A Biblical Perspective on Death, Terrorism, and the Middle East, Pt 2

John MacArthur  Sept 16, 2001

Muhammad said that the Jews had been rejected by Allah and cursed; and Muhammad said the duty of the Muslims is to subjugate everybody to Allah, including the Jewish infidels, if needed, by holy war. Obviously through the years, through the centuries, not all people who believe Islam are vicious and killers, not all of them by far. But Muhammad was a very evil person, and very aggressive; in fact, a deadly person. And so, there is plenty of warrant in this system for those people who want to conduct themselves in that fashion. One of the Islamic leaders of our nation said the other day on television, “These radicals have literally hijacked the entire religion for their own ends.” But they can find in it a justification for what they do, because it is inherent in Islam that they must make people convert by whatever means.

And the truth of the matter is, that as we live today, Islam is currently the most powerful system on earth for the destruction of biblical truth and Christianity, and is the main persecutor of Christians all over the world, in the Middle East, and in Africa. Thousands of Christians are dying under this persecution. You see, for Islam, the world is divided into two parts: Dar al-Salaam, house of peace, where Allah rules; and Dar al-Harb, house of war, where infidels live. It’s either peace, you succumb to Allah; or it’s war.

In 1948, Israel, that infidel people, invaded the house of peace and turned it into a house of war. That’s why Arafat, the leader of the Palestinian Liberation Organization, said, quote: “Peace for us means the destruction of Israel.” That is the only condition of peace in the thinking of these extreme Islamic leaders.

In fact, I just went back over some of the history. When Israel won its first battle with the Muslim-Arabs, they started to take back the land, it was a defeat for Allah. And Ayatollah Khomeini, the Iranian Ayatollah, said that, “Israel’s presence in the Arab land, Israel’s presence” – and this is really pretty amazing – “is due to the backslidden condition of Muslims; and Allah is greatly displeased. The defeat of Israel, therefore,” said the Ayatollah, “will become the sign of Allah’s pleasure with Muslims. So if you want Allah’s pleasure, you have to defeat Israel.” That turns everything into a holy war, a jihad.

One Egyptian Islamic fundamentalist said, and I quote, “Islam grows on the back of the severed limbs and blood of martyrs.” They don’t mind spilling their blood to accomplish their ends. War is a language they understand, and every war is a holy one. The Quran even teaches that Abraham was not a Jew, he was a Muslim; and the Quran teaches – listen to this – that the disciples of Christ were Muslims because Jesus was a prophet of Allah.

In Algeria in the past two years, somewhere between three and six thousand people have been killed in trying to turn Algeria into an Islamic state. Twenty-nine women have been killed for being unveiled; and they vow to kill more.

Throughout the history, the hand of these people has been against the Christians. From 1894 to 1918 Muslims in Turkey persecuted Armenians in what remains history’s greatest atrocity against Christians. The Muslim’s savagery surpassed even the Roman Empire’s brutality in the first three centuries of Christianity. The Muslim Turks almost succeeded in exterminating the Armenian race. Through the process of starvation, deportation, disease, beatings, and murders, a million Armenians were killed, and 1.5 million fled the country.

One author wrote, quote: “In less than a year, the Armenians of Turkey to the number of about a million old and young, rich and poor, of both sexes, had been collectively drowned, burned, bayonetted, starved, or otherwise tortured to death, or else deported on foot, penniless, and without food through the burning Arabian deserts” End quote. This is just to indicate that this is not new.

Now, for eight hundred years the Muslims had great power in the Middle East from the time of Muhammad on. And then came the Roman Catholic Church, and then came the Crusades. You remember when the Roman Catholic crusaders took back the land of Israel in the great Crusades? And then, of course, there was later on a defeat, and Islamic countries rose to power in the Middle East until 1948 when Israel re-established itself.

The Arab world right now is back, it’s back, and it has a great agenda, and that is to conquer for Islam, to conquer for Allah, and to rid the land of all infidels. The modern rise, the modern rise of their power began on May 26, 1908, because drillers struck oil at Masjid-e-Soleiman in Iran. Took until 1970 to get the power from the oil, and now they have it.

I mean, it’s a pretty simple principal. The energy consumers are at the mercy of the energy producers. Money has literally flooded into the Middle East, massive wealth to finance whatever wars and terrorism they want. In fact, it came into the Middle East so fast that in one article in the London Economist it wrote that they could buy the Bank of America in six days, the IBM Corporation in forty-three days, and all the major companies on the world’s stock market in fifteen years. Massive wealth, more than half the world’s oil resources; close to the surface, easy to drill, close to the sea for piping and shipping, excellent quality, low in sulfur. One well brings eighty thousand barrels a day. The wealth of the world is there, and the world is energy-dependent. And so they now have the money to fund the jihad; and this is the religious reason behind all of this.

Just to let you know how serious they are, in a CNN interview with Osama bin Laden, he said this: “We declare jihad against the United States government, because the US government is unjust, criminal, and tyrannical. It has committed acts that are extremely unjust, hideous and criminal, whether directly or through its support of the Israeli occupation. For this and other acts of aggression and injustice we have declared jihad against the United States, because in our religion it is our duty to make jihad, so that God’s word is the one exalted to the heights, and so that we drive the infidels out.” Straightforward. That’s Front Line on PBS, Public Broadcasting System, September 11th.

On February 22, 1998 bin Laden issued an edict calling for a tax on all Americans, including civilians, announced the creation of the International Islamic Front for jihad against the Jews and crusaders in association with extremist groups from Egypt, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. The following quotations are taken from that edict. Quote: “For over seven years the United States has been occupying the lands of Islam in the holiest of places, the Arabian peninsula, plundering its riches, dictating to its rulers, humiliating its people, terrorizing its neighbors, and turning its bases in the peninsula into a spearhead through which to fight the neighboring Muslim peoples. Despite the great devastation inflicted on the Iraqi people by the Crusader-Zionist Alliance, and despite the huge number of those killed which has exceeded one million, despite all this, the Americans are once again trying to repeat the horrific massacres as though they are not content with the protracted blockade imposed against the ferocious war or the fragmentation and devastation.

“We, with God’s help, call on every Muslim who believes in God and wishes to be rewarded to comply with God’s order to kill the Americans and plunder their money wherever and whenever they find it. We also call on Muslim ulema, leaders, youths, and soldiers to launch the raid on Satan’s US troops and the devil’s supporters aligned with them, and to displace those who are behind them, so that they may learn a lesson. The ruling to kill the Americans and their allies, civilians, and military is an individual duty for every Muslim who can do it in any country in which it is possible to do it in order to liberate the Al-Aqsa Mosque – that’s in the middle of Jerusalem – and the holy mosque in Mecca from their grip, and in order for their armies to move out of all the lands of Islam, defeated and unable to threaten any Muslim.” End quote. I mean, that’s about as clear as it can be.

CNN reported that he said, “Thousands of millions of Muslims are angry. Hostility toward America is a religious duty, and we have to be rewarded for it by Allah. We are confident that the Muslim nation would rid Islamic countries of the American and the Jew.” This is the religious reason why it happens. You free up evil people to do evil, they’ll do it; and then you tell them by doing this evil they’re serving God, and you have given them the greatest justification possible.

Now let’s go back to theology for a minute. There’s one way a Muslim can be sure of heaven – and I’ve read through a lot of their literature this last week. There’s one way a Muslim can be sure of heaven: die in a jihad. Here’s what it says, Quran: “If you are slain or die in God’s way, it is unto God you shall be taken. As for those who are slain in the cause of Allah, he will admit them to the paradise he has made known to them.”

The only way that I can find in their literature that a Muslim can know he’s going to heaven for sure is to die in a holy war. It further says, “The unbelievers are your enemies;” – and I’m quoting – “seek out your enemies relentlessly. You shall not plead for traitors; Allah does not love the treacherous or the sinful. O believers, when you encounter the unbelievers marching to battle, turn not your backs to them. Who turns his back that day to them, he is laden with the burden of God’s anger and his refuge is Gehenna, or hell.” You fight, you go to heaven; you run, you go to hell. That’s the only way you can know. You get in a holy war, you give up your life and you can be sure of heaven. This is their religious motive.

There’s even something beyond that; I’ll call it the sensual reason. This is so bizarre: the sensual reason. How do you take – the literature I read says, essentially sixty-four percent between eighteen and twenty-three, and all them under thirty. They’re young single men. They may, in their clandestine operations when they come into the United States, appear to have families; but there is evidence surfacing that that is only an appearance. It may be true that some of them do, but it seems to be part of their cover. Single men.

How do you possible motivate a young person? Suicide bombers are recruited as young as thirteen. How do you recruit people? How do you get a single person to blow himself up? How do you get a single person to fly an airplane into a building? What is the motivation?

Well, first of all, if he’s genuinely Islamic he wants to know he’s going to heaven. There’s a terrifying reality in Islam about hell, they have a real hell. But there’s something even beyond this that’s so bizarre. Wouldn’t it be easier to just go to battle and kill an infidel, and then you’d know you go to heaven? What are you going to do this for? Why do you have to kill yourself?

There’s a lot behind it. Palestinian suicide bombers were first carrying out their actions against Israel in 1994. In the past eleven months fifteen suicide bombings occurred in Israel. And some Muslims say that such suicide bombings are forbidden. It is a debate going on among Islamic leaders. And the reason they say it’s forbidden, it’s not forbidden to die in a holy war, it’s not forbidden to die as a martyr, it’s the noblest thing you could do and it’s a guarantee to heaven, but there are some Islamic leaders who think that self-killing, suicide is forbidden.

