One-on-One with a Tanzanian Muslim (Part Three)

Hajj

Hajj

Scripture teaches that man is incapable of coming to God on his own because of moral depravity and enslavement to Satan. The world and all its fallen inhabitants are held tightly by sin and in the devils grip. The apostle John writes, “…and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.” Paul Washer addresses this point in his book titled ‘The Truth about Man.’  He states, “It is the sure testimony of Scripture that there is only one true God. But in this passage, Satan is referred to as the “god of this world” in the sense that he is working with great power in this preset evil age, and fallen men have made him their “god” and live according to his will.” (Washer, pg. 71)

“…whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe…” (2 Corinthians 4:4)

The affinity (they have much in common) between Satan and Islam (lying, murder, stealing, etc) mentioned in previous articles reveals the compatibility of fallen man with the Devil. Paul’s response to these truths was similar to most—denial. Many people reject the idea or concept that all unredeemed men are ‘followers of the devil,” yet scripture indicates that all men are born into the world under his dominion.

“He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, “that He might destroy the works of the devil…” (I John 3:8)

We soon began discussing the ‘Five Pillars of Islam’ and their inability to provide an acceptable sacrifice or substitute for sin.  The faithful Muslim who diligently practices the five pillars of Islam will receive from Allah a gracious welcome of “Peace,” and enters into the garden in order to sit on a cushioned throne in the shade where he eats fruit in abundance. He is also able to drink from rivers which produce milk, honey, and alcohol. Throughout eternity he will have beautiful women to enjoy sexually and produce children who will serve him.  (There is no reward mentioned for women in the Quran)

Therefore, in order to enter Janna good works must outweigh the bad according to the Quran. “Surely good deeds drive away the evil deeds. This is a reminder to those who remember. And be patient, so surely Allah will not waste the wages of the doers of good.” (Sura 11:114-115) Evil is wiped away by successfully performing or adhering to these actions:

  1. Shahada (Confession of the Creed) A testimonial that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. It must be repeated daily in a certain tone of voice in order to be valid. It must be honored or practice until death, otherwise denial of it nullifies any possibility of Paradise or Janna.
  2. Salat (Prayer) Repeated prayers from the Quran must be said five times a day in Arabic at certain periods of time. Before sunrise, at noon, in mid-afternoon, at sunset, and in the evening. Friday prayer at the Mosque at noon is mandatory for adult males who must practice the ritual of purity. Prayer is viewed as an expression of submission to Allah and not a communication or relationship with Allah. The Du-aa (supplication) is when Muslims prayers are given the opportunity to be accepted by Allah. Even then there are limitations (Late night, after the crowing of a rooster, beginning of war, and during Ramadan) Islam Awareness, Dawah
  3. Zakat (Alms-giving) A certain percentage of income is given at the end of the year to help others. Muslims believe that helping others purifies their own wealth, increases its value, and reminds them that everything they have is a trust from Allah. Every adult Muslim man and woman who possesses wealth of a certain minimum amount must give to the mosque leader who then distributes resources to the poor.

 Sadaqah (Truth and Honesty) In addition to the required alms, Muslims are encouraged to give in charity at all times        according to their means.

   4. Sawm (Fasting) Muslims abstain from food and drink between sunrise and sunset during the month of Ramadan, the ninth month in the Muslim calendar. Ramadan was the month during which Muhammad had his first encounter with the spirit in Cave Hira. The Quran is read and recited the entire month.

   5. Hajj (Pilgrimage) All Muslims, men and woman who are economically and physically able are to travel to Mecca at least once in their life time. The completion of this practice gives the Muslim both a satisfying feeling and a respected status in his or her community

Paul and I read the verse from chapter two of the book of Ephesians that states, “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” (Eph 2:8-9) Mankind is incapable of please God, therefore, the Lord provided a sacrifice for mans iniquity. John MacArthur writes in the MacArthur study Bible, “God the Father using the principle of imputation, treated Christ as if He were a sinner though He was not, and had Him die as a substitute to pay the penalty for the sins of those who believe in Him…One the cross, He did not become a sinner, but remained as holy as ever. He was treated as if He were guilty of all the sins ever committed by all who would ever believe, though He committed none. The wrath of god was exhausted on Him and the just requirement of God’s law met for those for who He died…The righteousness that is credited to the believers account is the righteousness of Jesus Christ, God’ Son.”(MacArthur, pg. 1772)

After an hour and fifteen minutes of discussion, Paul concluded our conversation by stating, “I will continue to practice the Five Pillars in hope that I will be accepted by Allah.” We agreed to meet regularly in order to compare and contrast the two belief systems. The responsibility of the believer or evangelist is to preach the Word and pray that God will give the increase!

