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17. Understanding Islam
SECTION FOUR: UNDERSTANDING ISLAMIC BARRIERS TO THE GOSPEL
CHAPTER NINE: BARRIERS FOR CHRISTIANS TO OVERCOME WHEN EVANGELISING MUSLIMS

9.6. Lack of confidence


In most countries today, Bible believing Christians are in the extreme minority. In most Muslim countries, Christians are less than 10% of the population. In some cases, there are no more than 1000 believers (such as in Somalia, where Christian believers constitute a tiny 0.01% of the population).

This is actually very similar to the situation reported in the book of Numbers:

“Then the men who had gone up with him said, ‘We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we are.’ So they brought to the people of Israel a bad report of the land that they had spied out, saying, ‘The land, through which we have gone to spy it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people that we saw in it are of great height. And there we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak, who come from the Nephilim), and we seemed to ourselves like grasshoppers, and so we seemed to them.’ ” (Numbers 13:31-33)

Many Christians feel the same way today, focusing on their own weakness and the apparent strength of others. What they forget is the first part of the great commission: “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me!” (Matthew 28:18) What is needed today is an effective minority, those who act like salt or light; no matter how little of either is present, it changes everything.

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