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God’s Warning through Jeremiah, a Word for the U.S.?

June 14, 2020

James F. Gauss

Excerpted, in part, from Revelation 18 and the Fate of America.

Rev 18

In 627 B.C., thirty years before the reign of Zedekiah, the last king of Judah, God raised up Jeremiah, another powerful prophet of warning. Because Jeremiah was constantly telling the kings and people of Judah of their impending doom if they did not turn back to God, he was not a very popular prophet and his life was threatened many times. He spoke God’s word during the reign of five kings of Judah: Josiah, Jehoahaz, Jehoiakim, Jehoiachin and Zedekiah. Of the five, only Josiah (640-609 B.C.) followed the dictates of God’s heart.

Toward the beginning of Jeremiah’s ministry, God reminded Judah of their heritage and how they had profaned it. “I brought you into a bountiful country, to eat its fruit and its goodness. But when you entered, you defiled My land and made My heritage an abomination.  The priests did not say, ‘Where is the Lord?’ And those who handle the law did not know Me; the rulers also transgressed against Me; the prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked after things that do not profit” (Jeremiah 2:7-8).

“‘Your own wickedness will correct you’, God decreed through Jeremiah. “‘And your backslidings will rebuke you. Know therefore and see that it is an evil and bitter thing that you have forsaken the Lord your God, and the fear of Me is not in you,’ says the Lord God of hosts” (Jeremiah 2:19).

God told Jeremiah that life for the people of Judah was going to get so bad that he did not want Jeremiah to get married or raise children (Jeremiah 16:1-2).

“And it shall be, when you show this people all these words, and they say to you, ‘Why has the Lord pronounced all this great disaster against us? Or what is our iniquity? Or what is our sin that we have committed against the Lord our God?’  then you shall say to them, ‘Because your fathers have forsaken Me,’ says the Lord; ‘they have walked after other gods and have served them and worshiped them, and have forsaken Me and not kept My law.  And you have done worse than your fathers, for behold, each one follows the dictates of his own evil heart, so that no one listens to Me.  Therefore I will cast you out of this land into a land that you do not know, neither you nor your fathers; and there you shall serve other gods day and night, where I will not show you favor.’ (Jeremiah 16:10-13)

God’s continued warning through Jeremiah.

The instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, to pull down, and to destroy it, if that nation against whom I have spoken turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I thought to bring upon it.  And the instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it, if it does evil in My sight so that it does not obey My voice, then I will relent concerning the good with which I said I would benefit it (Jeremiah 18:7-10).

Nevertheless, the people were determined to go their evil ways. “And they said, ‘That is hopeless! [that is, turning back to God (Jeremiah 18:11)] so we will walk according to our own plans, and we will every one obey the dictates of his evil heart” (Jeremiah 18:12).

Once again, God sent them a harsh warning about their disobedience and turning from Him. “Because My people have forgotten Me,” God spoke through Jeremiah, “they have burned incense to worthless idols. And they have caused themselves to stumble in their ways, from the ancient paths, to walk in pathways and not on a highway, to make their land desolate and a perpetual hissing; everyone who passes by it will be astonished and shake his head.  I will scatter them as with an east wind before the enemy; I will show them the back and not the face in the day of their calamity.”

Rather than heed God’s repeated forewarnings of disaster ahead, the people hated Jeremiah and persecuted him. Even the priest and chief governor of the house of the Lord, Pashur, was so enraged by Jeremiah’s words that he hit Jeremiah and had him put in stocks. This harsh treatment did not deter Jeremiah and the day after he was released from the stocks he came before Pashur and told him that God no longer called him Pashur (prosperity), but that his name was now Magor-Missabib (fear on every side). Furthermore, God told Jeremiah that Babylon would invade Judah (which it did in 605 and 597 B.C.) and that Pashur and his fellow residents of Judah would be taken captive to Babylon (Jeremiah 20:3-6).

Two years after the beginning of Jeremiah’s ministry, in 625 B.C., Nabopolassar became the first king of a new Babylonian dynasty and Babylon would enter what would be known as her “golden age”. In 612 B.C. Nabopolassar and his army would capture and destroy Nineveh in Assyria (current-day Iraq east of the Tigris River) and by 608 B.C. Assyria would collapse under Babylon’s invasion.

The year before Assyria’s fall, Jehoahaz became the king of Judah, but only reigned three months before Necho, the king of Egypt, invaded Judah and took him prisoner (2 Kings 23:31-33). Necho then took Eliakim, Josiah’s son; changed his name to Jehoiakim and made him king of Judah. Just like Jehoahaz, Jehoiakim was an evil king and submitted to Necho’s stiff tribute of gold and silver, “. . . he [Jehoiakim] taxed the land to give money according to the command of Pharaoh; he exacted the silver and gold from the people of the land, from every one according to his assessment to give it to Pharaoh Necho” (2 Kings 23:35).

Jehoiakim served as Pharaoh’s vassal until 605 B.C. when King Nebuchadnezzar II, son of Nabopolassar, invaded Jerusalem. Nebuchadnezzar then made Jehoiakim his servant king in Judah. Jehoiakim eventually rebelled against the king of Babylon and Nebuchanezzar after paying three years of tribute to the Babylonian king. “And the Lord sent against him raiding bands of Chaldeans, bands of Syrians, bands of Moabites, and bands of the people of Ammon; He sent them against Judah to destroy it, according to the word of the Lord which He had spoken by His servants the prophets. Surely at the commandment of the Lord this came upon Judah, to remove them from His sight because of the sins of Manasseh, according to all that he had done,” (2 Kings 24:2-3).

Once again, around 598 B.C., Nebuchadnezzar came against Judah, pillaged it and took Jehoiakim, bound in fetters, prisoner to Babylon. Judah replaced Jehoiakim with his 18 year old son (some manuscripts say “eight”), Jehoiachin, who reigned only three months before Nebuchadnezzar had him, his family and his entire court taken prisoner to Babylon (2 Kings 24:8-12). Now Jerusalem and all of Judah was under the control of the king of Babylon.

Although Jeremiah’s ministry was thousands of years ago to Israel, does Israel’s history have a lesson and a warning for the United States? I believe it does. The experience and history of the U.S. and its falling away from God very much parallels that of ancient Israel. America has become a wicked an evil place where evil is good and good is evil. Where the church has been powerless to stop the excising of prayer and the Bible from American education; stop abortion; stop perversion; stop Marxist education of our children; stop the decline of the family, and much more. In fact, instead of standing against the evil of the day, far too many churches have embraced it. To turn things around, Apostle Peter warned that God’s judgment must start with His house, the church (1 Peter 4:17). So be it!

 

God Cannot Live in the Presence of Sin

June 11, 2020

Excerpted from Revelation 18 and the Fate of America

By James F. Gauss

Rev 18

God, the God of the Bible, cannot and will not co-habit with sin. We cannot come before God without repentance and a contrite heart. No one can call upon God and plead for His mercy without first repenting of his or her wrong-doing. As America’s sins have piled high with a growing repudiation of her sinfulness, God, as He did with His chosen people (the Jewish nation) will have no choice but to turn her over to the consequences of her sins.

Despite the millions of practicing Jews and Christians in America, the United States as a whole has become a nation of idol worshippers who have turned away from the God of the Founding Fathers. Just like the rapid collapse of Israel and Judah, present and future generations will be astonished at the rapid decline of so great a nation that had so much potential under God’s guidance.   However, like the Jews, America “forsook the Lord their God” and “embraced other gods, and worshipped them and served them” (see 1 Kings 9:8-9).

“Oh, that you had heeded My commandments!” Isaiah warned the Jews on behalf of God. “Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea” (Isaiah 48:18).   Many of America’s leaders, both secular and religious, have been boastful and egotistical for some time, refusing to consult God for the right path. They have not only fully rejected God’s ways but they have embraced the sinfulness of the world around them. And, in many cases they have created that very sinfulness with wicked hearts.

Remember democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.

John Adams, letter to John Taylor, April 15, 1814

The leaders and people of America would do well to heed the warnings of the prophet Isaiah to the Jews over 2,700 years ago.

