John R. Houk
© January 7, 2012
I am a Christian. I consider myself as a part of the Christian Right. In an attempt to pin down the faith/nature of my Christianity my description might run something like a Charismatic, Pentecostal and Word of Faith kind-of-guy. Now I realize a significant amount of other Christians have a problem with that kind of theology. I also am aware that that those that are plugged into the realm of faith that I follow have a problem with the theology of more traditional Protestants, Roman Catholics and Eastern Orthodox Christians.
I for one have decided not to judge the Christian theology of those that differ with me. If a person follows some basic Biblical principles that a majority of Christian theologies agree, I for one will play finger pointer of who is correct and who is wrong.
· Jesus is the Christ
· Jesus is the Son of God
· Jesus is both fully human and fully God (This goes to the reason humanity has a Savior/Redeemer)
· The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are three persons that are a total union in ONE God
Beyond these basic principles all other matters of doctrine lead to personal conflict and are not worth the bicker but are worthy of understanding each other and perhaps adopt portions of theology that does not outrage one’s inner man/conscience.
I am just saying this is where I stand.
Now I begin in this way because we Christians have to recognize we are entering a time period in which the world’s ruling elites could care less about Christianity. Even in European nations that still have Established State Churches are not exactly Christian-friendly. I mean the Arch Bishop of Canterbury that is supposed to be the Clerical leader of the Church of England/Episcopalian Church globally has gone on record as accepting the Sharia Law of Islam as a working proposition in the United Kingdom. In case you are unaware Islam denies that Jesus is the Son of God and denies that the Lord died on the Cross as a sacrifice to Redeem humanity from the dark corrupted world that came into existence after the Fall of Adam.
Irony is that Islam accepts the existence of Jesus, but only as a great human prophet that is only superseded by Mohammed. Thus a Muslim will tell you that they believe in Jesus (the son of Mary) just like a Christian. That is deception!
There is a two-pronged – perhaps a three-pronged – attack going on now against Christianity.
1. Christianity is being attacked by Secular Humanists and Moral Relativists
2. Christianity is being attacked by Islam
3. Sadly, Christianity is being attacked from within by persons that reject the Divine origin of the Word of God by whatever good logic that disproves the existence of the Bible’s God and Jesus Christ. These Christian cherry pick the Bible and collect principles validating good secular press and rejecting the Bible’s Commandments as displayed for humanity by the Creator of all things.
These thoughts today will gravitate towards Islam’s war on Christianity.
Islam’s history is that of conquest of other civilizations to use the sword to convert non-Muslims (kafir) into Islam. After Mo’s death the Muslims embarked as a conquering horde through the Christian Middle East, Christian North Africa, Persia (Iran) and the Indian Sub-Continent.
As far as Christianity goes, conquering Muslims easily defeated Byzantine armies because the local Christians did not necessarily enjoy the suzerainty of the Byzantine Empire because not all the Middle East or North Africa agreed with the theology of the Greek Orthodox Church. There was a bit of hope that the Muslims were Arab conquerors looking for territory to exploit as do all conquerors. The Middle Eastern Christians and North African Christians quickly discovered that the Muslim concept of exploitation was severe and cultural changing.
I like what Bill Warner writes in this situation in his post “Saint Doonesbury.”
Through the centuries, the dhimmis became Muslims. This accounts for the law of Islamic saturation. When Islam can institute Sharia, the civilization will become completely Islamic. It is only a matter of time.
The “dhimmis” were the Christians. Warner uses a term I may have read before but got my attention for the first time; i.e. “the law of Islamic saturation.” The forcible institution of Islamic Sharia Law saturated the Christian population with severity. Over time the law of Islamic Saturation did its job by wearing down Christians who grew weary of living a subhuman life of a dhimmis and thus converted to Christianity to escape political oppression that berated them via Islamic Supremacism.
It is time for Christians to establish a modern Crusade to confront the three-pronged attack on Christianity. The old period of the Crusades was that of battle-hardened Noblemen from Europe that saw an opportunity to acquire fiefdoms denied by matters of inheritance. Soldiers don’t say please when they seek to acquire. There is an old expression: “War is hell”. That means soldiers that desire to win will make the attempt utilizing the actions of all costs. These kinds of actions in pre-Crusader battles in Europe perhaps led to doing something that was obviously a sin according to Christian doctrine. Pope’s in Europe further sweetened the enticement for Noblemen to join in Crusades against Saracens (an invective term for Muslims) by offering blanket forgiveness for past sins and I think (I might have to do more research) future sins that might accrue in battling in the Holy Land.