However, Sheik Yusuf al-Qaradawi, Egypt’s most highly respected Muslim cleric, said, “The rulings against suicide bombers were made by people alien to Islamic law and religion.” And Jerusalem’s top Muslim agreed that suicide in a holy war is a noble act. Hamas and Islamic Jihad, two radical Palestinian groups, have carried out multiple suicide bombings, and they say they have absolutely no shortage of volunteers. These are young men, they can be started at the age of five in the training process. They are virtually unemployable because they have basically been programmed and brainwashed for one thing; single men with a bleak future looking for heroic death and entrance into eternal paradise. Support in the Islamic world for suicide bombers has increased in one year, the last year from twenty-five percent of the population to seventy. So it’s become the dominant popular view that it’s okay to do this.

It promises heroism, promises heaven. In fact, one Palestinian psychologist said, “It’s no wonder that some people are doing it. We should wonder why everybody isn’t doing it.” It’s the way to heaven. There are plenty in line. Abu Shanab hit the issue, one of their spokesman, he said, quote: “There’s not a single person in Israel whom we don’t view as a usurper of our land.” That just keeps being the issue; and as we support Israel, we become the big Satan.

Now the training for this begins early. Muhammad al-Durrah at the age of thirteen was killed in terrorist action in Israel. I read the article about it. His mother said, quote: “I am happy he has been martyred.” She gave him a snack before he went to the shoot out. I mean, sending your children at the age of thirteen, or any age, into some kind of battle overrides natural parental instincts.

Vamik Volkan, a Turkish Cypriot American psychoanalyst and psychologist had some interesting things to say about this in a book he wrote called Bloodlines, which studies the history of these bombers. Typical recruits are seventeen to twenty-three, isolated boys locked into adolescent struggles. The boys are divided into small secretive groups where they collectively read Quranic verses such as, “Think not of those who are slain in God’s way as dead. Nay, they live finding their sustenance in the presence of their lord,” there’s the promise of heaven. He goes on, “An almost mystical sense of togetherness is created which undoes the adolescent isolation these boys feel. The same mechanisms that pull together a football team are used to create a terrorist group. Most of these boys are instructed to suppress their sexual urges, not watch television, but are promised unlimited sexual activity in heaven with virgins should they become martyrs.” And there’s the sensual motivation.

Let me get specific. They are promised that when they die they will not only go to heaven, but when they get to heaven there will be seventy-two black-haired virgins waiting to have eternal sex with them. Here they are with a pent-up sexual desire and a very sensual thing. By the way, the Quran says that Muslims can only have four wives. Muhammad had sixteen and at least twenty-two named women that he cohabitated with. There was a sensual element in this. And the carrot they hang out in the face of the suicide bombers is not just heaven, but eternal sex with seventy-two virgins.

A recent review of a hundred and forty official school text books of the Palestinian authority showed that all subjects are used to teach Palestinian children to admire the shaheed – that’s the martyr. The great eight literature text books are filled with songs and poems glorifying child death, quote: “Draw your sword; death will call upon you, and your sword will go wild. Palestine, the young will redeem your land.”

In a grammar text the following question is asked, quote: “Mark the subject and object of the following sentence.” Here’s the sentence in a grammar book, quote: “Jihad, holy war to spread Islam is the religious duty of every Muslim.” Another one says, “Cherish the jihad fighters who quench the earth of Jerusalem with their blood.” This is in a grammar book; pick out the subject, pick out the object.

Palestinian Sesame Street teaches children the virtues of killing the occupiers of Jerusalem with guns and stones. The Chief Mufti of the Palestinian police Sheik Abd Al-Salam Skheidm specified the rewards according to Islamic tradition, and I quote: “From the moment his first drop of blood spills, the martyr feels no pain. He is absolved of all his sins. He sees his seat in heaven, and he is spared the tortures of the grave. He is spared the horrors of judgment day. He is married to the black-eyed virgins, and” – here’s another thing – “he can vouch for seventy of his family members to also enter paradise.” So if he does this, when he gets there he can pick seventy people out of his family who are going to get salvation out of his sacrifice.

A week before suicide bombings in the Tel-Aviv disco, Palestinian authority, same kind of authority, a Mufti Sheikh Ikrima Sabri discussed this issue in the Al-Aqsa mosque right there in Jerusalem; it was broadcast on the Voice of Palestine radio May 25th of this year. This is what he said: “The Muslim loves death and martyrdom, just as you Jews love life. There’s a great difference between he who loves the afterlife and he who loves this world. The Muslim loves death and seeks martyrdom.”

Sure, you go to heaven and you get eternal sex. What a perverse perspective. That’s the final carrot that hangs over these disenfranchised, single men, lured by lust. The Quran describes these women, quote: “Beautiful like rubies, with complexions like diamonds and pearls. The martyrs then will,” – quote – “delight themselves lying on green cushions and beautiful carpets.”

USA Today, Jack Kelly, the writer, July 5th of this year, just a couple of months ago, wrote, “In Hamas-run kindergartens there are signs on the walls in the Palestinian area.” Here are the signs: “The children of the kindergarten are the shaheeds, the holy martyrs of tomorrow.” They start with kindergartners.

Another sign: The classroom signs at Al-Najjar University in the West Bank in Gaza’s Islamic university say, quote: “Israel has nuclear bombs, we have human bombs.” At an Islamic school in Gaza City run by Hamas, eleven-year-old Palestinian student’s Ahmad’s small frame and boyish smile are deceiving. They mask a determination to kill at any cost. Quote he says – Ahmad says, “I will make my body a bomb that will blast the flesh of Zionists, the sons of pigs and monkeys.” The reason he says that, in the Quran it says that Allah turned Jews into pigs one time; another time he turned them into monkeys.

Little eleven-year-old Ahmad said, quote: “I will tear their bodies into little pieces and cause them more pain then they will ever know.” Eleven years old. His classmates all responded, shouting in response, “Allah hu Akbar, God is great.” The teacher yelled back, “May the virgins give you pleasure.” And so it goes.

Now in the end, will Islam win the jihad? No. I can tell you how it ends. Isn’t that good to know? I can’t tell you the end of a football game, but I can tell you the end of this one. Turn to Ezekiel 36. And I’m not done, so rest comfortably. I have three pages left out of eighteen, so you can calculate.

Ezekiel 36:1, “And you, son of man, prophesy in the mountains of Israel, speak to the land, speak to the land, ‘O mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord.’” What’s going to happen? What’s the message of God to the land? “Thus says the Lord God, ‘Because the enemy has spoken against you, “Aha!” – that is to say – “We have you. And the everlasting heights have become our possession.”’” The enemy has always said that: “We’ve got him; all we need is that one little piece of Israel, we’ve got all the rest, it’s ours.” They have it: they have Lebanon, they have Syria, they have it all, and then east.

“Therefore the prophets prophesy and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God. “For good cause they have made you desolate, crushed you from every side,” – from the north, from the south, from the east, they’ve crushed Israel – “that you shall become a possession of the rest of the nations. You have been taken up in the talk and the whispering of the people.”’” I mean, it goes on all the time. It’s all talk against Israel. “Therefore, O mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord God.”

What does God have to say to this, right? What does God have to say? “Thus says the Lord God to the mountains, the hills, the ravines, the valleys, all that land, the desolate waste, the desert, the forsaken cities which have become a prey and a derision of the rest of the nations around about you, therefore, thus says the Lord God, ‘Surely in the fire of My jealousy I have spoken against the rest of all the nations,’ – God has set Himself against those nations; they are idolatrous – “and against all Edom,” – representing all Israel’s enemies – “who appropriated My land for themselves.”

God sets Himself against those nations who take His land. It became for them a possession with wholehearted joy; and with the scorn of soul they drive it out for a prey. And that’s just exactly the attitude: scorn, and, “Get the Israelites out of this land.”

“But I have set Myself” – He says – “against these nations. Therefore prophesy concerning the land of Israel” – verse 6 – “and say to the mountains and the hills and the ravines, ‘Thus says the Lord God, say to the valleys, “Behold, I have spoken in My jealousy and My wrath because you have endured the insults of the nations.”’” God says, “Someday the day is going to come when you’re not going to take any more insults, Israel, you’re not going to take any more insults.

“Therefore thus says the Lord God” – in verse 7 – ‘I have sworn that surely the nations which are around you will themselves endure their insults. But you, O mountains of Israel, you will put forth your branches and bear your fruit for My people Israel; for they will soon come. For, behold, I am for you.” Oh what a statement.

Who’s God for in this battle? Israel. And this is amazing, because Israel’s in unbelief. But they are God’s covenant people, and He’s going to bring them to salvation. God’s for Israel. I don’t know about you, but I want to be for who God’s for. God’s for Israel; I’m for Israel, too.

“I’m for you, I’ll turn to you, and you’ll be cultivated and sown. And I’ll multiply men on you, all the house of Israel, all of it; and the cities will be inhabited and the waste places will be rebuilt. And I’ll multiply on you man and beast; and you’ll increase and be fruitful; and I’ll cause you to be inhabited as you were formerly and I’ll treat you better than at the first.” Isn’t that something? “And thus you will know that I am the Lord.” It’s not Allah. He’s talking to the land here. “I’ll cause men to walk on you, My people Israel, they’re going to walk on you and possess you; you’ll become their inheritance and never again bereave them of children.” I’d say that’s pretty clear, isn’t it? Do you have any question of who’s going to win? I don’t have any question.