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April/May Ministry Updates

Contending for the faith

Contending for the faith

Your Help is Critical to the Work of Evangelize4Life

 

We would like to thank everyone who has been praying for the ministry.  Your prayers are availing much and the gospel is being shared consistently and with power in the NW Ohio community:  All glory to God!  In addition, we are inviting  you all to sign up for our Pentecost to Passion year of prayer.  We are looking for prayer partners as this is a call that requires serious prayer!  Please sign up now here. 

We have had to cancel a few of the outreach dates due to Steven’s recent car accident.  As a result of the collision, we are without a vehicle and Steven is recovering from a severely sprained ankle.  Please pray for his quick recovery and that he will be back to the work of street witnessing and  missions as soon as possible. 

Thanks again to all of our ministry friends who have been moved to support the work financially in March.  We are hoping to be able to produce a newsletter outlining our events and trainings, etc. very soon.  

Our current ministry needs  include a vehicle, a video camera ( we have an intern scheduled to begin this summer to help us with our visual communications), financial support, and always more tracts and Bibles.   Our intern will help us document some of the work so that you can better see how we are working to impact our community and the world with the gospel and by doing the work of evangelism.

Steven, Jared and Kevin have continued to attend open meetings engaging the community doing the work of Apologetics and Evangelism.    A special thanks to other friends who have given their time, energy and funds to work alongside us during March and April.  In addition, they are involved in discipleship and Bible studies with new believers and with those seeking the Truth.   

Finally, please consider how you might join us in the work of evangelism. Here are some suggestions…just in case you can’t think  of anything:) 

Join our prayer team.  Prayer is our number 1 ministry need.  Romans 15:29-31 (KJV)

29 And I am sure that, when I come unto you, I shall come in the fulness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ.

30 Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ‘s sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me;

31 That I may be delivered from them that do not believe in Judaea; and that my service which I have for Jerusalem may be accepted of the saints;

Consider Supporting the ministry financially.  Evangelize4Life was created for the purpose of doing evangelism, establishing biblical church plants and training believers to engage in biblical Apologetics in order to fulfill the Great Commission of our Lord, Jesus.  This work requires many hours of study, prayer and lots of commitment.  We do this because God has ordained that we do it.  We love Him and we seek to obey His commands.  Although we are a non-profit organization, we still need financial support in order to accomplish the work effectively.  Won’t you consider being a partner together with us?  Everybody can be a part of the evangelism call.  You can go, you can send or you can do both!  Send us; we’ll go.

Tell others about the ministry.  We are hoping to be used by the Lord to reach many people.  We do this in a number of ways.  Some of these include: Preaching for churches for the purpose of exhorting their members to get involved in evangelism; Teaching seminars, conferences and webinars that equip and train believers to do the work of an informed and prepared evangelist; and our daily podcast, Evangelize4Life with Steven Glover.   Listen in live on weekdays at 6:30pm  eastern standard time or anytime by downloading the page.  

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The Heart of the Matter

The apostle Paul writes a second letter to a church located in Thessalonica as a forewarning to believers about a futuristic leader who will one day deceive the masses by leading them away from the truth of God’s Word. He is described as the “lawless one.”

