’ – Part 1 – Islam

Confusion still exists in many parts of the church, including its leadership, as to the true nature of Islam.   So as part of our new season of tackling difficult issues, this letter will address what remains for many, an enigma.

Understanding the true nature of Islam is actually very simple.  One only needs to recognise the ‘spirit’ behind it.    If we understand this, everything else makes sense, including the violence, pursuit of power and control, and deception committed in its name.

The spiritual litmus test to discern the spirit of Islam is clearly explained in 1 John 4:1-3:

“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.  By this you will know the Spirit of God.  Every Spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh, is not of God.  This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard was coming and is now already in the world.”

The Quran acknowledges Jesus existed and recognises Him as a prophet, one among many, but states clearly He was not the Son of God.  The texts below taken directly from the Quran are self-explanatory:

“That they (the Jews) rejected faith; that they uttered against Mary a grave false charge;  that they said (in boast): “we killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah.”  But they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no certain knowledge, but only conjunction to follow, for of a surety they killed him not.  Nay, Allah raised him up unto himself; and Allah is exalted in power, wise.  And there is none of the people of the book (Jews and Christians) but must believe in him (Jesus) before his death; and on the Day of Judgment He (Jesus) will be a witness against them.”  4:156-159.

“O People of the Book!  Commit no excesses in your religion:  nor say Of Allah ought but the truth.  Jesus the son of Mary was no more than a messenger of Allah, and His Word, which He bestowed on Mary, and the Spirit proceeding from Him: so believe in Allah and His Messengers.   Say not “Trinity.”  Desist: it will be better for you!  For Allah is One God: glory to Him.   Far exalted is He above having a son.  To Him (Allah) belong all things in the heavens and on earth.  And enough is Allah as a disposer of affairs.   4:171-172

In the above passages Jesus’ divinity is denied as is His crucifixion.  The virgin birth is refuted and it implies God gave revelation to Mary instead.  The notion of the Godhead (Trinity) is denied, and, as it says, far be it above God to have a son.  Jesus was a messenger but not the Son of God, therefore not the Messiah and by default, did not come in the flesh.  This very simple test is conclusive; and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh, is not of God.  This is the spirit of the antichrist…. 

Such understanding explains why we see violent actions committed by the most ardent (deceived) followers of this antichrist spirit, bent on destroying the Judeo-Christian heritage given to us by God.  Quite simply, the violent behaviours, words and actions are empowered by the spiritual powers and principalities of darkness, as written of in Ephesians 6.  They of course do not know this, hence: “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.”

Now the bible is clear: ‘our battle is not against flesh and blood’.[i]  Therefore our battle is not against Muslim people per se.

Indeed, we are to love our Muslim neighbours, pray for them and even for those who will persecute us in due time, for they will.   This is to be our response as required by God – and by God we do mean the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob!

So how should disciples of Jesus respond to the rapidly changing geo-political religious landscape we see?   First, we must have compassion and mercy, for mercy triumphs over judgment.   Pray the Lord Jesus reveals himself more as He already is in many countries, causing many Muslims to abandon Islam and become followers of Him instead.  Exhibit the love of Christ but do not compromise your position and beliefs.  Exercise both caution and wisdom.  Be wise as a serpent but gentle as a dove.  Always pray before engaging in dialogue and ask the Holy Spirit to lead you into all understanding, showing you both dangers and opportunities.

Do not trust in human words.  Jesus taught us that Satan is the ‘father of lies’,[ii] that when he speaks, his native tongue is lies and deception.  The ‘spirit of Islam’ is a deceptive one therefore it lies.  We see this evidenced in part with the Islamic doctrines of deception and dissimulation such as Taquiya.  Actions speak louder than words so judge the tree by its fruit.

We are called to be a holy people for a holy God[iii], therefore do not defile yourselves by entering unholy places of worship to false gods.  Do not invite worship of any false god into a Holy sanctuary dedicated to the one true God – the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  The spirit of the antichrist understands spiritual warfare better than most Christians, hence we sadly see so many sanctuaries of worship to God, defiled and replaced with worship to false gods.

Be holy as your Lord is holy[iv] and remain unspotted by the world and its ways.  Be salt and light, be loving, be compassionate, but do not compromise truth.  Be prepared to defend truth in this world of growing lies and deception – whatever the cost.  Truth is expensive and can cost you your family, friends, loved ones, your freedom – and even your life!

In the spiritual realm however, you should wage war!  Exercise the God given authority you have in the name of Jesus and use the sword of the Spirit, losing and binding as instructed.  What you bind and loose on earth is bound and loosed in heaven.[v]   Stand your ground; pray for your neighbourhood and declare to the powers and principalities of darkness that it, and your places of worship belong to the Most High.   Declare that you, your home, your family and all those dear to you, who know the Lord, belong to the Most High.  Anoint your houses.  Walk around your house and garden with a small jar of olive oil and anoint every corner post, window, mirror, door-frame and gate with oil, and as you do pray aloud, declaring your home belongs to the Most High God and binding any power of darkness from entering, abusing or interfering. Finally, trust in the Lord in all your ways and do not lean on your own understanding, for His ways and thought are not like ours, they are higher.[vi]


Part 2 of this letter will be published in a few weeks in which we will share with you some interesting discoveries we’ve made, including dates and biblical prophecies, and why we believe we are witnessing the Islamisation of Europe now, and what it means.  Meanwhile, be blessed and may the shalom of God rest upon you!

