HOMEWORK DUTY AS AN IMAM
The Washinton Post ^ | Sunday, October 1, 2006 | Theresa Vargas
Posted on 09/30/2006 8:24:00 PM PDT
The boy, round-faced and thin, stood in front of the hundred or so men, his arms crossed, his eyes closed. When he knelt, they knelt. When he stood, they stood. When he stumbled for a word, squinting to access the search engine of his mind, they waited.
In a few hours, 13-year-old Aman Chhipa would be back at home sitting in front of his computer playing a video game, pretending he was a knight slaying giant spiders with a gem-laden sword. But at that moment, and for an hour each night this month, he is a boy leading a room full of men.
Aman and another teenager, Uzair Jawed, 16, were thrust into the revered role of imam, or prayer leader, at the Islamic Community Center of Northern Virginia, mostly out of desperation. A cleric from South Africa was supposed to lead the center's nightly prayer for Ramadan, the holiest month for Muslims, as he had done for the past three years. But after Ismail Mullah arrived at Dulles International Airport on Sept. 22, he was detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials and sent back to South Africa.
The center, in Woodbridge, had prepared for months for Mullah's arrival and had paid thousands of dollars for his airfare. Without him, its leaders had less than a day to find a hafiz -- someone who had memorized the more than 6,200 Arabic verses of the Koran and could recite them without looking at the text.
More evidence of Islam’s origin in Talmudic Judaism. At the time of Christ and Paul the Apostles in order from one to become a Pharisee (This was a title as wellas a political party and school) – they had to memorize the entire five books of Moses (I think Josephus mentions this) and be able to recite it word for word. It is recorded that Gamaliel was a Pharisees Pharisee as was Paul the Apostle, the meaning of title this was that these had not only mastered memorizing word for word the five books of Moses but they had also memorized and were able to recite the whole of the rest of the Old Testament as well.
Hear in the article above they searched among the adults. For any that had memorized the entire Koran they found no one in their Virginia Congregation (I actually know about this place and it is quite large (bordering on a large charismatic church in size) No one was found they sought among their neighboring congregations, and none was found. No one had done “this feat” which hundreds upon hundreds in third world countries. – But is what is troubling here is that bible believing churches and charismatic and Pentecostal Churches are in far worse shape in regards to their believers even have read the bible cover to cover in their walk.
They then turned to the two boys, ages 16 and 13 the only ones among them who had mastered the text enough to guide the congregation through the 30 sections in 30 days. (what they do hear is they recite out-loud the whole (Public version) of the Koran section by section over 30 days so every year at least once their congregations hear the whole of their corrupt holy writings – in no church is this done at all not for the New Testament, Not for the gospels and especially not for the Law of Moses or the Old Testament – Not any of this is ever done in any church I have heard of in a month, not quarterly, bi-annually or annually, or even once in a decade – In churches their bible studies and prayer services are the most sparsely attended – in Muslimism these month long meetings of recitation and prayer that last for 2-3 hours every day for a month are required for every man woman and child to attend. Resulting in every Muslim hearing and knowing their word – in other words you can not be a Muslim and not know the Koran
But in the church this is not so. In all the churches I have attended in a few dozen denominations and even among bible school students, the vast-vast multitude of “believers” fell between never on their own having cracked open their bible’s, or in the time that they knew the lord whether it was three, five, or forty years had never read the whole new testament much less the bible and I can say this same thing of preachers as well.
The truth is that all these who attend worship services and sing the high praises of God – Have not the Love of God in them, and this shows in earthly terms as they have no love for the truth to the leaven of not caring even to read and ground themselves in the word of God
How can the spirit of truth bring all things to your remembrance in the hour when you need it when there is little or nothing in your remembrance?
A close evangelist friend that passed away quite some time ago described the current movement in the church some twenty years ago as “Empty Hands on Empty Heads” The empty hands being those who sought to impart that which what they did not have and knew nothing of. And the empty heads were the mind-numbed empty-headed people that blindly were followed these teachers they had discipled themselves to, straight to hell. (Yes she was at Pinecrest for years.)
I dare say that if any pastor of a bible believing or Spirit-filled would dare demand such a practice of his or her congregants, --specifically that every man, woman, and child, show up everyday or night for 30 days straight for two-three hours a day / night to hear the entire gospels, or the New Testament recited and then have mandatory prayer for the remainder of the session, the congregation would be very vocal in their opposition of participating in any such event. The puerile pseudo- spiritual elitists among them would scream out in objection that “This is works,” To demand this of believers would be “bondage,” and to think anything could come of such an exercise would ridiculous for such an exercise would be “utterly of the flesh” and others would declare such an exercise would be of an: “Old Covenant Mentality.” Others would very annoyed and mutter about all the TV programs, sporting events, online gaming and chat they would be hard pressed to pry themselves away from.
