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Prominent American Muslim Convert discusses his reasons for converting to Christianity

May 17, 2013 1 comment

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Prominent American Muslim, Umar Lee, leaves Islam: “We were lied to”

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2013/05/prominent-american-muslim-umar-lee-leaves-islam-we-were-lied-to.html

http://umarlee.wordpress.com/about-umar-lee/

 

from Jihad Watch:

Umar Lee, a convert to Islam from St. Louis, was once enough of an Islamic supremacist to write to a rival: “i could cut your neck with the sword of islam and watch you squeal like a bitch like daniel pearl.” In an email exchange with me, he endorsed the death penalty for apostasy.

But now he has left Islam and returned to Christianity. Watch the video; in it he makes many, many important points about how converts to Islam are lied to, and how Islam establishes an empire of fear.

Note especially this, starting at 4:04:

“We can talk about the grievance industry, CAIR, etc., trying to hype up the threat of Islamophobia. Islamophobia is very minor. You want to talk about religious bias? You convert to Christianity in Saudi Arabia, you’re murdered. You convert from Islam in so many Muslim countries, it’s the death penalty. Why are Muslim societies so afraid of missionaries? Why are Muslim societies so afraid of freedom of speech? Why are Muslim societies so afraid of the Gospel? Why are Muslim societies so afraid of the message of Jesus Christ? If you believe Islam is the truth, why don’t you believe Islam can compete in the marketplace of ideas? Obviously you don’t, or you wouldn’t kill people that convert to Christianity and put missionaries in jail.”….

Egyptian Church Attacked In Retaliation for Marriage of Muslim Woman to Christian Man

Nile river egypt beni suef

Nile river egypt beni suef (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Under Islamic law, Muslim men can marry Christian women, but Christian men can’t marry Muslim women.  So when it happens, if the government doesn’t do it, often Muslims will carry out privately what they believe to be the will of Allah by punishing the Christians.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/70183/Egypt/Politics-/Prompted-by-conversion-rumour,-crowds-attack-churc.aspx

Prompted by conversion rumour, crowds attack church in central Egypt
Sectarian tensions in Beni Suef erupt after reports that a Muslim woman had converted to Christianity and left the country with a Christian man
Ahram Online  , Friday 26 Apr 2013

Ahram Arabic website reported that clashes broke out between protesters and security forces at Saint George’s Church in Beni Suef, with eight people injured and 11 arrested.

 

Angry Muslim protesters attempted to storm Saint George’s Church in Al-Wasata city in the governorate of Beni Suef on Friday.

Tensions erupted in the city recently after reports that a 21-year-old Muslim girl had disappeared, with her family accusing a Christian family in the city of forcing her to convert to Christianity and facilitating her travel to Turkey with a Coptic Christian man.

Local Islamist groups had given the Christian family a deadline to return the girl, which expired on Friday, reported Ahram’s Arabic language website.

Security forces fired teargas grenades at angry protesters, who attempted to storm the church following the Friday Muslim prayer, and arrested five people for throwing Molotov cocktails at the church.

Security vehicles and forces are reportedly surrounding churches in the city.

A number of traders have already closed their shops, particularly Christian jewelers who fear they will be targets.

The Welfare of the City of our Exile

April 20, 2013 1 comment

Bmurgan salemut seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.  Jeremiah 29:7

http://www.memritv.org/clip/en/3807.htm

written transcript here: http://www.memritv.org/clip_transcript/en/3807.htm

Excerpts:

Interviewer: Today, we will be talking about the Boston bombings, which took place yesterday, during the marathon….What is your analysis of what happened?

Murgan Salem: In the name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate. Obviously, I do not know who carried out that operation, but if it was done by the mujahideen, it serves as a message to America and the West: We are still alive. Contrary to what you say, we have not died…

Interviewer: But do you think that this could have been an Al-Qaeda operation?

