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Allah is a Pagan idol PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ed Decker   
Wednesday, 17 December 2014 20:28

Allah is a pagan idol.. Not another name for God

When Rick Warren recently joined with the Pope [Warren referred to him as, Our Pope] in announcing that Allah a was just another name for the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and us, I knew that I would have to say something about it.

First, they are in abhorrent error.  Secondly, they are leading a whole lot of people into believing a terribly false teaching. At best it is some perverted form of ecumenical foolishness.

Third, they have fallen for the glib lies of religious/political schemers dedicated to the conversion or destruction of every Jew and Christian on earth, not to leave out the Buddhists, Hindus and atheists standing on the sidelines.  Let me put a little background to this.

The culture of Mohammed's world was very animistic. Every Arab tribe had its sacred magic stone(s) that they believed protected the tribe, resident in the Kaaba. All the nomadic tribes had their own tribal deities.

The dominant religion just prior to Mohammed was Sabianism, a religion in which heavenly bodies were worshipped. The moon was viewed as a male deity, and they used a lunar calendar. Their pagan rite of fasting began with the appearance of the crescent moon. Fasting was later adopted as one of the five pillars of faith of Islam. Fasting, based on the lunar calendar, in the ninth month of Ramadan already pre-existed in the Arab culture before Mohammed was even born.

 

When Mohammed was born in Mecca in 570 AD, the black Kaaba was the religious center of all Arabia. In Mohammed’s day, approximately 360 tribal idols were worshipped there in that great courtyard. One of those deities or Allahs was the god of the Quarish tribe, of which Mohammed was a member. When the Quarish tribe took control of Mecca, all the idols except Allah, the idol of their tribe, were destroyed.

The Koran tells us that Mohammed drove the other idols away; his idol was now the only god and he was its messenger. But he kept the Kaaba as a holy, sacred place. He obligated every believer to make a pilgrimage to the stone at least once in his lifetime. (Sura 22:26-37)

This Muslim Allah is a stone, a small to medium black crescent meteor rock. Hence the depictions of the crescent moon on most if not all Muslim nations' flags and the literature of the Muslim faith. It represents this Moon Deity, now commonly called Allah.

Mohammed's magical black stone was kissed in those early days, when people came on their pilgrimages and worshipped at the Kaaba. It was probably an asteroid or a meteorite, a moonstone, which they viewed as being divine.

A meteorite is a piece of iron, stone, or stony-iron composite that has fallen to Earth from outer space. Most meteorites originated within the Asteroid Belt between Mars and Jupiter, and were once part of a planet or large asteroid. A few meteorites come from the Moon and Mars, and a few others may possibly be fragments of comets. It certainly does not represent the God who created the moon, mars and the asteroid belt from which this Allah rock originated.

The central prayer or declaration of Islam, to this day, is: There is no God but [this] Allah and Mohammed is his prophet.”

In that declaration, This Moon deity, Allah, is raised up above and apart from the Biblical God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. There is no confusion on their part.  Let’s look at their declaration of faith. The Five Pillars of the Muslim faith include,  

Affirmation: “There is no God but Allah and Mohammed is his messenger” which is recited constantly by devout Muslims.

The Fast: Faithful Muslims fast from dawn to dusk every day during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, Ramadan, which is sacred.

Almsgiving: A worthy Muslim must give 2.5% of his income to the poor.

Prayer: Muslims are required to pray five times a day, kneeling and facing Mecca.

The Pilgrimage: Muslims are expected to journey to Mecca at least once in their lifetime.

Let’s look at these items a bit more closely and from the Biblical perspective. Muslims must kneel on their prayer rug five times a day.

They must bow down and face Mecca, where this idol, Allah is kept in its sacred abode. They must pray and recite the required affirmation that there is no god but Allah and Mohammed is his messenger.

Every year, Mecca continues to be filled with masses of pilgrims who parade around the Kaaba, bowing down and worshipping Allah. They know their idol is there in that sacred black box.   Some sell all they own just to fulfill that last requirement of the Fifth pillar of their faith.  This is an extremely tangible look at the complete separation of that religion from any other form of faith.

In a further look at the complete separation of Islam from any Biblical kinship, it is basic Islamic ideology that the world is divided into two: The Islamic “Dar e-Salaam” or House of Islam or House of Peace.  Opposing this “Dar e-Salaam” is the “Dar e-Harb” or House of War into which all infidels fall.

There can be no peace for Islam until the entire “Dar e-Harb” falls to the “Dar e-Salaam”.  So this is a fight to the finish.  Islam must be victorious or be vanquished.  There can be no effective defense against Islam or any effective Christian outreach to its people until we understand this volatile religious challenger of our faith and our way of life.

In the Bible, Moses was given the Ten Commandments directly from God.  Ten critical things were listed. The first two clearly defined who and what we were to worship, to bow down to, to honor as our God.

