Summary: Comparing Christianity to Islam, Jesus Christ to Mohammed.
Sermon for 10/28/2001
Submission to Whom?
Adapted from an outline on Pastor’s Pastor
A. David Brown- What’s going on? The sidewalks are swarming with excited children masquerading as every imaginable creature and character. There is Batman and the Joker, Wonder Woman, witches, devils, ghosts, skeletons and even razor fingered mass murderer, Freddy Krueger. These children are going door to door shouting, "Trick or Treat," hoping to collect a ton of candy before the night is over.
B. Take a look at the houses the children are going up to. They are strange, too! Eerie grinning Jack-O-Lanterns watch as the children approach. Skeletons, scarecrows, witches, black cats, and more decorate the doors and windows.
C. Haunted houses.
D. Halloween is not too far off. Wednesday night.
E. Halloween brings up images of horror and fright. Hollywood movies. Nightmares.
A. I want to tell you about a true nightmare that happens every day!
B. A person dies and is taken up to the Great Throne Room to be judged.
C. God looks for their name in the Lamb’s Book of Life and does not find it.
D. This person starts to get nervous and says, "I don’t understand, I thought that you were going to bring out a scale and measure my good deeds and my bad deeds and whichever measured the most would be the destination of my soul. If I was good I would go to Paradise and if I was bad then I would go to Hell."
E. God says, "If I did it that way everyone would go to Hell."
F. "I don’t understand," the man says. " I was told that if I was faithful in confessing You before others, if I was faithful in saying my prayers 5 times a day, if I was faithful in giving my alms to You, if I was faithful in fasting for a whole month every year, if I went to the Holy City one time in my life, that you would usher me into Paradise."
G. "Who told you that?" God asks.
H. "Oh, it is plainly laid out in the Koran, the book that you wrote through your Great Prophet Mohammed," the man says getting more agitated.
I. "I have only written one book and it was not the Koran," says God. "Who is this Mohammed, I do not know him?"
J. The man says, "Well, Mohammed is the last and greatest prophet you sent to the earth."
K. God says, "I did not send any Mohammed. I sent my Son Jesus Christ and he is the last and greatest prophet. What do you think of Jesus Christ?"
L. "Well, he was a prophet and I followed some of his teachings," said the man. "But he is nothing compared to Mohammed."
M. God says, "I sent my Son Jesus Christ and you did not listen to him. Jesus Christ died for you on a cross and was resurrected from the dead so that you could have the victory over sin."
N. The man, beginning to become confused and very nervous, says, "I was taught that Jesus did not die on a cross. He was transported into heaven like Elijah and never faced death. The Christians just made up that story."
O. "No, they did not," says God. "And because you did not accept the gift of salvation through my Son, you will be cast into the lake of fire."