Murgan Salem: No. this was not up to the standards of Al-Qaeda. It was extremely amateurish. The standards of Al-Qaeda are much higher. … I do not know who did it, but they have managed to get the message across: We can reach you whenever and wherever we want.

[…]

I do not rule out the possibility that this was carried out by people born in the U.S. I do exclude the possibility that it was done by the Al-Qaeda organization…. I think it was done by people resentful of the policy and arrogance of America and Europe. It is not just America.

The Americans have passed their arrogance over to France. France, which led the first Crusade, is now leading the war against Islam and the Muslims. They must taste the bitter retribution for their deeds….What brought France to Mali? Or America to Afghanistan and Iraq? Why don’t they let our nation be? Have we ever interfered in their affairs?

[…]…over one million [Muslims] in the West…were harmed by French and American policy. More than one million [Muslims] were born in the West… I do not know what they may do. The [Westerners] are facing a deluge, and they will be destroyed.

Interviewer: Destroyed?

Murgan Salem: There is no doubt about it. The U.S. has completely collapsed, even if they are not hurrying to admit it. The American debt has reached how many trillions of dollars? They have a huge debt. Now poverty is spreading throughout America.

I’m afraid this Salafi from Egypt has a much clearer grasp on the situation of the United States than Western academics and political leaders.

Some of the values the West espouses are good.  Many are very evil, like the slaughter of unborn babies, the destruction of the family and the consequent suffering caused to society by children who have not grown up in stable homes.  Or the consumerism which destroys our ability to see our lives as having any other purpose than the mindless pursuit of short-lived pleasures.  Or the manifest wickedness of the government insisting on giving sodomy public approval.  Once government can’t even recognize that as moral evil, it’s hard to imagine what evil won’t be approved.

And it’s not so hard to imagine how a group of people whose “amateurs” (as the salafi called the Boston bombers before anyone knew who theytsarnaevs were) can have a major American city locked down, and are willing to die throwing bombs and in a gunfight with police–it’s not so hard to imagine how such a people might ultimately be able to bring down or severely damage a nation more concerned with equality than reality, and more concerned with comfort than either of the above.  Look, we don’t have enough of a grasp on reality to be able to admit that women are less capable fighters than men, and that, beyond that, it’s cowardly, not progressive, to put women on the front lines. (For another perspective on this look here:

http://www.thenewamerican.com/culture/item/15012-women-in-combat-war-for-and-against-women   )

We can’t say in public that homosexuals can’t procreate and therefore can’t marry.  We can’t say or even suggest in polite society that maybe part of the reason everyone immediately assumed that the perpetrator of this crime in Boston would be a Muslim and not the fanatical Christian terrorists that the US Military Academy warned us about a few days before–maybe that’s not because we’re all inherently Islamophobic–maybe it has something to do with the nature of Islam!

We can say none of those things in our society.  Shhhhhhhhh.  Good Americans don’t say such things!

All right.  But girls don’t win wars against men who aren’t afraid to die, and homosexuals aren’t going to beget the next generation of Americans that are going to have to cope with a burgeoning Islamic population which appears to be more hostile toward us than at any time since the decline of the Ottoman Empire.  Homosexual marriages don’t keep civilizations going and women don’t win wars.

All of this said–as easy as it is to feel anger  toward the liars or fools who have nearly succeeded in their effort to completely destroy the last vestiges of native common sense in Americans–

the Church needs to pray for our country fervently, giving thanks to God for the great freedom we have enjoyed and still do enjoy.  It needs to be clear that we seek ” the welfare of the city” or the nation in which we live, even if we feel like captives.  If homosexual marriage becomes legal in our state, or they force the church to do homosexual weddings or else pay taxes, etc., etc., or they try to force us to pay for abortions–whatever it is, they should know that we still pray for them and seek their good and call this country our country, even though it seems like the days are not far away from us being told we are “un-American” because of our “intolerance.”

