The Heart of the Matter

The apostle Paul writes a second letter to a church located in Thessalonica as a forewarning to believers about a futuristic leader who will one day deceive the masses by leading them away from the truth of God’s Word. He is described as the “lawless one.”

“Then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming that is the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan…” (2 Thess 2:8)

However, before his arrival the world will be characterized by a blasphemous spirit (among the people) or attitude that blatantly opposes God, His Christ, His Word, and His people. His success in the near future is attributed to the fact that

“… they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved…For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth but took pleasure in wickedness.” (2:10-12)

Charles Spurgeon addresses man’s relationship with God’s truth (in his day) in a book titled “An All-Round Ministry: Addresses to ministers and students,”

“Beloved, I notice that God imports His messages to those who have a complete subordination to Him. I will tell you what has often crossed my mind when I have talked with certain brethren, or have read their lucubration’s; I have wondered which was the Master, and which was the servant, the man or God. I have been sorry for the errors of these brethren, but I have been far more distressed by the spirit shown in those errors. It is evident that they have renounced that holy reverence for Scripture which indicated by such an expression as this, “that trembleth at My Word.” They rather trifle than tremble. The Word is not their teacher, but they are its critics. With many, the Word of the Lord is no longer enthroned in the place of honor, but it is treated as a football, to be kicked about as they please; and the apostles, especially are treated as if Paul, and James, and John, were Tom, and Harry, with whom modern wise men are on terms of something more than equality. They pass the Books of Scripture under their rod, and judge the Spirit of God Himself. The Lord cannot work by a creature that is in revolt against Him. We must manifest the spirit of reverence, or we shall not be as little children, nor enter the Kingdom of Heaven.”

My recent experience at an ecumenical or inter-faith meeting confirms that we are also living in these days. The group of people assembled during this particular evening was comprised of Hindus, Buddhist, Muslims, Universal Unitarians, United Church of Christ leaders, and Agnostics. I intentionally left out the mentioning of Christians because the views or statements made by those claiming to be followers of Christ, usually contradict the teachings of Scripture. The Bible categorically labels any person who rejects the teachings of Christ as an individual who has not nor knows God. “Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teachings of Christ does not have God…”

Why do I attend?
You may be wondering why I attend? I was selected or invited (by a Muslim) to the group for the sole purpose of presenting or bringing to the table an evangelical theological perspective. This organization meets regularly in order to discuss or comment on topics (from their religious perspectives) pertaining to everyday living. The most recent gathering dealt with the theme or subject of the recent killings, plus injuring of innocent people in Boston, Massachusetts. Emphasis was not concentrated on who, what, where, and why someone would do this, but on how each of the above mentioned belief systems would respond if placed in a similar situation. In other words, what form of compassion or humanitarianism would they practice or implement in time of tragedy?

In a group where absolute truth is irrelevant, it stands to reason why the subject of Jihad is overlooked and replaced with a less weighty topic. The goal of most ecumenical groups is to unify over commonalities and avoid doctrines that divide or cause disunity. The subject of sin and the depravity of man’s heart is not only avoided but denied. (That has been my experience in each of the meetings I have attended) My purpose for attending these meetings is to discuss absolutes and not to ignore or deny facts. It is a fact that the Quran teaches death to the non-Muslim. Plus, it is also commonly known among all faiths that the Bible describes the heart of all men as being desperately wicked. According to the Bible, “there is none who does good.” (Rom 3:12) So, it stands to reason that someone would address the obvious, because man is capable of doing good deeds, because at the core of his inner being is only evil.

