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The only hope for the United States is for people to get back to honoring God and praying for His mercy and forgiveness to restore the nation to the once held status of "a shining city on a hill" (John Winthrop). Right now this nation is a modern day Sodom and Gomorrah, pursuing rampant debauchery and paganism as a matter of public government policy.
The only hope for the United States is for people to get back to honoring God and praying for His mercy and forgiveness to restore the nation to the once held status of "a shining city on a hill" (John Winthrop). Right now this nation is a modern day Sodom and Gomorrah, pursuing rampant debauchery and paganism as a matter of public government policy. The various government entities, federal, state, and even some local governmental groups promote islam, abortion, and homosexuality while denying the mention of the name of Jesus Christ, calling it "hate speech". Schools teach secular humanism and islam while calling the Gospels of Jesus Christ hate speech because they place morality and humility above the carnal desires of the flesh. God destroyed the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah because Lot couldn't find 5 "righteous" men, men who weren't sexually perverted. I have stated many times that the formula for the restoration of our nation is contained in the Scripture verse, 2 Chronicles 7:14; "if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear them from Heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land." (NKJV). That is an Old Testament verse but it still applies because God is the same, yesterday, today, and forever.
Islamabad writer Dr. Farrukh Saleem pointed out in 2005 indisputable facts about the Islamic world.
Combined, 57 Islamic countries are the world’s poorest and most illiterate:
The GDP of 57 Muslim countries is less than $2 trillion;
Muslims comprise roughly 22 percent of the world’s population but only produce less than 5 percent of global GDP;
20 percent of Arabs live on less than $2 per day;
The average growth rate of per capita income in the Arab world hovers around .5 percent per year [worse than everywhere else except for sub-Saharan Africa];
60 percent of Muslims worldwide are illiterate;
50 percent of Arab women cannot read.
Dr. Javaid Laghari adds that 40 percent of the Muslim states’ population falls below the poverty line.
These 57 Islamic countries contribute the least to scientific and technological advancement, let alone have computers or use the Internet. Saleem points out that over a period of more than 105 years, only two (2) Muslims won the Nobel Peace Prize. (They studied Physics and Chemistry in Italy, the U.K., and California). Only eight (8) Muslims are Nobel Laureates.
Of the entire Arab population, only:
1 percent has a personal computer—and;
.5 percent uses the Internet.
To reiterate: these 57 Islamic countries are the world’s poorest, most illiterate, and contribute the least to scientific and technological advancement, let alone have computers or use the Internet.
Islamists organized and implemented the most expansive slavery enterprise — ever — in history of the world.
In fact, historians have estimated that Muslims have enslaved over 100 million people over 14 centuries. Additionally, Muslims enslaved Africans 1,000 years prior to the European African slave trade and continued another 100 years after Europeans abolished it.
Not to mention, that Islam subjugates women and girls to:
Female genital mutilation (genitals being cut and sewn shut),
Honor killings (fathers or brothers kill their daughters/sisters),
Child marriage (girls under age 12 are married to adult men),
Slavery (girls are sold for “protection” by their parents and/or kidnapped and sold at slave bazaars),
Shari’a Councils (Imams marry girls – even for one hour– to men, then divorce them only to marry them to another man and divorce them again),
Wife abuse and domestic violence (husbands are instructed to beat their wives as a form of punishment); husbands are permitted to rape their wives,
Non-legal status for women who are considered property (a wife’s legal rights equate to only half of her husband’s),
Discrimination, punishment, and death for everyone based on sexual and religious orientation, especially if they will not “convert” to Islam.
Is it any wonder that “refugees” and “asylum seekers” increasingly enter America and Western Europe by the millions, every year— from Islamic-controlled countries?
Sometimes when prisoners are taken captive during times
of war, they may make true or false confessions because of
punishment or other threats. Luke chapter 15 tells about a
true confession of a prodigal who had wasted his possessions
in sinful living. He said that he would go home and confess to
his father about his sin. He did what he said he would do. His
father welcomed him home and gave a huge celebration for him.
The word confession in Greek is homologeo. That is, “I agree or
confess by telling the truth.” What would happen in the world
if in our churches we had regular times of true confession? Here
are a few references relating to confession.
1. Proverbs 28:13.
What happens to a person who hides his sins? What happens if
we confess and forsake our wrong? Why is God pleased when we
confess our sins?
2. Daniel 9:3–9.
Who did Daniel say had sinned and how did he confess those sins?
When we confess our wrongs as Daniel did, what will God do?
3. Matthew 10:32.
How do we acknowledge Jesus before others? What happens to
those who do not confess Jesus? What will Jesus do for those who
identify themselves with Him?
4. John 12:42.
Why did some leaders who believed in Jesus not make a confession
of faith in Him? Why might it be difficult for some people to confess
Christ before others?
5. Romans 10:9–10.
What does it mean to confess Jesus as Lord? What happens to those
who confess with their mouth and believe in their heart concerning
6. Philippians 2:9–11.
Does the world believe that the name of Jesus is above every name?
What do you think about Christ’s lordship? What does that confession
mean to you?
7. 1 Timothy 6:12–14.
What kind of confession did Timothy make? Who made a perfect
confession before Pilate? How is Christ’s confession a model for us?
8. James 5:16.
What does it mean to confess our faults to one another? Is it easy to
confess our faults and pray for someone against whom we have sinned?
9. 1 John 1:9.
Why should our sins be confessed? To whom do we admit our sins?
What happens when we confess sin? How does this verse apply to
10. 1 John 4:15.
Do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God? Why does the Bible
repeat this truth? What happens within a person who confesses
that Jesus is God’s Son?
From 102 Fascinating Bible Studies by Preston A. Taylor
About the Author (2010):
Preston A. Taylor is a retired pastor and missionary to Argentina. He received
his BD and ThM degrees from Southwestern Baptist Seminary and his DMin
from Luther Rice Seminary. For the past 25 years, he has written a weekly
devotional message for newspapers in the towns where he has served as
pastor. Dr. Taylor currently lives in Zapata, Texas.
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