A Sermon on Major Nidal Malik Hasan and the Terrorist Attack on Fort Hood

Posted on November 8, 2009. Filed under: Genesis: Answers to Life's Crucial Questions, Islam |

“The main idea is that Islam is a dangerous religion of demons, it is built upon lies and cruelty that goes back to this prophecy in Gen.16, and we as Christians must unite and oppose and expose Islam for the evil it truly is. I am convinced that we, the Church, have been silent in the face of too many evils and our silence is allowing evil to spread.”

Genesis Class 11-08-2009

Gen. 16:11-12 “Ishmael, Islam and the Atrocity at Fort Hood”

Bryan E. Walker

Read Gen. 16:1-12

Pray

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Introduction: Where were you on Tuesday morning, September 11th, 2001? Do you remember 9/11? What were your feelings? your thoughts? Do you remember anything about Sunday, September 16th, 2001? Did your pastor preach about the attack on America? Did he preach about the nature and source of Evil? Did he discuss Islam at all? Or did he preach that “America’s chickens, were coming home, to roost?”  I preached on the problem of evil, Islam and what our response should be to the evil. Since that time we have engaged ourselves in two wars that are still going on, 8 years later. Over 4000 of our soldiers, Marines, sailors and airmen have died. Since 9/11 there have been at least 4 successful, homegrown terrorist attacks inside America, (can you name them?) three of which have been labeled as crimes and the latest one is likely to be labeled a crime instead of a terrorist attack. Many more attempts have been made, but spoiled by law enforcement.

This last Thursday, November 5, 2009 the most successful homegrown terror attack has occurred since 9/11. US Army Major, Medical Corps, Nidal Malik Hasan, a natural born American of Palestinian parentage and a lifelong muslim, shot and killed 13 American soldiers and a civilian, and wounded over 30 others, while yelling “Allah akhbar!”, Allah is Great, the standard Islamic jihadist battle cry. Our President, Barack Hussein Obama, has cautioned us to not jump to conclusions, the press and the experts are examining the Psychiatrist to see what made him snap, some are already blaming it on his own stress from listening to the war stories of the war vets he was counseling combined with his own imminent deployment and being harassed for his religious and ethnic background.

This attack has affected me almost as deeply as did 9/11 though, obviously, the casualties were far fewer. But 9/11 was conducted by people here on visas or illegally, the Battle of Fort Hood was conducted by a Traitor and Infiltrator, an enemy who had been commissioned as a US Army Officer. The attack was directly against soldiers inside their “safe zone”, at the heart of Ft. Hood. This betrayal is the equal, at least, of Benedict Arnold’s treachery in the Revolutionary War. May Nidal Malik Hasan’s name be remembered as is Benedict Arnold.

I could not come here this morning and just carry on in Gen. 15 as if nothing had happened. I have to search the Scriptures to make sense of this. Therefore, I have jumped ahead to Gen. 16 this morning. What do I want to accomplish here this morning? I want to: 1) interpret Gen. 16:11-12, 2) briefly explain the nature of evil, 3) explain the spiritual nature of this war in which we are involved, 4) give a brief history of this conflict, and, 5) give some suggestions for how we as Christians and citizens should respond. The main idea is that Islam is a dangerous religion of demons, it is built upon lies and cruelty that goes back to this prophecy in Gen.16, and we as Christians must unite and oppose and expose Islam for the evil it truly is. I am convinced that we, the Church, have been silent in the face of too many evils and our silence is allowing evil to spread.