The Catholic Popes basically gave Crusaders the same religious tools as Mohammed had established as rules of engagement that Muslim soldiers enjoyed. So it was kind of a tit-for-tat you kill my dog I’ll kill your cat. The Crusaders had a religious dispensation to be just as ruthless as Muslim soldiers without worry of going to hell.
The Crusades began in 1095 roughly 460 years after ruthless Muslims began their invasion of Christian lands and the institution of Sharia that led to the transformation from a Christian culture to an Islamic culture. For all the horrors you read or hear about the early Crusader conquest of the Holy Land, those horrors dwarf to the horrors perpetrated by Muslims against a majority Christian population worn down to accept Islam as their life and culture.
Shortly after WWI Radical Islam, really the purist Islam as set forth in the Quran, Hadith and Sira; began to emerge and caught the eye of a few Muslims that desired a return to global Caliphate glory. The thing is the few Muslims that joined up with Radical Islam in the early 1920’s has grown immensely and still are gaining. I have read that radical Muslims represent only 10% of Muslims. The estimated global Muslim population in 2010 was about 1.6 billion. That would mean the existence of about 160,000,000 Radical Muslims.
(Segue: Can anyone dare tell me there are 160,000,000 violent Right Wingers or Extremist violent Christians? I doubt it!)
Friends that One Hundred Sixty Million Radical Muslims is growing, even worse, there is near zero condemnation of the Radical Muslims by the majority Muslims. Why?
The reason is fundamentally easy. It is because the Muslims revere the Quran, Hadith and Sira with the Quran as infallible. When Radical Muslims attack Westerners, Jews or Muslims declared heretical (Sunni-Shia split); those radicals are merely following the Quran and the example of Mohammed. If a Muslim openly and compellingly condemns a Radical Muslim, they are risking talking against the holy writings of Islam and insulting Allah and Mohammed.
Friends it is Crusade time; however this is the 21st century. There is no nation in the West that values secularism that will embark on a military expedition to protection the Western culture from the intentions Radical Muslim nut jobs that are rarely condemned by the majority of Muslims. So what would be an effective Crusade in the 21st century?
It is time for Christian Churches to stand-up and take an enthusiastic stand to specifically condemn Radical Islam especially in the United States where one still has Free Speech to speak against Radical Islam without fear of fines or jail.
But John, that is not politically incorrect! The Churches willing to take an intellectual and spiritual stand against Islam will undoubtedly receive doses of hate-the-Christian Islamophobes. The Left and Muslim apologists will harangue Christians for preaching Christianity is not Islam or anything like Islam and point the finger of racist (even though Islam is a religion and not a race) and haters against Christians.
It is not the first time Christians were the minority voice. The thing is in America our U.S. Constitution allows us to speak out and demand that law enforcement protect us. Those days may change, BUT IT HAS NOT CHANGED YET!
Fjordman is a great essayist from Norway. The Norwegian authorities detain Fjordman after Anders Breivik went on his mass murdering spree hoping to provoke a new European order that would be anti-immigrant – specifically Muslim immigrants. Fjordman’s essays were included in Breivik’s tome manuscript on the Internet that is a provocative plan to create his vision of a Christian-fascist State out of Europe to cleanse Muslims from Europe. Norwegian authorities detained Fjordman believing that his conspicuous essays in the Breivik manuscript implicated Fjordman in the Norwegian massacre. Indeed, Leftists in America and Europe took great glee in proclaiming anti-jihad writers as instigators of incitement that captured the psycho-mind of Anders Breivik. The microscope was intense that the pseudonym Fjordman led to the revelation of his actual name. Since the Muslims of Europe are more radicalized than in America, the name revelation has placed Fjordman in great danger.
Nevertheless, I am pleased to have discovered a Fjordman essay that I am going to cross post. You will be intrigued how Fjordman examines the rule of law by examining how Nordic-Germanic-Celtic law, Roman Law, Judeo-Christian Law, the ancient influence of the Mesopotamian Hammurabi Law somewhat syncretized in Europe. Then there is the throwing in of Islamic Sharia Law that is making a huge effort to join the syncretic nature of the rule of law that has evolved in the West.
John R. Houk
© May 21, 2011
Geert Wilders of Netherlands has been facing persecution in his native land for years. The focus of the persecution is the Wilders message that Islam is evil and inimical to the Judeo-Christian culture that has inspired Western concepts of Freedom. This Freedom has found its greatest heights in America which is codified in the U.S. Constitution and can only be changed by a Constitutional Amendment or a rebellion against the Constitution.