Woe to those who decree unrighteous decrees, who write misfortune, which they have prescribed to rob the needy of justice, and to take what is right from the poor of My people, that widows may be their prey, and that they may rob the fatherless. What will you do in the day of punishment, and in the desolation which will come from afar? To whom will you flee for help? And where will you leave your glory?” (Isaiah 10:1-3)

Isaiah warned that because Israel’s sins had caused a great separation between them and God and that they were guilty of shedding innocent blood, that God would be forced to turn His face away from them and not hear their pleas (Isaiah 59:1-3, 6-9). The Jews were so full of sin, Isaiah said, that they no longer knew the way of truth and righteousness. Therefore true peace and justice escaped them. Although they sought the light of understanding to guide them, they were surrounded by nothing but darkness.

Cherish, therefore, the spirit of our people, and keep alive their attention. Do not be too severe upon their errors, but reclaim them by enlightening them. If once they become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress, and Assemblies, Judges, and Governors, shall all become wolves.

Thomas Jefferson

Letter to Edward Carrington, January 16, 1787

From a secular viewpoint, James Madison, the “Father of the Constitution” and fourth president of the United States, understood that, “The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny” (Federalist No. 48, February 1, 1788).   Madison recognized that if the United States ever drifted away from the separation of powers wisely set up in the U.S. Constitution by the Founding Fathers, and became one monolithic governing body without any “checks and balances”, America would descend into tyranny. Unfortunately, that is where America finds itself under past and current political leadership.

Once again, Isaiah lamented what he saw was in Israel’s future if they did not repent. If they did not turn from their wicked ways and seek God’s salvation, then God would turn away from them (Isaiah 64:5-7). “But we are all like an unclean thing,” Isaiah proclaimed, “and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags; we all fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away” (verse 6). Because no one called on God in repentance and appealed to Him for help, Isaiah was constrained to ask God, “Will You restrain Yourself because of these things, O Lord? Will You hold Your peace, and afflict us very severely?” (Isaiah 64:12).

As for My people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O My people! Those who lead you cause you to err, and destroy the way of your paths.

Isaiah 3:12

 

“Trial by Fire”

May 26, 2020

A Sermon by the late Dr. Peter Marshall

(Transcribed by James F, Gauss)

During America’s most trying time since the Civil War ―in the midst of the Great Depression and during the onset of World War II―there arose in America an immigrant Scottish preacher that held the ear of America and particularly the rapt attention of its political leaders in Washington. His name was Peter Marshall. Born in Coatbridge, Scotland in 1904, he arrived in America in 1927 with all the worldly wealth of a pauper.

After a year of working in New Jersey, he followed a fellow immigrant Scotsman to Birmingham, Alabama. Members of his church soon recognized God’s calling on his life and his Sunday school class helped pay his way through seminary in Atlanta. He started his ministry at a small church in Covington, Georgia, but was soon called to preach and pastor at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Atlanta. His charisma and powerful, down-to-earth sermons soon began to draw overflow crowds on Sunday mornings, with people standing outside to the blare of loud speakers in order to glean the nuggets of biblical truths that he preached.

By 1937 he had attracted the attention of the presbyters at the well-known New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. In all humility he resisted their call, but finally succumbed to their persistence, trusting that God would give him the wisdom and ability for such a high pastoral station.

Preaching fluently in a thick, rolling-off-the-tongue Scottish burr, Dr. Marshall enthralled standing-room-only crowds wherever he exhorted the faithful. His devotion and sincerity before the Lord, along with his down-home wholesomeness soon attracted members of the U.S. Senate, as well as captured the hearts of the American people, young and old alike.

Early in January, 1947 he graciously accepted his election as the 57th Chaplain to the U.S. Senate and served until his untimely death at age 45 on January 25, 1949. Senators made it a point to arrive early so they wouldn’t miss his eloquent prayers.   This foreword presents a prophetic sermon by Dr. Marshall, that was not only pertinent for the time and audience for which it was preached, but one that is eerily timeless and apropos for America and its inhabitants of today. It was Dr. Marshall’s fourth and last sermon for the week at the St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church in New Orleans, Louisiana on Saturday, March 11, 1944.

The following sermon by the late Dr. Peter Marshall was transcribed by James F. Gauss from an audio tape provided by Dr. Marshall’s now deceased son, Rev. Peter J. Marshall. While many of his prayers in the U.S. Senate were printed in national publications of the day, as far as can be ascertained, this is the first time that this powerful audio-taped sermon has been transcribed and published. It is presented here in its entirety and also in Dr. Gauss’ book, Revelation 18 and the Fate of America. It is long, but well worth your time and sharing with others.

Trial by Fire

Dr. Peter Marshall

March 11, 1944

My text is taken from the first book of Kings, chapter 18, and verse 21: “If the Lord be God, follow Him! But if Baal, then follow him!”

The setting of the text is one of the most dramatic in the Old Testament. The leaders of the nation, including the king, had come together to make a great decision. It was a national emergency; something had to be done.

Elijah, the prophet, had called them to meet on Mount Carmel to settle no less a question than whom should they worship.

It was a day of choice―a day of destiny.

William Penn said, “That men must be governed by God, or they will be ruled by tyrants.”

Here, then, was an ancient Hebrew prophet facing the very same issue, and making his people face it with him.

They all knew the history of their nation. A lot of their fathers had come out of the wilderness; out of bondage into a new land as pioneers. Behind them were great leaders. Moses and Aaron and Joshua―men who had been led by God. They had set up, not a democracy, but a theocracy―a state governed by God.

The true God and His holy law had been written into the nation’s constitution. The Ten Commandments had been to them a Bill of Rights and a Declaration of Dependence. The leaders of the young nation had taken God as their King and Sovereign. They had ample reason to believe―having seen it worked out in their own history―that righteousness alone exalted a nation, and that, that nation was only blessed whose God was the Lord. They had seen it work in the past. Their national history was proof. They had been taught that obedience to the laws of God was the only foundation for national greatness, liberty and security.

As long as the nation could recognize God as Supreme, it could stand. But something had been happening in the national light. The faith and the vision of the founding fathers had faded. Moral decay had set in. There was confusion in the minds of the people. They were beginning to forget the principles that had made them a nation. They had begun to love things more than principles.

All around them paganism flourished. Their neighbors were not without god. They had gods, many of them. Convenient gods. Gods that could be worshipped in ways that appealed to the lower nature.

Materialism had a god. His name was Baal. He offered to his devotees things that human instincts craved. He was a god of the flesh.   His priests encouraged the people to follow their natural inclinations. It was worship and indulgence expressed in lust and adorned in selfishness. It had no inhibitions at all.

It said, “Look after number one! Be yourself. Be natural.” Self-expressions and natural instincts was its program. A good time for everyone according to the flesh, was its goal.

No wonder it grew in popularity.

But still, Israel was confused. Their inheritances of the past―the early teachings of their parents―were not forgotten. Something of conscience was not yet drugged, and they were confused and uneasy. They took a little of Jehovah and a little of Baal. They became by degrees more and more broadminded. Was it not a free country? Who wanted to be old fashioned?

So, morality became a relative thing. The old absolutes were regarded as far too intolerant. The national moral standards were lowered. The worship of Baal and Jehovah got mixed. Somehow, it was hard to draw a line of distinction. Materialism and idealism were often confused.

Now, Elijah saw the danger. He saw what would happen to the nation when its moral fiber was weakened. He knew the end of confusion and indecision. He believed with all

his heart, that national ruin and disaster were inevitable if the nation preempted Jehovah and departed from its charter and constitution.

So he summoned the leaders of the country together on this day of destiny.

“If the Lord be God, follow Him! But, if Baal, then follow him!”

It was a time now for men to take sides. There was no middle ground. They could not be neutral. They had to be on one side or the other. They had to decide whether their nation would be governed by God or ruled by tyrants.

Elijah saw that Israel as a nation could go with God and Baal. It had to be God or Baal. He was a fearless man, this Elijah. He faced the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal, the king and the nation’s leaders. It had to be either, or. They had to get on one side or the other.

Remember the dramatic test, the trial by fire? On the slopes of Carmel with the copper sky above them and the parched, sun-baked plains of Jezreel at their feet, the people stood waiting.

Elijah announced his proposed test. Let the matter be decided once and for all. Let sacrifices be laid on the altar. Let him be God who will send down fire and consume the offering. Let Baal have the advantage of priority. Let his priests have the first inning. Everything would be in their favor. The sun climbing to meridian would be at its height. There were four hundred and fifty of them, and if they all prayed, that would be a lot of prayers. Let them call upon their god and let him answer if he could.