  1. I. Genesis 16:11-12 Ishmael Shall Be A Wild Donkey
    1. A. Ishmael was Born Out of a Failure of Abram’s Faith
      1. 1. In 15:4-5 God specifically promises Abram “your very own son” and innumerable offspring. God enters into a formal covenant with Abram and in 15:18 promises to give his offspring this land. Abram’s faith is a saving faith, a justifying faith, proclaimed by Moses in 15:6.
      2. 2. In 16:1-4 Abram and Sarai decide to engage in a relevant cultural practice of giving a servant girl to Abram to have as a concubine so that Sarai can obtain children through her. Mathews writes, (NAC vol.1B, p.185) “Sarai never speaks directly to Hagar or speaks her name; Hagar is a tool to relieve Sarai’s embarrassment. Yet Sarai never claims Ishmael as her son…. Ancient Near Eastern custom provided for the substitution of a slave for the purpose of bearing a child in the case of a barren mistress. If the wife could not produce children, the husband might marry another; perhaps the offer of a substitute circumvented the acquisition of a second wife. That barrenness was grounds for a divorce after a ten-year period is a rabbinic explanation for Sarai’s actions…Employing the language of chap. 3, vv.2-3 describes Abram’s agreement to Sarai’s plan and her presentation of the slave girl. Abram’s misguided compliance… is cast in the same terms as Adam’s obedience to his wife (3:17). That Sarai ‘took’ (laqah) her and ‘gave’ (natan) Hagar ‘to her husband’ (v.3) portrays the matriarch as another Eve (3:6). Reference to Abram’s residence in Canaan for ‘ten years’ 9v.3; 12:4) without a child indicates that patience for Sarai had run its course. The wait, however, had only begun, for it would be another fifteen years before Isaac…” Mathews, then, says that the language used by Moses in this story links Abram and Sarai to Adam and Eve in Gen. 3, and says that Abram was here, misguided.
      3. 3. John Calvin writes, (pp.422-424) “Moses here recites a new history, namely, that Sarai, through the impatience of long delay, resorted to a method of obtaining seed by her husband, at variance with the word of God….For however laudable was Sarai’s wish, as regards the end, or the scope to which it tended; nevertheless, in the pursuit of it, she was guilty of no light sin, by impatiently departing from the word of God, for the purpose of enjoying the effect of that word….Nor was even Abram free from fault, in following the foolish and preposterous counsel of his wife….The faith of both of them was defective…”
      4. 4. Application- it is all too easy for us to believe God and then, upon growing impatient, take matters into our own hands and do things our way instead of God’s way. It is not always easy to know the difference. Abram, Sarai and Hagar all did something that was perfectly legal, moral and even expected in their day. But it was not of faith and was therefore sin. In our response to the actions of muslims today, we must be careful to not act out of our own understanding, but to act in faith.
    2. B. Ishmael Is Going To Be a Wild Donkey of a Man
      1. 1. You shall call his name Ishmael- the name means “God hears” or “may God hear”, and is related to what immediately follows “the LORD has listened to your affliction”.
      2. 2. I will surely multiply your offspring so that they cannot be numbered- vs.10 gives Hagar a similar promise as was given to Abram. Today muslims number about 1 billion. Muslims do look to Ishmael as their ancestor, claiming that the true line of promise ran through him instead of Isaac, Muhammad is a descendant of Ishmael.
      3. 3. He shall be a wild donkey of a man- Vs12 is a quatrain giving us four lines describing Ishmael. First, he will be a wild donkey of a man. Calvin says, “The simple meaning is that he will be a warlike man, and so formidable to his enemies, that none shall injure him with impunity.” (p.434). Victor Hamilton writes, (NICOT, p.454) “Ishmael is to be a wild ass of the steppe land. This designation is derogatory and derisive. Here we have the metaphorical use of animals, a frequent device in the OT. The wild ass is the onager, whose habitat is in waste places (Job 39:5-8; Isa 32:14; Jer. 14:6; Hosea 8:9), suggesting a desert, nomadic life-style for Ishmael and his descendants.”
      4. 4. his hand against everyone- he will be aggressive and belligerent, proud and violent.
      5. 5. everyone’s hand against him- because of his violent and aggressive ways, everyone will respond negatively to him and will give him violence in return.
      6. 6. he shall dwell over against his kinsmen- he won’t even be able to get along with his own kin, breaking the bonds of family loyalty. See 25:18.
      7. 7. Luther writes on this passage, (Luther’ Works, vol.3, pp.66-67) “Strictly speaking, this description applies to the Arabs, who do not stay in a definite place but carry all their possessions with them in carts and live mostly on plunder…the Arabs…consider it their rightful privilege to live by plundering and robbery…They often harassed the Romans and Persians with their marauding.
      8. 8. Application- This derogatory description of Ishmael has been kept by all of his descendants, the Arabs, and passed on to the spiritual heirs, the muslims. They self identify with Ishmael. We should take them, and this text, seriously. I will speak more on this in a bit.
    3. C. Ishmael is not the Child of Promise
      1. 1. In 17:18-21 Abram pleads, “Oh that Ishmael might live before you!” God said, “No, but Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac. I will establish my covenant with him as an everlasting covenant for his offspring after him. As for Ishmael, I have heard you; behold, I have blessed him and will make him fruitful and multiply him greatly. He shall father 12 princes, and I will make him into a great nation. But I will establish my covenant with Isaac.” Mathews writes, (p.206) “The birth announcements of Ishmael and Isaac present a striking contrast in the destinies of the two sons, Ishmael will become the father of a great people, but he and his offspring will be outsiders, whereas Isaac will assume his father’s inheritance.”
      2. 2. Gen.21:8-21 Ishmael is making fun of his little brother, and he is about 13-14 years older than Isaac, so this is a case of bullying, fitting considering the prophecy. Ishmael and his mother are sent out from the camp.
      3. 3. Application- do we not see this still played out today between the muslims and Jews?

  1. II. The Problem of Evil Luke 13:1-5

“There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 And he answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? 3 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. 4 Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? 5 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”

The critics of Christianity would say that we Christians believe in a God who is both all Good and all Powerful. The problem then, is the presence of evil. Evil does exist so either the good God is unable to eliminate it, and thus is not all powerful, or he is able to powerfully eliminate evil, but chooses not to, therefore proving himself to not be good.

Today we are without question facing raw, hellish evil. A man who was serving as a Major in the US Army, a psychiatrist whose job it is to provide some measure of emotional, psychological and mental healing, attacked an Army unit and singlehandedly killed 13 and wounded about 30 more, all the while yelling, “Allah Akhbar= God is great”. In the Luke passage above we see that Jesus lists two different examples of the problem of evil- 1 was an accident and 1 was a deliberate act of evil committed by a person in authority.

In Gen. 1:31, at the end of 6 days of creation, “God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.” We have the assurance from God’s Word that everything was not just good, but Very Good.

Psalm 86:5 says, “For you, O Lord, are good” and Psalm 119:68 “You are good and do good”. Jesus himself said in Mark 10:18 “No one is good except God alone”. Scripture says scores of times that God is good, that he is righteous, that he is loving, merciful and just. Why then does evil enter into his universe?

Scripture does not DIRECTLY answer that question, and that is why so many object to the Christian answer. But the Bible does give us many very good points to consider in seeking an answer.

1) God created everything for his Glory.

Romans 11:33 “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!”

34 “For who has known the mind of the Lord,
or who has been his counselor?”
35 “Or who has given a gift to him
that he might be repaid?”

36″ For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.”

We believe that God created because he wanted to, not because he was compelled to from anything outside of himself. Psalm 19:1 says, “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.” Isaiah 43:7 “everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.” And in John’s Gospel ch.9 in the story about the man born blind, the disciples wondered who sinned, the man’s parents or the blind man himself. But Jesus said “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed though him.”