20 And God spake all these words, saying,

2 I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.

5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;

Verses Three through five clearly condemn Islam as a false religion, and certainly no kin or cousin to the Jew or Christian. Muslims continue to have the iniquities of their fathers visited upon them to this day.

It is my belief that the Rick Warrens and Popes of this day will bear the terrible wrath of a jealous God and this compromise of the gospel will wreak havoc across the nations.

I posted an article recently that talked of our government bringing about 75,000 Muslims to the United States from Syria.  Several responded and said, “wonderful. It will bring them here where we can lead them to Jesus.”

My response was,  “How many have you led to the Lord that are already here? Based on the numbers, extremely few and there are probably several thousand within that number who are jihadists, hundreds who are terrorists..

Truth is, the Muslims in the USA are about the least assimilated people group ever to come to the United States.  They live within their own an within their own laws. They defy assimilation.

Yet, while the government seeks out every vestige of Christianity on the public scene and write laws to punish Christians for any sign of living their faith in business or charity, the same government bows to every whim and religious practice of the Muslims amongst us.  I need not give you a list. It grows every day. Just check the morning news.

Christian friends and pastors.  Do not fall prey to this terrible deception.  Preach the error of it, speak against its battle to the death of our faith and be bold. Never compromise.  In that day when the He separates the sheep and the goats, be among the true believers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Another side if the Ferguson Issue.. What if... PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ed Decker   
Tuesday, 02 December 2014 00:48

Another side of the Ferguson issue. What if..

It was early Thanksgiving evening and I was watching the Seahawks shut down the Forty Niners.  It was a good game considering we have been Seahawks fans for years.

One of the Seahawks sacked the Niner QB and I was reflecting on what even a large guy like Colin Kaepernick must have felt like when some huge guy slammed him into the ground.

That somehow brought me back to the events that led up to the shooting of Michael Brown and the riots that all but destroyed the city of Ferguson. I know most minds do not work in that way, but I am old and mine just does.

There was a black player about the same size as Michael Brown being paid millions of dollars a year to attack quarterbacks or anybody else on the field in a different colored jersey.

And there was Michael Brown, dead in the street after a no-win confrontation with a white policeman. What was the difference?

Well, I would imagine that the millionaire on the playing field   went through high school played on its football team where he must have excelled. He then picked up a full scholarship for college, made the grades to graduate and because he was an excellent, determined player. After graduating, he made it through the draft and ended up being paid a huge amount of money to sack Colin Kaepernick on Thanksgiving Day, 2014.

We can assume that the millionaire guy didn’t get there all by himself, but had encouragement and direction in his life from parents, schools, teachers, coaches, other players and friends.  He had a goal in his life that overshadowed self indulgence and distractions. He worked hard and long to be on the defensive front line that day.  His life was and is a determined one.

Looking at Michael Brown and his path to that street and death seems to have been a different one.  From what I have read [and I may be wrong here], it would appear that he had none of those things like a family involved in his education and helping him establish life goals.

What if he finished school? What if he was a committed football team player who made a difference on the field? What if he had coaches and teachers who mentored him? What if he didn’t hang with the wrong crowd?

What if he earned a scholarship to college? What if he made it through college as a good student and outstanding athlete? What if he was drafted into the NFL? What if we were watching him on the football field on Thanksgiving Day?

Is there any sense to this essay?  The truth is that it is next to impossible to change the path chosen by a youth when they are young adults.  We are losing the Michael Browns of the world in pre-school, when they have no fathers to hold them and love them and tell them how great their lives can be. Or a mother who is so overworked or shut down that she has no time for her kids.

We are losing them when there are no teachers who have the time or concern to bring out the joy of life and education in them. We lose them when they only find acceptance in gangs instead of church or sports.  We lose them when there are no coaches to mentor them.

What we have is an American tragedy of epic scale.  And it isn’t going to change a single child by looting and burning or accusing or excusing.  It can only change when fathers become something more than impregnators and mothers stop believing what is whispered in the ear and instead focus on the life of her family instead.

You may ask, “What does this white guy know about any of this?”   Fact is, I do know a lot about it.  I grew up poor, in a poor family, an alcoholic father, working from the time I could mow a lawn or shovel snow, or carry groceries.

My Christmas presents were not like the gifts of today. I would get a set of three socks, or a sweater or two airs of underwear.  One year, I got an old used radio.

In high school, I worked the standard 48 hours workweek at a grocery store and then filled in any days off at a deli, running up and down tenement stairs to deliver food.  I held three jobs in order to work my way through college at a land grant school, where the tuition was low.

My secret was a mother and older sister who kept telling me what I could become if I didn’t let myself become sidelined by self-interests that were probably more satisfying than working, by whose pleasures were fleeting.  They were there when I was just beginning my life and were still there encouraging me until the day they went to Heaven.

