How Islam conquered many churches

Another well done video about how Turkey became Muslim. Originally the land what is known as Turkey today was mostly Greek – Part of the Byzantine Christian Empire. It was not “Turkey” in NT days nor in church history until after the Crusades. No Turk lived there in the NT days nor in the early centuries of Church History. The Council of Nicea in 325 was held there – about 1-2 hours east of Istanbul today. The first invasions by the Muslims went back further than the focus of this video, and started in 634 AD and forward by the Arabs. The Arab Muslims conquered and converted both the Persians (634 onward into the 900s) and the Turks later in the 900s AD. (they were in the areas now known as Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Kirghistan, Azerbaijan) – eventually the Seljuk Turks began attacking the Byzantines (1071 – the Battle of Manzikurt, near Van in eastern Turkey) and later, the Ottoman Turks, conquered Constantinople and the Hagia Sophia church. (1453). In between these events was the Crusades (1095-1299). I think Jesus predicted this by His rebuke to the church at Ephesus in Revelation 2:4-5. “You have left your first love”. Every generation must work hard at “contending for the faith” and at the same time, “keeping yourselves in the love of God” (Jude 3, 21; 1 Peter 3:15-16; 2 Cor. 5:14-15) – work hard at the balance of sound doctrine & apologetics & witness & holiness & love – Islam arose because of a vacuum of both truth and love. The church in the 400s-600s began over-exalting Mary, and praying to her, praising her, making icons and venerating them, in the west, statues (see my other articles on Mariology, Mariolatry, Eastern Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism on the side bar) – this kind of emphasis, along with the lack of evangelism and missions to the Arabic speaking world (lack of outreach to the The Persians and Turks also) – this vacuum and the misunderstandings that Islam got about the Trinity (Surah 5:116; 72-75; 19:88-92; 112; 4:171) – the original Muslims thought the Trinity was God, Jesus, and His mother, Mary – see the Qur’an, Surah 5:116 and the others above – this vacuum created a situation in which God judged the church by allowing Islam to arise and judge many of the churches of the east and conquer their territories. The combination of false doctrines on the frontiers of the Byzantine Empire – Apocryphal gospels, Gnostic heresies, over-exalting Mary, and the lack of credible witness and outreach created this vacuum. The over-exalting of Mary along with the command to dogmatically and emotionally venerate icons of Mary and the saints (2nd Council of Nicea in 787 AD) made it even worse and convinced Muslims that Christians believe in 3 gods and worship Mary.

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About Ken Temple

I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I am a sinner who has been saved by the grace of God alone (Ephesians 2:8-9), through faith alone (Galatians 2:16; Romans 3:28; 4:1-16), in Christ alone (John 14:6). But a true faith does not stay alone, it should result in change, fruit, good works, and deeper levels of repentance and hatred of my own sins of selfishness and pride. I am not better than you! I still make mistakes and sin, but the Lord is working on me, conforming me to His character. (Romans 8:28-29; 2 Corinthians 3:16-18) When I do sin, I hate the sin as it is an affront to God, and seek His forgiveness in repentance. (Mark 1:15; 2 Corinthians 7:7-10; Colossians 3:5-16 ) Praise God for His love for sinners (Romans 5:8), shown by the voluntary coming of Christ and His freely laying down His life for us (John 10:18), becoming flesh/human (John 1:1-5; 1:14; Philippians 2:5-8), dying for sins of people from all nations, tribes, and cultures (Revelation 5:9), on the cross, in history, rising from the dead (Romans 10:9-10; Matthew 28, Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24; John 20-21; 1 Corinthians chapter 15). His resurrection from the dead proved that Jesus is the Messiah, the eternal Son of God, the word of God from eternity past; and that He was all the gospels say He was and that He is truth and the life and the way to salvation. (John 14:6)
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