broken God’s holy Law. You don’t think so? “I’m not so bad,” you tell
Really? Ask yourself some questions. Have
you ever lied? Yes, you have. Have you ever stolen anything? Yes, you
Have you ever committed adultery? Yes, you
have, because Jesus says that to even lust after a woman is the same as
committing adultery. My friend, you have broken three out of ten. And by
desiring her in the first place, you are coveting someone’s wife or
daughter. That’s four.
Shall we try for five out of ten? Jesus
says to hate someone is to commit the sin of murder in your heart. And
that’s where sin starts. Let’s check the balance sheet. You have
admitted that you are a lying, thieving, covetous, murdering,
adulterer—and we’ve only looked at five of the ten.
Shall we go for six? By doing all these
things, you have dishonored your father and mother. My friend, you’ve
broken six out of ten. If you will be honest with yourself, you have
broken all the others, too. And these are just a summary of God’s holy
You’ve got a problem, my friend. And it’s
a serious problem, because the penalty for breaking God’s Law is severe
indeed. But it’s not just your problem. It’s my problem, too. In fact,
it’s everybody’s problem. The penalty is death, and not just physical
death. The penalty is eternal death, separation from God in a place that
you really don’t want to go to.
But there’s some good news. In fact, it’s
great news. That eternal penalty has already been paid. God Himself paid
it and paved the road for our salvation through Jesus Christ.
The road to salvation through Jesus Christ
is clearly presented in the New Testament. These Seven Principles of
Salvation are set forth in Paul’s letter to the Romans.
ŘAll people are born sinners. We are all unrighteous people.
As it is written, “Not even one person is righteous.
No one understands. No one searches for God. All have turned away.
Together they have become worthless.” —Romans 3:10-12
This means that
no one is righteous before God and, in fact, no one is even searching
ŘAll people sin. Our best efforts will never measure up.
… since all have sinned and continue to fall short
of God’s glory. —Romans 3:23
This means that you have sinned.
You have not earned, and do not deserve, eternal life. There are two
things you need to know to be saved: First, you need to know that you
are a sinner who has violated God’s laws. Second, you need to know that
there is a terrible and eternal price for sin.
ŘThe price of sin is death.
Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one
man, and death through sin, so death spread to everyone, because all
have sinned. —Romans 5:12
Adam sinned and
gave Satan a foothold in the world. By nature, we are all separated from
God. We are all born in sin. We deserve death and hell.
ŘJesus paid your debt by dying in your place.
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of
God is eternal life in union with Christ Jesus our Lord. —Romans 6:23
You have earned
death, not eternal life. So Jesus, in effect, went to the “Bank of
Heaven” and paid your debt for you. Jesus paid the price for you to
obtain salvation and eternal life. You cannot earn this payment. Eternal
life must be accepted as a gift from God.
ŘChrist died in your place, paying your price, and suffering so
that you would not have to suffer eternally.
But God demonstrates his love for us by the fact
that Christ died for us while we were still sinners.
— Romans 5:8
unconditional love, Christ died in your place, paying a debt He did not
owe. We all have an unpaid debt of sin that Christ is willing to pay for
us. How do we get our debts paid by Christ? If you accept His payment of
your debt by receiving Him as your Lord and Savior, He will make you His
child and take you to heaven when you die.
ŘHis invitation is open to anyone… even you.
For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will
be saved.” — Romans 10:13
“everyone” includes you. How do you “call on the name of the Lord” to be
ŘYou must confess your sin, declare His Lordship, and believe in
your heart that God raised Christ from the dead.
…if you declare with your mouth that Jesus is Lord,
and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be
saved. For a person believes with his heart and is justified, and a
person declares with his mouth and is saved. — Romans 10:9-10
The Bible promises
us that God forgives our sin when we accept the work that Christ did for
us when He died on Calvary. You can do this by praying this short,
“Lord, Jesus, I know that
I am a sinner and I need you. I know that you paid the price for my sins
by dying on the cross. I ask that you forgive my sins; and I receive you
as my Savior and Lord. I thank you for forgiving my sins and giving me
eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of
person you want me to be. Amen.”
