Five: Helping Muslims Find Salvation
In Jesus Christ
This next section of
the book is mainly for those who love the Muslim people enough to set aside the
bitter hate of the media, and the pro-Zionist crowd, and give Muslims the Gospel
of The Lord Jesus Christ. If you will follow some of these steps, and others the
Holy Spirit reveals, then you will not be an offense to the Muslim people. Your
principle concern must be the Arab people who always send their culture along
with Islam wherever it goes. You must ask God for a great measure of zeal to faithfully
and compassionately make new friends of Arabs and Muslims while you exalt Jesus
you have become a friend to Middle Eastern Muslims, you will find it much easier
to reach Black Muslims and other-cultural Muslim groups. To motivate you let me
remind you that there are about six million Arabs in the USA. There are possibly
as many in the United Kingdom, and there are many in France who came from North
Africa. There are about 400,000 Arabs in the Detroit area and a like number in
New York City and Birmingham, England. God has brought these people to our doorstep.
Will we be the same friend to them that we are to others who do not yet know Jesus
best way to be a witness to Muslims is to simply open your home in sincere love
to these people. All Middle Eastern people love good hospitality, which is in
short supply in American homes. Most Americans, including many Christians, play
with their modern toys and avoid people.
You will find the experience of entering into the everyday life and hospitality
of another culture very rewarding and unmatched for excitement. Add to that the
joy of speaking for the Savior, and you will experience the high calling and exuberance
for life that God used in firing up the great Apostle Paul. Most of you reading
this book will only have to walk a few doors or blocks to find your nearest Arab
To my Arab or Muslim reader, I trust that you will see in Part Five that I sincerely
love the Muslim people in the Name of The Lord Jesus Christ. It is my desire to
never be an offense to any man except for the Gospel's sake. It is impossible
to avoid offending some people who refuse to consider the truth, but at least
one can avoid blundering into people's lives like a mad camel on the loose. That
is my fervent desire.
MORE ABOUT WINNING MUSLIMS TO CHRIST
to Do and Not Do
Jesus of the Koran is totally alien to the Jesus of the Bible. In the past era,
when the Presbyterian Church was in the forefront of missionary and Bible based
evangelism, two of their men wrote the following comments in The Presbyterian
Guardian, Aug. 15, 1942, p. 253, "Missionaries labor under the false impression
that Allah is the true God of the patriarchs, whereas in reality he is the anti-Christ
or the devil."
The second brother wrote, "The clash between Christianity and (Islam) is irreconcilable
because the God who reveals Himself through the one Mediator, Himself man, Christ
Jesus, can by no stretch of the imagination be identified with the god whom Mohammed
reveals. If we are ready to say with Paul that there is only one God, and that
the one Mediator between God and man is Christ Jesus, then we must be ready also
to say that the God whom Mohammed proclaimed was not God, but an idol, a false
god." (FOOTNOTE 1: 214 / 307-308 / 491-492 Please remember, footnote
numbers start over with each new Part.)
You will find that the vast majority of missionaries who witness to Muslims create
great confusion as they try to introduce Jesus to them. The salvation of Muslims
rests entirely on who Jesus is, and to diminish Christ's person, work, or deity
is to tell the Muslim listener, "Go to Hell." This is why so few Muslims ever
completely break with Islam and find victory in Christ. Witnessing to a Muslim
is a spiritual war of the highest order, and Satan will try to draw you into compromise
and confusion at every turn. Therefore; first things first....
NOT CALL JESUS "ISA"
you can win a Muslim to the Lord Jesus Christ it is urgent that you use his right
name in Arabic. I realize that I shall be disagreeing with the overwhelming majority
of those, inside and outside of Islam, who call Jesus "Isa," but if you will bear
with me, I think you will see that this is every bit as urgent a matter as not
calling Jehovah "Allah."
If all men disagree with me on this point, I shall not be moved, since.....
Bible says in Romans 3:4, "God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar;
as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest
overcome when thou art judged."
read the following carefully and prayerfully, especially my dear Arab Christian
Bible says in Matthew 1:21, "And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call
his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins."
is absolutely necessary to get the name of Jesus right to be saved. Vatican II
and John Paul II agree that all of the religions of the world are transcendent,
inclusive, and redeeming if reduced to mediocrity. Blasphemy! Bible Christianity
is not universal, rather; it is very specific, exclusive, and narrow.
The Hebrew for Jesus is Yeshu or Yeshua. What is the Arabic name for Jesus? Mohammed
claimed it was Isa, and the whole Christian community has taken his word for it.
As a matter of fact, Mohammed got the name of Jesus from his neighbors. We cannot
even blame his demon possessed mind from the days he spent in the caves outside
of Mecca where he received his alleged revelations from Haji Allah.
Some "scholar" will tell me that the pre-Islamic Arab Christians in Arabia called
Jesus Isa. That is a lie, and I shall now tell you the name of Jesus, or Yeshua,
used by pre-Islamic Arabs. In about 300 to 500 BC the North and South Arabian
inscriptions had an influx of the name YTH. You will recall that Semitic writing
lacks vowels, which the reader must supply. This deity, YTH, was appealed to in
Saba along with the gods and goddesses, Dhat Hmy, Immaqah, Athtar (this is Ishtar
of Babylon), Hambas, Rudah (Al Uzza, a goddess), and Karib`il (note the late use
of LIL / IL of Sumer).
YTH was listed in one inscription as the consort of the goddess Allat. One Sabaean
even built YTH a prayer house and sacrificed animals to him there. These inscriptions
were found in Saba in the south to Syria in the north, or, in the whole Arab community.
(FOOTNOTE 2: 207 / 342-353 / 636-641)
What is the point? There are two.
the Arabs received the Gospel in the upper room at Pentecost and took it home
with them. Later Paul would have given them the Gospel when he was stationed in
the Arabian desert to be taught by the Lord prior to his ministry. The ship he
sailed on from Adramyttium (Greek) was from the Hadhramaut (Arabic) in South Arabia,
and it is inconceivable that he would not share the gospel of Jesus Christ with
(FOOTNOTE 3: Acts 2:1-11; Galatians 1:15-18;
During the 300 years following, that Gospel was warped and twisted by the Arabs
until YTH, Jesus, became merely another Arab god to be supplicated just before
going on a journey or when seeking to win some lover.
though they warped his holiness and lost his Gospel, just like the Roman Catholic
Church, this YTH is the only Jesus the Arabs ever knew. Three hundred years later
Mohammed came along, and YTH was so obscured from the true biblical account, that
Mohammed, thinking he had found Jesus in the Kaaba, turned to another deity's
The pre-Islamic Arab word YTH becomes Yitha with the vowels supplied, and linguists
all agree that Isa is not even an Arabic form, and it certainly is not the pronunciation
of YTH. Yitha is the direct Arab equivalent of Yeshua which means "salvation of
Jehovah" in Hebrew. There is no known meaning for Isa, per se, so let us briefly
see where the name Isa came from.
NUMBER ONE: Long before
the prophet Mohammed was born, the Kaaba in Mecca was a veritable convention center
for any god of any significance in Arabia. The Kouraish tribe, which tended the
Kaaba for the many pilgrims to Mecca, stood to benefit immensely by enrolling
every god they could get their hands on and by giving these gods and goddesses
a place in the scheme of things. They even threw any odd meteorites, or strange
objects that fell from the sky, into the Kaaba and declared them to be gods. This
made the Kaaba the object of holy pilgrimage to every Arab in Arabia, since his
favorite god was certain to be residing there awaiting his devotions. Arab traders
would make sure they passed through Mecca, on their way to trade their goods around
the Middle East, so that they could pay their respects to their personal God in
Two of the deities which had been collected over the centuries were Isaf (male
god) and Na`ila (a goddess). Legend says that they tried to commit fornication
in the Kaaba, but the other gods caught them and, as punishment, turned them to
stone. Local Arabs decided they were fine objects of worship since they were the
picture of virility, so sacrifices were regularly made to them.
You will at once notice that Na`ila has the ancient Sumerian root, LIL / IL, or
the primal goddess, in her name. Also, more importantly, if you drop the "f" off
of the end of Isaf you have Isa. This god would have been in residence when Mohammed
later came to cleanse the Kaaba of gods. Also please recall that Mohammed found
a painting of Jesus and Mary in the Kaaba, and you can see how Mohammed might
easily have confused Isaf with Jesus and given the name Isa to Jesus. (FOOTNOTE
4: 194 / 46 / 709)
NUMBER TWO: Mohammed
took much from his Jewish neighbors as he developed his view of things sacred.
One historian claims that Islam is in fact a sect of Judaism. Actually, one might
say that, in regard to its laws, codes, and legend, Islam is heavily Judaistic,
while in regard to its revelatory notions it is more a cult of Christianity. One
legend Mohammed must have heard, from his Jewish friends, came from Babylon in
the Cabalistic legends told by paganized Jews.
