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True Interfaith Dialogue with Muslims

November 9, 2019

James F. Gauss, Ph.D.

The anti-Islamic message is not welcome here
West Central Tribune, Willmar, MN, November 6, 2019

Preaching ‘hate’ for Islam, speaker arrives in a divided Willmar
NPRNews, November 7, 2019

Controversial speaker draws twice the crowd
West Central Tribune, Willmar, MN, November 8, 2019

(Willmar, MN) Now, after the blaring headlines, the rest of the story. For two weeks prior to the appearance of Usama Dakdok, an Egyptian born American evangelist to Muslims and founder of The Straight Way of Grace Ministry, the Willmar, MN interfaith group tried their best to shut the event down. Failing to do so, a local “concerned” citizen launched a Face Book page that garnered almost 500 followers in an effort to get anti-Dakdok interfaithers to show up and protest the evening of the event on November 7.

It did not matter to the media and the protesters that virtually none of them had ever heard Pastor Dakdok in person. The declaration of the local paper, the West Central Tribune, was that Dakdok was an “Islamophobic individual,” a Muslim hater and racist. The primary source of their outrage and that of the interfaithers was a posting on the website of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). CAIR, which promotes itself as an Islamic civil rights group, is a Muslim Brotherhood front organization and unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing trial in late 2008. Not a real reliable source of information about those who oppose it or speak out about Islam.

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The event was sponsored by THEE Book Club in Willmar, a small group of concerned evangelical Christians who want to understand Islam and how to reach out to Muslims. The group was formed over a year ago and has brought a number of Christian and patriotic speakers to the region. Heidi Jo Fragerlie-Ahmann, the main spokesperson for the Club, opened the evening with her personal testimony, which was quite moving and appropriately led into the topic for the evening.

An hour before the event, interfaithers and a large number of Somali showed up to protest with signs and bullhorn in hand. They formed two long lines from the building entrance to the parking lot at Kennedy Elementary, in essence creating an intimidating gauntlet for event attendees. Nevertheless, an estimated 150 interested people attended. Surprisingly, but most welcomed, were about two dozen or more Somali attendees who stayed throughout Pastor Dakdok’s two-plus hour presentation.

Dakdok did not soften his anti-Islamic ideology message, despite the presence of the Somali attendees. Throughout his strong message of concern about Islam’s tenets of belief as expressed in the Qur’an and other Islamic sacred texts, Islamic law and worldwide terrorism by Islam’s adherents, the Somali attendees remained calm and attentive.

At varying periods during the presentation a half-dozen or so Somali visited with THEE Book Club supporters in the lobby. True interfaith dialogue occurred as individual Somali were able to express their feelings, concerns and experiences. At the same time, Christian attendees were able to express love and compassion and at the same time share words of Biblical insight. Biblical and Qur’anic concepts were shared and compared and questions answered about Christian beliefs. Clearly, some Somali were searching for answers and understanding.

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Perhaps the most telling moment of the event occurred at the end, long after the media left and had formed its foregone conclusion—that Dakdok is an anti-Muslim hate monger. However, to his credit, after his passionate presentation, Dakdok opened the time for attendees to ask questions. Many Somali took the opportunity to express their concerns, quote the Qur’an and provide opposing positions to Dakdok. The dialogue that occurred, while not necessarily supporting Somali Islamic beliefs, was cordial and respectful.

The dialogue was apparently so intriguing, that after the meeting room cleared out, about a dozen Somali, Pastor Dakdok, and a few THEE Book Club supporters stayed and continued to have an enthusiastic and friendly discussion about Islamic and Christian beliefs. This after-event gathering continued for over an hour. It was a time of true interfaith dialogue where both Christian and Islam adherents came together to share their perspectives and understandings about their strong beliefs. Verses from both the Qur’an and Bible were freely shared. Somali felt free to express their beliefs, while Christians were free to share their testimonies and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

(For more on the interfaith movement and the challenge of Islam in America, visit here.)

The Jesus of the Bible IS NOT the Jesus of the Qur’an

November 5, 2019

For many deceivers have gone out into the world who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

2 John 1:7

I Love Jesus Because I’m Muslim! That is the new assailant message of Islam in Europe and America and it is being widely embraced by the interfaith crowd. Let me be clear on two things: First, Muslims do not love the real Jesus of the Bible and, second, the Jesus of the Qur’an is not the Jesus of the Bible or the Son of God that Christ followers adore and worship.

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iERA “I Love Jesus” exhibit in Tennessee.

According to the November 1, 2019 online issue of the Nashville Tennessean (https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/religion/2019/11/01/islamic-center-of-tennessee-is-bringing-a-traveling-exhibit-on-jesus-to-nashville/3998069002/), Islamists throughout America have shifted into high gear with the overt aid of the dhimmi (those living under Islamic rule) interfaith groups in full blown assault against anyone, including devout followers of Christ, who dare to try and speak the truth about Islam.

Note, in the banner to the left, they are also proselytizing America’s large Spanish-speaking population. In many cases, among Spanish heritage Roman Catholics, it is not a hard sell, since the Vatican asserts that Catholics and Muslims are “brothers and sisters” that share the same God and Abrahamic lineage.

