Tuesday, August 22, 2006

War of Worldviews

Harvard professor, Samuel Huntington, predicted as late as the mid-1990s that the world was about to experience a war between very different worldviews — different from anything we had seen before. The war, he saw was one between the worldview of Islam and the worldview of the West.

Nobody paid much attention to this obscure prediction — that is until the clash of worldviews burst on the scene on September 11, 2001.

Liberals did what they always do. They blamed America for this disaster. They reasoned that if the United States had been more sensitive to the needs of the Muslims in the Middle East, this would not have happened. If the U.S. foreign policy had been more tolerant of other nations, if the U.S. had not been so much of a bully to the rest of the world, if...if...if...we could just sit down and talk this through everything would be alright again.

The problem is not American foreign policy or our tolerance. In fact, the problem is not America at all. The problem is a worldview held by Muslims that believes that all but the most devout Muslim is an infidel and must either convert to Islam or die. The Muslim worldview does not allow for tolerance of any degree.

The War on Terriorism is really a War of Worldviews. It is not like any war fought in our memory, and rarely in history has such a war been waged.

In 732, the Muslim armies were stopped in France as they marched North toward Paris. On September 11, 1683, the Ottoman Empire (for those of you who do not know, this was the Islamic force driving to conquer Europe and the world) was defeated in a decisive battle at the very gates of Vienna, Austria. Osama Ben Laden and his band of Islamic murderers chose September 11, 2001, as the date for the rebirth of the goals of the Ottoman Empire. It marks the modern war of hatred by Islamic followers.

There was a Muslim writer and philosopher named Sayyid Qutb who wrote a book entitled , In the Shade of the Koran, in 1970. He had been a prisoner in Egypt, lived in the West, and read the anti-Zionist propaganda of his day, of which there was plenty. His book clearly calls for killing the infidels. Qutb was executed by the Egyptians, but his brother, Muhammad Qutb, lived on to spread this worldview. Muhammad became a professor in Saudia Arabia where he taught, among others, Osama Ben Laden.

Millions of Muslims share this radical worldview today. By some estimates there are 100 million such Muslims in the world today. What we call terriorism is not what we have always thought it to be. The actions of radical Muslims are aimed at one thing — world domination by an Islamic hierarchy

For example, in Iran right now, there rules a leader who believes the twelfth Imnann is about to arrive on the scene. He is preparing the old Persian Empire to host this Islamic messiah who will usher in the end times of peace for all Muslims. This man is as mad as Adolf Hitler and possibly even more dangerous because, for him to die is to become a martyr and thus insures his place in paradise. For such as these, there is no fear of death, but rather an embrace of death as a welcome end to their mission for Allah.

These are dangerous times in which we live. We need to be paying better attention before it is too late.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Can a Good Muslim be a Good American?

After I forwarded that question to a friend that worked in Saudi Arabia for 20 years, he responded with this reply.

Theologically - no. Because his allegiance is to Allah, the moon God of Arabia.

Religiously - no. Because no other religion is accepted by his Allah except Islam (Koran, 2:256)

Scripturally - no. Because his allegiance is to the five pillars of Islam and the Koran.

Geographically - no. Because his allegiance is to Mecca, to which he turns in prayer five times a day.

Socially - no. Because his allegiance to Islam forbids him to make friends with Christians or Jews.

Politically - no. Because he must submit to the mullah (spiritual leaders), who teach annihilation of Israel and Destruction of America, the great Satan.

Domestically - no. Because he is instructed to marry four women and beat and scourge his wife when she disobeys him (Koran 4:34).

Intellectually - no. Because he cannot accept the American Constitution since it is based on Biblical principles and he believes the Bible to be corrupt.

Philosophically - no. Because Islam, Muhammad, and the Koran do not allow freedom of religion and expression. Democracy and Islam cannot co-exist. Every Muslim government is either dictatorial or autocratic.

Spiritually - no. Because when we declare "one nation under God, the Christian's God is loving and kind, while Allah is NEVER referred to as heavenly father, nor is he ever called love in The Koran's 99 excellent names.

Therefore after much study and deliberation... perhaps we should be very
suspicious of ALL MUSLIMS in this country. They obviously cannot be both
"good" Muslims and good Americans. Call it what you wish....it's still the truth.

If you find yourself intellectually in agreement with the above statements, perhaps you will share this with your friends. The more who understand this, the better it will be for our country and our future.

This religious war is bigger than many of us know or understand.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

What About the Religious Left?

We hear a lot about the "Religious Right" but what about the Religious Left? Is there such a thing, or is it just a made-up name used by the "Religious Right" to get attention off themselves?

There is such a thing as the Religious Left, and they have been steadily eating away at the very foundations of Christianity for the past 25 years. Their insidious activities have crippled every mainline church in America and in Europe. Their liberal theology has accepted the theology of every other religion on the face of the earth in the name of tolerance. love, and acceptance.

The damage they have done is evident in the declining membership of every mainline denomination in America, with the possible exception of the Baptist Church and the Assembly of God Church. Liberal theology has given way to liberal politics and liberal philosophy so much that conservative Christians find themselves being attacked for their orthodox faith. To remain true to the "faith once delivered" is tantamount to being a heretic in today’s liberal religious hierarchy. Instead of the liberals, who have left the faith, being the heretic, the adversary has turned it upside down so that the conservatives who have remained faithful are the heretics and are singled out for ridicule.

It’s time for the laity to rise up and take back their churches from bishops and others in authority in the hierarchy of their churches. It can be done, and this message will explore a few ways to get the ball rolling.

I remember in the 1980's when the House of Bishops of the Episcopal Church, of which I was a member then, issued a "Pastoral Letter" to be read in all the churches. When our rector read the letter in our parish, I was incensed. So incensed was I that I wrote the Presiding Bishop and the House of Bishops a letter telling them they needed to stick with theology because they knew less than nothing about politics or national defense. I was also at the time a lobbyist and I did know a thing or two about the subjects the wrote so knowingly about. A short time after I sent the letter, my rector received a call from the Presiding Bishop’s office to inquire about who I was. This shook up the rector quite a bit since he was young and had been a rector only a short time.

The laity are going to have to revolt against these left-leaning pseudo-intellectuals and take back our churches. To start with, we are going to have to get involved in our local church government. Serving on boards, commission, and counsels, we are going to have to speak up against the idiotic suggestions that come down to us from on high about new programs and especially about social and political actions by our church bureaucracies. We are going to have to become out-spoken representatives from our churches and parishes to annual conferences, diocesan conferences, and other regional gatherings. Then we are going to have to go the general conferences, general conventions, and other national and international meetings of our churches and speak out against the true heresies that come from them.

This first in a series of messages merely opens the door. Any opinions are welcome, but beware, the writer is an orthodox Christian and will very aggressively defend the "faith once delivered" from attack from the left.