Wednesday, July 20, 2011

My letter to the Pastor who leases the bottom of Chicago area Church for Mosque.

Rev. Rasicci,

I wish to start this letter by saying I respect you for having the courage to post your comments on the Logan’s Warning web site. I’m sure there have probably been times you have regretted the attention you and Calvary Episcopal Church have generated from your comments. As a Minister myself, I have a few questions for you. Obviously you don’t owe me an answer to my questions, but I do feel you owe an answer to yourself and to the Congregation of Calvary Episcopal Church.

1.) Why did the past Ministers and Congregation, and now you and the present Congregation open the doors of The House of God to the antichrist?

I guess the first step is to establish the fact that Islam is indeed the antichrist.

(1.) This name has been applied to the “little horn” of the “king of fierce countenance” (Dan. 7:24,25; 8:23-25).

(2.) It has been applied also to the “false Christs” spoken of by our Lord (Matt. 24:5, 23,24).

(3.) To the “man of sin” described by Paul (2 Thess. 2:3; 4, 8-10).

(4.) And to the “beast from the sea” (Rev. 13:1; 17:1-18).

The definition above is from Easton’s Bible Dictionary.

1 John 2: 20-23 NIV couldn’t be more clear: “ But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth. I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth. Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a man is the antichrist—he denies the Father and the Son. No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.

2 John 7-11 is also very clear and includes in the definition a very stern warning! 2 John 2 7-11 NIV “ Many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist. Watch out that you do not lose what you have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully. Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take him into your house or welcome him. Anyone who welcomes him shares in his wicked work.
 I think you would have to agree, from The Scripture and from Easton’s we have covered the definition of the antichrist. Now lets see what the Qur’an says about Jesus:

2: 36 to us and what has been revealed to Abraham and Ishmael and Isaac and Jacob and the Descendants and what was given to Moses and Jesus and what was given to the prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and we are Muslims
3: 59. The similitude of Jesus before God is as that of Adam; He created him from dust, then said to him: "Be". And he was.

3:61 Then whoever disputes with you concerning him ['Iesa (Jesus)] after (all this) knowledge that has come to you, [i.e. 'Iesa (Jesus)] being a slave of Allah, and having no share in Divinity) say: (O Muhammad
4: 156. That they rejected Faith; that they uttered against Mary a grave false charge;

157. That they said (in boast), "We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of God.;- but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not:-158. Nay, God raised him up unto Himself; and God is Exalted in Power, Wise
159. And there is none of the People of the Book but must believe in him before his death; and on the Day of Judgment he will be a witness against them;-

4:163 you, [O Muhammad], as We revealed to Noah and the prophets after him. And we revealed to Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, the Descendants, Jesus, Job, Jonah, Aaron, and Solomon, and to David We gave the book [of Psalms].

4: 171 O People of the Scripture, do not commit excess in your religion or say about Allah except the truth. The Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary, was but a messenger of Allah and His word which He directed to Mary and a soul ...

5: 72 Surely, they have disbelieved who say: "Allah is the Messiah ['Iesa (Jesus)], son of Maryam (Mary)." But the Messiah ['Iesa (Jesus)] said: "O Children of Israel! Worship Allah, my Lord and your Lord." Verily, ...
5: 75 The Messiah ['Iesa (Jesus)], son of Maryam (Mary), was no more than a Messenger; many were the Messengers that passed away before him. His mother [Maryam (Mary)] was a Siddiqah [i.e. she believed in the words of Allah and His Books (see Verse 66:12)]. They ...

I believe I have covered the Biblical definition of the antichrist well enough and verses from the Qur’an that deny Jesus is a part of The Holy Trinity, I think I’ve also covered the fact that Islam denies the Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Should you need more “proof” from the Qur’an you can email me and I’ll send you other verses or mail you a copy of the Qur’an with the verses highlighted.