Look at verse 22. This is the amazing grace of God to keep His promise. In verse 22, “Say to the house of Israel,” – we’ve talked to the land, God gave a message to the land; now let’s talk to the people, verse 22 – ‘Thus says the Lord God, “It’s not for your sake, O house of Israel that I’m about to act, but for My holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you went.”’” And here He says, “You’re not worthy of this, you’ve profaned My name. But I will vindicate the holiness of My great name which has been profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst.” That’s really the sad thing, isn’t it today, about Israel? Secular, indifferent to God and the Messiah of God.

It’s not going to stay that way. “The nations” – verse 23 – “are going to know that I am the Lord when I prove Myself holy among you in your sight.” That’s the salvation of Israel that’s coming. “I’ll take you from the nations, I’ll gather you from the lands, I’ll bring you into your own land.” Guess what? It’s happening, they’re there.

Then this is going to happen. Oh, watch this, verse 25: “Then I will” – what? – “sprinkle clean water on you, you’ll be clean; I’ll cleanse you from all your filthiness, all your idols. I’ll give you a new heart, put a new spirit within you; remove the heart of stone from your flesh, give you a heart of flesh, put My Spirit within you, cause you to walk in My statutes, and you’ll be careful to observe My ordinances. And then you will live in the land that I gave to your forefathers; then you will be My people, and I will be your God. And I will save you from all your uncleanness; and I will call for the grain and multiply it, and I will not bring famine on you. And I’ll multiply the fruit of the tree and the produce of the field, that you may not receive again the disgrace of famine among the nations. You will remember all your evil ways, and your deeds that were not good, and you will loathe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and your abominations. And I’m not doing this for your sake, you don’t deserve it. I’m doing it for My sake.”

Verse 33 He says, “I’ll cleanse you from all your iniquities, I’ll cause the cities to be inhabited, the waste places to be rebuilt. The desolate land will be cultivated. Instead of being a desolation in the sight of everyone who passes by. They will say, ‘The desolate land, look at this, has become like’ – what? – ‘oh, the garden of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are fruitful and fortified, inhabited.’ Then the nations that are left around you will know it’s not Allah, but it’s I, the Lord, that have rebuilt the ruined places and planted that which was desolate; I, the Lord, have spoken and” – what? – “I’ll do it. I’ll even increase their men like a flock,” verse 37. And at the end of verse 38, the end of the chapter, “Then they will know that I am the Lord.”

That day’s coming, beloved. I don’t know when it’s coming, but it’s coming. Can’t be too far, they’re gathered there. But until that day, there’s going to be war. Until that day, there’s going to be conflict, escalating, escalating, escalating. And now we are dragged into it; half a world away and we’re dragged into it.

You say, “Well, why are we dragged into it?” I told you why. “What should be our response?” We should do what is just. We should do what governments are designed by God to do. What are governments designed by God to do? To bear a sword, Romans 13, and not to bear a sword for nothing. Civil government is not a pageant.

Why do we bear a sword? To punish evil doers and to protect innocent people. And a war of protection and a war of punishment is a just war. If I have four children in my house and a man comes in and kills two of them, what do I do? Negotiate? What do I do? I stop him from killing the rest if I can. Sacrifices have to be made for the greater good. Evil has to be punished. Even human goodness has to be protected.

Civil government, folks – get it straight – is not primarily here to provide Medicare and Social Security. I hate to tell you that. Certainly doesn’t exist for the redistribution of wealth. It exists to threaten evildoers with death, and protect the people who obey the law. The noose, the guillotine, the firing squad, the gas chamber, the electric chair, as well as the sword, the gun, the rifle, the canon, and the missile, stand behind the stability of a civilization, because people are killers. A just war is a war called for by the scale of the crimes. This isn’t personal vengeance, it is national protection by the punishment of those who do evil, and by stopping them permanently from doing more of it.

A lot of people have said to me, “Is this an end time scenario?” I don’t think that the plane crash into the Pentagon and the World Trade Center – I don’t think that’s apocalyptic. I don’t think that’s anything that indicates the end time. Well, we know there are biblical signs at the end; Israel is in the land, that’s true. The world is moving toward one world religion that Antichrist could rule, and that, Islam, moving in that direction. And I’ve been so fascinated over the last ten years to watch the Roman Catholic Church making its overtures to Islam. We can see that.

Weapons of mass destruction are not available; and in the book of Revelation it says in the end of the age one-third of the population of the world will die, and one-forth will die. That will take weapons of mass destruction. You couldn’t do that with knives, and bows and arrows. Also, it tells us in the end time, Daniel 9, there will be so much turmoil in the Middle East that they’ll need a peacemaker, and the peacemaker will be the Antichrist. Well, they have the turmoil; it’s a perfect scenario for a false Christ to come and establish a false peace. I’m always watching whoever goes to the Middle East to negotiate to see if it’s the Antichrist.

What have I given you? I’ve given you a natural reason why this happened: the evil depravity of man’s murderous heart that has to be kept in check by fear and retribution, or he is a killer. I’ve given you historical reason why it happened: the deeply embedded hatred for the Arabic world toward Israel and the long millennia of conflict between those people over the land. And America has been drawn into it, because America is an allied infidel nation. I’ve given you a religious reason why it happens: the theology of Islam allows for no assurance for salvation from hell except when one dies as a martyr in a holy war. Satan, of course, is behind that. I gave you a sensual reason as well as a religious reason why this happens: self-killing suicide bombers looking for eternal sex.

I want to give you one last reason, and this is the real reason that we need to understand, theological reason. Why did it happen? Why did all those people die? I’ll tell you why, because, “The wages of sin is death,” that’s why; because, “It’s appointed unto men once to” – what? – “die.” I don’t know how else to say it. Nothing happened to those people on Tuesday that wasn’t going to happen anyway. They were all going to die, just not then, they thought. Nothing extraordinary about people dying.

Are you ready for this? Since Tuesday, fifty thousand Americans have died, since Tuesday. Have you been concerned? Fifty thousand. This year, 2.5 million will die. And eventually, everybody will die; that’s reality. We feel much more comfortable when they die one by one. We don’t like it when they die two hundred and fifty at a time in a plane crash. Sometimes a few thousand die in a third world flood, third world earthquake, volcanic eruption.

Rarely do five thousand people or ten thousand people die, and never in America. Oh, but everybody dies. Fifty thousand Americans die every week. Are we so concerned? We just go on blissfully living our lives with little regard for the fact that fifty thousand Americans die every week. Amazing. As long as everything is kind of comfortable and we don’t have to see that, we don’t see mangled airplanes and mangled trains and mangled buildings, we’re okay. It keeps death at some distance.

They died because everybody dies, they just didn’t expect to die when they died. And you know, people say, “Well, why would God let that happen?” It happens to everybody. “The wages of sin is death.”

The bigger question is not, “Why did God let it happen?” the bigger question is, “Why do any of us live?” We should all be dead. “The wages of sin is” – what? – “death.” “The soul that sinneth, it shall die.”

The big question is not, “Why did God allow those people to die?” the bigger question is, “Why does God allow you to live, and me?” You know, we live under constant mercy, so that when justice shows up we’re shocked. We get so used to grace, that we don’t understand justice. Every once in a while, every once in a while God draws back the grace and a deadly disaster happens, and we’re shocked. Our shock should be that we’re reminded of what we deserve.

People say, “What is God saying?” I’ll tell you what He’s saying. He’s saying, “People, you’re going to die, and you don’t have control of it. This is a reminder: I give you life, I give you love, I give you happiness; I pour out all the common grace and make life rich and rewarding and full. I do everything I can. I’m patient, I’m forbearing, I’m merciful, I’m gracious. But once in a while I have to show you a stark illustration of where you’re going.”

So we think it’s our right to just live. We think the key to our life is exercise, diet. It’s not your right to live, it’s God’s grace that gives you life. And when God allows a startling and dramatic tragedy to occur, don’t question His fairness, thank Him for His grace.

Turn to Luke 13. Here is the definitive passage. This is the last page; we’re there. Luke 13: “Now on the same occasion” – an occasion when Jesus was teaching a large crowd – “there were some present who reported to Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.” Wow, you know, it was a strange thing.

Pilate was the Roman procurator, the Roman governor of occupied Israel – the Romans occupied Israel. Galileans were Jews from the north part of the land, and they were making sacrifices. They were at the temple. This is was only place in Israel you could make a sacrifice, so some people came down from Galilee – Jesus was a Galilean, so were all the apostles – came down to make a sacrifice. Went in the temple, went in there making sacrifice – religious, dutiful, doing what the Old Testament told them to do, doing what God had revealed they should do – and Pilate mingled their blood with the sacrifice.

What does that mean? Pilate sent men in there to slice them up, kill them. I mean, these are religious people. And it says in verse 2, “He answered and said to them,” – they didn’t even ask a question, but He knew one was in their mind – ‘Do you suppose that these Galileans were greater sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this fate? Do you think God did this because they’re worse than everybody else?’” I mean, see, the question in their mind is these people are religious. These people are down at the temple, they’re doing what they should be doing, what the Old Testament tells them to do. What is the deal? Why would God allow Pilate to go in there and kill them so that their own blood is mingled with the sacrifice? Very vivid. Why did this happen to these religious people? Well, they must have worse than everybody else.