The Jesus of the Bible, whom true Christians follow:

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Biblical Reasons on why Allah is not the God of the Bible

October 30, 2019

©2019 James F. Gauss, Ph.D.

(This is an excerpt from the pre-edited, pre-publication book by the author, tentatively titled, The Heresy of Interfaith Dialogue with Muslims).

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The list of comparative contradictions between the God of the Bible and the god of the Qur’an are limitless, but the following are some of the most obvious.

How supposedly learned men and women in the Christian Church can ignore the obvious and proclaim Allah and Jehovah God are the same, is not only heretical and sinful, but is leading thousands, if not millions of church goers into the pits of hell, as well as affirming the satanic beliefs of millions of Muslims and diverting them from the One and Only True God and His Gospel of liberation and salvation.

First, the God of the Bible commanded Abraham (nee: Abram) to sacrifice his only son (see Genesis 22), Isaac, whereas Muhammad claimed that Allah commanded Abraham to sacrifice the illegitimate son (Ishmael) of the ungodly union of Abram and the pagan Egyptian, Hagar. Why would the God of the Bible choose Isaac for the sacrifice, but the god of the Qur’an call for Ishmael to be sacrificed? Because it was through the lineage of Isaac and his son Jacob that Jesus Christ would be born. The god of the Qur’an wanted to abort that Biblical ancestry.

Second, the God of the Bible told Moses that His name was Yahweh (YHWH) or I AM WHO I AM (Exodus 3:13-15). God Almighty of the Bible is not Allah or to be called Allah despite the assertion of some Middle Eastern and Southeast Asia missionaries that Allah is just the Arabic name for God. It is not! It is the name of one of the 360 pagan gods known during the life of Muhammad.

Third, the God of the Bible gave Moses the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20) as a moral compass for life. Allah of the Qur’an calls for his followers to violate most of those commandments.

Fourth, throughout the Torah (Pentateuch)—the first five books of the Bible, Yahweh made it clear where the Jewish people were to live after their exodus from Egypt and their 40-year wandering through the Sinai desert. Their homeland, known as Canaan (the Promised Land), as set forth by God in Genesis 15:18-21, included from the river of Egypt (NKJV), which could be interpreted as the River Nile, to the Euphrates River to the northeast. Some Bible versions refer to the western border as the Wadi of Egypt (NIV) which put the western border of Canaan in the eastern Sinai Peninsula. The New Living Translation simply refers to this western boundary as the border of Egypt, but then has a footnote stating that it could be the eastern fork of the River Nile or the Brook of Egypt in the eastern Sinai. From the western to the eastern border, Canaan included the lands occupied by the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites, Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites and Jebusites (vss. 19-21). Today, such boundaries would include (at minimum) the eastern Sinai and all the land east of the Mediterranean Sea, including western Jordan and southwestern Syria.

In the Qur’an, it is acknowledged that Canaan—the holy land—belongs to the Jews in perpetuity. However, throughout the Qur’an, Allah instructs his followers to persecute the Jews and drive them from the Promised Land.

And when Musa said to his people: O my people! Remember the favor of Allah upon you when He raised prophets among you and made you kings and gave you what He had not given to any other among the nations.

O my people! Enter the holy land which Allah has prescribed for you and turn not on your backs for then you will turn back losers (surah 5:20-21).

Fifth, Yahweh of the Bible made an everlasting covenant with Abraham and his descendants, the Jews (Genesis 17:4-8) and promised them the land of Canaan as an everlasting possession. At the same time He changed Abram’s name to Abraham and promised the Jews that He would be their God and they would be His people.

“As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, and you shall be a father of many nations. No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you. And I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you. Also I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.”

Allah of the Qur’an acknowledges no such covenant with the Jews, nor does he offer such a covenant to anyone who follows him.

Sixth, Yahweh, through Moses foretold the coming of Jesus in Deuteronomy 18:15, 18. “The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst, from your brethren. Him you shall hear, . . . I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and will put My words in His mouth, and He shall speak to them all that I command Him.”

While Muslims believe in the Bible and the Old Testament prophets, they have been taught since the days of Muhammad that the Bible has been corrupted and therefore cannot be fully relied on as God’s word.

However, there is one biblical verse, in particular, Muslims do rely on as a testimony of Muhammad’s coming. They cite Deuteronomy 18:15 as evidence that the coming of Muhammad as God’s prophet was foretold by Moses about 2,000 years before Muhammad’s birth. There are a number of problems with this assertion. First, the full context of the scripture carries through verse 22.

The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me [Moses] from among your own brothers. You must listen to him. For this is what you asked of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you [the Israelites] said, ‘Let us not hear the voice of the Lord our God nor see this great fire anymore, or we will die.’

The Lord said to me: ‘What they say is good. I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers; I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell them everything I command him. If anyone does not listen to my words that the prophet speaks in my name, I myself will call him to account. But a prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded him to say, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, must be put to death.’

You may say to yourselves, ‘How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the Lord?’ If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the Lord does not take place or come true, that is a message the Lord has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously. Do not be afraid of him (Deuteronomy 18:15-22; author’s emphasis).

