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Outreach – the More the Longer

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The MORE the LONGER: The more Christians are open about their faith, and the more Christians that share it, the less we can be marginalized and silenced. We will have the right longer.

Jesus told us to go everywhere and share his teachings. Regions that do not allow the open exchange of ideas create a dilemma for Christians. In Muslim and communist countries, Christians are very restricted in where, when, what they can say about the Bible, the gospel, and their faith.

Traditionally America and parts of Europe have been bastions of the Freedom of Speech. Although constitutionally protected by the First Amendment in America, more and more topics are being forbidden as “hate speech.” As the West becomes increasingly post-Christian, restrictions come our way. Take for example, pastors. For expressing Biblical opinions, they face accusations: some are actually arrested, as in Finland.

Average Christians are being characterized as unkind, extreme, unloving and intolerant. Sadly, you can often guess the criminal in a show by looking for who wears a cross or goes to church. Some televangelists and street preachers do come across as judgmental. This taints all Christians.

In this video, Dr. Cynthia points out a way that we can fight against negative Christian stereotypes: if Christians bear the fruit of the Spirit and are openly share their faith, it will be more difficult to marginalize us. Let’s let the Holy Spirit fill us with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 6:22). And let’s take the “good news” wherever we go.

Outreach – Take it Easy!

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Do you have reluctance or anxiety about reaching out to Muslims – or anyone? If so, Dr. Cynthia tells you in this video, “Take it Easy!”

Let’s face it, no one wants to reach out. The mere thought is intimidating! It’s much easier to keep going on our way, fulfilling the duties of the day. If we do have some free time, we take what enjoyment we can.

Getting started in outreach can be really hard. But to truly follow Jesus we do need to share his words and gospel with others – even though we don’t feel like it. Are you surprised that Dr. C never feels like going on outreach? When the time arrives, she’s tired or ill, or just doesn’t want to do it. She expects it now. That expectation helps overcome it.

Maybe you are the same. We’re not saying to spread a contagious disease. What we are saying is that our own natures, and our invisible enemy, will try many things to discourage us from reaching out.

How can we confront this reluctance? Here’s Dr. C’s way:

  • calm yourself with reassuring thoughts
  • remember, it is God’s work, not yours
  • make baby steps
  • tell yourself “take it easy” – that you won’t push too hard, or stay longer than you can handle
  • think, “I will simply show up. If God wants to bring me someone, or empower me distribute or speak, I will.”
  • just step out in faith and let God do the rest

And do you know what? If you do step out in faith like this, you will gain strength, increase your faith, and experience minor miracles.

For example:

  • feeling tired or ill immediately vanishes when you arrive
  • people connect and want to talk to you
  • you learn
  • at times you make long-lasting connections that lead to salvation and discipleship
  • you may hear back years later, as we have, of the impact that you made in one moment

As Psalm 126:6 says,

“Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them.”

Pedophilia in the Middle East – with Former Muslim Christina

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Pedophilia is so common in Islamic countries that we don’t even have a word for it. It’s normal,” says former Muslim Christina. She should know. Not only has she read the Arabic fatawa allowing it, but has a ministry counseling hundreds who have lived through it. In boys it can lead to homosexuality or phobias, and in girls promiscuity, prostitution, lesbianism and dislike/hate of men. (See also our post with her on Gender Identity Sexuality and Gender Identity in Islam – with Former Muslim Christina.)

Lesson on Street Wise Apologetics and Polemics – SWAP

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SWAP it!

In our ministry and training we emphasize keeping things practical advice that average Christians can understand and actually use. We don’t go for complex theological discussions. And we explain things in a way that Muslims can understand with their background and experiences.

SWAP Reason:  Professional debaters have platforms that allow them to make a full, logical presentation. Realistically, you don’t. You have to use only 1 or 2 sentences to make a point. 

Every word you say must count like 50! That is why we developed SWAP: Street Wise Apologetic and Polemics.

SWAP Definition:  Street Wise Apologetic and Polemics

for Christians with poor listeners

  • Apologetics means defending the faith
  • Polemics means pointing out problems with other faiths

SWAP Goal:  to get beyond the stumbling blocks and strongholds that keep Muslims within Islam

SWAP Methods:

A. Our Example: Jesus

Fitting the Person, Setting or Need 

  • Woman at the well or Pharisee?
  • Alone or in public?