[i] Ephesians 6:11-12

[ii] John 8:44

[iii] Deuteronomy 7:6

[iv] 1 Peter 1:13-16

[v] Matthew 18:18

[vi] Proverbs 3:5 & Isaiah 55:9


  1. Thank you for this article. It is true that Islam is anti-Israel for a reason. Islam was birthed through Ishmael who was conceived through Abraham’s human ‘works’, whereas Isaac was conceived by grace through faith out of obedience to God – producing the Jews, Israel and the line of the Messiah. Therefore Islam, works based, fights tirelessly against Israel. For anyone skeptical about the anti-christ spirit in the Islamic faith, please see the below video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2sci_WFp8ec.

  2. Dear Adam
    I suggest you pray about the following scriptures also in 1John. I would also suggest you read revelation chapter twelve and see who ity is that fervently hates the Jews and the Christions.

    1John 4:15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.
    1John 5:5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
    1John 5:10 ¶ He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.
    11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
    12 He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
    13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

  3. Adam Raffell goes on: “the argument only works with a careless reading of 1 John 4”.

    >>> Answer: No. The understsanding of Islam and its attitude to Christ is quite simply that Christ is “just another” prophet, who is today “trumped” by Islam’s prophet. To agree with this view plainly is to leave Muslims with a great misunderstanding as to the nature of Christ and of what we might call normative Christology.

    Forgive me Adam Raffell. Your detailed commentary (above) seems to be written in a decidedly legalistic manner, but you have not ‘proved’ the point you are making. Even a casual reading of the Holy Bible leads inexorably to the conclusion that Almighty God has a chosen plan of redemption worked out through covenants and through sacrifice. Neither cherry-picking texts nor arguing the minutia of what a particular verse means can obscure this plain truth.

    The “spirit” of ANY religion that denies Christ is ultimately “anti-Christ”. As some have pointed out, “anti” means “instead of” more than it means “against”. So Islam is “instead of” Christ, just as Hinduism or Buddism are “instead of” Christ. That is their ultimate purpose ………………

    I would ask a supplemenarty question (although I do not guarantee to get involved in a debate on this). Do you also believe that Muslims are “saved” by Koranic observance? Your commentary suggests you do – and if so you would be representative of many clergy who also hold this view and the Pope who has stated so recently.

  4. First, I concur with the detail of the article and look forward to part 2.
    Second, I would respectfully take issue with the opening comment from Adam Raffell on November 24, 2016 at 11:00 am

    Adam Raffell says: “according to this standard of assessment one would have to have equal objections against Jewish faith-tradition in general and Talmudic texts ……… which equally emphasised the oneness of God and denies the deity of Christ Jesus. Presumably this is not something we would entertain as this leads back to the anti-Judaism/antisemitism we are working tirelessly to eradicate”.

    >>> Answer: No this is a false linkage. In fact true believers DO take issue with ‘tradition’ and ‘Talmudic texts’ where these also DENY the deity of the Lord Jesus. That is not antismitism, in the same way that challenge of Islamic beliefs is not “Islamophobia”

    (Question for Adam Raffell: do you believe in 2 covenant theology? i.e. Jews are “saved” by Torah observance and Christians are saved simply by faith in Jesus?)

  5. There are two related problems with this article.

    The first is that according to this standard of assessment one would have to have equal objections against Jewish faith-tradition in general and Talmudic texts as against Islam, which equally emphasised the one-ness of God and denies the deity of Christ Jesus. Presumably this is not something we would entertain as this leads back to the anti-Judaism/antisemitism we are working tirelessly to eradicate.

    Secondly, the argument only works with a careless reading of 1 John 4. It says quite specifically the test “that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh”. The one who denies is not of God, the one who affirms is of God. The passage contains no requirements about confessing the crucifixion or resurrection. The Qu’ranic passage quoted does not deny that Jesus did not come in the flesh (i.e. that Jesus is real), it denies His Divinity. It is mistaken in so doing, in it’s canonical context read alongside e.g. 1 John and many other passages, 1 John 4 does indeed re-enforce the trinitarian claims of Scripture. However, read in isolation, the phrase “that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh” would not be sufficient to support the doctrine of the Trinity – it does not read “that Adonai has come in the flesh”. That means that the Qu’ranic passage quoted does not deny 1 John 4 in the way which you suggest, which amounts to our assessment of it being far, far less than the charge of being the ‘spirit of antichrist’.

    I am not saying that Christian-Muslim relations are not more problematic than Jewish-Christian relations, or that we can reach the same degree of agreement and understanding as with Jews. We do not share the same Scriptural overlap and Allah says different things and acts differently from Adonai – we have mutually exclusive accounts which cannot be reconciled, where Christianity is predicated upon its narrative being reconcilable with that of Israel!

    However, to brand Islam the “spirit of antichrist” doesn’t even follow on from the texts you have used to demonstrate the point. Furthermore, the argument involves exactly the same logic which was previously applied to Judaism, leading to such tragic consequences.

    I realise you are sharing ‘hard truths’ which people will not accept. I am not rejecting it on the basis of it being a ‘hard truth’. I am attacking the argument you are using to demonstrate it do not lead to the conclusion which you are presenting. Flatly stating that Islam in general is the ‘spirit of antichrist’ is profoundly Islamophobic, and although you are clear that you promote love and gentleness towards Muslim individuals, it is irresponsible to expect that that distinction will remain entrenched if a blanket statement like that is taken up by your readership.

    I wish you peace and blessings in Christ. You are doing amazing reconciliation work, and I have high regard for Emmaus, which it why I have taken the time to offer this comment for your prayer and consideration. May God’s truth reign supreme over all opinion, conjecture and comment in Jesus’ Name.

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