Walter A. Elwell writes in a book titled Evangelical Dictionary of Theology, “The Bible teaches this concept of total depravity in many places. The Lord recognized good people (Matt 22:10), yet he labeled his own disciples as evil men (7:11). The mind is affected (Rom 1:28), the conscience is unclean (Heb 9:14), the heart is deceitful (Jer 17:9), and by nature mankind is subject to wrath (Eph 2:3).” In an attempt to emphasize this point those in my small group were immediately at odds with this point. In logic, the starting point of an argument is called a proposition. When we use propositions, we are either asserting the truth of the statement or denying the truth of the statement. Those individuals involved in the bombing of blameless marathon runners and spectators displayed by their actions that God’s Word is true in regards to the condition of the human heart. (To ignore these points would be considered illogical). Note that this is a technical meaning of “deny,” not the everyday meaning. To deny in this context means to gather evidence to show that the proposition cannot be true, not just that it is wrong. Further evidence to support my propositional statement is located or revealed in the human heart. The apostle Paul writes, “For when Gentiles who do not have the Law do instinctively the things of the Law, these, no having the Law are a law to themselves, in that they show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience being witness, and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them…” (Rom 2:14-15) God has placed in every human being a conscience that gives them knowledge of right and wrong. So when an individual sins (murder, lie, steal, lust, etc.) he/she does so with knowledge. (Con-with, Science-knowledge). To begin a discussion on the compassionate nature of human beings is completely irrational, because out of the human heart comes only iniquity. Jesus Christ our Lord states,

“For out of the heart comes evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders, etc.” (Matthew 15:19) It is amazing that humanity is capable of any good! Consider the fact that God sent His only begotten Son, the long awaited Messiah, to the nation of Israel, and their response to His innocence, sinlessness, miracles, compassion, redemption, propitiation, atonement, justification, and sacrificial death on the cross was to crucify Him. (Matthew 27:22)

Let’s examine the nature or condition of man by examining a little known fact about the most recognized saintly women on the planet, Mother Teresa and her organization Missionary of Charity. An anonymous author writes in an article titled Hitting Bedrock, “…Says Susan Shields, former Missionary of Charity: As a Missionary of Charity, I was assigned to record donations and write the thank-you letters. The money arrived at a frantic rate. The mail carrier often delivered the letters in sacks. We wrote receipts for checks of $50,000 and more on a regular basis. Sometimes a donor would call up and ask if we had received his check, expecting us to remember it readily because it was so large. How could we say that we could not recall it because we had received so many that were even larger?

Shields doesn’t suggest how much that might add up to, but Hitchens has it that there were at least $50 million in the New York bank account of the Missionaries of Charity, and figures that, this being but a part of the organization’s wealth, there must be several times more all told. So let’s place the MoC’s wealth in the 9-10 figure range. Now, it would not be correct to say that all this money belonged to Teresa. I take it that she herself owned next to nothing. I’m just saying that she controlled this money. It didn’t belong to her personally, but, if she’d really wanted, she could have used it, on behalf of her organization, to buy all sorts of medicines, pay all sorts of trained medical personnel, and maybe even keep her facilities stocked with clean new needles on a regular basis.
You may be able to guess what’s coming up next. Fact: Mother Teresa used only a tiny fraction of that money to improve the lives of the sick and the poor. Shields continues: We received touching letters from people, sometimes apparently poor themselves, who were making sacrifices to send us a little money for the starving people in Africa, the flood victims in Bangladesh, or the poor children in India. Most of the money sat in our bank accounts. The donations rolled in and were deposited in the bank, but they had no effect on our ascetic lives and very little effect on the lives of the poor we were trying to help. Well, who cares about the lives of the nuns: they got what they signed up for, right? That bit about the poor, though, that’s a little worrisome.

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© 1986 Túrelio (Wikimedia-Commons) / Lizenz: Creative Commons CC-BY-SA-2.0


Here are some examples of how the MoC failed to spend its money. Shields gives one: in Haiti, “the sisters reused needles until they became blunt”. Out of the MoC’s bloated bank accounts, no money could be spared for new needles. Likewise, in an article in the British Medical Journal (a review of Hitchens’ book), Mary Loudon reports visiting the MoC’s facilities and seeing “syringes run under cold water and reused, aspirin given to those with terminal cancer, and cold baths given to everyone”. No money for oncological care beyond aspirin, no money for hot water, and, again, no money for new syringes, or even proper sterilization for old ones.