Then began the weird pagan performance with Elijah jibbing at them with pointed sarcasm. His words had blades in them. His taunts were razor sharp.

“Cry louder! Why don’t you? Cry louder! He is a god you are crying to. Well, he must be talking to somebody. He must be in the chase. Or perhaps he has gone for a walk. Peradventure he is asleep. He may be taking a nap. Cry louder! Wake him up!”

He taunted them all day long until they were all at the point of exhaustion. Hoarse with their shouting, weary with their dancing. Bleeding and wounding―since in their frenzy they cut themselves, hoping the sight of their own blood spouting from tired arms and legs might cause Baal to relent and to answer. They carried on until evening. But there was neither a voice nor any to answer, nor any that regard it.

Then Elijah, confident and unhurried, called the people closer. And, going over to an abandoned, broken down Jehovah altar, Elijah had them set upon it a sacrifice and drenched it three times with water. Even to make the test more impressive, he soaked the whole altar with water that ran into a trench dug all around it.

Then his prayer to Jehovah―not ranting, or foaming, or shouting. And it was answered in fire that consumed the sacrifice; licked up the water in the trench, and, to the people looking on, cried, as they fell on their faces, “The Lord, He is God! The Lord, He is God!”

Now, I suggest to you that America needs prophets today―men, and women too, because more than once in history, a woman’s voice has stated the issues clearly―to set before the nation the essential choices.

God, give us men! A time like this demands strong minds, great hearts, true faith, and ready hands. Men, whom the lust of office does not kill. Men, whom the spoils of office cannot buy. Men who possess an opinion and a will. Men who have honor. Men who will not lie. Men who can stand before a demagogue and damn his treacherous flatteries without winking. Tall men, sun-crowned, who live above the fog in public duty and in private thinking [1].

For, while the rabble with their thumb-worn creeds, their large professions and little deeds mingled in selfish strife―lo, freedom weeps. Wrong rules the land, and waiting justice, sleeps.

We are engaged in total war and fighting for total victory. Well, it will not be won outside the United States alone. It must be won at home, as well as in Europe and the Pacific.

There are evil forces plotting within the nation as well. For men have become lovers of themselves, more than lovers of their country. All traitors are not enemy agents. Espionage and sabotage are not the only weapons that harm a war effort. Love of power and authority has enslaved the hearts of many Americans.

The seeds of racial hate and intolerance have been sown. And we will reap a bitter harvest. As recent events [race riots] in Detroit and both Boston and Los Angeles have indicated.

Our moral standards have been lowered. Our national moral standards―and no nation makes progress in a downward direction.

The growth of addiction to alcoholic beverages, for example, by women, as well as by men, in great numbers, is of great concern to every patriotic American who loves his country and is anxious about her future. And not all of those concerned are cranks, bluenoses or killjoys. Perhaps it is unfortunate, that those who speak for temperance in the newsreels are not particularly photogenic to begin with, but they are usually posed and quoted in such a way as to provoke derisive laughter in our theaters. The cause of temperance is not advanced, and we who are concerned about it can’t help wondering what will happen to a country that apparently is no longer aware of the dangers.

Illustrations could be multiplied, both of the decay of morals and of the activity of evil forces in our midst. The old time evangelists use to express the tragedy of men and women individually going to hell. But we don’t hear much about that nowadays. Because they say people don’t believe in hell. But I notice that they talk a lot about it in their conversations.

But today we are living in a time when enough individuals choosing to go to hell will pull the nation down to hell with them.

The choices you make in moral and religious questions determine the way America will go. We badly need a prophet who will have the ear of America and who will say, “If the Lord be God, follow Him! But if Baal, then follow him!”

We must decide and decide quickly who is chief―whom we will serve. Millions of people in America live in moral fog. The issues are not clear to them. They cannot face the light that makes them black or white. They want grays and neutral picks. They move in sort of a spiritual twilight. Modified morality on the basis of cleverness guides millions of people. Modified dishonesty within the letter of the law is the practice of millions more.

Surely the time has come―because the hour is late―when we must decide. The choice before us is plain: Jehovah or Baal? Christ or chaos? Conviction or compromise? Discipline or disintegration?

I have not stated the matter too strongly. You may agree mildly or you may disagree violently, but the time has come to face the duties and obligations of our citizenship and willing to assume the disciplines imposed by the things we believe in before we are forced to accept the disciplines of tyranny.

I, for one am rather tired about hearing about our rights and privileges as American citizens. The time has come and now is, when we ought to hear about the duties and responsibilities of our citizenship. It’s just as plain and clear as that.

The average church member has forgotten and forsaken the old disciplines. He attends services when it is convenient. His contribution of time and money is seldom such as to involve sacrifice on his part. The church, the Word, the sacraments have no compulsion over his life apparently. Of course, to be honest about it, the fault is not alone that of the church member. The ministry, the church officers, are also involved in blame, because the church has failed to challenge the faith and vision of the lay people in the pews. The programs of too many churches call for neither effort nor sacrifice―all of that is sadly true.

The remedy for this sad state of affairs will lie, I believe, in the seeking God’s will for the individual church, and the adopting of a daring program to which He is challenging us all. Our strength is limited only by our faith in asking God’s help.

“According to your faith be it unto you.”

That is the measure that would enable us to move mountains. Or, if our faith be limited, to cause us to stumble over mole hills.

So also in the affairs of a nation. “If the Lord be God, follow Him! But, if Baal, then follow him!”

Now, let us be honest about it. If we have thrown away our national heritage; if we no longer believe this nation was founded under God; if, contrary to what is stamped upon our coins, our trust is not in God but in something else, let us say so. Let us at least not be hypocrites.

A nation led by God will lead the world. The world today has many open doors, open to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Peoples ready and waiting for the spiritual leadership that could steer the storm-tossed ark of humanity away from the rocks of war and the shoals of selfishness and greed.

Our own country, with all of its sophistication, is filled with people who are hungry for the Gospel. Satiated with the materialistic philosophies that filled our stomachs and starved our souls; that supplied gadgets while they forgot God.

America’s future depends on her accepting and demonstrating God’s government. If America listens to God; if America obeys God, then she can be great among the nations. Here, in America, we have the people, we have the means of communication, we have the genius and the skill, we have the political forums, the wealth, the natural resources, the prestige, and the ability to lead the whole world into a new and bright tomorrow in which dreams and hopes of the human heart may be achieved and the desires and the prayers of the nations all realized in a world where there can be life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness available to all men, regardless of their race or their color, because that is precisely what God wishes for all His creatures.

It seems to any student of history, that God has been preparing this great nation to fulfill a destiny in the world. There are many who believe that her first great chance came in nineteen hundred and twenty, when the Christian idealism of a great man, Woodrow Wilson, was not shared by many in power in the Congress―who lacked the vision and idealism of the President.

America refused to accept her destiny in 1920. It may be that God is giving her another chance now. And in the days that follow, as the war enters its final phases, the issues are becoming clearer. Will we fail again? We need to learn and to understand that God can guide and can control in government, in business, in labor, in management, in the home and in the heart of every individual, until the whole nation is under God’s control.

Men can be in touch with God. In every situation, men can know the will of God. They can know exactly what God wants them to do and to be. God’s plans and God’s power are always available. When men seek God, they find Him and are found of Him. When men listen, God speaks. When men give God a chance, He works out His plan. He has a plan for every human life. He has a plan for you and for me. He has a plan for America―and all who truly love America will want America to follow it. But America cannot follow it until we―you and I―as individuals, follow it.

Do you know what God wants you to do? Do you know what God wants you to be? He will tell you, if you ask Him. He will speak, if you give Him a chance―if you listen.

It is not enough that our leaders should be guided by God. The people must be guided also. It is not enough that the minister of the church should seek to discover the will of God, the congregation, likewise, must discover it and follow it.

One challenge that these critical days have flung down to the church people, is that we begin to be truly Christian in all of our relationships, or stop pretending.

When our fighting men come back from Italy, Germany and from Japan, they are going to be brutally frank and honest. They will see through hypocrisy. They know now the things that really count in life and they will not be deceived by displays of piety, or by sham and show. They will look for changed lives. For different ways of living. For different ways of dealing with servants, with employers and with employees. Different standards of values; different outlooks upon life; different dispositions.

It is a lot of nonsense what the beautifully colored advertisements are saying in our magazines―that our fighting men want to come back to an America totally unchanged. That is nonsense! The men who are on the fighting fronts now, know full well; know far more clearly than they ever did before, the things in America that must be changed if their sacrifice is to be worthwhile.

