- Category: U.S.
- Published on Tuesday, 05 March 2013 19:42
- Written by Russ Jones
A Public Policy Session on Islam was held during the National Religious Broadcasters 2013 Convention on Tuesday, March 5, at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn.
Assembled for a one and a half hour event included a panel of individuals who addressed Islam from various perspectives – the threat of terrorism, the profile of a terrorist, evangelistic opportunities and the reception of the Gospel in the Muslim world.
On the session’s panel included Al Fadi, a former Wahabbi Muslim from Saudi Arabia who is now the researcher, editor, writer, and translator for numerous Christian ministries; Lieutenant General William G. "Jerry" Boykin (Ret.), Executive Vice President of the Family Research Council; Kamal Saleem, a former member of the Muslim Brotherhood who came to renounce his murderous mission and embrace freedom, as attested in his book, Memoirs of a Terrorist; and Tom Doyle, Middle East Director of e3 Partners, who has spent eleven years as a full-time missionary in the Middle East and Central Asia.
The panel was moderated by Janet Parshall, the on-air host of the nationally syndicated daily program In the Market with Janet Parshall.
In the opening moments of the session Boykin noted Islam is a theology that dates back 1400 years.
"It isn't going away, said Boykin. "Part of the theology of Islam is to establish a caliphate. It is a GO-political system that operates by means of terror and intimidation. They want a super state where Sharia is the law of the land."
The discussion was designed to help equip Christian broadcasters and communicators to better understand a significant geopolitical system that makes headlines daily. It was also designed to enable Christians to better understand the Islamic worldview in order to facilitate sharing the Gospel with Muslims.
Statistics estimate only ten percent of the world's Muslim population consider themselves to be terrorists. The remaining are moderates who aren't connected to the political agenda of Islamists.
"We cannot separate between Islam and the Muslim people," said Fadi. We should never judge by their faith and not judge faith by character. Islam is an idealogy. It is a bondage from which they can't escape."
Saleem alledges the U.S. government is infiltrated with people associated with the Muslim Brotherhood, an extremist Islamic group. He further asserts the Obama administration has established a stealth Islamic "shadow government" to gradually impliment Sharia Law.
"In the ranks of our American leadership is a move to establish a one world order," said Saleem. "Muslims have been sent here to activate moderate Muslims. Members of the Muslim Brotherhood are embedded in every sphere of influence in government ranging from policy to departments."
Saleem contends hatred is birthed into young children. Muslims are taught a doctrine that encourages its followers to go into society with motives that aren't clearly communicated.
"We are permitted to lie and deceive people if it helps in befriending your enemy," said Saleem.
Dreams and Visions:
Missionaries and experts claim dreams and visions are introducing Muslims to Jesus Christ in extrodinary numbers. One survey of Muslim converts to Christianity finds 27 percent of respondents report having dreams or visions of Christ before their conversion.
"If the reports are true that half of Muslims can't read, reading the Bible isn't going to work," said Doyle. "A dream shakes them up. When they have a dream about Jesus and they sense His compassion, it begins to soften their heart. God is rescuing people. No one is unreachable."
According to Doyle, more Muslims have come to know Christ in the past ten years than in the previous five decades.