“Then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming that is the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan…” (2 Thess 2:8)

However, before his arrival the world will be characterized by a blasphemous spirit (among the people) or attitude that blatantly opposes God, His Christ, His Word, and His people. His success in the near future is attributed to the fact that

“… they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved…For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth but took pleasure in wickedness.” (2:10-12)

Charles Spurgeon addresses man’s relationship with God’s truth (in his day) in a book titled “An All-Round Ministry: Addresses to ministers and students,”

“Beloved, I notice that God imports His messages to those who have a complete subordination to Him. I will tell you what has often crossed my mind when I have talked with certain brethren, or have read their lucubration’s; I have wondered which was the Master, and which was the servant, the man or God. I have been sorry for the errors of these brethren, but I have been far more distressed by the spirit shown in those errors. It is evident that they have renounced that holy reverence for Scripture which indicated by such an expression as this, “that trembleth at My Word.” They rather trifle than tremble. The Word is not their teacher, but they are its critics. With many, the Word of the Lord is no longer enthroned in the place of honor, but it is treated as a football, to be kicked about as they please; and the apostles, especially are treated as if Paul, and James, and John, were Tom, and Harry, with whom modern wise men are on terms of something more than equality. They pass the Books of Scripture under their rod, and judge the Spirit of God Himself. The Lord cannot work by a creature that is in revolt against Him. We must manifest the spirit of reverence, or we shall not be as little children, nor enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”

My recent experience at an ecumenical or inter-faith meeting confirms that we are also living in these days. The group of people assembled during this particular evening was comprised of Hindus, Buddhist, Muslims, Universal Unitarians, United Church of Christ leaders, and Agnostics. I intentionally left out the mentioning of Christians because the views or statements made by those claiming to be followers of Christ, usually contradict the teachings of Scripture. The Bible categorically labels any person who rejects the teachings of Christ as an individual who has not nor knows God. “Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teachings of Christ does not have God…”

Why do I attend?
You may be wondering why I attend? I was selected or invited (by a Muslim) to the group for the sole purpose of presenting or bringing to the table an evangelical theological perspective. This organization meets regularly in order to discuss or comment on topics (from their religious perspectives) pertaining to everyday living. The most recent gathering dealt with the theme or subject of the recent killings, plus injuring of innocent people in Boston, Massachusetts. Emphasis was not concentrated on who, what, where, and why someone would do this, but on how each of the above mentioned belief systems would respond if placed in a similar situation. In other words, what form of compassion or humanitarianism would they practice or implement in time of tragedy?

In a group where absolute truth is irrelevant, it stands to reason why the subject of Jihad is overlooked and replaced with a less weighty topic. The goal of most ecumenical groups is to unify over commonalities and avoid doctrines that divide or cause disunity. The subject of sin and the depravity of man’s heart is not only avoided but denied. (That has been my experience in each of the meetings I have attended) My purpose for attending these meetings is to discuss absolutes and not to ignore or deny facts. It is a fact that the Quran teaches death to the non-Muslim. Plus, it is also commonly known among all faiths that the Bible describes the heart of all men as being desperately wicked. According to the Bible, “there is none who does good.” (Rom 3:12) So, it stands to reason that someone would address the obvious, because man is capable of doing good deeds, because at the core of his inner being is only evil.

Walter A. Elwell writes in a book titled Evangelical Dictionary of Theology, “The Bible teaches this concept of total depravity in many places. The Lord recognized good people (Matt 22:10), yet he labeled his own disciples as evil men (7:11). The mind is affected (Rom 1:28), the conscience is unclean (Heb 9:14), the heart is deceitful (Jer 17:9), and by nature mankind is subject to wrath (Eph 2:3).” In an attempt to emphasize this point those in my small group were immediately at odds with this point. In logic, the starting point of an argument is called a proposition. When we use propositions, we are either asserting the truth of the statement or denying the truth of the statement. Those individuals involved in the bombing of blameless marathon runners and spectators displayed by their actions that God’s Word is true in regards to the condition of the human heart. (To ignore these points would be considered illogical). Note that this is a technical meaning of “deny,” not the everyday meaning. To deny in this context means to gather evidence to show that the proposition cannot be true, not just that it is wrong. Further evidence to support my propositional statement is located or revealed in the human heart. The apostle Paul writes, “For when Gentiles who do not have the Law do instinctively the things of the Law, these, no having the Law are a law to themselves, in that they show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience being witness, and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them…” (Rom 2:14-15) God has placed in every human being a conscience that gives them knowledge of right and wrong. So when an individual sins (murder, lie, steal, lust, etc.) he/she does so with knowledge. (Con-with, Science-knowledge). To begin a discussion on the compassionate nature of human beings is completely irrational, because out of the human heart comes only iniquity. Jesus Christ our Lord states,