It seems, according to the Cabala, that Elijah was met one day by Lilith, the
wife of Satan, on her way to kill a woman while she was giving birth. Elijah questioned
her, and when she told him her mission the good prophet chased her off. If you
believe that one I have a bridge in Brooklyn that I would like to sell you. During
the conversation with Elijah Lilith gave the names of her fourteen goddess entourage,
and one of them was Kali, the vicious goddess of India. Another was Kitsha.
Here then is another possible origin of the name Isa in that we find the feminine
goddess form given. If there was not such a clear bridge to India in this story
I would ignore it, but Kali connects us to Persia and India, and that is where
we go for the next Isa, so keep Kitsha in mind. (FOOTNOTE 5: 122 / 214-215
NUMBER THREE: In the
Satapatha Brahmana, the Mahabharata, and the Puranas of the Hindus of India, a
story is told of Manu and a sacred fish which he caught. The fish was a god, and
it warned Manu of an impending flood and how he could escape it by building a
big ship. This flood account is very much like the Chaldean flood account and
is typical of many cultures of the world which derived their legends from the
Bible's true account handed to us by the patriarch Noah.
Manu kept the fish, but later released it into the sea. He built a ship, and the
nice fish returned, Manu tied a rope to its tail, and it towed the ship to safety.
While this tale sounds more like mother goose than the true biblical account,
it does give another possible source for the name Isa. The fish's name was Vishnu
(note the ISH root), and the forest where he resided was called Visala, so it
seems that here again we find the Isa root. The root form is "ish" which can run
to Isha as the root of the god name. It is of note that, in the Semitic Ethiopian
language, the word for fish is "asa," which shows the possibility that the word
Isa was well engrained in the whole of the old world as the fish god. (FOOTNOTE
6: 114 / 190-193 / 1633-1634 ) Before you accuse me of obscurity, please
hear me out.
see the god, Vishnu, CLICK HERE.
This all comes together in this last and frightening observation.
and the whole god and goddess system of India, were derived from the ancient Vedas
and Upanishads of Persia. The Vedas of 1800 - 1000 BC came to the conclusion that
animistic paganism was disgusting, and so they developed a discipline of meditation
on the unseen supreme deities. Their god list was very short and included Rahman
from Syria and Babylon, who became Brahman. They missed Jehovah altogether, but
they did pitch out general idol worship. Ah yes, they did have one more god- a
fellow named Usha. Does that sound familiar? Please remember that the vowels are
not provided in written Semitic languages, and they can be different from area
see the connection of Rahman of Islam and the Brahman of Hinduism,
next group to come after them were the Upanishads, and they modified the Vedas'
system and transported it to India in 1000 - 800 BC. Their various thinkers, over
the ages, slowly abandoned the mystical and replaced it with a more tangible god
system that centered on grotesque many armed images and universal spirituality.
This has resulted today in virtually every Hindu having the option of inventing
his own god, and, if he abandons the world and makes a disgusting filthy mess
of himself, he can deceive the Indian masses into actually worshiping him, and
the gods be damned.
Now, please prepare yourself for a bit of a shock. The next thought will be heavy
for my Christian Arab readers. The greatest of the ancient Upanishads were called
the ISA UPANISHADS. This name came from Persia, and it predated Christ Jesus by
at least 800 years. It is thought by some historians that the name Isa came from
Syria where, 1400 years later, Mohammed could have heard it during his camel caravan
journeys which he conducted for Khadijah before he married her.
The name Rahman came from Syria to Persia where the Upanishads altered it to Brahman.
So we see that the Vedas brought Usha into fashion, which was modified into the
title Isa, and was used in the title of the Isa Upanishads, who were the founders
of modern Hinduism.
There is more. My Vedanta dictionary of Hindu terms gives this definition for
LORD- as "ISA. I invite you to look in a Vidanta Hindu dictionary
under Isa. So, let us not hear any nonsense that Isa came to Hinduism from
Islam. The Upanishad Isa cult of Persian and Babylonian religion greatly
pre-dated Islam, and this is why Hinduism has always hated the intrusion of Islam.
To Hindu purists, Islam is a gross cult of their ancient heritage.
To see a map showing the
migration of the name ISA,
To show the solid bridge to Sumer and Babylon from Hinduism, the pleasure of Brahman
is called LILA. Here we see the most ancient name for the goddess from Sumer--
LIL. The filthy sexual connection is clear, in that LILA is associated with the
god Brahman's pleasure. I tell you this last bit to be sure you understand that
Isa came along with a whole body of sexually explicit Sumerian and Babylonian
theology right into modern Hinduism. Mohammed, how did he pick up Isa? It is easy
to see that Isa would still be a god on hand in Syria or Palmyra when Mohammed
visited there on his caravan journeys for Kadijah in the 600s AD. The gods may
migrate, but they never vacate their land of origin completely. (FOOTNOTE 7: 140
/ 11-121 / 2038-2051. More material available upon request.)
Isa is also the Hindu root for the god name, Iswara. Iswara is a sort of press
agent for Brahman, who cannot communicate with men, so Iswara makes the mind of
Brahman known to the common Hindu. This is why the name Isa is very current to
Hinduism, and it is the most urgent reason why the name Isa cannot possibly be
the name of The Lord Jesus Christ.
Now, do you recall Kitsha, the goddess friend of Lilith who allegedly confronted
Elijah? That legend came from Babylon in the mind of Cabalist Jews who were paganized
by Babylon during the captivity. This is very incriminating, since the Cabalistic
Jews didn't migrate back to Palestine until just before the time of Christ. This
shows the staying power of the name Isa who may well have been the male consort
of the goddess Kitsha.
Also, please recall the god in the Kaaba, Isaf. We know that the Arabs conducted
trade with India as early as the Dilmun era which was highly developed long before
the time of Mohammed, so Isaf could well have been Isa imported from India by
Arab merchants. Any way you figure it, the heritage of the name Isa is pagan and
cannot be that of the biblical Jesus. Wherever Mohammed got Isa, he is just as
vile as the name Allah.
The same trade routes that brought Allah and the gods of Sumer and Babylon to
Mecca, also brought Isa to the demon possessed mind of Mohammed. Many missionaries
and Arab Christians today call Jesus Isa, which is a terrifying tribute to the
power of Satan to deceive the most sincere of us when we get a bit careless. I
have included a map of the Middle East and India showing
the locations of Isa's heritage and the evolutions of this pagan deity's migration
to Mecca. There may be another whole book in this discussion, but this presentation
must suffice to warn the faithful.
I believe I have to do this in order to convince you of this-- you cannot call
Jesus Christ "Isa." Use the name used by pre-Islamic Arab Christians-- "Yitha."
This is more likely the right name for him. You cannot expect our Lord to
give you a full measure of blessing, in your witness to Muslims, if you perpetuate
the blasphemy of Mohammed against our Lord's holy Name.
may also use the Hebrew name, Yeshua. You could get some criticism for using a
Hebrew name, but who do you want to offend, the Muslim listener or Jehovah? If
a Muslim asks why you use a Hebrew name for Jesus, tell them that God gave Ishmael
a Hebrew name, so why should the name Yeshua offend us?
If Muslims ask why you use Yitha for Jesus, simply tell them that it is the most
purely Arabic way to speak of Jesus Christ, then move on to discuss the life of
Jesus. Don't get into the details of the above discussion before a Muslim is born-again,
since your first priority is to exalt Christ's person and words.
Dear Arab Christian, if this discussion of Isa has caused you great stress, I
understand. But, would you want me to hold back the results of my research? I
would answer to God for not revealing the truth. With so much blasphemy in Islam,
how could you expect Mohammed to pass on the correct name for God and The Lord
Jesus Christ? When you come to the name Isa in your Bible reading, simply speak
the correct Name, Yitha, or Yeshua, and you will soon hear from the Holy Spirit
as He gives you peace in this.
Again, I invite you to communicate with me by E-Mail.
I shall pray with you that your zeal will be strong as you resolve to cleanse
your mind and mouth of the demonic name, Isa, and exalt the holy Name of Jesus
as Yitha in Arabic. I would also be very encouraged to hear from those whom God
has helped through this transition to victory.
I have received this note from an Orthodox Christian
who wanted to confirm
this history of the name of "Isa."
tried to win many Muslims to Christ, but they seem to be very close-minded about
Christianity. All they say is that "it is ridiculous to say God is one, but divided
in three." It seems they either refuse to listen or just cannot comprehend God's
word about Yitha--
In the Orthodox Church (Arabic), the only references to Christ's name I am aware
of are "Yitha al-Masiq" or "al-Masiq." Amongst Muslims, He is referred to as "Isa"
or "Yitha." I have asked Muslims many times what the Arabic word for Christ is
but the only reply is "no such word exists in the Arabic language" or "Isa" when
the word is obviously "al-Masiq"
the author: Steve Van Nattan-- If this gentleman is correct, then
we have here an alternative which again would not dishonor our Lord in calling
Him by this name. Perhaps some other observer will send E-Mail regarding
DO NOT ENTER INTO ANTISEMITIC DISCUSSIONS
If you skipped Chapters
One and Two, you must now go back and read them, since they are foundational to
your understanding the Arab as God sees him. It is very clear from the Bible that
God favors all of the Semitic peoples, and he has planned them into the Messianic
Kingdom. As we mentioned in Chapter Two, the highway to Jerusalem will begin in
Egypt, an Arab Semitic country, and probably end in Nineveh, a Semitic city. We
also saw that the direct descendants of Ishmael will one day bring rams to offer
on the altar of Messiah in Jerusalem.