And in an article in the Lancet (9/17/94, Issue 8925), Robin Fox reports having visited the Home for the Dying in Kolkata, and describes the medical care there as “haphazard”: no trained medical personnel are present unless some happen to drop by to volunteer their time, and the sisters themselves are not given any proper training in medical care. “How about simple algorithms that might help the sisters and volunteers distinguish the curable from the incurable? Again no.” Out of the millions or billions, not enough for the salary of a single Kolkata doctor, or any other way of ensuring minimally consistent medical care.”

Therefore, when God says, “There is none who does good” He bases this scripture verse not on ones actions but His knowledge of the human heart. This article as well as the incident in Boston only stresses the importance of being born again. The Lord promised that He would place into those who believe in His Son a new heart that would give regenerated human beings the ability to demonstrate genuine compassion that will allow them to demonstrate good works. “For by grace you have been saved through faith and that not of yourselves it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast. For, we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:8) Salvation is the catalyst to good works and evidence of being born again is that a believer serves others. His or her sanctification has been designated with kindhearted actions before time began. Therefore, the logical starting point of our conversation would not be to ignore the truth of God’s Word but to address the topic of sin and it’s resolve through the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Deuteronomy 29:…

Deuteronomy 29:29
King James Version (KJV)
29 The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.

Usama Dakdok : The Dangers of Islam, Part 2

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Air Date: April 12, 2013Host: Vic Eliason

Guest: Usama Dakdok

Listen: MP3 Order

Usama Dakdok is the founder of The Straightway of Grace Ministry. He travels throughout the United States equipping Christians to be effective witnesses of Jesus Christ to their Muslim neighbors as well as ministering to Muslims directly. Usama was born in Egypt, the son of a Baptist pastor. He became a Christian at the age of eleven yet learned about Islam in school. He eventually studied Islamic law in college.

Usama Dakdok,Founder

Usama Dakdok,Founder

My name is Usama Dakdok. I was born in Egypt and I grew up in a Christian home. But as I grew up in school in Egypt, a government school, and through all these years that I was in school, I learned about Islam, like every other student in a Muslim country. I came to America in 1992, and I found out that there were many Muslims in America. I said, “What a great ministry for me to do right here.”     With all the knowledge that I have about Islam, I can reach out to the Muslim people with the word of Jesus Christ. That is why we began The Straight Way of Grace Ministry.

Vic began this edition of Crosstalk noting two important news stories that highlight the problem of Islam:

–Christian pastor Saeed Abedini has been given an ultimatum by Iranian authorities to deny Jesus Christ or face a longer term in prison.
–A mosque in Cairo has installed a torture chamber to terrorize Christians.

Usama then revealed an important truth about Islam. It’s the claim we hear in America about “moderate” Muslims, a claim that is false because “moderate” Islam is not contained within the text of the Quran or the Hadith.

Other aspects of Islam touched upon by Usama included:

–The various pillars of Islam.
–The merging of Christianity and Islam known as
“Chrislam.”
–Women in Islam.
–The tradition of honor killing.
–The infiltration of Islam in America through acceptance
and ignorance.

You can obtain even more information by attending Usama Dakdok’s presentation called, “Islam: What You Need to Know” tomorrow evening at 7pm during the VCY America rally at the Waukesha Expo Center.

More Information:

The Straight Way of Grace Ministry
www.thestraightway.org

Usama Dakdok : The Dangers of Islam, Part 1

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Show Information

Air Date: April 11, 2013

Host: Vic Eliason

Guest: Usama Dakdok

Listen: MP3 Order

Usama Dakdok is the founder of The Straightway of Grace Ministry. He travels throughout the United States equipping Christians to be effective witnesses of Jesus Christ to their Muslim neighbors as well as ministering to Muslims directly. Usama was born in Egypt, the son of a Baptist pastor. He became a Christian at the age of eleven yet learned about Islam in school. He eventually studied Islamic law in college.