The particulars of this prophecy of Moses should shed some light on the claim of Islam, that this prophecy refers to the coming of Muhammad.

• First, the prophet is to represent the God of the Jews. The word “Lord” in the first verse refers to the self-Existent Jehovah God of the Jews.
• Second, the prophet foretold is to be like Moses. Moses was a Jew born to the house of a Levite (Jewish high priest). Muhammad was neither a Jew nor born of the house of Levi.
• Third, the prophet was to be from among your own brothers, that is, from among the Israelites themselves. This does not fit Muhammad either, since he was an Arab, a descendant of Ishmael.
• Fourth, this prophet is to speak only the words of Jehovah God, not Allah or a god by any other name. Muhammad spoke the words of an unknown god, and initially believed that it was a demon who spoke to him and that he was demon-possessed.

Jesus, on the other hand, made direct reference to this prophecy by Moses. As He was speaking to the Jews, Jesus said, “If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me” (John 5:46).

Seventh, the God of the Bible—Old Testament—prophesied the coming of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, in over 300 Old Testament prophesies, but not one prophesy about the coming of Muhammad or any other Arabic “prophet.” There is no prophecy in the Qur’an about the advent of Muhammad.

Eighth, the character of the god of the Qur’an is the antithesis of Jehovah God of the Bible. Clearly, throughout the Qur’an, Allah is portrayed as an impersonal, unloving, unforgiving and vengeful god who desires to see everyone, including his followers, in hell.

By stark contrast, the God of the Bible demonstrates His immeasurable love and compassion for all people. “Say to them: ‘As I live,’ says the Lord GOD, ‘I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live” (Ezekiel 33:11).

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved (John 3:16-17).

Allah, on the other hand, sent Muhammad to curse the world and persecute, maim and murder all those who refused to accept the Islamic tenets of belief and follow him.

Ninth, Yahweh foretold of the crucifixion and resurrection of the Messiah (verses), but Allah denies that Jesus was crucified, that He died or was resurrected (see Psalm 16:10, 22:16, 30:3; Zechariah 12:10).

The god of the Qur’an claims that he substituted Judas for Christ on the cross and took Jesus to heaven without his dying or being resurrected. This, of course, is an effort by the devil to deny one of the central truths of the Bible and the Christian faith.

Tenth, through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and His resurrection, the God of the Bible demonstrated His clear plan of salvation for all mankind. The god of the Qur’an has no plan of salvation for his followers.

Eleventh, the God of the Bible proclaims Jesus to be His Son, the only begotten of the Father God. The god of the Qur’an denies having a son.

Twelfth, Jehovah God of the Bible calls those that accept Jesus as His Son and Lord and Savior of their lives, “children”, sons and daughters of Almighty God. Allah of the Qur’an proclaims that he has no children.

Thirteenth, through Jesus Christ, God’s Son, His followers have a guarantee and promise of eternal life in Heaven with God. Allah offers no such promise. In fact, the only guarantee the followers of Allah have, is that they will all go to hell before Allah’s judgment (surah 19:70-72).

Again We do certainly know best those who deserve most to be burned therein. And there is not one of you but shall come to it; this is an unavoidable decree of your Lord. And We will deliver those who guarded (against evil), and We will leave the unjust therein on their knees.

Fourteenth, and most important. The entire Bible points to Jesus Christ as the promised Messiah, the promise of God to all mankind. The entire Qur’an is anti-Christ and anti-Christian and anti-Jew.

Fifteenth, the core of Christianity, after the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, is the release of the promised Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Trinity of God. Without the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the coming of the promised Holy Spirit, the Christian faith is meaningless. Allah denies the existence of the Holy Spirit, the essence of God’s empowerment on earth for those who believe in Him and His Son.

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Will Islam Take Over the World?

October 25, 2019

James F. Gauss, Ph.D.

(Excerpted from Understanding Islam in the Light of Christianity)

Islam will dominate the world

Every Muslim is taught that the Qur’an and other Islamic sacred texts are the unchangeable, perfect word of Allah and must be adhered to. Why should the non-Muslim world be concerned? The Islamic faith is growing by leaps and bounds. Not so much because new converts are convinced of its redeeming theology, but because Muslim populations have some of the highest birthrates in the world. In highly populated Muslim countries and throughout Islamic history, “converts” are often won over through coercion, oppression and threats to one’s wellbeing.

Perhaps the naiveté of the Western world can be summed up in the assessment of Islam’s future dominance by Pavel Kohout of the Center for Economics and Politics in Prague. In an article titled, Why al-Qaeda Will Dominate the European Union, published October 7, 2004. Kohout wrote:

The first reason extreme Islam will prevail is the intellectual advantage that al-Qaeda leaders have over western European politicians. The latter want to believe that there is no clash of civilizations; that terrorism is just a product of misery and lack of education; that the solution lies in a multicultural, tolerant society; and that the stubbornness of the Americans and Israelis is to blame for all the problems.

. . . The second reason is the unification of foreign policy in the EU [European Union]. In the UN [United Nations], all member states of the European Union dutifully voted against Israel as a flock of sheep under the leadership of France. France is home to millions of Muslims, who are a decisive factor in its politics.