We must not be the same people they left behind. We must be worthy of their sacrifices. We must be worthy of the blood that has been and will be shed. Surely the issue is crystal clear. And they are returning now on hospital ships. They are being guided down the gangplank with bandaged eyes. They are coming creaking, swinging on creaking crutches to stand again on wounded feet on American soil. They are coming with their arms in slings; with empty sleeves tucked in tunic pockets. They are coming with trouser legs pinned up, to stand again on the America for which they fought and bled. And they are hearing in their ears, the newsboys call the headlines” “Twenty-thousand men on strike.” What for? For higher wages? No, not this time. For better living conditions? No, not this time. What then in God’s name? What for? Because of strife and difference between rival labor unions. Jurisdictional disputes. Men seeking power and influence. Men seeking to exalt themselves. Men seeking selfishly their own interests in a time of national crisis.

They hear of squabbles in the Senate as to how the soldiers are to vote. They hear all that with disillusionment. They hear of so many of their fellow countrymen and countrywomen who seem to be totally unaware of the issues involved. And they look at the empty sleeves stuck in tunic pockets. They look at trouser legs pinned up to stumps of legs. They look at the wounds and the scars and the bandages and they ask themselves, Was it worth it?

Was it worth it to storm Tarawa [2]? Was it worth it to fly over the acrid-filled skies over Berlin? Was it worth it to land at Palermo [Sicily, Italy] and leave a leg at Salerno [Campania, Italy] [3]? Was it worth it? To come back to a country that wants to be the same, apparently. That wants to have its selfishness entrenched and encouraged and enforced. Is it worthwhile to shed your blood for people who do not seem to realize that they have got to change? That America must be worth the sacrifices that are being made for her now on every battle front. Was it worthwhile?

We must make the answer, “Yes, by God it was!” We must somehow convince them who have given up legs and not in vain.

Life magazine [December 27, 1943, page 28], in its Christmas issue, has a magnificent editorial from which I shall like to quote this paragraph:

“…The lackadaisical days when it didn’t matter much whether you were a Christian or not, may be numbered. If the reassertion grows strong you may have to declare yourself more definitely than you ever expected, as to whether you believe in the word of Christ―or do not. This choice, if it is really forced on the Christian world, may be the choice that leads finally to the long-awaited religious revival; a revival born in the hearts of the citizens of our time, who, when forced to choose, will find no truth, no comfort, and no inspiration elsewhere.”

We need a prophet who will have the ear of America and say to her now, “How long will you halt and stand between two opinions? If the Lord be God, follow Him! But if Baal be god, follow him!” and go to hell.

Oh God, bless America. May our prayer not be and empty whine of selfish pride and arrogant stupidity. But may it rather be a humble, contrite plea to the God of all nations to make this land that we love so well worth defending; worth fighting for; worth dying for. Oh God, help us to make America God’s country.

And now, may the love of God the Father, the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the abiding fellowship of God, the Holy Spirit, rest upon us now and abide with us forevermore. Amen.

Dr. Peter Marshall, Sr.

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Dr. Marshall’s sermon of over 76 years ago is not only prophetic but clearly illustrates not only how little America has changed but how much more depraved it has become since his day.

“Illustrations could be multiplied, both of the decay of morals and of the activity of evil forces in our midst,” Dr. Marshall preached. “The old time evangelists use to express the tragedy of men and women individually going to hell. But we don’t hear much about that nowadays. Because they say people don’t believe in hell. But I notice that they talk a lot about it in their conversations.

“But today we are living in a time when enough individuals choosing to go to hell will pull the nation down to hell with them.

“The choices you make in moral and religious questions determine the way America will go. We badly need a prophet who will have the ear of America and who will say, ‘If the Lord be God, follow Him! But if Baal, then follow him!’”

Despite Dr. Marshall’s impassioned plea 76 years ago and that of dozens of preachers since, it is abundantly clear that the people of America have decided to follow Baal, the god of licentiousness and depravity. 

Author’s notes.

[1] This poem, God Give Us Men! was by puritan descendent, Josiah Gilbert Holland (1819-1881) and was a favorite of Dr. Marshall.

[2] Tarawa atoll is part of Gilbert Islands in the central Pacific. The small (2.5 miles by 800-foot at its widest) island of Betio was occupied by a small but determined Japanese force that guarded a very strategic military runway. On November 20, 1943, the U.S. Marines with U.S. Navy support offshore launched a tenacious four-day amphibious assault. The taking of this “one square mile of hell” as it was later called, cost the lives of 1,000 marines and 4,000 Japanese soldiers, but was considered to be the “pivotal event” of the military operations in the Pacific theater. The capture of tiny Betio eventually led to a strong U.S. military presence in the Marshall Islands, which provided allied forces with a strike force to hit mainland Japan and thus end the war in the Pacific with the surrender of the Japanese on September 2, 1945.

[3] Both Palermo and Salerno are sites in Italy where there was bitter American fighting against stubborn German resistance during World War II.

This prophetic sermon by Dr. Peter Marshall was published for the first time in Revelation 18 and the fate of America by James F. Gauss in 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whom Do We Serve?

May 23, 2020

James F. Gauss, Ph.D.

May 22, 2020

Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God.  Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.

Romans 13:1-2

There you have it: “Submit to the governing authorities.” Our excuse not to be bold and courageous and to be submissive to secular rule. I am tired of this scripture being thrown in the faces of Christians every time Christian leadership is too hesitant to do what God commands them to do.

This admonition by Paul to the new Christians in Rome has nothing to do with the church submitting to ungodly authority. It is an instruction for individuals to be good citizens and follow just laws.

Regardless of your own interpretation of Paul’s words, my question to pastors as one of Christ’s shepherds is: Who is the head of your church? Christ or the government? You know the answer, so I will refrain from providing it.

As a World War II baby I grew up in segregated America. Although we lived in a multi-racial, multi-ethnic rural neighborhood in the northeast of the nation, I was pretty much oblivious to racial injustice. That all changed with a rude awakening when I decided to attend college in the deep south in 1960. As a friendly, naïve northerner, my inclination was to make friends with anyone, no matter what their station in life or skin color. That got me in trouble real quick. Hold on, there’s a point to this diversion.

The school was, of course, lily white and mostly born and bred southerners. All the menial jobs on campus and elsewhere were performed by black men and women who were paid a token 50-cents per hour (minimum wage was $1.00). I cringed at the way I saw my fellow southern students treat the black workers. They were repeatedly offensive, disrespectful and always playing pranks on these hard working people. Partly as a result, I befriended a number of the workers. Largely to let them know that not everyone thought ill of them or saw them as subhuman, not deserving of respect. And, I paid a small price, as southern students in my dorm pulled pranks on me to show their displeasure. However, that did not deter me, and I showed the same respect to blacks off campus too.

I write this, not to elevate myself, but to illustrate a forthcoming point. This was the “civil rights” era of Martin Luther King, Jr., Medgar Evers and many more black and white civil rights leaders. They emerged from their churches to fight for justice for all under the U.S. Constitution. During the spring semester of my freshman year, a young black man from South Carolina, Harvey Gantt (look him up), wanted to attend my school’s acclaimed architectural school. At the time, I was taking a class on U.S. government. One day the professor stood before the class and proclaimed, that if this “nigger” tried to integrate the school, they would lynch him. Needless to say, it was the only course I ever failed, because I withdrew the next day.

There are many stories I could share, but my point is this: Where would America and black Americans be today, if pastors and Christians, continued to obey the segregated “law” of the South and ignored the unjust treatment of fellow Americans and brothers and sisters in Christ? For Freedom Fighters of that era, there was no question, no hesitation for them, “on what would Jesus do?” Jesus would defy unjust authority, just like He did with the Pharisees who sought to kill Him.

How many followers of Christ were persecuted, tortured and brutally killed during the first century of the Church because they refused to submit to the authorities? Despite the constant threats from multiple sources they continued to meet, pray corporately and preach the Gospel and minister to the saints of Christ.

Throughout the centuries, hundreds of millions of Christ followers have lost their lives because they refused to deny Christ or stop practicing their faith. Fast forward to today. Around the world, in such oppressive environments as China, SE Asia, Iran, the Middle East, parts of Africa and elsewhere, bold and courageous warriors for Christ daily defy the powers to be and risk their lives to meet, pray, worship, testify, break bread, study God’s word, etc.