Logos, pathos, ethos are the components of a message. They must be tailored to your audience

B. Our Guidance: Peter, Paul and Father Z

Speak the Truth in Love and patience  Ephesians 4:15, I Timothy 2:24-26

  • Always be ready  I Peter 3:15
  • Use gentleness and respect  I Peter 3:15 

C. Technique Train  to the Gospel – tools to avoid head-on collisions and getting derailed

  1. Sit Tight, Earn the Right
  2. Hang Loose you’re the Caboose
  3. Less is More – Short, Sharp, Shock or Shake
  4. Practical, not Theological Turn Around
  5. Turnaround
  6. Predict and Defuse
  7. Soft and Sideways
  8. Illustrations and Stories

D. Which “Hill to Die on” 

Keep the train on track because The Main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.

Note: This is only an introduction to SWAP and its techniques. For more information and examples, attend a full seminar or workshop on SWAP: Streetwise Apologetics and Polemics. 

Otherwise, our online apologetics, polemics, and lessons with study guides give many examples of how to use SWAP on this website or ChristianfromMuslim YouTube.

And you can watch a livestream discussion of SWAP with Al Fadi at: (3) Street Apologetics: Short Answers to Hard Questions – Dr. Cynthia – YouTube 

How to Use Our Apologetics and Polemics Videos

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Whenever a Christian is with Muslims, we suggest the threefold approach of: Build Bridges, Share Truth, and Challenge Falsehood. Our YouTube and website videos focus on different aspects of goals.

There are different settings for the use of APOLOGETICS, meaning the defense of faith and POLEMICS, meaning pointing out the problems with other faiths. One setting is a debate. That is what professionals have the time and platform to do. Debates actually do good in opening people’s eyes. Sometimes in public settings, like Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park London, or interfaith discussions you might also be involved in apologetics and polemics. These settings do not require much of a bridge with the Muslim you are discussing with. The main bridges are a greeting and a smile.

A different setting is a Christian’s personal relationship with Muslims. Because of the Muslim mindset, soon the Christian will be challenged in certain areas of their faith, so it is essential for them to learn some basic apologetics to defend their faith to overcome stumbling blocks that keep the gospel from making sense to Muslims. (See also The Path of the Prophets gospel method video, lesson, and multilanguage booklets)

Later on in a relationship, after hearing the gospel and when the time is appropriate, a Muslim will need to be challenged about the incorrect aspects of their faith. You will need to use polemics. Unless Muslims are strongly convinced that Islam is NOT the way of God, they will not have the strength to leave its totalitarian lifestyle.

There are good YouTube and websites which deal with apologetics and polemics to Islam. In fact, there are more that criticize Islam than give overall training, such as our channel/website does. We will not repeat all of their material.

This video explains how to train in apologetics and polemics using our videos, but not necessarily limited to them. Regardless of where you find your material, we STRONGLY RECOMMEND that you watch our SWAP and PAT videos because they tell you HOW to USE what you have learned. We also have shorter videos which focus on individual apologetic and polemic topics with what we think are unusual approaches or insights.

Outreach – Go!

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Jesus’ last command to his followers was to go into all the world and make disciples. In previous centuries that often meant leaving a “Christian” country and traveling a great distance to bring the gospel light to people who had no access to it.

 But now a remarkable thing – almost a miracle – has happened: people are coming in throngs from all over the world to America and the West. We now have access to them in our own country. We believe that God brought them here to bless them with safety, prosperity, liberty, and the gospel. (Bible, Acts 17) As a result, you can bring the gospel across the world without leaving America! Sometimes you might go with a team on a short trip to where many immigrants are; but often a mission field is simply in your own neighborhood or across town.

In this video, Dr. Cynthia speaks to us from where she is on outreach – a public walking street with people from around the globe. She encourages us to look for places like this nearby where we live. Find out what language and religious groups live or visit there. Take appropriate materials, perhaps with small gifts, and go to them! (Materials are available for free download in a variety of languages on our website. Another video will cover this in more detail.)

Dr. C has been doing outreach for over 40 years. She tells us that she knows it can be difficult getting started and sticking with it. So she will be doing a series of short videos with helpful hints and encouragement to make it easier. Today she reminds us that Christians don’t need a special call to share the gospel because Jesus commanded his followers to do that. You need a special call NOT share it. If you don’t feel called, as has been said, “Put your ear to the Bible and listen!”