. . . The third reason is an advantage of the Islamic society in terms of evolution: a high birthrate.

The late but prominent educator and author, Dr. Samuel L. Blumenfeld, wrote in 2006 that, “In 20 to 50 years Western Europe may be dominated by Muslims who will claim it as a Waqf”—a territory for Islamic purposes or Muslim religious endowment (WorldNetDaily, February 14, 2006). In view of the Islamic immigrant invasion of Europe starting in 2015, Dr. Blumenfeld’s projection could arrive sooner than thought.

Many European Union countries are already under heavy political, social and economic assault from the invasion of mostly Muslim refugees from war-torn regions of the Middle East, as well as from regions of South Asia. In addition to the societal upheaval, this has resulted in a rapidly growing migrant population requiring much governmental support. Many of the Muslims, as demonstrated almost daily by their acts of terror, physical assaults and property damage, do not have peaceful intentions. If Islam becomes the dominating force in Western Europe, will Canada and the United States be far behind?

One of the most challenging situations for the European Union members, and the majority of the countries of the West, is the declining birth rates of their native populations. While the birthrate among the majority of Western societies has plummeted over the last few decades, the birthrate among many Muslim countries remains 2-3 times that of the United States, Canada and all European Union countries.

In 2016, according to Eurostat Statistics (https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/statistics-explained/index.php/ Fertility_statistics), while Muslims are rapidly populating Europe, all 28 European Union member states have birth rates below the 2.1 live births per woman to replace their dying populations. The average fertility rate for all EU countries was 1.6 live births. Seventeen countries are at or below the EU average. Twelve EU countries are expected to have Muslim populations of five percent or more by 2030. They include: Austria (9.3% Muslim), Belgium (10.2%), Bulgaria (15.7%), Cyprus (22.7%), Denmark (5.6%), France (10.3%), Germany (7.1%), Italy (5.4%), Netherlands (7.8%), Sweden (9.9%) and the United Kingdom (8.2%). Those estimates, however, could be conservative if the current rate of Muslim migration into Europe persists.

The native populations of the EU countries are dying out, while their Muslim populations are expanding at two to three times the local inhabitants.

The 2017 estimate of birth rates in 224 countries published by the CIA World Factbook clearly illustrate the problem and what awaits the Western world. Of the 50 Muslim countries, 37 of them have replacement birth rates above 2.1 births per woman. Forty-nine of the fifty have birth rates that exceed the EU average birth rate of 1.6 live births per woman. The United States replacement birth rate in 2017 dropped to 1.87, the lowest in thirty years. Canada was even worse with a birth rate of only 1.60, the 183rd lowest in the world.

Abortions Further Exasperate the Problem. To further exacerbate the declining populations in the non-Muslim world is the high rate of abortions. From 1973 to 2013 (40 years), there have been estimated 1.72 billion babies aborted worldwide; the large majority in the non-Muslim world. Current abortion statistics are hard to come by, with the most recent in 2015, but only for a small percentage of the world’s countries. Strick, fundamentalist Muslim countries have low abortion rates (less than one per thousand live births), while more liberal or Soviet Union Republics (Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan) have much higher rates (10-23/1000). Since Roe vs. Wade in 1973, the United States has aborted over 61 million babies (U.S.AbortionClock.org) with a 2015 rate of 17.13/1000 births. EU countries and Canada also have high rates, ranging from around 10-25 abortions per 1000 live births.

It would appear, that while many non-Muslim countries are killing off their lifeblood, Muslims, for the most part, are re-populating the earth.

America’s Declining Birth Rate. Another ominous sign for America, is the declining birth rate. Just like in Europe, the U.S. Census Bureau reported at the end of 2018, that the birth rate for women in the United States had fallen below the replacement rate of 2.1 births per woman, to 1.7. According to the Bureau, America’s growth rate is the slowest since 1937.

“‘The aging population is starting to take its toll,’ said William Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution. ‘I think we need to get used to the fact that we are now a slow-growth country.’”

“If the pattern continues, immigrants will soon be more important to population gains than the so-called natural increase,” wrote New York Times’ writer, Sabrina Tavernise.

According to The World Bank (https://data.worldbank.org), America has not had a replacement birth rate (fertility rate) since 2008, when the rate fell to 2.072 births per woman. The rate has continued to plummet each year, and stood at 1.80 in 2016. Remember, the fertility rate among the majority of Muslim societies is significantly above the replacement birth rate.

Seeds of Destruction? Iranian born American, Amil Imani, warns the West that, “within the very fabric of the free world is [sic] the seeds of its own destruction. It contains provisions that make it vulnerable to its demise. And the forces of tyranny, the antithesis of those of liberty, craftily exploit those provisions to prevail.” Imani claims that the isms of Fascism, Nazism and Communism are dead, but that, “International Islam, however, is multidimensional, very alive and highly virulent. No society, no local community, no nations [sic] or region of the world is spared from its infiltration.”