What can we say; what can you say to these brothers and sisters in Christ who risk everything for the cause of Christ, while we humbly submit to our local and state “lord and masters?” Pastors and congregants, who controls your church? The government or Christ and His body of believers?

Yes, I get all the health concerns of this “pandemic.” I also know that it now has been proven that it was grossly overblown. There was absolutely no need to shut down America’s economy and certainly no need to shutter our churches. Yes, I know, the church is not the building, I fully understand that. This whole mess, as far as I’m concerned, shows just how weak the church is in America. The church has always had the ability and willingness to take care of its own, including the infirm and needy. It does not need the permission or instructions from the state or other “authorities.” I would submit that each church and each pastor knows how to protect and minister to their vulnerable members without the dictates from the state.

Think about it, pastors. What will you do next time, you are told to shut down your church? And, there will be a next time. After all, the authorities found out just how easy it was to scare you into submission. What stand will you take and with whom will you stand? As a reminder, the church is to be God’s “salt” and “light” under any conditions, and at all times. It is to show the way, not be told which way to go by godless authority. Before COVID-19, other than for weather related reasons, when was the last time you shuttered your church because somebody told you to? When will be the next time?

What if, instead of fully closing down, non-vulnerable and willing church members came together in corporate prayer and fasting, confessing their sins and the sins of the country, repenting and calling upon God’s mercy and seeking His intervention on behalf of their loved ones and the country. Would we be in a different and better place today? Yes, I know thousands of Christians were doing that on their own, but the power of the corporate prayer of the Body of Christ cannot be understated. This would have been an excellent time for churches across America to have been praying for much needed revival throughout our nation.

And He called the twelve to Himself, and began to send them out two by two,

and gave them power over unclean spirits.

Mark 6:7

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Contents
Acknowledgements 13
Preface by Pastor Reza Safa. 15
Introduction. 17

THE BEGINNING 25
1. Understanding the Origin of Islam. 27
The World Islamic Population. 28
Countries with high Muslim Populations. 29
Regional Distribution of Muslims (map). 31
The Islamic Birth Rate. 32
Abortions Further Exasperate the Problem. 33
The Origin of Islam. 34
Muhammad’s First Revelation. 35
Problems with Muhammad’s Revelation. 36
The Source of God’s Word. 37
Satanic Verses—The Islamic Conundrum. 39
Muhammad’s Night Journey to the Seven Heavens. 41
The Hijra or Flight to Medina. 43
Dig Deeper. 44
Chapter Review. 44
References. 45
2. The Bible vs. the Qur’an. 49
Biblical Contrasts and Islamic Abrogation. 50
Abrogation—Strictly an Islamic Concept. 50
Muhammad’s Mecca vs. Medina Revelations. 52
Chronological Order of Surahs (insert). 52
Muhammad Revealed Only the Truth—But Jesus is the Truth. 53
The Qur’an in Light of the Bible. 55
Does an Original Copy of the Qur’an or Bible Exist? 55
Dig Deeper. 57
Muslims are Commanded in the Qur’an to Read the Bible. 57
Allah Revealed the Bible is Corrupt. 62
There is No Common Ground with the Bible and the Qur’an. 64
One God vs. The Triune God. 65
Biblical Testimonies to the Trinity. 66
The Triune God of Christians Explained. 68
Christians are not Polytheists. 69
The Coming of Jesus Christ Foretold. 70
The Death and Crucifixion of Christ. 71
Islam’s Version of Christ’s Crucifixion. 73
Witnesses to Christ’s Crucifixion and Resurrection. 75
Josephus, the Jewish Historian. 82
Muhammad’s Hatred for the Cross of Christ. 83
Dig Deeper. 85
Chapter Review. 85
References. 86
Addendum: Comparison of the Bible & Qur’an. 87
3. America’s First Introduction to Islam. 91
Map of the Ottoman Empire. 92
Map of the Barbary States. 93
Morocco’s Recognition of the United States. 93
The Real Reason Jefferson Owned a Qur’an. 93
The Islamic scriptural basis for jihad. 96
Jefferson’s Religious Freedom Statute. 96
John Quincy Adams’ Views on Islam. 98
Jefferson’s First War with the Barbary Pirates (1801-1805). 99
The frigate. 101
Article 11 of the 1796 peace treaty of Tripoli. 102
The Second Barbary War (June 17-19, 1815). 105
Dig Deeper. 106
Chapter Review. 106
References. 107
4. Israel and the Middle East. 111
Will There Ever be Peace in the Middle East? 111
Abram (Abraham) Seeks an Heir. 111
The Destiny of Ishmael and His Descendants. 112
God’s Plan and Covenant. 112
The Original Demarcation of the Land of Canaan. 113
Ishmael was not in God’s Plan for His People. 113
Muslims are not Descendants of Abraham. 114
God did not Recognize Ishmael as Abraham’s Son. 115
Allah says that Palestine is for the Jews. 117
Historical and Archeological Evidence that Jerusalem Belongs to the Jews. 119
The Origin of Palestine and the Palestinians. 123
Origins of the Name “Palestine.” 124
The Balfour Declaration of 1917. 125
Balfour Declaration. 126
The Two State Solution. 127
The Oslo Accord. 129
Hamas Covenant to Destroy Israel. 130
The UN Condemns Israel and Exonerates Hamas and Palestinians. 133
Dig Deeper. 135
Chapter Review. 136
References. 137
5. Deceptions of Islamic, Christian & Political Leaders. 141
Deceptions Among America’s Leaders. 141
True Islam. 148
Deception #1: Allah and Jehovah God are One. 149
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association vs. the Roman Catholic View. 150
Muslims Claim Allah is Jehovah God. 152
Did Allah Reveal Himself to Moses? 153
Biblical Reasons Allah is not the God of the Bible. 155
Deception #2: Islam is an Abrahamic Faith as is Judaism and Christianity. 159
Deception #3: Jews, Christians and Muslims Pray to the Same God. 160
The Roman Catholic Position. 161
What Does Jesus Say? 162
The Holy Spirit, Whom Muslims Deny, Directs the Prayers of Christ Followers. 164
Deception #4: Islam is a Religion of Peace. 165
The “Arab Spring” Reverberation. 169
Homegrown Terrorism. 173
Deception #5: Islam is a Religion of Tolerance. 177
“No Compulsion in Religion.” 177
Surrendering to Islam is not an Option. 178
Dig Deeper. 179
Deception #6: Islamic Terrorism & Terrorists Do Not Represent True Islam. 181
An Islamic Apologist. 182
Entrenchment of the Muslim Brotherhood. 183
In Defense of the Muslim Brotherhood. 185
Muslim Brotherhood Motto. 186
Deception #7: True Islam has been Hijacked and can be Reformed. 188
Deception #8: There are Moderate Muslims. 190
The Myth of the “Moderate Muslim.” 190
Questions Abound. 192
Can True Muslims Adapt to the West? 194
The Question Remains. 197
Dig Deeper. 198
Chapter Review. 198
References. 199