Is bible reading a vast amount of the bible within a short period of time whether in private or as a group indeed works? – Only if it is being done with some notion of turning the head of God or gaining favor with God.
5:25-26 -- Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it; (With His blood and His death upon the Cross) that
(after so doing) He
might (Further) sanctify and cleanse it with the
washing of water by the word. (Until
it is fully cleansed within and without so that he can take it as His bride)
Hosea 6:3 Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the LORD:
Matthew 11:29-30 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Here our “Reasonable Service” is declared to be the “Yolk of Christ” upon not the church, or a “hearing” priest but upon the individual believer. And here Christ Himself commands that it is incumbent upon the “individual yoked” to learn of Christ him or herself. This learning is not upon “the church” or a “hearing priest” to teach them. We also see that this “yoked individual” needs to call upon the Lord “them self” after his/her “Purchase by Christ’s Blood and Death Upon the Cross” and they need by “them self” to work out their own salvation in fear and trembling by seeking sanctification and cleansing by the washing of the water of the word (Themselves reading and hearing it in large quantities, i.e. the Gospels, the Epistles and the Law and Prophets) until they become full in sanctification and the image and likeness of Christ. Christ also here declares that this learning of Him is not in this sanctification and washing of the word alone, but the yoked individual coming into His meekness, (The giving up of the bride of her desires wishes and ambitions and taking on as her own her husband’s desires, wishes and ambitions as her own.) And further that this yoked one is so also to take on Christ’s lowliness of heart – (So that they no longer strive for recognition, they no longer are filled with boasting, pride, and self exaltation.) And in so doing Christ declares that such a one comes into peace and rest and contentment for their souls.
David speaks of his absolute love day and night to not only read and hear of the word of God, but also he spent much time meditating upon the words he read or heard.
John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. (How can the Holy Spirit bring into remembrance what someone has never read or heard read? How can one be sanctified and washed by the rivers of the water of the word when they have no love for it and do not read it and mediate upon it day and night?)
Mark 13:11 But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye shall speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost. (This must be understood in light of the above verse that here also the Holy Ghost is speaking while also bringing to remembrance the words of Christ and Scripture that in your final breath you can preach the glories of Christ with all power and authority of the Spirit.)
1 Thessalonians 2:9 For ye remember, brethren, our labor (The preaching and teaching of the words of Christ and Scripture) and travail (Our agonizing over all in this church): for (As we) laboureth night and day, because (That) we would not be (Held) chargeable (By God) unto (for) any of you, (This is referring to God’s charge to the watchmen [future tense] And Paul acknowledges here that all ministry in the Ek-klesia is bound by this charge in Ezekiel 33:4-6) we preached unto you the gospel of God.
Song of Solomon 5:7 The watchmen that went about the city found me, they smote me, they wounded me; the keepers of the walls took away my veil from me.
(Instead of the watchmen and keepers of the wall obeying the commandments wherewith they are charged and bound by the oath of Christ given before God himself-to the shepherds to defend His flock within and without from greivieous wolves even to their very lives, and above Paul declares that part of this duty is to teach the whole of the Gospels and scripture day and night as he and the Apostles so understood this charge. (This is not contrary to the words of Christ but this is a second safeguard the first falls upon the individual and the second here fell upon the five-fold ministry.)– Another part of this charge was for them as the “friend of the bridegroom” to present the bride they shepherded and watched over to Christ without spot or wrinkle. (We see also commanded this of the individual first and that this was later installed as a secondary safeguard.) – And part of this charge was for them to preach and teach the whole of the words and commands of Christ day and night – but in the passage above in the Song of Solomon we see that the watchmen and keepers of the wall have become utterly corrupt. And that they have sought out, and hunted down the true bride. Knowing that she could not, and would not willingly be their disciple. And so they viewing her as a threat, they attacked her, and they wounded her, and with their perverted talmudic preachings and teachings they corrupted her, to the taking away her veil. – Watchmen and Keepers of the Wall who through the “Mystery of Iniquity” had been changed from Selfless Nameless Servant of God --to inwardly ravening wolves sent by the serpent sent to destroy her as Eve was to Adam and Aaron was to all of Israel. But even so, she could not sit in their congregation –she was compelled and driven onward by a burning love for her Lord, His words of truth, His presence and His manifestations. Veil-less and wounded she departs from these, not knowing if her beloved could ever accept her in her state but going on anyway. – Where is that hunger drive among individual believers to take upon them His yoke and learn of Him?
Philippians 3:18-19 For many (False teachers, false prophets and False apostles) walk (Among you in the Ek-Klesia), of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: Whose end is (Eternal) destruction (In Hell), whose God is their belly, (Their lusts they consume upon their own flesh) and whose glory (Eve being the Glory of Adam and Christ being the Glory of God This is speaking of “their disciples” having been made into their evil and preserve image and likeness) is in their shame, (Their works in these are their sentence of doom as they are burned up as wood hay and stubble before the presence of God.) who (Taught these to) mind earthly (Carnal fleshly selfish and self-seeking) things.
