Nonetheless, the Saudis have in the past and continue today to play a central role in the development of fundamentalist Islam. This role has largely been overlooked by American media and, perhaps, policy makers. The Saudi ruling family rose to power as proponents of both Wahabi Islam and the Hanbali school of Islamic Jurisprudence, a system of thought which stresses an extremely literalist interpretation of the Qur'an and Sunna (sayings and actions of the Prophet Muhammad) as the only guide for human action. While most Muslims think of "Hard" Shari'a (including punishments such as amputation for petty theft) as primitive and barbaric, the Saudis have made it standard practice. In recent decades the Saudi's have used their newfound oil wealth to fund huge campaigns not only to convert non-Muslims to Islam, but also to convert other Muslims to Wahabi thought. Further, control over the Pilgrimage to the holy cities of Mecca and Medina has aided the Saudi's in spreading their extremely puritanical ideology throughout the Muslim World. Not only does the Pilgrimage bring millions of Muslims to Saudi Arabia every year, but the Saudi's wealth is interpreted by some as a reward for piety. Imagine poor Muslims from Indonesia or Nigeria travelling to Mecca and seeing the awesome Saudi wealth for the first time. Of course, Islam of this nature will not show them the number of black people still in slavery in Muslim homes! But, because the Pilgrimage is often subsidized, for millions of Muslims form poorer areas of the world, a trip to Saudi Arabia is the only international experience they will ever have. The penalty for conversion is death in Saudi Arabia today!
In many other ways, the Saudis have been a major force in spreading 'conservative' Islam. Harsh restrictions on women's roles and behaviour are characteristic of Wahabi Islam and were previously atypical elsewhere. Similarly, it has been the Saudi's who have encouraged Muslims to implement a harsher form of the Shari'a. For example, the move to implement "hard" Shari'a in Nigeria's north - resulting in the much publicized caning of a 17-year old girl for premarital sex and numerous clashes with Nigerian Christians this past year - has been backed by the Saudi's, who offered "training" for new Islamic judges. Remarkably, there has been little commentary on these first steps to replace West Africa's centuries-old (and rather liberal) Maliki system of Islamic law with harsher Hanbali jurisprudence - until the proposed stoning to death, for adultery, of Safiyatu Huseini who alleges she was raped by her cousin, Yakubu Abubukar. Under the perverse Sharia law there must be at least four Muslim witnesses to convict a man of adultery and Yakuba claimed that he had not even met Safiyatu - even though he lives 30 yards from her house - and, once he was freed, promptly fled from the village!
Ironically, one reason the Saudi's helped aid the US against Saddam Hussain in the Gulf War was precisely because the Saudis consider the Baath party in Iraq to be secularist and un-Islamic. Saddam is no Muslim Fundamentalist, and much of the Islamic world considered his calls for "Holy War" against the West to be a joke. They are unlikely to take bin Laden's call as lightly but, while the US is the supreme power on earth (easily defeating the forces of the false god, Allah, until the Almighty God of Israel decrees otherwise), they will continue the cowardly stance that is historical Islam while biding their time for more Satanic strikes.
'Unity' above truth, love into prostitution ... the church into a whore!
From the very beginning, Islam has been a religion of conquest. Muhammad himself led 27 invasions of neighbouring towns and, during his lifetime, his followers engaged in about 50 more. The conquered peoples were given the choice of conversion to Islam or death. At times, a third alternative was granted: the payment of heavy tribute. Islam converted by force the vast regions it now dominates and where conversion of a Muslim to another religion is forbidden. The penalty for conversion is death in Saudi Arabia today. Islamic terrorists are playing out their special role in Islam's intended conquest of the world. That Islam offers those who die in jihad assurance of Paradise encourages the most effective terrorists, the suicide bombers who conceal on their bodies explosives which they detonate to kill Israelis. When an Egyptian soldier named Suleiman Khater went berserk in the Sinai and killed five Israeli tourists, what did Iran do? It declared him a hero, named a street after him and set aside a day honoring him The late Ayatollah Khomeini declared: "The purest joy in Islam is to kill and be killed for God." In its war against Iraq, Iran cleared minefields by utilizing thousands of young schoolboys to walk along in front of troops and tanks. In 1982, in one minefield alone, about 5,000 children were torn to bits exploding the mines so that the army could move across the cleared path. Arab terrorism is passed off as the fault of a tiny minority of fanatics who are out of step with mainstream Islam and the educated Arab world. On the contrary, the Koran says in Surah 5:33 (cf. 47:4) that all those who oppose Allah (i.e., non-Muslims) are to be "killed or crucified, or have their hands and feet on alternate sides cut off ...'. Surah 9:5 instructs: "slay the [non-Muslims] wherever ye find them, and take them (captive), and besiege them, and prepare for them each ambush.'