Now, how can you expect to win Jews or Arabs to Christ if you become emotionally
involved in the ongoing feud of the Semitic family? You must reject this sub-christian
racism which we hear at every prophecy conference? The "keynote speaker," usually
a "Messianic Jew" (which does not exist in the New Testament), raves on and on
about the nasty sons of Ishmael. This turns soft-headed American Christians viciously
against the Arabs, for whom Christ died. DO NOT be drawn into a bitter spirit
toward either Jews or Arabs. Also, beware of these books on Israel written by
Christian writers who attack the Arabs and exalt Zionism. They write like God
did not elect one Arab to eternal life.
me also add a caution that you not confound the Islamic Jihad of hate and killing
with all Arabs. In fact, the vast majority of Arabs in the Middle East, and in
other nations, are fed up with the uncivilized aspects of Islam. They may not
say so out loud, but most Arabs and Muslims would like to live a quiet life and
be left out of the Islamic hate program. So, avoid the politics of Islam and Israel.
Keep this OUT of your relationships if you expect to win Muslims to Christ. The
Apostle Paul was in Arabia being prepared by Christ to lead the Church to truth,
and Paul did not complain about the Arabs.
Here is what I want you to do. First go to a Jewish neighborhood, find a restaurant
that serves the Jewish community, and sit for a few hours over several days. Watch
those sons of Abraham come and go. Watch the tired little grandmother heave herself
into a booth, and look at the expression on her face. Get a conversation going
with someone, and as you are talking with these people, think... Fifty percent
of these dear Jewish people will soon be deceived by Antichrist, they will be
horribly massacred, and Jesus "sweat... as it were, great drops of blood" for
every one of them. He died for them on the cross... His own people... and He still
loves them. Do you?
Now, do the same thing at The Cedars of Lebanon restaurant, of whatever the Arab
Middle Eastern restaurant is called in your city. Sit and watch the Arabs come
and go. Watch the Mullah in the corner finger his prayer beads, and listen to
the patter and courtesies passed around. Oh, you'll have to listen to the griping
about Israel, but do you see these Arabs as Jesus sees them? Can you hear the
words of their patriarch, father Abraham, as he pleads, "Oh that Ishmael might
live before Thee." Now, how can you take sides in this wretched low-down Arab
versus Jew bashing that is creeping into the Lord's Church? And please, cancel
those newsletters from the late great prophecy scholars who wander around Israel
in khaki pants and come back with their belly full of poison for those whom Jesus
died to save.
When you visit with Arabs they will get onto the subject of Israel. Listen, ask
questions, and show compassion for their sorrows, but NEVER encourage hate. Have
verses ready to show the gentleness and love of Jesus, and quote them compassionately.
Also, be ready to show the hope of the Arabs and Palestinians in the Messianic
kingdom (see Chapter Two). Don't try to give "the other
side" of the political story, and don't imagine that their stories are made up.
You don't have any idea what it feels like to be violently thrown out of your
home that was in your family for 300 years.
One Arab gentleman, a PhD, told me about his father in Palestine who was forcibly
evicted from the family home in Nazareth, by Zionists, in the '50s. My friend
returned to Palestine recently from the USA to visit his father, and he talked
him into going back to look at the family home in Nazareth. The old Arab wept
bitterly as he stood before his family's ancient heritage. Two days later, my
friend's father had a massive stroke and died. My friend, with tears in his eyes,
turned to me and asked, "Did I kill my father?" Neither my friend nor his father
were born-again. I cried with him.
Only a sovereign God can give the right answer at such an emotional moment, and
it won't do to fan the fires of bitterness. An Arab lady for whom we pray sat
in our living room and wrestled with the truth of Jesus and His offer of salvation.
We showed her how Messiah would heal the wounds in Israel and reward evil men
for their deeds. She told a friend of mine that she saw that she needed to be
truly born again, but she said, "If I become a Christian I shall have to love
Jews, and I cannot do that." I didn't tell her that, she figured it out by looking
at the life of Jesus.
With BOTH Jews and Arabs, if you enter into their bitterness, they will lead you
on to make you a propaganda agent for them, but they will totally lose respect
for you. You have no idea what fools these fly-by-night evangelists, and American
pro-Zionists, look like to both Arabs and Jews.
Your heart will groan as you get really close to these dear Muslim and Arab people,
but you must resist the urge to turn against the Jews. (Jewish stories are just
as heart rending, and they are usually filled with tales of Arab terror, but you
can end up eating your guts out over it all, rather than showing Christ to them.)
Think-- how can they believe that Christ can heal their hatred if you are easily
drawn into that hate? You are the first Gospel they will read. But, when the stories
of suffering come tumbling out, please show compassion, and please show the tender
mercies of Jesus.
Only use the Bible's end times prophecies enough to show your Muslim friend that
Messiah will resolve all of the present turmoil, but, remember, there is no such
thing as the Gospel of the Tribulation. Your Gospel is the Gospel of The Lord
Jesus Christ, who said in.....
Bible, John 12:32, "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men
lift Him up, as Philip did with the Eunuch, a Semitic descendant of Joktan.
DO CALL THE MUSLIM TO REPENTANCE
of the most deadly temptations in witnessing to Muslims is to wimp out before
there is true repentance. It is not hard to get a Muslim to listen and discuss
Islam and Christianity, indeed, he may be the first to ask questions about Christianity.
But, these conversations can go on for months with no sign of conviction of sin.
day he may make some comment to the effect that he sees the truth about Jesus,
and he may even say that he believes that Jesus is God, or he may visit a church
service. You can assume absolutely nothing at this point, though you may well
rejoice at progress. Your Muslim friend will die and go to Hell if he doesn't
make a full confession of his faith and openly reject Islam.
All we are talking about here is Pauline soul-winning as we find it in.....
Bible, Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and
shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with
the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever
believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
will have to be an open rejection of Islam and confession of the Faith of Christ.
There is no such thing in the New Testament as a, "secret believer."
Along with this confession of faith I suggest several verbal acts of rejection
of Islam. But, first remember the principle of replacement that our Father uses.
David said in.....
Bible, Psalms 40:1 I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and
heard my cry. 2 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry
clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. 3 And he hath put
a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear,
and shall trust in the LORD.
time the new believer rejects something from Islam, it is your duty to replace
the profane with the holy-- some choice thing from our God. Here then are some
acts of repentance or rejection along with my suggestions of God's replacement:
would not be wrong to simply burn the Koran, however; it would be an extremely
confrontational and antagonistic act as seen by the Muslim community. The new
believer must be prepared for vicious persecution. Is the burning of pagan books
biblical? The answer comes from.....
Bible, Acts 19:17 And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling
at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.
18 And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds.
Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned
them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand
pieces of silver.
20 So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.
seems to me that the burning of the Koran would be a mighty break with the past
to the Muslim who is repenting and coming to Christ.
Another option would be for the new believer to hold the Koran in his hand and,
in prayer to El Elyon or Jehovah, denounce the Koran. Then he should put it down
(or burn it) and pick up the Bible, King James Version 1611, and pledge his devotion
to it in prayer, and in the Name of The Lord Jesus Christ. I believe we do not
require enough in the way of acts of devotion in the Lord's Church today. The
Africans had to burn their fetishes and break objects of paganism, why not us?
acts of rejecting the old and taking up the new, the Muslim-turned-believer must
at once be taught that, whereas he simply recited and mechanically read the Koran,
the Bible is a living book. Set a time for Bible study, and begin in a simple
and literal way to study through a Gospel and the book of Psalms. When he sees
that doctrine, and life-changing truth, is bound up even in the poetry books,
he will be moved deeply, since the Koran does absolutely nothing to change the
Muslim's life. Remember, there is no such thing as a "Koran study," so Bible study
will be very new.
same principle applies to Mohammed. Al Ghazzali was considered to be the greatest
Muslim theologian of all time. He said that all of the doctrines of Christianity
were true except two, "...that God is the third of three and that Mohammed is
not a prophet of God." This makes it clear how important it is for the new convert
to denounce Mohammed and declare his belief in the biblical Godhead.
The Muslim you are witnessing to needs to have a clear picture of the evil life
of Mohammed, then invite him to denounce the prophet of Mecca in the most vehement
terms, but short of vulgarity. I suggest this be done in a small group of only
believers with spirited support and singing. You may be shocked at the zeal that
will come from your quiet Middle Eastern friend. Take the new believer through
the steps in.....
