"We see, in many a land, the proudest dynasties and tyrannies still crushing, with their mountain weight, every free motion of the Consciences and hearts of men. We see, on the other hand, the truest heroism for the right and the greatest devotion to the Truth in hearts that God has touched. We have a work to do, as great as our forefathers and, perhaps, far greater. The enemies of Truth are more numerous and subtle than ever and the needs of the Church are greater than at any preceding time. If we are not debtors to the present, then men were never debtors to their age and their time. Brethren, we are debtors to the hour in which we live. Oh, that we might stamp it with Truth and that God might help us to impress upon its wings some proof that it has not flown by neglected and unheeded." -- C.H. Spurgeon . . . "If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:31, 32 . . . . .


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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Evangelicals Sign A Letter Declaring That Allah Is God?

by Anne Kisly

When exposing false religion and false teachers, it is always appropriate to begin with scripture. Let's read:

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.”
(1 John 4:1-3)

A group of evangelical Christian leaders, which includes Rick Warren, Robert Schuller, Brian McLaren, Richard Cizik and Bill Hybels, have signed a letter to the Muslim community entitled "Loving God and Neighbor Together." This letter openly equates Islam's Allah with the Christian God of the Bible. 

The letter was in response to an open letter from 138 prominent Islamic leaders entitled "A Common Word between Us and You" which stresses stressing unity of the two religions and God.

Others who have signed the document claim that Christians and Muslims worship the "same" one true God which teaches us to love our neighbors as ourselves.  This is not true.
Before Islam, the dominant theology amongst Arabs was paganism. Of the 360 different pagan gods worshipped, one prominent deity was named Allah, the moon god. The distinction needs to be made; Allah is not a name of God or even another name for God. It is the pagan-originated name of the false god of Islam.

To this day, the symbol of Islam is the crescent moon and a star. Not coincidentally and in point of fact very revealing, Satan is referred to in the Bible as son of the morning star. It makes perfect sense. The moon, Satan’s false god, and the star, Satan himself. This is Islam.
Allah and God the same? Even Muslims don’t believe this! The God of the Bible is a Triune God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit). Islam completely rejects the Deity of Jesus Christ.

Dave Hunt pointed out that the word "Allah" is not a generic term for "God" ("Elah" is) as some would like to suggest. It's a specific name for the god of Islam (formerly the moon-god of Arab nomads who were polytheistic). Look in any translation of the Quran, in any language, French, Spanish, Italian, etc, and the word for Allah used there is "Allah" (not 'God' in their native tongues). 

On his radio program, Search the Scriptures, Dave Hunt answers a question from one of his listeners - "Is Allah the Same as Yahweh?"
“Allah” is the name of a definite god. It was the god of the Quraish tribe. The Quraish tribe—that would be Muhammad’s tribe. The Kaaba is that cubicle place of worship in Mecca that still exists today where Muslims go once in their life time to make the hajj (pilgrimage). It had about 300-and-some idols in it. Mecca was where all the caravan trails crossed. They had an idol there for everybody.
This was prior to Muhammad...In fact, his tribe made a lot of money out of this—the fees that they got for the temple and so forth—people were able to worship whatever god they believed in. The chief god, of course, was the god of the Quraish tribe there in Mecca. His name was Allah. He has no son, but he has three daughters. He was the moon god, worshiped with the moon, and that’s why you still see the crescent moon on minarets and on flags of Muslim countries to this day. 
The Qur’an, for example, says of Allah, “He is not a father, and he has no son.” Now there is no way that you could possibly equate Allah, this pagan idol, with the God of the Bible who absolutely forbids idolatry. "Thou shalt have no other gods before Me" Exodus 20:2.

You’re not to make an image of the God of the Bible. And that it would be in a pagan temple with other images, with other idols, is just absolutely contrary to the Scripture.
"Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness [of any thing] that [is] in heaven above, or that [is] in the earth beneath, or that [is] in the water under the earth: 5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God [am] a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth [generation] of them that hate me; 6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments."
— Exodus 20:4-6
But they say this is their name for God, the Arabic name for God, but wait a minute! That this is not a generic term for God is easily proved. In Spanish, the generic term for God is Dios. Oh, but they insist the Spanish translation must have Allah. In Russian, the generic term for God is bog. But they insist they have Allah, even in a Russian translation. In French it would be Dieu, but they insist, “No, no, it must be Allah even in French, Allah in English.” Well obviously, then, this is not a generic term for God. This is the name of a particular god—the moon god, the god of the Quraish tribe. By the way, they offered human sacrifices to him.  Full program: Is Allah the Same as Yahweh?
Christians believe in a Triune God (the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit), while Islam vehemently rejects the deity of Jesus Christ. Instead they worship "Allah" which again was an ancient tribal moon god.