If God then created all things good, and the heavens declare his glory and all people are created for his glory, and even something as horrible as being born blind is part of God’s overall plan, we see that the universe is not man-centered, it is God-centered; it is all designed to somehow give God glory as the Creator.

2) Therefore, even allowing evil into his universe through Satan, and through the sin of Adam and Eve somehow gives God glory. This is a hard truth but must be brought out. In what possible way could the Devil’s rebellion and Adam’s sin give God glory?

We believe God is ultimately just. Now we know there is very often no real justice in this world. The just seem to suffer and the unjust prosper all too often. Nonetheless, our very idea of justice and all our efforts at obtaining and administering justice point to something bigger than us, outside of us, that is just. God is just, he will finally, at the end of time, on the Day of Judgment, mete out justice. Evil will one day be punished and righteousness exalted. That will give God glory. His holy justice will be on display for all to see. So in that sense, allowing the presence of evil will ultimately serve to display God’s justice and bring him glory for his justice. When a notorious criminal in our day gets caught, goes on trial, and gets sentenced, we all do have a sense of satisfaction that justice has been served.

Now the problem for us is the timing. In this world we do not always see justice, so we complain against God that he is not just and that evil exists.  Did the soldiers who died Thursday deserve to die in our eyes? No. This attack was a gross injustice. We want justice immediately. But for the Christian, we understand that there is coming a solution for the problem of evil. God is eternal, outside of time, the creator of time, and he will execute justice on the day of His choosing. The answer then, to the problem of evil, is that this Good God who is indeed All-Powerful, will Ultimately bring about a just resolution to the problem of evil in his timing. In other words, while we are complaining about the problem of evil, we are not looking at it from God’s eternal perspective; God is not finished yet, evil is temporary.

Even though I am as hurt, scared and angry as any of you at this unjust attack on our country, I have confidence that ultimately God will judge the perpetrator.

3) God is also loving, gracious, forgiving and merciful. God’s love and grace are poured out upon us in the context of suffering, pain and evil. This contrast of God’s Goodness while still allowing evil also gives God glory as he displays his attributes of Goodness- lovingkindness, forgiveness, grace, steadfast love. I believe that ultimately, God’s justice and his love will both be on display for his greater glory.

We see this most clearly in the cross of Christ. On the cross we see God’s Son suffering an unjust penalty by men. Jesus was sinless, but we sinners condemned him to death on the cross. At the same time, God the Father was allowing his Son to die in our place, as our substitute. He bore our guilt and shame and he received in himself God’s justice that we deserved. Jesus was punished for our sins when he himself was sinless. So on the cross we see the holy and just wrath of God and the utter depravity of man along with the sinlessness and perfect obedience of God the Son. But since the cross is God’s chosen means for our salvation, we also see the love of the Father poured out on us through the blood of His Son. In the cross then, is the solution to evil. God’s wrath and love both on display in one act.

  1. III. The Current Conflict with Islam Is Not Just Political/Military, It Is Spiritual and Theological
    1. A. The World Denies the Spiritual Nature of the Conflict
      1. 1. The World Believes All Religions Are the Same- beginning in the 19th century and the not so scientific theory of evolution and the German efforts at higher criticism that seemed to lead them to view the Scripture as a evolutionary document, an opinion developed that all religions could be boiled down to a common essence of there being a creator god who loves us and we are to love him and love our neighbor. All religions worship this same creator god, by different names and methods. Today, all religions are viewed as being equal in value although some religions are more equal than others.
      2. 2. Because we have freedom of religion- it is not PC to criticize minority religions, like Islam, but it always seems PC to criticize the majority religion, Christianity.
      3. 3. Therefore, if one religion makes truth claims that are outlandish, the world doesn’t much care, unless it is Christianity. Islamiscists are claiming that their jihad is based upon their religious convictions from the Koran. The world doesn’t listen to that nor take it seriously.
      4. 4. The politicians, military and press are not seeking any type of a religious input or response to the Islamic claims about why they are attacking the west. They just want to negotiate or carry out the war in secular terms.
    2. B. The Spiritual Background to the Conflict

We began by looking at what God said about Ishmael in Gen. 16. That prophetic statement is certainly true in the descendents of Ishmael and the Arabs claim Ishmael to be their ancestor and all muslims look to Ishmael as their spiritual ancestor. In Gen.25 is a list of the descendents of Ishmael and the names are Arabic. In 37:28 we find that Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery to some Ishmaelites. This is a picture of the antipathy between God’s people and the descendents of Ishmael that continues down to this day and is played out in our world by not just the muslim hatred for Jews, but the muslim hatred of Christians, or of any non-muslim.

Many groups in the mideast would be descendents of the ancient Canaanites, Hittites, the children of Esau, the children of the incestuous Lot named Moabites and Ammonites. In short, all the ancient enemies of Israel including the Assyrians, Babylonians, Egyptians and Persians are still the enemies of Israel and Christians.

Now here we do have to be careful because they are not the only enemies of Israel and Christians. Don’t forget that it was Rome who crucified Christ and persecuted the early Church. There are many Americans who are atheistic and hate the Church and the Jews. The Marxist-socialists who run this country are not Christian friendly! The world system is fundamentally anti-christian. The communists have long hated the Christian west and the Jews. But this morning we are focusing on the war with Islam.

The main idea for this point is that the people who we are fighting are the same people the Bible says were opposed to God’s people. This has not changed in 6,000 years. That is a long history of hatred and war. We would be naïve to even begin to think that the UN or any negotiators can fix what has been going on since Ishmael picked on Isaac 6,000 years ago.