“For out of the heart comes evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders, etc.” (Matthew 15:19) It is amazing that humanity is capable of any good! Consider the fact that God sent His only begotten Son, the long awaited Messiah, to the nation of Israel, and their response to His innocence, sinlessness, miracles, compassion, redemption, propitiation, atonement, justification, and sacrificial death on the cross was to crucify Him. (Matthew 27:22)

Let’s examine the nature or condition of man by examining a little known fact about the most recognized saintly women on the planet, Mother Teresa and her organization Missionary of Charity. An anonymous author writes in an article titled Hitting Bedrock, “…Says Susan Shields, former Missionary of Charity: As a Missionary of Charity, I was assigned to record donations and write the thank-you letters. The money arrived at a frantic rate. The mail carrier often delivered the letters in sacks. We wrote receipts for checks of $50,000 and more on a regular basis. Sometimes a donor would call up and ask if we had received his check, expecting us to remember it readily because it was so large. How could we say that we could not recall it because we had received so many that were even larger?

Shields doesn’t suggest how much that might add up to, but Hitchens has it that there were at least $50 million in the New York bank account of the Missionaries of Charity, and figures that, this being but a part of the organization’s wealth, there must be several times more all told. So let’s place the MoC’s wealth in the 9-10 figure range. Now, it would not be correct to say that all this money belonged to Teresa. I take it that she herself owned next to nothing. I’m just saying that she controlled this money. It didn’t belong to her personally, but, if she’d really wanted, she could have used it, on behalf of her organization, to buy all sorts of medicines, pay all sorts of trained medical personnel, and maybe even keep her facilities stocked with clean new needles on a regular basis.
You may be able to guess what’s coming up next. Fact: Mother Teresa used only a tiny fraction of that money to improve the lives of the sick and the poor. Shields continues: We received touching letters from people, sometimes apparently poor themselves, who were making sacrifices to send us a little money for the starving people in Africa, the flood victims in Bangladesh, or the poor children in India. Most of the money sat in our bank accounts. The donations rolled in and were deposited in the bank, but they had no effect on our ascetic lives and very little effect on the lives of the poor we were trying to help. Well, who cares about the lives of the nuns: they got what they signed up for, right? That bit about the poor, though, that’s a little worrisome.

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Here are some examples of how the MoC failed to spend its money. Shields gives one: in Haiti, “the sisters reused needles until they became blunt”. Out of the MoC’s bloated bank accounts, no money could be spared for new needles. Likewise, in an article in the British Medical Journal (a review of Hitchens’ book), Mary Loudon reports visiting the MoC’s facilities and seeing “syringes run under cold water and reused, aspirin given to those with terminal cancer, and cold baths given to everyone”. No money for oncological care beyond aspirin, no money for hot water, and, again, no money for new syringes, or even proper sterilization for old ones.

And in an article in the Lancet (9/17/94, Issue 8925), Robin Fox reports having visited the Home for the Dying in Kolkata, and describes the medical care there as “haphazard”: no trained medical personnel are present unless some happen to drop by to volunteer their time, and the sisters themselves are not given any proper training in medical care. “How about simple algorithms that might help the sisters and volunteers distinguish the curable from the incurable? Again no.” Out of the millions or billions, not enough for the salary of a single Kolkata doctor, or any other way of ensuring minimally consistent medical care.”

Therefore, when God says, “There is none who does good” He bases this scripture verse not on ones actions but His knowledge of the human heart. This article as well as the incident in Boston only stresses the importance of being born again. The Lord promised that He would place into those who believe in His Son a new heart that would give regenerated human beings the ability to demonstrate genuine compassion that will allow them to demonstrate good works. “For by grace you have been saved through faith and that not of yourselves it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast. For, we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:8) Salvation is the catalyst to good works and evidence of being born again is that a believer serves others. His or her sanctification has been designated with kindhearted actions before time began. Therefore, the logical starting point of our conversation would not be to ignore the truth of God’s Word but to address the topic of sin and it’s resolve through the gospel of Jesus Christ.

“Compel them to…

“Compel them to come in.”—Luke 14:23.

