on Jun 24, 2011
No, I imply that what pagans sacrifice they offer to demons and not to God. I do not want you to be participants with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons. (1 Corinthians 10:20-21)
Islam Becomes Favorite Evangelical Fetish
For at least the past six years now online apologetics and discernment ministries like Lighthouse Trails Research, as well as here at Apprising Ministries, have warning about the growing infestation within evangelicalism of critical thinking skills-numbing corrupt Contemplative Spirituality/Mysticism (CSM), such as that taught by Living Spiritual Teacher and Quaker mystic Richard Foster along with his spiritual twin and Southern Baptist minister Dallas Willard.
You may remember that none other than Emergent Church guru Brian McLaren told you they were “key mentors” of the Emerging Church. So what did you think these mentors were teaching the leaders within the sinfully ecumenical neo-liberal cult of the Emergent Church, who have now gone on to develop a quasi-universalism in their new version of Progressive Christian theology under their spiritual circus “big tent” Emergence Christianity?
This uber-inclusivism has led to increasing syncretism within the visible church and I’ve noted for you a marked rise in interest concerning the world religion of Islam as evidenced e.g. by Chrislam And The Gospel Of Islam. I also pointed out in Jim Wallis And Sojourners Making Muslim-Christians that the founder of Islam, Muhammad, was actually a false prophet who did not hear from the one true and living God of the Bible at all.
The fact is, Muhammad fails the test as a Biblical prophet when he calls us [to] go after other gods (cf. Deuteronomy 13:1-4) because the capricious, singular, Allah (cf. Surah 5:73) is most clearly not the loving and triune one true and living God of the Bible. In addition, the revelation Muhammad received—the Qu’ran—specifically denies the Deity of Christ; and God has told us:
By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. (1 John 4:2-3)
My opening text makes it quite clear the Lord Himself has told us that, though they may indeed be very sincere, the faithful Muslim is not serving God, they are serving demons; as it is written — All worshipers of images are put to shame, who make their boast in worthless idols; worship him, all you gods! (Psalm 97:7) However, this hasn’t stopped spiritually obtuse professing Christian pastors for signing up with Faith Shared: Uniting in Prayer and Understanding coming up this Sunday.
In his World Net Daily report What would Jesus think? Churches now promote Islam today Michael Carl shares some quotes from an interview he conducted with me the other day on this ‘Spiritual treason’ seen as ‘something hostile to Jesus Christ himself.’ Pastor Carl tells us:
Dozens of churches, from Park Hill Congregational in Denver to Hillview United Methodist in Boise, Idaho, and First United Lutheran in San Francisco to St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church in Honolulu, are planning to send “a message both here at home and to the Arab and Muslim world about our respect for Islam” with a time to read the Quran during worship this Sunday.
It’s not just wrong, but dangerous, according to Christian trends analysts. The aim of the program, which is promoted by social activists behind the Faith Shared website, is to counter the message from Islamic activists who say opposition to their religion is the product of what they call a cottage industry of hate.
So the Interfaith Alliance and Human Rights First is calling on Christian clergy to read portions of the Quran during their services Sunday. (Online source)
Carl then gives my take on this lunacy in the Lord’s Name:
Not so fast, says apprising.org religious trends analyst Ken Silva. “I would think they need to have their spiritual heads examined. It’s foolish to think that we’re going to read something that originates with demons and read that in a Christian church,” Silva said.
The action amounts to “spiritual treason,” he asserted. Pastors of participating churches declined to discuss their programs with WND. But Silva said, “Second Corinthians 6:14-18 (the verse warning against partnering light with darkness) says we’re forbidden to do that kind of thing.
It’s one thing to be friendly with someone in Islam, but it’s a whole other thing in a Christian community to be reading something that is antithetical to Christianity and is hostile to Jesus Christ himself.”… Silva believes the real reason for the Shared Faith event is spiritual emptiness in the country.
“So many Christians talk to each other and they read other Christians rather than read the Scriptures themselves. There’s a real move inside our country right now for an ecumenism and a syncretism trying to bring everyone together and it’s rooted in contemplative spirituality,” Silva observed.
“There’s a deception that comes. They’re under the impression that God is trying to bring all people together, and bring in God’s dream for the world to make the world a better place,” Silva continued.
“The Gospel has been changed from repentance and forgiveness of sins in Jesus’ name to God wants to make the world a better place, get involved with where He’s working and bring about His dream,” Silva added.
“It’s what Walter Martin would say spiritually obtuse Christians are easy marks for the more militant of the Muslims who are presenting this as some big Islamophobia,” Silva said.
“We are not hateful to Muslims, but we are hostile to Islam because it enslaves people. We want people to be free,” Silva said. (Online source)
If you’re interested in hearing more from me on this topic, Michael Carl was also kind enough to include a longer audio clip within Shocker! Churches promoting Islam as well. The bottom line is this: As CSM spreads as a cancer throughout the church visible its leading purveyors like the Emerging Church rock star pastor Rob Bell, co-teaching pastor at Mars Hill Bible Church along with his good friend and fellow mystic Shane Hipps, have been successful—particularly within the younger sectors of evangelicalism—in blowing up the pillar of sola Scriptura.
So now, right within mainstream of the visible Christian community, we’re being led by neo-Gnostics of The Emerging Church On A Wild Goose Chase after another Jesus than the one we’ve always proclaimed, and to receive a different spirit from the one we received, and to accept a different gospel from the one we’ve always accepted (cf. 2 Corinthians 11:4). And along with this, their mystic mush god with a man-shaped hole in his/her/it’s heart has issued a new command: “You shall shut off your mind and love mankind, whom you worship, with all of your heart and all of your true self and all of your strength in your nonduality.”