We need to re-adjust our national thinking and start getting this thing right. If someone had, maybe Michael Brown would not have been where he was on that fateful day.  Maybe the church needs a wake-up call?

 
Is There Corn and Wine in your Zoin? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ed Decker   
Thursday, 20 November 2014 19:51

Wine


To drink or not to drink. That is the curious question. What does the Bible say about this?


I was a Mormon for almost 20 years, forbidden to drink wine, coffee, tea or anything else I had enjoyed as a heathen Episcopalian

I became a born again Christian in a Church that taught wine drinking …and beer and other alcoholic beverages were sin. I want to talk about that one mentioned so often in scripture.

Not much of a problem since I had been abstaining for 20 years already.

One day, some years back, I was having a meal with a leader in another mainline church, when the server asked us if we would like a nice wine to go with the meal and he launched into a “That is such a sin!” tirade that I almost got up and left the restaurant.

When I suggested that Jesus drank wine, He claimed quite avidly that the beverage Jesus and the Disciples drank was an unfermented wine. In other words, grape juice.

Recently, the subject came up again and I did some Bible reading

Wine is mentioned 233 times in the Bible. At no time is wine called a sine any more than money is called sin.

The 233 references deal with the use of it or the abstinence from it for certain men and certain times.



197 Old Testament

36 in New Testament


To believe or declare that Jesus’ first miracle was to convert water to grape juice is to defy the Word of God, and deal with the word fully out of context, that means being a false teacher.

Read the following scriptures and substitute grape juice or unfermented wine?? Silly, isn’t it. What sense would there being serving the good grape juice at a wedding and then bringing out the cheap juice after the guests have had enough good grape juice to not notice the w switch later one. And then the reverse when Jesus filled the jars with the very best grape juice??


I know the scripture about being a stumbling block to others. I have lived with that principle throughout my church leadership and pastoral life.

However, to refrain from drinking a glass of wine at dinner because it is sin does not line up with God’s Word.

The scripture clearly explains that moderation is the key to the use of wine. Yet almost every church makes it part of the sin life from which we must repent and flee.

So, who is right and why?

What is your pastoral stance on this and your justification for it?


And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have no wine.
John 2:9

When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom,
John 2:10

And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now. John 4:46

It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak. Ephesians 5:18

And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;1 Timothy 3:3

Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;
1 Timothy 3:8

Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre;1 Timothy 5:23

Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities.
Titus 1:7

For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not self-willed, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre;
Titus 2:3

The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;


All scripture from King James Version (KJV)

 
Where Have All the Bibles Gone? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Ed Decker   
Wednesday, 17 September 2014 22:58

Where is Your Bible?

Bibles are forbidden in schools, all government facilities, military bases and academies; forbidden in some of the countries we defend with the lives of our soldiers.  Most court rooms keep a copy for ‘swearing in” people to testify they will tell the truth, while all now let the witness affirm they will tell the truth, without swearing on this unpopular book.

Most churches put the scripture references on big screens and few people tote their bibles there any more.  Employees have been told to remove it from their work places and kids have been sent home for reading it at school during free choice reading times.

Are we losing the Bible to Political correctness? Or are we going to stand firm on its use and power?  Where is your bible?

We are subject to a government doing everything in its power to remove the Holy Bible from public life and use. Yet, this act flies in the face of historical evidence of its importance to American life and liberty.

Did You Know That:

Congress formed the American Bible Society. Immediately after creating the Declaration of Independence, the Continental Congress voted to purchase and import 20,000 copies of scripture for the people of this nation.

Patrick Henry, who is called the firebrand of the American Revolution, is still remembered for his words,

“Give me liberty or give me death.” But in current textbooks the context of these words is deleted.  Here is what he actually said: “An appeal to arms and the God of hosts is all that is left us.  But we shall not fight our battle alone.   There is a just God that presides over the destinies of nations.  The battle sir, is not to the strong alone.  Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?  Forbid it almighty God.  I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death."

These sentences have been erased from our textbooks. Was Patrick Henry a Christian?  You be the judge.  The following year, 1776, he wrote this:

"It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great Nation was founded not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  For that reason alone, people of other faiths have been afforded freedom of worship here."

Consider these words that Thomas Jefferson wrote on the front of his well-worn Bible:

"I am a real Christian, that is to say, a disciple of the doctrines of Jesus.  I have little doubt that our whole country will soon be rallied to the unity of our Creator. "

He was also the chairman of the American Bible Society, which he considered his highest and most important role.

On July 4, 1821, President Adams said,

“The highest glory of the American Revolution was this: it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity."

There is more.  In 1782, the United States Congress voted this resolution:

"The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools."