No. Verse 3: “No. But unless you repent, you’ll all likewise perish.” What is that? That’s the message, folks. People die. Because they died doesn’t mean they’re worse than anybody else. God wasn’t somehow judging people who worked in that building, or those buildings, because they’re worse than other people. No. No. They’re not any different than anybody else.

Jesus said Pilate didn’t go in there. God didn’t allow him to send in his soldiers to kill those people because they were worse than anybody else. The point is, “You better repent, or you will perish when you die.” What is God saying to this nation in this? He is saying, “You better repent, because you don’t know when you’re going to die. If you die without being prepared, you will perish.”

And then even a more vivid one, verse 4. “Do you suppose that those eighteen people on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them were worse culprits than all the men who live in Jerusalem?” Now they’ve got another question. Hey, they had their own trade center, the tower in Siloam, and it fell over one day. It wasn’t hit by an airplane, but somehow probably poor construction, maybe an earthquake; it fell over. Eighteen people were walking down the street, tower falls on them, kills them all. And the question in their minds is, “Why does this happen to these people? Are these people worse than all the rest of the people who live in Jerusalem?”

Jesus’ answer, verse 5, “I tell you, no, no. They’re not any worse than you. But unless you repent, you will also perish.” People in the Pentagon, people in those World Trade Center towers perished. I’m sure some of them were believers, and some were not, and the ones who were not perished, went to hell forever, without God, without hope. They weren’t worse than anybody else. You’ll perish too if you don’t repent. That’s the message; that’s God’s message.

The difference in people is only the difference in degree, it’s not a difference in kind: we’re all sinners, and death and judgment is sure. But you’re not dead. You weren’t in those buildings. You weren’t in those airplanes. You’re alive, and the message from Jesus is, “Repent of your sin, embrace Christ, so that when your day does come you won’t perish, you’ll go into His presence.”

And then in verse 6 Jesus tells a story: “A certain man had a fig tree. He planted it in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it, didn’t find any. And he said to the vineyard-keeper,” – the man he’d hired to take care of it – ‘Behold, for three years I’ve come looking for fruit on this fig tree without finding any. Cut it down! Why does it even use up my ground? It’s pointless.’ He answered and said to him, ‘Let it alone, sir. But this year, give it one more year, and let me dig around it and put in some fertilizer; and if it bears fruit next year, fine; if not, cut it down.’”

Oh, is that vivid? We’re living on borrowed time. God could say to us, “Cut it down.” Say to you. But God in His grace says, “Wait. Just give me a little more time to see if it bears fruit.” This is the heart of God. This is the heart of God. And the message is to repent of sin, and embrace the gift of forgiveness and the gift of salvation in Christ.

Let me tell you something, folks. Two and a half million Americans are going to die this year, and someday all of them are going to die. It’s really time for people to take life and death seriously, don’t you think? Enough of the parties, enough of the games; it’s time to repent and call on God to save you from eternal hell. You’re living on borrowed time. It’s as if Christ is saying to the Father, “Well, just another – let me work on it another year.” I think it’s time for preachers to stop the theatrics, the psycho babble and funny stories, the trivial entertainment, and speak of life and death matters in biblical terms, and rescue the perishing, and care for the dying. It’s time for you to make your life count as a gospel witness. What else matters? Anything else matter?

Let me tell you where to start. Show some love, and give the gospel to a Muslim. They need Christ. They’re not your enemy, they’re your mission field. You should have no attitude toward them except compassion and love for people in a religion of deception and damnation. If you know Arabic people, if you know people who are Muslim, tell them there is a Savior, tell them there is forgiveness. You’re the missionaries, and in this day I think we’ve got a stark realization to the fact that the world ahead of us isn’t going to be like the world we’ve just come out of. It’s time to be serious about eternal things.


A Biblical Perspective on Death, Terrorism, and the Middle East, Pt 1

John MacArthur Sept 16, 2001

On Tuesday we all saw the most deadly attack on America ever, and the images are imbedded deeply in our minds at this time, and probably will remain for a long time; death and devastation of such monumental proportions that it makes the attack on Pearl Harbor the only comparison that we can think of. At Pearl Harbor there were just under four thousand people killed, almost all of them military people. Tuesday we now know there were more than four thousand people killed and all of them, essentially, civilians.

Pearl Harbor has long been the icon for assaults on this nation. No more. At least no more will it be that singular icon, because in the future, the terrorist attack on New York City and Washington D.C. on September 11, the year 2001, is the new bench mark. And before we’re through counting the dead, it may well double the dead or more at Pearl Harbor. And this not by a nation, not by an alliance of nations, but a clandestine group of itinerant terrorists from the Middle East.

Now we all know what happened. In our media-dominated age we don’t lack for visual images or verbal explanations. Four hijacked American domestic airliners headed from the East Coast to the West Coast were hijacked and flown on a collision course to specific targets meant to kill people, cripple the nation, devastate the economy, damage the military. The idea was to send America a message that there was a greater force than America, a greater power than the super power America. An extremist, Islamic, suicidal group of murderers were asserting themselves as more powerful than this great nation.

Two of the planes flying with full fuel hit their targets with catastrophically destructive accuracy, flying full force into the World Trade Center towers in New York City and causing them to plummet to the ground. One airliner hit the Pentagon and several hundred people were killed. Another never reached its target, whatever that might have been. And we all know the details of what happened.

But our minds cry out to know why it happened. In fact, it seems to me in America we are obsessed with why things happen. Whenever there is an airplane crash, whenever there is a crime of newspaper proportions, we want to know why these things happen. We have all of these agencies and all of the analysts and psychologists and criminologists, people who study all of the details, trying to find a motive for why these things happen. Why do people do these kinds of things? I’m going to try to give you answers to that. And I have so much swimming around in my mind, I’m going to try to bring some order and command to my thoughts. I will only be able to do that if I stick pretty closely to what I have written.

We know why on a superficial level. We now know that there is a very highly-developed, sophisticated group of terrorists in the Middle East who are the superficial, the immediate why. Intelligence sources indicate to us that it’s not just one person, Osama bin Laden, who has come to be known to all of us by name is perhaps the point man in the actual structure of the events that led to this disaster; but he seems to be backed up by people like Saddam Hussein and who knows how many others in the Middle East are a part of this massive network. This then immediately catapults us into the land of the Bible. These terrorists weren’t Norwegian, and they weren’t Argentine, and they weren’t Mexican, and they weren’t German, and they weren’t Chinese; they were Middle Easterners from the land of the Bible.

There was a Reuters news release that I want to start with from London. It said, “Saudi dissident Osama bin Laden warned three weeks ago that he and his followers would carry out an unprecedented attack on the United States interest for its support of Israel.” Abdel Bari Atwan editor of the London-based Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper said Islamic fundamentalists led by bin Laden was almost certainly behind the attack of the World Trade Center in New York. Quote: “It is most likely the work of Islamic fundamentalists. Osama bin Laden warned three weeks ago that he would attack American interests in an unprecedented attack, a very big one,” Atwan told writers. “Personally,” the article says, “we received information that he planned very, very big attacks against American interests. We received several warnings like this. We did not take it so seriously, preferring to see what would happen before reporting it.”

Who is this man, Osama bin Laden? What is this force? What is this network of terrorists, and what is it that motivates them to perpetrate such unthinkable atrocities? We all remember they tried this one other time, not from the top of the tower, but from the bottom – previous effort to bomb the World Trade Center. We’ve been made very much aware in recent years of the rash of terrorist attacks against American bases, American barracks, American forces in the Middle East and other places. We’ve also become very much aware of suicide bombers blowing up pizza parlors and blowing themselves up frequently in Israel.

We’ve been asking questions about what makes people do this and why does it happen; and now the question is more compelling than ever, because it involves us. And not only does it involve us because of what happened Tuesday, it involves us because the possibility is that what happened Tuesday there could happen on any other day anywhere else. As our Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said, “We cannot stop all of the tactics of all of the terrorists all of the time.”

Well first of all, let me dive into one category that we have to begin with, and that is, there is a natural reason for this, a natural reason. Sociologists in modern days and psychologists have been trying to convince us that man is basically good; but he is not. Man is basically evil, he is basically wicked. The heart of man is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked,” – the Bible says – “and who can know it?” That is, who can figure it out? It is so desperately wicked.

Romans chapter 3, verses 10 and following describe man as a poisonous snake, describe man as a murderer whose feet are swift to shed blood. One only needs to look at human history; it is an veritable bloodbath, and it is, nonetheless, a bloodbath today. All over the face of the earth on every continent there is the shedding of blood, not only in individual acts of criminality but in corporate acts of criminality, national acts of criminality. Man is by nature a killer. We see it in the wars of the world. We see it in the terrorists actions of the world. We see it in the tribal battles. We see it everywhere. We see it on the streets of the cities of the world. Man is a killer. First crime recorded in the Bible is recorded in the book of Genesis chapter 4. Cain murdered his brother, and he launched human life with that ignoble beginning.

Why does this happen? Let’s turn to James chapter 4. James is an epistle in the New Testament. The Bible inspired by God comes to us in a series of books, sixty-six of them. Human authors writing under the inspiration of God recorded for us a true understanding of those things God wanted us to know. We come into the fourth chapter of the book of James, and the question is posed to us; it’s the very same question that we are asking, that our culture is asking, that our world is asking. The chapter begins like this: “What is the source of quarrels and conflicts among you?” Why do these things happen? Why is there murder? Why is there war? Why are there quarrels and conflicts at every level?

