“More than a Religion”
Lou Tiscione, Pastor, Weatherford Presbyterian Church (PCA)
Webster’s Dictionary defines religion as an organized system of beliefs, ceremonies, and rules used to worship a god or a group of gods. There are many systems of belief in the world. As a professing Christian I know that there is only one true faith. Saving faith has Jesus, the only Son of God as its object. Jesus said, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32 Jesus also said, “… I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Jesus also commanded His disciples to make disciples by identifying them with the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and teaching them the word of God, Matthew 28:19-20.
There is a difference between religion and faith. Faith is God’s gift by which the recipient professes trust and reliance upon Jesus as He is offered in the gospel. Religion is the expression of that faith. As there is only one true faith there is likewise only one true religion.
The Westminster Confession of Faith makes the following statement: “The visible church… consists of all those throughout the world that profess the true religion; and of their children; and is the kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ…” (Chapter 25, Par. 2)
But there is one world religion that is more than a religion. There is one existing religion that is a theocracy.
Once again, I refer to Webster’s Dictionary. A theocracy is a government of a state by immediate divine guidance or by officials who are regarded as divinely inspired. The religion to which I refer is Islam. It is hard for those of us living in the West to understand a theocracy. Many hold dear the idea of the separation of church and state even though our founders assumed that the church would influence the morals of the state. We were a Nation founded upon Christian Principles. But, we were not intended to be governed by one religion.
In a theocracy church and state are one. Israel of the Old Testament was a theocracy. God appointed Prophets, Priests as well as Judges and Kings. The civil rulers were commanded by God to govern as God commanded. Israel’s civil laws were divine laws. Israel, as a biblical nation ceased to exist in 70 A.D. with the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem by the Roman general Titus.
In Romans Chapter 13, the Apostle Paul writing under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit said, “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” Romans 13:1-2
From its inception Islam with its false view of God was established as a theocracy. Logically therefore, Islam’s goal is for there to be a church and state functioning as one under its god.
In my opinion our leaders are either purposely deceiving us or simply ignorant of Islam’s fundamental beliefs and goal. The various sects of Islam, in my opinion, may use different methods but their goal is the same. Islam will continue to seek to establish a theocracy such that the world would be ruled by their false god.
My purpose in writing this article is to cause men and women, especially Christian men and women to think about the most dangerous assault on our way of life in decades and it isn’t man-made climate change!
We are constantly bombarded by various philosophies, most notably secular humanism. We have dealt with the threat of the Fascism of Nazi Germany. We have watched as President Regan spoke concerning the tearing down of the Berlin Wall. We watch as our leaders refuse to act against those who see themselves above the law. We have even adopted some socialist programs that may indeed cause our economy to suffer. We have seen the world refuse to call evil evil. We have even seen in our Nation evil called good and good evil. We have witnessed little outrage at the murder of babies, even to the point of Planned Parenthood’s selling of murdered babies body parts.
What is the church to do? The Bible says that action should follow knowledge (Psalm 119:105; Matthew 4:4; Romans 12:2; 2Timothy 3:16:17). Knowing the truth will both guard your mind and inform your actions!