Imani’s warning rings true for the United States, where Islam and its adherents have found a very fertile ground in the politically correct, cultural diversity environment. There is no country in the world that is more culturally diverse than America and, therein, could lay its downfall. As America becomes more accepting of any belief system and way of life, the more it stands for less of the founding principles set forth by its Founders and the United States Constitution. It is somewhat ironic, yet telling, that many Muslim refugees that are escaping the horrors of their homeland, are still willing to embrace the very belief system that caused their terror and reasons for fleeing.

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Interfaith Dialogue with Muslims—is it Biblical?

October 16, 2019

James F. Gauss, Ph.D.

Imagine, you are asked to become a member of your church’s community outreach ministry. However, there are two concessions you must agree to: Never share your faith or the Gospel of Jesus Christ and you must acknowledge that your Christian faith is no better than another faith, such as Hinduism, Islam, et al.

Would you be interested in participating? Would you be denying your faith if you did so? Most importantly, would you be denying Jesus Christ and His salvation work in your life?

The goals of “interfaith dialogue” are really not dialogue at all, especially when it comes to interfacing with Muslims in one’s community. The goals are to be “sensitive;” to consider the other’s “feelings;” to build “friendships;” and, of course, to do “good works.” Through all this it is hoped that the love of Christ will be demonstrated with understanding and compassion. On the surface, there is nothing wrong with this. As Christ followers, we are all called to be loving and caring toward our neighbors, the stranger and even our enemies, but interfaithers, when it comes to “bridging” relationships with Muslims, often make erroneous assumptions.

First, they assume that Muslims worship and pray to the same God as Christians and Jews. This is categorically false. Allah is not the God of the Bible, but a pagan god of satanic origin. While interfaithers will strongly recoil at such a statement, the statement is factually true. Just ask any former Muslim who has turned to Jesus Christ for eternal salvation (or read my highly researched and detailed compendium, Understanding Islam in the Light of Christianity).

Second, those that seek interfaith dialogue incorrectly believe that Islam is an Abrahamic faith. This is also false. In my book there is a long detailed explanation on why Islam is not an Abrahamic faith, but for now, I will just say that while Arabic Muslims can legitimately claim to be descendants of Abraham, through Ishmael, Muslims as a group cannot. The reality, according to the Bible, is that Arabs descended from Ishmael 2700 years before the birth of Islam. In addition, an estimated 80 percent of Muslims in the world are non-Arabs. In Genesis 22, God denies that Ishmael is Abraham’s son, referring to Isaac as Abraham’s “only son” three times.

Third, interfaith dialoguers maintain that Islamic teaching offers similar views on family, loving one’s neighbor, etc. That is also misleading and largely false, especially when it comes to love of neighbor. Islamic teaching is clear and firm and commands Muslims not to take Christians and Jews as “friends.” The only acceptable way for a Muslim to befriend an unbeliever is to deceive the one befriended in order to achieve a higher, likely nefarious purpose. This is difficult for those in the West and especially in America where older generations have been taught that a man’s word is his bond. We like to believe that everyone says what they mean and stands by what they say as a badge of honor. It is not so with most Muslims, nor in Islamic teaching—and, yes, I know it is becoming sadly too true among Americans, many of whom “truth” no longer holds the weight of honor.

Fourth, the interfaithers refer to Muslims as “brothers and sisters,” which is also erroneous. The designation of “brothers and sisters” according to Christian teaching is reserved for Christ followers and not for an association of a Christian with a non-believer. There is no spiritual relationship between Christians and Muslims or between Christians and non-believers. On the other side, Muslims do not believe that a Muslim can enter into any meaningful relationship with a non-believer or infidel. Any such friendship perceived by a Christian is both false and against true Islam tenets of faith.

Fifth, interfaithers believe that we (Christians, Jews, Muslims and everyone) are “children of God” and therefore have a lot in common.

While my emotions want to proclaim the same, the truth is that according to the Bible that is not true. The term, “children of God,” is not used until the New Testament. In the Old Testament, the Israelites were most often referred to as the “children of Israel.”

The Apostles John and Paul were the ones to use the term in the New Testament. “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:” (John 1:12).

Later, John wrote, “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is” (1 John 3:1-2). According to John, only those who call upon Jesus as Lord and Savior are the children of God. Although that may seem harsh, if we truly believe in the unadulterated Word of God, then we must accept this as true. A few verses later, John wrote, “In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother” (1 John 3:10). Again, Muslims do not worship the God of the Bible, nor the same God as Christians and Jews. While they are a part of God’s creation, as we all are, they are not “children of God” (that is, the One True God, whom they neither recognize, nor serve).

The Apostle Paul, in his letter to the church in Rome, had this to say: “The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together” (Romans 8:16-17). Only those who are heirs to God’s promised covenant through Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and the shed blood of Christ are the legitimate “children of God.”

“That is, those who are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God; but the children of the promise are counted as the seed” (Romans 9:8). Not my words or proclamation, but the Spirit of God through the Apostles John and Paul.

Despite those among the interfaith who want to see Muslims as children of God, Muslims, themselves do not believe they are children of God because Islam teaches that Allah has no children, nor does he want any. Allah does not want such a personal, loving relationship. That is what Muslims fleeing Islam love about the Christian God—the true God.

