The Hajj and Eid al-Adha – Islam’s search for a lamb continues

The following post is a repost of last year’s post on the holiest day in Islam, the Eid al-Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice, which is celebrated at the conclusion of the Hajj, Islam’s annual pilgrimmage to Mecca. All the points are the same, the only change is to the dates. This year’s Feast of Sacrifice occurs on Thursday.


As I write these words, Muslims have just completed the Hajj, their annual pilgrimage to Mecca. The Hajj occurs during the twelfth and final month of the Muslim lunar calendar, the month, Dhu al-Hijjah. Over 2 million pilgrims from all over the world (down from last year’s 3.1 mill due to the threat of the MERS virus ) congregate at Mecca to worship at the Kaaba, Islam’s black-cubed structure located in the center of the Grand Mosque, Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The annual gathering this year was on the 13th– 18th days of Dhu al-Hijjah (October, this year). The pilgrims encircled the Kaaba seven times, counter-clockwise (called “circumambulation”), in imitation of angels encircling the heavenly throne of Allah.  On the seventh time, the pilgrims caress or kiss the Black Stone, a meteor-like object, located in the eastern corner of the Kaaba (Muslims believe the ancient stone was brought to Abraham by the Angel Gabriel while constructing the Kaaba with Ishmael).1 Upon contact with the Black Stone, pilgrims believe it somehow absorbs their sins.  According to tradition, the stone was originally white but turned black after absorbing the sins of the many pilgrims who have touched it.2 The ritual is completed with a salute to the stone demonstrating renewal of covenant with Allah.

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Footnotes to post:
  1. “Kaaba.” In The Islamic World: Past and Present., edited by John L. Esposito. Oxford Islamic Studies Online, []
  2. Ibid. []

ISIS – the modern-day expression of “Muhammadanism”


Khaled Assad; Credits – International Business Times

Verily a week goes by that we do not witness the destruction by ISIS of a  churchmonastery, temple, or ancient artifact.  Read more. One of the most disturbing such events happened in Palmyra, Syria, recently. ISIS beheaded Khaled Asaad who had served as head of antiquities at Palmyra for over forty-years. Palmyra is the site of a plethora of Roman-era ruins, and its archaeological finds date back to the early second millennium BC. Khaled Asaad was 82 years old, and according to reports, was tortured to death rather than reveal the location of ancient artifacts that had been hidden before ISIS overran Palmyra. Khaled had been a captive for over a month before he was beheaded. As a final testament of its ideologue, ISIS hung his headless body on a column of a building near the town square which Assad had laboriously worked to restore. Khaled was the father of eleven children. When he retired in 2003, his son Walid took over his work at Palmyra. They both were reportedly detained by ISIS in August 2015. The fate of his son is not yet known, but if the fate of the father was torture untill death, the son is likely to experience the same– his youth has likely worked to his detriment. Death was a mercy to the father; may it come sooner than later for the son. The Economist reports that Khaled was a supporter of Bashar al-Asaad’s government. Bashar al-Assad is Alawite Shia. ISIS is Sunni Salafi– they consider Shias as unbelievers, infidels.

ISIS’ specific charges against Khaled Assad are as follows:

A board in front of the body set out the charges against him, which accused him of loyalty to the Syrian president, Bashar al-Assad, maintaining contact with senior regime intelligence and security officials and managing Palmyra’s collection of “idols.” Read more.

It is incredulous that a human being is beheaded because he restores, protects, and preserves ancient art.  This thought is echoed by historian Tom Holland, who recently stated:

Historian Tom Holland said the news was distressing. “For anyone interested in the study of the ancient world, it comes as – to put it mildly – a shock to realise that ideologues exist who regard the curating of antiquities and the attendance of international conferences on archaeology as capital offences.” Read more.

