“What is Chrislam?”
Chrislam is an attempt to syncretize Christianity with Islam. While it began in Nigeria in the 1980s, Chrislamic ideas have spread throughout much of the world. The essential concept of Chrislam is that Christianity and Islam are compatible, that one can be a Christian and a Muslim at the same time. Chrislam is not an actual religion of its own, but a blurring of the differences and distinctions between Christianity and Islam.
Advocates of Chrislam point to facts such as Jesus being mentioned 25 times in the Qur’an, or Christianity and Islam having similar teachings on morals and ethics, or the need for the two largest monotheistic religions to unite to fight against the rise of atheism and alternative spirituality. Chrislam is viewed by some as the solution for the ongoing conflict between the Western world, which is predominantly Christian, and the Middle East, which is predominantly Muslim.
While it is undeniable that there are many similarities between Christianity and Islam (and Judaism, for that matter), Chrislam ultimately fails because Christianity and Islam are diametrically opposed on the most important of issues – the identity of Jesus Christ. True Christianity declares Jesus to be God incarnate. For Christians, the deity of Christ is a non-negotiable, for without His deity, Jesus’ death on the cross would not have been sufficient to be the atoning sacrifice for the sins of the entire world (1 John 2:2).
Islam adamantly rejects the deity of Christ. The Qur’an declares the idea that Jesus is God to be blasphemy (5:17). Belief in the deity of Christ is considered shirk (“polytheism”) to Muslims. Further, Islam denies the death of Christ on the cross (4:157–158). The most crucial doctrine of the Christian faith is rejected in Islam. As a result, the two religions are absolutely not compatible, making Chrislam a concept both Christians and Muslims should reject.
Chrislam – What is it?
Chrislam is a movement, hoped by some to be the answer for the ongoing clash between the West, which is predominantly Christian, and the Middle East, which is predominantly Muslim. Though a form of it reportedly began in Nigeria and is not new, it is a new movement in the United States. Several protestant denominations have adopted this effort in the name of “love thy neighbor” and to promote an ecumenical, or unified, reconciliation between Christianity and Islam.
Chrislam – How does the movement work?
Chrislam is trying to focus on a connection between the Bible and the Koran. In the attempt to blend these two religions, Chrislam has itself become a new religion of sorts. Some churches have been joined by others in placing the Koran next to the Bible in the church pews. Then there is a reading from both text, both being recognized as Holy Text.
Chrislam has grown dramatically and now has infected many hundreds of churches and denominations across America.
Chrislam – What does God say about this?
When examining what God says about the merits of Chrislam, it is first important to clarify of which god we are speaking. Allah is the god of Islam and not the same deity as the God of Christianity and Judaism. Christianity declares the Son of God, Jesus, to be God incarnate in human form.1 In Christianity, the deity of Jesus is non-negotiable, for without His deity, Jesus’ death and resurrection would not have been sufficient to be the atoning sacrifice for the sins of the world (1 John 2:2).
Islam adamantly rejects the deity of Jesus Christ and says Allah has no sons [Surah 72]. The Koran declares the idea of ‘Jesus is God’ is blasphemy. (Christ is considered shirk or “filth” to Muslims.) Furthermore, Islam denies the death of Jesus Christ on the cross (4:157-158). Islam’s name for Jesus is Isa. The Jesus or Isa in the Koran is not the same Jesus as in the Bible. Islam views Isa as a prophet who was appointed by Allah to prepare mankind for the coming of Mohammad.
Matthew 6:24 and Luke 16:13 say “No one can serve two masters.” Exodus 20:5 tells us that we are not to bow down, serve, or worship any other god. “For I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God…” James 1:8 also tell us that “a double-minded man will be unstable in all his ways.”
Chrislam will be debunked by many while others promote its efforts. So the question may be “Which god will you serve?” Jesus proclaims “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). This is the foundation and rock of salvation. Those who have jumped on the bandwagon of Chrislam have the misguided notion that the church must adapt to a changing society. This is false; the church was never called to adapt to society, but to adapt to the teachings of Jesus Christ. We are to love one another with the love of Christ, but not to forsake Him in the process.
1 John 2:22 states, “Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ?” 1 John 4:3 (NKJV) says, “And every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world.”