 

Usama Dakdok,Founder

Usama Dakdok,Founder

 

 

 

 

 

My name is Usama Dakdok. I was born in Egypt and I grew up in a Christian home. But as I grew up in school in Egypt, a government school, and through all these years that I was in school, I learned about Islam, like every other student in a Muslim country. I came to America in 1992, and I found out that there were many Muslims in America. I said, “What a great ministry for me to do right here.”

     With all the knowledge that I have about Islam, I can reach out to the Muslim people with the word of Jesus Christ. That is why we began The Straight Way of Grace Ministry.

 

During the above referenced program,  Usama noted that people are victims of the teachings of Allah in the Quran and the teachings of Muhammad in the Hadith. This is playing out in various headlines such as the following: 

–Canada asks how middle class boys became jihadists.
–A Muslim mob, angered by Christian youth, attack
residents of a city in Pakistan.
Egyptian Christian funeral ends in violent clashes while
police stand by.
–A teddy bear named Muhammad causes controversy.

We should not be surprised by this as Usama told listeners that Allah commands Muslims to lie, attack and to kill Christians, Jews and non-Muslims.

So where is this “Allah” talked about? Allah is talked about in the Muslim holy book known as the Quran. 87% of Muslims worldwide don’t speak the Arabic language so many of them, despite their anti-American and anti-Israeli sentiments, haven’t even read the Quran. In order to expose more people to the full impact of the errors and contradictions of Islam, Usama has produced an accurate English language translation of the Quran with study notes.

We are losing our freedom, lives and existence because of political correctness relating to Islam. Find out why and what’s next when you listen to this along with tomorrow’s edition of Crosstalk.

 

Islam and Women

islam-womenThe Apostle John writing in his second epistle encourages a group of believers to continue walking in the truth. “I was very glad to find some of your children walking in truth…” (2 John 4) This is so very important because of the danger of false teachers entering into the church in order to intentionally mislead  members. This tactic is commonly used by Satan to confuse, weaken, and scatter the sheep. “Be on guard for yourselves…I know that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock…” (Acts 20:29) Holding fast to sound doctrine prevents or allows the flock to be discerning. Just recently, I had an opportunity to attend an introductory to Islam seminar at a local Presbyterian church. The guest speaker was a female Doctrinal Student from the local University invited to discuss and dispel myths about the teachings of Islam. Topics addressed by the spokeswoman included such topics as dress, culture, history, women’s rights, practices, customs, Geography, belief systems, language and more.

The goal or objective of this missionary appears to have been to normalize Islam and to encourage Christians to embrace its teachings. The role of pastors (according to scripture) is to protect their sheep from wolves seeking to devourer them. Sadly, the woman elder and church leadership were attempting to establish common ground with the Quran and the teachings of Islam. During the session the presenter readily admitted that Muslims reject the teaching of the Bible that Jesus is God. In doing so, John classifies her as a deceiver and an anti-Christ. “Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist…” (I John 2:22) Anti-Christ purposely intend to interject teachings that replace or oppose the biblical truths regarding the identity of Christ.

This is not uncharacteristic of those who follow the teachings of the Quran. This is actually in alignment with his nature according to Sura 3:54. “And they deceived and Allah deceived and Allah is the best deceiver.” In an attempt to mislead hearers regarding the true nature or practices of Islam, many other misrepresentations occurred, especially pertain to the role of women. S. Michael of Call to Love Minstries writes in his book Dare To Explore “Muslims all over the globe have contradictory convictions about women. Those who are exposed to western civilizations are more liberal in their views towadrs women. These Muslims adopt the West’s beliefs and claim that these come from the true origin of Islam, Mohammad and his teachings. They choose the Qur’anic verses and Hadith sections that please them, but ignore the one that specifically contradict the principle that women are equal to men.”(pg. 90)