An hadith of Sahih Bukhari has this to say about pictures or images and what the great Muhammad has to say about them:

Um Habiba and Um Salama mentioned a church they had seen in Ethiopia and in the church there were pictures. When they told the Prophet (ﷺ) of this, he said, “Those people are such that if a pious man amongst them died, they build a place of worship over his grave and paint these pictures in it. Those people will be Allah’s worst creatures on the Day of Resurrection.”1 (Emphasis supplied)

We must remember the historical context when Muhammad received his revelation and first began to preach and teach in Mecca, the city of his ancestors.  Meccans were polytheists, i.e., they worshiped multiple pagan deities in the pre-Islamic society. Hubal was the chief god among many of the pagan deities of Arabia, and thought to be the “moon god,” one of 360-plus deities of the Arabian tribes in the seventh century a.d. The most common symbol of Hubal was the crescent moon. It is out of this polytheistic culture that Muhammad had his vision from Allah via the angel gabriel.2 Muhammad’s revelation went “against the grain” of his day– Islam is a monotheistic religion, i.e., based upon a one-god belief system. When a monotheistic, one-god religion, encounters a polytheistic many-gods religion, the stronger of the two will prevail. Muhammad’s forces prevailed against the polytheists of Mecca in A.D. 630. Here is the account of what Muhammad did to Hubal, the moon-god, along with 360 other idols:

At the Kaaba the idol of Hubal was made of red agate, and shaped like a human, but with the right hand broken off and replaced with a golden hand. When the idol was moved inside the Kaaba, it had seven arrows in front of it, which were used for divination. According to Karen Armstrong, in her book Islam: A Short History, the Kaaba was dedicated to Hubal, and contained 360 idols which probably represented the days of the year, and Hubal’s was said to be the grandest of the idols. As an infant, Muhammad was brought before Hubal by his grandfather Abd al-Muttalib, at-Tabari records in “The History of the Prophets and Kings” 1:157. When Muhammad conquered Mecca in a.d. 630, he ended the Quraysh’s tradition of idol-worship by smashing the statue of Hubal along with the other 360 idols at the Kaaba, and re-dedicated the structure to Allah, the one God.

What might drive a Salafi Islamist to smash the ancient art of Palmyra, including the removal of all Christian symbols from churches? Why behead an 82 year-old defenseless man, whose life was dedicated to recovering, preserving, and recording these same artifacts for human history?

Because Muhammad did in his day. And Muhammad is the perfect, supreme messenger of Islam who must be emulated by all Muslims. What Muhammad did in the 7th century, ISIS is doing in the 21st century. It is the root of Islam and it goes very deep.

Dr. Timothy Furnish states, in part, quoting Historian Marshall G. S. Hodgson:

Thus, “Shar’iah-minded Islam” eventually “banned all figural imagery … on the ground that it might tempt the weak to idolatry. … it is from this particular Islamic interpretive ideology that most of the world’s terrorists now come—including the al-Qa`idah-linked killers in Paris, and the ISIS destroyers of any and all art which they can get their bloody jihadist hands on.

And since Khaled Asaad restored such “idols,” he was cut-off from his work, literally, and the hanging of his headless body on a column in the city square was to have the same effect upon the witness as the visible ruins of a bulldozed church.  Islam is supreme; and there is none like Allah and his Muhammad. Khaled’s death is a statement, a testament to Islam’s need to protect Allah, as defined by the model prophet of Islam, Muhammad, and emulated by his followers.

