Praise & Prayer
Earlier this year, a Chinese pastor shared this story with Salaam.
I was teaching a 3-hour class in a bible school on the relationship between spiritual warfare and discipling Muslims. I drew heavily from Dr. Durie’s book, Liberty to the Captives (LTTC). One man in the class asked more questions than anyone else, typically disagreeing with me. At the end of the class each student was given a Mandarin copy of LTTC.
The man with all the questions went home, and immediately read the book. When he got to the prayers in the back, he prayed the first prayer [New Believer’s Prayer], and it left him smiling, and feeling happy. However, when he prayed the second prayer [Freedom from the Dhimma], it left him crying, and very frustrated. He wanted to put the book aside. But his wife, recognizing God was doing a deep work, urged him to pray the next prayer. When he had finished praying the remaining prayers [Freedom from the Shahada and Muhammad’s Example; Freedom from Deception; Freedom from Superiority and Entitlement], he said he experienced a freedom and a joy he had never known before.
Seven years after publicly professing faith in Christ, this former Muslim from Western China—preparing for full-time ministry among Muslims—claimed the LTTC training brought him freedom in Christ for the first time. It must be true, because the man’s wife was beaming when she told me her husband was a completely new man!
Praise God! Discipleship is freedom!
- For complete freedom for women and men from a Muslim background. For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretention that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:3-4.
- For the Holy Spirit’s encouragement and inspiration for the team doing the Mandarin subtitling of the 6.5 hour LTTC video training. So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison. 2 Corinthians 4:16-17.
Salaam just received the following feedback from one of the pastors in Ethiopia that received the Liberty to the Captives training last year. Each of these quotes are from a different leader in his church, that he has subsequently trained in the LTTC ministry. The pastor is a former Muslim sheikh; all of his leaders are themselves former Muslims; the book they refer to is LTTC in Amharic.
I know I hated the cross while I was a Muslim. But now because of this book I know the reason why… and why Muhammad also hated the cross, and destroyed everything which had the sign of the cross as he went from place to place.
The power of the cross can break and destroy the shahada and dhimmi traps. When one trusts Jesus Christ, these covenants which controlled us… can be completely broken. This book… can help many in this generation, and propel them into freedom from this oppression. May the Lord bless the people who had this book translated and printed for us!
We didn’t know that when we were in it, but after we got out of Islam, and enter into this life, we learned that many truths were hidden from us, and the lies were fed to us as truth. Now things have changed, especially after I read this book, Liberty to the Captives. I learned and understood that Christianity is built on the foundation of Jesus Christ and truth. Let our people find the truth and be set free from this bondage and darkness and enter into the freedom of the Life of Christ.
Let’s give God thanks for national pastors who have received the training from Salaam and are putting it to work in their communities.
- For the Lord’s provision that the Oromo (Oromogna) translation of LTTC could be printed and distributed in Ethiopia as well (Salaam has received several requests for the Oromo, as many that are leaving Islam, speak Oromo). For the Lord your God has blessed you in all the work of your hands. He knows your going through this great wilderness. These forty years the Lord your God has been with you. You have lacked nothing. Deuteronomy 2:7.
- Protection for the shepherds and the sheep—death threats and lesser trials are frequent. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea. Psalms 46:1-2.
Several of these, and others, have asked Salaam Ministries to print the book in the Oromo (Oromogna). We previously printed and distributed the book in Ethiopia, in Amharic. Indeed, we have completed the translation of Liberty to the Captives into Oromo. Now we need to do an Ethiopian print-run of the book, in Oromo. Many of the Ethiopians, choosing to leave Islam, speak Oromo.
The Canadian charity Salaam Ministries was first registered as Frontiers Christian Ministries in 1984. Its focus was recruiting, training and sending workers to plant churches among Muslim-majority peoples. In 2009, FCMI’s leadership requested clarification of biblical guidelines for field practice, which led to Frontiers choosing a different charity in Canada to represent them. FCMI’s name was changed to Salaam Ministries in 2011, with the vision focus of training, to make disciples among Muslims.
Due to the frequency of threats made against those who encourage Muslims to evaluate their faith to consider following Christ, most names, places and details online are intentionally kept vague. Salaam is led by a 5-person interdenominational board of directors, and a full-time Executive Director who is an ordained minister and active member of a local church in Canada.
