What can the Christian churches of Britain realistically do to help combat the growing threat from criminals who perpetrate their evils in the name of Islam?

Individual Christians in the police and security services are no doubt doing plenty of positive things to combat this relatively new form of criminality in Britain.  Individual Christian citizens can and should pass on relevant information that may come their way to the police. But if Christian churches corporately start acting as an extra surveillance arm of the secular State, then that would distract them from their core work of proclaiming by word and deed God’s message of eternal salvation through faith in His one and only Son Jesus Christ.

Having said that, springing out of the core spiritual task here are three suggestions as to things the mainline churches of Britain could be doing to influence for the better a society increasingly vulnerable to Islamist criminality:

1).  While loving individual Muslims as people made in the image of God, churches should make clear the profound spiritual and moral differences between Christianity and Islam. Watering down the biblical imperative to believe in Jesus Christ for eternal salvation or suggesting that the Triune God of the Christian Bible and the Allah of the Koran are basically the same deity under different guises is both unfaithful to Christianity and generates confusion in society. The most precious gift to society British churches have to offer and the well-spring of positive social change is the Bible’s loving message of salvation.

2). Churches should pro-actively support Muslims who convert to Christianity. Backed by their denominational leaders, local churches have a responsibility to provide spiritual, moral and practical support for these new Christians facing particular challenges. The leaders of the Christian denominations should be vocal against the persecution of Muslim converts in some local communities by individuals who attend Mosques. Muslim converts must know and feel that the Churches of Britain are for them.

3). Churches should wake up to the reality that the growing problem of anti-Semitism in the Western world is being fuelled by militant Islam. They should realise that societies where anti-Semitism is allowed to flourish, such as the Weimar Republic in Germany, show serious signs of being on the verge of collapse. Anti-Semitism is a national disaster. But Christian churches have a particular responsibility intrinsic to their faith to resist anti-Semitism. Our Lord was an ethnic Jew and His Apostles were Jews to a man.

Anti-Semites themselves tend to be acutely aware of this. Andrew Roberts, in his magnificent short history of the Second World War, The Storm of War (Penguin, 2010), quotes one of them, a Nazi General interned in Trent Park: ‘What do I care about Good Friday? Because a filthy Jew was hanged umpteen years ago?’

18 COMMENTS

  1. There is no “moderate” islam….there is no “extremist” islam….there is only islam.
    1) Unless and until this ideology masquerading as a religion can be reformed there will be on peace.
    2) Unless and until the mosques start preaching against violence and start reporting terrorists there will be no peace.

    (There, I’ve thought of two impossible things before brunch.)

    • Points 1) and 2) are unachievable – Islam does not entertain the notion of the Golden Rule.

      It is ‘do unto others etc.’ vs ‘behead those who insult islam/slay the unbeliever’ etc.
      It is ‘free will’ vs ‘submission’
      Tolerance vs intolerance
      Etc. etc. etc.

      I stand to be corrected but if you remove all the calls to violence against unbelievers/Jews/apostates/jihad to spread islam, etc. then surely there won’t be too much left in the koran.

      It is time for Christians to openly and publicly defend their faith and the values of our Western civilisation which are based on Judeo/Christian philosophies or it will wither as it has in previous countries such as Lebanon, Egypt where islam was allowed to flourish.

      I do not believe that when Jesus said to turn the other cheek, he meant lie down and die.

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            Kissing on one cheek meant civility but not acceptance. It was a way of indicating that there were unresolved issues. Kiss on both cheeks was forgiveness or acceptance. Many cultures still use similar greeting formality today.

