Defeating ISIS

A strategy for defeating ISIS is going to require something more than weapons.

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I have said it before, and I will keep on saying it:

The key to defeating ISIS—and all of Islam—is not the military, but missionaries.

Countless Muslims throughout the most hardened regions on earth are coming to faith in Jesus Christ—despite the many dangers it brings to them. Many others—maybe even more—are reportedly rejecting Islam and becoming practical (or real) atheists, because they are so repulsed by the Islamic Reformation that is ISIS/ISIL/IS—a revival of the true character and teachings of Muhammad.

When disease is sweeping the land you don’t turn first to killing those who are sick; you administer an antidote. The writings and commands of Muhammad are the disease. The antidote is God’s proclamation of forgiveness and healing and hope through Jesus Christ.

With that in mind, consider this pastor’s statement: “What I Fear More than Biblical Orthodoxy.”

“I do not fear Islamic Jihadists nearly as much as I fear the Christian church in the West departing from biblical orthodoxy.”

That was how I opened a speech I made recently to the National Religious Broadcasters convention in Nashville, Tennessee. What gives that fear such certainty is the knowledge of a historical fact—namely, throughout history, Islam grew when Christianity was weakened through its departure from biblical authority.

There is no doubt that Islam grew out of a corpse of a church that was beset with heresy and apostasy. Immediately prior to the rise of Islam, viruses of false gospels had marred Christianity beyond recognition.

[See also, “The Christian with a $56 Million ISIS Bounty On His Head.”]

Again I say: Missionaries, not Military. The question is: Does today’s Church have a robust enough passion for the Gospel to undertake the mission, or are we as sick and pathetic as the Christians Michael Youssef mentions here—the ones who were the original prey for Islam’s fangs?