We ought to speak the truth about the ills of our society in love.  Because the truth is that if this Salafi is correct–and I think he is–we stand to suffer much more at the hands of Sharia than we do at President Obama’s hands, his attacks on the church notwithstanding.  At least presently.

Not only that, but it’s just necessary to the Church’s witness.  Even if actual injustice is done to us.  We may fight politically–we must, because we are citizens.   But we need to be at great pains to show people who attack us that we love them and seek their good in this world and above all in the life to come.

I’ve learned this as a pastor.  The more someone does you wrong, the more effort you have to make to be kind to them, so that they know that you don’t hate them, but you seek their salvation. Because the more they do you wrong, the more they expect you to hate them.  If you hate them, it gives them an excuse to hate you.  And if they are attacking you because they are afraid of the God you bear witness to, it is all the more necessary for them to see that God will be gracious to them.  And they will best see that when people they hate manifestly love them.

So may God have mercy on our country, on our president, on our legislators, and bless them.

May He have mercy on the media and others who constantly teach our children lies and who constantly work to make our adults children, and bless them.

May He turn us from the evil we have done, and turn evil from us.

May He grant that we repent and respond to His chastening and preserve us from enemies who would shed our blood.

May He forgive those groups and people in the country who oppose and harass His Church, and help us to be their servants for the sake of Christ and His love.

May He forgive and turn His Church from its lack of love and compassion to our nation.

Lord have mercy.  Christ have mercy.  Lord have mercy.  Amen.

Jihadis Claim 780 Lives in Nigeria, 2012

December 29, 2012 Leave a comment

780 people died this year in attacks by Boko Haram, the jihadist group in Nigeria that claims as justification for its killing the Islamic teaching about jihad, or holy war, according to this article:

Nigerian Catholic church in capital city of Abuja, where the priest and 4 parishioners were shot and killed during Christmas Eve mass. Then the church was set on fire.  On Christmas Eve, 2012, a similar attack happened on an Evangelical church during its Christmas Eve services.  Several parishioners and the pastor were shot and killed, and the church was set on fire.

Nigerian Catholic church in capital city of Abuja, where the priest and 4 parishioners were shot and killed during Christmas Eve mass. Then the church was set on fire. On Christmas Eve, 2012, a similar attack happened on an Evangelical church during its Christmas Eve services. Several parishioners and the pastor were shot and killed, and the church was set on fire.

http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/world/afrfifteen-tied-up-and-killed-in-nigeria/story-fnd140321226545187834?sv=98b621943446e2a86643dc4ef3906cfe#.UN8c7sRSVRk.twitter

Please keep the Lutheran Church in Nigeria in your prayers, along with all Christians in Nigeria and the whole nation, particularly those bereaved.  Also pray for Muslims, particularly those who are convinced that it is a holy duty to kill their enemies.

The 12 Nigerian states with Sharia law

The 12 Nigerian states with Sharia law (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

When I was at school, there was a pastor from Nigeria named Michael A.  who was getting a Ph. D. in missiology.  Oftentimes when I hear numbers representing people killed in other parts of the world, it’s easy for it not to register.  But when you know someone there, it makes you slow down and think about it.  780 dead in one year.  God help Nigeria and the churches there, and have mercy also on the killers and turn their hearts.

Here are some links to and excerpts from recent news from Nigeria:

Boko Haram killings increase in West Africa

More than 770 people have been killed in a spate of Boko Haram attacks in Western Africa and seem to be growing more violent.
The radical fighters gather around piles of weapons and ammunition and shout praises to God as they shoot into the expanse of the African desert. These extremists depicted in this video are from Boko Haram, a radical sect in Nigeria, that turned to wide-scale violence in 2009 over local grievances and largely focused their assaults in Maiduguri – the city where the sect started.

As Boko Haram seems to be growing more violent with a record number of people killed this year, and slowly internationalising its stance, the group has become a possible danger for the rest of West Africa.

Previous attacks In 2009, rioting by Boko Haram set off a military crackdown that left 700 people dead in Maiduguri. Army tanks destroyed the sect’s Maiduguri mosque and Yusuf was killed in police custody.