Bible, II Corinthians 7:11, For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed
after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing
of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what
vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things
ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.
Revenge! What does this mean? Simply this, blast the filthy old prophet and his
vile writings in a good loud voice, then the believer should pray a prayer to
El Elyon, or Jehovah, asking Him to deliver him from the devils that may have
controlled his mind through the writings and sayings of Mohammed. You should pray
for him last, pleading the precious Blood of Jesus Christ , Yitha, over him for
protection against evil men and devils.
Do not wait to immerse him in the person of Jesus Christ. Take him to prayer meeting
to see how personally the saints feel about Christ, and, as I mentioned before,
start studying the Gospel of John with him at once. The Mullahs hate John more
than any other Gospel.
Sunday morning, when you take the new believer to meet with the Church, go by
way of the local mosque. Ask him to stand before the mosque, and use the same
principle of denouncing the old and pledging loyalty to the new. This would be
a blessing if the pledge were done in the hearing of several other saints who
meet you in front of the mosque. It would be a blessing and challenge to other
new believers who are being persecuted.
Never approve of the new believer going to the mosque to make friends. It may
be that, at a later date, he would want to go there to preach to Muslims or to
challenge the Mullah alone, and in zeal, for his salvation. But the Islamic mosque
is NOT a place of "fellowship," that happens only when we assemble with the saints
of Jesus Christ. Make sure the new believer is invited to local church fellowship
gatherings. You may need to take him at first, for the joy and openness of a church
gathering will contrast extremely with the gatherings a the mosque. But, do NOT
make the mistake of taking the new believer to a local church where there is tom
foolery during services and at informal gatherings. Fundamental Baptists are often
blasphemously rowdy and raucous. This will offend the new believer greatly.
To see an example of a Muslim
at prayer, CLICK
is also urgent that you teach the new believer that he is the temple of the Holy
Spirit, and that he is in physical fellowship with the Lord at all times. This
is a totally alien concept to the Muslim, so Bible study will be needed. A very
encouraging verse is.....
Bible, II Corinthians 6:16, And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols?
for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them,
and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Even in witness, you must begin to talk about this to Muslims so that they see
the personal relationship a Christian has with his Lord. Show this yourself by
personal references to your Lord, and pray for them frequently in their presence.
D. The Qibla-
This is the direction the
Muslim faces when he prays, and it is the Kaaba in in the Grand Mosque in Mecca
which is the object or all reverence and worship in Islam. There was a "Qibla"
concept in the Old testament, as we see when Daniel faced Jerusalem to pray. (Daniel
6:10) The new believer must be taught that the Kaaba in Mecca is a pagan object,
also; during the Church age, there is no special direction of prayer. If the new
convert wants a direction to pray to denounce the old and claim the new joy of
prayer, tell him to always pray with his back to Mecca. There is no harm in such
a physical act if it is not held as a legal requirement. Another option is to
face north since heaven is described in the Bible as in the "sides of the North."
Psalm 48:2 Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion,
on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.
The compass in the graphic is a product offered to Muslims so that they can
determine the direction of Mecca, no matter where they are in the world. The Christian
does not have a God who is limited to one point on the earth. The Christian God,
Jehovah, is omnipresent, and he is worshipped "in spirit and in truth"
with no regard to the compass. If you would like to purchase one of these Islamic
compasses, CLICK HERE.
This item would certainly be of interest in teaching Bible believers what is required
of a Muslim.
Regarding prayer, the new believer will have a hard time praying at first. This
is because the average Middle Eastern boy has a terribly impersonal relationship
with his father. Add to this the vain repetition of Islamic chanting in the mosque,
and you can see that he will not know a thing about personally talking to God
You must teach him by Bible study, and by personally praying with him at every
opportunity. Encourage him to speak to the Father when the two of you are alone.
Tell him to be respectful, and end all prayers in the name of Jesus. Don't use
King James English when you pray with him. If you are not given to prayer, REPENT
before you misguide someone else. He may want to pray in Arabic, or his native
tongue. This is perfectly fine. You will not know what he is saying, but the freedom
he may feel in this is worth the risk that his theology is not right yet. It is
time for you to trust the Holy Ghost to read the new believer's heart.
E. Declaring the Faith-
from Islam must definitely denounce the "faith" of Islam and declare his faith
in Jesus Christ. The reason is that the public declaration of the faith of Islam
was the first of five pillars of his former works-system of salvation. Also, what
he verbally declares is very important, since Muslims place just as high an authority
on spoken words as on actions. It so happens that the God of the Bible teaches
Bible, Matthew 12:37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words
thou shalt be condemned.
King James Bible clears this up with the "archaic" pronouns. "Thou"
is used in the KJV for the personal pronoun, and "ye" for the collective
pronoun. So, group confessions and Apostle's Creeds are NOT biblical. God wants
each individual Bible believer to speak his own words of faith. The Muslim does
this all his life every time he attends prayers at the mosque. Keep him doing
this, but encourage him to verbally declared his faith in The Lord Jesus Christ.
that several verses be memorized to cover the contrast between Islam and biblical
Christianity. For the Godhead, (The word "Trinity" is not in the Bible. Avoid
Bible, I John 5:7, For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father,
the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
will settle the question of faith in the oneness of the three persons of the Godhead.
If you use an NIV to try to disciple a new convert from Islam, you will find that
the exalted Godhead and the Divinity of Jesus Christ is crippled, and the new
convert will also be crippled. Also the contemporary vocabulary of the NIV may
actually offend the new convert, for the Koran is in classical Arabic. The NIV,
NASB, Living Bible, et al are in the vulgar tongue and worse. Beware.
For the deity of Christ and his unique ministry for the saints,
Bible, I Timothy 2:5, For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men,
the man Christ Jesus;
To show that the new convert believes he is truly delivered from Islam to walk
Bible, II Corinthians 5:17, Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:
old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things
are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given
to us the ministry of reconciliation;
It would be excellent for this declaration of the Faith to be at the time of baptism.
Baptism is a real turning point in the eyes of the Islamic community. This is
because the Mullahs have the Roman Catholic, or Church of Christ notion, that
the act of baptism makes one a Christian. We don't believe this, and you must
make this very clear to the new convert, but this observation by the Mullahs and
Islamic community will make the break with Islam final for all concerned.
This is why missionaries to Muslim people do not consider a new Christian's profession
of faith to be certain until he has come through baptism. So, teach the doctrine
of baptism very carefully, then ask the new believer to both declare his faith
and be baptized. I strongly recommend baptism at a lake, in the ocean, a river,
or even a swimming pool so that there is a public testimony. Regardless of your
"mode" notions, if you sprinkle a former Muslim, you will rob him of the sensation
of drowning Islam once and for all, so bite your lip, and dunk him in the name
of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
Hajj is the last pillar of the five life-requirements of the Muslim. If he has
been to Mecca he will be very proud of this, and he may even add the title "Haji"
to the beginning of his name. If he is in business, and if there is a Middle Eastern
archway on the front of his shop, this almost always means he has made at least
one pilgrimage to Mecca.
the Muslim you are witnessing to has been on the Hajj, you will have to deal with
this before salvation. Use Hebrews 9:12-25 to show that Jesus made the ultimate
pilgrimage to the Father and the throne of grace. There he sprinkled His own Blood
to atone for our sins. This leaves us no need, or advantage, to go anywhere geographically
to win God's favor.
Show him that the Christian is at rest, not in a frenzy to run round and round
some stone monument, as we see in.....
Bible, Hebrews 4:9-11, There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works,
as God did from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any
man fall after the same example of unbelief.
The frenzy of Islam must be replaced by confidence in God's Grace and the rest
he gives to those whose sins are forgiven. Do not cease to go over this truth
in Christian conversation. Beware-- some churches are full of frenzied programs
that exhaust the faithful. How is this different from running around the Kaaba?
Take your new Christian friend to a church that preserves the sanity of the saints
and their homes. I must tell you here that one of the most devilish things to
corrupt Fundamental Baptist churches in the end of the Church Age is the total
lack of real worship. You MUST help the new convert to find a local church where
there is biblical worship.
is not as urgent as the others, but it is essential. The outer garment of Muslim
women will vary from one Muslim area to another, but it is absolutely necessary
to her social and spiritual standing, indeed, she can be killed in some Muslim
countries for not wearing it. A college lady came to Christ from Islam, and when
she came to a pastor one day to declare her faith in Jesus Christ she said, "See,
I am not wearing my Muslim dress, I am now ready to believe in Jesus Christ and
die for my faith if need be." She also took a new name, Elizabeth, to show her
zeal to leave the Islamic identity of her past. Her new clothing was modest, but
it was common to other ladies on the street in the USA. The dress is not merely
a cultural thing. It is spiritual and belongs to the old life of defeat and fear.
