Talking Point #57 – how long halt ye between two opinions?

This Talking Point goes hand-in-hand with “Talking Point #23 – one god, a god, THE God…give me a break!!”  If you haven’t yet done so, you should read that one first to get a feeling for the base and then come back here for the expansion.  Bottom line, the folks touting “Chrislam” are doing so with the mantra “there is only one god, the god of Islam is a god, therefore he must be THE God.”  They are wrong…

You may recognize the title of this post.  God gave it to us in the book of 1st Kings.  It occurred on Mount Carmel as Elijah asked the people how long they would continue to worship a false god named Baal.  I’m asking the same question today of those in the Christian church who continue to believe, teach, and preach, that the false god of Islam is the same as the God of the Bible.  Here’s the story from 1st Kings…it begins with Elijah speaking to King Ahab:

“Now therefore send, and gather to me all Israel unto mount Carmel, and the prophets of Baal four hundred and fifty, and the prophets of the groves four hundred, which eat at Jezebel’s table.  So Ahab sent unto all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together unto mount Carmel.  And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.  Then said Elijah unto the people, I, even I only, remain a prophet of the LORD; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men.  Let them therefore give us two bullocks; and let them choose one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: and I will dress the other bullock, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the LORD: and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God. And all the people answered and said, It is well spoken.  And Elijah said unto the prophets of Baal, Choose you one bullock for yourselves, and dress it first; for ye are many; and call on the name of your gods, but put no fire under.  And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered. And they leaped upon the altar which was made.  And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked.  And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them.  And it came to pass, when midday was past, and they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that there was neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded.  And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me. And all the people came near unto him. And he repaired the altar of the LORD that was broken down.  And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the LORD came, saying, Israel shall be thy name: And with the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD: and he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two measures of seed.  And he put the wood in order, and cut the bullock in pieces, and laid him on the wood, and said, Fill four barrels with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice, and on the wood.  And he said, Do it the second time.  And they did it the second time. And he said, Do it the third time.  And they did it the third time.  And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the trench also with water.  And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word.  Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the LORD God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again.  Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.  And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God.  And Elijah said unto them, Take the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape. And they took them: and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there.
1st Kings 18:19-40

That story is long to put into a post like this, but equally as important.  In the story, Elijah confronts those worshipping a false god and proves to them that God (of the Bible) is the only True God.  Notice that the sacrifice to the false god Baal just sat there like a limp noodle, or, dare I say, a black inanimate rock sitting in Mecca.  But this isn’t the only place in Scripture where God (of the Bible) has given us clear indication of how He feels about people who worship other gods.

In Deuteronomy, Israel is told that when God (of the Bible) cuts off from before them the people currently dwelling in the promised land, that they were NOT to inquire as to how those people worshipped their gods, and they certainly weren’t to do those same things and say they were doing them unto God (of the Bible):

“Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise.  Thou shalt not do so unto the LORD thy God: for every abomination to the LORD, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters they have burnt in the fire to their gods.”
Deuteronomy 12:30-31

How much more clear can God (of the Bible) be with His commands?  Yet today we have Christians going into the mosque to inquire about how the Muslim worships his god.  Worse yet, they’re actually worshipping right beside their god and telling themselves and others that they are serving the same god as the Muslim.  Truth be told, THEY ARE!  But that god isn’t the Creator God of the Bible!  They truly are serving the same god, but they have the wrong one.  They are doing exactly what God told them not to do in Deuteronomy.  As if it could get any worse, they do it completely without shame!  And they do it in the name of peace.  Never before have I seen such educated people with their heads buried in the proverbial sand just to make a point of trying to bring about a peace that will never come – the false moon god of Islam will never allow it.

Should we want to go into the mosque and worship with the people worshipping the false god of Islam?  What does God (of the Bible) say about that?

And go not after other gods to serve them, and to worship them, and provoke me not to anger with the works of your hands; and I will do you no hurt.”
Jeremiah 25:6

I don’t think so.

Knowing that the worship of other gods was so highly frowned upon by God of the Bible, what is it that makes the god of Islam any different from those other gods mentioned in the Bible?

God (of the Bible) has not made one single provision for His people to worship any other god, ever!

He is a jealous God and does not want to share your heart in any way with another god:

“Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;”
Exodus 20:4-5 (The “Ten Commandments” Chapter)

Consider the differences between the Creator God of the Bible and the god of Islam and ask yourself, “What would make me believe that they could possibly be the same?”  Is it because we live in the 21st Century now and believe that the Old Testament laws and commands of God are no longer relevant?  Does the church believe that it must be so “seeker-friendly” that nothing that God says matters as long as we feel good about ourselves with our “covenant” making skills with our enemies?  Make no mistake, there is nothing in God’s Word (the Holy Bible) that allows for compromise.

You can witness, but you cannot compromise.

One last example of another god in Scripture…Molech.  Here are a few times he’s mentioned in the Bible:

And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD.”
Leviticus 18:21

“Again, thou shalt say to the children of Israel, Whosoever he be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn in Israel, that giveth any of his seed unto Molech; he shall surely be put to death: the people of the land shall stone him with stones.  And I will set my face against that man, and will cut him off from among his people; because he hath given of his seed unto Molech, to defile my sanctuary, and to profane my holy name.  And if the people of the land do any ways hide their eyes from the man, when he giveth of his seed unto Molech, and kill him not: Then I will set my face against that man, and against his family, and will cut him off, and all that go a whoring after him, to commit whoredom with Molech, from among their people.
Leviticus 20:2-5

Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon.”
1st Kings 11:7

Because of all the evil of the children of Israel and of the children of Judah, which they have done to provoke me to anger, they, their kings, their princes, their priests, and their prophets, and the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.  And they have turned unto me the back, and not the face: though I taught them, rising up early and teaching them, yet they have not hearkened to receive instruction.  But they set their abominations in the house, which is called by my name, to defile it.  And they built the high places of Baal, which are in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire unto Molech; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.”
Jeremiah 32:32-35

Can you follow the progression there?  From the people all the way to the King and Priests, Molech was being worshipped and God (of the Bible) put a halt to it!  He blamed everyone that did it and ordered them killed!  That doesn’t mean He won’t allow repentance and forgiveness and I’m certainly not advocating death to the “misunderstanders” of peace-seeking today (His Grace is far bigger than you or I can describe), but He made His point:  He doesn’t allow worship of other gods!  And in this particular instance, this god demanded the killing and sacrifice of children…read on.

Islam is a political system bent on destruction even of its very own children.  How many Muslims have been taught to strap on a murder-bomber vest (they aren’t suicide bombers – that’s a misnomer…they exist to murder) and go out and “offer” themselves to the fire of Molech.  It’s no different today than what God warned about many years ago.  There is no difference.

As hard as it may be to swallow the lies we’ve inherited in the church in the name of peace-keeping (or peace-seeking), the Truth is the Truth and anything less is an abomination to God (of the Bible).  He makes it clear in His Word that he will not allow His followers to defile His House with mixed worship.  Bringing Muslims into the House of God to worship *as if they were all already worshipping the same god* is a travesty to God!

Witness to the Muslim, invite him in to worship “in spirit and in truth”, but not in compromise!

So, Christian, I urge you to pull away your hazy glare from the church that would teach/preach contrary to the Word of God.  You must realize that God of the Bible is different in SO MANY WAYS from the false moon god of Islam, and then choose which god you will serve.

How long halt ye between two opinions?

I hope you choose wisely because if you’re looking for Jesus Christ, remember…

Jesus is NOT in the Quran!

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