I recently received a copy of the Barnabus Fund magazine which keeps me up-to-date with the persecuted church. Within this edition there was an article on the Islamisation of Europe. I plan to add to this post in due course with more on what the article had to say, but for the meantime I thought I would post my second Voddie Baucham article for the day. So if you are a Voddie fan then aren’t you lucky! I was just browsing his blog and HAD to post this. I agree fully with what he says. I don’t know about you but I do not have an optimistic outlook for the future. I really do have a deep burden that a time of persecution is quickly drawing nearer for Christians in the West. As a British Citizen, I can only survey the increasingly antagonistic “hatred” for God and the Bible as one-step closer to the doors being opened for persecution. But it seems to me that many do not see this. Many Christians are going along in their daily lives without realising the perilous “wooden-plank” upon which the UK and Europe now treads. Voddie rightly states that the only way we can overcome this is by getting out onto the streets, into the workplace and proclaiming the gospel again. If we do not Islam is waiting in the wings and in only a few generations we may witness the Islamisation of Europe. The continued delapidation of Christianity (even if it is only Christian morals) in Europe, and more worryingly the UK and Ireland, is indeed a cause for concern. When will the church wake up and sound the alarm? Or has the battery stopped working and have we forgotten to change it? People are saved from a fire when the fire alarm works quickly. Likewise the Church must sound the alarm to Christians and seek the Lord in prayer for guidance in a state of humble repentance, beseeching Him to send genuine revival/reformation to these lands once more. May the Lord give us all some backbone to stand for His truth instead of cowering away from secular humanism.
As the United States continues to embrace the neo-Marxist, socialist concepts of Statism, classism, secularism, anti-natalism, and “tolerance,” Europe is already reaping a bountiful harvest of the aforementioned crops. In a recent speech delivered in New York, Geert Wilders issued a chilling clarion call. In candor rarely seen on either side of the pond when addressing Islam, Wilders told his audience:
“I come to America with a mission. All is not well in the Old World. There is a tremendous danger looming, and it is very difficult to be optimistic. We might be in the final stages of the Islamization of Europe. This is not only a clear and present danger to the future of Europe itself; it is a threat to America and the sheer survival of the West. The danger I see looming is the scenario of America as the last man standing. The United States as the last bastion of Western civilization, facing an Islamic Europe. In a generation or two, the US will ask itself: who lost Europe? Patriots from around Europe risk their lives every day to prevent precisely this scenario form becoming a reality.” (Geert Wilders, chairman, “Party for Freedom,” the Netherlands. The Hudson Institute, September 25, 2008)
Ironically, most Americans think the War in Iraq and/or Afghanistan is the key battleground in the “War on Terror” (I have yet to hear anyone explain how you fight a war against a ‘concept’ using guns and bombs), the key battleground is the marketplace of ideas. Specifically, cultural and religious ideas. Islam cannot and will not be defeated on the battlefield. Nor will government ever be able to stem the tide of Islamic Jihad. The only answer is truth about Islam and it’s Prophet, and the juxtaposition (and proclamation) of Gospel of Jesus Christ. Wilders understands the need to present the truth about Islam. In his speech, he made reference to the movie “Fitna.” He noted:
I am a lawmaker, and not a movie-maker. But I felt I had the moral duty to educate about Islam. The duty to make clear that the Quran stands at the heart of what some people call terrorism, but is in reality jihad. I wanted to show that the problems of Islam are at the core of Islam, and do not belong to its fringes.
Amazing! A lawmaker who felt morally obligated to explain religious truth as it relates to an impending cultural crisis. We could learn something from this man. Europe is dying because they have forsaken the gospel (and a biblical view of children). They sought salvation in socialist policies and ended up destroying the very foundation of society. Now men like Wilders are left to shout from the rooftops as they watch the inevitable play out before their eyes.
God has given us three indispensable and inter-related institutions: the church, the family, and civil government. When we fail to uphold these three institutions by adherence to God’s word, there are always negative consequences. In Europe, the family has failed (escalating divorce rates, plummeting birth rates, and the legalization of same-sex unions); the church is dying (less than 5% church attendance in most of Europe); and the government has seen Hitler’s socialist vision fully realized without as much as a shot being fired. The time was ripe for an invasion; and that’s precisely what Europe is experiencing.
By the way, here in America, the symptoms are almost exactly the same. The family is failing (escalating divorce rates, plummeting birth rates, and the legalization of same-sex unions); the church is dying (195 million un-churched [#4 in the world], no county in the US has a greater churched population today than it did 10 years ago, the population grew 11.4% in the last decade, while church attendance declined 9.5%, and 85% of American churches are plateaued or declining); and the government has fully embraced socialist ideals. Add to that mandatory government education (or socialist/secular humanist indoctrination), porous boarders, birthright citizenship and you’ve got a perfect storm brewing.