As Susan and I travel around the world, we have found Islam is growing in many countries that once had a strong Christian witness. America is now facing many changes with the growth of Islam and the newest movement called Chrislam. Actually, Tela Tella founded this movement in the 1970s; the sect predominantly exists in Lagos, Nigeria. Its followers recognize both the Bible and the Qur'an as holy texts, and practice "running deliverance," a distinctive practice of spiritual running, which members liken to Joshua's army that took Jericho, or the Muslim practice of walking around the Ka'aba.
Chrislam uses both the Bible and Qur’an and sees them both as holy texts. During the worship service, verses are read from both the Bible and the Qur'an. According to Ebenezer Edohasim, a man who worshiped with the Chrislamic people, there was no friction between the two religions and the congregation as true accepted both texts. The people of the congregation are also free to shout out the name of Allah or God in worship. The Chrislamic people believe that Muhammad, Moses, and Jesus were all great prophets and we need to love them all. Worship services include singing of Christian and Islamic hymns to praise God and attract his presence. During the times of Christmas, Easter, Ramadan, and other Christian and Islamic religions celebrations, both are accepted and celebrated without judgment or hostility. Inside their place of worship, there is an altar similar to those built by Abraham where the worshipers pray and seek the face of God. There are prayers going on here most of the day. Like a number of other proselytizing religions, they believe in evangelism and try to convert new members every day.
In the Oke-Tude organization of Chrislam there are three different sessions or services that take place on Sunday. The first is a Muslim session, then there is a Christian session, and finally there is a joint session that Saka leads. During this, he stresses the similarities between Christianity and Islamic beliefs. In the other organization of Ifeoluwa, they worship on Saturday because when they worshipped on Sunday the congregation claimed that Tela Tella was showing favoritism since Christians worship on Sundays and Muslims worship on Fridays. The worship sessions on Saturday are held three times a day. Tela Tella believes in both the Qur’an and the Bible but says they are incomplete, and that is why he is writing his own book called the “Ifeoluwa Book”. In Ifeoluwa there is an annual pilgrimage to The Mount of Authority, where the people pray for three days, and other annual festivals put on by Tela Tella. Tella also leads the singing of hymns during the Saturday service. Tella, claims these hymns were revealed to him by the angels Gabriel and Michael.
We can raise several questions about this practice. I am hoping that within the article I will answer three questions.
1. Does the name Allah exist in the Bible?
2. What efforts should be taken by Christian believers to correct this?
I. Does the name Allah exist in the Bible?
To resolve this issue we have to look at two verses in the Bible. Matthew 27:46 (KJV) 46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Mark 15:34 (KJV) 34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?
The word that is controversial is the word (Eli) Some theologians believe that when Jesus was on the cross he spoke in Aramaic and this word is pronounced, hli eli, ay-lee'. The word (Eli) is a Hebrew word and is one of the names used for God. These verse refer back to Psalm 22:1. Psalm 22:1 (KJV) 1 My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring? In this verse we see the same context with (My God) Here it is in the Hebrew and notice how Strong’s deciphers it. ( strength; as adjective, mighty; especially the Almighty (but used also of any deity):—God (god), X goodly, X great, idol, might(-y one), power, strong. Compare names in "-el.")
Some are suggesting that the word Allah existed centuries before Muhammad and that because it is found here in this context it is a legal description of God. In the Mideast the name, Allah is generic in term. A Moslem uses the word as reference to the Islamic god while a Coptic Christian or Born again Christians will use the same name Allah for the sovereign God of the Bible.
 A Coptic Christian described as “Coptic” means “Egyptian,” and Christians living in Egypt identify themselves as Coptic Christians. As a denomination, they originated in the city of Alexandria, one of the most faithful, respected, and fruitful cities during the Apostolic Period. Proudly, the Coptic Christians acknowledge and herald John Mark, (author of the Gospel of Mark), as their founder and first bishop sometime between A.D. 42 - A.D. 62. The Coptic Church was actually involved in the very first major split in the Church, well before there was such a thing as "Roman" Catholicism, and it was well before the East/West split.
