Mosquerading

Destroy and root out the abominations, idolatry, and heresy of the Turk, the pope, and all false teachers and fanatics who wrongly use Thy name and in scandalous ways take it in vain and horribly blaspheme it…in persecution they believe they render Thee a divine service.

This prayer is from Martin Luther’s small book A Simple Way to Pray. Luther’s book was written in request from his barber about how to pray. Luther took the Ten Commandments and Lord’s Prayer and offered prayers based on them to serve as a pattern for how we might pray. The above quote is from the petition “Hallowed be Your name.” The “heresy of the Turks” to which Luther refers is their religion of Islam, which teaches that the name of Jesus is decidedly not “the only name given under heaven by which men must be saved” (Acts 4:13). Heard or uttered any bold prayers like this in church lately?

Might want to start. For the Muslims are starting to pray to Allah in churches in the United States. This was brought close to home recently, as a Protestant church here in Kokomo has opened its doors to allow a gathering of Muslims to use its building. According to two trustworthy witnesses who were there, at a public meeting explaining this to the congregation a few weeks ago the pastor invited the Muslim leader to pray. At the end of his prayer offered in Arabic, the Muslim restated it in English and clearly called for Allah to bring victory over those who were not following him. Many of the duped churchgoers there bowed while he was praying, arguing later, “We all worship the same God any way.”

Sorry, but that’s not what the Apostle John said. “Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son” (I John 2:22). To the Muslim, they may want to persuade you all day long they respect Jesus as a prophet, but to them He is definitely not the Christ.

The lazy, gluttonous, post-Christian West does not understand the mindset of the Muslim. The sincere Muslim wants and preaches a worldwide spread of Islam. As a book like Robert Spencer’s The Truth about Muhammed shows, embedded in the very root of Muhammed’s life and teaching in the Qur’an is the belief that there must be constant warfare and struggle – jihad – to establish Islamic rule over the nations.

You might want to go to this website, watch the trailer for the movie Obsession: Radical Islam’s War against the West, then consider purchasing a copy. A professional and expertly-done news documentary, it contains clip after clip of sheiks and Muslim clerics who have been videotaped or televised in various countries preaching about bringing Islam to the West. Watching such things as thousands chanting “Death to America!,” children’s shows seen on Arabic television with seven year-old girls citing passionately poems about being a martyr for Allah, and Muslims in public in London and New York burning American flags and encouraging the bombing of the USA has quite a sobering effect. And if that’s sobering, then seeing the documented deception of Islamic leaders using the West’s freedoms, media and naivety against us gives you the nauseousness of a hangover.

Does not the covenant God both promise and show us in His word that when His people no longer honor Him, He will bring a more wicked nation against them? Read Genesis 28:49-52 of how “a nation from afar…a nation whose language you do not understand…a nation of fierce countenance” will be brought against those who turned from the Lord. Read Habakkuk who foresaw the horror of the Babylonians coming against Israel for doing that very thing. Then, when you have sought to console yourself by saying that was Israel and God does not treat other nations that way, read Amos’ warning to six other nations besides Israel, read Obadiah telling of Edom’s destruction, read Nahum telling of the end of Assyria…

Yes, we have a great military and most of these nations appear too backward to be of consequence. But as Obsession shows, the Allies did not think Hitler was much to worry about either. And Hitler was a godless man in one nation with few sympathizers on our soil. This Islamic movement has the sanction of Allah himself and is multi-national. They are already here converting churches into mosques. Is it not time that we long to see it turned the other way around?

So let our trust be not in our military (Psalm 20:7), but in God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit as we pray as Luther:

Dear Lord God, convert and restrain them. Convert those who are still to be converted that they with us and we with them may hallow and praise Thy name, both with true and pure doctrine and with a good and holy life. Restrain those who are unwilling to be converted so that they may be forced from misusing, defiling, and dishonoring Thy holy name and from misleading the poor people. Amen.

2 Comments

  1. Jeff Kessler October 4, 2007 at 10:41 pm #

    Barry:Thanks for sharing this w/ us. You mentioned a book by Robert Spencer. I have his book: “The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades)” The following quotes are from that book. The first is from John Q. Adams, the second from W. Churchill”In the 7th cen. of the Christian era, a wandering Arab of the lineage of Hagar,combining the powers of trancsendant genius, with the preternatural energy of a fanatic, and the fraudulent spirit of an impostor, proclaimed himself as a messenger from Heaven, and spread desolation and delusion over an extensive portion of the earth. Adopting from the sublime conception of the Mosaic law, the doctine of one omnipotent God; he connected indissolubly with it, the audacious falsehood, that he was himself His prophet and apostle. Adopting from the new Revelation of Jesus, the faith and hope of immortal life, and of future retribution, he humbled it to the dust by adapting all the rewards and sanctions of his religion to the gratification of the sexual passion. He poisoned the sources of human felicity at the fountain, by degrading the condition of the female sex, and the allowance of polygamy; and he declared undistinguishing and exterminating war as a part of his religion, against all the rest of mankind. The essence of his doctrine was violence and lust: to exhalt the brutal over the spiritual part of human nature….Between these two religions, thus contrasted in their charecter, a war of 1200 years has already raged. The war is yet flagrant…While the merciless and dissolute dogmas of the false prophet shall furnish motives to human action, there can never be peace upon earth and good will towards men.””How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votariew?…Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live. A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every women must belong to some man as his absolute property-either as child, wife, or concubine-must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.”Would any current politician have the guts to say these things?Jeff KesslerPS All of the “Politically Incorrect Guide to…” books that I’ve read are worth reading. The one on global warming is very good.

  2. Barry York October 8, 2007 at 10:08 am #

    Jeff,Thanks for the quotes. Powerful and sobering words from wise leaders of old.The contrast in the worldview between Christianity and Islam highlighted in Adams’ quote reminded me of the title of Spencer’s newest book – Religion of Peace?: Why Christianity Is and Islam Isn’t. Adams’ words highlight the difference.

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