The Radical Christian

By Francis Frangipane
(En EspaƱol)

It would be both arrogant and foolish to limit the problem of terrorism to Muslims only. The fact is, many religions have had discomforting experiences with zealots and terrorism. Yet it is uniquely the Muslim religion that has produced entire armies of radical terrorists. How do we address this?

The Problem
Consider: a man might be a nominal Christian, mostly unaffected by spiritual things, until one day he reads the Bible, and he finds a spiritual fire has been ignited in his heart. If that man remains in his new conviction, he will increasingly pattern his life after Jesus Christ -- that is, he will become more loving and forgiving and more willing to invest his life in seeing others redeemed as well. He will, in short, increasingly become more Christlike. As Jesus predicted, "The works that I do, [My follower] will do also" (John 14:12).
However, if a nominal Muslim begins to read the Koran, and if he continues his daily readings and prayers, at some point he will increasingly surrender toward obeying all of Mohammed’s teachings. Within this man’s devotional life he may ultimately seek to possess true Islam -- that is, total submission to Allah. Within this small group of zealots, a smaller percentage will embrace not only the teachings of Mohammed but his works as well. Just as the follower of Jesus ultimately seeks conformity to Jesus, so the committed Muslim will prove his faithfulness by obeying even the militant extremes of Islam. The works Mohammed did the follower of Mohammed will also do.

And this is the problem: the Christian who becomes increasingly like Christ is being conformed to a redeemer; the Muslim who becomes increasingly like Mohammed is being conformed to a military leader.

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Outwardly, the Muslim zealot may have originally presented himself to others as a man both courteous and nonthreatening. When he seeks employment he shows himself as one who disavows violence -- he is sincere, for his religion at this stage is nominal. But as time passes and as he becomes more committed to Islam, he will begin to view non-Muslims as infidels instead of just neighbors or coworkers. He will justify the violent impulses he feels because the Koran tells him such impulses should be followed.

Remember, I am not speaking of all Muslims but only a small fraction. What I am saying is that the radicalization of at least a small minority of Muslims is almost inevitable. For the normal growth of an unrestrained, fully committed zealot will eventually conform him to the founder of his religion.

This means that as long as there are people reading the Koran, there will be a small percentage who pledge themselves to spread Islam, even by use of terrorism. We who live in the predominantly non-Muslim world will have to cope with the violence of these self-radicalized "true believers."

Some Considerations
Are you a moderate Muslim, a man or woman of spirituality and refinement? Then you must decide that you do not want violent Muslims -- people motivated by hatred and blood lust -- to represent you. You must denounce and expose radicals -- even the son or daughter in your own home. The first line of defense against radical Muslims must be moderate Muslims.

[Let me interject here that I know there are many Muslims -- perhaps tens of thousands -- who have helped expose radicals in their communities. We applaud your courage.]

Are you Christian? You must guard against prejudging all Muslims by the violence manifested by the few. Remember, here in the Western world, a number of people turned to Islam as a reaction to the sinfulness and scandals in the Church. Now, however, in this present atmosphere, these same people are beginning to harbor doubts about their decision. Let us, therefore, make sure our communication with Muslims is the expression of Christ’s love.

Additionally, let us pray for Muslims. My wife and I pray daily for the Islamic world. Many Muslims are coming to Christ, often through the sovereign manifestation of Christ through dreams and visions. (See link below.) We pray that even the most radical Muslims may find forgiveness and life in Christ.

In the final analysis, perhaps the best way to win the radical Islamist is through the love shown them by the radical Christ follower.

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  2. I know I conducted most of my life believing that there was a God but not seeing the need to surrender to His will. I thought, just a few weeks ago, there are probably many Muslims that have not surrendered to Allah, but believe that he is real, because of their culture. They need to know the true God. There are also those that have surrendered to Allah, but have yet to witness the sincerity of our surrender to the living Christ, who will supernaturally show what life really is, if we would only introduce Him, by our testimony and our love. People may think we are crazy to run the risk of loving a Muslim, but Christians have to take risks. We want the abundant life, but we don't want the perils that lead to abundance. I want the courage now, to bring Christ into the equation so I can be counted honorably in that day. Help me with courage and boldness Lord. Amen.

