Contending For the Faith
Washington National Cathedral to Hold Friday Muslim Prayers
November 14, 2014 — Voice of America News reports: “Prayer carpets have been laid out under the soaring arches of the Washington National Cathedral for an unprecedented Muslim worship service in one of America’s best-known churches.
Church leaders and their Muslim partners say they hope the Friday Jumaa prayers will send a message of interfaith brotherhood that counters extremists’ use of religion to justify hatred and strife.
The idea came to the cathedral’s director of religious liturgy, Rev. Gina Campbell, and South African Ambassador Ebrahim Rasool, who is a Muslim, when they organized an interfaith memorial service for Nelson Mandela last year.
The carpets have been arrayed diagonally in the transept, to the side of the sanctuary, so that worshipers can face in the direction of Mecca without seeing crosses or Christian icons. Muslims are not supposed to pray in view of sacred symbols alien to their faith.
Ambassador Rasool said the service is meant to be both a symbol for America’s three million Muslims to feel welcomed in its predominantly Christian society, as well as for Muslims in countries where they are the majority, to show hospitality to people of minority faiths…” (This blasphemous prayer service goes against scores of Biblical verses. Billy Graham’s son, Franklin Graham condemned Washington Cathedral for hosting this Muslim prayer service. So does yours truly, Dr. Jack Van Impe. Here’s why. There is only one God to whom Christians pray. Our first of the Ten Commandments [not suggestions] is “Thou shalt have no other Gods before Me.” Deuteronomy 11:26, – 28 states: “Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse; A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you this day: And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known.”)
Franklin Graham condemns Washington cathedral for hosting Muslim prayer service
November 18, 2014 — ChristianToday.com reports: “The first Muslim prayer service ever hosted at Washington’s National Cathedral, a landmark Christian church in the US capital, was interrupted on Friday by a lone anti-Islamic protester and drew criticism from leading conservative spokesman Rev Franklin Graham.
Admission to the service was by invitation only and security was tight. It was designed to highlight the need for religious tolerance and for people of faith to reach out beyond their religious boundaries.
The protester, a woman from Michigan who declined to give her name, shouted ‘leave our churches alone’ and ‘Why can’t you worship in your mosque?’ ‘Jesus Christ is on that cross over there,’ she yelled. ‘Get out of our church. Leave our church alone.’
She was removed from the service by a minister and by cathedral police. After the service, outside the church, the protester said she was not arrested, and was not harmed in the altercation. She did not explain why she disrupted the service.
‘I didn’t do it for myself,’ she said. ‘I did it for the Lord.’
Graham, son of evangelist Dr Billy Graham and one of America’s foremost Christian leaders, warned of the danger of obscuring the uniqueness of Christ when he wrote on his Facebook page: ‘It’s sad to see a church open its doors to the worship of anything other than the One True God of the Bible who sent His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to earth to save us from our sins. Jesus was clear when He said, ‘I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me’ (John 14:6).’…” (True Christians must oppose this unholy alliance because the Koran teaches eight times that anyone who calls Jesus the Son of God shall burn in hell forever — Surah 4:165, Surah 5:18, Surah 6:101, Surah 9:30, Surah 17:111, Surah 19:38, Surah 23:91, Surah 88:92. God’s Word says that anyone denying that Christ is the Son of God is an antichrist – I John 2:22. Only an individual ignorant of God’s Word could join these two religions – including the clergy of Washington’s National Cathedral.)
U.S. Episcopal Church Has Adopted Pro-Muslim, LGBT Agendas
November 18, 2014 — Breitbart.com reports: “Statements by the dean of the National Cathedral as it hosted Muslim prayers on the 100th anniversary of the last Caliph’s call for Jihad against nonbelievers have led to a closer look at the ideology of the Episcopal Church in the United States.
As Breitbart News’ National Security Editor Dr. Sebastian Gorka reported, co-organizers of the Muslim prayer event at the Episcopal National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., included the Council on Islamic-American Relations (CAIR), the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC), and the All-Dulles Area Muslims Society (ADAMS) Center – all of which have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. (The leading terrorist organization – JVI)
Breitbart News’ Jordan Schachtel interviewed Gary Hall, dean of the National Cathedral, who said he was not aware that the Muslim prayers took place on the 100th anniversary of the last Caliph’s call for Jihad against nonbelievers, or the infidels…” (This ungodly union is totally wrong for Catholics or Protestants – “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them” – Romans 16:17; “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty” – II Corinthians 6:14 – 18; “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds” – II John 1:9-11. See the next article where Muslims refuse Christian leaders and also where Indonesians went to court to sue Christians for calling their god Allah and thus desecrating their god.)