THE MESSENGER 205
6. Muhammad vs. Prophets of the Bible. 207
The Nature of a Prophet. 207
What and Who is a Prophet? 208
True Prophets Know the Voice of God. 210
Moses, an Ordinary Man. 210
Samuel, the Boy. 212
Isaiah, the Messianic Prophet. 212
Jeremiah, the Weeping Prophet. 213
Ezekiel, Prophet of the Captivity. 213
John the Baptist. 214
Jesus, the Christ. 214
The Changeable Allah vs. Unchangeable God. 215
The Purpose of Prophecy. 215
The God Who Cannot Lie or Change His Mind. 216
Old Testament Prophesies About Jesus. 218
Seed of David. 218
Son of God. 218
The Mediator Between Man and God. 219
The Anointed One—The Messiah. 219
Born of a Virgin. 220
Born in Bethlehem. 221
A Man without Sin. 221
Betrayed by a Friend. 222
Crucified and Pierced for Our sake. 222
Jesus was Resurrected and Did Not Die. 222
Prophet of Justice and Good News. 223
Lord and Savior. 224
Source of the Holy Spirit. 225
Does the Bible Prophesy about Muhammad’s Coming? 226
Jesus’ Wisdom vs. Muhammad’s. 226
An Examination of Deuteronomy 18:15 and 18. 228
An Examination of John 14:16. 233
A Brief Re-cap of Jesus vs. Muhammad. 234
God’s Unchangeable Word. 235
True Prophets Know Their History. 237
The Qur’an Acknowledges God’s Covenant with the Jews. 238
How the Qur’an Contradicts the Bible. 238
Creation Took 8 Days. 238
One of Noah’s Sons Drowned. 239
Joseph’s Dream Interpretation: The Baker was Crucified. 239
Moses was Adopted by Pharaoh’s Wife. 240
Pharaoh Saved from Drowning by Allah. 240
Gideon’s Army Led by King Saul Against Goliath. 240
The Wolf and the Wisdom of Solomon. 240
Zacharias’s Penalty for Unbelief was Only Three Days. 241
Moses’ Sister Gave Birth to Jesus. 242
Dig Deeper. 243
Was Muhammad the Last Prophet? 243
The 25 Prophets of Islam. 244
Signs of a False Prophet. 244
Is Islam a Complete Fabrication? 251
Dig Deeper. 253
Chapter Review. 253
References. 254
7. Prince of Peace vs. Warrior Prophet. 257
What the Qur’an Says About Peace. 257
How Muhammad and the Qur’an View Peace. 257
God of Peace and the Prince of Peace. 259
The God of Peace. 261
The Sword of Christ. 262
Christ’s Guarantee of Peace. 264
Is Allah a Peacemaker? 265
The Religion of Peace? 266
The Cause of Ahlam Tamimi. 268
Peace—A Gift from God. 270
The Gospel of Peace. 272
False Prophets of Peace. 275
Peace Denied to the Wicked. 276
Parting Words. 277
Dig Deeper. 278
Chapter Review. 279
References. 280
Addendum 1: Islamic Attacks Worldwide Since September 11, 2001. 281
Addendum 2: List of Islamic Attacks on U.S. Embassies. 282
Addendum 3: Names for God in the Bible. 283
Addendum 4: Names for Jesus Christ in the Bible. 284
8. The Duplicity of Faith. 289
The Five Pillars of Islam. 293
A Christian’s Path to Salvation. 296
The Righteous Man. 297
Jesus the Light vs. Muhammad of Darkness. 297
God’s People are Called to Righteousness. 300
Jesus is the Example of Righteousness. 301
But None are Righteous. 304
Righteousness is by Faith. 304
How Evil Works. 306
Tactics/Strategies of the Evil One. 306
The Beatitudes. 309
Islam does not Teach the Ten Commandments. 311
At Enmity with Women. 315
Women as Chattel. 315
Wife Beating & Oppression of Women is Permissible by Allah. 317
Jesus’ and the Christian View of Women. 319
Christian Headship and Servant Leadership. 321
Temporary Marriage for Sexual Gratification. 322
Rape is Permissible in Islam. 322
Juvenile Sex and Sex Trafficking. 325
Women are Deficient and Hellbound. 327
Female Genital Mutilation. 329
U.S. Women and Girls Potentially at Risk for FGM/C 332
Multiple Wives. 333
Muhammad’s Multiple Wives. 335
Divorce. 337
Divorce Rate among Christians. 337
What the Old Testament says About Divorce. 338
What Jesus Taught About Divorce. 338
Divorce among Muslims. 339
Reasons for Muslim Divorce. 340
Honor Killings. 342
Types of Honor Violence. 343
Is Honor Violence a Threat to the West? 344
Adultery (Biblical vs. Qur’anic Mandates). 347
Murder. 350
Fatwa, Islam’s Murder for Hire. 353
Mass Murder by the Numbers. 353
Law of Retaliation (Qisas). 354
Unspeakable Acts. 357
Beheadings. 357
Stonings. 358
Burnings. 358
Taqiyya: Lying & Deceit. 359
Allah is the Best Deceiver. 359
Masters of Deceit and Lying. 362
Dig Deeper. 367
Chapter Review. 367
References. 368
Addendum: The Messenger Comparison (Chapters 6-8). 374

THE MESSAGE 379
9. God of Love vs. Allah. 381
What Allah Does Not Love. 382
One Lost Sheep. 383
God is Love. 386
God Loves You! 386
King David Knew God’s Love. 388
Muhammad did not know Allah’s Love. 389
God’s Love Covenant. 390
God’s Love is Irreversible. 390
The Sealed Covenant. 392
God’s Revolutionary Love. 395
God’s Love is Everlasting. 398
Those Who Hate Christians and Jews, Hate God. 399
Dig Deeper. 401
Chapter Review. 401
References. 402
10. A Personal vs. an Indifferent God. 405
God said: “This is My Son.” 407
The Challenge for Muslims. 407
A Common Man. 410
What God Said About Jesus. 410
In Jesus’ Own Words. 411
They Called Him Son of God. 415
Paul Preached about Jesus as the Son of God. 417
The Doubters and Scoffers. 419
The Purpose of God Revealing Himself in the Flesh. 420
The Final Summation. 422
Children of the Living God. 423
Allah has no Children. 425
God Created Mankind in His Image. 425
Allah is too High and Mighty to have Children. 427
Sonship Baffled Muhammad. 428
Children are NOT a Blessing to Allah. 431
Allah’s Followers Have No Purpose. 433
The God Who Is There. 434
Allah will not Hear Unless you Speak Arabic. 434
Jesus on Repetitive Prayer. 437
Changing from the Inside Out. 438
God Wants to Know You Personally. 438
Did Christ Abandon His Followers? 442
Dig Deeper. 444
Chapter Review. 444
References. 445
11. Preaching a Different Gospel. 449
The Nature of Sin is Obscured. 451
What the Bible says About Sin. 451
What Islam Teaches. 456
Allah Loves Sin—Not the Sinner. 458
Through Adam, Sin and Death Entered the World. 460
Jesus’ Sin Offering is Null & Void. 461
Christ Followers are Dead to Sin. 461
For the Muslim there is No Sin Offering. 463
There is no Holy Spirit. 465
Role of the Holy Spirit (partial listing). 466
Islam’s View of the Holy Spirit. 468
Blaspheming the Holy Spirit. 469 Light of the Gospel vs. Darkness of the Qur’an. 469 Allah has no Compassion. 472
No Forgiveness and Reconciliation in Islam. 474
Where the Spirit of the Lord Jesus Christ is, there is Freedom from Sin. 475
Sins Cannot be Remitted or Forgiven in Islam. 476
Muslims must Abstain from Sin. 477
Allah is not a Forgiver and a Redeemer of Souls. 478
There is No Peace after Death in Islam. 481
“The Trial of the Grave.” 481
The Rich Man and Lazarus. 482
Allah is a Jew Hater. 483
The Rise of Anti-Semitism. 484
God’s Grace Does Not Exist for the Muslim. 485
Muhammad Reversed of God’s Plan of Salvation. 489 Salvation Comes from Confession of Faith, Not by Works. 489
Oppression Replaces Freedom of Choice in Islam. 493
Heaven is a Perverted Place for Muslims. 495
In Islam, Everyone Goes to Hell First. 495
Houris (Virgins) and Rivers of Wine in Paradise. 495
Heaven for the Jihadist. 496
The Reward of Righteousness. 498
Dig Deeper. 499
Chapter Review. 499
References. 500
Addendum: 70/72 Major Sins of Islam. 502
The Message Comparison (Chapters 9-11). 505