Nevertheless, the major world media remains pro-Arab and anti-Israel. That bias is demonstrated almost daily. Consider the sanitization of the terrorist organization Hamas after one of its agents blew himself up on a bus in Tel Aviv, killing 22 and wounding many others. That afternoon CNN news commentator Flilary Bowker commented that, while most people think of a terrorist organization when they hear the word Hamas, "the group actually does quite a bit more than that ...'. Rosemary Hollis, an "expert" being interviewed, added: "They are part of the community. Many professionals of Hamas...will perform functions ... in the schools, or in the clinics or through the mosques ... [for] the poor people." Other networks continued the whitewash, including America's most watched news program, ABC's "World News Tonight" with Peter Jennings. The Jerusalem Post wrote: "In turning a massacre of Israelis into pro-Palestinian propaganda, no one is a greater virtuoso than ABC-TV's Peter Jennings." There was not a word that anyone had been killed in the bus bombing, which Jennings explained as an act of revenge for an earlier attack upon a mosque by an Israeli. Inexcusably, Jennings failed to distinguish between an impulsive outburst by a deranged individual acting on his own and a carefully planned attack by an organization which has devoted itself to terrorism with the backing of Arab nations. Hamas declares that every Muslim is obliged to aid in Israel's destruction. Jennings described these professional murderers as "devout and politically aware Moslems" and depicted them as heroes. No blame was leveled at Hamas, but Israel was blamed for the death of one of her own soldiers, Nahshon Wachsman, kidnapped by Hamas who, said Jennings, "subsequently died when the Israelis tried to rescue him by force." Shame on Israel for defending herself! Tom Brokaw was not to be outdone and presented a program from Jerusalem called "The Story of the Israeli Fathers," featuring "interviews with Nahshon Wachsman's father, Yehuda Wachsman, and Tyassir Natsche, a 'wealthy Arab merchant,' the father of one of Nahshon's kidnappers. [Commented Brokaw], 'Two fathers in the Middle East, both grieving religious men, joined, for now, only in the deaths of their sons.' How could the death of the one murdered be placed on the same level as the death of the one who kidnapped and killed him. What a masterful deception! [condensed from Dave Hunt, A Cup of Trembling]
Obviously, even after September 11th, the US would not attack the Saudis or bin Laden merely for what they think and believe. Terrorism is not a "thought crime", but it is the actions, not beliefs, of certain fanatical Muslims that are unacceptable. However, the actions of the West may be tempered by the political reality that fundamentalists are not always the enemies - sometimes they are already Ahab-like allies.
The Ecumenical Movement sponsored from Rome
Ahab had an agenda - when you're married to Jezebel you become like her and we read (1 Kings 21: 25):
Surely there was no one like Ahab who sold himself to do evil in the sight of the LORD, because Jezebel his wife incited him. 26 And he acted very abominably in following idols, according to all that the Amorites had done, whom the LORD cast out before the sons of Israel.
Remember, we read earlier: 'he (Jehoshaphat) said to him, "I am as you are, and my people as your people, and we will be with you in the battle."' This is just the way the Christian church has allied itself to false brethren in our days, our denominations continue to unite with such as Archbishop Carey who has allied himself to idolaters through his multi-faith meetings. We have seen the New Age (occultic) heretics of 'Promise Keepers' start in the USA and, in Britain and the rest of the world we have 'March for Jesus' - with Mormons and Roman Catholics joining. At the same time that the secular world is being prepared politically, economically and militarily for the anti-Christ, the Christian church is being prepared spiritually. The Ahab's and Jezebel's of Ecumenism attempt to exalt 'unity' above truth, turn love into prostitution, and the church into a whore as foretold in Revelation 17-18! Doctrine is despised, experience is glorified, and correction is forbidden as 'divisive.' 'Christian psychologists' have persuaded much of the church that an un-holy union between Christ and such anti-Christ's as Freud, Jung, et al, is Biblical and essential. The 'social gospel' and 'money preachers gospel' of Word-Faith have manufactured 'a gospel acceptable to people' which is packaged in the world's appealing language of SELF - self-love, self-esteem, self-worth - and self-delusion!
