No-Go Zones

Shortly after the Muslim terrorist attack that killed 17 people in Paris, France there were a flurry of TV programs and articles about No-Go Zones (also called Sensitive Urban Zones, mini-caliphates or little caliphates).

These are Muslim towns, communities and villages that non-Muslim city officials, police, firemen and others often avoid in France, England and other parts of the EU. But these No-Go Zones quickly became a subject that some politicians and media personalities didn’t want people to discuss.

Saying “No-Go Zones” is about like saying “Islamic terrorists” or “Muslim terrorists.”  Some won’t admit that there is such a thing. Some prefer to be politically correct, cater to the Muslims and hope that the public will ignore the fact that these places actually exist. It is like the Fort Hood incident that was called “work place violence” instead of a Muslim terrorist attack.

Others know that “No-Go Zones” exist because the subject can be Googled, anti-Islamic movements have sprung up as a result of their existence, governments have published lists and maps of these areas, there have been articles and police reports about these areas for years, etc.

But some people don’t want No-Go Zones tied to Muslims or the Islamic religion in any way. They don’t object to calling these areas poverty zones; areas of low education, areas of high unemployment, areas of despair and things like that, but they strongly object to using the words “Muslim” or “Islamic” in connection with these dangerous places.

Part of the problem is Globalists and their satanic desire for a one-world government and a one-world religion. They categorize people as “citizens of the world” instead of citizens of a nation or citizens of a religion. They want to pull people out of their religion and into a politically correct religion. They want to integrate the cultures and religions of the world; and they are trying to do this by opening borders and encouraging immigration.

Another part of the problem is that many Muslims are taught to place their religion above their citizenship. Being a Muslim is more important to them than being in a nation, a world religion or a world government (unless it is an Islamic world religion or world government). So when Muslims cross those open borders to re-locate they don’t assimilate.

They flock to Muslim neighborhoods where they are taught to cling to the habits, values and religion they grew up in. They are taught to convert the nation they are in and not to let that nation convert them. They are taught that every true Muslim has a responsibility to convert the people in their area in one of   two ways: through violence or through population growth, persuasion  and domination.

There are many more parts to the problem but I will just mention one more and move on. Islam is not a religion of peace in the sense that the world thinks of peace. Islam teaches that Muslims are at war with non-Muslims. It teaches that there won’t be peace on earth until the whole world is converted to Islam.

So when Muslims say they are a religion of peace they mean they are a religion that wants to bring peace to the earth by converting everyone on earth to Islam. Violence (threatening or killing non-Muslims) is an acceptable method for establishing peace (an Islamic one-world religion and government).

I have not read the Koran, but I have read an untold number of articles about the Koran and what it teaches. The Koran was written over a period of years, and it is my understanding that some of the earliest passages clearly teach peace. And some of the later passages clearly teach violence.

So there are contradictions in the Koran and I have read that when there is a contradiction in the Koran it instructs those who read it to go by the last passage on the issue. Since the later passages teach violence against non-Muslims, this means the violent passages supersede the peaceful passages.

I have already said that Muslims can use violence or they can use population growth, persuasion and domination to convert the world. Most Muslims choose to use population growth, persuasion and domination, but some choose violence. Some establish terrorist cells. Some recruit people to join terrorist cells.

Some attend mosques with radical clerics that preach jihad. Some want to keep non-Muslims away from where these activities are going on so they deliberately turn their neighborhoods into No-Go Zones. The violent and the non-violent are intermingled and that makes for a very dangerous situation.

The U.S. president is pro-Muslim at best and a committed Muslim at worst. He has Muslim advisors, Muslims in Homeland Security, a Muslim in charge of the CIA, allowed a Muslim in the country that is establishing a Muslim political party and who knows what else?

According to a recent report, the FBI knows of at least 22 Muslim areas (communes or compounds) in the U.S. that are recruiting trainees. The FBI knows that these trainees are being taught guerilla tactics, Islamic doctrine, anti-Americanism, how to use weapons and more.

In times past, some of these groups have been infiltrated and investigated. The FBI has issued reports that say they are dangerous. But, as far as I know, the infiltration and investigation has stopped because the U.S. government refuses to call these people terrorists.

