What has stirred my heart? What has enraged me with what I hope is righteous indignation? It is the story of recently martyred Joel Shrum.
Intolerant? Yes. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, yes!
I am intolerant of every false religion--including Islam--and every false demonic god that would seek to usurp my Lord and Savior's sovereignty and detract from His glory. Yes. I am intolerant of false religions and false gods, just as I would be intolerant of any man who broke into my home claiming to be my father when he and I both know he is a liar.
I am intolerant of the teachings of every book that is presented by false religions as the Word of God, when they are nothing more than blasphemous utterances--the words of a god. The Koran, the Book of Mormon, the New World Translation--they are all documents of demons, tools of Satan to deceive spiritually dead and lost people.
There is only one Word of God--the Word given to men by the God of the Word, the God who took on human flesh, the God-Man, Jesus Christ the Lord.
Yes. To Hell with every false religion! To Hell with every false god!
Please, Lord, save the people!
Father, please save the people who either blindly or wantonly follow the false god of Islam. Save the people, Lord, who either blindly or wantonly follow the false god of any false religion. Lord, please, by the power of Your Holy Spirit, with the grace only You can extend, draw the followers to Yourself--followers of that which is false and damnable--extending to them, through Your kindness, the free gifts of genuine repentance and authentic faith in Jesus Christ the Lord.
Please, Father, I pray; bring these lost souls following false gods to a knowledge of their sin--beginning with their sin of idolatry and blasphemy. Bring them to a godly grief that produces genuine repentance. Oh Lord, may they see for the first time the depth of their depravity and the sinfulness of their sin. Lord, bring them to their knees. Remove their hearts of stone and give them hearts of flesh.
Father, please, remove the lost lost from the temples of Baal and adopt them into the Body of Your beloved Son.
Lord, please give me a greater love for the followers of false religions while, at the same time, increasing the flame of indignation toward the false religious systems that hold people in bondage. Please help me to be indignant towards these systems while striving to be holy, for You are holy.
Oh, God, please save the people.
Do I respect religious systems that lead people away from truth and the God of Truth? No.
Presidents and candidates hoping for peace (and votes) where there is no peace can declare Islam a "great religion" all they want, but it will never be true. Pathetic pastors in man-pleasing pulpits can link arms with cozening clerics in order to further a man-centered, socially-driven agenda; but it will never please God.
Do I want anyone who practices one or more of the various false religions to perish in their sin and go to Hell? No.
Do I think people who peacefully practice false religions should in any way be mistreated? No. (Yet another distinction from biblical Christianity and the false "religion of peace"--Islam)
Do I hate, even dislike, people who are practitioners of false religions. No.
The opposite is true. I want nothing more for Muslims, Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, and followers of other false religions than God's very best. I want them to come to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ. I want this because I love them, and I love the one, true God--Father, Son, and Holy Spirit--most of all.
And I am grateful to Joel Shrum, a man I hope to meet in Heaven, for having the courage to give his life for the love of God, the love of people, and the furtherance of the gospel. I thank God that Joel Shrum counted himself less important, counted what others thought of him as less important than where lost people would spend eternity.
He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose. ~ Jim Elliot