Satan's strategy has long been to install his 'ministers of righteousness' (2 Corinthians 11:15) inside the church to corrupt the truth and he has done so effectively. His ultimate aim is to deceive mankind into thinking that his anti-Christ is really the Christ and to bring the world to his feet in worship. To do this he needs to continue his attempts to bring a gradual change in the view of the deity and attributes of Christ, what He came to accomplish, and the manner and purpose of His return to the earth when every eye shall see Him (Revelation 1:7). Satan attempts this by a gradual preparation of the world to embrace a 'positive Christianity' that is acceptable to every religion. The Ecumenical Movement sponsored from Rome, and supported by ignorant men such as Arch-heretic Carey, has accomplished much in bringing paganism into the church. Rome has ever been influenced by other false religions, which readily mix with her distortion of gospel truth, so it is no surprise to see the Pope call the Dalai Lama a 'great spiritual leader.' Thomas Cranmer, the first evangelical Archbishop of Canterbury, William Tyndale, Bishop John Hooper, Nicholas Ridley, Hugh Latimer, and the other founders of the evangelical branch of the Church of England, chose to be burned alive rather than compromise with the same Roman doctrines that no longer seem to cause George Carey any serious problem. Naïve evangelicals in Britain were thrilled when Carey became Archbishop of Canterbury, but they have sat back quietly while he has led the Church of England down the same path to join Rome's errors fully and participated in pagan religious festivals in inter-faith ceremonies declaring: "What gifts the Holy Sites give us according to whatever beliefs you have." The clear teaching of Scripture: "I am the Lord thy God, you shall have no other gods before me" means nothing to the hierarchy of the Church of England or its supposed 'evangelical' leader who, in his book The Meeting of Waters, promotes union with Roman Catholicism despite its many erroneous doctrines. Former Secretary of the Evangelical Council of the Church of England, Bishop Gladwin, addressed a special 'celebration' for homosexuals and lesbians in London's Southwark Cathedral and his 'Archbishop,' rather than disciplining his man, addressed an Episcopal congregation consisting of hundreds of sodomites and lesbians in California. One hardly knows whether to weep or to laugh at such ignorance. Carey seems oblivious to the realities and Scriptural definitions of idolatry and correctly defined his church as "nothing but a toothless old woman muttering in the corner." The Apostle Paul would not laugh for his attitude contrasts sharply with that of today's church leaders who refrain from identifying and correcting heresy for the sake of 'unity.' He knew how deceptive and deadly false doctrine could be. Most of his epistles were written to correct those who were wandering even slightly from the truth. Yet the most blatant heresy today not only goes unchallenged by church leaders, but it seems to enhance the acceptance of such preachers.
Take warning from Scriptural history of the other mistake Jehoshaphat made - he took a decision FIRST and said he would join Ahab in his war. But now he says (1 Kings 18:4 and the Chronicles account):
4 Moreover, Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, "Please inquire first for the word of the LORD." 5 Then the king of Israel assembled the prophets, four hundred men, and said to them, "Shall we go against Ramoth-gilead to battle, or shall I refrain?" And they said, "Go up, for God will give it into the hand of the king." 6 But Jehoshaphat said, "Is there not yet a prophet of the LORD here that we may inquire of him?" 7 And the king of Israel said to Jehoshaphat, "There is yet one man by whom we may inquire of the LORD, but I hate him, for he never prophesies good concerning me but always evil. He is Micaiah, son of Imla." But Jehoshaphat said, "Let not the king say so." 8 Then the king of Israel called an officer and said, "Bring quickly Micaiah, Imla's son."