CONTENDING FOR THE FAITH
Franklin Graham: Islam god is not ‘God of the Bible’
May 6, 2015 — WND.com reports: “Franklin Graham, one of the world’s best-known Christian evangelists and the head of the nonprofit Samaritan’s Purse, said in a Facebook post the god of Islam is not the ‘God of the Bible,’ or of Christianity.
He made the remarks in context of responding to the Garland, Texas, attacks that left one officer injured and the two gunmen – a Muslim convert and his roommate, both of whom have been embraced by ISIS as two of their own – dead.
‘One of the Muslim gunmen in Garland, Texas, said he had come there to die, believing that this pleases his god and he would go to heaven,’ Graham wrote.
‘The god of Islam and the God of the Bible are not the same.’
One key difference?
‘The god of Islam wants you to die for him,’ he said. ‘The God of the Bible sent His Son to die for us.’…” (The invitation of Christianity differs grossly from Islam’s call to convert. Theirs is ‘convert or die’; Christianity’s invitation is recorded in Matthew 11:28 – 30 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” And Revelation 22:17 “…the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.”
The following are some of the blasphemies spoken against Christ in the Koran:
- Jesus is not the Son of God
- Jesus never died on the cross for the sins of mankind
- Jesus is not the Savior of the world
- Jesus is coming back as a radical Muslim
- Jesus will come back just outside of Damascus
- Jesus will be subordinate to the Muslim Messiah Mahdi
- Jesus will rule under divine law – Sharia Law
- Jesus becomes a great Muslim evangelist and preaches for the Muslim faith
- Jesus will testify against Christians, the ones who called Him the Son of God
- Jesus will abolish Christianity.)
James Dobson: Christians soon to be ‘hated minority’
April 23, 2015 — WND.com reports: “James Dobson hosted a panel of Christian leaders on his ‘Family Talk’ radio show Wednesday and warned that Christians are about to face a new status in America as a ‘hated minority’ if the U.S. Supreme Court decides, as many expect, to mandate same-sex ‘marriage.’
‘The heart of what’s happening is an attempt to impose a new morality on all of America,’ said Maggie Gallagher, a traditional-marriage advocate for 25 years.
The author of ‘The Case for Marriage,’ Gallagher is co-founder of the National Organization for Marriage and a senior fellow with the American Principles Project.
Homosexual advocates have no interest in a ‘live and let live tolerance,’ she said. ‘After redefining marriage, the next thing on their agenda is to redefine Christianity.’
Under the new regimen, there will be no difference between man and woman, husband and wife, she said.
The attitude is that if you ‘see something different, there’s something morally wrong with you.’
Christianity, she said, ‘will enter a new phase, as a hated minority group.’…” (Jesus said in John 15: 18 – 20: “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.” See the next report.)
Syrian Archbishop Warns Christians ‘Could Disappear’ from the Country
April 30, 2015 — Breitbart.com reports: “Christians in Aleppo, Syria are currently facing some of the most intense fighting since the civil war broke out in 2011. Archbishop Jean-Clément Jeanbart spoke out following Easter attacks on Christians, warning the world that Christianity in Syria ‘could disappear.’
On Easter Sunday, jihadists attacked the Christian neighborhood of Aleppo. The attack killed 15 people. Jeanbart witnessed the death and destruction upon his arrival:
Among the lost was an entire Melkite Greek family of four, crushed to death when a section of their apartment building collapsed. One of Jeanbart’s grim responsibilities was to find a suitable spot for their burial, since the cemetery used by his Church for centuries is now a battle zone ringed by snipers.
Jeanbart’s secretary almost died in 2012 ‘when a bomb exploded near the archbishop’s residence.’ He lost an eye in the attack. Jeanbart and his driver were almost kidnapped in Beirut, but they ‘escaped when a military convoy happened to pass by, prompting the assailants to flee.’
The archbishop told Crux there were 170,000 Christians in Aleppo before the war, but they ‘may be around 100,000, maybe less’ as of publication. He does not know if those who left will come back. The Easter attack scared everyone into thinking Aleppo will be the next Mosul. He refers to Syria as the ‘country of blood and fire.’ Aid to the Church in Need brought Jeanbart to America following the Easter attack. He told an audience in Manhattan the Christians ‘are in grave danger’ and ‘may disappear soon.’…”
Westminster Abbey accused of ‘denial of Christ’s Lordship’
May 1, 2015 — ChristianToday.com reports: “Westminster Abbey has been accused of ‘denial of the Lordship of Jesus Christ’ after the prophet Muhammad was described as ‘the chosen one’ in a prayer at a First World War service.
The Abbey, which is a Royal Peculiar under the personal jurisdiction of the Queen and outside the Church of England’s diocesan structures, included a Turkish prayer in the recent service of commemoration and thanksgiving marking the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign.
The Archbishop Cranmer blogspot noted that God was thanked in the Abbey, and referred to as Allah, and there was no problem with that because Allah is simply Arabic for ‘The God’.
‘We may quibble over conflicting doctrines and cavil over contradictory revelations, but if St Paul can address a meeting of the Areopagus and exhort the incipient virtue in the ignorance of Athenian religiosity, whether you call the Creator of the universe ‘God’, ‘Jehovah’, ‘YHWH’, ‘I Am’ or ‘Allah’, you are acknowledging (in mirrors darkly) the One who does not live in temples built by human hands, and the One who gives everyone life and breath and everything else,’ he wrote.
But Cranmer said there was a problem with the prayer the congregation heard, which began ‘Bizleri yaratan’ and included the phrase: ‘Muhammed Mustafa’.
He wrote: ‘It’s hard to be offended by something one cannot understand. And there can be no offence at all caused by any exhortation of God in Turkish, for God is not an Englishman.’
The problem came in the translated succession of prophets which he described as ‘a comprehensible assertion of Islamic theology’…” (This blasphemy goes against scores of Biblical verses. 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.”)