The following text is based on a reprint from Foundation magazine, Sept-Oct, 1998, Volume xix, Issue 5, F E.A. Press. Karel Beyer is on the staff of Foundation magazine and the pastoral staff of Fundamental Bible Church. Fundamental Evangelistic Association Box 6278 — Los Osos, California 93412. Emphasis in bold, links and additions in [square brackets] by Ellopos.
[…] Although it had a somewhat unstable beginning, Islam has grown dramatically through the years. Over one billion Muslims populate the world today, and this number is increasing, with mosques (temples or churches) going up virtually daily in the Western world. According to a July 20, 1998, U.S. News and World Report article, the number of Muslims in the United States is now greater than that of Christian Scientists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mennonites, Quakers, Seventh-day Adventists and Unitarians combined.
The purpose of this study on Islam is not to disparage those who participate in this religion but to show from Scripture the true nature and dangers of Mohammedanism, both to its followers and dissenters. Christians must be aware that while some of the teachings of Islam come from the Bible, the Muslim religion actually combines portions of the Word of God with the man-made doctrines found in the Koran, the holy book of Islam. Furthermore, one must realize that leaving this religion can potentially cost a Muslim his life, for Islam is [not really a religion, but] an unforgiving and uncompromising [ideological] system, even though it may outwardly appear to be quite accommodating.
Islam’s intolerance of other religions demonstrates itself in a disturbingly violent manner. The Chicago Tribune carried this report on July 24, 1998: