Young People Flocking to Isis

Why are so many young women being lured into the Isis movement? I don’t remember the name of the man who claims to be the leader of this radical group, but I do remember him making a comment that the goal of an Isis State is to expand to worldwide dominance, to rid the world of depravity and debauchery. They want to instill purity and morality worldwide–through violence, just as the Catholic church did during the Crusades.

If this is, in fact, their goal, then why aren’t young women being drawn to our “Christian” churches? Notice I use the term Christian loosely in this instance. There is so much confusion over what it means to be a Christian. I met a young woman once who told me she was born a Christian. Of course, this is impossible since we choose Christ or reject Him. Some people believe they are Christians because they were born in this country, or because they go to church, or because they said a prayer, have done many good deeds, got baptized or christened as a baby. There are so many differing views. So what does it really mean to be a Christian? Simply put, the word “Christian” means Christ-like. A Christian is someone who tries to be like Jesus. It is a person who attempts to adhere to His teachings.

Well, that’s fine to say, but which Bible do we use to determine what He taught? After all, we have the Authorized King James, the New King James, the Living Bible, the New American Standard, the Holman Standard, the Revised Standard, the New Revised Standard, the English Standard, the New Jerusalem Bible, the Choronological Bible, The Book, The Good News Bible, and so on.

If the devil, the great deceiver, the father of all lies, wanted to cause confusion and doubt among seasoned saints (the King James Version says all believers are saints) as well as new converts, how would be the best way to go about it? By casting doubt on God’s Word, just like he did in the Garden of Eden with Eve. He would create so many different versions that it would be easy to be “carried about by every wind of doctrine” and “heap to ourselves teachers, having itching ears.” The verse actually reads thus:

2Ti_4:3 “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;”

God warned us in His word not to tamper with it, not to add to it or take away from it. God’s word is pure and holy. It is to be treated with respect, studied to avoid error. There are false religions and false doctrines out there. The only way to avoid them is to read the truth.

People say the King James is too hard to understand, but it is written on a fourth or fifth grade reading level (determined by a secular college English department). It is the easiest to memorize because of its lyrical quality. Psalms 119:9 “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.” Verse 11 says, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” Verse 99 says, “For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.” Verse 105 says, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”

Three times the Lord admonishes us not to change His word (I know, we don’t have all of the original manuscripts, and we lost a little in the translation from the original languages to English. I will not get into a debate over the Alexandrian vs. the Byzantine texts here.) However, the King James Version (the Authorized, not the one that has undergone numerous changes over the last fifty years) has stood the test of time, having been originally printed in 1611.

Deuteronomy 4:2 says, “Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.”

Proverbs 30:5, 6 says, “Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.
Pro 30:6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.”

Revelation 22:18, 19 says, “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
Rev 22:19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”

Perhaps if our churches would preach and teach more morality, godliness, purity, and holiness we would have more young people joining our churches, not for group activity and socialization, but to learn to live decently. Perhaps, if we would stick to God’s word, we wouldn’t have young people wanting to join a militant group that claims to have the truth by exercising violence. Perhaps we need to remove hypocrisy from our churches.