Excerpt taken from, "A Common Word Between Us" -

The Muslim letter, "A Common Word Between Us and You", comes from a passage in the Quran that calls for Christians ("people of the book") to deny the Trinity and to submit to Allah as "the one true God."
O People of the Book! Come to common terms as between us and you: That we worship none but Allah; that we associate no partners with him; that we erect not, from among ourselves, Lords and patrons other than Allah. (Quran, Sura 3:64)
It is astonishing that over 300 so-called prominent CHRISTian leaders embrace this idea. It is the acknowledgment and worship of a foreign god, that scripture clearly forbids!  

Excerpt taken from, "Loving God and Neighbor Together" -

In fact, in response, their letter refers to "god" using terms that Muslims commonly ascribe to Allah. For example, consider this line from "Loving God and Neighbor Together."
Before we “shake your hand” in responding to your letter, we ask forgiveness of the All-Merciful One.
The "All-Merciful One" is purposely and shamelessly used here to falsely suggest that Allah and the God of the Bible are the same...they're not!  What do Muslims mean by "All Merciful One?" The "All-Merciful One" is one of the key names for Allah in Islam.  Just type "all merciful one" in your search engine, I guarantee that all of the results reveal the god of Islam. 
According to the Quran, Allah is described many ways. Amongst the “99 beautiful names of Allah” are “the best schemer,” “the greatest of all deceivers,” “the destroyer,” “the most proud,” “the bringer of death,” and “the creator of evil.” In the Bible, such titles are descriptions of Satan. Again, Islam reveals itself for what it is. - Patrick Wyett
Essentially these "leaders" are openly praying to "Allah" the moon god and asking for "his" forgiveness in this letter.  Not only are they praying to a false god, they applaud Islamic devotion to Allah. 
We applaud that A Common Word Between Us and You stresses so insistently the unique devotion to one God.
What is missing from "A Common Word between Us and You" is the gospel of Jesus Christ. Do they care nothing about these lost souls?  Do they understand that making this agreement solidifies faith in a false god, that it deafens ears from hearing the Word of God,  and hearts from receiving the truth of Jesus Christ?

Nothing at all about the love of God, the Son who became flesh and dwelt among us.  Nothing about life and ministry of Jesus.  Nothing about sin, redemption, and salvation. What good is "A Common Word between Us and You" when they are denying the only way of salvation?  Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life, and no one, NO ONE, comes to the Father except by Him!  John 14:6.

Instead, the letter describes "god" in the Islamic letter (Allah) as "the God whom we should love above all things."  
We find it equally heartening that the God whom we should love above all things is described as being Love. In the Muslim tradition, God, “the Lord of the worlds,” is “The Infinitely Good and All-Merciful.”
In the letter, these Christian leaders call Muhammed a Prophet,  capital "P" a number of times. Going through the scriptures, there is no prophet called Muhammed, he is a false prophet.   
Excerpt from gotquestions.org -
In the Bible, prophets often had both a teaching and revelatory role, declaring God’s truth on contemporary issues while also revealing details about the future. Isaiah’s ministry, for example, touched on both the present and the future. He preached boldly against the corruption of his day (Isaiah 1:4) and delivered grand visions of the future of Israel (Isaiah 25:8).
Prophets had the task of faithfully speaking God’s Word to the people. They were instrumental in guiding the nation of Israel and establishing the church. God’s household is “built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone” (Ephesians 2:20). 
A true prophet of God will be committed to speaking God’s truth. He or she will never contradict God’s revealed Word. A true prophet will say, with the prophet Micaiah just before his fateful confrontation with Ahab, “As surely as the Lord lives, I can tell him only what my God says” (2 Chronicles 18:13).
A question for these so-called Christian leaders, how in the world could Muhammed be a Prophet if he constantly denied the divinity of Jesus Christ?