In Islam, if someone goes apostate, he is liable to death. Why does Allah protect his numbers by directing his followers to kill the apostate? How is it that there is no “compulsion” in Islam when the death penalty greets the apostate (Qur’an 2:256)? If one insults the messenger of Islam, or Allah, or the Qur’an, why is death the penalty? On what basis does the threat to Allah, Muhammad, or the Qur’an warrant the death penalty? Witness the burning of the Qur’an several years ago by American soldiers who did so without intent to slander or impugn the Qur’an. Witness the Pam Geller event wherein people were invited to “draw Muhammad.” Why is a Muslim moved to kill because someone drew a cartoon of Muhammad? Can Allah not deal with the insult to his messenger by an infidel? Why must Allah instruct a suicide bomber to don an explosive to kill the blasphemer only to offer him sex with 72 virgins as a reward? Is Allah telling us that we will have physical bodies in heaven? How does that work since Allah is not flesh and blood nor any of us will be either in heaven (or hell)? At least that is what the Scriptures teach about the after-life. Why must Allah deny an old man his last years with his grandchildren because he restored art? To me, the insult is to Allah. He cannot take care of his own image so he causes his followers to commit the gratuitous violence in his name. I wonder how many “Allahu Akbar’s” were declared on the day that Khaled al-Asaad was hung headless on a column?  It is as if death in Islam is the solution to every threat to Allah; and, in death, not life, Allah is glorified. That is satanic. There are no rights in Islam but those of Allah; free speech, free will, is non-existent. There is only submission– and death.

This is one of the many differences between Islam and Christianity. In Christianity, Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life …  (John 14:6). In Jesus, there is life, and that life is the light that draws us out of darkness (John 1:3-4). Jesus is the life-giving Spirit, the last Adam, who redeems Adam’s sin passed down through the ages through the actions of the first Adam (1 Corinthians 15:45). Jesus is truth and there is no lie in Him. Muhammad is death; and the truth that is in him is only a half-truth (which explains the schizophrenia we find so prevalent in Islam). It is this half-truth that accepts Jesus as a prophet but denies Him as Son of God (1 John 2:22). It is this half-truth that denies the God-proving resurrection (Acts 17:31 NASB) by eliminating the cross altogether– for in Islam, Jesus was never crucified, only one who looked like him (Qur’an 4:257). In the process of proclaiming and teaching these half-truths, Islam guts the gospel of everything in it that gives it meaning, Islam commits the unpardonable: it makes God a liar since He has declared these things to be so (1 John 5:10). If we had to point to a Scripture that might properly describe the role of Islam in hardening the hearts of Muslims it would be this passage:

You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature; for he is a liar, and the father of lies. –John. 8:44 (NASB)

ISIS is the modern-day expression of Muhammadanism. As a Salafi Islamist sect it seeks to emulate every action of Muhammad (and his Companions). Its actions also are an emulation of the prince of darkness, satan. Compare the actions of the two and they will fit hand-in-glove. Muhammad lives through the beliefs and actions of ISIS. Revelation 13:15.

There are many of us writing about the Islamic paradigm these days. We may differ on who the Antichrist will be, or which nation/group he will rise from. Our differences may be even greater– whether Rome or Islam will be the revived beast and empire through which satan will rise. We may differ on specific and narrow interpretations of Daniel 2, 7, 9, 11, 12 or Revelation 12, 13, 17 & 18– but what we do not differ on is that Islam is rooted in darkness and in lies. In that root, this writer interprets that satan will wage his end-of-days war against the world.

Jesus come quickly.



Footnotes to post:
  1. Sunnah 63.99, Sahih Bukhari, Narrated by Aisha. []
  2. Islam the Cloak of Antichrist, p 29, quoting  Ira M. Lapidus, A History of Islamic Societies, 15. []

Texas Shooters don’t fit the mold for Radicals – Is it possible that Islam is not a religion of peace?

everybody_draw_muhammed_day_2013_by_ziggyman-d65y7dxTwo men who opened fire outside a contest for Prophet Mohammed cartoons in a Dallas suburb were shot dead by police Sunday night, authorities said. The event “Draw the Prophet,” was sponsored by Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, in an effort to protect the 1st Amendment. The event offered a $10,000 prize and was said to be in response to the January 2015 attacks on the French magazine Charlie Hebdo. The event was located in Garland, Texas in the same location as a Muslim group held a “Stand with the Prophet” conference in January. A security officer was wounded and the two Islamists were killed, Nadir Soofi, and Elton Simpson. CNN reports the following about Simpson and Soofi, the two radicals:

Moments before the shootout, Simpson posted an ominous tweet with the hashtag #texasattack: “May Allah accept us as mujahideen.”

