The Cross in the Shadow of the Crescent: An Informed Response to Islam's War with Christianity

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Islam is on the rise all over the West, including America. In this compelling new book, bestselling author Erwin Lutzer urges Christians to see this as both an opportunity to share the gospel and a reason for concern.

We have now reached a tipping point—the spread of Islam is rapidly altering the way we live. These changes are cause for alarm, for they endanger our freedoms of speech and religion.

At the same ...

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Overview

Islam is on the rise all over the West, including America. In this compelling new book, bestselling author Erwin Lutzer urges Christians to see this as both an opportunity to share the gospel and a reason for concern.

We have now reached a tipping point—the spread of Islam is rapidly altering the way we live. These changes are cause for alarm, for they endanger our freedoms of speech and religion.

At the same time, this opens an incredible door of ministry for Christians, for Muslims normally do not have access to the gospel in their own lands.

In The Cross in the Shadow of the Crescent, readers will discover helpful answers to these questions and more:

  • How does Islam's growing influence affect me personally?
  • In what ways are our freedoms of speech and religion in danger?
  • How can I extend Christ's love to Muslims around me?

A sensitive, responsible, and highly informative must-read!

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  • ISBN-13: 9780736951326
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/1/2013
  • Pages: 253
  • Sales rank: 107,242
  • Product dimensions: 5.72 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer, senior pastor of The Moody Church in Chicago since 1980, is an award-winning author of more than 30 books including Life-Changing Bible Verses You Should Know. A celebrated international conference speaker and the featured speaker on three radio programs heard worldwide, he and his wife, Rebecca, have been married nearly 45 years. They have three married children and eight grandchildren.

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  • Posted February 26, 2013

     The Cross in the Shadow of the Crescent is Dr. Erwin Lutzer's n

     The Cross in the Shadow of the Crescent is Dr. Erwin Lutzer's newest book, and perhaps one of his most important. Dr. Lutzer has searched Scripture, mined history, and watched current events unfold for the last decades. He combined these areas of expertise to write this book. This book is a panoramic view of politics, world history, Church history, and missionary work as they relate to the Islamic agenda.






        We need this book in our time. As Americans we need this book. America is the focus of much attention by the part of Islam that desires to dominate. And America has been sleeping, drifting off to the lullaby of Political Correctness and Tolerance.
        When the terrorist attacks of 9/11 occurred, few of us knew what "Jihad" was, or why they were attacking.  Now, most Americans know a little about terrorism. And that is good, but not enough. Islam's agenda includes terrorism, but only as one of twelve major steps to world domination.




    The leader of the Muslim Brotherhood has proclaimed blatantly that Muslims "must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and sabotaging its miserable house by their hands.."




        Muslim protestors have said "We will use the Freedoms of the Constitution to destroy the Constitution." 




        One Muslim leader said "I have no doubt in my mind, Muslims sooner or later will be the moral leadership of America..either we do it now or we do it after a hundred years, but this country will become a Muslim country."
    We need this book both as members of a nation where freedom was hard won and valued and as a Church where freedom in Christ is proclaimed, because this is even more important to us as Christians. We are called to reach out to all people in false religions with the saving Gospel of Christ. How do we reach Muslims with the Gospel? How do we speak truth to Muslims in kindness and still oppose Islam's agenda?
    The Muslims in this religion are people like us. How do we reach them *as* people?
    Dr. Lutzer's pastoral heart shines in this book as he answers this question. "Only love can overcome suspicion and hatred. If you ask former Muslims who converted to Christianity what won their hearts, they often repeat the words of Jesus: 'Love your enemies.' This is so antithetical to Islam that when Muslims encounter Christians who love them, they have no defense." 
    The eternal question that we ask when addressing Mormons and Jewish people and everyone else must be asked here... How do we speak the Truth in Love?
    We must not change the Gospel to avoid offense, but we must not speak harshly and give offense either. And if we leave either Love or Truth behind, we sin. We also fall into one of two errors.
    Dr. Lutzer calls these errors the "EXPOSE THE WORST (AND PREACH NO GOSPEL)" error and the "THOU SHALT NOT OFFEND" error. Due to pro-Islamic bias in our government education system and media, very few people take the "EXPOSE" error. The "NO OFFENSE" error is far more popular.
         The false doctrine of "Chris-lam" is one of the fruits of this error.
         A very important portion of this book is dedicated to addressing "Chris-lam," a merger of Islam and Christianity. (To readers of Narnia, this reminds us of the false religion created to control the people by merging the false "Tash" and the true Aslan, creating "Tashlan.") The idea is deadly. Churches within the US have fallen into it however, with Qurans in the pews and guest Imams speaking to a Biblically illiterate membership. It has been predicted that very Liberal Protestants and Muslims will coalesce as they promote Chris-lam.




