Some superficial thinkers may question my request to preach in a mosque; however, it is a very reasonable request. After all, last Friday the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. permitted a Muslim prayer service. Trying to satisfy the Muslims, prayer mats were placed facing Mecca so that the very sensitive Muslims would not be offended at the crosses in the stained glass windows. It is not permitted for Muslims to pray in view of sacred symbols alien to their faith. But then, Christians are not supposed to permit God’s house to be profaned by pagan worship. There is a commandment declaring, “Thou shalt have no other Gods before me.” And all historians know Allah is the desert pagan moon god. Oh, my!
You can be sure it will be a cold, wet day on the Arabian Desert (and in that other place) before any U.S. mosque invites a Bible-believer to preach in their Friday service. In fact, they won’t permit a radical unbelieving “Christian” to preach for them. Ahh yes, sweet reciprocity.
Moreover, while I am filling my schedule maybe the ecumenical Episcopal leaders will also invite me, a Fundamentalist, to preach for them. Now that would show real tolerance, but then, even Episcopalians can’t show that much tolerance. After all, there must be some limits.
The National Cathedral is the place of numerous famous funerals: Presidents Dwight Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford; memorial services were held for presidents Harding, Coolidge, Truman and Nixon. Non presidents’ funerals include Eleanor Roosevelt, Neil Armstrong, and Nelson Mandela. So the Episcopal National Cathedral is more of a Funeral Home than a church. For sure, it is a dead or dying church.
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At the interfaith service, Reverend Gina Campbell welcomed worshippers, declaring the Washington National Cathedral is “a place of prayer for all people.” Remembering her sensitivity training she prayed but not in the name of Christ. If I receive an invitation I could preach Nicodemus coming to Christ–the Seeker coming to the Savior for Salvation. Or maybe I could preach “A Christian Looks at Islam,” or “A Fundamentalist Looks at Episcopalians.” That would create more excitement in the National Cathedral than when one of the janitors unsuspectedly walked into a ladies restroom while one of the female “reverends” was there.
I suppose I should correct Gina’s heresy because she told the Muslims, “Let us stretch our hearts and let us seek to deepen mercy for we worship the same God.” First of all, her statement makes no sense. It is religious gibberish and she should know better. Secondly, Muslims worship Allah, the desert moon god as all historians know as well as readers of my book, ISLAM: America’s Trojan Horse.
The incredible ecumenical worship service was organized by Gina Campbell and South African Ambassador to the U.S., Ebrahim Rasool who praised religious freedom in America and lashed out against extremism which was commendable; however, non-Muslims are somewhat skeptical since Muslims have been given permission to be duplicitous, devious, and dishonest in the advancement of Islam. But some sincere folk will suggest that it is unfair to assume Muslim leader Ebrahim would lie to advance his religious cause. Maybe he is totally sincere. However, such thinking shows a person does not understand that ALL Muslims must seek to make the nation where he lives an Islamic state. So, if Ebrahim is a true Muslim, he will seek to advance Islam even to the point of lying. So the suspicion is not unfair, unreasonable, or unchristian.
The Ambassador’s motives are also called into question since the event was sponsored by himself, the cathedral, and several Muslim spiritual and advocacy groups: the All Dulles Area Muslim Society, the Council on American Islamic Relations, the Islamic Society of North America, Muslim Public Affairs Council and Masjid Muhammad mosque in Northwest Washington. All these Muslim groups are linked, even joined at the hip, with terrorist organizations. They are all shrill and angry defenders of any Muslim activity, anti-Israel in the extreme, and promoters of terror–if it is Muslim terror.
To his credit the Muslim Ambassador asked for a sliver of light to be permitted in Saudi Arabia but that was in an interview, not the interfaith service. He suggested that Christians should be permitted to pray in Saudi mosques but we don’t want to pray there. We want Baptist Churches next to their mosques. In fact, as a non-Muslim, I can’t even visit the nation. Ah, yes sweet tolerance–but only in one direction.
If Ebrahim can arrange for me to preach at a mosque, no special arrangements need be made. We will sing some historic Christian songs such as “There is Power in the Blood,” “O How I Love Jesus,” and “Jesus is the Sweetest Name I Know.” Maybe close with “Just as I Am.” Then we will pray for the conversion of Muslims around the world; for Muslims to stop beheading journalists, women, and children; for bloody dictators in Syria, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Pakistan to trust Christ and follow Him in believers’ baptism; for Hamas to stop its war against Israel; for butchers in many Muslim-dominated nations to stop mutilating little girls; for toleration in permitting Muslims to be converted to Christ; for Saudi to give me permission to start Trinity Baptist Church in Mecca; for all female Muslims to be treated equally with men; ad infinitum.
There was a backlash, you know, from “intolerant Christians” who thought it was not scriptural or prudent or acceptable for “Christians” to compromise with unbelievers. Franklin Graham was very forthright and courageous when he wrote: “It’s sad to see a church open its doors to the worship of anything other than the One True God of the Bible who sent His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to earth to save us from our sins. Jesus was clear when He said, ‘I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me’ (John 14:6).”
I have had disagreements with Franklin and his father’s ecumenical evangelism but that is a fuss among family members. I greatly appreciate and respect his stand on the religious fiasco at the National Cathedral and other courageous positions on controversial issues.
Just before the Muslims started to pray, a lady caused some to have an apologetic fit when she stood up, pointed to the cross and shouted, “Jesus Christ died on that cross. He is the reason we are to worship only Him. Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior. We have built enough of your mosques in this country. Why don’t you worship in your mosques? …America was founded on Christian principles…Leave our church alone!” She was escorted out of the church.
All genuine Christians who are members of the National Cathedral, should demand the resignation of all senior staff and church officers who permitted such an event.
Does this incident say something about the strange day in which we live? We have Muslims worshipping in a Christian church and a lady is castigated as a hater for saying, “Christ is Lord” and escorted out of the church for her protest.
I wonder what Christ would do. No, I know what Christ would do. He would use a whip again to drive the hypocrites out of the house of God.
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