U.S. Episcopal Church Has Adopted Pro-Muslim, LGBT Agendas
November 18, 2014 — ChristianToday.com reports: “The inauguration of Jakarta’s first Christian governor in 50 years has been delayed to allow for a presidential decree on his appointment, another setback on his contested journey to power.
Deputy Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama had been scheduled to be sworn in today. He succeeds Joko Widodo, who last month became President of Indonesia.
However, it is not the first obstacle Chinese Christian Purnama, who is known by the nickname Ahok, has faced. His rise to power has been contested by religious hardliners who have held multiple protests in Jakarta.
In September, around 200 members of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) staged a demonstration in front of a regional legislative building in the capital city. One of the group’s leaders told news agencies that it is ‘forbidden to have an infidel as the head of Jakarta’.
‘Ahok Basuki Tjahaya Purnama, we reject him to be the governor of Jakarta because he has no moral ethics,’ the spokesperson said…”
School bans students from praying together
November 11, 2014 — WND.com reports: “For the last three years, high-school senior Chase Windebank has been meeting with other students during a designated free period to discuss their Christian faith, pray and even sing together.
But on Sept. 29, the assistant principal of Pine Creek High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado, told the students it has to stop because it violates the ‘separation of church and state.’
Religious discussion gatherings, the school insists, can only take place before or after school hours.
Now, with the help of attorneys from Alliance Defending Freedom, or ADF, Windebank is suing the school to lift the ban and restore what he says are protected First Amendment rights.
‘Far from being unconstitutional, religious speech is expressly protected by the First Amendment,’ says ADF Legal Counsel Matt Sharp, ‘and public schools have no business stopping students from praying together during their free time.’
‘Public schools should encourage the free exchange of ideas,’ adds ADF Senior Legal Counsel Jeremy Tedesco. ‘Instead, this school implemented an ill-conceived ban that singles out religious speech for censorship during free time.’…” (USA Today reports that Christianity is the most hated religion in 162 nations. Jesus said this would happen just before His return. In Luke 18:8 Christ discussed His Second Coming saying: “…when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” also “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me. If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin” – John 15:18 – 22. See the next two reports.)
Muslim terror army eyes expansion to Christian lands
November 24, 2014 — WND.com reports: “The Muslim jihadist group Boko Haram is eyeing a new offensive that would target Nigeria’s predominantly Christian south, according to Africa analysts.
Yan St-Pierre of the Berlin-based intelligence firm MOSECON, which monitors Boko Haram, said evidence indicates the group has been laying the groundwork for such a move.
‘We call it national-park hopping. They’ve been using the national parks as cover for moves down south. This is what we expect them to be doing. They’re going where the money is in Nigeria,’ St-Pierre said.
The targets are the nation’s oil and its centers of financial power: Port Harcourt, Kalaba, Lagos and Abuja.
‘They’re very slowly setting up these places to operate while everyone focuses on the major attacks. They’re trying to go for the big homeland down south in Nigeria,’ St-Pierre said.
International Christian Concern Africa analyst Cameron Thomas said Boko Haram attacks in the more populous south will inevitably produce more casualties.
‘I see Boko Haram mounting a series of attacks in places like Abuja and Lagos with the potential to inflict a great many casualties,’ Thomas said…”
Kenya bus attack: Al-Shabab ‘wants religious war’
November 22, 2014 — BBC News reports: “The slaughter of 28 people on a bus in Kenya is a bid to start a religious war, a senior adviser to President Uhuru Kenyatta has told the BBC.
Abdikadir Mohammed called on Kenyans of ‘all faiths and creeds’ to stand together against the ‘heinous crimes’.
At dawn on Saturday, al-Shabab gunmen attacked the bus in northern Kenya, shooting dead non-Muslim passengers.
The Somalia-based Islamist group has carried out numerous attacks across Kenya since 2011.
The bus was travelling to the capital, Nairobi, when it was stopped in Mandera county, not far from the border with Somalia.
Gunmen separated out non-Muslims by asking passengers to read from the Koran, officials and witnesses said. Those who failed were then shot in the head.
Kenya’s Red Cross confirmed that 28 of the 60 passengers on the bus were killed, 19 men and nine women.
One survivor, Douglas Ochwodho, told how he was singled out to be killed but was not shot and then pretended to be dead among the bodies.
‘The aim is to create conflict between the Muslims and the non-Muslims in this country,’ Mr. Mohammed told the BBC. ‘The aim is to create a religious war, religious strife, in Kenya.’…”