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Posted 7/8/10 at 2:08 PM | Michael Youssef |
How do we face the challenge of resurgent Islam and its invasion of the West? What measures would be appropriate and effective? These are important questions, and no one, no matter how knowledgeable, has all the answers. Yet common sense and thorough historical examinations will prompt us to try to implement some simple, yet demanding, steps to avoid making the same mistake others have made.
Ways to counter the spread of Islam:
■Understand the Threat
■Lose US Dependency on Oil
■Tighten Foreign Investment Laws
■Allow Full Human Rights in all Countries
■Prohibit the Incorporation of Anti-Democratic Laws
■Practice a Christian Witness
■Develop Clear and Crisp Objectives, Firm & Coherent Policies
Unlike other religions, Islam has as one of its most basic tenets the endless pursuit of jihad, the ongoing holy way being fought for conversion and domination. All true Muslims believe in it and pursue it to some extent or another. Thus, even so called moderate Muslim leaders have this underlying determination in their dealings with the West. There is a large and growing radical element in Islam that is even more bent on holy war and would use more aggressively the Arab's great oil supplies and wealth as weapons in that war. FULL POST
Posted 7/6/10 at 9:23 AM | Michael Youssef
The Founding Fathers were not Muslims. They were not Atheists. They were not Buddhists. They were Bible-believing Christians. Only by returning to the God of Abraham, Isaac & Jacob, and the Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ, will we ensure the safety of the next generation.
You can view a shortened version of my televised message which aired this past Sunday to gain further insight into the foundational roots of the United States of America:
Posted 7/3/10 at 2:39 PM | Michael Youssef
I am concerned for America. I am deeply concerned for Christians in America.
While God is on the throne, is sovereign, and has assured us that He will protect His children, we are facing a tsunami of change in this country like none I have ever witnessed in my lifetime. Today, there is an all-out assault on Christians and our faith.
Christians have been attacked continuously by the liberal media for the past few decades. Universities have been hostile to the Christian faith - dramatically impacting today's generation. And, now, our own Government is turning its power and influence against Bible-believing Christians - the heart of our nation.
We see it in the removal of Christian symbols. We see it as Christians are forbidden to express their convictions without fear of reprisal. We see it in Government's desire to control the lives and behaviors of its citizens - moving the country toward total secularism and comprehensive dependence upon the Government. FULL POST
Posted 6/30/10 at 11:54 AM | Michael Youssef
Words often hold great meaning. That is especially true when it comes to the words of our founding documents like the Bill of Rights in our Constitution. So why does it appear that the Obama administration has been changing one key word in that sacred scroll? Paul Cooper explains why words matter in his insightful article:
Posted 6/28/10 at 3:20 PM | Michael Youssef
Every freedom-loving person should be extremely alarmed at the dreadful trend of silencing Christians from the streets of London to the streets of Dearborn, Michigan. In both places, Christians were arrested and imprisoned for preaching the Gospel on public streets...in what Muslims considered to be Islamic territories.
When four young Christian men were recently arrested and imprisoned in Dearborn, Michigan for witnessing to their faith at an Islamic festival, it was hailed as a victory in some Islamic circles-Sharia law has come to America.
Never mind the first amendment...this is the beginning of its demise by overwhelming Islamic ideology that is hell bent on silencing Christians and Jews from speaking of their faith.
In Arab countries where Christians make up a sizeable minority, Christians are not allowed to speak of their faith outside of the church walls. Now it is happening in America's heartland.
The silencing, humiliation, and reduction of Christians and Jews to second class citizens is as old as Islam itself. This Islamic doctrine is known as the "Dhimmis". It was articulated and implemented by "Omar", the second successor of their prophet Mohammad. He articulated this doctrine when he invaded Christian lands in an effort to subjugate Christian residents who were captured by the sword.
This is the third wave of Jihad. The first wave was in the middle 600s. The second wave was by the Turks in the 1700s. In this third wave, Muslims believe they can advance by taking advantage of western ignorance of their ideology coupled with western sympathies and a penchant for fairness.
To add insult to injury, the Counsel of Islamic Nations is pushing hard in the United Nations to implement an international law that would outlaw the preaching of the Gospel anywhere in the world. As if this is not chilling enough, the Dearborn incident is now considered to be a good omen for Islamic take over.
Unless freedom-loving people wake up now, their children will wake up to discover that they are living under Sharia law.
Posted 6/28/10 at 10:12 AM | Michael Youssef
In these perilous days, the Lord Jesus Christ is separating the sheep from the goats; the wheat from the tare. While these are days of unprecedented opportunity for Gospel ministry and harvest for the Kingdom of God, it is also a time of great attack on the church both from within and without.