The answer comes: “Is not the source your pleasures that wage war in your members?” Members simply refers to your person, your body, your nature. It is the pleasures inside of you that generate war. What is the source of quarrels? That’s the Greek word polemos. It means a prolonged state of conflict. What is the source of conflict? That’s machē, separate individual fights. What causes wars? What causes those separate fights and conflicts?

It comes down to this. It is your pleasures. The word hēdonē in the Greek, from which we get Hedonism. What is Hedonism? It is the yearning of self-love, it is the yearning to fulfill what you want. A hedonist is someone who lives for the fulfillment of his own self-love. He lives to satisfy himself, to get what he wants, to take what fulfills him. That’s why wars happen, because people want things and somebody stands in the way.

Verse 2 further develops it: “You lust and you don’t have.” That’s the problem; you want it. You have this hedonistic compulsion, this drive; and it’s thwarted. You want it. It’s a war inside of you, that’s how much you want it; and something is in the way, and that something is a someone, and because you want it so badly and you can’t have it, you commit murder. That’s the reason, that’s the natural reason: personal gratification, out of control, unsatisfied; so you commit murder.

That’s why people kill. They’re not basically good, they’re basically evil; and if we didn’t have laws and law enforcement, the whole of humanity would be killing itself wholesale all the time. People are driven by their own selfish desire, they’re driven by their own need to fulfill their self-love. They’re driven by a consuming hedonism. They’re driven by the desire for pleasure and satisfaction and fulfillment, and anyone in the way may have to be sacrificed to that desire.

You ask yourself, “Why does a mother drown her five children?” Because they’re in the way of her fulfillment, they’re in the way of her satisfaction. Why did those people in Jedwabne in Poland in one day massacre sixteen hundred Jews in their village that they had lived with for a period of three hundred years they had been living together. They worked together; they went to school together. In a two-week period they determined to move from being neighbors to being murderers. They killed all sixteen hundred in one day. Why? Was it race? Was it the hatred of the Jewish race? No, they never were so propagandized. All that happened was the Germans came into the town and said, “You can kill them if you want, and take their land and take their possession and take their farms,” and they did it. Just give them permission. That’s the human heart.

Why does a Russian young man in Sacramento kill his family? Because they stood in the way of his fulfillment; they stood in the way of his satisfaction. That’s why people kill. Why does Hitler massacre the Jews? Because he saw them standing in the way of his Aryan supremacy. Why does Joseph Stalin massacre millions more? Because they stood in the way of his world empire. It may be as vast as that, it may be as simple as a mother who kills her children because she can’t find satisfaction, they’re in the way of it.

“You can’t have what you want,” – he goes on to say – “and so” – verse 2 says – “you fight and you quarrel because you do not have something you want.” And then he adds that amazing statement, “And you don’t have what you want, because you don’t ask.” Or, “You ask and you don’t receive it, because you ask with wrong motives, that you can spend it on your own hedonistic self-love.

That’s why people kill, because they want something, and somebody stands in the way. Whether you kill on a small scale or whether you kill on a large scale, the wicked hearts of passionate people who will not be denied their pleasure kill to get it. That is the natural pathology of the human heart, driven to extreme acts of murder by passions that are so consuming as to be on the border of madness.

o there’s a natural motivation here. There’s, secondly, historical motivation. This introduces us to another category. In order to get to the heart of this we have to go back to the Middle East again, back to the land of the Bible, back to the very origins of the nations; and that puts us right back in the book of Genesis, so let’s go there.

Genesis is the book of origins. Genesis means beginnings. It’s the book of origins. And in Genesis 10 and 11 we have what we call the table of nations. If you look down through, just as a glance, at Genesis 10 you see all kinds of names; they’re names of people and families and nations, tribes. You look into chapter 11, starting in verse 10, and you find more genealogies of individuals who fathered families and people groups. This is early society as it developed from Noah. You remember God drowned the entire world, as recorded in chapters 6 through 9 of Genesis, and only saved eight people: Noah, his wife, his three sons and their three wives. Eight people came off the ark, repopulated the world. So you have in chapter 10 the generations that flowed from Noah through his three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

Japheth, the oldest son, fathered what are now known as the Indo-European people. From Japheth came those who live in Europe and all the way across to India, and even across Russia and across the Bering Sea, and into North America and South America, the native peoples. And then Ham, we learned, fathered families in Africa and the Far East, the Asian world, as well as some regions of the Middle East. And then that most well-known of the sons of Noah, Shem, from whom came the Semitic people of the Mesopotamian valley, the Middle East as we know it, the Jewish people, and the Arabic people. Shem’s people lived north, south, east of the land of Israel. I don’t want to over-simplify, because Israel also came from Shem, and so did these other Arabic peoples. I don’t want to over simplify it, because there are complexities and complications in understanding the history of the Middle East; but I’m going to try to give you an understanding that is clear enough for you to get a grasp of what’s going on.

Let’s back up a little bit. When God created, He put Adam and Eve in a garden called the garden of Eden. That garden was located in the Tigris-Euphrates valley, which is the Mesopotamian valley, the heart of the Middle East. That is the original paradise of God, the very place where God walked and talked with Adam in the cool of the day, the very place where God put the Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.

Today that is the center of the Arabic-Muslim world, the very place of Eden. It was there that the Tower of Babel was built, which invented world religions. It was there that later on the city of Babylon was built, which is today in modern Iraq. It was there that Noah lived; it was there that Noah preached. It’s very historic land. But when Abraham came along, God gave it all to him and his family. God gave to Abraham all the land from the Mediterranean coast through the depths of the Babylonian valley, gave it all to them, the entire Mesopotamian region.

Abraham was the son of a man named Terah. And Terah was a moon god worshiper, and the worship of the moon god was the most popular form of idolatry apparently in the day of Abraham. There were two great centers of the worship of the moon god: one was a place called Ur, down in the Persian Gulf in what is now Kuwait; and the other was Heron, way up in the north in the area of Iraq. And Abraham was born into a family of worshipers of the moon god in the place called Ur. So this is a historical area, the land of the Middle East, the land of the Mesopotamian valley, the land of the twenty-one Arab states, is the land of the beginnings of human history.

It’ll also be important in the end. The prophets of the Bible tell us that the world is going to come to an end in a great conflagration and a great battle in that same place. Powers from the north are going to come. Powers from the south are going to come. A vast army coming from the east, and the power from the west, all converging under the rule of Antichrist on the land of Israel. The focal point, the valley of Megiddo; but blood spilled clear across the entire land of Israel until Jesus comes and establishes His own kingdom, and destroys all the wicked, and takes the righteous into His kingdom. That is a very important piece of earth; none is more strategic.

Abraham fathered the Jewish people. In chapter 12 of Genesis God said to Abram, then called Abram, later called Abraham, “Go forth from your country, from your relatives, from your father’s house, to the land that I’ll show you. I’ll make you a great nation. I’ll bless you, make your name great; so shall you be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I’ll curse. And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” God said, “You’re My man. Out of you is going to come My nation, and that nation is going to bring about blessing on those who bless them and cursing on those who curse them.” God gave to Abraham the promise that He would give him the land.

Turn to chapter 15, verse 18: “On the day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, He said, ‘To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt’ – that’s from the Nile in the south – ‘as far as the great river, the Euphrates,’ – that’s east, through that Fertile Crescent, through that Mesopotamian valley – ‘all the land of the Kenite, the Kenizzite, the Kadmonite, the Hittite, the Perizzite, the Rephaim, the Amorite, the Canaanite, the Girgashite, the Jebusite – everything from the Mediterranean coast deep into the Middle East. It’s your land, I give it to you.’”

By divine right from the mouth of God Himself, the region belongs to Abraham and his seed. Unfortunately, unfortunately Abraham brought massive confusion into that promise by having a legitimate son, Isaac, and an illegitimate son, Ishmael. We’ll say more about that in a few moments.

At the time of Abraham, all those people that I just read to you were already existing in that land. They already occupied that land. So even though God gave it to Abraham, it was in the possession of those people. And in chapter 10, as I mentioned to you, of the book of Genesis, you have all kinds of other people who were the sons of Shem, starting in chapter 10, verse 21. You have a whole listing of people and family groups and tribes and nations that existed as descendants of Shem that would have been around as well. So there were tribes and families and groups of people all over that part of the world. That was the most densely populated part of the world. In fact, at first it was the only populated part of the world, because when the flood was over there were only eight people, and they started populating right there.

It wasn’t long before Mizraim – it’s an old name for Egypt – came into existence; before Aram, an old name for Syria, came into existence; before Asher, an old name for Assyria, came into existence. So there were all these tribes and families and clans and groups of people. They were all idolatrous. They were all rejecters of the true and living God, the Creator God. And when God gave the promise to Abraham that all of this land was his, there was a collision course established.

In order for that land to belong to Abraham, God was going to have to give it to him; and Abraham was going to have to be true to God. And if Abraham was true to God and obedient, God would give him the land. But if the descendants of Abraham were disobedient to God, they were going to have an endless battle trying to claim what was really theirs.

