Church of God Resolutions on MUSLIMS, RACISM AND ETHNIC DISPARITY

MUSLIMS (2002)
WHEREAS the Bible directs us to go into all the world and preach the gospel to all nations, and there is a way that seems right to man but the end thereof are the ways of death; and

WHEREAS Islam has become the fastest growing religion in the world, and has attracted an attrition from Christianity among our ethnic communities (ABC News), and has more than 6 million members in the United States alone (US News and World Report), with 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide (Islamic Web); and

WHEREAS there has been A Wave of Conversion to Islam in the United States (and worldwide) following the events of September 11, 2001,” with more than 35,000 converts in the United States during the year following (Islamic Web); and

WHEREAS Christianity and Islam are antithetical, stemming from centuries of historical conflict; and

WHEREAS we are sympathetic to human rights and individual beliefs but cannot compromise our position on the gospel that Jesus Christ is the only agent by whom one may possess eternal life; and

WHEREAS Muslims are actively and aggressively involved in Islamic “evangelism,” and it is stated in the second surah (chapter) of the Qur’an (Al-Bagarah) that Allah encourages the Muslims to “fight them until there is no persecution and the religion is Allah’s” (2:193), and that recently, international terrorists have quoted the Qur’an and the Hadith, saying, “I was ordered to fight the people until there is no god but Allah, and his Prophet Muhammad,” and that their resolve is seen when stated, “We will defend the Holy Land with our blood and with our spirit;” and

WHEREAS we recognize the “Farrakhanization” of American Islam to the personal end of further division, separation, and animosity between the races, along with a strong anti-Semitic doctrine; and

WHEREAS Elijah Muhammad told his followers, “the greatest hindrance to the truth of our people [members of the Nation of Islam] is the preacher of Christianity;”

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that the international Church of God, as a denomination, do aggressively seek to understand Islam more clearly, so we may present Christ more effectively, and love Muslims to the cross; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED to take a sympathetic yet uncompromising position toward the entire scope of the Islamic religion, and in so doing, we recognize that all faiths are not the same, but that Jesus Christ is “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6), and that no man comes to the Father but through Him, and that although there is only one way, the path is opened by the blood of Jesus for all who will believe; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED that the Church of God clergy and membership display the compelling love of God (John 3:16), His Son Jesus (John 13:35), and the Holy Spirit (John 16:7-11), and that our churches be filled with a bold and gracious witness to the returning Christ, “Which in His times He shall show, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords” (1 Timothy 6:15).

RACISM AND ETHNIC DISPARITY (2000)
WHEREAS the Church of God from its inception has contended to be inclusive of peoples regardless of gender, cultural background or race; and

WHEREAS the 50th General Assembly in 1964 adopted a resolution on human rights affirming the worth of every individual; and

WHEREAS every race bears the image of God and has its origin in Adam who is the Father of all mankind; and

WHEREAS in Christ Jesus there is neither Jew nor Gentile, slaves nor free men, men nor women, but we are all one in Him; and

WHEREAS the Resolution on Leadership and World Vision in the 1990 General Assembly Minutes commits the church to be “international…transcending culture, race, nationalism, and politics”; and

WHEREAS we are beholden to a Christlike example and lifestyle, one of acceptance, affirmation, and unconditional love;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that this International General Assembly recognizes all members of the body of Christ as equal in function and consequence, and every race and ethnic distinction a valuable and necessary field for the winning of souls and the furtherance of the kingdom of God upon this earth; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that we commit towards the elimination of racism and bigotry, corporately identifying racism and bigotry as sinful hindrances which prevent us from truly realizing brotherhood and Christian love within and outside the body of the international church and the many peoples and races which it reaches and encompasses (68th A., 2000, p. 89).

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86 thoughts on “Church of God Resolutions on MUSLIMS, RACISM AND ETHNIC DISPARITY

  1. Ricky Grimsley says:

    Ive preached and taught on this for several years. The ties between Islam (not just radical) and the eschaton are numerous. Their willingness to make and break treaties for their benefit, the 7 year rule of their 12th Imam, location, and And here is something Ive seen spiritually in an abbreviated version…terrorism at the hands of islam will worsen, and many will lose their life in areas largely unaffected to date (US, UK, Canada, Australia, etc.) before the world has he enough and retaliates. At this point there will be a treaty made to end their assault, which will be broken after 3 1/2 years. others. Im trying to find some of my notes from the past. But I’ be posting on my ministry page in the coming weeks. I’ share the posts here as I do.Joel richardson has great teaching on the subject.