Compromise and dilution of the pure Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ has always been a tool of the enemy. The Apostle Paul addressed heresies in his early ministry, reminding early Christians that he was their servant who did not preach himself but Christ Jesus as Lord. (see 2 Corinthians 4:5)
Early church heresies are not unlike the heresies of our day. Most of the heresies focus on one thing, denial of the divinity of Jesus Christ as the eternal Son of God before He became the Son of God in the flesh.
In the third and fourth century there was Arias in Alexandria. He taught that Jesus was such a good man that God adopted Him as His Son at the time of His baptism - it's called the "adoption theory" or "Arian's theory". Athanasius, the faithful bishop of Alexandria, fought the Arian heresy tooth and nail. He affirmed that they preached Christ, who is God of very God, who existed before all eternity. FULL POST
Posted 6/25/10 at 8:53 AM | Michael Youssef
What have the Arabs done with the money earned from their oil fields? If you only read the sensational press, you would think the nouveau riche oil barons have done little but indulge their whims. Many of the tales have been outrageous and amusing - from the Saudi Arabian princes who casually gamble away millions in a single evening in European casinos, to the sheik who tried to buy the Alamo as a birthday present for his son.
The largest portion of surplus oil money has been invested in the US, usually behind two or three layers of companies and negotiators to conceal the source of the money. And since the US government does not know how much Arab money is involved in the economy, it has no means for adequately identifying or controlling those investments.
The general Arab rule is to keep financial holdings just below the level at which disclosure to the US Securities and Exchange Commission is required.
*Muslim Money in Many Sectors of American Business & Government* FULL POST
Posted 6/23/10 at 11:34 AM | Michael Youssef
Have you ever driven down the highway and noticed that your "check engine" light was on? Even if there was no strange engine noise or visible smoke, you knew the warning light meant something was wrong - and most likely you immediately took the car to your mechanic. Why? Because you knew that the warning light was connected to the engine. Even though you could not see the problem inside the car, you could see the warning message.
A similar connection occurs between fear and faith. We may think that our life is running fine, but then the red light of fear begins flashing. That fear signals that it is time to check our engines of faith. Most fears are based on the "what if's" we generate in our minds, which are often rooted in a distrust of God.
Jesus warned against fear and worry saying, "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? ... Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own" (Matthew 6:25, 34). FULL POST
Posted 6/22/10 at 8:12 AM | Michael Youssef
Jesus said that we are "the salt of the earth" and "the light of the world". Being salt and light is not optional. Jesus did not say you can be ... or you have the potential to be ... He said you are. Everyone who has trusted Christ for salvation and is born again is the salt of the earth and the light of the world.
The value of salt, especially in the ancient world can not be under estimated. Roman soldiers received their wages in salt. The Greeks considered salt to be divine. The Mosaic Law required that all offerings presented by the Israelites contain salt. (Lev. 2:13) When Jesus told his disciples that they were "the salt of the earth", as recorded in Matthew 5:13, they understood the metaphor. While the universal importance of salt is not as readily apparent in our modern world, the mandate that Jesus gave to his first disciples is still relevant and applicable to His followers today.
What are the characteristics of salt that caused the Lord to use it in this context? Theologians have different theories about the meaning of "salt" in Matthew 5:13. Some think that its whiteness represents the purity of the justified believer. Others say that salt's flavoring properties imply that Christians are to add divine flavor to the world. Still others believe that Christians are to sting the world with rebuke and judgment the way salt stings an open wound. Another group asserts that, as salt, Christians are to create a thirst for Christ. Salt, however, has another vital purpose which is probably what the Lord had in mind - it stops decay. When Jesus said, "You are the salt of the earth", He meant that all of His disciples were to serve as preservatives, stopping the moral decay in our sin infected world.
Those first disciples would have been intimately familiar with this function of salt. Without refrigeration, the fish that they caught would quickly spoil and rot unless they were packed in salt. Once salted, the fish could be safely stored and then used when needed. The spiritual health and strength of the Christian is to counteract the corruption that is in the world. Christians, as salt, are to inhibit sin's power to destroy lives. This in turn creates opportunity for the gospel to be proclaimed and received FULL POST
Posted 6/18/10 at 9:56 AM | Jeff Goins
It's about time that we in America were a little more honest -- about life and about our spirituality.
Let's face it: life is hard. There are lay-offs and kids with runny noses and sleepless nights and stupid bosses. This should be no surprise to you that times can be tough.
No, that's not to say that every day is an insurmountable challenge to overcome. There is grace and peace and rest. But most days -- at least for those who work hard and go to bed tired -- consist of a good amount of struggle and toil. FULL POST