“Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;” 2 Thessalonians 2:3
In these Last Days, the Devil is very openly active in the affairs of men. We read in 2 Thessalonians that one of the signs that will immediately precede the Rapture of the Church will be the great “falling away” from the faith once delivered to the saints of God. One sign of this end time prophecy is the demonic activity of Chrislam, the evil mutant hybrid of Christianity and Islam that is being pushed so hard here in America by false teachers like Rick Warren.
Warren, pastor of one of America’s most influential Religious leaders, has embarked on an effort to heal divisions between evangelical Christians and Muslims by partnering with Southern California mosques and proposing a set of theological principles that includes acknowledging that Christians and Muslims worship the same God. The effort, informally dubbed King’s Way, caps years of outreach between Warren and Muslims. Warren has broken Ramadan fasts at a Mission Viejo mosque, met Muslim leaders abroad and addressed 8,000 Muslims at a national convention in Washington D.C.
Christianity and Islam are the world’s two largest religions. With 2.8 billion Christians and 1.6 billion Muslims the world-round, it’s not surprising that these two faith systems impact, to a profound extent, social and political events occurring in the world. But what about “Chrislam,” the controversial belief system that combines both traditions to form its own fascinating religious brand?
On the surface, the notion that the two faiths would be able to mesh successfully seems next-to-impossible. After all, Christianity relies upon the fact that Jesus Christ is the only way one can attain eternal salvation. To the contrary, Muslims don’t believe that Christ was God’s son, nor do they accept the notion that he died on a cross to save humanity’s sins.
Understanding Chrislam hinges upon examining its leader’s motivations for creating and sustaining the merging the two faiths. Shamsuddin Saka, a religious leader in Nigeria, is seeking to bridge the religious divide and to bring together Muslims and Christians like never before. Saka, who was born a Muslim but is now a Christian at heart, claims that he felt called by God to launch his Chrislam ministry following a pilgrimage to Mecca, a commanded voyage that is one of Islam’s Five Pillar. The faith leader takes the unique approach of preaching about the common roots that peoples of both faiths share (i.e. that they are both children of Abraham, both promote peace, etc.).
He believes that God told him to “make peace between Christian and Muslim,” thus he has sought to embark on that very mission. While Saka experienced this revelation, the seeds for his journey were likely set at an early age, as he was reportedly influenced by both faith systems when he was a young boy. His father, a herbalist, saw Christians and Muslims, alike, for healing, so both traditions were common fixtures in his early existence. While Saka now sees himself as a believer in Jesus Christ, he told The Christian Science Monitor that it doesn’t “mean Islam is bad. Saka ia referred to by his followers as “His Royal Holiness”; “The Messenger”; and “Ifeoluwa” – the Will of God.
While the concept of a merged faith system is appealing to some, like Saka, who seek peace, there are a those, particularly in the evangelical realm, who reject Chrislam, likening it to the Spirit of AntiChrist. There is no atonement in Islam, no forgiveness, no savior, and no assurance of eternal life. The gospel of Jesus Christ is a message of hope; Islam is a religion of hopelessness.”
Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation. He is the one true God and there is no other. The Holy Scriptures, not the Quran, are the inspired and inerrant Words of God. Jesus saith unto him “I AM the Way, the TRUTH, and the LIFE. No man cometh unto the Father but by me”