Acts 20:28-31 Take heed therefore unto yourselves, (The watchmen and keepers of the walls are charged here with policing themselves with the whole of Christ’s words and scripture and each other.) and to all the flock, (to teach and exhort them night and day the whole of the teachings of Christ and scripture) over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, (Here Paul cites another passage Ezekiel 34:1-16 as being a charge of God to those over the Ek-Klesia.) which he hath purchased (This is an ownership as slaves by Christ, this is the exact meaning of salvation, and redemption. Jesus does not seek man’s acceptance, but full surrender of ones life, all that they think they have and think they are.) with his own blood (The worth of this has no equal in any man’s blood). For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, (denying the value of Christ blood and his death on the cross as acts that any man could have done and so would have redeemed men) not sparing the flock. (Spare the flock from what? From eternal damnation – by removing from them that were redeemed the salvation that only the inestimable blood of Christ and His death on the cross could purchase.) Also of your own selves (out from the teachers and preachers in the church) shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them(Selves). (Discipleship, Shepherdship, The Covering etc. all in the place of being redeemed and purchased by Christ alone to be His disciples alone. – All of this is being decried here by Paul as being damning to both teachers and followers.) Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day (In teaching the whole of the Gospel and scripture) with tears.
Where is this preaching and teaching night and day in a church or fellowship today? Where is a congregation from the least unto the greatest that has been so rooted and grounded in the word, to their knowing of the whole council of God both in the Gospels and the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets in the law and the prophets? Where are the shepherds and watchmen of the wall that have been charged with this duty, how is it that these let the blood of every member of their assembly that are burned up as wood hay and stubble before the presence of God soaks and run from their hands staining all that they speak to, touch and even have casual dealings to the utter defiling of them in the sight of God? Christ spoke of this very thing when He declared the Pharisees were unmarked graves. The watchmen and keepers of the wall of this hour have themselves become unmarked graves.
2 Peter 1:12 Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth. (The words Christ Spoke in the Gospels and Scripture – without which there can be no present truth – because all of this is built upon the foundation of Christ – His words and teachings and the Law and the Prophets which is called elsewhere by Paul the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets – He was not speaking of himself and Agabus, but of the Apostles Moses, Isaiah Daniel, Ezekiel, and the prophets.)
2 Timothy 2:13-15 -- Of these things (Timothy) put them (The Ek-Klesia) in remembrance, (of the words and commandments of Christ in the Gospels and in the whole of Scripture) charging them (commanding them) before the (in the fear of Shekina of God) Lord that they strive not about words (Traditions and doctrines) to (of) no profit, but to (that only) subverteth of the (its) hearers. (Subverteth from what? The word in the Gospels and scripture. This is once more a reference of the teachings of the Mishnah / Talmud that in the church was being given preeminence over scripture, and the words of Christ.) Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
The vaulted an exalted men and women that have ordained themselves and each other as Pastors, Teachers, Evangelists, Prophets, Apostles and Antichrists – all stand before God charged with High Treason against the Son of man and Dereliction of Duty concerning their charge over with the flock of God.
Matthew 21:41 They say unto Christ, He (God) will miserably destroy (Utterly destroy with great pain and suffering) those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons. (This will occur in at the second coming of Christ and the millennium as the lease of Talmudized Israel and the Talmudized church will be revoked at that time forever.)
Mark 12:9 (Jesus speaking) What shall therefore the lord of the vineyard do? He will come and destroy the husbandmen, and will give the vineyard unto others.
He shall come and destroy these husbandmen, and
shall give the vineyard to others. And when
they heard it, they said, God forbid. And
he beheld them, and said, What is this then that is written, The stone which
the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner?
Here in the Gospel of Luke the teachers and preachers of the day understood fully the words of Christ here – and declared God could not allow it. They were probably able to cite dozens of passages containing promises of God specifically made to them, the nation of Israel, and the temple on why such a thing with all their teachings, and all their religious accomplishments would have protected them from.
But note here Christ’s answer that these watchmen and keepers of the wall would in deed be utterly destroyed so that in this case the lively “Stones” that they all had wounded and ripped of their veils to defile and thus got them “rejected by these builders” would now be allowed to take their rightful place as gold, silver, and precious stones, in the foundation.
This is a declaration by Christ of the kingdom of priests in Israel over the Levites and Priests and the Pharisees who has usurped the seat of Moses,. This is also Christ in this hour declaring the kingdom of priests in the church over the corrupt ”five-fold ministry.” That have unjustly also usurped the seat of Moses in the Church.
This is why in the Gospels and the Book of Revelation it is repeated over and over “To him that hath and ear (singular as in individuals) Let him (singular) hear – though the Spirit declares these thing to all of the church.