Anyone who believes that all religions are the same simply is not paying attention.
In a recent speech, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan gave an excellent example of just how different his religion is from Christianity.
“God does not love this world,” he told the crowd. While it is true that God does not love the ways of this world, Scripture is very clear about God’s love for the people in the world. One of the first verses Christian children learn is John 3:16 where Jesus told Nicodemus, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (ESV).
That’s quite different from Farrakhan’s assessment that, “God never sent Jesus to die for this world.” But the so-called prophet was just getting started on the most recent leg of his lifelong tour of heresy.
“Jesus died because he was two thousand years too soon to bring about the end of the civilization of the Jews.”
Again, this could not be more different from what Scripture says. Jesus didn’t come too early, as if the perfect God Man could somehow make a mistake. Rather, “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly” (Romans 5:6, ESV, emphasis mine). And instead of coming to wipe out the Jews which Farrakhan hates so deeply, or to prefigure the false god of Islam, Jesus came to save his people (Matthew 1:21). Jews make up the people of God. So do Asians, Africans, Americans, and members from every tribe, nation, people, and language (Revelation 7:9).
Farrakhan continued that Jesus, “Never was on no cross.” I’ll give you Language Arts teachers in the audience a second to catch your breath after reading that quote.
The cross is at the center of the Christian faith, so it should come as no surprise that Farrakhan wants to chip away at it. In order for Farrakhan’s view of the cross to be accurate, one would have to disregard centuries of historical facts as well as figure out a way to explain why Jesus’ disciples would willingly die for what they new to be a lie.
The cross is a problem for those who want to reach God through a means other than Jesus, whether that means be nationality, morality, or some combination of the two. Paul wrote that, “We preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God” (1 Corinthians 1:23-24, ESV). Christians understand that the only way to God the Father is through the crucified and risen God the Son, Jesus.
At the moment, despite his racist rhetoric, Louis Farrakhan still has a strong presence on Twitter with 335,000 followers. Luckily, for Farrakhan at least, he only calls for the extermination of Jews. If he said something really bad, like telling an out of work journalist to, “learn to code” or calling people by their birth gender rather than the one they prefer, the Twitter police would pounce and have Farrakhan sent to the land of Alex Jones. The message from Twitter is clear: It’s not okay to make a movie about the evils of abortion but it’s perfectly fine to spew hate toward an entire race of people as long as your last name is Farrakhan and those people happen to be Jews.
We shouldn’t be surprised that a racist false prophet like Louis Farrakhan would misinterpret the Bible. These types of con-men have being doing this for centuries. Some do it from behind a white hood, others from behind the podium of the Nation of Islam. But Farrakhan’s foolish words should serve as an opportunity for Christians to grow even firmer in their devotion to the truth of God’s word. The Farrakhans of the world are easy to spot, much like the growl of a wolf in the midst of a flock of sheep. But we really need to be careful for those false prophets who preach a message that closely resembles the real one. You know, the ones that promise us personal fulfillment and peace with God apart from the perfect life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Sometimes false prophets spew their venom as they lead quasi-terrorist organizations.
But other times they preach to you in church on Sunday mornings. In a couple of weeks, rather than addressing human sin, God’s grace, and Jesus’ power of the grave, these slick wolves will preach a rousing message where the resurrection is nothing more than allegory for how you can rise up from self-doubt and find personal fulfillment by becoming a better you.
Christian, be careful.
Know the Truth.
The more time you spend marinating in God’s word, the more obvious the wolves will be.