Prior to the “Great” East/West Schism of A.D. 1054, the Council of Chalcedon separated the Coptic’s from the rest in A.D. 451. The council met to discuss the Incarnation of Christ and declared that Christ was "one hypostasis in two natures" (i.e., one person who shares two distinct natures). This became standard orthodoxy for Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and Protestant churches from then on. The Coptic understanding is that Christ is one nature from two natures: "the Logos Incarnate." In this understanding, Christ is from, not in, two natures: full humanity and full divinity. Some in the Coptic Orthodox Church believe that their position was misunderstood at the Council of Chalcedon and take great pains to ensure that they are not seen as Monophysitic (denying the two natures of Christ), but rather "Miaphysitic" (believing in one composite/conjoined nature from two). Some believe that perhaps the council understood the church correctly, but wanted to exile the church for its refusal to take part in politics or due to the rivalry between the bishops of Alexandria and Rome. To this day, 95 percent of Christians in Alexandria are members of the Coptic Orthodox Church.
It is interesting to note that when the Coptic’s were under the rule of the Roman Empire, they suffered severe persecution and death for their steadfast faith and beliefs in Christ while refusing to worship emperors. However, by A.D. 641, yet another tribulation began when the Arab conquest took place, overthrowing the Romans’ rule in Egypt and, at first, relieving the Coptic Church from persecution. What appeared to be their liberty and freedom became yet again bondage. The societal strength and control of the Arabs caused the Coptic’s to endure a major language and culture change as well as confront the Islamic faith. Unfortunately, over the centuries, Christianity lost foothold and most Coptic’s converted to Islam.
Today, there is a small population of Coptic Christians remaining in Alexandria, but most are located elsewhere. Estimates of the current population of the Coptic Church range from 10 million to 60 million members worldwide. Theologically, Coptic Christianity is very similar to Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy. They profess to be genuine followers of Jesus Christ and a part of His worldwide Church. However, as with Catholicism, they tend to emphasize meritorious works in salvation along with liturgical ritual rather than salvation through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Should Christians Call God Allah
The following is —excerpted from Building Bridges by Fouad Accad (Colorado Springs, CO: Navpress), p. 22.
Some Christians unthinkingly say ‘Allah is not God.’ This is the ultimate blasphemy to Muslims, and furthermore, it is difficult to understand. Allah is the primary Arabic word for God. It means ‘The God.’ There are some minor exceptions. For example, the Bible in some Muslim lands uses a word for God other than Allah (Farsi and Urdu are examples). However, for more than five hundred years before Muhammad, the vast majority of Jews and Christians in Arabia called God by the name Allah. How, then, can we say that Allah is an invalid name for God? If it is, to whom have these Jews and Christians been praying?
What about the 10 to 12 million Arab Christians today? They have been calling God ‘Allah’ in their Bibles, hymns, poems, writings, and worship for over nineteen centuries. What an insult to them when we tell them not to use this word ‘Allah’! Instead of bridging the distance between Muslims and Christians, we widen the gulf of separation between them and us when we promote such a doctrine. Those who still insist that it is blasphemy to refer to God as Allah should also consider that Muhammad’s father was named Abd Allah, ‘God’s servant,’ many years before his son was born or Islam was founded!”
As you can see, there is a real problem with this issue. The real question is what can we do about it? Now let me point out we are a Judo-Christian founded country. Judaism would never call God Allah. The Bible has many names for God and the clearest of names is Jehovah. Please notice the following verses:
Ex 6:3 And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them. Ps 83:18 That men may know that thou, whose name alone isJEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth. Isa 12:2 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAHis my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. Isa 26:4 Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAHis everlasting strength:
I do not see Allah in these verses. It is very clear that God is Called Jehovah. Now notice the Bible refers to sixteen names for God.
