Multiple studies of Muslims coming to Christ in the last two decades underscore a few common themes. The Living God attracts sin-dead Muslims to the Living Jesus, especially in the context of the living people of God. A look at common strategies today would have one believe, however, that this evangelistic enterprise needs "just a little bit of help from God's friends" in the form of hyper-Muslim friendly translations, letting Muslims stay inside of Islam, and reducing the offense of the Gospel at any cost.
I have come to wonder if some, in their strategies in outreach to Muslims (although they say that they are Reformed and who talk about the 5 Solas, the sovereignty of God, and the 5 points of Calvinism) functionally act and think as Armenians?
Here are five questions to provoke some thought:
- If the LORD is the author of a salvation powerful enough to turn dead hearts into living ones why do we act like it needs just a bit of receptor-friendly tweaking?
- If the LORD is the author of salvation and has chosen his people in Christ before time, then we do we get so frazzled over finding new and improved methods to find them?
- If the LORD is the accomplisher of salvation then why do we act as if he needs a little help from our new and improved methods?
- If the LORD is the applier of salvation through the power of the Holy Spirit then why do we act as if better packaging will help him out?
- If the LORD is the guarantee of eventual salvation then why do we act as if He might be a bit less than competent to see it through?