Be careful that the new liberty in Christ is not turned to sensual and careless
dress. Modesty is still the only standard for godly women, and you may destroy
her at once if the women in your church wear sensual clothing. Would you change
churches to guard the new life of a soul Christ gave you? If not, you are not
worthy to serve Him. The new convert who is a man may also be offended at the
careless and suggestive dress of Christian women. If you take this brother to
a loose church, he will die on the vine, or he will turn into a hustler. You may
have to leave your home church in order to start this new convert down the narrow
way with Christ.
The kaffiya, the fez of North Africa, or Muslim hat for the man, comes under the
same principle. It must come off, whether it is on a Middle Eastern Muslim or
an American Shriner. It is pagan, and its origin is in the discriminatory disdain
with which Muslim men hold the kaffir, or those outside of Islam.
is the replacement aspect here? The lady coming out of Islam can now dress in
modest clothing which is comfortable. The chacour, which completely covers the
woman, can be hot and troublesome. This can be replaced by modest comfortable
clothing. The man can now dress in any modest clothing which fits the occasion,
and his Middle Eastern origins can more easily be concealed when traveling. When
an Arab shows up at the airport with an Islamic cap or fez on, the whole place
goes into panic. To be able to avoid this will be a blessing.
conclude this discussion with a warning.
we speak of denouncing Islam and declaring the new life in Christ, we ARE NOT
here talking about positive visualizing. Your Muslim friend must be clearly born-again
BEFORE you go on to encourage acts of Christian separation. They must simply make
public and open what god has already done, and the testimony of the new believer
to the Muslim community is commenced with zeal. (FOOTNOTE 8: 214 / 306-318
/ 490-491; 49 / 40-41 & 68-69 / 1402-1403)
Remember, acts of personal separation and zeal are not in vogue in the Lord's
Church these days, so you cannot judge what to do with a Muslim who comes to Christ
by looking at the average local church in the USA or England. Rather, look at
the Apostle Paul's zeal for your example,
Bible, Philippians 3:13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but
this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth
unto those things which are before,
14 I press toward the mark for the prize
of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
15 Let us therefore, as many as
be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall
reveal even this unto you.
is the model for today for all Christian separation.
DO NOT USE CONTEXTUALIZATION
is the presenting of the Gospel by first going to the "redeeming qualities" in
the unbeliever's belief system, then salvaging and commending anything which coincides
with Christian teaching, and finally moving on to the Gospel of the Lord Jesus
Christ. I am sure you see the wicked nature of such a method of evangelism. We
are told regarding the "good" in paganism and world religion,
Bible, Isaiah 64:6, But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses
are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the
wind, have taken us away.
There is not one bit of good in Islam. We have seen that Islam's Jesus (Isa) is
a pagan deity, and Allah is a Sumerian devil. Islam's Mary is confused with Mariam,
the sister of Moses, and the moral principles of Mohammed were filthy. Now, pray
tell, what do you expect to salvage from that rubbish bin?
The truth is, contextualization is used for two principle reasons:
people are basically lazy and timid. They don't want to go to the trouble to discard
all of their evil past and start from zero to gain God's holiness. This is true
today with the vast majority of your nine-to-five short-term missioaries. They
just don't want to sweat out the converts one at a time, as did William Carey,
Jonathan Goforth, Roland Bingham, George Meuller, and the great heroes of Missions.
They want numbers and results, so that they can be invited to join the Bible conference
circuit as a "Great Missionary Statesman." They cannot do that by winning just
five Muslims in a lifetime.
The sad thing is that their "converts" will all be in Hell one day because they
came to Jesus while clinging to the refuse of Mohammed. And, at the Great White
Throne Judgment, their "converts" will hate these wimpy "missionaries" for not
telling them the whole truth.
there are some demented Reformed Christians who have been poisoned by the profane
claim that there is "Common Grace" found in the world. They think that God allows
some of His choice holy nature to crop up in the people, gurus, Mullahs, and doctrines
of the damned. Blasphemy! This is why virtually all of the Reformed Church
missionaries today have no converts among Muslims. They are terrified of
telling a Muslim that he has no truth in him.
The day you find some genuine Christian doctrine correctly presented by the gurus
and Mullahs, that is the day you can be sure that you, in fact, just heard from
a devil. Your mind is in the flesh, and you have rebelled against the Holy Ghost.
Bible, Ezekiel 22:26, Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine
holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane...
Your job is to make a total distinction between ALL of the alien counterfeits
of man on the one hand and the holiness of the Bible message on the other. There
will be no gray, no mixture, and no contextualization process, that is, if you
obey the Lord. If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. (FOOTNOTE
9: I have two video tapes of Jimmy Swaggart debating Ahmed Deedat in which
Swaggart gave approval to aspects of Islam. Deedat saw this weakness in Swaggart
and went for the jugular vein at once. Swaggart came off looking like a perfect
fool. Muslim Mullahs are not stupid, and they study the Bible. They know that
you have no business giving any dignity to anything in Islam. When a Muslim starts
praising Jesus and adoring the Bible, watch out, you're about to get your ears
cut off. Two video set- $50 if I can still order it.)
It is God's will that there must be controversy and confrontation between the
holy and the profane:
Bible, Ezekiel 44:23 And they shall teach my people the difference between the
holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.
24 And in controversy they shall stand in judgment; and they shall judge it
according to my judgments: and they shall keep my laws and my statutes in all
mine assemblies; and they shall hallow my sabbaths.
if you really love souls, make the Gospel just as narrow and demanding as did
Jesus and Paul. Those who believe this Gospel will be truly saved. Those who reject
it will have your witness as evidence for the prosecution at the Great White Throne
It is not necessary to be brutal or harsh to the Muslims to whom you witness.
Jesus was very gentle with those who were truly seeking, but He NEVER let down
the standard of repentance and faith, and he never accepted the profane paganism
of His day as a starting point for anything but condemnation of sin.
Others may negotiate the Gospel, you cannot. Beware of these smooth talking heads
in the high-backed chairs, in the Missiology Departments of seminaries, from Pasadena
to Edinburgh, who justify this sloppy and diluted evangelism,
Bible, Psalms 5:9, For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part
is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their
Dear reader, trust the Word of God, speak in the Holy Spirit, and keep your witness
single minded and simple. When you hang a cross around a whore's neck, you haven't
brought her half way to Christ, and when you package the Gospel in an outer wrapper
of the Koran, you have given the coming Whore religious system another way to
send Muslims to Hell. The gospel of contextualization is a "Go to Hell" gospel.
DO'S AND DON'TS IN YOUR PERSONAL CONDUCT
we have put some of the heavier things behind us. Let's discuss some of those
cultural and social matters-- little things that can make so much difference when
we witness to people from other cultures. Middle Eastern people are some of the
most gracious people in the world, and they open their homes every day and night
for hospitality and for coming and going. As we noted before, hospitality is of
a higher importance to a Muslim than Islam, though he would not admit it. In the
USA and Great Britain, Muslims are spiritually very secularized, but they have
retained hospitality as a cultural anchor in their new surroundings.
But here is the problem with people who are so open and hospitable-- they have
many taboos and social customs which they observe to avoid any offense or oversight
of human grace. We in the USA and other Western cultures are brutish, blunt, and
rowdy. Within limits, this is not evil, but the Middle Eastern people privately
mock at us for this. Your first priority in your witness must be to become acculturated
to new social customs, whether you are in Dearborn, Michigan, London, England,
or Cairo. You have no right to play the Yankee (or Limey) fool and lose the respect
of Muslims whom you might win for Christ otherwise.
This means that your home must always be open to these friends, and you may not
turn down their invitations. To do so is to insult them and deprive them of showing
you hospitality. If they like you, they will want their friends to meet you. In
this way you enhance their prestige in the community, as well as yours. Sound
tough? Don't worry, you have the Holy Spirit who will guide you. If you see any
Muslim walking along the street, pick him up, even if you have to go out of your
way, and take him where he is going. This will always open doors for the Gospel.
When he thanks you, reply that you helped him in the name of Jesus.
I will now give you a list of social customs you should keep in mind. To offend
in one now and then will be overlooked by your Middle Eastern friends, but to
blunder along, overstepping regularly, will most definitely hamper your witness.
Most Americans are boors in the eyes of much of the rest of the world, and the
English and Germans are close behind. The English tend to be patronizing, a trait
learned during the colonial days. Beware. Germans are in a hurry to conquer the
world, so they don't sit still and listen very well. You Anglo-Saxons must make
The Apostle Paul gave us the perfect example when he said in.....
Bible, 1 Corinthians 9:19 For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself
servant unto all, that I might gain the more.
20 And unto the Jews I became
as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under
the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;
21 To them that are
without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law
to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.
22 To the weak became
I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I
might by all means save some.
23 And this I do for the gospel's sake, that
I might be partaker thereof with you.
Growing up on the missionfield, I saw missionaries who exemplified this Pauline
model. They had great respect for the Africans, though the Africans seemed backward
and primitive by American standards. They shared the Gospel of Christ out of a
heart of love, overlooking the discomforts of joining in with African social exchange.
Other missionaries remained aloof from the Africans while tossing bits and pieces
of the Gospel to them from above. Guess who saw souls saved?
