This is a special word to our church family on our mothers. I pray that it will encourage our mothers and inspire our men to love their wives and to be helpful and considerate to the special women in our lives. God bless you all.
Interview With Dewi Higham on Dangerous Trends Facing The Church Today
This brief interview was taken in Cornwall, England during my trip to England and Wales in March. Dewi shares some insights into the dangerous trends that are creeping into the church in these present days. I trust this will be a blessing to you.
Did you know that Muslims can criticize the Bible, Christianity, Jesus Christ and any other religion but it is crime punishable by death to criticize Islam.
Muslims often criticize the Bible, Christianity, and Western culture. Muslims not only criticize but they also attack, demean, and subvert Western culture, religion and traditions. The followers of Islam see it as their duty to do these things. But if a non-Muslim dares to question anything about Islam Muslims are outraged and demand not only apologies but shout down opponents as racists and hate mongers. The result of this behavior is what leads to the phenomena of “the angry Arab street.” Western people cannot fathom the seething hatred that pours out of many Arab countries and the violent reaction of Muslims to even the mildest forms of criticism. For example a Muslim can criticize Jesus Christ and it will evoke no acts of protest, violence, or outrage from Christians. Christians welcome discussion, questions and debate. But should a Christian criticize Mohammed he very well may be killed, have his head cut off or have a fatwa issued against him.
One tactic used by Muslim apologists is to brand anyone who dares criticize Islam as being Islamophobic. If someone should say that they have a fear of the Boogey man we could say they have a fear or phobia about something that does not exist. But when someone says they have a fear of Islam that is a legitimate fear that history has shown to be a grim reality. We could only wish that Islam was a religion of peace and that history shows that it has been peacefully coexisting with other nations, cultures and religions from its very inception. Unfortunately this cannot be said apart from lies, deception, and outrageous propaganda.
Behind Muslim outrage against criticisms of their religion are the blasphemy laws that are part of Sharia Law. Islamic jurists have made it clear in Sharia Law that criticizing holy persons, religious customs, religious beliefs, and Koranic teachings will evoke severe punishments. The punishments can include fines, imprisonment, flogging, amputation, hanging, or beheading.
A case study on this took place when Flemming Rose, the culture editor of Denmark’s largest newspaper decided to make a statement about free speech in his country. Rose learned that many artists were intimidated to illustrate a new book that was being published on the life of Mohammed. So Rose invited artists to submit portraits of Mohammed. He selected 12 cartoon portraits and posted them on September 5, 2005. The result was not too surprising. Muslims around the world went into outbursts of uncontrolled rage that their prophet should be so dishonored. Ambassadors from 12 Muslim nations demanded a meeting with the Prime minister of Denmark. Death threats were issued. Riots broke out in Muslim nations, nuns were raped, Christians were killed, churches were bombed and burned to the ground. Saudi Arabia led a boycott of Danish goods and products. Author Bruce Bawer puts it all into perspective with these keen observations on this tragic event:
“…a gang of bullies—led by a country, Saudi Arabia, where Bibles are forbidden, Christians tortured, women oppressed, Jews labeled as ‘Apes and pigs’ in the state controlled media, and apostasy from Islam punished by death—was trying to compel a tiny democracy to follow theocratic rules…the list of democratic phenomena that offend the sensibilities of many Muslims, is after all, a long one—ranging from religious liberty, sexual equality, and tolerance to gay people and music, alcohol, dogs and pork.” 41
Another example of Islamic criticism of Christianity is from the book “Zealot” written by Dr. Reza Aslan. This self proclaimed expert on the Bible attacks the divinity of Christ, the miracles of Christ, the claims of Christ, and the historical background related to Christ. Yet in spite of this scurrilous attack on the Christian faith we do not see Christians around the world rising up in rage and violence killing Muslims, burning Mosques, raping women or vandalizing businesses in their protests on the streets of the cities of the world. The silence of the Christian population on this testifies to the amazing difference these two religions have on their constituents.
In Europe, for criticizing Islam, a number of prominent politicians and public figures have either been murdered by Muslims, have had to flee the country, or go into hiding for doing so. Dutch film maker Theo Van Gogh was murdered for offending Muslims by a film he produced. Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders must travel at all times with body guards because of his opposition to Islam. Ayan Hirsi Ali, a Somali woman who was elected to the Dutch parliament was forced to flee the country to the United States because of her outspoken criticism of Islam. Swedish ambulance drivers are now forced to wear bullit proof vests when entering Muslim no-go zones. Does this not shock all of us when we read these things? How did it come to this? In Europe they have already lost something so precious because of these new immigrants who have come among them. And unfortunately it will only get much worse
It is really not difficult to understand why those who are aware of the extreme tendencies of Islam are not in favor of opening up their nations to millions of people who are so easily offended and moved to rage. No nation can survive for long when a sizable minority filled with such potential for violence and subversion exists within its borders. Sooner or later the inevitable will happen—a clash of civilizations will take place. And so far in nearly every instance the West has bowed in submission to its hostile guests. Eventually, if this is not reversed, the West will fade into distant memory of the past and a new Islamic world will replace it with its intolerance, violence, and draconian sharia law. This is not merely a possibility it is a reality that is happening right now. In Flint, Michigan when you arrive at Bishop International Airport a large sign inside the terminal greets all travelers with this shocking message: “The Flint Islamic Community Welcomes You To Flint, Enjoy Your Stay!” This is a religious message. It is like arriving in Saudi Arabia and seeing a sign that reads, “The Christian Community Welcomes You To Saudi Arabia.” Can you imagine if a Catholic, Baptist or Presbyterian group wanted to put up such a sign in the terminal of Ryad, Saudi Arabia? The Islamazation of the West is already farther down the road than most people reallize.