The tweet also said Simpson and his fellow attacker [Soofi] had pledged allegiance to “Amirul Mu’mineen,” which means “the leader of the faithful.” CNN terrorism analyst Paul Cruickshank said that probably refers to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

In 2011, Simpson was convicted of making a false statement involving international and domestic terrorism. Prosecutors said he told FBI agents that he had not discussed traveling to Somalia to engage in “violent jihad” — when, in fact, he had, according to an indictment. …

[Simpson’s attorney in the 2011 case, Kristina Sitton, stated], “He was a very devout Muslim,” said Sitton, who sensed Simpson was trying to convert her and her staffers but never saw him as a threat. “… I can tell you with absolute certainty that I didn’t observe anything that had anything to do with radicalization.” … “He was a very kind-hearted, respectful young man,” the lawyer added. “He always treated me with respect.”

That view was seconded by the president of the Islamic Community Center of Phoenix, where both Simpson and Soofi worshiped. … Simpson “was a gentle person,” Shami said. “He always had a good attitude, a good demeanor.” Like others at the mosque, Shami said he was stunned to hear about the attack Sunday night. “They didn’t show any signs of radicalization or any signs of even thinking about those things in that manner,” he said. “So when that happens, it just shocks you. ‘How good did you know these people?’ That’s the question that people ask themselves.”

Simpson nor Soofi fit the profile for a “radical” Islamist. Soofi’s background is as peaceful as that of Simpson:

“He was raised in a normal American fashion,” Sharon Soofi said. “Yes, he was very politically involved with the Middle East. Just aware of what’s going on. I don’t know if something snapped or if Elton Simpson was just working on him.” Soofi’s father is Pakistani, and his mother is American, a source with knowledge of the family told CNN. After his parents divorced, Soofi and his brother moved to the United States in 1998 to live with their mother and gradually lost touch with many of their friends in Pakistan, the source said. In the 1990s, Soofi attended a prestigious private school in Islamabad. … Unlike Simpson, who had been convicted of a terror-related charge, Soofi was relatively unknown to federal investigators, a law enforcement official told CNN.

It seems that Soofi and Simpson were in Texas (they were roommates in Arizona) that day to protect the prophet Muhammad from the entrants in the cartoon contest who depicted Muhammad in visual images. The Qur’an contains no proscriptions of a visual image of the messenger; but there are hadiths (sayings of key Muslim scholars) which explicitly prohibit Muslims from creating visual depictions of their messenger.1 Anyone who depicts an image of the Muslim messenger is deemed to have committed a sacriledge worthy of death. In defense of the event, organizer Pam Geller is reported to have stated at the event:

“Enough is enough,” she explained. “They’re just cartoons. We’re holding this exhibit and cartoon contest to show how insane the world has become — with people in the free world tiptoeing in terror around supremacist thugs who actually commit murder over cartoons. If we can’t stand up for the freedom of speech, we will lose it — and with it, free society.”

The two radicals don’t fit the profile. They were not violent, angry, Muslims. They were not radicalized as recent converts. Both had been Muslims for years. So how do we explain their actions? One of them, Simpson, a peaceful, respectful man. The other, Soofi, a loving father. There is but one explanation for their actions: they followed the Qur’an and the hadith, the sacred writings of the “religion of peace.”

Islam is not a religion of peace. In fact, it is the cloak under which the antichrist covers in the end-of-days. The problem is that many of it’s own adherents do not see satan’s plan, much less the society so intent on protecting Islam. There may be many Muslims who are people of peace; but the Qur’an, the book upon which Islam is founded is not.

Jesus come quickly.



