“Terrorist groups who flagrantly use religion as a cloak to cover up acts of violent extremism cannot hid their serious ideological flaws. They reveal warped logic and ill-informed and unauthentic sourcing from religious texts as they try to justify what in reality is an insatiable desire for power, control and bloodshed.” Powerful words about ISIL/ISIS/IS, the Islamic terrorists who are murdering Christians and Muslims alike, across Syria, Iraq, and Kenya. Who made this remarkable statement? One can wish it were our President, but no. The spokesman was Dr. Shawki Ibrahim Abdel-Karim Allam, the Grand Mufti of Egypt. Who’s that? Allam is the highest official of Sunni religious law in Egypt, the branch of Islam claimed by ISIS. Though not Christian, Dr. Allam speaks with truthfulness about the perversion of religion, one of Satan’s most clever tactics.
In John 8:44 Jesus said that Satan was a “murderer from the beginning.” There never was any truth or goodness in the devil. Exalted angel that he was, the heart of Lucifer was somehow corrupted by pride and deicide was on his mind. Movements like ISIS, as Dr. Allam points out, are only looking for philosophical justifications to kill. It’s the same with individual killers. Most murderers behind bars think there was some justification for their evil. That was Cain’s logic. But the Bible takes it a step further. “Whoever hates his brother is a murder,” declares 1 John 3:15. And I’ll take it even further. One of the most common demonic openings for outright possession is hatred in the human heart. If you have unforgiveness toward someone who has wronged you, the logic of ISIS may be alive and well in your heart leaving an opening for Satan. Before you condemn the likes of ISIS, look first at your own heart to the anger and evil that may lurk behind the bitterness you’ve harbored.
An encouraging word: GOD GIVES THE VICTORY
Thanks be to God who gives us the victory! What a glorious declaration in 1 Corinthians 15:57. And that verse tells us how the victory is won: Through our Lord Jesus Christ. The world’s emphasis is on how YOU can have it all. YOU can win. YOU can succeed. YOU, YOU, YOU. Just watch those ads on TV telling you all that you deserve, and it’s usually what they are selling. But for the surrendered Christian, it’s all about wining through the victory that only the Lord can give. It is a good thing to be focused on being victorious. It’s even better when the triumph is credited to the One through whom all worthwhile winning is accomplished.
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