In the Europe that is coalesced around the concept of a European Union Freedom is defined by relativity. Relative Freedom is diluted Freedom. Relative Freedom is freedom only as it is interpreted by the Central Government. Thus when the few Biblical Christians that still exist in Europe denounce Islam as a false religion or publically stand to a morality that belittles the lifestyles of homosexuality, Relative Freedom will those people jailed or fined or both as an illegal disruption to multicultural diversity.
Geert Wilders’ global message is that people must wake up to the threatening despotism that Islam represents against Western Culture. Recently Wilders was part of an expose Islam conference at a Church in Nashville, TN. Andrew Bostom brings this speech to the American Thinker for all to read what was spoken in Tennessee.
The Wilders speech definitely was not politically correct. Since there was no politically correct restraint in the speech, the first impression of Americans that love the heritage of Freedom in America, will sense the passion that Adolf Hitler expressed against Jews in the rise to power of Nazi Germany. Frankly I can almost hear or read the venom of Leftists who love multiculturalism yet hold an underlying hatred to the heritage of Judeo-Christianity.
Here is a less volatile excerpt from the Wilders speech:
Islam is dangerous. Islam wants to establish a state on earth, ruled by islamic sharia law. Islam aims for the submission, whether by persuasion, intimidation or violence, of all non-Muslims, including Christians.
The results can be seen in Europe.
Islam is an ideology of conquest. It uses two methods to achieve this goal: the first method is the sword. Do you know what figures on the flag of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a country where Christian churches are banned and Christians are not even allowed to wear a tiny crucifix? There is a huge sword on that flag, just below the Islamic creed. The message is clear. Without the sword islam would not have been able to spread its creed.
The second method is immigration. Islam’s founder Muhammad himself taught his followers how to conquer through immigration when they moved from Mecca to Medina. This phenomenon of conquest through immigration is called al-Hijra. My learned friend Sam Solomon has written a perfect book about it.
I am here to tell you that Geert Wilders is right on the money! The irony of our Western Culture is our tolerance for other cultures. Unfortunately tolerating Islam as it is espoused in its pure beginnings as preached by Mohammed is a cancer that will eat away the freedoms Western Culture has achieved over the decades from the days of one-man absolute monarchies through today’s rule of law that honors the rights of citizens rather than top to bottom despotism.
Leftist ideology regardless of all the rhetoric of power to the proletariat was a top to bottom central government rule that told citizens how to live and believe at the cost life or prison slavery. The same deception is inherent in Islamic ideology which has become theo-politicized via Sharia Law which also demands absolute adherence with punishment that results in second class citizenship (dhimmitude), prison for free speech assertions perceived as anti-Islamic, loss of limbs for theft or loss of life for insults to Islam, Mohammed or Allah.
When a Muslim attempts to tell you that enforcement of Sharia Law punishments longer occur in Islam, the only truth in that assertion is only valid in a Western nation that still requires the rule of law over Sharia Law. In Muslim nations Sharia Law punishments seemed to retreat in some nations that have attempted a modicum of secularism; however a resurgence of Sharia Law applications in all its harsh forms have made a strong comeback after the purist Islam influenced by what we in the West has called radical Islam. The fact is the very Muslims America and Europe have labeled as moderate are beginning to adopt Sharia Law according to the demands of reformist Muslims of Salafist, Wahhabi and Twelver Shi’ites.
A classic revival of Sharia Law in its pure form is exampled in Europe by Islamic enclaves that require all that enters the enclaves to respect the rules of Sharia Law or expect the potential an extra-legal enforcement beyond the touch of a European nation’s rule of law.
Dear God in Heaven people, please listen-up! Even if it goes against our nature of tolerance to foreign cultures we need to make laws that illegalize aspects of a religion or an ideology that has an agenda to overcome Constitutional Law, especially in the United States of America.
John R. Houk
© October 21, 2010
America, take a look at Europe. There is unrest over budget crunches that have forced Leftist oriented governments to reduce their entitlement picture. In France they are rioting in the streets over adding two years to official age of retirement. Check it out: That retirement age is moving from sixty to sixty-two. Imagine if the French had a more capitalistic system like America. The current retirement age in America is 65. Soon the retirement age will be 67. If the French are rioting in the streets over a 62 year old retirement; dear God in Heaven, imagine what they would in the France if retirement was extended to 67!
Everywhere in Western Europe the presence of Islamic immigrants who are increasingly tapping into the Salafi-style of Islam is causing a culture clash. Unfortunately for Europe the immigrants have an incredibly higher birthrate than the Europeans. That means more and more success for Islamic culture to supersede Western Culture all because of the idiocy of placing a premium on multicultural diversity rather than a plurality with assimilation.
I just viewed an awesome blog post from Guy Milliere relating to the disintegration of European culture and how the American Left is opening the same door of cultural destruction in America.