“Children of God, ye who have believed, I shall have little or nothing to say to you this morning; I am going straight to my business—I am going after those that will not come—those that are in the byways and hedges, and God going with me, it is my duty now to fulfill this command, Compel them to come in.”
–Spurgeon

Charles Haddon Spurgeon was a British Particular Baptist preacher. Spurgeon remains highly influential among Christians of different denominations, among whom he is known as the “Prince of Preachers”. Wikipedia

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We were blessed to be able to have the opportunity to be interviewed by co-hosts Jamey Schmitz and Virginia Bossa on WLMB’s Weekly program, Main Street.

Steven had the chance to speak on air with his friend Jamey about Evangelize4Life’s mission to train and mobilize Christians to do evangelism. We hope you were able to watch live however, if you missed it you can stream the program at your convenience by going to the station’s website and clicking on the Main Street link. You’ll be looking for episode 35, ‘Keys to Fulfilling the Great Commission.’

Please continue to pray about how you might be able to assist the ministry. We ask that you add the ministry to your prayer list and we would like to remind you that you may support the Free Conference by making a donation in any amount online at http://www.apologeticsevangelism.eventbrite.com. This option is available to those who are attending and those who won’t be able to make the conference but would like to make a donation to the event.

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“If you have a …

“If you have a zeal for God, you will have a zeal for missions.” Paul Washer

 

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The Gospel Must Be Preached

“The gospel must first be preached
to all the nations.”
– The Lord Jesus Christ

Evangelism Encounters

The Great Commission was given by God to the church in order that unbelievers might be given the opportunity to hear the gospel and be saved. In order for the lost to hear then, believers must go into the world and preach. Scripture states, “How then shall they call upon Him in whom they have not believed? Evangelize4Life missions corp. stresses street witnessing and one-on-one engagements as one of our core principles of ministry. We believe this is important due to the fact that most lost people do not attend church. Therefore, I have established the habit of setting aside one day a week to share the gospel in the market place. It was during one such evangelismencounter that I had the opportunity to witness to a young man walking down the street on his way home from work.  The Lord had already been working in his heart because he was willing and ready to discuss eternity having had a friend murdered earlier in the week.

 

The Father Draws (John 6:44) and the evangelist shares the gospel

“Deliver those who are being taken away to death. And those who are staggering to the slaughter, Oh hold them back.” Proverbs 24:11

Marvin (not his real name) has lived a similar life of immorality, drug abuse and drug dealing as had his friend.  He realizes that he too will die one day.  This was a divine encounter as the Lord had spoken to him about his own eternity on that very day as he walked toward home.

I presented the gospel of Jesus Christ to Marvin, using the Bible as well as gospel tracts, and upon the hearing of God’s Word, this young man soon realized that he was destined for hell. His immoral life confirmed that he was a candidate for the lake of fire if judged by God that day. He was encouraged to cry out to God and ask for His forgiveness from the Father God, through His Son Jesus Christ.

Within a couple of days of our meeting, Marvin separated from his live in girlfriend and moved back home until he could rent his own apartment. Over the past couple of months, he has continued to read scripture and to pursue righteousness. Sadly, his walk with Christ has been negatively influenced by both his older and younger brothers with whom he is now living. It was during a follow up visit that I encouraged this young man to shun evil by turning away from marijuana use and be filled with the Spirit. Neil T. Anderson in his book titled The Bondage Breaker writes:

“Christ has set you free through His victory over sin and death on the cross. But if you have failed to stand firm in the faith or you have willfully sinned, it is your responsibility to do whatever is necessary to maintain a right relationship with Him. Your eternal destiny is not at stake, but your daily victory is.” (Anderson, 199)

Jesus has the power to set men free from the bondage of sin.  Scripture reveals men, women, and children being delivered from demons, sickness, physical afflictions, etc. through faith in Him. The apostle John writes, “If therefore the Son shall make you free you shall be free indeed.” (John 8:36) This young man must learn that sanctification (to make holy) is necessary in order to become like Christ. Elwell writes, “Persons and things devoted to his use must be ritually clean, not merely set apart by taboo, decree, or tribal caste…the meaning of holiness is then worked out in philanthropy, love for God, clean living, compassion, commercial honesty, and love. (Elwell, 1051) Submission to God then gives believers the ability to resist the devil, causing him to flee.

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