All of the Muslims in these compounds may not be terrorists, but some of them are. So, in my mind, there is no difference between the 22 No-Go Muslim compounds in the U.S. and the No-Go Zones in France and other countries.

Prophecy Plus Ministries

Daymond & Rachel Duck

daymond.duck@yahoo.com

 

Editors Note:  We at Rafter Cross Ministries and EvenSoCome are equally concerned about the growth of Islam and the proliferation of radical Islamic terrorist organizations. We are concerned about the involvement of some of these groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood and CAIR in the present administration of the US government.

However, first and foremost we recognize that those of the Muslim faith are deceived by Satan and are in desperate need to have someone share with them the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They need to hear how the one true God desires a relationship with them based on love rather than fear and punishment.

With this in mind, we call on all true disciples of Christ to be certain that we (like Christ) love the sinner even while we deplore his sin. Pray for those who are caught up in and dominated by Islam, Pray that they find the redemption provided by Jesus Christ at the Cross.

Dr. Tuck Whitaker

The Church Breaks Bread

Sitting down together to share a meal with family and friends is one of the oldest examples of friendship and community which exists, even to this day. In our last article on the Church built by Jesus Christ, as found in Acts 2:42-47, we discussed the component of fellowship and in particular where the fellowship took place. As we continue this teaching we will examine the third component given for the establishment of the Church which is the “breaking of bread.” The “breaking of bread” is itself at once an extension of fellowship within a community of believers, and yet in practice becomes even more.

During the time in which our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ lived, the phrase “breaking of bread” was common in the vernacular of the people of Israel and in fact is commonly found to be idiomatic among a great many peoples of the world, historically and currently. In nearly every culture the act of sharing a meal and eating together is an activity which promotes community, friendship, and harmony. This is one of the reasons this practice was instituted in the early Church. God’s people gathered around a table together and broke bread for the express reasons of developing a family relationship within the body of believers and to share in the memory of the One who is the Head of the body.

I believe within this passage, Acts 2:42-47, we find a duality of meaning in the phrase “breaking of bread.” During the period of Jesus’ earthly ministry among His disciples, the Scriptures record instances which shows that they often ate together. Sometimes it was in the homes of friends such as Mary and Martha in Bethany, and at other times in public places, such as when He ate with the publicans and sinners, and yet others when they were simply eating together on their own. On most of these occasions it is recorded that Jesus presided over the meal and therefore was the One who would break bread and give thanks.

Mark 14:12-26 records the last Passover meal that Jesus shared with the twelve disciples. Today we know this as the Last Supper, and it was at this meal that our Lord Jesus gave them instruction by example, to share in the breaking of bread and drinking the fruit of the vine from the Cup, in remembrance of that which He was about to accomplish until He returned to set up His Kingdom. (1 Corinthians 11:23-26) This “breaking of bread” we now know and participate in as the “Lord’s Supper.”

The Scripture record is clear that after His resurrection, the disciples of Jesus began to meet together and fellowship in the sharing of a meal. The risen Christ Himself upon occasion joined in eating these common meals with them as is evidenced in Luke 24:29-31; Luke 24:41-43; and John 21:9-15. After the Lord’s ascension, the practice continued and it is at one such meal we find the disciples gathered at the Feast of Pentecost in Acts 2:1.

So as we look together again at Acts 2:42 we read; “And they continued steadfastly in the apostle’s doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.” And in Acts 2:46-47 we read; “So continuing daily with one accord in the Temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people.”

In 1874, C. H. Spurgeon wrote; “Their own houses were houses of God, and their own meals were so mixed and mingled with the Lord’s Supper that to this day, the most cautious student of the Bible cannot tell when they left over eating their common meals and when they began eating the supper of the Lord.” Unfortunately, the institutionalization of the “church” in all of its many denominational forms has removed the “breaking of bread” for “Lord’s Supper” from its original setting as a part of church fellowship, and placed it within ritualistic confines. I believe the scriptural record is clear that the “breaking of bread” in a fellowship meal and the “breaking of bread” for the Lord’s Supper were intentionally intimately connected. It is my opinion that turning the remembrance into a ritual destroys the intimacy of fellowship for which the remembrance was intended, and that the Lord’s Supper as well as the Body of believers, have been diminished by the Church having allowed it to happen.