Over time Boko Haram has grown far more sophisticated, bombing the United Nations headquarters in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja, and launching massive, military-style assaults like the one that killed at least 185 people in Kano in January.

Soldiers have been deployed in the streets across north-east Nigeria but Boko Haram has repeatedly used suicide car bombers to attack churches and security posts.

The sect has said it will stop its attacks only if the government strictly implements Shariah law and frees its imprisoned members.

US army general and commander of the US military’s Africa command, Carter Ham said on Monday that while Boko Haram appears focused on local issues it could become a greater worldwide threat if left unchecked. Ham said the group has already received training, money and weaponry from al-Qaeda in Maghreb as part of “a relationship that goes both ways”.

“It is clear to me that Boko Haram’s leadership aspires to broader activities across the region – certainly to Europe,” Ham said at George Washington University.

“As their name implies, anything that is Western is a legitimate target in their eyes. I think it’s in our national interest to help the Nigerians address this problem internally before it gets worse and the organisation has an ability to further expand their efforts.”

“Did jihad stop? No, a thousand no’s,” Shekau said, according to a translation by the Search for International Terrorist Entities Intelligence Group. “Jihad doesn’t stop until Allah wills it to be stopped, and with the glory of Allah the almighty, oh disbelievers, oh apostates, oh hypocrites, die from your frustration.”

Nigeria gunmen kill six at Christmas mass, burn church

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  • December 25, 201210:58PM

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O Muslims! Teach not your children to say: “We love death”!

December 4, 2012 1 comment

child preacher martyrdomhttp://www.memritv.org/clip/en/3644.htm  (I thought the video was on here when I published this post! Sorry.  )

O Zionists, we love death for the sake of Allah just as much as you love life for the sake of Satan.  We long for martyrdom for the sake of Allah just as much as you hate death, O enemies of Allah….I am just a small child, but nevertheless…If it were up to me, I would come to you [Palestinians] and I would fight alongside you in the battlefield. –Wee Egyptian TV preacher Ibrahim Adham 

I heard a Lutheran 6 year old preach a sermon in response to this video.  Unfortunately I didn’t record it.  But below is the transcript.

“O Turks, why do you protest so loudly that you love death?  That is not something to brag about.  By saying this you show that you are Satan’s children, since he is a liar and a murderer from the beginning.

nea-molech-sacrificeO Mohammedans, the true God does not love death.  Idols love death, especially the death of children.  The Jews who did not know their God sacrificed their children to Moloch, and you, O Mohammedans, are the spiritual children of those unfaithful Jews who offered up their children to a bloodthirsty god.

O Saracens, the true God loves life and blesses little children.  This God Whom you do not know said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not forbid them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.  I tell you the truth, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a little child shall never enter it.’

O prisoners of the bloodthirsty idol Allah, the living and true God said, ‘Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven, for He makes His sun rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain upon the just and the unjust.’

cranach law's torment (2)O you who have been ensnared by the false prophet Muhammad!  The true God became man and died on the cross–not because He loves death, but because He loves human beings who are made slaves through the fear of death.  O deceived ones!  You may love death, but you are still slaves to its fear.  That the dead will rise is certain, but whether God will raise you to paradise or the fires of hell you do not know.  O false ones!  Your conscience does not let you rest.  You run toward death and push your children ahead of you because you seek to atone for your sins with your own blood!

O you who submit to the devil’s yoke!  O you among the Mohammedans whose consciences are not yet completely seared!  Your heart condemns you that you have done evil deeds which God must surely bring to justice.  Let the pain of your conscience remain as a witness to the truth that Islam cannot deliver you from your sins.  Do not believe the false hope that death for Allah will result in certain salvation for you.  If Allah could take away sins he would have done so for you already.