Again, there is nothing wrong with reaching out with the love of Christ to those in need or to non-believers. That is part of Christ’s teaching and the calling of every Christian, but it is not the Great Commission for the Disciples of Christ.

“And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’ Amen” (Matthew 28:18-20). Although Jesus is concerned about the physical and emotional wellbeing of people, His greatest concern and calling for His followers is to call people to the Kingdom of God and everlasting salvation through His death and resurrection. Interfaith dialogue does not accomplish that, nor is it the goal.

As an example of the goals of Interfaith Dialogue, one should consider the bylaws or mission statement of your local group. In one community, the goals, in part, were stated as such: “Dialogue should enhance our sensitivity to the feelings of all professing religious people in their relationship with God.” Two misconceptions here: First, Christians are not called to be sensitive “to the feelings” of others when sharing the truth of the Gospel. Yes, we can be understanding and compassionate, but we are not to hold back on sharing the Gospel for fear of offending someone’s sensibilities. If that were the case, the Gospel would never reach anyone. Second, the erroneous assumption that all faiths have a “relationship with God.” Muslims, as well as many other faiths, do not believe in or have a relationship with Jehovah God. If you approach a Muslim on that foundation you are committing heresy, leading an unbeliever astray and will fail.

In order to participate in the aforementioned interfaith group you must agree to two things:

1. You may not “proselytize any other participant.” In other words, you may not share your faith in Christ or what He means to you. Essentially, you must deny your faith and calling as a Christian.

2. “. . . no group possesses total and absolute knowledge regarding the nature and works of God and human involvement with the Divine.” Really! Did not Jesus Himself say: “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). If one does not believe that, then one is not a Christian. As Christians we must undeniably believe the Bible is God’s final uncompromising and infallible Word to His creation—not the Qur’an or any other man contrived text.

End Note. Fellow Americans, brothers and sisters in Christ, we are in a battle for the very survival of constitutional America and the Church in America. The future of us, our children, grandchildren and all that come after is at stake. This is not a war against Muslims, but against the evil, oppressive ideology that holds them in bondage. Everyone needs to know the truth to turn the tide of Islamic indoctrination. I am trying to do my part but could use your help. I am trying to raise funds to print and distribute the truth about Islam and get it to politicians, educators, community leaders, church and seminary leaders and Muslims as well. If you can help, visit our campaign site here, for more details. Your prayers are also appreciated and please spread the word. Thank you and God bless you.

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Islam in America’s Schools–The Plan

September 17, 2019

James F. Gauss, Ph.D.

On January 8, 2018, Pamela Gellar, the author of, Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance, posted a video from the Muslim Americans Political Awareness Conference on August 7, 1989. The video is of a presentation by Sharifa Alkhateeb, founder of the North American Council for Muslim Women, and a strong advocate of getting the story of Islam into America’s schools. She is often wrongly identified on the Internet and Face Book posts as Cong. Rashida Tlaib. However, Alkhateeb died October 21, 2004.

In the video she clearly discloses what should be the goal of Muslims of getting Islam into American education. Her presentation can be viewed here: https://gellerreport.com/2019/01/muslim-leader-convert-all-americans-2islam.html/

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Sharifa Alkhateeb, August 7, 1989

If the date of this presentation is an earmark for Islam’s infiltration of America’s schools, then Muslims, under the guidance of the Muslim Brotherhood have had a 30-year head start in bringing Islam to our children and grandchildren while we slept and largely ignored the threat.

Excerpts of Sharifa Alkhateeb’s speech:

Education is one of the most important areas Muslims have to address. Our final objective is create our Islamic systems not just for Muslims for all other Americans.

Look at them (non-Muslim Americans) as potential Muslims—we have an obligation to convert them.

Making America Muslim—all Americans Muslim.

We must have short range goals. We must be calculated about it.

Education is political—extremely political.

We’re not American, we’re Muslim.”

I brought my children up to think of themselves first, last and always as Muslims.

“I am not American, I am Muslim”

We are in the process of developing Islamic education for our children, public schools and school systems that span the country.

We want non-Muslims to be signing up for them. Education is just one part of our agenda.

We must be involved at every level, the local level, county state, national, international level. How? As a distinct Islamic entity.

We will not be part of the great American melting pot. We do not want to melt into America. We want to go into American society with Islamic ideals and revamp their thinking. We want to turn them into Muslims.

Go to the schools [sic] board meetings, find out what they’re doing with your kids in the public schools. Find out what they are talking about, what their ideas are. You can become an office assistant, you can become a reading assistant, you can become an [sic] library assistant, and give/buy Islamic books or get them from organizations and give them to your local school library.

You should try, we should all be involved in developing Arabic language courses in the public schools because one way of introducing non-Muslims to Islam is to have [them] come and learn Arabic language courses. Don’t forget Classical Arabic is the Quranic Arabic, so when we say Arabic course we are talking about classical Arabic and our real agenda is Quranic Arabic and that’s a good way to introduce Islam to on-Muslims.