Was it just to judge those nations that had the land? Yes, because God is just in judging idol worship. The commandments begin, “You shall have no other” – what? – “gods before Me.” Idolatry is to be judged by God always in every era. It is a just judgment for God to take away that precious land from those who turned their backs on Him and give it to a people who would love Him and serve Him.

It just so happens, too, that the Middle East region is the richest land on the face of the earth. If you take it all together from the coastal riches of the Sharon Valley in Israel through to their immense riches that go right down the very spine of Israel, on into the riches of the Dead Sea, on into the massive riches of the oil treasures of the Middle East, the great riches to the north in the mountains of Lebanon – valuable timber, fertile plains of the Jordan Valley, unequalled productivity, incredible chemical wealth, as I said, of the Dead Sea, vast black gold of oil that stretches across the sands in the Babylonian valley – God gave it all to them. If they would be obedient to Him they would have that land.

So, the idolatrous people, as I said, of that land were set on a collision course with Israel; and the reason Israel has never really been able to possess the land they were given is because Israel has not been faithful to God. Someday they will be. Someday they will look on Him whom they’ve pierced. They’ll mourn for Him as an only Son. They’ll embrace Jesus as their Messiah. They will come to salvation; and in the day they come to salvation, the Messiah Himself will come and give them the land. But in the meantime, they continue to lay claim to that land; and they were given that by God. And because they lay claim to that land, the Egyptians and the Syrians and the Assyrians, everybody else is their avowed enemy, to one degree or another.

And then Abraham did such a terrible thing. God said, “I’m going to give you a son. Trust Me, I’m going to give you a son.” He was a hundred, Sarah was ninety, they were barren. He said, “How can I have a whole nation? How can I be the father of people? How can I be the father of a nation if I don’t even have a son, if I’m barren?”

And so, his wife came to him, and she had a really great idea. She said, “Well, I can’t bear you a son, so here’s my servant named Hagar. You go in and have relationships with her, and she’ll be like a surrogate wife to you, and she’ll produce a son.” And in an act of distrust toward God, he did that; and she became pregnant, and she brought forth a son whose name is Ishmael – an illegitimate son, not the son of God’s promise, not the son of the covenant.

And God said in the seventeenth chapter of Genesis, “I will make out of Ishmael’s family a great nation. But” – verse 21 – “My covenant will I establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you at this time next year. Ishmael is not the son of My covenant, Isaac is through Sarah, and she will bear a son.” And she did, and through Isaac came the Jewish people; but through Ishmael came more enemies. Out of Ishmael came the Hagarites, mentioned in 1 Chronicles chapter 5. And to make matters worse, there was a rejected son of Isaac by the name of Esau; and out of Esau came more people who were not in the covenant, producing more enemies, more enemies.

See, the Middle East is just filled with the descendants of all of these people who are in conflict with Israel’s stated right to the Abrahamic promise. God wanted to remove those people, those wicked, idolatrous, adulterous people. He wanted to do it when He led Israel out of Egypt. They had been four hundred years in the captivity in Egypt.

Do you remember, God raised up Moses to lead them out? He led them out into the wilderness. They were faithless. The whole generation had to die in the wilderness because they committed idolatry. When there finally was a new generation raised up and God took them into the Promised Land, into the land of Canaan, He said, “It’s all going to be yours, I want to give it all to you. Now go in there and destroy those inhabitants, those idolaters.” God had already demonstrated in history that He would destroy the ungodly; He drowned the whole world in the flood. And now not water, but Israel was to be His weapon to rid the earth of idolatry.

They saw victory over Egypt, the whole Egyptian army drowned, and the great plagues that came on Egypt caused a massive amount of death. They conquered the tribes on the other side of the Jordan, according to Deuteronomy chapter 3, and they stood ready to go into the land of Canaan and conquer. Instead, they went into the land of Canaan and were defeated. Remember that? At a place called Ai, they were defeated, because there was sin in the camp. And they never did do what God told them to do. They never became that sword of Jehovah, as it were. And so, there they sit in the middle of the conflict, endlessly threatened by the neighbors around them.

There should be a warning, however. God’s covenant with Israel has not been broken. And it is still true that the nation that blesses Israel is blessed, and a nation that curses Israel is cursed. Any nation that threatens the existence of Israel will come under God’s judgment; that is repeated in the Scripture. Just read Psalm 121, then read Psalm 125, then read Psalm 129, then read Isaiah 43, et cetera.

So are you looking for a historic reason here? The conflict goes way back between Arabic people, descendants of all those people that I identified, who today speak Arabic, who accept Arab culture – two hundred and fifty million of them surrounding five million Jews. The Jews believe it is a divine right to have the land; but they can’t take the land, they can’t have the land, because God won’t give them the land until they turn from their sin and embrace their Messiah. But everybody is against Israel in the Middle East, even Satan. If you question that, read Revelation chapter 12 where you’ll see a description of Satan trying to destroy Israel. He works on the side of those who would destroy Israel.

So Scripture says Ishmael’s descendants will, Genesis 16:12, dwell in the presence of all his brethren. They’re all trying to co-exist in the Middle East. And little Israel, the covenant people, unbelieving, apostate, but still the covenant people, unsaved but still the covenant people, surrounded; and everybody around them has destruction on their minds.

During Bible times these various groups of people were separated: this family, that family, this tribe – all the “ites,” you know, that you read in the Bible. That helps keep the peace. It helps keep the peace, it’s a checks and balances. That’s why I told you when everybody was of one language and one mind in Babel, God scattered them – remember? – separated their languages and sent them out all over the world, because when everybody gets together and you have one great force among ungodly people, you have one great force for evil, unmitigated and unrestrained.

And just on a human level, God separates the world into nations, because it prevents monolithic evil. Twenty-one, I think, twenty-one Arab countries in the Middle East, however, not really twenty-one countries anymore, because the borders have been obliterated. The boundaries have been obliterated and the national identities have been obliterated by one great power, and that is the religion of Islam, which just engulfs the whole of that world.

The Arab empire became one vast empire because of a man named Muhammad, which means in Arabic “highly praised.” He was born in the Middle East in 570 A.D., almost five hundred years after Christ. He was born to a tribe in Mecca. He claimed to be a descendant of Ishmael – that fits. This Muhammad became the source of the Quran, which is the holy book of Islam. In 622 he made his home in Medina, and it became that date, the sort of an official date as the start of the Muslim era. I’ll say a little more about Islam in a few moments.

But to suffice it to say, in the first hundred years after Muhammad there was a massive unification of that part of the world as they succumbed to the power of Islam, mostly by the sword. And all wars to bring infidels into submission to Islam were considered to be Jihad, holy wars. Muhammad himself killed and robbed in the name of Allah. Convert or die. There is still that in Islam, we read about it; still that penchant for death. Islam conquered by the sword. And Islam actually took over the land of Israel, and they held it until – do you know what year? 1948.

Now that takes us to a third issue here. We see a natural reason why this happens. We see historic reason this happens. There’s such profound animosity toward Israel. And why do they hit us? Because we are the supporter of Israel. In fact, you should know this. In the literature that I’ve read I’ve seen it in numbers of places. These radical Muslims call Israel “the small Satan” and America “the great Satan.” We are the greater force and therefore the greater threat as we stand behind Israel.

But that brings us to a third reason, and that’s a religious one. We go beyond the conflict of the people groups to religion itself. And I hear all kinds of numbers. I don’t know how you could know anything from half a billion to a billion believers in Islam; I don’t know where you would mark it. Some would put it closer to the billion than half a billion. Islam is a word that means “surrender.” It means “submission.” And the idea is that Islam is surrendered to the will of Allah. And the will of Allah is revealed, it’s not an unknown thing. The will of Allah is revealed through his prophet Muhammad, and the revelation from Allah is written down in the holy book called the Quran. A Muslim is one who submits to the will of Allah.

Now without getting into all of the theology of Islam, let me just give you some things to think about so you’ll understand the theological underpinnings. There are six basic articles of faith in Islam. If we were going to put an Islamic doctrinal statement together it would look like this:

One: Allah is the one true God. Allah is the one true God. He is not a trinity, and he is not the God of the Old Testament, and he’s not the God of Christians. He is Allah, the one true God.

Two: The Koran is the most holy book. There are other holy books, holy to some degree, but the Koran is the most holy book.

Third: Muhammad is his greatest prophet. Allah sent, according to Islamic literature, a hundred and twenty-four thousand prophets, Jesus being one; but Muhammad is the greatest prophet.

Number four: There are many angels, there are many demons, and there is a Satan called Iblis or Shaytan.

Number five: Allah has predetermined all things by unchangeable decree. Allah is absolutely sovereign, and everyone’s destiny is predetermined by Allah.

And number six: There will be a day of judgment when all will find out whether they go to heaven or to hell. And the criteria for that is the absolute decision of Allah, which may or may not be influenced at all by human beings; but you ought to do good works because they might help. No guarantee, absolutely none.

No Muslim, no Muslim knows for sure in this life where he’s going, it’s all predetermined by Allah. And on the scale of life, good things weigh heavy and bad things weigh light, and it doesn’t hurt to weigh heavy on Allah’s decision. But there are no guarantees. Those are the six basic articles of faith.

Then there are five duties; they are called the pillars of Islam. These are required religious practices.

Number one: Reciting the creed many times a day. And the creed is this: “There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is his prophet,” and you recite that many times a day.