Below is a list of some degrading attitudes towards women in Islam.women_eyes_green_eyes_muslim_islam_scarf_2544x1680_wallpaper_Wallpaper_1680x1050_www.wall321.com

  • Can be beaten by her husband for any reason. (Sura 4:34)
  • Can expect up to three additional woman to share her husband (Sura 4:3)
  • Is half in witness (Sura 2:282)
  • Lacks in intelligence (Hadith Sahih Number 2658)
  • Is inferior to man (Sura 4:34)
  • Is most likely heading to hell (Hadith Volume 4, Book 54, No. 464)

Sadly, even in the West, Muslim women must practice these above mentioned requirements. According to Michael, “The majority of them do not have a voice or an opportunity to oppose the men in their families, or to find help from their religious leaders, leaving them with no safe means of escape.” (pg.94)

In an effort to address these issues with the speaker, I along with two other colleagues was verbally opposed by members of the congregation. Did the deception work ? Yes! By embracing or defending the teachings of Islam John states, “If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house…for the one who gives him a greeting participates in his evil deed…” (2 John 11) The reason is that false teachers seek to destroy the basic fundamental truths of Christianity. Hospitality only encourages them in their deception of the spreading of heresy, along with the appearance of acceptance or sanctioning it.

After a long discussion with members of the church leadership, it was made clear that they were victims and participants in the Islamic masquerade. Statements were made by women from the church that “There is more than one way to heaven” and “Don’t force your beliefs on her.”The ecumenical movement in Ohio and throughout the world is moving full speed ahead. Those who are willing to compromise scripture in order unify with other faiths will not only be prone to deception but demonstrate evidence of never being born again. “…and does not aide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God.” (2 John 9) Please continue to “holding fast the faithful word which is in accordance with teaching, that he may be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and refute those who contradict.” (Titus 1:9)

A Challenge for Those Who Don’t Think Evolution is Faith-Based

English: Ray Comfort

English: Ray Comfort (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“The burden of proof lies with the believer in evolution. You are the one who believes. I don’t believe. Convert me. Give me observable evidence for Darwinian evolution that doesn’t necessitate “faith” (belief). Just one piece of observable evidence (the scientific process) – proof that isn’t faith-based.

Please don’t give me links to two dozen websites, or videos to watch. I just want one piece of empirical evidence for evolution that isn’t founded on belief.

By “Darwinian evolution,” I don’t mean moths that change into different colored moths. That’s not a change of “kind.” They are still moths. I don’t mean dogs that change into dogs – they are still the canine “kind;” neither do I mean bacteria that changes into bacteria. That’s not Darwinian evolution. There has been no change of “kind.” (Ray Comfort)

 

Sorry about the multiple updates…

Our apologies for the multiple notices regarding new posts.  We were experiencing some ‘technical difficulties’ which resulted in a few too many reminders.  Still, we encourage you to check out our latest article from guest columnist Kevin Douglas, a great friend and supporter of the ministry who is a part of the Evangelize4Life witnessing team.  

Do We Have a Creator Who Rules or Not?  The Heart of the Abortion Debate.

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Do We Have A Creator Who Rules Or Not?

Kevin Douglas, Guest Columnist

Kevin Douglas,
Guest Columnist

The Heart of the Abortion Debate: Do We Have A Creator Who Rules Or Not?

(My thoughts following the Abortion Debate at the University of Toledo on 4/2/2013)

I’ve never been to an official debate on abortion before but I decided to attend the one held at the UT Law Center this past week. It didn’t go as I had expected.

I rightly figured the pro-choice proponent would argue for the freedom, rights and welfare of pregnant Mother’s, however I didn’t expect the pro-life defender to do the same. It became apparent early in the contest that God and unborn babies were not going to be the primary focus of debate from either side. The debate was very civil and respectful (which is to be expected when you take away the two controversial figures involved in an abortion exchange.) I was taken back that arguments for the long term physical and emotional welfare of the mother as well as the rights and empowerment of women was the main case for the PRO-LIFE proponent! I thought she did a good job of making a case but I don’t believe the war will be won on that battlefield.