Islamic Curriculum Invades America’s Schools. The National Teacher Training Institute, created in 1989 as an outreach of New York’s thirteenWNET public television, produces teacher training and lesson videos for America’s public schools. In 2005, with funding from the U.S. Department of Education, it produced the video series, Access Islam and offers ten lesson plans for upper elementary and middle school students, starting in grades 4-8. All the glories and niceties of Islam that impressionable youth need to know are provided. The ten Lesson Plans include: Lesson 1, Religion and the First Amendment; Lesson 2, The Five Pillars of Islam; Lesson 3, Salat: Prayer in Muslim Life; Lesson 4, Ramadan Observance; Lesson 5, Qur’an: Sacred Scripture of Islam; Lesson 6, The Hajj: Journey to Mecca; Lesson 7, Scholarship and Learning in Islam; Lesson 8, Islam in America; Lesson 9, Women in Islam; Lesson 10, Art in the Muslim World. No corresponding lesson plan on the NTTI site on Christianity or Judaism could be found by this author.

William J. Bennetta (now deceased), the sole creator and president of The Textbook League, made it his mission in life to review textbooks being used in America’s schools. His reviews and criticisms were much appreciated and respected. In 2003, he took upon himself to review the Arab World Studies Notebook. He summarized his review in an e-mail letter of October 8, 2003, to a Stuart Elliot in Wichita, Kansas, who had enquired of his findings.

Writing an analysis of a patently fraudulent publication is the most demanding task of all, for this reason: Although one can see immediately that the publication is a hoax, one still must give an extraordinary amount of time to studying it and to demonstrating its deceitfulness in some detail.

. . . the “Notebook” is published jointly by the Middle East Policy Council and by “AWAIR: Arab World And Islamic Resources and School Services.”

. . . The Notebook is a vehicle for disseminating disinformation, including a multitude of false, distorted or utterly absurd claims that are presented as historical facts. I infer that the “Notebook” has three principal purposes: inducing teachers to embrace Islamic religious beliefs; inducing teachers to embrace political views that are favored by the MEPC and AWAIR; and impelling teachers to disseminate those religious beliefs . . . in schools.

CAIR Controls America’s Schools. The Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR) has a stranglehold on America’s primary schools. One trait the majority of Muslims illustrate, that Christians typically do not, is aggressiveness. CAIR is demanding and forcing America’s school systems to cower to ever Islamic whim. If a school board member, educator, school administrator steps out of line, CAIR is quick to threaten a lawsuit. As a Muslim Brotherhood front group, they are sufficiently funded to cause havoc for small and medium size school districts.

A case in point. In November, 2009, at one of Minnesota’s larger high schools, a white student reportedly wrote an essay for English class critical of the special treatment of Somali students. In the original report from WCCO (Minneapolis), “The white student was briefly suspended, but on Monday, he was attacked when a fight erupted between about 20 Somali and [four] white students.” Locally, it was reported that the blogging student was taken to the hospital and kept overnight for fear of bleeding on the brain.

Seven unidentified students were suspended. The essayist was suspended four days “for safety” reasons.

CAIR-MN was quick to respond, filing a harassment & discrimination complaint/suit against the school claiming Somali students at the school were subject to unfair treatment and repeated racial discrimination. The U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice also got involved. In April, 2011, a “settlement” was reached with the high school and its administration. CAIR-MN reported, “The agreement calls on the school district to take steps such as issuing an anti-harassment statement, retaining a consultant to study and determine steps needed to effectively respond to harassment, reviewing and revising harassment-related policies and procedures, organizing staff trainings on reporting incidents of harassments, and submitting monitoring reports to federal agencies for the next three years.”

The Muslim Brotherhood and its affiliate CAIR are well on their way of establishing the radical Islamic agenda for America. As presented in the Muslim Brotherhood’s An Explanatory Memorandum of May 22, 1991, “The general strategic goal of the Group in America which was approved by the Shura Council and the Organizational Conference for the year [I987] is ‘Enablement of Islam in North America, meaning: establishing an effective and a stable Islamic Movement led by the Muslim Brotherhood which adopts Muslims’ causes domestically and globally, and which works to expand the observant Muslim base, aims at unifying and directing Muslims’ efforts, presents Islam as a civilization alternative, and supports the global Islamic State wherever it is.’”

According to the “Memo” there are five stages to accomplishing the Islamitization of America.

Settlement: “That Islam and its Movement become a part of the homeland it lives in.”

Establishment: “That Islam turns into firmly-rooted organizations on whose bases civilization, structure and testimony are built.”

Stability: “That Islam is stable in the land on which its people move.”

Enablement: “That Islam is enabled within the souls, minds and the lives of the people of the country in which it moves.”

Rooting: “That Islam is resident and not a passing thing, or rooted “entrenched” in the soil of the spot where it moves and not a strange plant to it.”

Islam, thanks to the millions of ignorant dhimmis (cooperative non-Muslims), has successfully infiltrated every aspect of American life.

How have they been so successful so quickly is illustrated in the fulfillment of another Muslim Brotherhood strategy, the “Civilization-Jihadist Process.”