The second duty: Prayer five times a day; and these are prescribed prayers, written prayers, memorized prayers. And the five times a day are identified. If you live in the range of mosque, if you’ve been to the Middle East – as I have many times – you see Mosques, and there is rising from the Mosque what is called a minaret. Have you seen that? And on the top of the minaret is a muezzin who calls at the exact times during the day for the five prayers.

Third duty is to give to the poor. And all Muslims are taxed 2.5 percent of their income and their property, one-fortieth of what they have for the poor.

Number four is a month of fasting called Ramadan. Have you heard that word? That’s a month of fasting. You say, “That’s enough to wipe out a whole population, fasting for an entire month. How do they do it?” The fast is you eat at night, you can’t eat in daylight. And Ramadan commemorates the first revelation that came to Muhammad in the year 610 A.D. When Muhammad was forty years old he received his first supposed revelation from god that is commemorated by Ramadan; eating is allowed only at night and in the morning before dawn.

And fifth: Every Muslim must once in his life, unless it is utterly impossible by some restraint, make a pilgrimage to Mecca.

That’s essentially the practice and the theology. Now let me just talk about that a little bit. You could sum up their theology in this way: God is one, not three. The Quran says Christians who believe in the Trinity are infidels. Also, Allah only loves good people, he does not love sinners. Also, they teach that Allah is unknowable, he cannot be known. They teach that Jesus Christ was a man, He was not God the Son, and anyone who says, “Jesus is God,” according to the Quran, is an infidel. A quote: “Any Muslim who believes that Jesus Christ is God has committed the one unforgivable sin called shirk, a sin that will send him to hell forever.” You wonder why it’s hard for a Muslim to come to Christ? Because he’s been programmed his entire life that if you ever acknowledge Jesus as God, you’re going to hell forever. That’s spelled out.

Further, their theology teaches Jesus didn’t die on the cross because Jesus was a prophet of Allah, and Allah would never let that happen to one of his prophets. He didn’t die on the cross, therefore He didn’t rise from the dead, and nor is He ever coming back. They further teach that no one can have salvation but a Muslim. Even though a Muslim can’t know he has it, he can have it in the end. God’s going to send some to heaven, but no one who is not a Muslim is going to heaven.

And this is so heartbreaking. Islam has no savior, no savior. They die not knowing where they’re going. There is in the Muslim theology no atonement for sin, no sacrifice for sin, no propitiatory basis for forgiveness.

I’ll never forget a conversation with a man on an airplane who was a Muslim, and I said, “Do you sin?” and he said, “Of course, all the time.” And I said, “Well, what’s going to happen to people who sin?” “God hates people who sin. They could go to hell.”

I said, “Why do you keep doing it?” He said, “I can’t stop.” And I said, “Do you have any hope?” and this is what he said, “I hope the god,” – that’s what Allah means, the god, definite article, Allah, Elah, Allah, the god – “I hope the god will forgive me.” And I said, “Why would he do that?” He said, “I don’t know.” No atonement, no basis of forgiveness, no savior. We have a great message for them: there is a Savior.

Where did all this come from? Where did all this stuff come from? Right out of hell. Doctrines of demons, right? Muhammad grew up in Mecca. He was a member of a tribe called Quraysh. And in Mecca they worshiped three hundred and sixty idols, and also a prominent black stone supposedly given by Gabriel to Abraham. It was said in the Quran that at the age of three Muhammad had an amazing event take place. Gabriel did some surgery – the archangel Gabriel – split open his chest, reached in and squeezed all the sin out of his heart so that Muhammad was sinless.

Now, here was Muhammad growing up in Mecca with three hundred and sixty gods, but Satan was working on him to invent a religion that would end the division and pull everyone together in one great, powerful, massive effort to undo the covenant promise of God. And Muhammad would be the agent.

The main idol, however, of the three sixty was Allah, the god, Al Elah. Guess what? Allah was the moon god. If you see any Islamic symbols you will see a crescent moon. Allah was the moon god, some form of the very god that Abraham’s family worshiped, that Abraham’s father who was an idolater worshiped, the children in the family were named after. Even Terah is a name that connects with the name of the moon god. So, what Muhammad did under the influence of the powers of darkness was take all the elements from the three hundred and sixty different forms of idol worship, piece them all together into a form of religion, making only one change: he demanded that there was only one god, Allah the moon god.

Where did he get this information? In 610 A.D. when he was forty he began receiving – and I’m reading from the source material – he began receiving frightening revelations, accompanied by violent seizures. I’ve read enough about mediums and demon-possessed people to know that that often accompanies that phenomenon. He was not sure whether the visions were divine or whether they were demonic; he didn’t know. But his wife told him to submit to the revelations because they were from Gabriel. So for the next twenty-two years, from 610 to his death in 632, he continued to get these visions and these revelations.

And later on, first they were passed down orally, and later on they were written by his followers from memory, making the Quran. And later added to the Koran was the Hadith, which is other teaching and tradition. Muhammad built his whole system of religion on all these demonic forms of idolatry, adapting all the forms and features of idol worship with one new thing, and that was only the moon god Allah was true god and all the others were not, and worship of all the other gods was forbidden; and they were going to bring people into submission to that or kill them. And I want to remind you, Satan is happy as a polytheist, and he’s also happy as a monotheist, as long as it’s the wrong god. Islam is monotheistic heathenism.

Now, I want to make a footnote here. You hear about American Black Muslim Movement; might wonder how that fits in? True Islam will tell you that is not Islam, that is not true Islam. What is the American Black Muslim Movement that was begun by Elijah Muhammad? It is a strange hybrid.

Elijah Muhammad came across a teaching of a bizarre person named Wallace Fard, F-a-r-d, and he took this bizarre teaching of this man Wallace Fard and he mingled it with – get this – teaching from the Watchtower Society of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, and he created a hybrid which is called the Black Muslim faith. And here they call it the Black Nation of Islam. It is not true Islam. And he said that this Wallace Fard was Allah; and Louis Farrakhan who is the leader of that movement, says he is the fulfillment of Isaiah 9:6, he is the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, and the Prince of Peace. That is to Islam what the Jehovah’s Witness cult is to Christianity. So I just wanted you to understand that. We’re talking here about the true historic Islam.


Cardinal Sarah says West must wake up to threat of Islamism after three killed at French Catholic church

Cardinal Robert Sarah, Prefect for the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. Credit: Paul Badde/CNA.

CNA Staff, Oct 29, 2020 / 05:36 am MT (CNA).- Vatican Cardinal Robert Sarah said Thursday that the West must wake up to the threat of Islamism after three people were killed at a French church by an attacker shouting “Allahu Akbar.”

The Guinean cardinal wrote on Twitter Oct. 29 that “Islamism is a monstrous fanaticism which must be fought with force and determination.”

“It will not stop its war. Unfortunately, we Africans know this all too well. The barbarians are always the enemies of peace,” the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments wrote.

“The West, today France, must understand this. Let us pray.” 

An attacker armed with a knife killed three people at a church in Nice and wounded others, the mayor of the French city said Thursday. 

The incident took place at the Basilica of Notre-Dame de Nice Oct. 29 at around 9am local time, according to French media. 

Christian Estrosi, Nice’s mayor, said that the perpetrator, who was armed with a knife, was shot and arrested by the municipal police. He described the incident as a terrorist attack.

He said in a video posted to Twitter that the attacker repeatedly shouted “Allahu Akbar” during and after the attack.

Estrosi wrote on Twitter that two of the victims were killed inside the basilica. He paid tribute to the church’s guardian who he said was “so appreciated by the parishioners.”

The attack in Nice follows the beheading of a Paris school teacher, Samuel Paty, in an Islamist terror attack earlier this month. 

The day after the murder in Paris, Sarah tweeted that he was praying in Rome “for martyred France.”


If left uncontrolled, Black Lives Matter mobs may soon target churches, religious monuments

July 08, 2020 by: Michael Alexander

(Natural News) After toppling, beheading and vandalizing the statues and icons of historical figures said to be associated with colonialism and slavery, rioters affiliated with the Black Lives Matter movement and other similar anti-establishment groups such as Antifa have moved on to new targets: churches, religious monuments and statues.

This development was first documented in Washington, D.C., where protesters, for the second time, vandalized and defaced St. John’s Episcopal Church – their way of scoring revenge against Episcopalian slave owners, according to a report by the Washington Examiner. Coincidentally, this was the same church where President Donald Trump held up a copy of the Holy Bible just minutes after dispersing a crowd with tear gas and rubber bullets.

This was followed by an incident in California, where several Native and Black protesters tore down a statue of Junipero Serra, a Spanish priest whom Pope Francis canonized as a saint back in 2015.

The toppling of the Serra statue, which San Francisco archbishop Salvatore Cordeleone described as “an act of sacrilege” and “an act of the Evil One,” has led people from different Christian communities to air fears that the attacks on Christian monuments and symbols will continue unabated.

“Statues of Jesus are next. It won’t end. Pray for the USA,” Matt Schlapp, the chairman of the American Conservative Union, said in a tweet.

Shaun King, an author, Leftist civil rights activist and a prominent figure in the Black Lives Matter movement, further fanned the flames of speculation and panic among Christian communities after tweeting that taking down statues of Jesus would be acceptable — especially if these statues and icons depict Jesus as white

“Yes, I think the statues of the white European they claim is Jesus should also come down,” King tweeted, adding that such depictions of Jesus are nothing more than propaganda that promotes the idea of “white supremacy.” (Related: Anti-Christian Left calls for toppling of Jesus statues.)