Look to God’s Word for encouragement as you begin your new life in
Christ. Remember these simple truths from God’s Word:
If we make it our habit to
confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us those sins
and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. —1 John 1:9
The Spirit himself testifies
with our spirit that we are God’s children. —Romans 8:16
For by such grace you have
been saved through faith. This does not come from you; it is the gift of
God and not the result of works, lest anyone boast. —Ephesians 2:8
For I consider that the
sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing to the glory
that will be revealed to us. —Romans 8:18
I have written these things
to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know
that you have eternal life. —1 John 5:13
Therefore, if anyone is in
Christ, he is a new creation. Old things have disappeared, and—look!—all
things have become new! All of this comes from God, who has reconciled
us to himself through Christ… —2 Corinthians 5:17-18a
There are nearly 30 English language translations of the Qur’an
available.The highly influential Muslim Student Association has
endorsed Abdullah Yusuf Ali’s The Glorious Qur’an. Other
recommended translations include (in order of recommendation) Abul Ala
Maududi, A. J. Arberry, Marmaduke Pickthall and N. J. Dawood.The
translations by Arberry and Pickthall do not have any commentaries.Ali’s commentaries, although they are voluminous and illustrate some
common Muslim thought on Islamic doctrine, are considered adequate for
an introduction or for popular study, but are not considered to be
scholarly or adequate for serious study.Maududi’s reference work
has been released in a number of volumes.His scholarly
commentaries are considered to be excellent.Dawood’s translation
of the Qur’an was first published in 1956.It is available in
paperback from Penguin books and is published in a prose format with
only a few explanatory footnotes.The prose format results in an
unclear numbering of the verses.
Abdul-Haqq, Abdivah Akbar. Sharing Your
Faith with a Muslim. Minneapolis: Bethany Fellowship, 1980.
Abdul-Haqq is an associate evangelist for the Billy
Graham Evangelistic Association.His excellent work focuses on
issues such as the authenticity of the Bible and the role of Jesus
Ajijola, A. D. The Myth of the Cross.
Lahore, Pakistan: Islamic Publications, 1984.
For an individual who is interested in advanced
apologetics (and we do mean advanced!), this work provides some
excellent opportunities to review Muslim thought on Christian doctrines
Arnold, T. W. The Preaching of Islam.
Sheikh Mohammed Ashraf, Lahore, Pakistan, 1976.
This work is considered to be a balanced and
readable account of the early rise and spread of Islam.
Cooper, Anne. Ishmael My Brother.
Kent, England: MARC Europe, 1985.
This work an excellent tool for group study. It
includes sections prepared by teams of people with Muslim missions
experience as well as questions that serve as a section review and a
stimulus to practical application.
Cragg, Kenneth. The Call of the Minaret.Maryknoll, New York:Orbis, 1985.
Kenneth Cragg is an especially prolific writer.
The Call of the Minaret is one of his best works.
Dermenghem, Emile. Mohammed and the Islamic
Tradition. Woodstock, New York:The Overlook Press, 1981.
Translated from the French by Jean Watt, this work
is an excellent sketch of the early years of Islam and its founder.
Ye’or, Bat. The Dhimmi. Rutherford, New
Jersey: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1985.
Muslims claim their history is basically
non-violent. The Dhimmi refutes this claim as it examines what
life was really like for the so-called “protected” non-Muslim minorities
under Muslim subjugation.
Ester, Sister Gulshan. The Torn Veil.Basingstoke, England: Barshalls, 1984.
Sister Ester’s work has been called “a gripping
testimony of the supernatural power of God (Resource Notes:
Newsletter of the Billy Graham Center Library; July, 1988, p. 1.).”