The Jonah Factor

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In both the Bible and the Quran there are books named after the Prophet Jonah (Yunas in Arabic). God told Jonah to do something undesirable and nearly unthinkable: go to his nation’s sworn enemies and preach repentance to them. Assyria was known for being aggressive and violent. As you may have heard, Prophet Jonah took a boat the opposite direction. But after a dramatic turn of events, Jonah did go to Nineveh, Assyria’s capital.

In this video, Dr. asks Christians if they have a similar reaction to reaching out to Muslims? God had compassion on the Assyrians because they did not “know their right hand from their left.” They did eventually attack and destroy the Northern Kingdom of Israel, but due to Jonah’s obedience, Nineveh did repent. God did not destroy Nineveh at that time, and Nineveh likewise delayed in attacking Israel.

What difference might it make if you reach out to those who have threatened your country or your people?

The Abraham Dilemma

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Some Christians fear reaching out to Muslims either because they are “the enemies of God,” or that in loving them they curse Abraham, and will so bring curses upon themselves. We call this “The Abraham Dilemma.” In this video Dr. Cynthia address the issue to help Christians overcome it.

Beware the Hero Holdout

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Working with Muslims we have many adventures. We also see the Lord work in a fantastic way! In order to inspire people to reach out to Muslims, we share some of these stories. But this can lead to problem. People can get the idea that we are more special than they are, and that we can do things that they can’t. So they give up before trying.

In this video, Dr. Cynthia dresses up with a silly crown to convince us that everyone is special and called by God. She shares with us that Bible heroes like David who did great things were considered insignificant. I Samuel 16 & 17)

Sexual Harassment in Muslim Countries – with Former Muslim Christina

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Sexual harassment of women is routine in Muslim countries, explains former Muslim Christina. Women grow to expect it. It is degrading and turns women into sex objects. This makes it difficult to balance women’s rights with safety and respect of men’s weakness regarding sexual desire.

In Islam, it is the woman’s fault if a man lusts after her. In the Bible Jesus tells us the opposite. He says that if a man looks at a woman lustfully he is guilty of sexual sin, zinna. (Matthew 5:28)

Three Objectives for Muslim Ministry

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We believe that any interaction with a Muslim, and indeed anyone should fall into one of three categories:

  1. Build Bridges
  2. Share Truth
  3. Challenge Falsehood

BUILD BRIDGES: In this video Dr. Cynthia shares with us two types of bridges – to a person and to the gospel.

SHARE TRUTH: Sharing Truth should ultimately mean sharing the gospel of salvation and eternal life through Jesus Christ’s sacrifice in our place on the cross. But it can also be simply sharing a small bit of salt, a bit of truth from the Bible, as we share life with others.

CHALLENGE FALSEHOOD: Finally, although most of us are not comfortable with it, there comes a time when we should challenge the falsehoods that people believe. To truly believe the gospel and become a Christian, people need to be convinced that it is true, and that beliefs they previously held are false. This is especially true if someone is leaving a religion like Islam, which means that one’s whole life and support system will change.

Usually, we prefer to build, share, and challenge in that order; but in some settings, for example a debate, the order may be scrambled. We call this method PALM Project: Pursuing And Loving Muslims, for Jesus.

In our other videos you will find more information and many examples to help you reach out and Build Bridges, Share Truth, and Challenge Falsehood.

Why do Christians Need to Reach out to Muslims?

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Dr. Cynthia tells Christians in this video that they need to open their eyes to the Muslim and other immigrants around them. We need to reach out to them with the gospel, in word and in deed.         Why? She gives us three important reasons:

  1. Jesus told us to in what is called “The Great Commission.” If we are truly Christians we will follow the main two commands that Jesus gave us before he left earth: to Love and to Share his message.
    • “Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’”  Matthew 28:18-20
  2. The Bible tells us that God moves people around to make it easier for them to get to know him. 
    • “…he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.” Acts 17:26, 27
    • In the West now, Christians don’t need to go overseas, learn a foreign language, risk getting killed or even getting parasites to share Jesus with people from around the world. God sent them to us to make it easy for us. If we fail to obey Jesus by reaching out when it is this convenient, how will we be able to face our master in heaven?
  3. If the gospel does not change the immigrants, the immigrants will change the West. Since immigration law changed in 1965, immigrants have been flooding into America from countries that are not familiar with the gospel and the God of Love. They bring worldviews very different from that of Christians. Their worldviews differ even that of those who are not Christians, but were raised in the West and hold some Christian values.
    • Without realizing it, the very reasons that Muslims and others come to the West will change as their worldviews become incorporated there.