What then is the remedy for this situation in the “church” today? Again, I believe that True followers of Jesus Christ need to return to the model and pattern which Christ gave us for His Church in the book of Acts. Doctrine, Fellowship and Breaking Bread, and Prayer. Obedience in this area will help identify those remaining groups of believers which are His Remnant Church in the Last Days.

I encourage you to take a good look at, and evaluate, how the church where you worship compares to the model and pattern of the church established by Jesus Christ in the book of Acts. Next we will look at the Church in Prayer, but until then remember that;

Jesus is Coming Soon!

EvenSoCome

What is the Church?

As we continue our study of the church, we need to understand what the church is and is not. Many people do not have a true understanding of the church built by Jesus Christ because they are beginning from a position of error. This has caused many to turn away from Christ. So, let us set straight the definition of the Church.

The Webster’s New Universal Abridged Dictionary defines “church” as: A particular body of Christians united under one form of ecclesiastical government, in one creed, and using the same ritual and ceremonies . . . the organized body of Christians in any particular district, city, state, or country; . . . any organized body of Christians occupying the same edifice for religious worship . . . having to do with organized Christian worship.

WRONG!!!

The Greek word that is translated as “church” in the Bible is ekklesia. This word is made up of a prefix and a root. The prefix is ek, which means “out of ” or “from.” The root word is a form of the verb kaleo, which means “to call.” So, the Greek term for “church” ekklesia means “those who are the called-out ones” (found 114 times in the New Testament). In a Christian context, the word is used in three ways:

  • It represents the body of Christ worldwide, over which Jesus Christ functions as head (Matthew 16:18; Ephesians 1:22; 1 Timothy 3:15).
  • It can refer to God’s people in a given region (Acts 9:31).
  • Often, it depicts a local congregation of Christians (1 Corinthians 1:2; Revelation 1:11).

So, within the framework of Christianity, the “called out ones” are the people who have been “called out” from the world by Jesus Christ to be His disciples. “If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” John 15:19. “Therefore COME OUT FROM AMONG THEM AND BE SEPARATE, SAYS THE LORD. DO NOT TOUCH WHAT IS UNCLEAN, AND I WILL RECEIVE YOU.” 2 Corinthians 6:17. The very concept of sanctification means to be “set apart” or separated from the world and dedicated to God. “But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ” 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14. “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;” 1 Peter 2:9.

While the most common name for these “called out ones” today is “Christians,” “the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch” Acts 11:26; we find many different names for them in Scripture. Jesus Christ’s “called out ones” are also called:

  • “the Way” (Acts 9:2)
  • “disciples” (Acts 6:1-2)
  • “believers” (Acts 5:14)
  • “saints” (Romans 1:7)
  • “brethren” (Acts 6:3)
  • “the Body” (1 Corinthians 12:24)
  • “the elect” (2 Timothy 2:10)
  • “children of God” (1 John 3:10)

In Scripture, all of these terms are all interchangeable synonyms for the word “Church.” And again, this is descriptive of all the people who are “called out ones.”

Anyone desiring to be a member of the true Church must become one of these “called out ones”. People become “called out ones” when they are “born again” of the Spirit (John 3:3-8). “God is Spirit” (John 4:24) and anyone who wants to have fellowship with Him must also be “born of the Spirit” (John 3:6, 8). A person has either been “called out” of the world by being “born again” (John 3:3, 7) or else they do not belong to the Church. “But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Him.” Romans 8:9. Once you become a true Christian, you are automatically and by definition a part of the Church. “If Christ is in you” (Romans 8:10), then you are already a member of the Church. There are absolutely no other membership requirements to belong to the Church. Jesus Christ is the only one on the membership committee of the true Church! “For we are members of His Body” Ephesians 5:30. You do not become a Christian by joining a “church” organization, you become a Christian and then you are a member of the Church. “Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God” Ephesians 2:19.

The Church doesn’t just exist once a week for one hour on Sunday mornings, the Church is all of the Christians all of the time. There are not disciples, believers, or saints in a “church” – the disciples, believers, and saints are the Church. The Church does not contain people; it is the people! “Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.” 1 Corinthians 12:27. We should be bringing people to Christ and building up people in Christ because;
Jesus is Coming Soon!

EvenSoCome