Footnotes to post:
  1. Sahih al-Bukhari, Hadith: 7.834, 7.838, 7.840, 7.844, 7.846 []

Atonement: Muslim vs Christian Understanding

lamb.kevinGod-saves or do-it-my-way? God-salvation or self-salvation, which will it be? Perhaps we might say “grace” or “pay-your-own-way?” How is there even a choice? Christ or Muhammad? Son of God or son of Quraysh?

The Bible teaches that sin is universal (Isaiah 53:6). All sin, and everyone falls short of God’s standard of righteousness (Romans 3:23). Mankind’s sinfulness acts as a separator between man and God (Isaiah 59:2), a barrier that removes humanity from God, and renders relationship with holy God, impossible.  Hence, humanity is “out-of-relationship” with God, and in need of being reconciled.  Atonement is the doctrine whereby God and mankind are made “at-one-ment,” that is, God and mankind are reconciled, and the nature of this new reconciled relationship is eternal and without end.

Since all have sinned and fallen short of God’s standard of righteousness, humanity cannot make amends for acts of sinfulness, nor can humanity’s righteous acts “offset” unrighteous acts.  Isaiah 64:6 puts it this way: “For all of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like filthy garments.”  Man’s best efforts at righteousness are likened to filthy rags.  How then can humanity ever make amends for unrighteous acts if our righteous acts are likened to filthy rags?  Likewise, how then can “filthy rags” offset unrighteous acts?  Quite the opposite occurs.  Mankind is dismally separated from God and can do nothing to make things right.  It is as if humankind has an incurable illness; an illness that will keep him eternally separated from a holy God.

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Will the Temple Need be Rebuilt before the Coming of Our Lord?

Underneath the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount

2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 (NASB) 3  Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God.

How does the “man of lawlessness” “take his seat” in a temple that no longer stands?1  “Obviously, it must be rebuilt,” you say?  Gonna be awhile, then.  The “coming of our Lord Jesus” will not occur until the “man of lawlessness” is revealed and the “apostasy comes first.” As most of you know, I interpret the “man of lawlessness” to be the spirit of antichrist that was made manifest through Islam’s messenger, Muhammad. The apostasy, of course, is the falling away of believers in the end-times for various reasons. One need only do a head-count on most Sunday mornings  to see that the day of apostasy is fast upon us. So what about the man-of-lawlessness “taking his seat” in the holy place?

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  1. It was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD. []

Duke University Reverses Muslim Call to Prayer Decision

Which is worse? To have approved the Muslim call-to-prayer in the first place or to  reverse the decision after pressure?

In a week of media frenzy, Duke University officials made this initial statement on Monday 1/12/15:

“This opportunity [to allow the Muslim call-to-prayer] represents a larger commitment to religious pluralism that is at the heart of Duke’s mission,” added Christy Lohr Sapp, the chapel’s associate dean for religious life. “It connects the university to national trends in religious accommodation. Read more.

Duke Memorial Chapel

The decision by Duke University officials called for the Muslim call-to-prayer, or “adhan,” to be given from the Duke Memorial Chapel bell tower every Friday, much like the call-to-prayer ushers from the pinnacle of a minaret at a mosque five times a day.1 In an editorial from the Raleigh News and Observer, Duke University’s decision was described as a stand for religious diversity and pluralism:

Duke has taken a different approach, however. It supports religious groups in their particularities and practices. With separate centers for Christian, Jewish and Muslim life and with dedicated prayer rooms for Catholics, Hindus and Buddhists, Duke responds to religious diversity not by reducing all traditions to one common denominator but by attempting to let each religious group on campus express itself in its own unique way. Read more.