THE MISSION 509
12. A Sacrificial Life vs. Islamic Martyrdom. 511
The Islamic Mindset. 512
The Islamic Republic. 514
A Sacrificial Life. 515
The Sacrificial Life of Jesus. 516
The Only Mediator Between God and Man. 517
Persecution and Martyrdom. 518
The World of the Jihadist. 520
The Two Jihads. 520
164 Jihad Verses in the Qur’an. 520
Military Jihad is what Motivates Muslims. 522
The Alternate Christian Response. 524
First, Love the Brethren. 524
Second, Love the Unbeliever. 525
Third, Love Your Enemy. 527
Prophet of Change. 529
A Call to Charity and Servanthood. 532
Dig Deeper. 534
Chapter Review. 535
References. 535
Addendum: The Koran’s 164 Jihad Verses. 537
13. Proselytizing. 541
Proselytize Through Love & Service. 541
No Compulsion in Religion. 541
Who are the Sheep and Goats? 544
The “Great Commission.” 545
Don’t Read that Book. 549
Muhammad’s Method. 550
Dig Deeper. 554
Chapter Review. 554
References. 555
14. Treatment of Non-believers. 557
Christian Persecution. 558
The Hatred of the Jews and Unbelievers. 560
The Rise of 21st Century Anti-Semitism. 563
What the Qur’an and Islamic Law Teach. 564
Slavery (American vs. Islamic History). 565
A Brief History of Slavery in the West and Among Muslims. 565
Muslim Slavery in the 21st Century. 568
Sexual Slavery is Still Permitted in Islam. 570
Praising the Killer of an Infidel. 572
Islamic Rules of Retaliation and Reward. 572
Palestinian Terrorist Rewards. 573
Israel and the United States Take Action. 573
No One Leaves Islam. 574
Apostasy as a Criminal Offense. 575
Does Allah Play a Role in Apostasy? 576
The Good Samaritan. 578
There is Hope. 581
The 10/40 Window. 581
Conversions in Iran. 582
Dig Deeper. 584
Chapter Review. 584
References. 585
The Mission Comparison (Chapters 12-14). 590
Epilogue. 593
Addendum A: Islamic (Arabic) Words & Terms Defined. 594
Addendum B: Resources on Islam. 596
Addendum C: A Sinner’s Path to Salvation. 601
Index. 603
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Muslims are not Descendants of Abraham

January 22, 2020

Excerpted from the author’s, Understanding Islam in the Light of Christianitya treasure trove of biblical truth, theological insight, and practical application (Dr. Ed Hindson, Dean of Divinity, Liberty University).

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The Muslim Claim to Fame. Although Arabic Muslims claim Abraham as their heir, biblically they are descendants of pre-covenant Abram, the one who disobeyed God and disbelieved His promise of an heir through Sarah. God could bless Ishmael, but He could never establish His covenant with a sinful seed of the flesh.

Ishmael became the father of 12 Arabian princes (nations) whom God said that He would “multiply . . . exceedingly” (Genesis 17:20). Ishmael and Hagar were driven into the Wilderness of Paran to dwell (Genesis 21:20-21). This wilderness covers the eastern Sinai and the southern and southeastern borders of present-day Israel.

Ishmael’s sons initially inhabited an area from Egypt and the Sinai Desert, the Arabian peninsula to Assyria (which includes present day Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Syria and the lesser Arab kingdoms). Remember, God said that Ishmael and his descendants would be wild men whose hand would be “against every man.”

If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise (Galatians 3:29).

According to the Apostle Paul, in the above scripture, other than being an Israelite, the only way one can be an heir of Abraham in through faith in Jesus Christ.

Some Bible translations of Genesis 25:18 state that the descendants of Ishmael “lived in hostility toward” or “in defiance of” all their brethren (New International Version, New Living Translation and North American Standard). Other versions (including the King James, New King James and Amplified Bibles) state only that Ishmael’s descendants lived “close to” or “in the presence of” their relatives.

Over 25 centuries later, Muhammad and his followers have found a simple solution to this dilemma of a negative biblical image and how to expropriate God’s promise and covenant with the Jewish people. Muhammad simply revealed that Allah told him that it was Ishmael, not Isaac, that Allah chose to test Abraham’s faith; and therefore it was Ishmael and all those who are descendants of him that are the true chosen people to fulfill Allah’s covenant. 

Remember, in Genesis 22:2, God called Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac on a makeshift altar on Mount Moriah in Jerusalem.   However, Muhammad ignored that biblical reality and declared that Allah called Abraham to sacrifice Ishmael on Mount Mina outside Mecca. It was that simple to change historical truth and create an alternate reality that Muslims have believed for 14 centuries.

According to the Qur’an, Abraham prayed to Allah: “‘My Lord! Grant me [a son who shall be] of the doers of good deeds [that is, righteous].’ So We gave [Abraham] the good news of a boy, possessing forbearance. And when [Ishmael] attained to working with him, [Abraham] said: O my son! Surely I have seen in a dream that I should sacrifice you; consider then what you see.

“He said: O my father! Do what you are commanded; if Allah please, you will find me of the patient ones. So when they both submitted and [Abraham] threw [Ishmael] down upon his forehead, and We called out to him saying: O Ibrahim! You have indeed shown the truth of the vision; surely thus do We reward the doers of good: Most surely this is a manifest trial” (surah 37:100- 106). More information on Islam as a non-Abrahamic faith occurs in the following chapter.

God did not Recognize Ishmael as Abraham’s Son. The preceding version in the Qur’an of Abraham’s call to sacrifice his son strongly contradicts the biblical story. “Then God said, ‘Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about’” (Genesis 22:2; author’s emphasis). Notice that God refers to Isaac as Abraham’s only son. That is because only Isaac was God’s choice to fulfill His covenant with Abraham—not Ishmael, the son of the flesh.

In Genesis 22, God told Abraham three times that he (Abraham) only had one son, Isaac. “Then God said, ‘Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you’” (Genesis 22:2).  

Again, after Abraham followed God’s call to sacrifice his only son, God intervened when he saw Abraham’s faithfulness. “And He said, ‘Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me” (Genesis 22:12, NKJV, author’s emphasis). Once again, “Then the Angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time out of heaven, and said: ‘By Myself I have sworn, says the Lord, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son’” (Genesis 22:15-16, NKJV, author’s emphasis). 

By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, “In Isaac your seed shall be called,” (Hebrews 11:17-18). 

In the Genesis account, Isaac had no prior knowledge of his role in the sacrifice.    “But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, ‘My Father!’

“And he said, ‘Here I am, my son.’

“Then he said, ‘Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?’

“And Abraham said, ‘My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering’” (Genesis 22:7-8a).

Because of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his only son and not withhold him from God, God promised Abraham that “through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me” (Genesis 22:18).

From the present day and historical perspective of the daily violence against mankind by the followers of Islam, it is hard to see that this was God’s plan for blessing the nations of the earth through the descendants of Ishmael. Among the descendants of Isaac, however, was Jesus, the sacrificial lamb who brought salvation to the world by the shedding of His blood and not that of another human being—truly a blessing to all who will receive Him. 

The Apostle Paul affirmed that descendants of Isaac are the true heirs of God. “It is not as though God’s word had failed,” he asserted. “For not all who are descended from Israel are [of] Israel. Nor because they are his descendants are they all Abraham’s children. On the contrary, ‘It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned’ [Genesis 21:12]. In other words, it is not the natural children who are God’s children, but it is the children of the promise who are regarded as Abraham’s offspring” (Romans 9:6-8, NIV).

In his letter to the Galatians, Paul reasserted the striking difference between the seed of the pre-covenant Ishmael and the covenant-fulfilling seed of Isaac. He made both historical and spiritual comparisons.

For it is written that Abraham had two sons: the one by a bondwoman [or slave], the other by a freewoman [Genesis 16:15].  

But he who was of the bondwoman was born according to the flesh, and he of the freewoman through promise, which things are symbolic.                        

For these are the two covenants: the one from Mount Sinai which gives birth to bondage, which is Hagar – for this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and corresponds to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children – but the Jerusalem above is free, which is the mother of us all. . . .

But, as he who was born according to the flesh then persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, even so it is now. 

Nevertheless what does the Scripture say? “Cast out the bondwoman and her son, for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman” (Galatians 4:22-26, 29, 30).

Paul makes it clear that Ishmael was the pre-covenant seed of a slave and therefore could not represent God’s covenant with His people. Isaac, on the other hand, was a freeman, born of a freewoman as the fulfillment of God’s promise to His people. Those who are heirs to the bondswoman of the flesh (viz., Ishmael), will remain in bondage until set free by the salvation of Christ, who is heir to the covenant of the freeman, Isaac.

In the preceding letter to the Galatians, Paul also pointed out that the descendants of Ishmael will always be persecuting the descendants of Isaac, the freeman, and that the heirs of the two can never share in the inheritance of the freeman. The only hope of sharing this inheritance that the descendants of Ishmael have is to be grafted in through the salvation of Christ. 

Despite the clarity from both the Old and New Testaments of the Bible and testimony from God’s own mouth, Muslims, some Christian leaders and other ignorant or uninformed individuals continue to claim that Muslims—or at least Arabic Muslims—are descendants of Abraham, therefore, Islam can lay claim to being an “Abrahamic faith.” Muslims also claim that the Old Testament prophets, the Apostles and Jesus Himself were Muslims.