    One of the pivotal passages in this book is found here "We should not see a dichotomy between a realistic view of our challenges and continuing to be a loving witness to those around us. We must learn from our Christian brothers and sisters in Muslim-dominated countries, who have learned to do both." 
    As Christians and as Americans we need to understand Islam's theology. What drives Islamists to do what they do, what consumes them? 
    We need to understand what Islamic words mean- and what the words mean when Islamists are using them. ("Jihad" is now defined as a struggle against personal sin, according to some modern Muslims. According to many Imams however, Jihad is a Holy War for Allah.)




    We need to understand what the Quran teaches about Christians and Jews, about Jesus, about the Cross. Why do Muslims destroy the symbol of the Cross and build a mosque when they conquer?
    Does the Quran teach War against the Infidel? Is it a book of violence that fuels hatred, or a book of peace and love? How can loving and raging verses be quoted from the same book?
    We need to understand why Islamists attack Christians the way they do and how we as a Church respond. We need to be moved in prayer and action for our Christian brethren in Muslim nations. And we need to stop fearing and or hating the Muslims around us and begin ministering to them in practical, Gospel focused ways. That is what Jesus commended us to do. Let us do it, for His Glory. Muslims are no further from the Cross than we were.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2013

    Highly Recommended- It will open a dialogue about Islam.

    Erwin Lutzer gets it. This book will be of great help in understanding Islam and how to speak with our Muslim friends about Christ without angering them. This book is a must for all Christians.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 11, 2013

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    There have been many books written on Islam, so why another one? This book offers so much on Islam and its valuable information is the reason author Erwin Lutzer writes another Islam book. Dr. Samuel Naaman of Moody Bible Institute, who was born in Pakistan to Muslim parents, says this: “'The Cross in the Shadow of the Crescent' is highly informative, eye-opening, and alarming. Yet it is so full of great biblical hope for the church and for the transformation of Muslims from Islam to Christianity.” You will come to appreciate this book as you read the accounts the author includes in his book about Islam’s treatment of Christians in the past as well as how Christians are treated by Islam now.

    I don’t know a lot about the Muslim faith, but reading this book gave me an amazing insight into the Islamic world. Mr. Lutzer has researched the Bible and as he talks about the Muslim life adding the current situations and developments, he backs up what he teaches with scripture. He explains how Islam’s influence affects each of us, as well as what the church should be doing now in response to them. If you are interested in reading about Islam, this book is a great one to read. For me, Mr. Lutzer knows and understands this subject so well that he can explain what is going on in this part of our world in an amazing and unique way. Even though the topics are serious, you will find that the author’s writing ability will keep you interested and even absorbed in what he is saying. I found myself enjoying this book very much. I highly recommend this to anyone and everyone. It is a subject that we all should be more aware of. And Erwin W. Lutzer is the man to teach us. This would make an awesome Bible study too!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 20, 2013

    Very informative

    This is a fascinating account of how Islam is filling the void created by the secularization of America and Europe. Our best days are behind us.

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  • Posted May 24, 2013

    Must Read

    This book is very interesting, makes one think about what is ahead.
    Sadly,,i believe it is all going to happen-unless we get someone to rule in America- who is for America.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2013

    Excellent Book. Every American needs to read it.

    Excellent Book. Every American needs to read it.

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