Welcome to another Berean Perspective Audio Podcast. Today we will be discussing how to witness to Muslims, and how to interact with Calvinists on the doctrine of Limited Atonement, both in reference to salvation message in Christ Jesus. Over the years I have had many discussions with various religious people, Christian and non Christian, and the one thing that seems always to be the same is, what is the gospel message for salvation?
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- How to Witness to Muslims
In witnessing to Muslims it is important to know the Word, to have a solid understanding of what you believe as a Christian, and to have some understanding of what Muslims believe and why.
1. Many Muslims are not familiar with the context of the Scriptures and what they have come to believe is vastly different than what the Bible teaches.
2. Many Muslims are confident in what they believe, particularly on God (Allah), Jesus (prophet), Muhammad (their prophet), and the Quran (their holy book).
3. When witnessing to Muslims it is important to share things in simple terms, focusing on Jesus as Messiah, Lord, Savior, His death and resurrection for the forgiveness of sins.
4. Learning how to witness to Muslims will involve topics on the Trinity Doctrine, is Jesus God, what is Christianity, heaven and hell, etc. It’s important to share the Word of God with love, boldness, and accuracy.
5. Read Colossians 4:2-6. Paul was in prison for sharing the faith, and he asked for prayer for the opportunities when he would speak forth the gospel to the lost around him. We learn from this to be in prayer seeking wisdom and guidance from the Lord for lost souls, and when opportunities arise that we share the message of hope with wisdom and grace.
I was recently listening in a Muslim chat room and while I was there I heard some Muslims teach that Paul was a deceiver and not a true follower of Jesus/ 1 Corinthians 9:19-22 (context is important)
I can also recall hearing some Muslims say in response to Christians, why should I believe in your Jesus?
Some objections from Muslims is: Jesus is not God, the Jesus you believe in is false, the Trinity Doctrine is not taught in the Bible, Jesus did not die on the cross nor did He rise again.
Are these statements true or false? What does the Bible say?
(John 1:1-18 Jesus is God come in the flesh, John 8:24 I Am He, John 8:53-59, John 8:58 I Am, John 10:10-14 Good Shepherd, John 19:30 finished work on the cross/ debt paid in full, John 20:24-31 Thomas said to Jesus my Lord and my God, believe that Jesus is the Son of God
- Calvinists Gospel of Limited Atonement
There is a doctrine called Limited Atonement in system of beliefs known as Calvinism, also known as Reformed Theology. (5 points of Calvinism – Total Depravity, Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement,, Irresistible Grace, the Perseverance of the Saints) The doctrine of Limited Atonement view is that when Jesus came into this world to give His life on the cross as an atonement for sin, that atonement was only to save certain people, thus not available for anyone to be saved.
Canons of Dordt says the following concerning Reformed Theology on Limited Atonement: “For it was the entirely free plan and very gracious will and intention of God the Father that the enlivening and saving effectiveness of his Son’s costly death should work itself out in all his chosen ones, in order that he might grant justifying faith to them only and thereby lead them without fail to salvation. In other words, it was God’s will that Christ through the blood of the cross (by which he confirmed the new covenant) should effectively redeem from every people, tribe, nation, and language all those and only those who were chosen from eternity to salvation and given to him by the Father; that he should grant them faith (which, like the Holy Spirit’s other saving gifts, he acquired for them by his death); that he should cleanse them by his blood from all their sins, both original and actual, whether committed before or after their coming to faith; that he should faithfully preserve them to the very end; and that he should finally present them to himself, a glorious people, without spot or wrinkle.” (Canons of Dordt, Second Point, Article 8) Canons of Dordt are official doctrines of Reformed Theology, known as Calvinism. This quote is from Canons of Dordt which shows the official belief on the doctrine of Limited Atonement.
John Calvin: “For Christ is made known and held out to the view of all, but the elect alone are they whose eyes God opens, that they may seek him by faith.” (quote from John Calvin, Commentary on John 3:16)
Does John 3:16 teach limited atonement as Calvinists teach? What does John 3:14-21 teach about Limited Atonement? Did Jesus fail in not saving people from judgment? How does Day of Atonement compare with Jesus dying on the cross? What does the Bible teach about Limited Atonement? Is the doctrine of Limited Atonement true or false?
We will look at these questions through the Scriptures.
1. John 3:14-15 Jesus compared to the time with Moses and the Israelites (compare with Numbers 21:6-9)
2. John 3:16 Jesus came to give His life for the world, for whosoever (this is the heart of the gospel)
3. Salvation was of the Jews in the Old Testament and was available for all to partake (John 4:21-24/ look at Ruth, the people of Nineveh repenting)
4. John 3:17-18 Jesus came so that the world might be saved. (compare with Leviticus 23:27-30 Day of Atonement)
5. John 3:18-21 examples of faith are Cornelius with Peter, the Jailer with Paul and Silas
When witnessing to Muslims it is important to know what you believe as a Christian andy why, and to be able to communicate the gospel with them in simple terms from the Bible. As you grow in the Word you learn how to witness to Muslims with patience and confidence. If you have any questions or wish for more information on how to witness to Muslims please let us know and we will help in anyway we can.
My purpose for addressing what Calvinists believe concerning the doctrine of Limited Atonement was to simply examine what the Scriptures teach in simplicity and accuracy. In short, is the gospel of Jesus Christ for anyone to receive? We believe the gospel message is for whosoever will trust in Jesus Christ.
If you have any questions or comments you wish to share, please do so in our section below.
44 Now He said to them, “These are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” 45 Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46 and He said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day, 47 and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. (Luke 24 NASB)