I admit that I have a whole lot more respect for Franklin Graham than I had for his father. The younger Graham issued a series of tweets over the weekend where he clearly set the record straight about the god of Islam and the God of Christians, saying that they are not the same.
"Radical Islam continues to be a huge threat around the world. I thank God for the hard work of the French police & law enforcement who tracked down terrorist Cherif Chekatt. Remember the families of those whose lives were taken and the many wounded," Graham tweeted.
Radical Islam continues to be a huge threat around the world. I thank God for the hard work of the French police & law enforcement who tracked down terrorist Cherif Chekatt. Remember the families of those whose lives were taken and the many wounded. 1/2 https://t.co/edjAvRxde7
— Franklin Graham (@Franklin_Graham) December 15, 2018
"Contrary to what some may say, the god of Islam & the God of the Christian faith are not the same. The God of the Christian faith is Creator of the Universe & sent His Son, Jesus, to earth to save us from our sin. He can change every heart who will put their faith in Him," he added in a follow-up tweet.
Contrary to what some may say, the god of Islam & the God of the Christian faith are not the same. The God of the Christian faith is Creator of the Universe & sent His Son, Jesus, to earth to save us from our sin. He can change every heart who will put their faith in Him. 2/2
— Franklin Graham (@Franklin_Graham) December 15, 2018
I only have one critique of Graham's comments: What he refers to as "radical" Islam is not radical at all, it's devout Islam, the true Islam.
However, Graham is correct in stating that the supreme difference is that the God of the Bible sent His only Son to live perfectly according to the law as a federal head for his people for whom he would give His life in their place. The first Adam, who was also our federal head and in whom all men are until they are born again, failed (Gen. 3:6; 2:16-17; James 2:10; Romans 5:12-21). He failed miserably and had dragged all men into an estate of sin and misery.
However, the second Adam, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, took men out of an estate of sin and misery (Gen. 3: 16-19, 23 because He entered into a covenant with His Father (Titus 1:2) to deliver them out of the estate of sin and misery, and to bring them into an estate of salvation by a Redeemer (Gen. 3:15, 17:7; Ex. 19:5-6; Jer. 31:31-34; Matt. 20:28; 1 Cor. 11:25; Heb. 9:15).
The fact of the matter is that Islam, like Judaism, is an antichrist religion because it leaves out Christ, but not only leaves Him out, but fully rejects Him for who He is.
Islam, much like Judaism, rejects Jesus as Messiah and the Son of God, making both, according to the apostle John, antichrists (1 John 2:22; 2:18; 4:3; 2 John 1:7).
Islam claims to be an Abrahamic "faith," but it is anything but that. In fact, it comes several thousand years too late to make such a claim, and on top of that, it rejects Christ, the promise of the covenant to Abraham (cf. Galatians), as the fulfillment of what Israel is and God's redemption of men.
We have to be aware of something here: Isalm is not the faith of Abraham and has nothing to do with the God of the Bible. Judaism is not the faith of Abraham and while there are certainly aspects of Judaism that are a part of Scripture, they continue, to reject God's salvation in the person and work of Jesus the Christ.
Both adherents to these religions need the true Gospel: The Gospel that saves men from their sins, not just indoctrinates them in ceremony and "laws." Both are a perversion of the true faith of Abraham, and we must be clear about that, and before someone goes after me about Judaism, keep in mind that the Judaisers attacked Jesus. They attacked Paul. They attacked the apostles, and the Church stood against them (Acts 15). And much of the Judaism that came out of Babylon was sorely perverted to the extent it was no longer recognizable. That is not to say that some of what we see today is of that stripe, but it is a historical fact. Does that make me anti-semitic? Hardly. I guess you would have to ask that of Jesus, who was a Jew, when he said the Pharisees, who were Jews, were of their father the devil (John 8:44), or the apostle Paul when he wrote what he wrote concerning Jews in Romans 2, 3 and 9 or the book of Galatians.
Pointing out the error is in order to bring the healing balm of the Gospel, not to slander or to hurt.
The same is true with Islam. Pointing out the gross error and a way that seems right to them is done in order that the light of the truth might shine forth and that those who hold to the demonic doctrines of Muhammad may not face the same judgment as Muhammad is facing before the God of Creation and His Son, King Jesus.
The message to Islamists, Jews, Wiccans, Humanists and any other religion that seeks to exalt itself above the truth of the Gospel proclaimed by the Son of God is simple: Repent of your sins (Matt. 4:17), trust in the Christ (Ephesians 2:4-10) and obey His commandments (Matthew 28:19-20).
All will bow the knee to Jesus Christ and proclaim Him as Lord (Philippians 2:11).
Thank you, Franklin Graham, for providing a platform for this message. I do pray that God would make this man strong and give him courage and boldness in the coming days. We're all going to need it.
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