I hate to admit it but the majority of Christians are weak and uninformed about what Christianity really is. They believe it’s more of a Sunday social gathering and looking good to the neighbors, but they fail to realize just what being a Christian means. I once spoke with a pastor that told me that he believed that at least 40%-60% of people sitting in the pews on Sunday mornings don’t know what the Bible says and would easily denounce Christianity under duress.
For several years, I was a trainer with Evangelism Explosion. During that time, I would say that over 75% of the people professing to be Christian had no understanding of salvation. When we asked them what they would say to God if they died and He asked them why He should let them into heaven, the vast majority said it was because they were good. Probably less than 25% answered that it was because they accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
Weak and uninformed Christians easily compromise their faith by succumbing to the ways of the world. They embrace homosexuality, same-sex marriage, sex before marriage, divorce, works, evolution and other compromises. Consequently, their faith is weak and easily directed in the wrong direction, leading them further astray from the truth.
This is what a group of Muslims in Columbus, Ohio are counting on. A group calling themselves Ask a Muslim has launched a controversial billboard campaign throughout the state capital in hopes of luring these weak Christians away from Christianity and drawing them into Islam. They have erected billboards with the messages ‘Jesus is Muslim’ and ‘Mohammed is in the Bible.’
A statement from the group stated:
“We believe that clearing up the many misconceptions about Islam will make this world a better place. A place with less violence and hatred, filled with mutual respect and understanding.”
Their website states:
“Muslims are following the teachings of Jesus, while most Christians have began to follow the Church – this is why the Quran needed to be revealed. (Holy Quran 9:31).”
“Please remember Islam = following Jesus. Muhammad confirmed Jesus.”
Coach Dave Daubenmire, Founder of Pass the Salt Ministries spoke out about the billboards saying:
“Although we support the Islamic community’s right to free speech, as well as their right to post messages on billboards, we do not support the hijacking of the name of Jesus Christ in their attempt to lure uninformed Christians into their religion.”
“Jesus Christ was crucified, died, and resurrected over 600 years before the birth of Mohammed. Although Islam honors Jesus as a prophet, they do not believe that He is the risen Son of God.”
“During this most Holy Lenten Season we find the messages on the billboards to be insensitive, dishonest and deserving of a response from concerned Christians. We will be on the streets to proclaim Jesus is NOT Muslim but Jesus is Lord!!”
Have you ever heard that half-truths can be more dangerous than outright lies? In this case it’s true. Mohammed did confirm Jesus, but as a prophet, not the incarnate Son of God. As a prophet, Mohammed did quote some of Jesus’ teachings, but not all of them.
But people, especially these weak Christians being targeted need to be told that Jesus was a Jew, not a Muslim and Jews and Muslims have been mortal enemies for centuries. They also need to be told that the Quran teaches that anyone who is not a Muslim is an infidel and therefore should be killed, not tolerated. Most importantly, everyone needs to be told or reminded about the one teaching of Jesus that won’t be found in the Quran or quoted by any Muslim and that is John 14:6:
“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.’”