    • I’m not so sure about your 1st sentence – I know it’s popular to say that at the moment but it doesn’t hold true for any religion, including Islam. All religions and religious texts are open to interpretation and reinterpretation by their practitioners (us, flawed, human beings) – this is what leads to scisms (although tellingly the 1st schism in Islam, shia from sunnis, was over power and not doctrine – but I digress).
      Modern Islam is suffering from Arabisation – the malignant influence of Arab funded Salafists, Wahhabi influenced Deobandis etc.. – These groups are committed to a “correct” interpretation of Sharia law, or “back to basics” for Islam). You won’t find many Jews or Christians today preaching “an eye for an eye” – since we have evolved from a strict and literal interpretation of biblical teachings. It is the same in modern Islam – but sadly a seeming reversal of any sophisticated evolution.
      Re (1) – Most (nearly all) Arabs are Muslim, but most Muslims are not Arabs. But it is the Arab influenced and funded (by the Saudis) forms of Islam which are in the ascendency, crowding out anyone that isn’t a hardliner. So I don’t know about reform, since the Arab-Islamists are the ones pushing this return to strict and literal interpretations of the Koran, suitable maybe for the Middle-East but historicaly nowhere else. In the UK, we should have no shame in cutting off external funding of mosques (especially from Saudi), and make life very difficult for forms of Islam which are fundamentally at odds with our culture (salafi, wahhabi, deobandi, …). Islamophobic? No. Arabo-Wahhabiphobic? Yes, unashamedly.
      Agreed on point 2 – but it’s linked with the schools of Islam in point one. These preach physical separation/interaction from your host nation as far as possible, a return to the literal interpretation of the Koran’s and the adoption of Arab cultural customs.

      Just strongly curtailing the Arab influence in modern Islam would be a huge step – since they fund the explosive growth of new mosques and madrassas around the World – it is spiritual colonisation. This is also a fight the rest of the Muslim world faces as it sees the increasing infiltration of religious ideologies (religious ritualism, koranic literalism, extremism and militancy) and cultural practices (burka, hijab) of Arab Muslims, most notably from Saudi Arabia.
      So there are other benefits to a low cost of oil…Here’s hoping they run out of money, because if it depends on our politicians…

  2. Those Muslim propagandists with their enormous global financial system; the control of virtually all of the MSM; most of the publishing houses and the entertainment industry; who’s Governments are composed of elected politicians that are members of ‘Friends of Iraq/Iran/Syria’. It’s no surprise that they can spread their anti-semetic messages so freely.

    • Human nature in the raw can be shocking in its cruelty and greed. That is probably why on one level people tune in to watch movies concerning violence promiscuity and greed in such numbers.
      Jesus came to transform all that by willingly taking the burden of cruelty and greed etc. upon himself by being tortured to death on the cross. However Christians believe he was physically raised from the dead overcoming the final enemy -death- by living and being with us now. That is why those sponsors and perpetrators who kill Christians and others they hate are so are utterly futile. They have already lost.

      • Western civilisation was not the result of pacifism, martyrdom, nor appeasement.

        Christianity succeeded because it embraced reason, it learned that freedom could not come from force, but it did not reject physical defence of those that lived under its tenets.

        You have confused pacifism with the success of Christianity, that it could endure because of its mysticism not its intellect and muscle.

  3. “Churches should pro-actively support Muslims who convert to Christianity.”

    Indeed. I’d go so far as to say the church should promote this and actively fund and manage conversion, whilst also ensuring the mohammedans involved are being truthful, of course.

    Here’s three more things it could do:

    1) Churches should also pro-actively support and speak out for Christians that are being persecuted by mohammedans in this country, Europe and around the world, and especially the minority Christians in predominantly mohammedan countries.

    2) The church should welcome and fund the passage of Christian refugees from the middle east or other persecuted Christians, not virtue signal about loving mohammedans. The mohammedans want to kill you all or convert you, and they are laughing their socks off at the impotence of the church.

    3) The church should also condemn the government for refusing to allow the three archbishops from Iraq and Syria entry to Britain, whilst allowing the entry of mohammedan priests with proven terrorist leaks, and it should actively seek to lobby Theresa May (a committed Christian I believe) to get that ban overturned.

    Need I go on? Frankly, the church is found wanting right now. It could be a bastion of light against the darkness of mohammedanism.

    Why isn’t it?

  4. Julian might have gone further and said that the God of the Bible, and the Islamic Allah, are in NO WAY the same entity. Also, that anti-Semitism is now (unlike the 1930s) a thing of the Left (who have learned that the future demography is Islamic, and without votes Labour is finished, and without opposing Israel/Jews there are few if any Muslim votes to be got). And remember: quite a few Christians, and Christian churches, are anti-Israel.