This lengthy history is not just a bunch of raw facts. It has a spiritual point. The devil is at war with God and has used and will continue to use certain people groups to conduct his war in every age. But this war is primarily spiritual, not racial.

Keep in mind that God also chooses to save some from the nations that he has cursed. Melchizedek was a king and priest in Salem, Jerusalem, and was a Jebusite. Rahab of Jericho was a Canaanite. Moses’ father in law was a Midianite. Ruth was a Moabite. There is excellent evidence that Job could have been an Arab. Jonah preached to the Assyrians and many repented and believed. The wise men who sought out the baby Jesus were either Arabs, Babylonians or Persians.

Remember that Jesus died to save people from the whole world. God is saving many out of Islam whatever their ethnic origins. So, Yes, the war is against Islamiscists, usually of mideastern descent, but while we should support the war, we should, above and beyond that, support the conversion of muslims first and foremost.

Our enemies have boldly defined their jihad against us as being fundamentally a religious war. We need to see it in those terms because I believe they are correct in calling it a religious war. We must compare Islam with biblical Christianity to find the root causes of the war. Islam teaches that they must win over the entire world through convincing others of the truth of Islam, through conquest and enslavement or death. Islam and Christianity both have a world wide mandate but are taught, from our founding documents, very different means to the end.

Look at 1Cor 10:20 20 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.

Paul tells us here that the pagans are not worshipping any real god, they are worshipping demons who are called gods. 1John2: 22 Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, he who denies the Father and the Son. 23 No one who denies the Son has the Father. Whoever confesses the Son has the Father also.

John tells us that all who do not acknowledge Jesus as the Christ have the spirit of the antichrist.

Therefore, since Islam worships a god who in no way resembles the God of the Bible, and since Islam only reveres Jesus as a prophet, not as the Christ, not as the Son of God, then muslims are actually worshippng and following a demon, not the one true God. Conversely, muslims call Christians polytheists because we believe God exists as a Trinity.

When you hear politicians or news reporters or liberal preachers say things like we all worship the same god just in different ways, you ought to be sickened by that kind of talk. That is unbiblical, unchristian, and philosophically illogical, unreasonable and fundamentally ignorant and condescending. No committed muslim would agree with that kind of statement and no committed, biblical Christian could agree with it. Joint prayer services that include Christians, Jews and muslims are nonsense at best, an abomination at worst. It would be like the prophet Elijah having a joint worship service with the prophets of Baal but not seizing them at the end.

The muslim has as their authority the Koran while we have the Bible. The way of salvation for the muslim is by a combination of good works and the mercy of allah while the way of salvation the Bible teaches is of God’s grace alone, through faith alone, not of works, lest any man should boast. In Islam there is no atonement for sin offered while in Christianity Jesus died on the cross to pay for our sins and he was raised again so that we could have eternal life. In Islam there is absolutely nothing to compare with 1John 4:8 God is love or John 3:16 For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son. Islam commands its adherents to convert the world to islam through any means including conquering and enslaving or killing the infidels. Christ teaches us to love our enemies, bless those who curse us and pray for those who do wrong against us. Christianity is to spread by the preaching of the gospel and doing acts of goodness and kindness. In Islam you must give your son up for allah while in Christianity God gave up his Son for humanity.

I do not even have the time to get into the horrid moral code of Islam nor could you stomach that kind of discussion in church. I cannot get into the treatment of women by the Koran and islam. But suffice it say that Christ lifts up woman and islam puts down woman.

The consequences of the differences in the worldviews of Christianity and Islam are demonstrated clearly by the two civilizations that have resulted. One civilization has peaked at the level of the 13th century and the other civilization has brought about Handle, Bach, Mozart and Beethoven, Michaelangelo, Leonardo DaVinci, Rembrandt; Dumas, Tolstoy, Dostoevesky, Dickens and Twain; polio vaccines, heart transplants, landing on the moon and super computers.

Because Islam is anti-trinitarian, is authoritarian at its core, and has the Koran as its founding document instead of the Bible, the muslims as a whole cannot respect our form of government. When you look at what is happening in Britain, now even in Canada, and beginning to happen in some places here in America, you see the spread and acceptance of Sharia Law, the muslim law code. In England and other places in Europe they have two legal systems, one for muslims and one for others. This violates equal protection under the law. Muslims treat their women and children, especially girl children, in a way that is very cruel and against our way of life because Western Civ has been affected by the doctrines of the Bible and our law codes reflect it. The two systems cannot co-exist, they are at odds at the very core.

The west is treating Islam with toleration but Islam is the most intolerant of all religions. The media tries to make the point that in medieval times Islam was more tolerant than the west and points, legitimately to how Christians persecuted the Jews, but then they fail to note the fact that in muslim lands, non-muslims were given a special tax simply to live there, and they could have no political power at all, their rights were limited. The west has obviously made much progress with liberty for all, but the muslims have not. Their worldview prohibits that.

  1. IV. A Brief History to the Current Conflict With Islam

It seems to have been  the attack on the Israeli Olympic Team in Munich in 1972 by the muslim Black September group that started this modern  wave of terrorism. The US Ambassador to Sudan was assassinated at Khartoum by the same Black September group in 1973;  in June of 1976 two US diplomats were kidnapped and executed in Beirut; also that month Palestinian terrorists seized an Air France jet and landed at Entebbe Airport, Uganda where the Israeli anti-terrorist team freed them in a courageous raid; in 1979 our Ambassador to Afghanistan, Adolph Dubs was assassinated; Nov. 4, 1979 the Iranian radicals took over the US Embassy- Pres. Carter attempted a weak rescue with a weakened military that failed miserably. Weak Presidents who weaken our military and Intelligence lead to worse conflicts than if we maintained a strong military and an active Intelligence force. This defeat led to Ronald Reagan’s election the following year and the Iranians, knowing they were dealing with a strong President, released the hostages on inauguration day. And President Reagan went on to strengthen our military and end the Cold War. Yet muslim terrorism continued under even President Reagan.”

