Southern Baptists Divided on Islam

If Dr. Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, is the spokesman for the Southern Baptist Convention, the convention’s leaders are at odds with much of the laity.

Dr. Land asserts that ‘Muslims and Christians have the shared right to abide by the rules of their faith as long as that faith is not imposed on the government.’ Dr. Land was defending first amendment provisions for religious freedom.

While Dr. Land’s intentions may be noble, his assessment of Islam is either naïve or wrapped in political correctness.

Firstly, it is impossible to separate the religious aspect of Islam from their political aspirations. Sharia is as integral to their religion as it is to their politics.

The most affective way to describe and understand Islam is to quote noted Muslim spokesmen in their own words so as not to misinterpret their ideology and agenda. From Islamic spokesmen:

• Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Koran should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on earth.

• We believe that Islam is an all-embracing concept which regulates every aspect of life, adjudicating on every one of its concerns and prescribing for it a solid and rigorous order. It is the duty incumbent on every Muslim to struggle towards the aim of making every people Muslim and the whole world Islamic…

• The Muslim Brotherhood must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within…

Islam welcomes those like Dr. Land that fight for constitutional rights for all religions. Islam sums up that point succinctly.

“Thanks to your democratic laws, we will invade you, thanks to our religious laws we will dominate you.”

The same amendment that Dr. Land defends relative to religions freedom also provides him the freedom to express his feelings. And that same amendment provides for those who disagree with him to voice their opinions.

Accordingly, much of the laity realizes that aggressive Islamism is counter Biblical. As such they contend God’s laws override man’s laws.

“But Peter and John answered and said to them, ‘whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you more than to God, you judge. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.’”
Acts 4:19-20

“But Peter and the other apostles answered and said: ‘We ought to obey God rather than men.’”
Acts 5:29

The precept of the pre-eminence of God’s laws over man’s laws was perhaps the impetus for a document called the ‘Manhattan Declaration.’ This document drafted just two years ago constitutes a ‘call to Christians to adhere to their convictions and inform civil authorities that the signers will not – under any circumstance – abandon their Christian consciences.’

Dr. Land assisted in the preparation of this declaration commenting, “It was an honor and a privilege to be part of the process that produced the document.”

A major provision of the declaration reads:

“We recognize the duty to comply with laws whether we happen to like them or not, unless the laws are gravely unjust or require those subject to them to do something unjust or otherwise immoral.”

It is hoped that Dr. Land will consider the Manhattan Declaration that he helped develop, and reconsider the anti-Biblical, self-proclaimed agenda of Islam which includes the destruction of Israel as well as the demise of the United States. The following statement was issued by Al Qaeda’s leader after the 9-11 attack.

• Yet with the destruction of the Twin Towers in New York, there occurred an even bigger destruction: that of the great American Dream and legend of Democracy

Now, one may say that Al Qaeda is an extreme radical but minor fraction of Islam. Actually it is an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood which is permeating nearly every segment of our society within our borders. We are aware of the ‘terror’ aspect of jihad but are asleep relative to the ‘stealth’ aspect of jihad. As such our government is subliminally promoting the stealth aspect via our political correctness.

Of a surety our present administration will not stand up to the challenge of Islamic supremacism, therefore, the church must.

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