Perhaps you are wondering what I am talking about. Maybe you missed out on my commentary yesterday.
If you didn't, you need to read it. Otherwise, this commentary won't make sense to you. The Muslims put up a series of billboards in Columbus, Ohio declaring "Jesus Is Muslim."
Here is the story. It is worth the read. Islam - The Religion of Propaganda - Claims Jesus is Muslim.
So we held our rally. It poured down rain the entire time. It is a wonder that anyone came.
But they did. About 100 stout hearts battled the elements to stand up for Jesus. There is a lot of good info on my Facebook page. We have posted some great moments from the rally. It is worth your time to visit and read the reports. Go here.
But the bottom line is that the Muslims took down the "Jesus Is Muslim" billboard. You read that right; they took the sign down!
I don't think you understand the significance of that statement. We are not some powerful media outlet...we used social media to draw a crowd. We didn't ask them to take the sign down. We didn't whine and complain about how they dishonored Jesus. We didn't beg them to be nice.
We just showed up. That's it. We showed up on the streets and called them liars. They took down the sign.
It didn't take a court order. It didn't require us burning down any building. It didn't require months of negotiations. We simply showed up. We told them their sign was a lie. They made a weak attempt to defend it. They said, "Anyone who submits to God is a Muslim." That was all they had.
We never once asked them to take the billboard down. We believe in free-speech. We made them blink. They took the sign down. Light always causes darkness to flee.
Today, I would like to share with you a few take-a-ways from this episode.
Muslims use lies and deceitful practices to advance Islam. Although they call it a "religion of peace," nothing could be further from the truth. Just like Christianity, Islam has millions of followers who are "cultural Muslims." Just like we have many "cultural Christians" in America. A "cultural" adherent is often one who was born into the faith and has adopted it because it has been passed down generationally from their parents.
Usually, these followers are shallow. Millions of Muslims are MINO (Muslims in Name Only). They are peaceful and will not fight to death for their faith. They are like millions of Christians, who believe that Christianity is a religion, not a way of life. Just like Christians, many Muslims do not understand what their religion teaches.
True believers, on both sides, tend to be more radical. A devout Christian dies for his faith. A devout Muslim kills for his. We better begin to recognize that difference, and soon. The closer Muslims get to following Mohammed, the more violent they become. The closer Christians emulate Jesus, the more loving they will become. True Christianity is driven by love. True Islam is driven by hate.
One of the signs on the billboard read "MUSLIMS LOVE JESUS TOO." If that is true, why are the Muslims killing so many of Christ's followers?
A few pastors did come to our event. Most are from small, country churches that are not swayed by the glitz and glitter of "ministry." There are thousands of faithful, God-fearing pastors who are willing to lay down their lives for their faith, but they are not unified. They are not networked, but many are awake and aware of what is going on in America.
The "soon coming rapture" theory is paralyzing this nation. Christians will not fight back against evil because they have been taught by their pastors that bad is good, meaning the worse things get, the better it is. That means Jesus' return is right around the corner. To fight evil is to fight against God. That idea is anathema to Christianity. Jesus said, "Occupy until I return."
Most Christians only occupy pews. They feel no responsibility to fight for holiness in the world. They ignore all of the action verbs in the Scriptures such as "Go, contend, speak, wrestle, occupy." If they really believed the end was near, they should be running from house to house compelling man to turn to Christ in order to "flee the wrath to come." They don't even follow what they claim to believe.
Showing up does make a difference. Here is the truth. Even though we did not ask them to, the Muslims took down the billboard that read Jesus is Muslim. This shows the power of showing up and speaking out. Once we began to shine the light of the Truth, the Muslims took the lying billboard down. Thanks to everyone who braved the weather. Prayer, mixed with action, does make a difference; just as faith without works is dead, so also prayer without action! God's not dead. Just show up and let God show off! The Muslims know we are watching.
What is Love? Let me ask you a question, which is a greater demonstration of love? Helping someone after they have been hurt, or preventing them from being hurt? For the most part, our churches are hospitals where the sick are repaired rather than a fortress where God's soldiers are trained. If helping someone after they are injured is love, isn't protecting them before they are injured, also love? By speaking the truth to our friends, we can prevent them from being injured rather than helping them be healed. Jesus prayed till blood came out his pores...and then he got up and went...aren't you glad He did more than pray? Prayer is the power to propel our actions....prayer makes action effectual.
You can't just pray, and you can't just go. You must do both. Prayer softens up the enemy, like the air force during battle. Prayer softens up the enemy so that the ground troops can be more effective. Jesus prayed and went, but most Christians only pray, very few go. When you go, the power of prayer can be felt. The idea that God will do for us what we can do for ourselves is misguided. The Word says our faith can move mountains, but sometimes moving the mountain requires us getting a shovel and digging. Why would God end abortion when He gave us the power to end it? Pray and Go. That is the answer.
Most Americans knew very little about Islam before 9/11. If you were like me most of my knowledge of Islam came from the movie "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and Indiana Jones' journey throughout the Middle East. Since then, the Muslims have been hard at work teaching us some things that simply are not true. Most pastors are frighteningly ignorant of Islam.
Our featured speaker, last Saturday ,was Rev. Rusty Thomas. His fiery speech is posted on our Facebook page. Permit me to summarize some of the great points he made. He addressed Islam from a legal, historical and biblical perspective.
(History) Wherever Islam protests in democratic nations, you will observe signs that expose their ideology. "To Hell with Freedom," "Down with Democracy," "Islam Will Rule the World," and other such signs are common place. Once Islam takes root and grows soon other demands are enacted. Sharia law seeks to supplant the laws of the land in free nations.
Go to any nation where Islam rules and try to find a hint of freedom of speech and religion. You will search in vain. There are only three choices granted in places where Islam dominates. They are: convert, become their slave (Dhimmi), or die. There are no other freedoms, no other choices. Every nation that lets the Islamic camel's nose into the tent of freedom eventually rues the day.
(Legal) Supreme Court Justice, Joseph Storey, who served the high court from 1811-1845, commenting on the meaning of the First Amendment stated, "The real object of the First Amendment was not to countenance, much less to advance Mohammedanism, or Judaism, or infidelity, by prostrating Christianity, but to exclude all rivalry among Christian sects [denominations] and to prevent any national ecclesiastical patronage of the national government."
No other faith, worldview, or philosophy of man is capable of setting men free from the tyranny of sin from within or despotism of men from without. As America resorts back to the brutal darkness of paganism, it is not a coincidence that she is losing her freedoms as well. Islam may very well prove to be a harsh taskmaster to drive home this reality, if our nation does not repent.
(Biblical) No man, religion, worldview, or philosophy has the authority to define or redefine Jesus Christ. He has already revealed Himself in the 66 books that comprise the Holy Bible. God's Word warns, "Do not add to His words, Lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar" (Proverbs 30:6). Ecclesiastes 3:14 concurs, "I know that whatever God does, It shall be forever. Nothing can be added to it, And nothing taken from it. God does it that men should fear before Him." Jesus stated, "You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me" (John 5:39). Every word of the Bible points to Him. He is the Word made flesh (John 1:14). No other so-called "holy book" either claims or comes close to this revelation.
If this billboard (Jesus is Muslim) was presented as evidence in a court room, it would be considered perjury. Thus, in the court of public opinion and religious circles, the billboard needs to be judged as slander, heresy, and blasphemy."
I used to tell my football teams that often the hardest part of winning is simply showing up. We showed up, and they took the billboard down. Praise God from whom all blessings flow! I wonder what else would happen if we simply showed up.
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