O you whom Christians should pity, even while you rape their daughters, bear false witness against their husbands, and steal their property!  The only Muslims who have relief from the accusations of their consciences are those who have destroyed their consciences and have lost the ability to see that ablutions and prayers and special diets do not erase sin or give the conscience rest.  Or else they are those who are convinced that “martyrdom” is an assured path to salvation.  But when a Mohammedan’s body falls to the ground while waging jihad, his soul is carried away by angels not to paradise but to the laughing mouth of Satan, who says, “Well done, my faithful martyr!”

cranach_law_gospelO Moors, Turks, and Saracens!  Christian martyrs die willingly for Christ because they have already died with Him.  O idolaters!  Christians wear crosses not because we love death and execution, but because by the true God’s death on the cross, death’s power and fear is taken away.

O blind, most miserable Muslims, who intend to die for God but do not know Him!  The true God was crucified, dead, and buried, and rose again on the third day, and destroyed death.  O lost ones!  For Christians death is no longer death.  Christians have been born a second time.  They are sons of God, not His slaves.

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O Mohammedans!  the true God was born a human being to live in the midst of His enemies.

O you lovers of violence! The true God died for His enemies.  Because all men were His enemies–Jews, Christians, Mohammedans.  But He had compassion on all the sons of Adam and gave Himself as a burnt offering to take away their sins.

O murderers of Christians, oppressors of the helpless!  You have blasphemed the true God and shed the blood of His saints! Yet He seeks your salvation.  His believers with whose blood you paint church walls seek your salvation.  They pray for you.  Even though you have made your children preachers of murder and worshippers of death, the living God suffered for you to rescue you from the eternal fire.

O Janissaries and Assasins, do not believe that God will receive you into Paradise when you embrace death for the sake of Allah and when you murder in the name of Allah.

O you who desire to be martyrs!  The true God only receives those who embrace His death in their place.  His true martyrs suffer or die not to earn something but because they have already been given everything in Jesus Christ crucified.

O Mohammedans, Jesus sits at the right hand of the Father and will come to judge the living and the dead.  This Jesus is the true God, and no one can know God unless they know Him.

crucifixion-1904 russian guyO Muslims!  If you would submit to God, you must know who He is.  He makes Himself known through the cross.  Through Jesus the true God is known–the Holy Trinity, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  They are not three gods, but one God; not one person but three.

O Mohammedans, do not think that you can philosophize with God.  Do not think that you will be able to present yourselves before God without shame for your sins on judgment day.   O Mohammedans! God does not judge like men.  He will not overlook sin or take a bribe, or accept suicide and murder as a ransom.  He will not accept your arguments that “God cannot have a son.”  God knows far better than you what He can and cannot do.

O blind-hearted Muslims, like all Adam’s race blind to God because of self-love!  The Trinity, the God you do not know, is love.  He loves you, O Arabs, O Mohammedans, and He seeks your blessing.  Wearing the scars from nails which pierced Him He loves you, even now.  Even though you have burned churches and blown His believers apart in the countries where they pay you tribute, Jesus the Lord God still loves you and wants you to live.  So he allows you to kill His people so that they may bear witness to you that He died to save the whole world.  He allows you to display your remarkable zeal for your idol and your false prophet by slaughtering Christians like lambs, spilling and spattering their blood on your streets and walls, thinking that in doing this you do God service.  He hears their blood crying out to Him, and yet He delays your punishment.  coptic-martyrs

Oh Mohammedans, listen to the true God.  You love death, but He loves you.  He wants you and your children to live.

‘So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.  All who came before me are thieves and robbers; but the sheep did not heed them.  I am the door; if anyone enters by me, he will be saved, and will go in an dout and find pasture.  The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.  I am the good shepherd.  The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep…I am the good shepherd; I know my own and my own know me, as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.  And I have other sheep, that are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will heed my voice.  So there shall be one flock, one shepherd.  For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life, that I may take it again.  No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord.  I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again; this charge I have received from my Father.” ‘ (John 10:7-12, 14-18)

‘At this time Jesus declared, ‘”I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealeed them to babes; yea, Father, for such was thy gracious will.  All things have been delivered to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Fahter, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.  Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”‘ (Matthew 11:25-30)”

Are our leaders in touch with reality in foreign policy?

