Recently, a religious movement that began in the 1980s in Nigeria has emerged in the United States that attempts "ecumenical reconciliation" between Christianity and Islam -- Chrislam -- and some respected, well-known Christian ministers have made public statements intimating their acceptance of the compatibility of these two religions -- that one can practice both religions at the same time or, at the least, take a conciliatory position of openness to the doctrines of both religions.
Christianity and Islam are diametrically diverse on the most important issue: the identity of Jesus Christ. True, biblical Christianity declares Jesus to be God Incarnate, and the deity of Christ is a non-negotiable tenet and central doctrine of the Christian faith. This crucial doctrine is rejected in Islam.
True and real believers adamantly believe the Holy Scripture in which Jesus says, "...I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me" (John 14:6). We hold to the truth that "...there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:12).
In the Early Church, Christians were brutally persecuted because they refused to forsake or compromise fundamental Christian dogma. In Rick's newly released book A Light in Darkness, Volume One , he wrote about this persecution of the Church, about the apostle John's vision of the risen Christ on the isle of Patmos, and about Christ's messages to seven churches in ancient Asia Minor that are still relevant to the Church today.