The process of settlement is a “Civilization-Jihadist Process” with all the word means. The Ikhwan [the brethren] must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and “sabotaging” its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers so that it is eliminated and God’s religion is made victorious over all other religions. Without this level of understanding, we are not up to this challenge and have not prepared ourselves for Jihad yet. It is a Muslim’s destiny to perform Jihad and work wherever he is and wherever he lands until the final hour comes, and there is no escape from that destiny except for those who chose to slack. But, would the slackers and the Mujahedeen [Islamic guerilla fighters] be equal.

Without the willing cooperation of school boards, teachers, university board of regents, professors and churches throughout the country, it is clear that the objectives of the Muslim Brotherhood and its Islamic domination of America could not be established. America is freely feeding the monster that desires to devour us.

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Why are you Persecuting Me?

September 9, 2019

why are you persecuting me

James F. Gauss

Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way [Christians], whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem (Acts 9:1-2).

These two verses in Acts 9 give us a good picture of the anti-Christ character and motivation of Saul, the Pharisee, the zealot persecutor of first century Christians. Saul was a devout, well-educated Jew who was determined and passionate about wiping out the Jewish infidels and their newly found faith in Jesus Christ as the fulfilled coming of the Jewish messiah. Saul was the first documented anti-Christ antagonist after the death and resurrection of Jesus.

Fast-forward about 600 years and another anti-Christ zealot arose in the person of Muhammad. Through his new found ideology of Islam he and his followers, then and today, have become the chief anti-Christ protagonists worldwide. Today, Muslim zealots represent the largest group of persecutors of Christians (and Jews) throughout the world—whether the Christians or Jews live in their own country of nativity or in Muslim nations.

Muslims are commanded to persecute Christians by Allah, their god, in their sacred book, the Qur’an and by Islamic (shari’a) law. Over fourteen hundred years ago, Islam was birthed and raised up as an anti-Christ spirit of opposition and persecution against Christians. For over twelve centuries, the Church clearly recognized this anti-Christ force and strongly opposed it. Today, however, many church denominations and more “enlightened” Christians and their leaders have come along side this anti-Christ spirit, proclaiming that they and the anti-Christ followers worship the same god and have a common heritage. The devil has clearly blinded the eyes of fools and seduced them into heresy.

So, what happened to Saul? He was a young man on a mission—a mission to destroy Christ followers. He believed fervently that he was doing God’s biding. In his hot pursuit after these Christians, Saul was on the Damascus Road from Jerusalem to Damascus. It was about a 150 mile dusty journey, but Saul was determined to bring every Christian he found back to Jerusalem in chains.

Saul confronted by Christ. As he [Saul] journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?”

And he said, “Who are You, Lord?”

Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.”

So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?”

Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
And the men who journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice but seeing no one. Then Saul arose from the ground, and when his eyes were opened he saw no one. But they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank (Acts 9:3-9).

Why are you persecuting Me? Jesus asked Saul. Saul’s meek reply was simply, “Who are you Lord?” Saul had no knowledge of the very one he was persecuting. He was pursuing Jesus followers out of blind ignorance and hatred. Muslims today, as in fourteen centuries past, are indirectly or directly pursuing Christians with the anti-Christ edicts of the Qur’an and the teachings of their false prophet, Muhammad. Islam has become the largest anti-Christ, anti-Jew movement the world has ever seen. However, for the first time, Muslim loyalists have been successful in recruiting Christians to join them in persecuting other Christians and Jews. Jesus must be weeping at this travesty occurring within the Church body that He died for two thousand years ago. A vast number of those that are supposed to represent Christ and His Gospel to a dying world have become today’s Sauls. Once again, Christ is crying out, “Why are you persecuting Me?”

In his first letter directed at new Christians, the Apostle John wrote, “Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us [the Church], but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us” (1 John 2:18-19). Those in the Church who have aligned themselves with Muslims through the Interfaith Dialogue with Muslims movement have enjoined themselves with the anti-Christ spirit that opposes Christ. They have not only enlisted in the battle against the Church, but are standing shoulder to shoulder with those who follow the anti-Christ and oppose the one and only true Gospel of truth and salvation.

Of course, those who stand against such heresy are demeaned by such epithets as “haters,” “Islamophobes,” or “racists.” However, the Apostle John would have a different reply for those remaining faithful to Christ. “But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things. I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth. Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also” (1 John 2:20-23). Muslims are taught to clearly reject God as Father and Jesus Christ as His Son. By associating with Muslims and affirming their anti-Christ ideology as being valid, Interfaithers have also rejected God as Father and Jesus Christ as His Son.

“Therefore,” John continued, “let that [truth] abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. And this is the promise that He has promised us—eternal life.
“These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you. But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him” (1 John 2:24-27).
There is a great battle raging for the soul of the Church and those who elect to follow Christ. Those who chose to align themselves with anti-Christ followers are coming against those who chose to remain loyal to Jesus Christ and His Gospel of salvation—the only Gospel there is to be preached to the lost.

“For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him the Son of Man also will be ashamed when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels” (Mark 8:34-38).

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The Bane of Interfaith Dialogue

July 15, 2019

https://understandingislaminthelightofchristianity.com/js-blog/f/the-bane-of-interfaith-dialogue

The Call of the Watchman

July 10, 2019

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