By looking at the word “Chrislam” you can probably guess that it is a combination of two religions: Christianity and Islam.
According to a news report, Chrislam is a new religion that began in Nigeria in the 1980s. Chrislam has 1,500 followers so far.
As the name Chrislam suggests, it is a growing movement wherein some Christians are seeking to find common ground with Muslims. Its followers recognize both the Christian Bible and the Muslim 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.
According the Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia, Chrislam is gaining significant momentum. Earlier this year Christian communities in Dallas, Chicago, Washington, D.C, and other cities placed Qurans in church pews right alongside Bibles and preached about the Prophet Muhammad.
Chrislamists use similarities, such as the monotheistic elements of Christianity and Islam, to unite believers under a common banner. For example, Chrislam advocates point to the mentioning of Jesus 25 times in the Quran, as well as congruent teachings on morals and ethics. By identifying these supposed parallels, proponents believe they are drawing a spiritual sword to battle atheism and polytheism and solving a deadly conflict.
Bible-believing Christians are rejecting the movement. Tim Forsthoff, senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Highland, Michigan is one of many speaking out against it.
“We are not brothers with those who reject Christ. We are not part of the family of God with those who deny the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.”
Beliefs and Worship
- 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.
- People of the congregation are free to shout out the name of Allah or God.
- 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 worshippers pray and seek the face of God.
- Like other religions they believe in evangelism and try to convert new members every day.
- The people who practice Chrislam see no fault with mixing the two religions, because they say that God loves all people and wants us to love all people.
Criticisms of Chrislam
- Some disagree with the religion because of the fact that Christianity and Islam are.such different religions with different beliefs.
- Some have criticized Chrislam, citing irreconcilable differences between its two component religions, Christianity and Islam.
What do you think about Chrislam?