King failed to mention in his tweets, however, that depictions of Jesus and the saints often vary from culture to culture, with each artistic depiction taking on characteristics and visual cues from the societies it was made in.

As a response to these incidents, as well as the previous removal of Confederate statues and other historical monuments that have been deemed “racist” by radical Leftists, President Trump signed an executive order granting federal protection to public monuments and other statues of historical figures.

“They’re looking at Jesus Christ, they’re looking at George Washington, they’re looking at Abraham Lincoln, they’re looking at Thomas Jefferson,” Trump said during a meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda in the White House’s Rose Garden, vowing to stop the toppling of monuments and statues carried out by rioters.

The order, which was signed by the President on June 27, not only mandates the prosecution of people who have been proven to have rendered damages to federal monuments, but also, the potential withholding of federal funding from state and local governments in case they fail to protect any public monument and statue within their jurisdictions.

The order, Trump said, will also be retroactive.

Anglican Church to “evaluate” and “review” list of monuments

While most Christian denominations have reacted with panic and anger over the recent incidents surrounding religious monuments and statues, some, such as the Church of England, have chosen to react in a more tempered fashion.

The Church of England, for instance, which has more than 16,000 churches and 42 cathedrals, noted that following the resurgence of the global Black Lives Matter movement and the death of George Floyd, monuments celebrating people who were involved in the “discrimination or exploitation based on race” during their lifetimes could be removed.

“We acknowledge that dialogue alone is not sufficient and must have real outcomes. These may include the alteration or removal of monuments,” Becky Clark, the church’s Director of Cathedrals and Church Buildings, said.

Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury, meanwhile, said that their review of the histories of the individuals depicted in the statues and monuments will be conducted “very carefully” to assess if they should be retained in their places or not.

Clark stressed, however, that the removal or alteration of “problematic” statues and monuments must be done in a safe and legal manner, a reference to the violent dismantling of statues that happened across America and in some places in Europe within the past few weeks.

“Dialogue has to be open and honest. Churches and cathedrals are considering how they can address the issues raised by the Black Lives Matter movement and which demonstrations and direct action have brought into such sharp relief,“ Clark noted.

“Anti-Christian violence rooted in Marxist ideas”

Nathan Stone, in a column for The Federalist, stated that the current trend of anti-Christian violence and iconoclasm exhibited by rioters is rooted in Marxist thought and ideology.

“The reason for the attacks becomes clearer when considering that Black Lives Matter and Antifa are Marxist organizations and [that] Marxism is an enemy of Christianity,” Stone said, noting that atheist ideologies such as Marxism often consider transcendent religions like Christianity as “the enemy.”

“It’s why the Soviet Union was an atheistic state, which replaced God with the Communist Party,” Stone said, referring to the violent religious purges initiated by Communist leaders Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin and Nikita Khrushchev.

Another reason, Stone said, for the current spate of anti-Christian violence manifesting in America, is the hatred that Marxism holds for the evils that Western Civilization has committed against the rest of the world.

Unfortunately, Marxism’s reaction to the wrongs committed by the Western world is not rooted in the latter’s reform, but rather, its total obliteration.

“Marxism assumes that because the windows are dirty and cracked, the entire house must be demolished,” Stone said, adding that if the current trend of violence against Christianity and other religions is not stopped, the United States may soon bear witness to church burnings like the ones committed during the French Reign of Terror.

Authorities decry “modern-day persecution” of Christians

Despite calls for calm and temperance, several individuals have adopted a more militant stance in response to what they say is modern-day persecution of Christians.

“If they try to cancel Christianity, if they try to force me to apologize or recant my Faith, I will not bend, I will not waver, I will not break,” Jenna Ellis, a constitutional law attorney and senior legal advisor to the Trump 2020 campaign, said in a tweet, in reference to the torture of Christian martyrs during the days of the Roman Empire.

Ordained minister and former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, meanwhile, believes the current spate of hate and violence toward religious iconography would only serve to strengthen the Christian faith.

According to Huckabee, while rioters and protesters can take down the images and art depicting Jesus, they can never take “the true spirit of Jesus Christ” out of the lives of His followers.

“Historically, under oppression and persecution, the true faith begins to show even more dramatically. It’s because in the midst of darkness, [the] light becomes more obvious,” Huckabee added.

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America Burning: ‘Law and order’ have become ‘riot and mayhem

George Floyd’s name and death will forever be associated with the abominable barbarous behavior exhibited this weekend past. The organized riots and destruction taking place since the death of Floyd have been nothing less than a nationwide satanic black mass intended to honor destruction, lies, terrorism, thievery, murder, hatred, ad nauseam under the pretense of skin-color injustice.

It will be interesting to see if the absence of masks and the complete disregard for social distancing causes a spike in COVID-19 numbers in the cities infested with rioters and looting. But I digress.

Loathsome Democrats are using the death of Floyd to spread the damnable lie seized upon by the abysmally ignorant and uninformed whose assertions of national racism are foolishly preposterous.

America is not a racist country – a lie pushed by fools, idiots and skin-color pimps such as Tom Perez, chairman of the Democrat National Committee (DNC). Perez seized upon the death of Floyd to foment victimhood, hatred, rage and riot as a form of lucifarian equipoise for blacks that makes neo-Leninists and Alinskyites proud. But then, that’s what Democrats do despite them having a documented uninterrupted record of racism and bigotry for centuries.

Civilized human beings would have protested with the decorum of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. No one can point to savage animalistic barbarianism in one single protest led by Dr. King. His marches and protests were peaceful despite Democratic mayors, governors and police departments who vented their hatred with fire hoses, dogs and clubs.

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America is a nation of laws despite what’s argued by Democrats, fools and those who would be perennial gold medalists if being uninformed and ignorant were an Olympic sport. Consider LeBron James who has taken it upon himself to become the bipedal personification of George Kelly’s Personal Construct Theory, which argues, “Psychological disorder is any personal construction which is used repeatedly in spite of consistent invalidation,” i.e., repeating the same thing failure after failure is a psychological disorder.

The DNC’s Perez wrote in an email letter addressed to me: “Your commitment to electing leaders who believe this country can live up to the basic ideals of its founding is what continues to move us [i.e., Democrats] forward.”

Perez is right about my “commitment to electing leaders who believe this country can live up to the basic ideals of its founding.” That’s why I support President Trump. It’s precisely the reason that I’ll work tirelessly to defeat Democrats and RINOs.

The Founders of America set forth a Constitution and system of laws that were not to be abrogated by mobocracy and pagan villainy that’s been used to destroy entire neighborhoods and the lives of the innocent. What has transpired in the aftermath of Floyd’s death isn’t what our Founding Fathers envisioned.

Reasonable people must conclude that because we’re a nation with a system of jurisprudence, we allow the courts and departments of investigation to unravel wrongful acts, which when adjudicated to be wrongful acts, are punished to the extent consistent with the crime. And, if disappointed by a finding, pursue the legal recourses available for same. Like it or not, that’s our system.

I’m not defending the police officers nor am I defending Floyd. I’m defending our system of law and order, because it’s glaringly transpicuous that “law and order” have been exchanged for riot and mayhem.

And who benefits from such behavior? It certainly isn’t the dead man’s family. It certainly isn’t those businesses and property owners who have their lives destroyed by thugs and criminal elements who should have fire hoses turned on them. Why should innocent men and women die, be mauled and suffer the loss of property for those who view the death of Floyd as a shopping spree opportunity?

To that end I argue that Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey is culpable for the riot and mayhem in large part, because in my opinion, he was the accelerant that fueled the fires of destruction.

Frey rushed to the cameras and made incendiary remarks, including calling the death of Floyd murder, casting himself as prosecutor, judge and jury. It was Frey who incited violence by using verbiage that generated Pavlovian response by blacks who were enjoined by corrupt domestic terrorist groups like Antifa, who are funded unwittingly by taxpayers and by design through Soros-funded groups.

We’ve witnessed professional athletes who are almost as skilled at punt, pass, kick and score baskets as they are producing babies out of wedlock, getting arrested for battery, rape and busted for any of a plethora of drug offenses protest – only to have the outcomes prove law enforcement not guilty of charges against them. We saw this in the Michael Brown shooting, and we saw this with Freddie Gray in Baltimore and other similar cases where law enforcement were found innocent after all of the evidence was examined during trial.

The one thing I can assure every person reading this article is that the fear of police shooting and beating a person for absolutely no reason other than color of skin ended when Democrats were ousted of power in the South and racist Democratic domestic terrorist groups like the Ku Klux Klan were defanged.

I conclude with the fact that from 1976 to 2011, 94% of all blacks killed, which was approximately 280,000, were murdered by other blacks. Where’s the riot and protest over those lives? Why isn’t the domestic terrorist group Black Lives Matter protesting and rioting over the number of dead black young men killed by other blacks, in Chicago in the past two weeks? Why aren’t black ministers, actors, so-called black athlete-activists decrying the industrialized murder of blacks by abortion?

White Planned Parenthood, baby-killing death centers are singularly responsible for the extermination of more than one-third of the black population. Why isn’t “Low-Bron” James protesting that? Could it be because he and his boyz need them to send their women to?

 Mychal Massie’s new book, “I Feel the Presence of the Lord,” a collection of devotions intended to encourage the reader to seek and see the Lord in every aspect of life.

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