Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Messianic 'Muslims'

بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ

Messianic Muslims are an offshoot of Jews for Jesus, Christian evangelical organisation.  It focuses specifically on the conversion of Muslims to Christianity.  Its members may consider themselves to be Muslims but by the tenets of Islam, they have apostatised.

Summary of Beliefs:

1.         The Old and New Testaments, as originally written, are divinely inspired and inerrant.  Since the Qur’an refers to the Bible but not vice-versa, they hold it as proof that the Bible is more ‘accurate’.

2.         Recognition of the value of traditional Muslim literature such as hadits, but only where it is supported by the Bible.

3.         God the Creator exists as a Trinity.

4.         Jesus is the Messiah, the second person of the Trinity, was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life, died for the sins of all humanity, rose again, and is co-equal with God.  Jesus will return to earth in the near future.

5.         People are saved through a belief in Jesus as Saviour and an acknowledgment of their sins, not by their achievements.

6.         Heaven is a reward for those who are saved; Hell is a place of "everlasting conscious punishment" for the lost.

In doctrine, they are another Protestant group since it is not the Catholic and Orthodox position that the Bible is inerrant.  To them, the Bible is Divinely-inspired and there is a separate body of Church Traditions.

What makes them odious is the deceitful nature of their proselytisation.  They target vulnerable groups such as the elderly, the young, and the uneducated.  They use the Qur’an and the hadits to preach their religion.  There is very strong opposition from Muslim leaders in the places where they have emerged.  Messianic Muslims are particularly active in Pakistan, Afghanistan and the Arab Peninsula.



In blasphemy indeed are those that say that Allah is Christ, the son of Mary.  Say: "Who then hath the least power against Allah, if His Will were to destroy Christ the son of Mary, his mother, and all - everyone that is on the earth?  For to Allah Belongeth the dominion of the heavens and the earth and all that is between.  He Createth what He Pleaseth.  For Allah hath Power over all things." (Surah al-Ma’idah:17)

The following is taken from Ministers Use Qur’an to Evangelise Muslims, 11th February, 2005

Many believers denounce the Quran's teachings, but some Christians have taken the controversial approach of using Islam's holy book to bring Muslims to Jesus.  They say by communicating the gospel in a manner Islamists can understand, many receive Christ.  Their converts are called "Messianic Muslims," partly because they are encouraged not to abandon some Islamic traditions.

"I use their own book of precepts to validate the authenticity of Christ," Patricia Bailey, who has ministered in many Arabic nations, told "Charisma" magazine in the January issue, out now.  The full report on evangelists using the Qur’an as a tool to preach Jesus can be found in the magazine.

"If Muslims embrace the Qur’an as their holy book, then it is the ultimate tool to reach them and at least to provoke them to question what is written in their own book of the law," she added.  "The Qur’an makes references to the Bible.  The Bible never refers to the Qur’an for truth or authenticity."

The founder of Georgia-based Master's Touch Ministries, Bailey said more than 4,000 Muslims have been converted via one-on-one ministry, her TV appearances, and leadership-training centers and conferences in countries such as Kuwait, Egypt, Sudan and Turkey. 

Bailey is not alone in her provocative way of reaching Muslims.  John Taimoor is an itinerant preacher and founder of Crossbearers, a California-based ministry that presents Christianity within an Islamic context.  Born and raised a Muslim in an area near Pakistan and southern Afghanistan, Taimoor seeks to establish new communities of Messianic Muslims throughout the Middle East.  A Messianic Muslim is an Islamist who has accepted Jesus but refuses to be referred to as a Christian and chooses to stay within the Arab community.

Jeremiah Cummings, who studied Islam with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, is now on a mission to bring the gospel to Muslims.  He does not use the term "Messianic Muslims," but Cummings, 53, said more than 40,000 Islamists have converted to Christianity through his appearances on Christian television, including Daystar and the Trinity Broadcasting Network.

However, some leaders of Arabic missions organisations question the way Bailey, Taimoor and Cummings evangelise Muslims, especially when it comes to using the Qur’an.  "I teach courses on Islam in various parts of the world.  I do not believe the Qur’an is the Word of God," said Don McCurry, president of Colorado-based Ministries to Muslims who served for 18 years in Pakistan as a missionary.  "In fact, at every cardinal point of the gospel, it contradicts the Word of God."

David Goldmann, missions consultant with Frontiers, an organisation that plants churches among Muslims in more than 40 countries, agreed.  "Using the Qur’an to prove Christianity can emphasise Qur’anic authority over the Bible," said Goldmann, 73, who spent 24 years ministering to Muslims in North Africa.  "Pointing out the differences between the Bible and the Qur’an can bolster Muslims' belief that the Bible has been corrupted," he added.


2 comments:

  1. Salaam,

    Thanks for this posting Bro.

    Ustaz Zul has brought this up in his blog which elaborates this methodology of the Evangelists. They refer to it as "contextualization".

    here's the link to his article on his blog:

    http://an-naseehah.blogspot.com/2008/06/using-name-allaah-part-6.html

    JazaakAllaahu khayran katsiir

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  2. Wa'Alaikumus Salaam,

    I've read that article. Thanks.

    On one hand, we have to understand that like Islam, one of the duties of Christians is to spread the message of the Gospel.

    One the other hand, as Muslims, we have to understand that whilst they are the Ahl al-Kitab, Islam is the perfection of deen.

    We have to find a balance as society.

    However, we also have to understand that these methods are mainly practised by the Protestant movement - the Baptists, the Presbyterians, the derivative churches of these traditions, the new 'non-denominational' super churches.

    There is a need to understand their methodology and to recognise that Muslims have done this too.

    So what are Muslim organizations in Singapore doing about this? About Campu Crusade for Christ in our tertiary institutions, about house-to-house evangelization? Are we being inclusive or is there a dichotomy beteen those who go to the mosque and those who don't?

    Wassalam

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