The Christian leaders continue their letter making the false claim that if Christians and Muslims fail to make peace, "our eternal souls" may be in jeopardy. 
If we fail to make every effort to make peace and come together in harmony you correctly remind us that “our eternal souls” are at stake as well.
Seriously? Shame on them!

The final, eternal destination of all people is based entirely on whether or not they had trusted Jesus Christ alone for salvation (Matthew 25:46; John 3:36).  In denying Christ, partaking in idolatry, and believing false prophets, and a false religion will in fact place your eternal soul at great risk of eternal damnation.

In the final paragraph this abominable letter we again see the misrepresentation of the true God of Christianity as they attempt to equate Him with the false deity of the Islamic faith.  Further, both Christians and Muslims are urged to meet together to determine "how God would have us fulfill the requirement that we love God."
We are persuaded that our next step should be for our leaders at every level to meet together and begin the earnest work of determining how God would have us fulfill the requirement that we love God and one another.
Love is an attribute of God. Love is a core aspect of God’s character, His Person. God’s love is in no sense in conflict with His holiness, righteousness, justice, or even His wrath. All of God’s attributes are in perfect harmony. Everything God does is loving, just as everything He does is just and right.

The greatest expression of God's love is communicated to us in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Romans 5:8 proclaims the same message: But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

Since the Quran denies that Jesus Christ is the Son of God no less than nine times, this is all the proof anyone needs that Allah is not the Lord God of the Bible!

We can only conclude that by affirming that Allah is God, these 300+ signers of "Loving God And Neighbor Together" have denied the Triune God of the Bible! This act puts them in the category of apostate false teachers, and should be rejected by all true Bible believers. 

One writer stated that this letter represents apostasy of the highest order, I agree! These leaders who would dare to defame and diminish the One true God, the Lord Jesus Christ, and the authority of God's Word have put their own souls in grave danger, as well as the souls they lead astray. This is another step towards a one world false religious system that will usher in the antichrist in the last days. Every single leader who signed this letter has publicly denied their faith, brought shame to their ministries and congregations.

We can only pray that these leaders repent or resign. Unfortunately there  are far too many in their congregations who love the man behind the pulpit more than God.  Many will follow them blindly because they refuse God and His word, putting their own ideas above His.

Salvation through Jesus Christ is the only hope for mankind.

What a sad state the Church is in.


James J. Fire said...

Dave Hunt pointed out that the word "Allah" is not a generic term for "God" as some would like to suggest. It's a specific name for the god of Islam (formerly the moon-god of Arab nomads who were polytheistic). Look in any translation of the Quran, in any language, French, Spanish, Italian, etc, and the word for Allah used there is ..."Allah" (not 'God' in their native tongues).
Also, having been a missionary myself among Muslims, I am rather chagrined and offended that Christians would seek unity with which there can be no unity, UNLESS Christian (leaders) decide to put the doctrinal truth of God's Word aside, or at the least, marginalize it in order to force-fit this human contrived effort of 'getting along' with people of like (?) faith! If we are indeed of like faith, then what of all the Christian missionaries who are spending their lives in preaching the Gospel, praying for, ministering to Muslims who supposedly share our 'spiritual values'?? In the Crusades, Muslims and Roman Catholics were intent on killing each other. Today, is the church endangered of being spiritually 'killed' in the name of religious unity and tolerance?

A.M. Kisly said...

Thanks for pointing this out Jim. It is vitally important that everyone knows EXACTLY what we are talking about here. It is incredible that so-called church leaders don't seem to have a clue, nor do they appear to be at all faithful to their own Christian faith...perhaps they do not truly believe.

Remember Saints, as a believer in Christ, we must abide by biblical standards and laws. We must be faithful to the ONE TRUE GOD, without compromise.

Paul said that as much as it is possible we should live at peace with all men, but that does not give us license to worship a false god and follow a false religion...or sign a document that is basically a denouncement of our faith in Jesus Christ! How absurd!

St. Loder said...

These men have not been born again. They may have asked Jesus into their hearts; they may have called upon the Name of the Lord even, but they have not been born again. No born again minister, who has the Living God abiding in him, could compromise and apostocize like this. Calling upon the Name of the Lord is a response to being born again by the Spirit of God. Yet many, many, many, so many have called upon the Name of the Lord out of human inspired desire and have not called upon the Name of the Lord Jesus as a response to His working in them.