  2. Ricky Grimsley says:

    Ive preached and taught on this for several years. The ties between Islam (not just radical) and the eschaton are numerous. Their willingness to make and break treaties for their benefit, the 7 year rule of their 12th Imam, location, and And here is something Ive seen spiritually in an abbreviated version…terrorism at the hands of islam will worsen, and many will lose their life in areas largely unaffected to date (US, UK, Canada, Australia, etc.) before the world has he enough and retaliates. At this point there will be a treaty made to end their assault, which will be broken after 3 1/2 years. others. Im trying to find some of my notes from the past. But I’ be posting on my ministry page in the coming weeks. I’ share the posts here as I do.Joel richardson has great teaching on the subject.

  3. Ricky Grimsley says:

    Ive preached and taught on this for several years. The ties between Islam (not just radical) and the eschaton are numerous. Their willingness to make and break treaties for their benefit, the 7 year rule of their 12th Imam, location, and And here is something Ive seen spiritually in an abbreviated version…terrorism at the hands of islam will worsen, and many will lose their life in areas largely unaffected to date (US, UK, Canada, Australia, etc.) before the world has he enough and retaliates. At this point there will be a treaty made to end their assault, which will be broken after 3 1/2 years. others. Im trying to find some of my notes from the past. But I’ be posting on my ministry page in the coming weeks. I’ share the posts here as I do.Joel richardson has great teaching on the subject.

  4. John Walker says:

    my guess is that we have seen very few Muslim immigrants to Europe, USA or Canada convert to Christ. If anyone has some numbers that would be great.
    Muslim immigrants come for the welfare, the benefits and to spread the global Uma of Islam in order to subjugate the people to Allah via the imposition of Sharia law. Some are truly escaping persecution. But the majority over the last several decades are not escaping but seeking something new. Some do work or start businesses, but vast numbers just get welfare.

    Germany started bringing in immigrants to do work the Germans were not doing. But now Germany, Scandanavia, France, Britain- all are suffering under a crippling weight of new welfare costs.

  5. Steve Webber says:

    The indication seems to be that the majority of Muslims to don want to assimilate into European culture. Some have and some have in the US, but their is a movement among them not to assimilate.the very core of their religion is to lie, cheat, and make nice until they can cut your head off with strength of numbers.
    They need Christ, of that there is no doubt, but biblically speaking they are still holding to a Genesis promise of 12 princes from Ishmael, and they are waiting on the 12th (at least some sects) to rule the world for 7 years. They are a false religion founded on deception and violence.
    They do no assimilate, they lie. If they hold true to their religion they want to cut your head off. If you have the stomach just search the Internet and you will find their heart.

  6. Jon Sellers says:

    Thanks Steve, I am very familiar with all of the lies and tactics of Islam. Like all groups not every one of them is a true believer. But those who do believe are very much committed to the Caliphate and Jihad. Even if they never commit an act of violence they still support it.

  7. Jonnah Ramos says:

    Interesting thesis. I would suppose if the host culture is radically different than the home culture assimilation is more challenging. It is natural to form enclaves of immigrants in order to retain a sense of community and continuity with the ethnic identity formed in the home country.

    Assimilation is something people have to want and work at. Can immigrants have an evangelistic impact on the host country? Do you have any research on that? Were the Bulgarian Churches in N. America able to bring revival to Americans or was it confined to Bulgarians?

    Can immigrants of one ethnicity more effectively reach immigrants of other ethnicities more so than Americans can?

  8. Charles Page says:

    the Lord gave me a prophetic word last Sunday in Church. just my memory: God said that he was not a god doing nothing about the religious extremist massacre in California. My hands are not tied and I am not bound. I am your Lord and King and I rule my world.

  9. Ricky Grimsley says:

    No i was just messing around on the website and this caught my eye. I was just asking if anyone was aware of any actual research that the church did concerning Islam?

  10. Ricky Grimsley says:

    It sounds like a pretty militant resolution. It implies that muslims mean to kill us. Yet i havent heard any thing about it till today. I dont even know what the purposes of our resolutions actually are?

  11. Ricky Grimsley says:

    Well i was more concerned more about the part where we were “resolved to learn more about islam” so web could better witness to them.