William Holmes McGuffey was the author of the McGuffey Reader, which was used for over 100 years in our public schools with over 125 million copies sold until it was stopped in 1963.   President Lincoln called him the "Schoolmaster of the Nation." Listen to these words of Mr.  McGuffey:

"The Christian religion is the religion of our country.  From it are derived our notions on the character of God, on the great moral Governor of the universe.  On its doctrines are founded the peculiarities of our free institutions.  From no source has the author drawn more conspicuously than from the sacred Scriptures.  For all these extracts from the Bible I make no apology."

Of the first 108 universities founded in America, 106 were distinctly Christian, including the first, Harvard University, chartered in 1636.  In the original Harvard Student Handbook, rule number 1 was that students seeking entrance must know Latin and Greek so that they could study the scriptures:

"Let every student be plainly instructed and earnestly pressed to consider well, the main end of his life and studies is, to know God and Jesus Christ, which is eternal life, John 17:3; and therefore to lay Jesus Christ as the only foundation for our children to follow the moral principles of the Ten Commandments."

Yale historian Harry S. Stout's wrote an article in Christian History magazine titled, “Christianity and the American Revolution”.   Here is what he said about America at the time of the Revolution.

“Over the span of the colonial era, American ministers delivered approximately 8 million sermons, each lasting one to one-and-a-half hours. The average 70-year-old colonial churchgoer would have listened to some 7,000 sermons in his or her lifetime, totaling nearly 10,000 hours of concentrated listening. This is the number of classroom hours it would take to receive ten separate undergraduate degrees in a modern university, without ever repeating the same course!

Events were perceived not from the mundane, human vantage point but from God's. The vast majority of colonists were Reformed or Calvinist, to whom things were not as they might appear at ground level: all events, no matter how mundane or seemingly random, were parts of a larger pattern of meaning, part of God's providential design.

The outlines of this pattern were contained in Scripture and interpreted by discerning pastors. - [Today] taxation and representation are political and constitutional issues, having nothing to do with religion. But to eighteenth-century ears, attuned to lifetimes of preaching, the issues were inevitably religious as well."

Times have changed, the world is different from those days, yet we all have the same hopes and desires, the love of God, family and the freedoms that such a spiritually based birth gave us here in America.

Yes, we are a great nation, but it was earned by the sweat and toil and prayers of men and women like these. Let’s not forget this!

 
Has America forgotten What War is? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 05 August 2014 20:59

I am confused.  Is America standing with Israel or the Terrorists trying to destroy it?

Hamas has been doing its level best to drop rockets into Israeli neighborhoods and kill as many civilians as they can. They openly confirm that this is their main goal as a people of the Quran.

Thousands of these missiles have been launched into Israel and the apathetic American public and its leadership doesn’t seem to care.

In fact, our administration has even funded the terrorist Hamas, calling the millions sent in as humanitarian aid, and unless they are brain dead or terrorists within our ranks, know full well that the millions will be put to use in their war machine.

The sad truth is that the majority of Gaza humanitarian aid comes in by the semi-trailer load from Israel.

Our president has chastised Israel for its ‘attacks ‘ against civilians and gives lip service to what was once the American partnership with Israel.

Our secretary of State has openly condemned Israel’s bombing of UN facilities that stored missiles that were fired from the UN property, as well as schools and homes where children were being used as human shields.  The death of civilians seems to be the most horrible thing I leaders can imagine.

I went back to an old report that puts our administration’s actions and comments in perspective.  Our President made it clear to us when he wrote: “I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.” Barack Hussein Obama, The Audacity Of Hope, page 261. And he is doing just that today.

But let me go back to our national weeping over the death of civilians.

Old people, women and children are usually put at the top of the list.

Have we all forgotten the First and Second World Wars?  I clearly remember WWII and the images of giant US bombers dropping massive loads of bombs over German cities is still clear in my memory.

American forces blanketed enemy cities with bombs, all but wiping out entire cities without hesitation, knowing that civilians were dying with every bomber rumbling across the skies.  We vaporized so many thousands of Japanese citizens with the Atomic bomb.  Who could ever forget the picture of the little naked Vietnamese girl running and screaming from the napalm attack in which her body was scorched.

Americans look back at those horrible actions and perhaps can rightfully say,  “ We were at war and we had to do this to stop a terrible enemy.”

Friends, Israel is at war. Their enemy is not across some ocean. It is within walking distance and it has determined to kill every Jew in Israel.

Except, this enemy is hideous beyond belief because it uses its own people, especially the old, infirmed and very young as ammunition.

Someone sent me an email this morning that said, “Hamas are not animals!  Name one animal that hides behind their babies to protect themselves.

 

We seem to have another truce today.   About the fifth one in this series.  Israel steps back again in hopes of peace. Hamas grins and rolls out the missiles, getting ready for another attempt at annihilating the Jews forever.

 

 
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