Personally, I get a great deal of sheer fun out of entering other cultural groups.
It is a challenge to learn to fit in and avoid offense, but the things one can
learn and glean are by far worth the effort. If you do not have this spirit, PRAY
for it. Paul learned to change, to set aside his obsessive Judaism, so can you.
Soon, you will have your living room buzzing with Arabs, Black Muslims, or Palestinian
Catholics. (FOOTNOTE 10: Beware, Arabs and Blacks don't mix well until they
are born-again. Your task is not to solve racial prejudice, it is to see the lost
saved, so leave integration to the world's social system.)
You will be learning to eat filafil and baba ganoosh, and you will be learning
some Arabic. The coffee is exceptional, and the conversation literally endless.
Ask sincere questions about life in the Middle East and Islam. They will answer,
and then, I promise you, they will ask far more questions about what Christians
believe. You will also find your zeal and love for the Jewish people will become
more Christlike and personal, as you are drawn into the whole Middle Eastern malaise.
(FOOTNOTE 11: Dr. Ben David Lew who was a missionary to Jews in Detroit,
Michigan, and a Jew himself, had a genuine zeal to witness to Arabs. He asked
me to help him reach an Arab family to whom he was witnessing, and he had a good
selection of Arabic witnessing material, even a Bible with both Arabic and Hebrew.
And why not, for the two half-brothers, Ishmael and Isaac, both need our
Here then are some suggestions of things to "DO" and "DO NOT".
If a Muslim friend confides
something to you, understand two things:
the information may be greatly exaggerated to enhance the impact. This is not
intended to deceive you, rather; he wants you to see how serious it is.
Second, NEVER pass that
information on to anyone. Nothing will destroy your ministry like revealing a
private matter to the whole community. You might wait for the end of the story
he is telling you, then say, "Ahmed, that is very serious, may I pray for you
right now?" This is unheard of in Islam, and your sweet spirit and compassion
will be a powerful application of the Gospel you are trying to get across.
B. Do not hurry-
Middle Eastern people
will sit for hours, or late into the night, in endless discussion. When you are
introduced, do not hide your faith in Jesus Christ. Don't tell them your denominational
membership. That means nothing to a Muslim. If they ask, tell them that you are
a follower of Jesus, then join them in the ongoing conversation. You will not
have to introduce the Gospel. You will be surprised that, from time to time, someone
will ask a question about your beliefs. Give a quiet answer from the heart showing
what YOU believe, not what some creed says. Be brief, quote one Scripture text
(The Bible says....), then let the conversation drift elsewhere. DO NOT LAUNCH
INTO A PREACHY EXCHANGE!
You will be amazed how often the group may return to ask questions IF you are
gentle, interested, and if you stay for a good period of time. If you have to
leave, and if you truly love those people, don't just tell them you have to go.
Tell them briefly why, such as, "Please excuse us. The children must get to bed,
but we must continue this conversation over coffee soon." Never give them the
idea that you have had enough visiting-- that is just plain rude to Middle Eastern
Do tell them what Christ has done for you-
not be drawn into long debates over doctrine and Islamic / Christian differences.
Read that last sentence again. You will have to answer their questions carefully
and completely, but take every opportunity to talk about the large and little
things Jesus has done for you personally. Islam is not a personal faith, so your
tender spirit and joy in Christ will be your most powerful witness. The best example
of this principle is in the account of Philip and the Eunuch, Acts 8:34-35, And
the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet
this? of himself, or of some other man? Then Philip opened his mouth, and began
at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. Start where they are in the
conversation, and find your way to Jesus.
launch into a "life story." Simply tell of the personal and recent things that
God, through Christ, did for you. "You know, the Lord Jesus was watching over
me today. My car ran out of gas right in front of Ahmed's home, and God provided
the solution to my problem through my good friend." Just leave it at that. Many
of these brief statements of your trust in Christ will be a powerful witness to
the reality of the Christian life.
One day, your Muslim friend will finally realize that you have a relationship
with the God of the Bible, and he too will want that. Then you may have the joy
of leading him to Christ, but don't hurry. He is bound by one of the most powerful
bonds in the world of religion, and he needs time to see that what you have is
worth the risk he will take in leaving Islam.
Don't try to save the whole neighborhood at once-
Paul Crouch and the TBN fakirs claim that a million Muslims came to Christ somewhere
in North Africa, they are the most damned of liars. Muslims will not come
to meetings or rallies to hear the Gospel. Just forget about that. Do your soul
winning in their homes, in your home, and in restaurants. A Christian lady might
ask a Muslim lady to help her shop for Arab food, or help cook some special Middle
If there is a big Arab gathering for a wedding or funeral, offer to help cook
the food. Learn to make Arab coffee and serve it correctly. Get the little cups
and the ibrik from a Middle Eastern market to cook the coffee in, then ask the
guest's wife to help you make it right. Don't serve the Arab coffee early in the
evening because it is the signal that the evening is ending to some Middle Eastern
home is your best place for evangelism, and your children should learn to be respectful
and help serve the guests. If someone can play the piano, and your child sing
about Jesus, this will melt their hearts, since Middle Eastern people love POLITE
and talented children. If you have raised smart-mouthed cheeky kids, forget about
winning souls in the Muslim community. I mean that-- go be a fat faced itinerant
evangelist, but forget about trying to win souls of Muslims if you kids are brats.
E. Do mix up Arab Christians
to know Arab Christians who might go through your area, and invite them over to
a meal with your Muslim friends. This will show that Jesus does save Muslims,
and it will raise your social standing, since they will respect you for having
many Muslim and Arab friends. You must be willing to travel hundreds of miles
to make such friends.
Do attend cultural events-
Middle Eastern people are deeply involved in civic affairs. If you hear of an
event in the area, or if a lecture on the Middle East is coming up in the nearby
university, be there. You will learn things that will enlarge your conversational
ammunition, but most of all, you will show your Muslim friends that you care about
their life. If the lecture was by an Anglo-Saxon alleged expert, ask your Middle
Eastern friends if he was correct in his claims at some gathering later.
There is seldom anything going on an a Middle Eastern gathering which is outright
ungodly. You will be able to avoid alcohol since Muslims are not supposed to drink
it. The only problem will be if they decide to bring on a belly dancer. Don't
hesitate to excuse yourself if your convictions are offended. Later, you may be
able to show that you have moderation if they ask why you left.
Be polite, and tell them why you left. Tell them, "The belly dancer is not a dog,
she has a soul just like I do, so Jesus died to save her. How could I stay and
lust for her body, when Jesus wants her in his heaven?" Do not say this as a public
announcement. This will be even tougher for you if the belly dancer is in
a home you are visiting, but quietly use the same answer above. Muslim men believe
that belly dancers have no soul, so it is acceptable to have them perform and
to visually lust after them. These can be powerful moments in your witness if,
in gentleness, you stick with your convictions in Christ.
Go to social and civic events as husband and wife. This will open doors to Muslims
without offense, since Muslim men worry about their wives when they are not with
them. If your wife is with you, this will eliminate their fears as to your motive.
A Christian man must NEVER be alone with a Muslim woman. He can destroy his witness
so much that he would have to move out of town.
have had some of my most interesting experiences in Arab restaurants. I usually
go alone, and I ask a question of some man nearby to help me with the menu. Middle
Eastern people are very drawn to polite and confused people. Also, I pick up my
cup of coffee after I have finished eating, and I gently invite myself into a
conversation of some men nearby who are talking about Palestine or Saddam Hussein.
As soon as they ask what I do, I tell them that I am a Christian pastor and a
I find that they can identify with that because every Arab, who has any strong
feelings over politics, is tagged by Western society and the media as a fundamentalist.
I point out, in good humor, that I, as a Fundamentalist, have suffered the brunt
of the media just like they have, so we are on common ground. You do not need
to introduce yourself as a missionary to Arabs, be, "wise as serpents and harmless
as a doves."
You will have to wait very little time before someone asks a question about some
aspect of the Christian faith. Then you are on your way. Be ready for anything
though, because you may be invited to go on home with your new friends and visit
some more. DO NOT refuse, God is at work, and you are on an adventure that is
unequaled in this life. Jesus used this method all of the time with publicans
and sinners, indeed, the Pharisees claimed that he spent too much time eating
with sinners. If you are too busy to follow His example, unload something, and
get back to the commission Christ gave to you.
Do not compliment children profusely-
of the people of the Middle East fear the evil eye. This includes Greeks and Italians.
