‘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