• Samuel at Gilgal

    This year I will be sharing brief excerpts from the articles, sermons, and books I am currently reading. My posts will not follow a regular schedule but will be published as I find well-written thoughts that should be of interest to maturing Christian readers. Whenever possible, I encourage you to go to the source and read the complete work of the author.

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  • April 2023
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The Next Time

Quoting Adrian Rogers:

He came the first time to die; He is coming again to raise the dead. When He came the first time, they questioned whether He was King; the next time the world will know that He is King of kings and Lord of lords. The first time He wore a crown of thorns; the next time He will be wearing a crown of glory. The first time He came in poverty; the next time He is coming in power. The first time He had an escort of angels; the next time He will come with ten thousands of His saints. The first time He came in meekness; He is coming again in majesty.

Afflictions Overcome

Quoting Abraham Wright:

I am mended by my sickness, enriched by my poverty, and strengthened by my weakness…. Thus was it with…. Manasseh, when he was in affliction, “He besought the Lord his God”: even that king’s iron was more precious to him than his gold, his jail a more happy lodging than his palace, Babylon a better school than Jerusalem. What fools are we, then, to frown upon our afflictions! These, how crabbed so ever, are our best friends. They are not indeed for our pleasure, they are for our profit.

Persecution Of Christians Increases In China And The Middle East

All conservatives and Christians should take time to visit the Patriot Post. Below is an example:

Quoting The Patriot Post:

China has reportedly launched another crackdown on local congregations known as house churches that don’t belong to the official state-sanctioned “church.” The China Aid Association, a U.S. group that supports Chinese Christians, says that Chinese authorities have labeled the house church movement a “cult.” The Communist government used the term “cult” in 1999 when it outlawed the Falun Gong meditation movement. Soon after, a major crackdown was launched against the Falun Gong, and a similar move against house church Christians may be in the works.

In Iraq, the purging of Christians from the country is an unfortunate and unintended consequence of the war to remove Saddam Hussein from power. More than half of Iraq’s Christians have fled the country since 2003 due to Muslim persecution, and this exodus recently picked up steam. The Sunni terrorists who killed 51 worshipers and two priests when they bombed a Baghdad Catholic church earlier this year have vowed to kill Christians “wherever they can reach them.” Other bombings and murders are sending a clear signal that Christians are not welcome in Iraq. . . .

The human tragedy of these Islamist attacks is compounded by the historic one. Christians of the Middle East preserve the ways of the Apostolic era as no other Christians can. The followers of Jesus were first called Christians in Antioch, Syria, and it was there that the Gospels were first written down. For a millennium, the churches of Iraq and Syria were great centers of Christian thought and culture. Today, however, the Christian population in every Muslim country in the region is declining. . . .

Read more here. . . .

Washington’s PR Efforts Towards Muslims Are A Dismal Failure

A new international Pew poll has revealed the folly of appeasement when the US attempts to win the hearts and minds of Muslims. Even though America has spent trillions of dollars and lost thousands of its sons and daughters to liberate and save Muslim lives in Kosovo, Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan, Muslims still hate us. The results of this study are supported by a recent Gallup poll of U.S. Muslims that found in spite of “politically correct” outreach efforts and tolerance toward Muslims in America, “Muslims are the most likely group to report feeling anger compared with the overall population.” According to an article in Investors Business Daily:

Above all, foreign Muslims hate American foreign policy, which in a disturbingly large share of their minds justifies terrorism. Fully 57% of Jordanians think it’s OK to attack civilians in jihad. A simple majority of Egyptians agree. . . .

Muslims also blame us for their lack of prosperity. Nearly half of Turks, among the better educated of Mideast Muslims, say Western policies rob them of wealth. . . .

Though they are beneficiaries of $10 billion in direct U.S. aid since 9/11, Pakistanis still hold us in contempt. Pew found that most think we are “selfish, immoral and greedy. . . .”

Laughably, majorities of Muslims in Pakistan and the Mideast think we are less “respectful” of women than they are. But perhaps the biggest divide comes over who’s responsible for 9/11.

Americans overwhelmingly blame Arab Muslims, while Muslims abroad, including 56% of British Muslims, insist someone else carried out the attacks. Denial, as they say, is not just a river in Egypt.

Continue reading here. . . .

Iran’s Role In The Murder Of Americans

Iran is at war with the modern world. Khomeini called us “The Great Satan”. The destruction of America is a core value of the Iranian leadership. History will judge America’s leaders during this undeclared war by a simple formula: Leadership is ultimately judged by whether you win or lose. Everyone hates losers. Michael Ledeen, a noted political analyst and a Freedom Scholar at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies discusses how Iran has been killing Americans for many years:

[The Iranians] have been killing Americans for 30 years. That’s what the chants of “Death to America!” are all about. From the Hezbollah suicide attacks on the US Embassy and Marine barracks in Beirut in the early 1980s, to the use of Iranian-made roadside bombs and mines in Iraq and Afghanistan by terrorists trained in Iran, to armed assaults against American troops by members of the Quds force, Iran is at war with us.

