The faculty council at Wheaton College, once a bastion of evangelical Christianity, has recommended that the effort to terminate associate professor Larycia Hawkins end. The reason for their recommendation? They cited “grave concerns about the process.” The exact specifics of those concerns remain unknown.
If you will remember, Hawkins drew national attention when she began wearing a headscarf to show solidarity with Muslims who had experienced what she called “vitriolic” rhetoric following the Paris and San Bernardino terrorist attacks. “I stand in religious solidarity with Muslims because they, like me, a Christian, are people of the book,” Hawkins wrote on social media. “And as Pope Francis stated … we worship the same God.” The college placed Hawkins on leave, pending a full review of the “theological implications” of her comments.
Regardless of the final decision Wheaton reaches with regard to the “theological implications” of Mrs. Hawkins actions, one thing is certain! Both she and Pope Francis are TOTALLY WRONG! We (Christians and Muslims) DO NOT worship the same God! And, while both Christians and Muslims may be “people of the book,” the books are VASTLY different!
The Deities of both books are different–Allah, being a “god” of violence, Jesus being the Prince of Peace! The basic message of both books is also completely different–one (the Koran), a message of victory thru violence, the other (the Bible), a message of redemption and victory thru Christ! The teachers of both books are polar opposites–Muslim Imams incite violence and deception, while true Christian preachers proclaim a message of truth and love! The followers of each book’s teaching could not be more diametrically opposite! True followers of Islam and the teachings of Mohammed desire the eradication of ALL who will not submit to Islamic ideology! The followers of Christ seek the redemption of those Satanically enslaved in Islam’s web of deceit!
Islam has an end-time eschatology that believes in the arrival of a Mahdi–a great one who brings world peace. Of course, Christianity believes a false Messiah will step onto the end-time world stage, deceiving the masses who’ve rejected Christ. But, the True Messiah, Jesus Christ, will return to this earth, ultimately bringing genuine peace! It is my firm belief that the Islamic Mahdi will be the one the Bible calls the Anti-Christ!
So, it was for very legitimate reasons that Wheaton placed Mrs. Hawkins on leave! Islam and Christianity could not be more incompatible! What is tragic, yea heartbreaking, is to see that once great school succumb to political correctness and outright error! Wheaton’s compromise MUST NOT become our compromise! Wheaton’s fear, MUST NOT be mirrored by those of us who genuinely are people of The Book–the Word of the Living God! No, regardless of what others may do, we must say (and do) as did Joshua of old–“as for me, and my house, WE will serve (and stay unequivocally faithful to) the LORD!”
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