“April 18, 1983 the bombing of the US Embassy of Beirut killed 63 and injured 120, but in October of that year the Marine Barracks in Beirut was bombed with 242 Americans killed. In 1984 another Beirut embassy official, William Buckley, was kidnapped and murdered. The TWA hijacking in June of ‘85 was led by Hezbollah terrorists and resulted in their execution of a US Navy sailor who was aboard that flight. October of ‘85 the Achille Lauro ship was pirated and one US citizen was executed for being a Jew by the muslim terrorists.”

“In Dec. of 1985 at Rome and Vienna, muslim terrorists attacked the airports, focusing on El Al airlines. March of 1986 a Palestinian terror group bombed TWA flight 840 coming into Athens airport killing 4 Americans. April 5th, 1986 two American GIs were killed in a Libyan muslim bombing in a Berlin disco, 79 service men were wounded. President Reagan subsequently ordered the bombing of Libya in retaliation. Feb. ‘88 LTC William Higgins, USMC, was kidknapped and murdered in Lebanon by Hezbollah. Dec. 21, 1988, over Lockerbie, Scotland, Pan AM flight 103 was blown up by Libyan terrorists and one of the key muslim masterminds of that bombing was released from his life sentence in prison back in 2009 and returned home to Libya.

www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1207816/Obamas-desperate-appeal-Lockerbie-bomber-die-Scottish-prison-killers-fate-decided.html

Feb.26, 1993 the World Trade Center in NY was bombed the first time by muslim terrorists at the direction of an Egyptian cleric teaching in NY. In April of 1993, former President George HW Bush was in Kuwait when an Iraqi assassination attempt failed. March of 1995 two US Diplomats were killed by muslims in Pakistan.” The 1995 bombing of the Oklahoma City Federal building by Tim McVeigh had an Iraqi/Al Qaeda link.

www.juliagorin.com/wordpress/?p=2255

“In June of 1996 a terrorist attack at the US military barracks of the Khobar Towers killed 19 and wounded 240 Americans.  On July 17th, 1996, TWA Flight 800 was shot down accidentally by the USNavy as they tried to shoot down a terrorist flown small plane that was intent on ramming the larger jet.

whatreallyhappened.com/RANCHO/CRASH/TWA/twa.html

www.aim.org/publications/aim_report/2002/03.html

Feb.23, 1997 a Palestinian terrorist sniper killed 1 and wounded several at the Empire State Building in New York. August 7, 1998 two bombs went off simultaneously at two different US Embassies in Africa, Nairobi, Kenya and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania killing a total of 301 and wounding hundreds more. October 12, 2000 the USS Cole was bombed in Yemen killing 17 US Sailors.”

“Sept. 11, 2001 the attacks on NY and Washington DC  killed over 3000. Jan. of 2002, Daniel Pearl of the Wall Street Journal was kidnapped and later beheaded by muslims in Pakistan. In the fall of 2002 there were the Beltway Sniper killings led by John Allen Muhammed which killed at least 10 people. In Feb. 2007 Sulejmen Talovic, an 18yr old muslim, shot several people in a Utah mall before being shot by an off cuty police officer. In May of 2007 six muslim men were arrested for plotting an attack on soldiers at Fort Dix, New Jersey. Do you remember hearing about the Somali Pirates off the Horn of Africa earlier this year? Guess which religion they are! Muslim.  In June of this year Abdulhakim Muhammad shot and killed a soldier at the Little Rock Recruiting Station. On Nov. 5, 2009 that infamous Traitor, Infiltrator and Enemy Combatant- Major Nidal Malik Hasan- killed 13 fellow troops and wounded 30 more at Fort Hood here in Texas.”

Since Sept. 11, several Muslim men have either used their vehicles to run over innocent bystanders or shoot  people at or near military bases, synagogues and shopping malls. Naveed Afzal Haq is  on trial for going on a murderous rampage at the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle building. One survivor said Haq stated his attack was a “personal statement against Jews.” Mohammed Reza Taheri-azar ran over nine students at the University of North Carolina with his SUV. Officers said he told them afterward he wanted to avenge the deaths of Muslims worldwide. Omeed Aziz Popal ran down 18 pedestrians with his car at a Jewish center in San Francisco. Witnesses say he said, “I am a terrorist,” at the scene. None of these guys were rogue Baptists, crazy charismatics, nor radical Mormons.

www.state.gov/r/pa/ho/pubs/fs/5902.htm

“I could go on an on here because there have been many other small attacks by muslims inside America and many efforts that failed and were broken up by good police work. But by now you get the idea. The answer to the question, “Why has this happened?” is that we have not taken the threat of Islam seriously. The one thing that all of these attacks have in common is not a nationality, not a race, not a language, not a common set of socio-economic status, not an education level. The ONE THING they all have in common is a RELIGION, ISLAM.”

“Islam teaches that muslims will, must, rule the world and either convert, enslave or kill all unbelievers. That is their stated purpose. The jihad movement is islamic to the core, it is being a good muslim. They preach in the mosques that they build here in the United States and in other western countries, that to die fighting the infidels, that would be us, is to go to heaven where the 72 virgins await their new master for eternity. Their view of heaven is one of a sexual orgy with their 72 young virgins forever. Their treatment of women today reflects that.”