1. Elohim, meaning "God," a reference to God's power and might Gen. 1:1; Ps. 19:1
2. Adonai, meaning "Lord," a reference to the Lordship of God Mal. 1:6
3. Jehovah (sometimes spelled Yahweh), a reference to God's divine salvation Gen. 2 :4
4. Jehovah-Maccaddeshem, meaning "The Lord thy sanctifier" Exod. 31:13
5. Jehovah-Rohi, meaning "The Lord my shepherd" Ps. 23:1
6. Jehovah-Shammah, meaning "The Lord who is present" Ezek. 48:35
7. Jehovah-Rapha, meaning "The Lord our healer" Exod. 16:26
8. Jehovah-Tsidkenu, meaning "The Lord our righteousness" Jer. 23:6
9. Jehovah-Jireh, meaning "The Lord will provide" Gen. 22:13-14
10. Jehovah-Nissi, meaning "The Lord our banner" Exod. 17:15
11. Jehovah-Shalom, meaning "The Lord is peace" Judg. 6:24
12. Jehovah-Sabbaoth, meaning "The Lord of Hosts" Isa. 6:1-3
13. El-Elyon, meaning "The most high God" Gen. 14:17-20; Isa. 14:13-14
14. El-Roi, meaning "The strong one who sees" Gen. 16:12
15. El-Shaddai, meaning "The God of the mountains" or "God almighty" Gen. 17:1; Ps. 91:1
16. El-Olam, meaning "The everlasting God" Isa. 40:28-31
I do not see the name Allah in these names. Once again, the liberals are using sematic terms to prove their point. The question is do we take the side of those who have killed millions in the name of Allah or do we stand with Jehovah.
Now if the Christians in the Mideast and around the world want to call God Allah that is up to them. As Americans and born again Christians we need to call God by the name he called himself, Jehovah. The move in America to call God Allah is one more step to allow this false religion to gain control of our country. If you are a pastor or Bible teacher, you need to get it straight for in this country for over 200 years we have not called God Allah. We are not Arabs and for many years prior to 2001 the only Islamic group we heard from was the a Black led group called the Nation of Islam and today his headed up by Lewis Farrahkan. This group was founded by Wallace Fard Muhammad and is considered their Messiah. They are a anti-white clan who claims they will overtake white America. Barrack Obama was involved in this group for over twenty years while attending Reverend Wrights church in Chicago.
Many people who do not have any true knowledge of Islam or the Nation of Islam often times put the two together, however, many people will be surprised to know that these have more differences than they do similarities.
When people see the Nation of Islam, they immediately associate the late Malcolm X and the former NOI leader Louis Farrakhan with the organization. They identify Black Muslims as being a part of this organization, when in fact many Black Muslims follow the true religion of Islam and have no association with the organization.
Many Muslims denounce the teachings of the Nation of Islam and consider them to be false teachings of the religion. In an article titled "The Nation of Islam Exposed" A. I. Palmer states that the NOI is a black racist cult. He defends true Islam by saying that the followers of the Nation of Islam are not Muslims because they do not follow the true teachings of the religion of Islam.
The religion of Islam is the acceptance of and the obedience to the teachings of God, which he revealed to His last prophet, Muhammad (peace be upon him). Allah is the Arabic word that means God (the one true God who created the whole universe). The word Muslim means "the one who submits to the will of God." Muslims believe that only Allah is the one worthy of worship alone without any partners.
Conclusion-What can we do about this?
In this Article, I have tried to answer the questions in a practical manner. I believe we need to make every effort to reach those who practice Islam as a religion with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I do not believe as Christian and or believers we should call God Allah. The definition for (ELI) is a matter of opinion for God made it very clear what we are to call Him. The conflict between Islam and Israel will continue to be an issue. You must decide if Christian came out of Judaism or Islam. Jesus Christ came as the Son of God for the Jew. The Jew has rejected Jesus as the Messiah, Islam has rejected him as the Messiah, and God will settle all of this in tribulation period.
It is very clear that Jesus came and died on the cross for our sins. Jesus has 117 names in the Bible and the Qur’an has only one name. Who do you believe, Jesus, Jehovah or some false god who calls himself Allah. If I was a Arab, Asian, African, European Christian I would not call God (Jehovah) Allah because the characteristics of the two are very different.
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Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets: She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying, How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge? Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.(Proverbs 1:20-23)
I believe that when God metaphorically personified his Wisdom as a lady crying out in the streets to the simple, the wicked and even the scorners, He wasn’t just talking about classical street evangelism,(Although the metaphor includes that).
I believe that to the one who has ears to hear, Wisdom is also crying out for one and all to perceive her message through current events. Never before in history have current events been more universally known and broadcast.The discerning should ask themselves, ‘What is Wisdom saying through these widely reported events?’.
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