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What We Can Learn From Muslims

The terrorists' attacks on New York City and Washington, D. C. on September 11, 2001, have brought militant Islam vividly and threateningly to the attention of the American public once again. who are these people? What do they believe? Is their resort to violence an aberration or an essential tenet of their faith? These and other questions have been addressed again and again during the weeks following the attack. The following edited portion of a sermon by Dr. Bahnsen is not a theological or apologetic critique of the religion of Islam. Rather, while rejecting the Muslim faith, Dr. Bahnsen finds in their zeal for a life-encompassing devotion and obedience to God, a fitting rebuke for many contemporary American Christians who too often separate their faith in Christ from large and significant areas of life and culture. His exhortation is as apt today as it was when delivered in Fayette, N.C. in January 29, 1995.

I've decided I'd preach to you this Lord's day morning -- I know this is going to surprise many of you -- on "What We Can Learn from the Muslims." The Muslims have something that Christians need to pick up on. Of course, we know the Muslims don't have anything good that they didn't get from Christianity -- from the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. But isn't it a shame that the Muslims today more purely reflect a couple of themes in Christian theology than does the Christian church as a whole?