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Footnotes to post:
  1. “Adhan, literally in Arabic, “announcement” is and in the Shari’ah it means the announcement made in specific words at the time of salat. It was introduced in the first year of the Hijrah at Madinah. The cause of its introduction, in the opinion of the Imamis, was that Gabriel came down with the adhan in a message from God to the Prophet (S). The Sunnis say that ‘Abd Allah ibn Zayd saw a dream in which he was taught the adhan by someone. When he related his dream to the Prophet (S), he approved it. See, accessed January 20, 2015. []

Lone wolf in Canada – Allah’s tribe distinguishes itself again

 Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks during a nationally televised address on CBC in this still image taken from video in Ottawa, October 22, 2014.

Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks during a nationally televised address on CBC in this still image taken from video in Ottawa, October 22, 2014.

There probably is nothing more satisfying to me than seeing the saving power of the Lord Christ in the life of a new convert to Jesus Christ. As a pastor “working in the trenches,” I am blessed to see this regularly. Just a few weeks ago, a husband and his wife stood before me as I led him in prayer to receive Christ. I remember hearing his voice breaking as he prayed, only to finish the prayer and observe tears streaming down his face. As I watched him lead his family from the church that day, the smile on his face could only be explained as the pure joy of the risen Lord. I think there is no greater evidence of the reality of the love of God in Christ than a changed heart and changed life, all the result of humbling oneself before a mighty God who transforms us from the inside out into a new creation. 2 Corinthians 5:17 NASB.

Ever been in a group and the conversation turned to religion? How about Islam and Christianity? I recently found myself in conversation with a friend and the question was asked whether Allah and God are the same?

How might one answer? I suggest we look at what happened in Canada:

Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper vowed to redouble the country’s fight against “terrorist organizations” abroad after a reported convert to Islam rampaged through parliament, shocking the usually tranquil capital city.

Shortly after a gunman shot dead a soldier at the National War Memorial in central Ottawa on Wednesday morning, a man armed with a shotgun burst into the Center Block of Parliament, pursued by police. He died after dozens of shots rang out a few yards away from where Harper was talking to his legislators.

The objective of these attacks was to instill fear and panic in our country,” Harper said. “Canadians will not be intimidated. We will be vigilant, but we will not run scared. We will be prudent but we will not panic.”

Harper pledged to speed up a plan already under way to bolster Canadian laws and police powers in the areas of “surveillance, detention and arrest.”

The killing of the Canadian soldier was the second this week with a possible link to Islamist militants. A convert to Islam on Monday ran over two Canadian soldiers with his car, killing one, near Montreal, before being shot dead by police.

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The gunman in Canada is reported to be a recent convert to Islam. Regardless of whether that proves to be true, the point remains: Why would a Muslim use violence to glorify his god? And what does that say about his god if the use of violence is seen as a means to identify with or bring glory to that god?

To answer the question, I offer the difference between a new Muslim convert and a new Christian convert. A convert to Islam takes up arms because Muhammad, the perfect role model and messenger of Islam, revealed the word of Allah in Qur’an 9:5, 47:4 and many other Quranic passages, to the end that “smiting the necks” of the unbelievers becomes not only a belief, but a duty of virtue that one pursues. In some cases, converts to Islam who had never before contemplated murder as an option now see it not only as an option but a virtue rewarded in the afterlife. In these cases, the convert may become the “lone wolf,” unpredictable and threatening to society. In a recent Congressional Research Report (#7-5700, R41416 (January 23, 2013) by Jerome P. Bjelopera), there have been 63 “homegrown” violent jihadist plots in the United States since 9/11/2001.  Since 2009, there has been an “apparent expansion of terrorist activity in the Untied States (through December 2012),” resulting in arrests for 42 “homegrown,” jihadist-inspired terrorist plots, all of which were conducted by American citizens or legal permanent residents of the United States. (See CRS R41416, p. 1).

