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Post  Admin on Wed 08 Jun 2011, 2:28 pm

Why is the Muslim World So Resistant to the Gospel?
Albert Mohler
The future shape of the world appears to be a worldview competition between
Christianity, Islam, and Western Secularism. For Christians, both of these
worldviews
represent real and lasting challenges to evangelism. Neither of these is a
particularly new challenge, and the Christian encounter with Islam is now
over
a millennium in duration.
Writing over thirty years ago, when most American evangelicals had little
knowledge of Islam, missiologist J. Herbert Kane of Trinity Evangelical
Divinity
School outlined six reasons why the evangelization of the Muslim world has
been so difficult. His explanation of "Why the Muslim Soil is So Barren"
remains
both instructive and important.
1. Islam is Younger than Christianity
Having borrowed from both Judaism and Christianity, Islam "has just enough
Christianity in it to inoculate it against the real thing." As with
Mormonism,
Muslims claim a later revelation that corrects and supersedes the Bible.
This represents a very real challenge to the Christian, who will base the
argument
for the Gospel on the biblical revelation.
2. Islam Denies the Deity and the Death of Christ
Islam not only denies the deity of Christ, it finds the idea abhorrent. "If
a missionary but mentions the deity of Christ the fanatical Muslim is likely
to spit on his shadow to show his utter contempt for such a blasphemous
suggestion." Furthermore, the Qur'an denies that Christ actually died on the
cross,
thus taking away the very act of our atonement. "There appears to be no way
around these two obstacles," Kane lamented. "The Christian missionary can
find
many points of similarity between Christianity and Islam, and certainly he
will want to make full use of these; but sooner or later he must come to the
central theme of the gospel - the cross. At that point he runs into a stone
wall. He can remove many offending things, but he can never do away with the
offense of the cross. That and the deity of Christ are hurdles that can
never be removed."
3. Islam's Treatment of Defectors
"All religions, including the broadest of them - Hinduism - look with
disfavor on the devotee who changes his religion," Kane advised. "But it
remained
for Islam to devise the Law of Apostasy, which permits the community to kill
the adherent who defects from the faith."
For Islam, "conversion is a one-way street." Even when death is not a real
threat, losing the bonds of community and family are huge costs.
4. The Solidarity of Muslim Society
Muslim societies are a solidarity, with religion, politics, economics, and
personal life all accountable to Islam as a total way of life. Even where
Muslims
are not in a majority, such as in Western nations, they often concentrate in
specific areas or communities where this solidarity can be approximated.
Under such an arrangement, efforts by Christians to evangelize meet a
unified resistance, and a decision to leave Islam can be construed as an
unpatriotic
act, tantamount to rejecting one's nation and people.
5. The Public Practice of Religion
Often overlooked by many Christians is the fact that a faithful Muslim
demonstrates that faithfulness in a public pattern of prayers and
observances. A
convert who ceases these observances becomes immediately evident. This
system of public prayer and ritual represents a powerful support for Islam
and a
powerful deterrent to conversion to any other belief system.
6. The Memory of the Crusades
As Kane explains, "To Christians in the West the Crusades were a bad dream,
of which we have only the faintest recollection; but to the Arabs they are
the
greatest proof of the Christian hatred for Islam." Christians bear the
burden of a long and intensely bitter Muslim memory. Though atrocities were
common
on both sides, the atrocities committed by Christians were uniquely a
repudiation of central Christian teachings.
In the mind of many Muslims, the Crusades feel like a living memory. To many
within the Islamic world, Christians remain Crusaders, and evangelism is
just
another way of continuing the crusading mission.
Professor Kane's breakdown of these obstacles is not only interesting and
helpful, it also serves as a reminder that these issues are hardly new. At
the
same time, Christians must evangelize, no matter the obstacles to Christian
witness.
Christians must remember that the Holy Spirit can break down the greatest
wall of resistance and the Word of God is, as He says, like a hammer that
shatters
a rock. Dr. Kane's arguments help us to understand the challenge, but were
not meant to suppress evangelism. To the contrary, he wanted the church to
be
better informed as we fulfill the command of Christ.
I am always glad to hear from readers. Write me at
[email=mail@albertmohlercom]mail@albertmohlercom[/email].
Follow regular updates on Twitter at
www.twitter.com/AlbertMohler .
J. Herbert Kane,
A Concise History of the Christian World Mission,
revised edition (Baker Books, 1978/1983).
Publication date: April 12, 2011
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