Islam has perpetuated an autocratic feudalism and cruelly held back basic human rights in the name of Allah
Jehoshaphat did a lot of good things; but he also made mistakes, and some of these cost the lives of the people who followed him. Making peace with the divided and idolatrous northern kingdom of Israel in his day cost the lives of many 'scattered on the mountains, Like sheep which have no shepherd' as Macaiah prophesied. God's complaint was not even with these men who followed Ahab so that 'the LORD said, 'These have no master. Let each of them return to his house in peace.'" when you are compromised by false leaders you may escape with your life because of God's mercy. But we also remember the examples of Saul's sons who were warned but stayed with their father and shared in his fate on earth; although their final destination may not be shared, for God's Word says clearly that none of us will be responsible for another's sin - unless we do not warn them! (Ezekiel 3:18-21; 18:4-32; 33:8-20)
Jehoshaphat also paid a price for his alliance with Ahab, for we read:
45 Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, and his might which he showed and how he warred, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah? 46 And the remnant of the sodomites who remained in the days of his father Asa, he expelled from the land. 47 Now there was no king in Edom; a deputy was king. 48 Jehoshaphat made ships of Tarshish to go to Ophir for gold, but they did not go for the ships were broken at Ezion-geber.
Jehoshaphat had to suffer the loss of these ships, just as the US and her allies will suffer some losses because of their alliances with deceivers, and the Christian church will suffer as the Anglicans suffered when millions were lopped off their ministerial funds when God made a judgement on His rejection of a corrupt priesthood which He has no interest in sustaining. But Jehoshaphat learnt his lesson, for we read:
Then Ahaziah the son of Ahab said to Jehoshaphat, "Let my servants go with your servants in the ships." But Jehoshaphat was not willing. 50 And Jehoshaphat slept with his fathers and was buried with his fathers in the city of his father David, and Jehoram his son became king in his place. 51 Ahaziah the son of Ahab became king over Israel in Samaria in the seventeenth year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, and he reigned two years over Israel. 52 And he did evil in the sight of the LORD and walked in the way of his father and in the way of his mother and in the way of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who caused Israel to sin. 53 So he served Baal and worshiped him and provoked the LORD God of Israel to anger according to all that his father had done.
Jehoshaphat learnt his lesson and refused to ally himself with the equally evil son of the deceiver Ahab - Ahaziah, who lasted only two years of Baal worship! Jehoshaphat was honoured with the faithful kings of Israel and slept with David. No doubt the deceivers on all sides in the war against Islam will be honoured by their respective countries. But God will not forget their treachery, or the innocent who died because of their decisions.
… missionaries to Arab countries have massive files detailing
Muslims in Britain claim that Islam is a 'peaceful' religion. The truth is that every Islamic country, to some extent, forbids or severely curtails any religion but Islam. Converts to Christianity have been imprisoned and killed in large numbers in Islamic countries, often by their own family members. Jouad Elias Accad (Building Bridges, p.50-51) gives details of a former Muslim who tired of living a life of hypocrisy and began to openly declare and promulgate his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as His personal Lord and Saviour. He was soon kidnapped and his body discovered in pieces. Muslims had tied dynamite around his neck and exploded it. His sister managed to identify his body from a birth mark on some of the fragments! This is typical of the fear instilled into those who dare to embrace the truth. Keep quiet about your faith or you are dead - that is the message imparted by the spirit at the root of Islam in countries where they hold enough power to follow the example of Muhammad (see http://www.worthynews.com for details of Islamic Atrocities). Freedom of the press and of speech and of assembly, along with freedom of religion and the import of Bibles and Christian literature, have been denied behind the 'Islamic Curtain' even more strictly than the Iron Curtain managed.
Like Marxism, Islam has failed to produce the 'ideal' society it promised. Many Arab countries, in spite of billions in annual revenues from oil, remain among the most primitive nations in the world, outside of their few large modernized cities. Islam has perpetuated an autocratic feudalism and cruelly held back basic human rights in the name of Allah.
While tolerating a great deal of homosexuality, Islam has kept out much of the immorality of the Western world which thrives in nominally Christian countries such as the United States and Britain. Muslims are probably not aware that of the few Christians (~1%) who go to church in Britain each week, a large number are not Bible believing and therefore have almost no say in the decisions made by politicians. Our Prime Minister, Tony Blair, has one foot in the corrupt Roman Catholic cult and the other partially in its' offshoot, the Anglican Church led by Arch-heretic Carey. A similar state is present in the US - which is why the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance was a 'multi-faith' farce. As a result of the loss of influence of Christianity in the West, immorality continues to grow and is contrary to the teachings of the Bible and carried on in defiance of Christ. But in Islamic countries the evil exemplified by the Taliban is due to the Koran itself and is practiced in the name of Allah and in obedience to his prophet, Muhammad.