I personally would suspect that what is breaking our Lord’s heart right now would be, as the Gospel is being changed, we hear nary a peep from evangelical leaders in The New Downgrade With Its Apostles Of Unbelief.
 http://tiny.cc/dpm2s, accessed 6/24/11.
Source : http://apprising.org/2011/06/24/evangelical-churches-promoting-islam/
Full Permision to place article. Thank you Ken Silva
Recently received political mail saying 20% of Islamism is peaceful, BUT other 80 % is RADICALS, LEARNING HOW TO KILL IN DOZENS OF SECRET KILLING CAMPS !! SOOOOOO, how safe can it be to mingle Islam “religeon” with any christian ministry? Our God is not their God in first place. Sounds like big trouble over horizon! We can always PRAY ! God is the one with ALL ANSWERS. Must go to THE WORD for all answers to please the Lord. Amen? We want peace, not religeous war in USA. We don’t want to “play with fire”. Pray for WISDOM & common sense America!
Mr. Silva makes some valid points, but he quoted this: “All worshipers of images are put to shame, who make their boast in worthless idols; worship him, all you gods! (Psalm 97:7) In my understanding of Islam, there is no worship of images or idols (such as are evident in one branch of Christianity), but that the followers of Islam worship Allah alone. Perhaps Silva means that to study the doctrines of demons and their resultant god is the same thing as worshiping images and idols. I agree with him that their religion is of the spirit of antichrist in that it denies that Jesus is deity, the very son of God and part of the triune God.
I would say that worshiping a false god like the one of Islam is indeed Idol Worship. One does not have to worship an image only to worship a false god.To worship any god but the God of the Bible is surely Idol worship. They also have their idol Muhammad idol worshiping again.
“What is Islam, and what do Muslims believe?”
Answer: Islam is a religious system begun in the seventh century by Muhammad. Muslims follow the teachings of the Qur’an and strive to keep the Five Pillars.
The History of Islam
In the seventh century, Muhammad claimed the angel Gabriel visited him. During these angelic visitations, which continued for about 23 years until Muhammad’s death, the angel purportedly revealed to Muhammad the words of Allah (the Arabic word for “God” used by Muslims). These dictated revelations compose the Qur’an, Islam’s holy book. Islam means “submission,” deriving from a root word that means “peace.” The word Muslim means “one who submits to Allah.”
The Doctrine of Islam
Muslims summarize their doctrine in six articles of faith:
1. Belief in one Allah: Muslims believe Allah is one, eternal, creator, and sovereign.
2. Belief in the angels
3. Belief in the prophets: The prophets include the biblical prophets but end with Muhammad as Allah’s final prophet.
4. Belief in the revelations of Allah: Muslims accept certain portions of the Bible, such as the Torah and the Gospels. They believe the Qur’an is the preexistent, perfect word of Allah.
5. Belief in the last day of judgment and the hereafter: Everyone will be resurrected for judgment into either paradise or hell.
6. Belief in predestination: Muslims believe Allah has decreed everything that will happen. Muslims testify to Allah’s sovereignty with their frequent phrase, inshallah, meaning, “if God wills.”
The Five Pillars of Islam
These five tenets compose the framework of obedience for Muslims:
1. The testimony of faith (shahada): “la ilaha illa allah. Muhammad rasul Allah.” This means, “There is no deity but Allah. Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.” A person can convert to Islam by stating this creed. The shahada shows that a Muslim believes in Allah alone as deity and believes that Muhammad reveals Allah.
2. Prayer (salat): Five ritual prayers must be performed every day.
3. Giving (zakat): This almsgiving is a certain percentage given once a year.
4. Fasting (sawm): Muslims fast during Ramadan in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. They must not eat or drink from dawn until sunset.
5. Pilgrimage (hajj): If physically and financially possible, a Muslim must make the pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia at least once. The hajj is performed in the twelfth month of the Islamic calendar.
A Muslim’s entrance into paradise hinges on obedience to these Five Pillars. Still, Allah may reject them. Even Muhammad was not sure whether Allah would admit him to paradise (Surah 46:9; Hadith 5.266).
An Evaluation of Islam
Compared to Christianity, Islam has some similarities but significant differences. Like Christianity, Islam is monotheistic. However, Muslims reject the Trinity—that God has revealed Himself as one in three Persons: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
Muslims claim that Jesus was a mere prophet—not God’s Son. Islam asserts that Jesus, though born of a virgin, was created like Adam. Many Muslims do not believe Jesus died on the cross. They do not understand why Allah would allow His prophet Isa (the Islamic word for “Jesus”) to die a torturous death. Yet the Bible shows how the death of the perfect Son of God was essential to pay for the sins of believers (Isaiah 53:5-6; John 3:16; 14:6; 1 Peter 2:24).
Islam teaches that the Qur’an is the final authority and the last revelation of Allah. The Bible, however, was completed in the first century with the Book of Revelation. The Bible warns against anyone adding to or subtracting from God’s Word (Deuteronomy 4:2; Proverbs 30:6; Galatians 1:6-12; Revelation 22:18). The Qur’an, as a claimed addition to God’s Word, directly disobeys God’s command.
Muslims believe that paradise can be earned through keeping the Five Pillars. The Bible, in contrast, reveals that sinful man can never measure up to the holy God (Romans 3:23; 6:23). Only by God’s grace may sinners be saved through repentant faith in Jesus (Acts 20:21; Ephesians 2:8-9).
Because of these essential differences and contradictions, Islam and Christianity cannot both be true. The Bible and Qur’an cannot both be God’s Word. The truth has eternal consequences.
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world” (1 John 4:1-4; see also John 3:35-36).
from the website http://www.gotquestions.org