- We believe in the full, verbal inspiration of the Old and New Testament Scriptures: as authoritative, sufficient, infallible and without error in the original manuscripts, not only as containing, but as being in themselves the only written Word of God; and the need of the teaching of the Holy Spirit for a true and spiritual understanding of the whole.
- We believe in one God, eternally existing as three co-equal persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
- We believe that human beings were created in the image of God, but were tempted by Satan and sinned, and are therefore under God's condemnation. As a consequence of Adam's Fall, humanity is totally depraved.
- We believe in the absolute deity of our Lord Jesus Christ; His virgin birth; His real and perfect humanity; the authority of His teaching, and the infallibility of all His utterances; His work of atonement for the sin of the human race by His vicarious suffering and death; His bodily resurrection and His ascension into Heaven; His present high-priestly intercession for His people; and His lordship over His Church as its supreme Head.
- We believe in the justification of the sinner, solely by faith, on the grounds of the merits and vicarious suffering, death, and bodily resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
- We believe in the necessity of the work of the Holy Spirit in conviction of sin, regeneration, and sanctification, as well as in ministry and worship.
- We believe that the true Church is composed of only those persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the body of Christ of which he is Head.
- We believe in the resurrection of the body; the judgment of the world by our Lord Jesus Christ; the eternal blessedness of believers in Christ; and the everlasting, conscious punishment of unbelievers.
- We believe in the imminent personal and visible return of our Lord Jesus Christ in glory.
- We believe that Christ commanded the Church to go into the entire world and to make disciples of all peoples, baptizing and teaching those who believe.
Available on Amazon and elsewhere, Dr. Mark Durie’s Liberty to the Captives (LTTC) book, and video, present equipping principles for the church to respond to Islam. Here are resources to gain freedom from the covenants of Islam, both for those who have lived as non-Muslims under Islamic dominance, as well as those who have come to Christ out of a Muslim background.
Essential to open the door for discipleship, the prayers and declarations in LTTC have helped set many people free from the shahada, fear, deception and other spiritual strongholds. Others testify this teaching greatly helped them become bold and effective witnesses of Jesus among Muslims.
Who do you say I am? Contrasts the Christian Jesus with the Muslim Isa.
Ali, Ayan Hirsi. (2007). Infidel. New York: Simon & Schuster. A former Muslim, and now atheist, Ms. Ali provides frank insight into the Islam she experienced and left.
Durie, Mark. (2010). The Third Choice: Islam, Dhimmitude and Freedom. Melbourne: Deror. Clear, well-researched introduction to Islam, and explanation of the dhimma pact for non-Muslims.
Durie, Mark. (2014, with study guide). Which God? Melbourne: Deror. Reasons to challenge the claim that the God of the Bible is the same deity worshipped by Muslims.
Nickel, Gordon. (2014). The Gentle Answer: to the Muslim Accusation of Biblical Falsification. Calgary: Bruton Gate. Respectful, thorough response to Kairanwi’s 1864, Izhar al-haqq (Kairanwi’s book continues to be widely distributed today).
Qureshi, Nabeel. (2014). Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity. Grand Rapids: Zondervan. Nabeel’s heartfelt account of his own discovery of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Excellent college-level courses by i2 Ministries, at Mission Muslim World University. Available for anyone, but especially designed for small group study.
Durie, Mark. (2018). The Qur’an and Its Biblical Reflexes: Investigations into the Genesis of a Religion. London: Lexington. This scholarly work sets aside the traditional story of the life of Muhammad and inquires into the internal history of the text itself—unpacking the Qur’anic theology of prophecy, covenant, warfare, divine presence, and more.
Greenham, Ant; Ibrahim, Ayman (Editors). (2018). Muslim Conversions to Christ: A Critique of Insider Movements in Islamic Contexts. A solid academic rejoinder to what some missiologists promote. Here is learning from former Muslims and Middle Eastern scholars that Muhammad is not a biblical prophet and that the Qur’an is not a scriptural guide for Muslims after their conversion.
Little, Don. (2015). Effective Discipling in Muslim Communities: Scripture, History and Seasoned Practices. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press. Dr. Little addresses the key challenges involved in making disciples among former Muslims, including suffering, spiritual warfare and persecution.