In all fairness to Pres. Obama, the former Presidents going all the way back to Jimmy Carter are also guilty. America just has never had the guts to admit that an entire religion was at war with us. We did not want to call it a religious war even though our enemies explicitly did call it a religious war. It goes against our principles to discriminate against someone because of their religion. It perfectly fits into THEIR principles to absolutely discriminate because of religion. WE celebrate religious freedom and diversity, they do not.  But this religion wants to kill us and has used the freedom we provided as cover for their evil desires.

“Americans have gone to war now four times in recent years to help muslim nations. In 1990 Iraq invaded Kuwait and the United States led a coalition to protect Saudi Arabia and then, in 1991, to invade Kuwait and kick the Iraqis back out. In 1992/93 we sent troops to muslim Somalia to feed the starving people in that chaotic, war torn land, and then, under Pres. Clinton, attempt to arrest one of the most vicious war lords and restore some sense of order. It resulted in a huge battle, the deaths of many US Army Rangers, and the movie Blackhawk Down. In Bosnia, the United States and NATO forces defended the Bosnian Muslims in 1994. In the Russian Chechen War, President George W. Bush chastised Russia for its actions against the muslim Chechens. In 2001 President Bush sent a small contingent of special ops forces into Afghanistan to topple the Taliban and liberate Afghanistan. We still have troops there. In 2003 we invaded Iraq and captured Sadaam Hussein. Most Iraqis thanked us for that. We have diligently tried to set up democratic governments in both countries but success is still some years away, if at all. The only country we had a legitimate beef with was Iran and we never went to war with them. All of our good deeds towards muslims around the world, and they still hate us.

The last 30 years is not the first time America has fought with muslims. Back in World War I the Ottoman Turks sided with the Germans against England, Italy, France and America. In the 1930’s and early 40’s there was a lot of contact between the Nazis and the Palestinians, this is where so much of the radical hatred for the Jews came from. To this day Hitler’s Mein Kampf is a best seller in the middle east.

Our first war with muslims as a nation came shortly after independence in the 1780s. America was a major shipbuilding and trading nation so the sea lanes were important to us. But the Barbary Pirates of North Africa, all muslims, pirated our ships, stole our goods and enslaved our sailors. The muslims required huge ransoms for the captives and bribes to leave our ships alone. The European nations paid the bribes, and America paid some, for a while. But finally we had had enough, and in 1801 President Jefferson refused to pay the $225,000 demanded by the Pasha of Tripoli and the Pasha declared war on the US by cutting down the flag at the US Consulate. President Jefferson took the muslims seriously and commissioned the building of 6 new frigates and sending some to the Mediterranean  to wage war. The rally cry in those days was, “Millions for defense, not one cent for tribute!” Although Congress never voted on a formal declaration of war, they did authorize the President to instruct the commanders of armed vessels of the United States to seize all vessels and goods of the Pasha of Tripoli “and also to cause to be done all such other acts of precaution or hostility as the state of war will justify.”

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Barbary_War

“After many battles and a long blockade against Tripoli the war was won by the US Navy and Marine Corps in 1804 with a new treaty agreed to and signed in 1805. Heroes such as Commodore Edward Preble, Captain William Bainbridge, Lt. Stephen Decatur, Consul William Eaton and Lt. Presley O’Bannon of the USMC led the way in a victory that is memorialized in the Marine Corps Hymn, “From the halls of Montezeuma, to the shores of Tripoli“.”

“But long before our wars with the Barbary Pirate muslims, western civilization had been at war with them since the 7th century. Few people today realize that in 1683, during the height of the Baroque Music period, Vienna Austria was under siege by the Ottoman Turks, muslims all. Vienna, the home of great music, almost collapsed. But the allied army of Poles, Germans and Austrians, led by Jan Sobieski attacked and routed the Turks on Sept. 12, 1683. Notice that it was not Westerners invading muslim lands, it was muslims invading the west. This was not the first attempt by the muslims to capture Vienna. In 1529 Sulieman the Magnificent lay siege to Vienna but failed to capture it.”

“While many point to the Crusades of the 11th-13th centuries as the reason why muslims hate us, and therefore it is all our fault, it must be pointed out that long before the crusades, the middle east and North Africa were Christian lands. The Crusades were in many ways a horrible example of what happens when you mix political power with religious fervor and military might. The main idea of the Crusades, however, was to regain the Holy Land that had been lost by conquest to the muslims. The Crusades were a response to pleas of help by besieged Christian Constantinople, which had been attacked by the moslem Turks. Islam was not spread by peaceful missionaries founding hospitals and orphanages, using reasoned arguments from godly men to win hearts and minds. Islam has always been spread by the sword.”

“Does anyone know why it was the year 1492 when Columbus discovered America? In that year, Ferdinand and Isabella, King and Queen of Spain finished the “reconquista” and finally forced the Moors (muslims) from their last stronghold in Spain at Granada. The war finished, they had the funds available to outfit the three ships for Columbus to make his voyage of discovery.”

“Have you ever heard the story of Charles Martel, Charles the Hammer of France? In 732 he led a Frank army to defeat a muslim army that had crossed over into France from Spain at the Battle of Tours. If he had not won that battle, all of France would have fallen to the muslims.”

“Why am I giving you this long history lesson in a week where we have seen so much death and destruction? Is it because I hate the muslims? No, I have had muslim friends. I can love and respect individual muslims. But I cannot love or respect a religion that clearly states it wants to convert, enslave or kill me. I gave you this history lesson because we need to know and remember why this has happened. It happened because we did not listen to our enemies. We did not learn from the battles we have fought recently. We did not learn from history. Perhaps now, in our agony of defeat, maybe  we shall learn.”

