[Nederlandse versie]

Paul´s letter to the Galatians, chapter 5, vers 7 tot 12.

7 You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth? 8That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you. 9 “A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough.” 10 I am confident in the Lord that you will take no other view. The one who is throwing you into confusion, whoever that may be, will have to pay the penalty. 11 Brothers and sisters, if I am still preaching circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been abolished. 12 As for those agitators, I wish they would go the whole way and emasculate themselves!

Wine and swine are strictly haram, prohibited, to Muslims. The Kur’an is stricter than the Old Testament. Peter was shocked when all sorts of animals were dished up for him (Acts 10). Wine “gladdens the human heart (Ps. 104:15). Jesus’ first miracle was turning water into wine. Just as little as wine, do Muslims want half pork half beef mince. “Even a gram of pork would make ten kilos of mutton impure” said a Muslims once. A Christian responded: “Would not one little sin make you unclean for God?” Many ‘good works’ will never correct your sin. Purity can only be achieved through Christ’s one good work as the Lamb that was slain.

One bit of yeast is enough to make a bread rise and change its flavour. One milligram of trust in your own merit, instead of in Jesus, completely spoils your faith.

The circumcision seemed like but a detail. To keep from trouble… Likewise, some missionary Muslims tell Christians that the Islam is but a little addition. You can keep Jesus, but your faith will be complete when you accept Muhammad on top of it, they say. In the Netherlands, youth sometimes sacrifice their baptism and recite the shahada, the Islamic creed. Elswhere, Muslims who get to know Jesus take the repudiation that it brings with it, for granted. They realise: it is solo Christo[1] or without Him. There is nothing in between.

Do you want to fully taste the freedom the Israelites received when they left Egypt? Keep your bread unyeasted! Would we not eat hastily, while approaching Him?

A Muslim says: “I believe in Jesus. Why do Christians not believe in Muhammad?”      What could Christians answer to him or her?
Psalm to sing: 114:1,2

When Israel out of Egypt came,
From people of a foreign tongue,
Then Judah was God’s holy place;
In Israel was set his throne


[1] Latin for: ‘through Christ alone’. One of the five solas with which the reformation concisely described the Christian faith.