    • Not sure about your 1st sentence. My reading would be to say that the Gods of the Torah and the Koran are jealously exclusive to their followers. The God of the NT, as it is written, loves us all, heathens, sinners, and the faithful alike. His love is unconditional, whether you worship him or not. And, before Jesus came along he couldn’t love Christians as they didn’t exist! It seems to me that the Koran states clearly that Allah does not love the unbelievers (Koran 3:31-32, and 30:43-45) and the God of the Old Testament is quite big on calling down flooding, destruction by fire and various plagues on unbelievers, and assisting in the extermination of anyone (or any people) standing in the way of the Israelites – so we might guess where he stands too.
      Anti-semitism ebbs and flows throughout history with no distinction for left or rightwing politics, monarchists or republicans. Yes, currently the left in the UK seem to be the main exponents, probably more because they are now the party of the “religion of peace” (copyright A.Blair) even if there are some traditionalist anti-semites like Red Ken glad of the extra support. I had the misfortune to stray onto a web-site of the so called alt-right. Among the unedifying outpourings of white-misery (a new low in identity/victim politics) was some good old fashined, right-wing, Hitler-was-misunderstood, anti-semitism. And before we get into that debate: I also learned the alt-right consider the arguments that Hitler was a socialist lefty as a slur on their hero. There’s a whole pile of hate on the web if you look for it

  5. The God of the New Testament isn’t the same as the God of the Old (Tanakh) or Islam. The Christian support of Old Testament creed (Talmud), (on the basis of the ethnicity of Christ and followers), has resulted in the secular attack on the same scripture (e.g Genesis).
    The New Testament declares the entire old Testament obsolete (Hebrews 8:13)

    • you really seem to be ‘under the weather’ with your profound ignorance of the Bible. Why do you pontificate about things you do not know and do not believe in?

      • Because I’m interested in helping move forward something which is worthwhile, and probably isn’t all fairy stories, how do you know what I do and don’t believe in, how arrogant, and ignorant.

        • you said that the OT is obsolete quoting some verse from the Letter to the Hebrews. The Lord Jesus said that he has not come to abolish the Law but to fulfill it. Besides most the NT is nothing but the OT. The Letter to the Hebrews was written for the Jewish believers who were tempted to turn back to Judaism in the face of severe persecution and that is why the writer of Hebrews shows how the what the Lord of Israel has done in Christ Jesus is the fulfillment of what was requierd in the OT. The point of the Letter to the Hebrews is not to do away with the OT , BUT to show these believers who were tempetd to turn back to legalistic religion of Judaism that in Jesus the law is fulfilled, and therefore they must not give up thier faith in Christ Jesus. One can hardly understand the NT without reading and understanding the Old Testament.

          The problem with many of the teachers and scholars of the Biblical studies is that they are athiests and some are believers of some sort but leftists in their inclinations. They will never understand the supernatural power that only God can possess. Unless we have Bible believing scholars teaching and writing about the Bible one can not expect much from the academia. How do you expect the revival to come unless Christians agonise in their prayers for a revival?Let us do that then there is some hope.

          • I can only agree with you on the Biblical scholars front – many (most?) are indeed atheists so their work probably has more in common with that of the historian or anthropologist – it won’t bring much spiritual knowledge.
            And of course the NT undoubtedly refers back to the OT frequently. However, an issue that is not satifactorily resolved to my mind is the radical change in behaviour from the God of the OT to the God of the NT. OT Yaweh is vengeful, jealous, wrathful, xenophobic, genocidal, need I go on? OK, he is God, who am I to say how he can behave? But if this were a human we’d call him a tyranical despotic psychopath. He is a huge contrast with Jesus and the NT God of love, charity, compassion, and forgiveness – and we’re supposed to believe this is the same God?

  6. I hope and pray that many churches take this article seriously. Many western Christians seem to have a very sanitised view of Islam and they are not even open to see the true nature of Islam, which is really tragic. I remember once we had a Christin visitor from Pakistan in our church to talk about the plight of Christians in Pakistan. Even though she was stating facts about the way Christians are treated in Pakistan she was dismissed by many listeners who were liberal and leftists. They did not accept her account of the plight of Christians in Pakistan. That left the poor lady feel so angry and bewildered! I hope and pray that this liberal and Leftists view of Islam in our churhces is completely eradicated with much teaching on Islam. Listening to Robert Spencer would help many.

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