It is important to recognize, from an Islamic viewpoint, it was necessary for the god of Islam to supplant Isaac with Ishmael as the one God called Abraham to sacrifice. Why? Because it was through Isaac’s lineage that Jesus the Messiah would be born (Hadian, Shahram. The Trojan Horse of Interfaith Dialogue Between Christians and Muslims, Speech, November 27, 2018).

Understanding Islam in the Light of Christianity is available from the author’s website, https://understandingislaminthelightofchristianity.com/ or on Amazon.com.

 

Do Judeo-Christian Faiths Have Any Common Ground With Islam?

January 18, 2020

James F. Gauss

There is not, nor can there ever be, any “common ground” between Islam and the Judeo-Christian faiths.

For Christian leaders and Christians to accept common ground or a common word with Muslims,

• they must accept that Muhammad was a prophet of God Almighty;
• that Muhammad was superior to Christ;
• that Jesus did not have a divine nature;
• that Miriam, Moses’ and Aaron’s sister gave birth to Jesus, because that is what Allah revealed;
• that Jesus was not part of God’s plan for mankind;
• that there is no salvation through Jesus Christ;
• that Allah is just another name for the One and Only True God of the Bible;
• that God, through Muhammad, reversed His plan of Salvation through Jesus Christ;
• that Jesus is not Lord and Savior, or the Son of God;
• that God’s love is conditional (because Allah’s love is);
• that God hates the sinner, but loves the sin;
• that it is God that causes one to sin;
• that God desires to send all people to hell, because Allah does;
• believe the lie that Muslims are commanded to “love their neighbors” (it does not exist in the Qur’an or teachings of Muhammad);
• that Jesus was not crucified or raised from the dead in the resurrection;
• that we achieve God’s favor through our works and not by faith;
• that there is no assurance of salvation;
• that heaven is a place of personal gratification and perversion;
• that the Holy Spirit does not exist or play a role in the life of a Christian;
• and many other Biblical truths would have to be rejected.

Jesus said that in the End Times “. . . false christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect” (Matthew 24:24). Apparently, we are in those times, because more and more Christian leaders and their followers are being deceived by the wiles of the devil.

The Apostle Paul, in his second letter to the church of the Thessalonians, wrote, “and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness” (2 Thessalonians 2:10-12).

Many leaders in the Christian church as well as in Christian colleges, universities and seminaries are being deceived by the evil one. In their desire to see harmony between Christians, Jews and Muslims, they are casting aside foundational principles and teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Although Jesus called His followers to love all people, He did not call them to cast aside wisdom, understanding and discernment of the devil’s tactics, nor to make an alliance with evil. By making alliances with Muslims, Christians are choosing to embrace an anti-Christ ideology that seeks to lead people away from the truth of the Gospel of Christ and His saving work on the cross. Instead of preaching the truth to Muslims, they seek to find non-existent “common ground” that perverts the true word of God and condone the devil’s alternate and false gospel.

Paul also wrote to his protégé, Timothy, warning him about deceiving spirits in the End Times. “Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron” (1 Timothy 4:1-2). Unfortunately, too many Christian leaders, in an effort to be more in line with the world and to be politically correct, are abandoning the teachings and doctrines of the Christian faith and are succumbing to deceiving spirits and the doctrines of demons.

In an attempt to bring peace between Muslims and the Judeo-Christian world, there is a desperate move to acquiesce to the satanic faith of Islam. This will not bear forth good fruit, but only more deception and weakening of the Christian faith.

“Do not be deceived,” the Apostle Paul wrote, “God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap” (Galatians 6:7).

Excerpted, in part, from the author’s book, “Understanding Islam in the Light of Christianity.”

Pope Francis Calls Fundamentalist Christians a “Scourge”

December 4, 2019

(Read the whole address, but the “scourge” reference to fundamentalist Christians is toward the end.)

ADDRESS OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS
TO PARTICIPANTS AT THE MEETING PROMOTED BY THE
“INSTITUTO PARA EL DIALOGO INTERRELIGIOSO DE LA ARGENTINA” (IDI)

Clementine Hall
Monday, 18 November 2019

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Ladies and gentlemen:

I am happy to welcome all of you who are taking part in the meeting focusing on the document: “Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together”, signed in Abu Dhabi last 4 February.

I thank all the organizers of this meeting, promoted by His Excellency Mr. Rogelio Pfirter, ambassador of the Argentine Republic to the Holy See, under the auspices of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, and in collaboration with the Institute of Interreligious Dialogue of Buenos Aires.

I am pleased to note that this document, which is universal in nature, is also being disseminated in the Americas. I am convinced that the particularity and sensitivity of different countries and continents can truly contribute to a detailed reading of this Document and to a greater and more effective understanding of the message it conveys.

As I said during the World Conference of Human Fraternity: “There is no alternative: we will either build the future together or there will not be a future. Religions, in particular, cannot renounce the urgent task of building bridges between peoples and cultures. The time has come when religions should more actively exert themselves, with courage and audacity, and without pretence, to help the human family deepen the capacity for reconciliation, the vision of hope and the concrete paths of peace” (4 February 2019). Our religious traditions are a necessary source of inspiration to foster a culture of encounter. It is fundamental for there to be interreligious cooperation, based on the promotion of sincere and respectful dialogue that goes towards unity without confusion, maintaining identities. But a unity that transcends the mere political pact. Once, at the beginning of last February, a very wise man, a very wise European politician, told me about this document: “it goes beyond the methodology of the pact to maintain balance and peace, which is very good, but these documents go further”. And he gave me this example: “let us think of the end of the Second World War, let us think of Yalta; in Yalta a balance was struck in order to break the impasse, a balance that was weak but possible. The cake was shared, and a period of peace was maintained, but these documents, this attitude that goes towards dialogue among the transcendent, creates fraternity, surpasses pacts, surpasses the political; it is political in that it is human, but it surpasses this, it transcends this, it makes it nobler”. This is the way. And meanwhile, yes, at the political level, doing what can be done, because it is also important.

The world observes us, believers, to see what our attitude is to the common home and to human rights; it also asks us to collaborate among ourselves and with men and women of good will who do not profess any religion, so that we may give effective responses to the many scourges in our world, such as war, hunger, the poverty that afflicts millions of people, the environmental crisis, violence, corruption and moral degeneration, the crisis of the family and of the economy and, above all, the lack of hope.

The intention of the Document is to adopt: the culture of dialogue as a way; common collaboration as conduct; mutual knowledge as a method and criterion. From now on it can be affirmed that religions are not a closed system that cannot be changed, but with their own identity. And this is the key: identity cannot be negotiated, because if you negotiate identity there is no dialogue, there is submission. With their own identity, they are in motion.

Fraternity is a complex human reality, to which one must pay attention and treat with delicacy. When God asks us: “Where is your brother?”, the first question on fraternity that is in the Bible, “Where is your brother?” no one may answer: “I do not know” (cf. Gen 4: 9). Then different questions arise: How can we take care of each other in the one human family in which we are all brothers? How can we nurture a fraternity so that it is not theoretical and so that it translates into fraternity? How can we make the inclusion of the other prevail over exclusion in the name of belonging? What can we do so that religions are channels of fraternity instead of barriers of division? A little history should alarm us: religious wars, Christians, let us think of the last thirty years, even if we just think of Saint Bartholomew’s Eve. If one does not feel a little alarmed inside, one should wonder why.

It is important to demonstrate that we believers are a factor of peace for human societies, and that we will thus respond to those who unjustly accuse religions of fomenting hatred and being the cause of violence. In today’s precarious world, dialogue among religions is not a sign of weakness. It finds its own raison d’être in God’s dialogue with humanity. It is about changing historical attitudes. A scene from The Song of Roland comes to me as a symbol, when the Christians defeat the Muslims and put them all in line in front of the baptismal font, and one with a sword. And Muslims had to choose between baptism or the sword. That is what we Christians did. It was a mentality that today we cannot accept, nor understand, nor can it work anymore. Beware of the fundamentalist groups: everyone has his own. In Argentina too there is a little fundamentalist corner. And let us try, with fraternity, to go forward. Fundamentalism is a scourge and all religions have some kind of fundamentalist first cousin there, which forms a group.

I hope that this Message of Fraternity will be received by the international community, for the good of the whole human family, which must move from simple tolerance to true coexistence and peaceful coexistence. Keep up the good work.

And please do not forget to pray for me, as I need it. Thank you.

*Bulletin of the Holy See Press Office, 18 November 2019

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