No one now calls for a Holy War in the name of Christ, as was once done by the corrupt Popes of Rome, and is still done in the name of Allah. Terrorism and the taking of hostages is not done in the name of Christ but is done in the name of Allah with the approval of many in Islam. Christ taught us to love our enemies, to turn the other cheek (Matthew 5:39), and He seeks to win men's hearts with His love. In contrast. Muhammad taught that Islam should be spread by the sword and this Satanic policy has been applied everywhere and began with Muhammad's own Quraish tribe in Saudi Arabia.
atrocities perpetrated against believers in the Messiah Jesus Christ
The Jews were forced to fight for survival against a force far superior in numbers and equipment
Islam's teaching that those who die fighting in its defence go immediately to Paradise made the Arab armies almost invincible. After Muhammad's death they conquered Persia, Turkey, all of North Africa, crossed the Mediterranean to conquer Spain and were well on their way to taking all of Europe when they were defeated in A.D.732 at the Battle of Tours in France. This was how the faith of Islam was taken to the world. It was either submit to Allah and to the teachings of his prophet, Muhammad, or die. Such is the shameful heritage of Islam in those countries which it continues to control. It is still quite in keeping with their religion for Muslims to consider it their honourable duty to kill Christians and Jews today, and missionaries to Arab countries have massive files detailing atrocities perpetrated against believers in the Messiah Jesus Christ and the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob who is not Allah! Muslims in Britain were quick to cry out for protection when a few of them were attacked (no doubt by non-Christians) in our country - yet you do not hear a squeak from these hypocrites when another atrocity occurs in their countries which regularly persecute Christians and other religions.
After September 11th the British media were quick to jump on the anti-Christian bandwagon and focus on the Crusaders, mercenaries who were hired by the anti-Christ Popes to strike back against the Arab invaders, which is entirely contrary to Christian doctrines in the Bible. Inspired by the anti-Christ Pope, Urban II, the members of the First Crusade went to recover 'for the Church' the land that belonged to Israel. Plundering, raping and murdering along the way, they slaughtered all the Muslims and Jews in Jerusalem when they took that 'holy city' for the Roman Catholic Cult. They were acting in direct violation of the teachings of Jesus whose cross they claimed to be carrying! Not to be outdone by Islam's promise of instant Paradise for those who died in jihad, the Pope offered a 'plenary indulgence' remitting all punishments due to sin to those who should fall in the war. The call by various Popes for Holy Wars ranks among the worst violations of the Dark Ages and has passed into history as a Christian act, perpetuated by the ignorant who continue to nurse the vipers of Rome as 'Christians'. Unless a Pope manages to re-install the Jesuits to their old murderous ways, which they were still following vigorously in the last century, these atrocities will not be repeated. But the shrill cry of jihad, is still heard and heeded, for it is in perfect harmony with Islam and with the deeds of its prophet, Muhammad.
It is impossible to understand the current situation in the Middle East, much less anticipate probable future developments there, except in the context of the religion that controls and motivates the Arab world. Today's fastest growing religion, Islam means 'surrender to Allah,' the God whose revelations (the Koran) were allegedly dictated to the prophet Muhammad. Here we encounter the first of many contradictions. In its early chapters the Koran endorses the Old Testament and Gospels of the New as inspired by God, appeals to their authority to authenticate Muhammad's revelations and urges obedience to their precepts. Yet the Koran goes on to contradict the Bible by declaring that Jesus did not die upon the cross for our sins or rise from the dead and salvation is by one's own good works rather than by grace through what God has done for us.
To 'explain' the flagrant contradictions between the Koran and the Bible, which it affirms, Muslims insist that the Bible has been corrupted since the days of Muhammad. That this is a blatantly false charge is proved by the many manuscripts in existence from the time of Muhammad and before, which are identical to the Bible as we have it today. [go to 'Other Religions']. The Bible must be discredited to maintain the claim that the Arabs, as descendants of Ishmael, are the true heirs of God's promises to Abraham. The Koran declares that it was Ishmael, not Isaac, whom Abraham was told to offer to God and to whose descendants the land of Canaan was given.
That the nature of Islam remains unchanged is proved by the history of Israel in this century. In 1948, both Jews and Arabs were living in Palestine. Jews had been trying to return to the land of their ancestors for decades but most were denied entrance by Britain. Horrified by the murder of six million Jews in Nazi extermination camps, the UN voted to partition Palestine in order to create a small Jewish state as a place for resettlement of the survivors of Hitler's holocaust. The Palestinian Arabs were given the remainder of Palestine as a state of their own. Insisting that Allah had promised it all to them, and unwilling to allow a Jewish state to exist, the regular armies of five Arab nations attacked, confident of driving the Jews into the Mediterranean. The Jews were forced to fight for survival against a force far superior in numbers and equipment. Having been allotted such a narrow strip of land along the sea that it was indefensible, tiny Israel, as part of her victory, pushed her boundaries outward to a more defensible position. Jordan subsequently annexed the remainder of Palestine that had been partitioned to the Palestinian Arabs. Since then, rather than being integrated into society, the Palestinian Arab refugees have been confined to camps in Jordan, Lebanon and Syria, where they remain keeping the 'Palestinian problem' alive.