What Should Americans Know About Muslims? – with Former Muslim Christina

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In this video, Dr. Cynthia interviews Christina, an Arab woman from the Middle East who now lives in the West. As a Christian who was once a Muslim, Christian is in a good position to understand the differences in Western and Muslim cultures and advise Christians on what to expect when they reach out to connect with Muslims.

Christina makes 5 important points for us to keep in mind:

  1. Immoral: People who come to the West from Muslim countries think that we are immoral. They get this idea from Hollywood and politics. In their culture there are three tabus, three subjects that they must not talk about: religion, sex, and politics. She says there is a “red line” that they do not want to cross. The West freely discusses all three of these. That makes it seem to them that we have no boundaries, that anything goes. And so we are immoral.
  2. Brainwashed: Since childhood Muslims have been told over and over that Islam is true and the only way. They are right. The West is wrong. She says that to them it is as solid a fact as science and mathematics. It was drilled into them every day of school for 12 or more years. It is very difficult for Muslims to think outside of this worldview.
  3. Distrust: Muslims don’t trust us – or anyone – or even God. Christina says that even their Prophet Mohammed did not trust God to take him to heaven. She says that they invented the word “Islamophobia” as a reflection of their own distrust: they don’t trust us, so they think we don’t trust them either. If they get to know that you are reliable, this may change.
  4. Afraid of Surprises: Muslims don’t want surprises, not even good ones. They prefer to stay in the comfortable darkness than to come out and be hurt again.
  5. No hope: Muslims have learned to live with no hope. They have been hurt and disappointed many times. If you say, “God loves you,” they won’t believe it. Their culture exaggerates expressions of love to the point that they are meaningless. For example, if you meet a casual acquaintance you might say, “I miss you so much ‘you bury me,’” meaning I would die for you.

What Are Apologetics and Polemics?

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Many Christians now are interested in apologetics. Others don’t know what the term means. Does it mean we are apologizing for being Christians? Absolutely not!
Even fewer know what polemics are, although many practice it.

In this video we explain that simply put:

  • Apologetics – is defending your beliefs
  • Polemics – is finding problems with other people’s beliefs

Apologetics differ depending on who is attacking your faith. For example, if you are defending the Christian faith from atheists you will present different material than if you are defending against Muslim attacks. So, it is good to learn defenses which are specific to the kind of people you are having discussions with.

Polemics also differ depending on to whom you are speaking. The challenges you would give atheists are not necessary for Muslims. Finding fault with Islam and other religions usually requires a bit of study to understand what they believe. First, learn how it differs from your beliefs. Then, look into things they believe that contradict what you believe and find reasonable ways you can question those or challenge them.

Many people who are brave enough to share their faith only want to talk about God’s love and the gospel. Sometimes that is enough to bring a person to Christ. But now, with people from so many backgrounds living in the West, we need to both explain the gospel in a way that makes sense to them, defend it against their stumbling blocks. Beyond that as Brother E who trained Dr. C says that when we are reaching Muslims,

“Sooner or later we need to expose Islam and challenge them. It is so difficult for Muslims to leave Islam that they must be totally convinced that it is wrong before they have the courage.”

As we often explain, our activities with Muslims, and anyone, fall into three categories:

  1. Building Bridges
  2. Sharing Truth
  3. Challenging Falsehood

Our videos and study guides show you in detail how to do these things. We prefer to do them in that order: build, share, and then challenge. If you have a good bridge, or relationship with someone, you can say almost anything without causing trouble if you say it in love. But there are a few settings where the order changes, such as in a debate or online.

Whatever the setting however, be sure to pray before you do any of these. Remember, when you are arguing to defend the Christian faith or challenge Islam that God loves everyone. He loves them despite the foolish or evil things that they believe. We need to represent God well, as his ambassadors, regardless of the setting we are in.