2.) You wrote, “ Neither we nor they proselytize. “ Why do you, the other Church leaders, or members not witness to them? According to the teaching of Jesus you should witness to them, and if they don’t listen, get away from them:

Luke 9:1-6New International Version 1984 (NIV1984)
Luke 9
Jesus Sends Out the TwelveWhen Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. He told them: “Take nothing for the journey—no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra tunic. Whatever house you enter, stay there until you leave that town. If people do not welcome you, shake the dust off your feet when you leave their town, as a testimony against them.” So they set out and went from village to village, preaching the gospel and healing people everywhere.

Matthew 28:18-20New International Version 1984 (NIV1984)
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

Mark 16:14-16New International Version 1984 (NIV1984)
Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating; he rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen. He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

Acts 5:41-42New International Version 1984 (NIV1984)
The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name. Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ.

Acts 11:19-21New International Version 1984 (NIV1984)
The Church in AntiochNow those who had been scattered by the persecution in connection with Stephen traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch, telling the message only to Jews. Some of them, however, men from Cyprus and Cyrene, went to Antioch and began to speak to Greeks also, telling them the good news about the Lord Jesus. The Lord’s hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord.

I assume the above Scriptures are enough on the need to Minister to the Muslim’s who lease space from you to worship a false God. I assume since you are a Minister also you know The Bible as well as I do so you should be aware of The Scriptures warning of false prophets; The Scriptures that hold Teachers to a higher standard; and The Scriptures that tell us if they refuse to listen we are to move on.

3.) Final question. Have you read the Qur’an, The Hadith, and The Reliance of The Traveler? I ask this because you wrote: “The situation I inherited when I arrived on the scene as Rector in 2002 has been a very good one, and has fostered a different view of Islam, than that which is usually portrayed.” The only way to have an accurate view of Islam is to study Islam. Rev. Rasicci, as a Christian, as a Minister, I hope and Pray you and The Church will reconsider having a Mosque in The House of God. Just a side thought, how do you think Christians who live in Muslim countries would feel about what you and the Church members are doing? Even more importantly how do you think Jesus would feel about you and The Church allowing a cult to worship a false prophet in His House?

In His Service,
Dan Cox

Copy of Rev. Rasicci’s post on Logan’s Warning
Rev. Michael D. Rasicci of the Calvary Episcopal Church 222 S. Batavia Ave, Batavia, IL 60510-2564 said:Nearly 25 years ago, depending on who’s telling the story, the Batavia, IL Islamic community was invited to use a large, partially unfinished room in the basement of the education wing of Calvary Episcopal Church, Batavia, in the Diocese of Chicago. When the community grew large enough that they could construct their own mosque, one group left to do so, but some of the originals remained behind and continue to this day to have their mosque in the basement far at the opposite end of the building from the church. There has never been any syncretistic worship, nor will there ever be, as long as I am the Rector. The relationship proved very important, I am told, after September 11, 2001, for the community as a whole. We have had a cordial and respectful relationship with them, and have been privileged to host delegations of Islamic visitors in a program designed by the Department of State. They have their services on Fridays, and some of the men come nightly for prayers, entering through the usual door, going down the stairs, and proceeding to the far south end of the building. There has never been a problem, except an occasional misunderstanding concerning use of other space in the vicinity of the mosque, and that because of the children not cleaning up after themselves. I was asked not long ago to address the community about the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. A time has not been set, but I will do so. They will not accept it, but they need to hear it. Neither we nor they proselytize. The situation I inherited when I arrived on the scene as Rector in 2002 has been a very good one, and has fostered a different view of Islam, than that which is usually portrayed. If it were different, we would have parted company long before my arrival. It is possible to be respectful and welcoming without capitulating to them. As for Blessed John Paul II kissing a Qur’an, perhaps one must see it as a sign of respect for the people being visited, albeit over the top.

1 comment:

  1. You can find the original article the Rev. Rasicci was responding to here: