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Understanding Islam in the Light of Christianity–the Book

May 8, 2019

Now Available!!

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This is the go-to resource on Islam from a Christian perspective.  It is designed to provide everything one needs to know about Islam, the greatest challenge of the 21st century for the Church and the Christian community.  An invaluable compendium for homeschooling parents and organizations, church pastors and leaders, Christian schools, universities and seminaries.  If you truly want to reach the Muslim community with the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ or just want to be more knowledgeable about what is happening in the world, the West and America, this is a must resource book for your library. After nearly 20 years of research, Dr. Gauss has put together a one of a kind resource that is designed to educate Christian leaders/teachers on the unadulterated truth about Islam and the extreme challenge it presents to the Church and the Christian community and how Muslims can be presented with the truth of the Gospel without the Church lowering itself to “Common Ground” or “Interfaith Dialogue.” Understanding Islam in the  Light of Christianity A comparison of the Messenger, Message and Mission of the Qur’an and the Bible  An Invaluable Compendium By James F. Gauss, Ph.D. Author of Islam & Christianity, A Revealing Contrast.

Dr. Gauss, in this profound study, is upholding the truth of the Gospel, revealing the fallacies of a false religion. His pen is sharp but the imprint of his spirit is marked with compassion and love for a lost people who believe they are worshipping the one true God.

I commend Dr. Gauss on writing such an informative book bringing out the darkness that covers every page of the Quran and delusions of the Islamic faith.

May there be more voices such as Dr. Gauss proclaiming the truth of God with boldness and in the spirit of Christ. And may we witness freedom for millions of Muslims who are bound by a dark and evil force!

Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy hill. Let all who live in the land tremble….

Pastor Reza Safa (Former Iranian Shi’a Muslim); President, TBN Nejat TV; Director, TBN Middle East; Author of Inside Islam: Exposing and reaching the world of Islam

Understanding Islam in the Light of Christianity

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America’s Descent into Chaos and Depravity, Part 2

July 3, 2015
Revelation 18 and the fate of America

Revelation 18 and the fate of America

Excerpted from Chapter 5 of Revelation 18 and the fate of America.]

. . . and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird!”

Revelation 18:2b

Separation of Church and State.  After the dual victories against the Nazis of Germany in Europe and in the Pacific against the Imperialist Japanese, the people of America were euphoric.  Despite tremendous losses of life and great national hardship, Americans believed that nothing was beyond them; that there was great redemption ahead.  Wartime industry re-tooled for domestic production and a house building boom ensued as returning soldiers sought to return to civilian life.

America was definitely on the upswing—emotionally, economically and spiritually.  Then the big lie was foisted on the citizenry of the United States that destroyed the Judeo-Christian foundation of the country. Prior to the big lie America had frequently had challenges to its Constitution, its interpretation and espoused way of life for the citizens of America.  But nothing destroyed the biblical foundation and fabric of faith more than the big lie of the “Wall of Separation of Church and State.”

. . . reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.

George Washington, Farewell Address, September 17, 1796

Although there had been previous attempts to weaken the role of the Christian church in the lives of Americans, the door was opened wide to usher in a full assault on February 10, 1947 (less than two years after the end of WWII).    On that date the U.S. Supreme Court, in a narrow 5-4 decision in the case of Everson v. Board of Education of the Township of Ewing (New Jersey) made what would become a “landmark” decision relative to the issue of the “Separation of Church and State”.  The case originated when a New Jersey taxpayer, Arch Everson, sued the Board of Education of Ewing Township because he claimed that their reimbursement of the costs of bus transportation to parents of students going to religious schools was a violation of the “Establishment” clause of the First Amendment.

Amendment I.  Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,

or prohibiting the free exercise thereof . . .

U.S. Constitution

Representing the majority decision, Justice Black reviewed the essence of the case.  “A New Jersey statute authorizes its local school districts to make rules and contracts for the transportation of children to and from schools. . . . this statute, authorized reimbursement to parents of money expended by them for the bus transportation of their children on regular busses operated by the public transportation system. Part of this money was for the payment of transportation of some children in the community to Catholic parochial schools.”

Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black (1886-1971)

Justice Black was a lawyer and a Democratic U.S. Senator from Alabama who was appointed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1937.

“The appellant,” Black continued, “in his capacity as a district taxpayer, filed suit in a state court challenging the right of the Board to reimburse parents of parochial school students. He contended that the statute and the resolution passed pursuant to it violated both the State and the Federal Constitutions. . . .”

Justice Black pointed out that “The New Jersey statute is challenged as a ‘law respecting an establishment of religion.’

The First Amendment, as made applicable to the states by the Fourteenth, commands that a state “shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof . . . Whether this New Jersey law is one respecting an ‘establishment of religion’ requires an understanding of the meaning of that language, particularly with respect to the imposition of taxes.”

In an effort to explain the majority decision Justice Black wrote several paragraphs that reviewed the religious history of the early settlers and his understanding of the intent of the Founders in authoring the First Amendment.

The “establishment of religion” clause of the First Amendment means at least this: Neither a state nor the Federal Government can set up a church. Neither can pass laws which aid one religion, aid all religions, or prefer one religion over another. Neither can force nor influence a person to go to or to remain away from church against his will or force him to profess a belief or disbelief in any religion. No person can be punished for entertaining or professing religious beliefs or disbeliefs, for church attendance or non-attendance. No tax in any amount, large or small, can be levied to support any religious activities or institutions, whatever they may be called, or whatever form they may adopt to teach or practice religion. Neither a state nor the Federal Government can, openly or secretly, participate in the affairs of any religious organizations or groups and vice versa. In the words of Jefferson, the clause against establishment of religion by law was intended to erect “a wall of separation between church and State.”

Justice Hugo Black, February 10, 1947, Everson v. Board of Education of the Township of Ewing

“A large proportion of the early settlers of this country came here from Europe to escape the bondage of laws which compelled them to support and attend government-favored churches,” Black wrote.

“. . . The imposition of taxes”, Justice Black penned, “to pay ministers’ salaries and to build and maintain churches and church property aroused their indignation. It was these feelings which found expression in the First Amendment.”  In the same paragraph Black referred to the colonists of Virginia and their role in understanding the importance of religious freedom.  Presumably referring to The Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom authored by Thomas Jefferson and adopted by the Virginia General Assembly on January 16, 1786, Black wrote that “The people there, as elsewhere, reached the conviction that individual religious liberty could be achieved best under a government which was stripped of all power to tax, to support, or otherwise to assist any or all religions, or to interfere with the beliefs of any religious individual or group.”

Referring to earlier Supreme Court history in relation to the First Amendment, Justice Black continued.  “This Court has previously recognized that the provisions of the First Amendment, in the drafting and adoption of which Madison and Jefferson played such leading roles, had the same objective and were intended to provide the same protection against governmental intrusion on religious liberty as the Virginia statute.”

Supreme Court Justice William Rehnquist (1924-2005)

Justice Rehnquist was a conservative Republican attorney who was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court by President Richard Nixon in January, 1972.  In 1986, President Ronald Reagan nominated him to become Chief Justice.

Although Justice Black and the justices that joined in the majority decision got it right by deciding that neither Ewing Township nor the State of New Jersey violated the Establishment clause of the First Amendment, Justice Black

concluded the decision with this sentence: “The First Amendment has erected a wall between church and state. That wall must be kept high and impregnable.”  The five justices determined that the laws of New Jersey had not breached this “wall” between church and state.  However, by referring to Jefferson’s statement on the “wall of separation between church and state” in his letter to the Danbury (Connecticut) Baptist Association, the justices forever opened a Pandora ’s Box for judicial misinterpretation and misapplication of Jefferson’s intention.

Thirty-eight years later in another landmark case before the Supreme Court, Wallace v. Jafree, 1985, the Court, using the same “wall of separation” reasoning, in a 6-3 majority decision struck down the Alabama public school’s minute of silence for personal meditation or prayer.  Dissenting Associate Justice, William Rehnquist, wrote for the minority opinion, “It is impossible to build sound constitutional doctrine on a mistaken understanding of Constitutional history. . . . The establishment clause has been expressly freighted with Jefferson’s misleading metaphor for nearly forty years. . . . There is simply no historical foundation for the proposition that the Framers [of the Constitution] intended to build a wall of separation. . . . The recent court decisions are in no way based on either the language or the intent of the Framers.”

If the Founding Fathers meant to insert a separation of church and state clause in the Constitution, why did they not?  To the contrary, in the midst of debating the ideals of the Constitution, they passed the Northwest Ordinance on July 13, 1787 that included this maxim: “Religion, morality, and knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.”

Wall of Separation: Jefferson’s Intention or Judicial Fabrication, p. 53

(For a more complete review and understanding of the issue of the “wall of separation between church and state” read We the People: Birth of a Nation by this author.)

America in Crisis

September 28, 2014

At the beginning of America’s Revolutionary War with England, a new Englishman immigrant to the American colonies, Thomas Paine, began to write a series of 16 articles on The American Crisis.  Prior to arriving in Philadelphia on November 30, 1774, Paine had never visited the New World called America.  However, he quickly became a staunch ally of the colonists in their quest for independence from the British crown.

In his first article, published on December 23, 1776, he started with the now famous line: These are the times that try men’s souls. He followed that with, The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.

The fledgling country of America was in deep trouble.  Suffering under the oppressive and tyrannical rule of England, the majority of colonists felt they had no choice but to fight against King George III and his military might for their freedom.  While their heart and spirit was resolute, the young, developing nation faced daunting, if not impossible issues.  Leadership in the country was not completely unified and was still evolving and maturing.  The military was practically non-existent, made up of a rag-tag bunch of farmers and merchants and was seriously out-gunned and unprepared to go up against the superior forces of the British regulars and Hessian (German) mercenaries.  America’s military leadership was unproven and Congress had to “settle” on young George Washington who had never won a military campaign.  America had no navy to go up against the best navy in the world at the time.  The financial condition of the country was poor, with little or no central financial resources to finance the huge and costly undertaking.  By all observations and assessments, America was doomed to failure in this often ill-advised venture called “independence”.

Once again, America stands emerged in a crisis, a crisis like no other and no less to its survival than that of the American Revolution.  Only this time America is dealing with a multitude of crises from within as well as from outside.  At the heart of America’s crises is inept and unwilling leadership, both in politics and the church—past and present.

Some say that what America needs is another “revolution” to restore its fundamental foundations and greatness.  Even Thomas Jefferson believed that, The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure (Thomas Jefferson’s letter to William Stephens Smith on November 13, 1787).  Whether a true revolution will be needed in America, time will tell, but time is getting short.

The United States of America has been on the slippery slope of decay for many decades.  However, the acceleration of the decline has intensified over the last six years—yes, during the Obama administration.

Morally.  America is morally bankrupt.  Her moral decay started long ago but has accelerated at warp speed under a president who strongly opposes “traditional” marriage and has become a forceful advocate for perverted sexual unions.  America is now the largest exporter of online pornography in the world, dispensing 60 percent or 428 million pages of perversion, with 66 percent coming from one state, California.  In the latest survey, 48 percent of America’s “first-born” children are born outside of a marriage union.  Since the passage of Roe vs. Wade abortion legislation in 1973, America has willfully killed over 56 million potential citizens and exported this heinous crime worldwide.  For more information, see these two links, here and here.

Financially.  America’s national debt is unsustainable and approaching $18 trillion with around $125 trillion in “unfunded” liabilities.  Obama and his Federal Reserve method of dealing with this has been to pack on another nearly $10 trillion during his six years in office with trillions more to come before he leaves office and tens of trillions more after he is long gone. Under Obama, America’s “debt to government revenue” has soared to 656%, the highest in the world.  Compare that to near bankrupt Greece which had a debt to government revenue of 351%, while the average for all 27 Eurozone countries was 40%.  See this link here for more information.

Economically.  Instead of trying to cut the deficit, Obama authorized the Fed to print money at the rate of $85 billion/month.  Obama’s economic policies have been and will continue to be proven to be disastrous.   While the stock market has mushroomed due to all the easy money printed by the Fed, middle-class families are falling behind financially and the ranks of the poor and those on the government dole have skyrocketed.   America’s GDP (Gross Domestic Product) growth from 2008-2012 was one of the lowest in the Western Hemisphere.  Full time, family supporting jobs have evaporated with millions of new college graduates working at low wage jobs or not working at all in their chosen field of study.  For more information, see this link here.

Militarily.   Since taking office in early 2009, President Obama has been intent on deconstructing the U.S. military, downsizing and weakening it at a time when America’s traditional and surging new adversaries are growing and strengthening.  During his tenure, America has been overtly threatened by North Korea, China, Russia, Iran and an ever-growing array of Islamic terrorist groups and armies.  Yet, he has the audacity to proclaim that under his administration the world has never been safer.  Over two hundred high ranking military leaders have been fired by Obama and another 500 or more career officers have received “pink slips”.  Under his “command” the military has not only been severely weakened but has become demoralized and seriously unprepared for major battle.  For more information, see this link here.

Politically.   Unfortunately, at a time when America needs a strong leader of unprecedented character, it has a two-term self-absorbed, narcissistic leader who cannot and will not lead—but will never turn down an opportunity to golf, vacation or fund raise at the expense of the taxpayer.  Obama is a leader who refuses to listen to his military advisors or any other advisors unless they agree with his destructive, socialistic and tyrannical policies.  He is one who has been the most divisive and constitutionally defying leaders the country has ever had; flaunting and abusing the rule of law anywhere he is allowed.  He refuses to secure America’s borders and has freely invited illegals into the country along with assorted criminals, drug lords and terrorists.  His democratic cohorts and assorted “czars” have wrecked havoc with America’s judicial system and laws, creating one unresolved scandal after another—anyone of which would have led to the impeachment of previous presidents.  See this link here for more information.

Spiritually. (chap 19 link)  The Judeo-Christian faith has been under relentless attack in America for many decades, partly because the church in America has grown weak, worldly and complacent.  Because of the addiction to “tax exempt” status, the majority of churches and their leaders would rather preach the gospel of compliance than the Gospel of God’s truth and righteousness.  Under the current administration the attacks on free speech and religious freedom have accelerated at a time when atheists and an assortment of “rights” groups have successfully denied the Judeo-Christian community of faith their God-given rights.  For more information, see this link here. 

America’s people who believe in God have one choice and one choice only when it comes to redeeming their lives, their family and their nation—they must turn from their wicked ways, repent and return to God.  Non-believers will scoff at this, convinced that they have the answers to America’s problems, but will only take the country further into the abyss.   “He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy” (Proverbs 28:13).

America stands at the proverbial fork in the road and once again she must chose whether to follow the heathen, Baal or God.  But “a Constitution of Government once changed from Freedom,” warned John Adams in a letter to his wife, Abigail, on July 17, 1775, “can never be restored.  Liberty, once lost, is lost forever.” (From Revelation 18 and the fate of America, p. 354).

Prayer for Revolution

For more information and understanding of where America has been, is currently and where it is headed, read Revelation 18 and the fate of AmericaYou might also want to read Islam & Christianity: A Revealing Contrast and We the People: Birth of a Nation.

We the People, Volume I & II

February 17, 2010

Laying the Foundation                  Birth of a Nation

 

We the People Accolades

 

Modern America has developed cultural amnesia, but the documents and speeches in We the People are a valuable resource for recovering our heritage and identity

Rev. Peter Marshall

Peter Marshall Ministries

 

At a time when the schools…have forgotten or deliberately obscured the true history of the United States, along comes We the People to remind us of the uniqueness of our founders’ inspiration.

Joseph Farah  

CEO/Editor, WorldNetDaily

 

I think Volume I is terrific and will make an important contribution to an understanding of America’s foundation.

Howard Phillips 

President, Conservative Caucus Foundation

 

Here is a book that literally speaks for itself…Valuable historical research that makes for refreshing and inspiring reading.

Dr. D. James Kennedy  

President, Coral Ridge Ministries

 

This is a book that should be on a shelf in every library and required reading for every young person of college age.

W. J. Rayment   

Conservativebookstore.com

 

Here one can find in one reference book those documents which were key to establishing our country’s principles and laws—find them as they were originally penned, not revised to suit present philosophy or political correctness.

Kathleen Carper   

President, SC Assn. of Indep. Home Schools

 

The book would be tremendously helpful for students and teachers.  It should be required reading in our schools, ‘should’ being the operative word.

Monty Rainey   

Chairman, The Junto Society

 

These are important documents that we hope will be treasured by all Americans.

Lynne Cheney

 

What an amazing and wonderful resource…This is a definite must have for every family…I can’t wait to get my hands on Volumes Two . . .

Diane McNett   

Books4Homeschool

 

In post-modern America, the need for teaching the foundations of our nation is greater than ever….A look at foundational documents is vital. 

…We the People, is a complete treasure house of those documents.

Susan Stewart

The California Parent Educator

 

[Volume II] is a superb compilation of historically significant documents which ought to be available to every citizen and especially to America’s young people.

Howard Phillips  

President, The Conservative Caucus, Inc.

Volume I, 2003 and Volume II, 2005 are available at Authorhouse.com or other online bookstores.