“There are those out there who desire to kill us, enslave us or convert us in the name of their God.  I am convinced that this atrocity is the result of a muslim terrorist attack. The attack was successful because for too long the political leaders of our country, both Republican and Democrat, did not recognize the threat or treated the threat lightly, thinking that we could bow to the Saudi king, speak some arabic in Egypt, quote the Quran here and there and talk about the rich culture of this religion of peace and by our niceness it would make them love us. WRONG! And today we are paying for those mistakes.”

  1. V. How Should Christians Respond?
    1. A. Spiritual Response
      1. 1. Pray- We should pray for the casualties and families of the Battle last Thursday. Pray for our leaders to recognize that what happened Thursday was not a crime, it was another battle in the war on terror; that Major Hasan was not a wacked out criminal, he was a jihadist. Pray that the press and news media would report the truth and not obscure the truth with their lies. Pray imprecatory prayers against islam. Look at Psalm 58

58:1 Do you indeed decree what is right, you gods?
Do you judge the children of man uprightly?
2 No, in your hearts you devise wrongs;
your hands deal out violence on earth.

3 The wicked are estranged from the womb;
they go astray from birth, speaking lies.
4 They have venom like the venom of a serpent,
like the deaf adder that stops its ear,
5 so that it does not hear the voice of charmers
or of the cunning enchanter.

6 O God, break the teeth in their mouths;
tear out the fangs of the young lions, O Lord!
7 Let them vanish like water that runs away;
when he aims his arrows, let them be blunted.
8 Let them be like the snail that dissolves into slime,
like the stillborn child who never sees the sun.
9 Sooner than your pots can feel the heat of thorns,
whether green or ablaze, may he sweep them away!

10 The righteous will rejoice when he sees the vengeance;
he will bathe his feet in the blood of the wicked.
11 Mankind will say, “Surely there is a reward for the righteous;
surely there is a God who judges on earth.”

  1. 2. There is nothing wrong with praying for victory over evil forces and praying for their destruction. When you realize that Islam is sending a billion people to hell with their demonic beliefs, and that they are tormenting the rest of us along the way, you will understand that we can and should pray against them. Pray for the conversion of muslims to Christ. Pray for our mission efforts in islamic lands. Pray that America would wake up to the danger we have allowed in to our country.
  2. 3. Inform yourself. Have you studied Islam or the history of the ongoing conflict between Islam and Christianity? Have you studied how they treat women? Have you studied the Word of God about how God views false religions? Inform yourself.
  3. Here is a list of books that could be helpful for you:
  4. mark12ministries.wordpress.com/2009/06/02/books-about-islam-and-muslims-vs-the-west/

  1. 4. Do not remain silent. I used to work with a muslim who was Americanized and moderate, theologically; he thought we all worshipped the same god and it was all about being good. He was not very open ot the gospel. But he was not moderate in his politics. He hated Israel and the Jews and voted for democrats because they favored the Palestinians against Israel. He was against the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. We have to be careful how we speak to muslims because they are very easily upset and the PC culture in America right now restricts free speech. You can get fired for sharing your faith because it automatically discriminates against muslims. But we need to share a biblical view of islam with those with whom we converse. We need to share the gospel with muslims and with others who are saying that all religions are the same.
  2. 5. Speak out against evil. When an outrageous example of muslim evil happens, like this past Thursday, we need Christians to say, Thus saith the Lord! We need to speak truth to evil and not just say, “Oh how awful” or, “I will pray for the soldiers”. We need Christians to speak out loud about the evil.
  3. B. Can/Should Christians Do More?
    1. 1. Clearly when you read the OT you see God’s people taking direct action. Samuel hacked Agag to pieces in 1 Sam. 15:33. Elijah did lead the people to slaughter the prophets of Baal in 1Kings 18:40. I think it would be very wrong to take those passages and use them as a basis for committing violent acts today. But we can and should use every legitimate, social and political tool to protect ourselves and our nation from the evil that is attacking us. In Acts, Paul, at times, used his Roman citizenship wisely to protect himself and proclaim the gospel. Action is called for today.
    2. 2. This past Friday I called both of our Texas Senators and my Congresswoman to formally request that they contact the DoD to request that the soldiers who were killed and wounded in the Battle of Fort Hood be awarded the Purple Hearts they deserve. You see, if it is just considered a crime, no purple hearts are awarded. But if it is recognized that Major Hasan was an enemy combatant, and that what happened was an engagement with the enemy, then the medals can be awarded. What does that do? 1) it respects the soldiers. 2) it changes the wording, and meaning of the situation. It calls it what it is.
    3. 3. We Christians need to seriously challenge our politicians, news media and others with every legitimate means over the issue of islam and muslims in America. To do so, will open ourselves up to the charge of racism, so we need to still show love for our enemies, here. But we need to take a stand against the evil that is in our midst.

Conclusion: Islam is the self proclaimed enemy of Christianity, Christians, Jews and the western world. Biblically, this goes back to Gen. 16 and the problem of Ishmael. Historically, it is verifiable, beyond dispute, that Islam has been a constant aggressor and has spread by conquering previously Christian lands. Recent history has shown that while not all muslims are terrorists, about 98% of all terrorism in the last 40 years has been islamic. Christians have been silent in the face of raw evil for way too long. It is time to speak out.

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www.forbes.com/2009/11/08/fort-hood-nidal-malik-hasan-muslims-opinions-columnists-tunku-varadarajan.html

www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/6521578/Fort-Hood-shooting-inside-story-of-how-massacre-on-military-base-happened.html

www.ocregister.com/articles/hasan-218107-maj-american.html

www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2009/11/07/pondering_the_fort_hood_massacre_99067.html

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FN_Five-seven

righttruth.typepad.com/right_truth/2009/11/at-war-with-islam.html

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Wow!! Bryan, you really covered a lot of territory. I know that for yrs. I was blind to and unaware of many things going on this world. I appreciated your lesson in history. Thanks for your comments. Very thought provoking

I do not know why my first comment was not sent. Thanks for all the info and esp. the history lessons.