I very much appreciated the honesty of the pro-choice proponent. She said that she used to work in abortion clinics and would “mislead” pregnant mothers into believing that they were not really carrying a living person. Having gone thru an abortion herself, she said that every mother knows that they are carrying a living person inside them. She now regrets having been dishonest then. The pro-life proponent quickly seized this opportunity to say that organizations like Planned Parenthood (the nation’s largest abortion provider) are doing exactly the same thing today – misleading women – explaining the reason for the deception is money. Abortion is a billion dollar industry. The pro-choice proponent did not protest these assertions.

It dawned on me that the center of the debate used to be about whether or not unborn fetuses were living persons. Advances in science and technology have forced the pro-choice movement to now focus on speculating about the future of unwanted birthed babies, but more importantly the mother’s future quality of life. This was the debate last Tues. in a nutshell. Both sides did a decent job arguing for and against, but should the welfare of the mother have really been the heart of the debate for the pro-life side? I’m not saying that pro-lifers shouldn’t defend against the rhetoric propagated by the other side that we are against and do not care about women, most particularly expecting unwed mothers. This lie was well defended in the debate and is easily proven in the real world by example after example. One example is all of the pro-life pregnancy clinics and other charitable organizations across the nation, including NW Ohio, that help pregnant women before, during and after pregnancy at no cost. Having said that, the pro-life position should be defended the same as it always has, otherwise the body count of 55 million since Roe vs. Wade will continue to grow.

The fight should be to contend that we have a God Who has determined human life, created human life in His image, defined human life and distinguished it above any other form of life. Because He has determined and formed life in the womb (Psalm 139:13,14), He gets to choose what happens to it. God has very clearly outlawed murdering innocent human life. God didn’t even come up in the debate until the Q & A session at the end. During this time, the pro-choice proponent made another stunning admission that I believe is truly the heart of the abortion debate. She said that she understands why those who believe there is a Creator, responsible for creating human life, are pro-life. When I thought about her honest statement, I have to admit that if there were no Creator, no Supreme Authority to be accountable to, then I would agree that abortion is permissible. In fact, if God doesn’t exist there wouldn’t be any reason not to kill all kinds of unwanted people, people groups or those who can’t take care of themselves (elderly, sick, handicapped, mentally challenged, etc.). Everyone would be free to make all kinds of decisions to suit themselves which would ultimately lead to survival of the fittest.Science, statistics, studies and logic that support protecting babies are necessary but are not winning the war. The abortion debate ultimately comes down to whether or not the Bible is true. Do we have a Creator God Who rules or don’t we? Is Evolution true or is Genesis true? People believe abortion is OK because they don’t believe in the God of the Bible. If they did they would understand the importance of submitting to His authority. The pro-life movement’s only chance is by winning the hearts of men with the truth about God.

Science, statistics, studies and logic that support protecting babies are necessary but are not winning the war. The abortion debate ultimately comes down to whether or not the Bible is true. Do we have a Creator God Who rules or don’t we? Is Evolution true or is Genesis true? People believe abortion is OK because they don’t believe in the God of the Bible. If they did they would understand the importance of submitting to His authority. The pro-life movement’s only chance is by winning the hearts of men with the truth about God.

“Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.” (Psalm 139:16)

Kevin Douglas

“Now is the time for God’s people to do the hard work of biblical apologetics, embracing the full message of the Bible, beginning in Genesis, in order to rightly defend the Scriptures and compassionately persuade men, that some might be saved.” -Jason Lisle Ph.D

Resurrection Sunday

I am so glad that I lived to celebrate another Resurrection Sunday! I hope you, your family and church family had a great service. May God continue to bless and keep you–

Philippians 4:6…

Philippians 4:6-7

“6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Luke 18:1

“And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;”

Luke 11:9-10

“9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.”

Encouragements to pray.