I realize this is slightly off topic. Nothing in this post will try to differentiate Jesus (of the Bible) from jesus (of the Quran). Nothing will try to prove that the god of Islam is not the God of the Bible. This one is directed at those churches deliberately serving their members and guests halal food, food that has been sacrificed and offered to the god of Islam. There is much, much more that could be written about halal foods, but this special post is aimed directly at the churches offering it as a way to blend themselves with their Muslim guests to promote “Chrislam”. If you are not familiar with the word halal or its application to foods for the Muslim, visit the Muslim-run site titled, “The Islamic Guidelines to Slaughtering Animals”. For now, back to the subject of false teachers leading the Christian wrong.
Let’s go directly to Scripture on this one. In the process of telling the Gentile churches the things they needed to do in order to serve the God of Israel (Yehovah God of the Bible), the Jerusalem Council demanded the following four things:
“But that we write unto them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, and from fornication, and from things strangled, and from blood.”
“That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.”
The quotes above are from the King James Version. Other translations make it even clearer that the Christian must not eat meat that has been offered to idols. Make no mistake, the god of Islam is nothing more than an idol – he’s a piece of black rock sitting in Mecca, and a false god.
In order for food to be halal (lawful for the Muslim), certain things must take place during its slaughter, among which are the requirements that the animal be facing Mecca as it is incredibly inhumanely slaughtered (subject for another discussion) and while a prayer of sacrifice is said, offering the animal to the false god of Islam as it slowly and very painfully dies. I’ve even seen videos of Muslims laughing and “partying it up” as the animal dies. It’s disgusting, but that’s on a human level. To Yehovah God (of the Bible), it is a direct violation of His commandments.
I attended a “jesus in the Quran” seminar in January, 2012 at Grace Fellowship Church in Midtown Atlanta, Georgia (I had attended before as well, so I know that what I’m about to tell you happens at all of these events, wherever these wolves teach this heresy). For lunch on Saturday, they announced a “Mediterranean” meal and the young pastor speaking about lunch actually told the congregation that the meat was halal. I assume this was in an effort to make the attending Muslims feel welcome and at home (how nice) but that doesn’t take away from the fact that the pastor was going directly against Scripture in his efforts, regardless of his motive.
So I have to ask just one thing: if a pastor can know the word halal and the implications of such a word, and still not only make it available but encourage the crowd to go outside and eat of it, for whom is this pastor working? Is it really a far stretch to see that this pastor is nothing more than a front and that the congregation that hears from him regularly has no reason to believe a single word that comes from his mouth? If he would stand on the stage and encourage Christians to do something directly against Scripture, what else would he allow or lead Christians into doing? Can he be trusted at all?
Or, does he know? Does he have any idea what halal means? Do you, Christian?
Listen, the “jesus in the Quran” crew (they recently changed their name to “jesus AND the Quran”) exists to trip you, to put little errant pieces of information in front of you and make you think that it’s okay to mingle your worship with idols and even to partake of food that has been offered to them. If not the god of Islam, they would have another false god set up and ready to preach as being equivalent to the God of the Bible. The man who once stated “When you’re looking for the ministers of Satan, don’t overlook the pulpit” certainly knew what he was talking about, and this is one group (including the lead group in Snellville, Georgia) that fits the bill.
Don’t eat food that is halal. When you buy meat at the market, even though Paul says you don’t have to do so, ask if it is halal so that you can avoid it. There is certainly nothing wrong with asking. When you eat out at a restaurant, ask. When you visit other people to dine with them, Paul says not to ask for conscience sake, but to eat and be kind; but he also says that if they offer the fact that the food is halal, you should not eat. Folks, when a pastor stands in front of a congregation and invites that group to go outside and partake of halal food, he is admitting its state and is leading his flock in the wrong direction. Paul is talking directly to this pastor when he says the below:
“You cannot drink from the cup of the Lord and from the cup of demons, too. You cannot eat at the Lord’s Table and at the table of demons, too.”
1st Corinthians 10:21
I urge you to read Paul’s talk about food offered to idols. But before you make your final decision, ask yourself if you truly want to put something in your body that belongs to the god of Islam.
Pastors of Grace Fellowship (especially Jon) – what more can I say to make you understand that you are not following the direction of the God (of the Bible) whom you say you serve? Knowing all you do about Scripture and the clear instructions you’ve been given, do you really want to serve halal foods at your next event? Oh, and one more thing…
Jesus is NOT in the Quran!