For this reason, you must not profusely compliment babies and little children,
since the parents may fear that the devil will figure out that the baby is special
and make it sick or kill it. Not all Middle Eastern people will react this way,
but don't take the risk. Talk with little children in a friendly way, and your
wife should offer to hold babies. Giving attention to a child is very convincing,
because Arab men find it very hard to be personal and tender with children. If
the children of the home have been kind and well mannered, make note of that to
the parents OR THE GRANDMOTHER quietly as you leave the home. This is powerful
Do not compliment the wife-
is not a common problem outside of the Middle East because most Muslims adapt
to Western manners, but still avoid it. After a pleasant evening, you must compliment
your host. Compliment him for his wife's hospitality, or your wife can compliment
the hostess, but a man must never compliment another man's wife to her face. This
is considered as fresh and forward. Do you think you have done so without any
problem? I doubt it. They have been uncomfortable, but they are dismissing it
since you are Western. Why even give them discomfort? Every little courtesy will
make them more at ease with you, and they will be more open to the Gospel later.
same line, never wander carelessly through the house. In every Muslim's mind there
is a line somewhere in the home past which no other man should go. That is usually
at his wife's bedroom door or in the hallway. If you need to use the restroom,
ask where it is, so that he can send you where he prefers.
Your sons who are into puberty must observe this courtesy also. If the coats have
been tossed on the bed in the master bedroom, ask for your coat, or let your wife
go fetch it, not you men. Again, you can get away with it, but why make your host
uncomfortable? Of course, if he invites you on a tour of the home, follow his
lead, since he is in control.
show the bottom of your foot or shoe to guests or Muslim friends. This is a big
insult in the Middle East. You will never see a group of Arab leaders gathered
with any of them crossing their legs and risking this insult. Feet flat on the
floor, that is the rule. Some modern Arabs may have abandoned the custom, but
anyone in a group who is just in from the Middle East will notice and become uncomfortable.
It would be like a Bible teacher constantly pointing at the blackboard with his
middle finger. You can excuse him, but it makes you cringe, right?
K. Turn off the TV-
Middle Eastern people
do not visit around to watch each other's TV. They are eager to hear the latest
news from the Middle East, The Palestinian issue, your guest's neighbors, or what
you think of the US President's ploicies. So, get a shortwave radio, and listen
to the news from BBC, London, or Radio Netherlands, or in French, for you who
witness to French-speaking Arabs. Then when the Middle East comes up in conversation,
you can add in a bit of news that they may not have yet heard. TV is one of Satan's
favorite tools to destroy witnessing, turn the dumb thing off.
I suggest you subscribe to a local Middle Eastern newspaper that is in English
and Arabic. Also, read up on the Middle Eastern mind. The best book on the subject
is, The Arab Mind, by Raphael Patai, Pub. Scribner. See my Bibliography.
All of his books are exceptional studies, and you must read them. See a university
library if they are out of print.
No games or competition-
Eastern people get no joy from games where someone loses. Some Americans and Englishmen
have a problem with that also. Do not use competition to amuse their children
either, and your children need to be careful of this. A game of soccer or volleyball
might be eagerly enjoyed, but avoid making a big fuss over the score and who is
Older women and widows-
respect for older people, especially ladies, is extremely high in Middle Eastern
cultures. You must always defer to them and show them great respect. You men may
compliment them profusely if they are clearly much older than you. Watch how they
orchestrate the evening and how the men and children respond to them. Your children
must always jump up at once to offer them their chair when they come into the
room. They are the sovereigns of Muslim society in the more modern homes. This
is also true of the Jewish home.
Do not openly admire objects-
matter how desperate you are to know what something is, which is sitting in their
home, keep your big mouth shut. If you ask, the Middle Easterner will very likely
give you the item, and you will have to take it or insult him for refusing it.
Arabs in particular freely give away things to their friends. Thank them sincerely,
and accept the gift, but don't be guilty of stimulating this by openly admiring
an item. There are a number of classic stories of Arabs who gave away everything
they had to travelers and friends, and made themselves into beggars. These people
have the highest rank in the social order because generosity is second only to
hospitality as the crowning traits of a man's reputation.
Warn your children about this also, or they may thoroughly embarrass you in this
matter and spoil your testimony. The most repulsive behavior a child can show
in a Middle Eastern setting is to admire and handle the possessions of the host.
This is seen as outright begging. Also, you MUST turn this around. Have some Bibles
in Arabic and quality wall plaques with Scripture verses on them (no pictures)
which you can give to your Muslim guests as they leave.
You don't want to out-do them in giving, but have things around that you intend
to give them. If you can get something into the USA or England from the Middle
East which is hard to find, they will be delighted. I am now desperate to get
a few pounds of coffee shell from Yemen to give to a Yemenite shop owner in Dearborn.
Be attentive to these oddities.
the time to learn the greetings of your Muslim friends who come to your home.
Also, ask about their family's health or anyone who is sick. Men must never ask
a man about his wife by her first name. Ask, "And are your wife and children well?"
Using the first name of a man's wife is considered too familiar to some Muslim
With Muslim friends
your wife and children must be dressed modesty. Muslims look down on Westerners
for their suggestive dress. Don't tell me you are free in Christ to dress as you
wish. You will have to hold up the highest standard, or they will not listen to
your witness, and they may decide your wife is hustling them. If your older daughters
dress too casually, and they are giddy and silly, the Arab man of the house will
be disgusted. His sons may think your daughter is a whore and start hustling her
by pretending to be interested in Christ. Also ask your wife to cover her head
when out with Muslim friends. You can tell what is appropriate by driving
through a Middle Eastern neighborhood and noting how the ladies dress who are
walking along. Also, NEVER indulge in this touchy touchy business-- reaching out
to touch the arm etc. Arabs NEVER do this across sexual boundaries. Many
fluff headed Evangelical women do this to distraction today, especially the TBN
The Bible, I Corinthians 7:1-2, and obey!
You men must not go to their home looking like a fugitive from a Halloween party.
Always wear a coat and tie. Some of them will be more casual, but some will have
an old-world mentality toward dress. I have seen men try to relate to Arabs while
being way underdressed. The Muslim men be polite, but they will not get serious
with such a person. Of all of my suggestions this is the one you just don't have
the option to ignore. We Americans, and most Europeans, have become some of the
sloppiest people in the world, and we are not admired for this by the rest of
will eventually be told of feuds and scraps that your friends are having. If a
ruction breaks out nearby, stay out of it. If the tempers raise to screams, and
if you are a close friend to BOTH men, and IF there is no older man around, then
step in and say, "Look here now, both of you are good men, and you are my friends.
Please stop this for my sake. It hurts me terribly to see you so angry when you
are ordinarily such good friends. Let's go have some coffee and you can finish
this another time."
If you succeed it will ONLY be if you have not taken sides in the matter, and
DO NOT try to resolve it right there. If you can get them to drink coffee with
you at this time, they are recognizing that you are their friend in a special
two men will not remain enemies as we Anglo Saxons would, but if, while the coffee
is served, you sense from the Lord that they want your help, then you could quietly
offer to listen to both sides of the feud and consider what compromises might
be made. If they take you up on it, you are into Arab or Muslim culture for life,
and you may have to do this again and again. Whatever you suggest, make it something
that is truly fair, make sure both parties can save face, and tell them that you
think that it is what Jesus would suggest. Conflict resolution is both a privilege
and a ministry of the highest value in reaching Muslims for Christ. Pray for this
as you build rapport with your Muslim friends. But, it may take years to
reach this level of trust.
tell jokes to Muslims, especially if they have just arrived from the Middle East.
First, they don't tell jokes the way we do, and Second, they don't understand
our humor. Just forget it. If you play the big jokester, you will make a jackass
of yourself with Middle Eastern people. They do love ironies though. These ironies
should have something to do with the little things of life or the moment, but
NEVER should they be at anyone's expense, not even yours. They love double meanings,
but it is very dangerous for you to try these until you have been with them a
long time and learned their idea of what is appropriate.
I note here that the men may at times make very bawdy comments of a sexual kind.
Don't enter in, but understand, they have no idea in the world that they are being
dirty. However; they would never do this in front of the ladies like dirty Americans.
After a Muslim is born-again, this is an area that will have to be discipled out
at once. Make a Bible study of it.
suggest that you always carry the whole Bible with you. Some of your best texts
for witness to Muslims are in the Old Testament, and they would wonder why you
would cut your Bible in half, only carrying part of it. I wonder too, why have
we done this?
suggest you NOT carry a Bible that you have marked up so heavily that it looks
like a road map of Georgia. You may want to devise a simple way to guide yourself
around in the Bible you use with Muslims, but they may think you don't respect
your Bible if you scribble all over it. They don't study their Koran and
mark it-- they only read and recite it. I am not suggesting that marking your
Bible is wicked-- it is simply a foreign notion to a Muslim and could seem blasphemous
NEVER put the Bible on the floor after you are finished using it, in fact, try
to set it down in a place that is above waist high. Don't roll the covers around
back and wave the Bible in the air like some clever evangelist you saw. When you
read some text, offer to let your friend read it for himself if he wishes. Never
set the Bible down with the Koran or any other book on top of it. These reverent
acts, which the Muslim would show for his Koran, will show your respect for God's
Word. Again, you want to simply eliminate the little nagging blunders that will
distract your friend.