Charlotte, I actually first became concerned about this issue in Miss Entwhistle’s American History class at Sooner my Junior year. In studying the issue of religious freedom I stated, as a 16 yr old, that allowing freedom of religion for muslims would lead to problems because they were anti-trinitarian and authoritarian. Of course, messing with the first amendment could be more problematic than it is worth, I understand. Nonetheless, we have a problem on our hands and need to at least recognize it.

Does the story of the Good Samaritan mean anything to you?
Christ implored us to love our neighbors not destroy them. Do you know Eboo Patel’s work?

Bruce, yes, the Good Samaritan story means a lot to me. We should, in Christ’s name, show mercy to those who have been brutalized by criminals and terrorists. Nothing in the Good Samaritan story prohibits me from being at the road ahead of the victim and shooting the terrorists who are victimizing the innocent. Don’t you agree?

You should read Eboo Patel’s book, Acts of Faith. You will find an American Moslem of Indian Indian Ancestry who is doing good work. Work that is definitely the kind of work Christ asked us to do. Your speech tends to condemn all Moslems. You haven’t read the Holy Koran. The Holy Bible especially the Old Testament is just as vicious and war mongering as the Holy Koran. I am a minister of Christ”s Gospel I’m just not ordained. I have gone a number of missionary trips. One of which I was hosted by a Moslem family, who just as good people as you and I. Yes preach against terrorist. Many Moslems are good people.

Bruce,
1) We are not saved by works, we are saved only by the grace of God through faith alone in Christ alone.Eph 2:8-9; Gal 2:15-3:29
2) If it is not of faith, it is sin. Rom 14:23
3)For you to equate the Old Testament with the Koran is appalling. God has the right to command the people in the OT to carry out his justice. God is sovereign. Muhammad worshiped and served a demon, not the God who is.
4) I have had a few muslim friends/acquaintences and yes, they can be good citizens.
5) But no one is good in God’s eyes, we are all sinners. Christians are repenting and believing in Christ. But we are not perfect.

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I would be interested to hear the response of your congregation to this sermon. There are many churches today who have gone PC and would not accept such a sermon.

Thanks for you comment at Right Truth. I noted this morning, “Yes America, it’s TERRORISM”.

http://righttruth.typepad.com/right_truth/2009/11/yes-america-its-terrorism.html

Keep in touch.

Debbie

Debbie, I delivered it to my rather small Sunday School Class of about 10 with some positive responses, none negative yet. I did e-mail it to some of the Elders and some other members and have no negative feedback yet. Our Church is very conservative, Reformed, Southern Baptist, but not political at all. I am one of the rowdy ones.
Keep up the good work at your web site, what a huge encouragement you are to me already. I have added your site to my blogroll.

You have your ideas of being a Christian. I believe that God’s son Jesus Christ wants to promote harmony not strife, wants us to love our neighbors even though they be among those who wish to destroy. You preaching isn’t helpful, no is it what I believe what Christ’s message intended. Just be a little more considerate and read all the Holy Koran, not just what you want to hear. The message of Christ is one of love and compassion not the promotion of strife. Amen

Bruce,
1) Jesus came to bring us peace with God Romans 5:1
2) The Gospel of Jesus, the person of Jesus, is inherently divisive among fallen because men are at enmity with God Rom.5:10; 8:7;
3)Jesus says in Matt.10:34ff “Don’t assume that I came to bring peace on the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I came to turn a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter in law against her mother in law, and a man’s own enemies will be the members of his household.”
Bruce, what this text means is NOT that we should take up the sword and conquer in Jesus’ name- that is what Muhammad did, he took up the sword to spread the “peace” of Islam and that is what Islam teaches today. No, Jesus is saying that when we follow him, it will divide families and friends. People do not want anything to do with you when you follow Christ and they don’t. The Gospel is inherently divisive.
4) Christianity is very EXCLUSIVE while also open. It is exclusive in the sense that salvation comes through CHRIST ALONE, John 14:6. It sounds like to me that you want to practice both Islam and Christianity- which inherently disrespects both religions.
5) In light of the actions of Islam over the last 40 years, I am not the one promoting strife and am insulted that you have said that. The message of Christ is this: Repent and Believe the good news.

I should be insulted, but since the word muslin literally means one who is obedient to God, it can’t be too distressing. Take this challenge, Bryan. Read the the books considered holy by any religion, koran, the Bible completely. Do this, tally the passages that are militant, war mongering, etc. and those which are otherwise. Do this then ask yourself this question: What are the consequences of applying the characteristics of a portion of a population to the total of the population. I did this after 911. Yes, there are many passages in the koran that support the militant viewpoint, and I am just as concerned as you that this kind of behavior is wrong and despicable. Take the challenge. I would be interested in your answer, but please put aside any foregone conclusions. I’ve got a bit of show me attitude in my blood. I’ve been a Christian for 90 years from the day my father christening me years ago.

Bruce, The Bible says that false religions are demonic. If you claim Christ, why are you defending Islam? Islam and the Koran are demonic. Yes I own a Koran and yes I have read parts of it, though not the whole. Similarly with the Book of Mormon, I own one, and have read parts of it. The “god” of the LDS church is also a demon. False gods are, well, false gods, i.e. demons.
Look at 1Cor 10:20 “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.”
Again, I would urge you to repent of these confused mixings of religions.

Because we will win the souls of humankind by Christ’s love and not by demonization of any of God’s creation.

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