November 3, 2012 Leave a comment

An editorial in the Christian Science Monitor on September 12 called on Muslims to “assert their faith’s teachings of peace and mercy as the answer to such hate”:

        While Muslims worldwise may be angered by acts of religious bigotry, most know that killing in the name of Islam is hardly favorable to Islam…Yet Muslim fears of blasphemy remain strong…Each violent response should compel Muslims to assert Islam’s teaching of tolerance…Until enough peace-minded Muslims stand up for an interpretation of Islam that sees freedom as necessary for the flourishing of faith, these governments will continue their campaigns of intolerance or wink approval at mobs of zealots.

This article is full of the same nonsense parroted in other mainstream media.  It is taken as axiomatic that Islam teaches peace, mercy, and tolerance.  Writing seven decades ago, Arthur Jeffery dismissed as “the sheerest sophistry” the same tendency apparent among some Western scholars in his own time.  He understood that that the “peace” that Muslim believers are called upon to implement is impossible unless it is established under hegemonic Islamic rule.

The editorial in the Christian Science Monitor asserts that Muslims fear blasphemy, without explaining what Muslims mean by that word–any irreverent behavior toward persons, objects, rites, and beliefs that Muslims revere.  To put it succinctly, violating sharia is blasphemous.  Not accepting the divine origin of the Koran is blasphemous.  Applying hte standards of natural morality to Muhammad’s career is blasphemous.  Resisting the imposition of sharia is blasphemous.  In the end, being a non-Muslim is blasphemous.

The expectation that “enough peace-loving Muslims” will stand up “for an interpretation of Islam that sees freedom as necessary for the flourishing of faith” is absurd.  Orthodox, mainstream Islam demands total, abject submission to the word of Allah and to the example of his prophet.  Any other “interpretation of Islam” is heresy and disbelief.  But willful self-deception continues.  The Western media began to call on “peace-loving Muslims” to stand up to their murderous coreligionists right after September 11, and they will continue to do so even if Manhattan is vaproized in a mushroom cloud.

In the video made to introduce himself to Libyans shortly before he took up his post as ambassador, Christopher Stevens said he was looking forward to his assignment “as we work together to build a free, democratic, prosperous Libya.”  As a fluent Arabic speaker with two previous tours of duty in Libya, if he believed what he said he was an imprudent man.  His diary indicates that he eventually came to see reality, but by then it was too late.

Srdja Trifkovic, “The Blowback”, Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture (November 2012), p. 41.

The Movie that Got the Ambassador Killed

September 15, 2012 Leave a comment

I briefly started to look at the movie that is causing all the riots.  “The Innocence of Muslims.”

I don’t mind criticizing Islam. As a matter of fact, I don’t mind criticism of Christianity.  Frequently this kind of criticism is false and full of half truths.  But when people lie and tell half-truths about Christianity, I know that fair-minded people will eventually find out the truth.  The rabble of course will listen to any kind of evil story it wants to believe.

I guess we could say the man who made it had a right to do it.  I watched all of two minutes and was disgusted; it was lewd and it was along the lines of a minstrel show.  That’s not the kind of freedom of speech I want to be fighting for.

Well, I hate KFC too. But where does Allah say that if he gets blasphemed you should take it out on a fast food restaurant? If it does say that in the Quran, I’m kind of jealous.

Still, when riots are touched off by a movie as obviously idiotic as that one, it at least partly looks like Muslims are looking for an excuse.

Then again, who knows.  Maybe if someone had made a movie about Jesus like that 200 years ago, our grandparents would have rioted.  But they just did make a movie about Jesus like that when I was a little kid, “The Last Temptation of Christ.”  And I think some nuns stood on a picket line, but I’m pretty sure no one was killed.

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