Before you discuss something in the Bible, you might even want to pray very briefly
asking the Lord to open the Word to you and your friend. Never handle a Bible
or the Koran of an unsaved friend with dirty hands. If you have just eaten, ask
to go wash your hands before you read the Bible. This may mean nothing to you,
but it will show your respect for the Bible, and the Muslim will not be so nervous
letting you read or handle his Koran.
Should we take a gift of the Koran or an Islamic book? Absolutely! Thank the Muslim
for his generosity, and explain that you are willing to read any religious book,
though you are totally devoted to The Word of The Lord Jesus Christ. If you take
his Koran, you have a basis to expect him to receive a Bible from you.
T. Story telling-
Muslim Middle Eastern
people love story telling. If you feel the freedom from the Holy Spirit, and after
you are well received among Muslim friends, ask them if you could tell them the
story of Jesus birth or his death as you have learned it. Stress the suffering
and the simplicity of Christ's life. Tell of the tender hearted Joseph and how
he cared for Mary, going down to Egypt to flee from Herod. Tell of Joseph's vocation
as a carpenter, and tell of the hate of Herod for the family of Jesus. Tell how
the doctors respectred him in the temple when Jesus was only twelve years old.
Tell of how he touched people and they were healed. Tell how he cleansed the temple
of money changers. Tell of how Zacchaeus, a crooked Jew, repented.
NOT tell the story of Joshua and Jericho. Many Arabs think that the Philistines
were Palestinians. Don't even try to straighten it out.
Don't be overly dramatic, but don't be too casual either, be reverent and show
genuine awe for your Lord. If you do well, you will know about it, because they
will ask for more. You may also want to tell the story of some Christian who was
very faithful under great adversity or pain. Please do NOT tell stories about
some guru preacher you know. Talk about the simple saints who lived a faithful
life in adversity.
Men tell stories to men, and ladies to ladies and children. Also, don't
spin fishing and hunting yarns. You are a soul winner, and you only exalt
yourself with such stories. Please do NOT waste time talking about baseball and
football teams. This means absolutely nothing to Middle Eastern people.
"Muslim" and "Islam"-
call a Muslim a "Mohammedan", and never call Islam "Mohammedanism".
Islam is the religion, and the Muslim is the follower of Islam. To name the Muslim
after Mohammed is not correct at all, and your Muslim friend will be mildly insulted
and tune you out completely. Never call an Arab an "Aayrab." This is a smart-mouthed,
stupid, red necked, and arrogant gesture. Listen to what they call things in Arabic,
and try your best to do the same. Many Americans and Englishmen are grossly arrogant
when it comes to adapting to other cultures. This spirit is not noble, rather;
it is just plain laziness. You can produce the rolled "R" and the guttural "KH"
if you try.
Whenever I go to an Arab food shop to get Halwa (Halvah in Hebrew), which is a
very good treat to add to your coffee time, I do my best to use the throaty Arab
version of the word. The usual way we pronounce it is the Hebrew pronunciation,
which goes over like a lead balloon with Arabs. All of the little things count,
and the learning experience is great fun. By the way, while you are in the shop,
buy a couple of Islamic literature booklets in English. You need to know how the
Mullahs think, and these booklets show how they cover up Mohammed's silly life
and puerile character.
Muslims learn to greet one another in Arabic, and you should also. Don't stop
at that. Learn other things you can say at appropriate times to fit in. One word
you must avoid, one that many missionaries to Muslims use, is "Yellah." It means,
"Let's get out of here" or, "It's time to leave." It is based on the word Allah,
and many Arabs don't even know this, but it actually means, "For Allah's sake."
which is like the profane, "For God's sake," in our culture. If you use this term,
"Yellah," the Muslim will take you for a secularized Christian. Beware, and don't
pay any attention to the "veteran missionary" who tells you it is harmless. That's
why he has lead no Muslim souls to the Lord.
talk about the "experts." I have found that most missionaries to Muslims and Arabs
are wimps (see glossary). They sneak into the Arab community, disguised with cover
stories, they won't pray in restaurants for fear they will be discovered, and
they live far from the Muslim community. They often succeed in only confusing
the Muslims and Arabs they meet and make them wonder if they are, in fact, some
federal agent or spy. Stay away from these "experts."
Their favorite way to show zeal is to do seminars on how to reach Muslims in big
dead churches where there are no ethnic people tolerated. Help yourself, but I
stay clear of these people, and all such snakes, with mild dread. If you want
to witness to Muslims, go find Muslims, and get to know them. Don't tell them
your objective is to destroy Islam and turn the world upside down by 9:30 tomorrow
morning, but do tell them you are a Christian and that you follow The Lord Jesus
Christ. Mostly, just be a good and faithful friend, and the Holy Spirit will lead
the way into their lives.
beware of these scholars who can tell you all about Arabs, Muslims, and Islam,
but they have no Arab or Muslim friends. They are seminary PhD's who sit in arm
chairs and read about Muslims. They interview other people who have gone to Muslims
with the Gospel, but they wouldn't know "salaam alechem" from salad salt. Their
books are full of hate for Arabs, and have no zeal for their salvation. One recent
alleged Christian writer has produced such a book, and it is just another footnote
in a long line of bellyaching bully-books that run off of the press into the round
best manual for winning Muslims to Christ is not my book either, it is the Word
holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith
which is in Christ Jesus." II The Bible, Timothy 3:15.
you are not an eager Bible student, you will make a poor witness to Muslims. Get
into the Book, or get out of here! Aut disce aut discede.
Use the King James Bible-
must stress again the need for one Bible in witness to Muslims. They have only
one Koran, and the Mullahs mock at the way we have so many different Bibles. They
also know exactly where the various translations and versions disagree with each
King James Bible has a poetic ring to it that is not found in the new versions,
and this will be very appealing to the Arab who has been used to the poetic classical
Arabic style of the Koran. Furthermore, these new versions and translations keep
getting more affected by commercialism, modern notions, and idiom which parallels
worldly and New Age language. Stick with the Bible God used for 350 years, the
one that brought on all of the great revivals and awakenings, and the one still
easiest to memorize.
to the textual issues which are discussed these days, this should be noted. The
Van Dyke Arabic translation of the Bible is highly received in all Arabic speaking
churches. It is the old standard, and it was also done by men who wanted to retain
the power of classical Arabic. Furthermore; the Van Dyke Arabic Bible was done
by Reformed men, as was the King James Bible, and Van Dyke used only the Textus
Receptus and related Greek texts. This will cause the King James Bible to parallel
the Van Dyke Bible almost precisely. This is highly desirable so that the Arabic
speaker from the Middle East will easily move back and forth between the two.
run an experiment on these dear lost Muslim people by trying out all sorts of
versions on them. I have seen the King James Bible brighten up the face of Arab
readers as the Holy Spirit illuminated them. I've become very convinced on this
subject, but if you do not agree with me I love you anyway. Please do not ask
me to help you if you use the NIV, NASB, Living Bible, etc. Again, use the
Van Dyke, or old version, of the Arabic Bible, and substitute El Elyon for the
name Allah and Yitha for Isa.
Do not give sacred pictures, like a picture of Christ, as gifts to Muslims-
In obedience to
Islamic law, strict Muslims will not hang pictures of any kind in their homes.
The picture at the link below is acceptable because it is made up of calligraphy,
but a Koranic message is considered to be its intrinsic content.
HERE, to see the calligraphy picture.
leave point Z for you to write and send to me as you reach
out to Muslims near you for The Lord Jesus Christ. I would be very interested
in hearing how our Lord may have used you in his service, and if this book has
helped in some small way, then praise His Name.
Most Middle Eastern
Muslims in the USA, England, and France are very westernized, and they may tell
you quite boldly that they are "secularized Muslims." Those who are well educated,
and live in larger cities, are also much more tolerant and western in outlook.
They may break some of the rules I have just suggested, but you cannot tell who
is sensitive, who is new in our country, or who is very secularized. Don't take
chances. Learn to avoid offense all of the time for the Gospel's sake. Jesus offended
the Pharisees and legalizers in their spiritual sins, but He never offended the
people in cultural things which had no sinful nature. He is your example.
Bible, 1 John 2:10 He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there
is none occasion of stumbling in him.
Bible, James 3:2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word,
the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.
go find an Arab restaurant, and begin your adventure in winning Muslims for Christ,
and please, don't neglect the Jews you meet. Jesus died for them too, you know.
reader, and you Imams and Mullahs, I trust you can see that I have a love and
zeal for the Muslim people. I shall not compromise one bit from the way of The
Lord Jesus Christ, but I shall alter anything in my life and customs to convince
you that I do love you for my Lord's sake. In fact, my experience in making friendships
with Middle Eastern people have been delightful. Much of the cultural strength
of the Middle East I find refreshing. My only zeal for you is that you see who
Jesus Christ really is. The earlier chapters were pretty rough going, but my love
for Muslim people is my sole motive for those chapters-- I think you have a right
to hear the truth. May the Savior, Yitha, give you light.
Gospel of John 8:36
If the Son therefore shall make you free,
shall be free indeed.
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