It is the excellent story of a Muslim who has become a Christian.
Gilsenan, Michael. Recognizing Islam:
Religion and Society in the Modern Arab World. New York: Pantheon
This work examines the role of Islam in shaping the
Middle East. It is very detailed, makes extensive use of transliterated
Arabic words and phrases, and will make excellent reading for the
serious student who wishes to understand Islamic thought and culture.
Haneef, Suzanne. What Everyone Should Know
About Islam and Muslims. Des Plaines, Illinois: Library of Islam,
This work is one of the best-written portraits of
Islamic life produced by a modern American Muslim writer; it is very
readable and practical and contains many color photographs of Muslim
families, culture and holy sites.
McDowell, Josh. The Islam Debate. San
Bernardino, California: Campus Crusade for Christ, 1983.
Josh McDowell is famous for his many apologetic
works, including his classic work Evidence That Demands a Verdict
(San Bernardino, California: Campus Crusade for Christ, 1972).
McDowell brings his expertise again in this very practical book on
reaching out to Muslims and presenting an apologetic for Christ and the
Morey, Robert. The Islamic Invasion. Las
Vegas: Christian Scholars Press, 2001.
Robert Morey has published over 40 apologetic books,
and has an earned doctorate in Islamic studies. This work documents the
growing Islamic movement worldwide and includes unique documentation of
the roots of Islam in Arabic moon god worship.
Parshall, Phil. Beyond the Mosque.Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1985.
Parshall, Phil. Bridges to Islam.
Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1983.
Parshall, Phil. New Paths in Muslim
Evangelization.Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1980.
These three works ought to be in the missions
library of every Christian church in America.Parshall has
penned, without doubt, some of the best contemporary works available on
reaching the Muslim world.
Pfanders, Carl G. The Balance of Truth.London: Religious Tract Society, n.d.
This book is an early 20th century polemic against
Rahman, Fazlur. Islam. New York: Holt,
Rinehart and Winston, 1966.
When this work was released in 1966, Professor James
Kriteck, Director of the Institute for Advanced Religious Studies at the
University of Notre Dame, called it “the best general introduction to,
and interpretation of, the Islamic religion which has yet been written
in English.” No argument here, even after more than 30 years.
Rodinson, Maxine. Mohammed.
London: Allen Lane, 1971.
This work is considered to be one of the best
studies available on the founder of Islam.
Tisdall, William. Christian Reply to Muslim
Objections.Villach, Austria: Light of Life, 1980; The
Sources of Islam.Birmingham, England: Birmingham Bible
Institute Press, n.d.
These books are early 20th century polemics against
5), Harvard and Princeton trained Professor Emeritus of Old
Testament and Semitic Languages at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School,
is recognized as one of the most capable biblical and linguistic
scholars of the past century.Fluent in more than a score of
languages, including Arabic, Hebrew and Greek, Dr. Archer exegetes the
original texts of the Bible and the Qur’an with rare insight.Dr.
Archer died in 2004.
Dr. Robert A. Morey (chapters
14) is the Executive Director of the
Research and Education Foundation and the author of over forty books, some of which have been
translated into French, German, Italian, Polish, Finish, Dutch, Spanish,
Norwegian, Swedish, Farsi, and Chinese. He is an internationally
recognized scholar in the fields of philosophy, theology, comparative
religion, the cults and the occult. Dr. Morey makes his home in Southern
13) is the Executive Director of The ISV Foundation, a non-profit
California foundation that is sponsoring the translation of the
International Standard Version Bible. He also writes a regular column on
Islamic issues affecting the west (http://islamcommentaries.com). Mr. Welty maintains an office in Southern
12), a former radio correspondent in the Middle East and a long time
student of Islam, works in the field of television, motion pictures, and
publishing.A student of classical Greek, Spanish, German and
modern Hebrew, he studied comparative religions under the late Dr.
Walter Martin.Mr. Welty maintains an office in Southern
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