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The Presbyterians have no spiritual discernment.

The Presbyterian Church, USA, is raising eyebrows after lifting up prayers to Allah at its General Assembly meeting last week.

“Allah blesses us and blesses our families and blesses our Lord. Lead us on the straight path—the path of all prophets: Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad.”
These were the words that rang out over the congregation at The General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church, USA meeting in Portland, Oregon. Wajidi Said, co-founder of the Muslim Education Trust, led the attendees in the prayer to the Islamic deity—a move arranged by the Ecumenical and Interfaith ministry staff at the assembly.

Some Christians see no problem in mingling prayer together as a faith community, except that Allah and Jehovah are two separate and very different entities.

1. Allah is a god, but is the god of this world.

Satan is also called the "prince of the power of the air" in Ephesians 2:2. He is the "ruler of this world" in John 12:31. These titles and many more signify Satan’s capabilities.  

2. Christians have to understand that Islam is not a safe religion, nor does it provide any freedom to those who practice it.  

  • Women have no rights
  • Girls have their genitals mutilated
  • There are few if any Muslim countries that are without war
  • There is no provision to understand love or forgiveness in Islam
  • 18,000 deadly terror attacks committed explicitly in the name of Islam in just the last ten years.  (Other religions combined for perhaps a dozen or so).  
  • Muhammad directed Muslims to wage war on other religions and bring them under submission to Islam.
  • The Quran never once speaks of Allah's love for non-Muslims, but it speaks of Allah's cruelty toward and hatred of non-Muslims more than 500 times
  • Islam is the only religion that has to retain its membership by formally threatening to kill anyone who leaves.  This is according to the example set by Muhammad.

3. There are 101 verses in the Quran that speak of doing violence to those who do not obey Allah or are non-believers in Islam.

I know it is not politically correct to have frank discussions about Islam because it makes people feel uncomfortable. However, many ex-Muslims will say that Allah has Satan-like characteristics:

  • Qur’an 1:1 states that Allah is the god (lord) of this world:
  • Qur’an 3:54 and 8:30 state that Allah is the best deceiver:
  • Qur’an 35:8 states that Allah leads people astray:
  • Qur’an 38:85 and 11:119 both state that Allah desires to fill hell with people:
  • Qur’an 5:14 states that Allah spreads hate.

I know as Christians we don’t influence people by tearing down cultures or ideas. Yet, knowing that Satan comes as an angel of light whose desire is to rob, steal and destroy any truth that has been established in our lives, is a good reminder of his strategy. This is also true for Muslim people. Islam is trapped by the great deceiver and the greatest need Muslims have is to hear and see the gospel lived out in real life. In the same way Muslims are trapped by what they believe, Western culture is also trapped by their pluralism. In Islam they have only one god, but in America, we have multiple gods, and the end result is the same - we don’t know the real God.   

There is some value in dialoguing with Muslims about faith, god, and culture, but it is another thing to bring their worship into the Church.

American Christians would do themselves a favor that before they give away the church to an ecumenical ideal they need to study the history and the current teachings of Islam. They could also use a refresher course on “discernment.”

Keeping it honest and truthful…..K

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