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IBC Women’s Blog

IBC Women’s Blog

Confusion regarding Women that Convert to Islam

By Jodie Montgomery

I recognize that in regards to belief systems there are always extremes in the application of the system. All belief systems have suffered some horrific distortions by extremists. I also recognize that many that profess a particular religion, are not familiar with the writings or teachings of the religion. Many profess belief in what they grew up in or see the majority practice in their culture. The freedom to study worldviews and believe what you comprehend as truth is a great freedom that many in the world do not enjoy. Many simply accept truth as what the culture states is true.

“In The Land of the Blue Burqas”, the author records her experiences from living in Afghanistan for five years. She notes “In Afghanistan, women wear burqas, the blue chadaris with the screen woven over the eyes. Burqas are required by the Holy Quran and the Hadith…Whether the Muslim holy books record these as true commandments or not isn’t relevant in Afghanistan. If the local mullah, the neighborhood religious leader, says this is what the Prophet Mohammed taught, then that’s all there is to it. There’s nothing to debate. There are rules, and they must be followed without question.” The book provides story after story of the typical day for Muslim women in Afghanistan. The tales reveal hardship and oppression.

Being a woman, I am sensitive to any belief systems that present women as inferior to men. I’m enraged at belief systems that generate such a low view of women that the application results in the emotional and/or physical abuse of women. I think we would all agree, horrific things are happening to women throughout the world, particularly young girls, things that all belief systems should condemn.

In America, Islam is on the increase. The number of U.S. mosques is up 74% since 2000 (USA Today, C. Grossman, 2/2012). There are numerous articles on Islam being beneficial to women. Some are choosing Islam. The articles do not agree with what I see in the News about the condition of women and girls in most Muslim countries. Zane Pratt, Dean of the Billy Graham School of Missions and Evangelism and associate professor of Christian missions at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, encourages Christians to be more hospitable to those who follow the teachings of Islam. The Christian may profoundly disagree with the teachings of Islam and yet love the person representing the belief. Zane recommends learning more beyond a basic understanding of Islam.  Here is a list of some of the recommended resources on Islam:

“Islam- The Straight Path” by John L. Esposito

“The Gospel for Muslims: An Encouragement to Share Christ with Confidence” by Thabiti Anyabwile

“Breaking the Islam Code” by J.D. Greear

“Questions Muslims Ask” by Robert Scott

Reading “In the Land of Blue Burqas” by Kate McCord makes an impression on the reader. Christians are ambassadors for Christ with a message of peace, worth, and hope. The free should be making the most of their freedom to share His truth.

John 8:31-32 Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.


Always worth reviewing…
Remembering the Good News

For the believer, the Gospel is always relevant. The Gospel message reveals Christ in salvation and for sanctification. So it is life-giving to continually reflect on the Good News particularly as we prepare for the celebration of the incarnation of the Lord Jesus Christ at Christmas. One of my favorite ways to review the Gospel is to go through the verses that Dr. Stuart Scott provided in his thorough review of the “Gospel in Context” at  Many that come to a counselor are greatly helped by a review of the Gospel. Dr. Scott’s outline may seem to be a lengthy read but persevere as the details are well worth the read. The powerpoint has all the verses written out for the reader-what a help! You will be overwhelmed afresh by God’s plan of redemption as you go through the text. Maybe a better understanding of the Gospel will encourage you to be the one who blesses others with the gift of the Gospel this Christmas!

Too often, the Gospel is presented with very little Scriptural support. The presentation may simply be: God, Man, Man’s Problem-Sin, God’s Solution and Believe. In contrast, the Scriptures give the details that nourish faith. God reveals Himself through Scripture and that includes revealing His glorious plan for man’s redemption. The Gospel message is a study in the character of God, a comprehension of the condition of mankind, the reality of the holy wrath of God, an understanding of the incarnation of Christ, realizing the reconciliation to God offered through faith in Christ, seeing the results of being justified, and hearing the call to be His ambassadors. We need the details on these teachings! The scriptures also provide clear warnings for those that do not take refuge in the Son. So I hope that you will set aside some time this week to review the Gospel message and be the messenger of reconciliation that He calls you to be NOW (2 Corinthians 5:17-21).