American Adam Gadahn Al Qaeda Senior Operative

American Adam Gadahn
Al Qaeda Senior Operative

We might liken what happened in Canada to the “homegrown lone-wolf” terrorist described in CRS R41416 above cited. The effectiveness of provoking fear in the minds of innocent civilians is a major purpose of Salafi-Islamists such as Al Qaeda or the Islamic State, even if the provocation is a single shooter with a shotgun as appears to be the case in Canada. The CRS report above cited states, “For example, the media wing of Al Qaeda, As Sahab, released an English language video in March, 2010, entitled, “A Call to Arms,” featuring American-born spokesperson Adam Gadahn. In the video, Gadahn extols Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan as a “trailblazer” who did not attract law enforcement attention by training abroad or relying on conspirators.  Gadahn encourages would-be terrorists to select realistically hittable targets that are familiar to them and have some broadly symbolic—especially economic resonance (see full video here. video analysis here).

This is precisely what happened in Canada. The lone wolf attacked a high profile location – Parliament – so as to generate the highest level of public reaction.

In another video, Gadahn (June 2011 English language video) even more clearly emphasized lone wolf operations. In the video he suggests that the ease of weapon purchases in the United States allows for the ease of conducting jihadi operations at the center of one’s locality (see video here):

Let’s take America as an example. America is absolutely awash with easily obtainable firearms. You can go down to a gun show at the local convention center and come away with a fully automatic assault rifle, without a background check, and most likely without having to show an identification card. So what are you waiting for?

The CRS report above (p. 12) distinguishes between “radicalization” and “violent extremism.” In America and other Western countries (Canada, for example), it is not illegal to adopt, express, or disseminate ideas, even hateful and extremist ones. Hence, the radicalization of Muslims is not illegal in free societies. But when radicalized individuals mobilize their views (that is, they move from a radicalized viewpoint to membership in a terrorist group, or to planning, materially supporting, or executing terrorist activity) then the nation’s public safety and security interests are activated. Thus radicalized views become “violent extremism” as violent action takes place.

Recently, Americans reacted with horror when recent convert to Islam, Alton Nolen, beheaded one of his coworkers and stabbed another before being shot. Reports are that Nolen attempted to convert his coworkers to Islam but to no avail. When he was fired, he reacted by using violence against those working with him. One aritcle reports:

“He comes out, tries to assimilate with a local mosque, is spurred on by videos and Internet postings by groups like ISIS, and then the incident at his workplace — a perceived wrong against him — becomes the catalyst that trips the trigger in his mind to move from jihadi thoughts to violent action,” Dunleavy added.

I suppose the problem for law enforcement is how to predict when radicalization will become violent extremism? And whether the motivation is simply an act of obedience to Allah and his Muhammad or retribution for a wrong suffered?

Do you know of any new converts to Christianity who have “radicalized” to the point of using violence as an act of obedience to Christ? Any who have become “violent extremists” to advance Christianity? In my Google searches, I find none. In fact, the only evidence I find of Christians being involved in violence has been when they are former Muslims who have converted to Christianity and have become victims as Muslim apostates subject to the death penalty. I know what some are thinking. What about the Crusades? Are you serious? The Crusades were launched for the same reason that Obama launched air strikes on Iraq and Syria. To save human life. Muslims in the Middle East were annihilating Christianity and the Crusades were launched as a reaction to the Muslim sword. (It is quite OK with me if you post to the heavens on that point. I will stand with the martyrs of Revelation 6:10 awaiting the vengeance of the Lord. If you want to stand on the side of Islam don’t tell the Lord you weren’t told!)

It seems to me that the first steps a believer takes are those most revealing of the god in whom they believe. They are like baby-steps that reveal the nature and extent of one’s connection to the “parent” that feeds them. When lone-wolf converts to Islam (or matured jihadis) commit violent extremist actions they reveal the god in whom they serve. Allah is not the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as revealed in Jesus Christ. Allah is another god, a god of darkness. He is satan’s representative masquerading as God and the lone wolf of Islam reveals him for who he truly is. 2 Corinthians 11:14, Revelation 13:3-4.

Jesus come quickly.