Every so often a military leader calls attention to this fact, but no publication, and no political leader, makes it a central theme of our national debate. Why? Because if you accept the fact that the Iranian regime is killing Americans almost every day, you are compelled to do something about it. And hardly anyone is willing to do anything effective. The only evil action by the mullahs that interests the West is the nuclear program, even though they have demonstrated very clearly that they don’t need nukes to murder and maim thousands of Americans. . . .

Thousands of Americans have been killed and wounded. Those who plant the mines and bombs–the IEDs and the EFPs–are often trained by Iranians in Iran. And many of the suicide bombers are also trained by Iranians.

Continue reading here. . . .

All Must Submit To Islam

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It is well documented that Iran was founded on the principles of Islamic Totalitarianism and is a full-fledged militant Islamic theocracy. Iran is also a leading supporter of the terrorist groups Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and Hezbollah. The next leading state supporter of Islamic Totalitarianism is Saudi Arabia. It has spent more than seventy-five billion dollars to promote the Wahhabi sect of Islam. The Wahhabi sect inspires legions of Islamic Totalitarians, including Osama Bin Laden. What is the purpose of these disciples of Islamic Totalitarians? Yaron Brook and Alex Epstein write:

To conjure up the emotions we felt on 9/11, many intellectuals claim, is dangerous, because it promotes the “simplistic” desire for revenge and casts aside the “complexity” of the factors that led to the 9/11 attacks. But, in fact, the desire for overwhelming retaliation most Americans felt after 9/11—and feel rarely, if ever, now—was the result of an objective conviction: that a truly monstrous evil had been perpetrated, and that if the enemies responsible for the 9/11 attacks were not dealt with decisively, we would suffer the same fate (or worse) again.

After 9/11, our leaders—seemingly sharing our conviction in the necessity of decisive retaliation—promised to do everything possible to make America safe from terrorist attack. . . .

To fulfill the promise to defeat the terrorist enemy that struck on 9/11, our leaders would first have to identify who exactly that enemy is and then be willing to do whatever is necessary to defeat him. . . .

Who is the enemy that attacked on 9/11? It is not “terrorism”—just as our enemy in World War II was not kamikaze strikes or U-boat attacks. Terrorism is a tactic employed by a certain group for a certain cause. That group and, above all, the cause they fight for are our enemy.

The group that threatens us with terrorism—the group of which Al Qaeda is but one terrorist faction—is a militant, religious, ideological movement best designated as “Islamic Totalitarianism.” The Islamic Totalitarian movement, which enjoys widespread and growing support throughout the Arab–Islamic world, encompasses those who believe that all must live in total subjugation to the dogmas of Islam and who conclude that jihad (“holy war”) must be waged against those who refuse to do so. Islamic Totalitarians regard the freedom, prosperity, and pursuit of worldly happiness animating the West (and especially America and Israel) as the height of depravity. They seek to eradicate Western Culture, first in the Middle East and then in the West itself, with the ultimate aim of bringing about the worldwide triumph of Islam. This goal is achievable, adherents of the movement believe, because the West is a “paper tiger” that can be brought to its knees by sufficiently devoted Islamic warriors.

Read more here. . . .

When Civilizations Die

An article by Clifford D. May, reminds us that the ancient Christian capital of Constantinople fell to Muslim invaders 555 years ago in 1453 AD. The churches were converted into mosques and the city’s name changed to Istanbul. It was, indeed, a dark moment in history for the Christian West. Greece, Serbia, most of Hungary, and part of the Balkans would soon fall as well.

The idea of empire building is currently recognized as immoral by most people in the Western nations of our time. Our cultural and moral rejection of the idea, however, should not deceive us into believing that all human beings feel the same way. Just because we may reject conquest and empire building, we should not assume that Islamic terrorism is a “response to oppression” or some “legitimate grievance.”

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said, “We are in the process of an historical war between the World of Arrogance and the Islamic world and this war has been going on for hundreds of years.” A former leader of Hezbollah, Hussein Massawi, said “We are not fighting so that you will offer us something. We are fighting to eliminate you.” Yunis al-Astal, a Muslim cleric and Hamas parliamentarian has pledged: “Very soon, Allah willing, Rome will be conquered, just like Constantinople was, as was prophesized by our prophet Muhammad.”

The ignorance of some of our leading lawmakers is astounding when it comes to this issue. The Speaker of the House told the San Francisco Chronicle that the success of the surge in Iraq is due in part to the “goodwill of the Iranians.” What “goodwill” is that? CIA Director Hayden told the Washington Post, “It is the policy of the Iranian government, approved at the highest levels of that government, to facilitate the killing of American and other coalition forces in Iraq. Period.”

The great lesson of history is that civilizations die when they no longer possess the moral certainty to oppose evil. We must also acknowledge that there are those people in our own country who are more interested in acquiring power in Washington in their lifetime than facilitating the defeat of the proponents of terrorism and conquest for generations to come.

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