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  3. I read the Quran and it is not about living peacefully with your neighbors. Their Goal is that if you are not muslim you are an Infidel. You will not find a Muslim in our country that will publicly say other religions are acceptable because it would be blasphemous.....to the quran. One can not compare radical muslims to radical christians because you may see a few christian radicals but they are not following christ. The Quran puts down women and anyone that is not muslum. So my thought on this is, I can say to the world that Jesus is lord...or that I love muslims, if they say that they love christians publicly they are putting their life on the line

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    2. By Radical Christian, I believe the author means a man that is Christ-like, so much so that they are a fanatic with His love, including his mercy and His grace. Yes the Quran says no other religion is acceptable and that we are infidels but we could say the same thing.

      Infidels are people that don't believe in a certain religion, in their case we don't believe in Islam, and in our case, they don't believe in Christianity. We believe that our God is real, while we believe their God is a fabrication built on one man's supposed encounters i.e., dreams, and unverified confrontations, only in his span of life. The Bible is a collection of the lives of many men, having had encounters through many years, in a collection tightly woven that it all fits together in a unique and precise way. We should see Muhammed's dreams and visions like we see those of David Korash or Jim Jones' by their testimonies. They don't compare with the historical evidences of our own belief system.

      Of course we have the upper hand Eric. Our God is the real God of the Bible. While we don't believe that we worship the same God as those Muslims who worship Allah, we can't rightfully go around and kill people for their disbelief any more than we should be killed for our own.

      Think about this; non-religious Muslims exist today-- Muslims who do not worship Allah, they are alive and present living among us. If this wasn't true, many Muslims wouldn't be fleeing Syria right now. The Jihadists are threatening anyone that doesn't recite the Quran, not just Christians. That being said, we can't let the media brainwash us into believing that every person born in a Muslim country is loyal to the Islamic religion which causes us to hate and fear them. We are not just Americans, we are Radical Christians who love and fear God and because of that healthy fear, we have the Lord's protection (Psalm 34:7).

      Many people have done many things in the name of Christianity, and those things have frightened many people around the world. True Christians and non-believers alike have been categorized by the unGodly things that have been done in the name of Christ which is also something to consider.


      We can't just believe that the God we serve is the real God, without crediting Him as all-powerful. He created all things. If God says that nations will come to His light, and Kings to the brightness of His dawning, we can't exclude the call that God has placed on the lives of Muslims. They will be represented in the Kingdom as will some from every tribe and nation (REV 7:9)

      Christian witnesses come in power that is real. It is supernatural power given to us by God. Our message bears witness to God who is the Only True God. We don't come in the name of made up Gods who have no power so the only recourse is to cut off someone's head to look powerful. We are different. We risk getting our heads cut off to demonstrate God's power to deliver us from evil or the power of the faith we demonstrate in who He is and how much we believe He is who He says He is.

      I think I'm right but I will gladly stand corrected. I don't know a whole lot about Muslims but I do know we have to minister to them for the sake of their salvation.

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    3. I smiled and said hi to 3 in headscarves today. they seemed busy and i could not think of anything to say to jump into the gospel so I went my way. i prayed for them so if i see them again maybe i'll get to say something about Jesus.the govt helps them i don't know what i can do to help.i pray for them anyway.

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  4. I read the Quran and it is not about living peacefully with your neighbors. Their Goal is that if you are not muslim you are an Infidel. You will not find a Muslim in our country that will publicly say other religions are acceptable because it would be blasphemous.....to the quran. One can not compare radical muslims to radical christians because you may see a few christian radicals but they are not following christ. The Quran puts down women and anyone that is not muslum. So my thought on this is, I can say to the world that Jesus is lord...or that I love muslims, if they say that they love christians publicly they are putting their life on the line

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  5. In John 8:31 - 47 Jesus says that those who profess to be spiritual descendants of Abraham but want to kill him are of their father, the Devil. True descendants of Abraham are not killers. These were Jews who in fact had left their professed religion and in their hearts had switched fathers. Muslims also profess to be descendants of Abraham. So we now have peace loving Muslims who in their hearts are not following Allah but who like some of the Jews of Jesus' time in their hearts changed fathers. This scripture may well be very helpful in explaining what is going on in peace loving Muslims.

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  6. Muslims are descendants of Abraham but they are from the linage of Ishmael and not of Isaac (and extremely proud of that fact). They believe that Abraham had taken Ishmael to the land of Moriah and it was Ishmael that was to be offered as a burnt offering (not Isaac). Abraham sent Ishmael and his mother Hagar away into the desert. Ishmael grew to be an archer and married an Egyptian wife. If you mention to a Muslim about Abraham taking Isaac to be sacrificed they become very angry (near violent)stating how our Bible is a liar. Very hard to witness to a Muslim.

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