  12. Mary Ellen Nissley says:

    “God looks on the heart. and I’m so glad of that.
    And we need to learn to think like God thinks. Try to look past the offensive exterior, and look into the eyes. And love them as Jesus loved the sinful woman who wept at his feet. and like He loved the woman caught in adultery, thrown into the midst of all those men, accused and stripped of her human dignity. Jesus looked past all the exterior, and saw the image of God.
    We need to learn to see through the eyes of Christ.

  13. Rebecca Nelson-Innocent says:

    So basically, you stood there casting mental stones at folks, that you don’t know personally. I am so thankful, that you come sliding out of the womb on a holy high horse, that never stumbled. I am assuming, when you were saved ( that is, if you needed salvation, as you presumably are so holy you come 2nd only to Jesus, that there was nothing you needed to change, be freed from, or give up. Jesus himself did not condemn the woman caught in the act of adultery….HE said, “he who is without sin, cast the first stone”….so, who art THOU, oh holy one without sun? Wow, is right. You dont know these people. Oh wow. Believe what you want, but don’t you dare have the audacity to sit so high you look down at others. JESUS don’t do it….who do you think you are????

  14. Mary Ellen Nissley says:

    “God looks on the heart. and I’m so glad of that.
    And we need to learn to think like God thinks. Try to look past the offensive exterior, and look into the eyes. And love them as Jesus loved the sinful woman who wept at his feet. and like He loved the woman caught in adultery, thrown into the midst of all those men, accused and stripped of her human dignity. Jesus looked past all the exterior, and saw the image of God.
    We need to learn to see through the eyes of Christ.

  15. Rebecca Nelson-Innocent says:

    So basically, you stood there casting mental stones at folks, that you don’t know personally. I am so thankful, that you come sliding out of the womb on a holy high horse, that never stumbled. I am assuming, when you were saved ( that is, if you needed salvation, as you presumably are so holy you come 2nd only to Jesus, that there was nothing you needed to change, be freed from, or give up. Jesus himself did not condemn the woman caught in the act of adultery….HE said, “he who is without sin, cast the first stone”….so, who art THOU, oh holy one without sun? Wow, is right. You dont know these people. Oh wow. Believe what you want, but don’t you dare have the audacity to sit so high you look down at others. JESUS don’t do it….who do you think you are????

  16. Jeffry Woolston says:

    “White people”? God is color blind and so is His love that we are supposed to reflect. “My kind of a church”? What about a Jesus kind of church? A church where He cares not the color of your skin but the content of your character. He cares not about the clothes that you wear (or don’t wear) but about the attitude that you bare. He cares not about the tattoos that you have but rather about the faith that you have in Him. The church that Jesus built is built on love not looks on faith not failuritis.

  17. Al Green says:

    God doesn’t care if you have tattoos or what sins you’ve committed. He receives us just the way we are when we put our faith in Jesus. I am so thankful for that he is not a respecter of persons. I have about 15 tattoos and I’m washed in the blood of the lamb. By the way don’t forget when Jesus comes back he’ll have a tattoo on his thigh (Rev.19:16)

  18. Tom Steele says:

    How about if you imagine yourself for a moment as the unkept person with tattoos all over your body, and while pretending you are that person, read through your questions again. Then you will see what the problem is and why the Church has so much trouble reaching the lost.

  19. Mark Gibson says:

    Jim recognizes that Jesus washed the feet of His disciples. He called the Syro-Phoenician woman a “dog”. You all are pretty hard on Jim. I wonder how you would be with Jesus Christ Himself? He accepts us as we are but He never leaves us as we came. We could talk Jim! Love and strength brother!

  20. Gay Green says:

    Bro Jim I usually enjoy your postings in this groups but lately they’ve been way out there for me. I suppose I speak for many when asking what does your current text has to do specifically with the subject of Pentecostal theology? I’d be happy to read your response to try to understand

  21. Matthew West says:

    This is the worst post I have ever seen I am ashamed of you. You want to say you can’t imagine anyone of them being a Christian yet I can’t imagine someone being truly Christ like and acting like this.

  22. Josh Willis says:

    Did you write this with the intention of seeing if people would do the right thing by putting you in your place? If so, then I understand your curiosity of how a Christian would react. If not, then the racism is way out of line and the lost not being capable of being as holy as you is just insane. Not everyone has been a Christian all their lives. Some have done a lot of things they’re not proud of. You can hide things from others much worse than tattoos and people think you’re a great person, as many preachers do. I don’t have any tattoos but there are men and women in my church who do that I consider much better, holier, and more caring than I am. Like I said, I hope you wrote this with the intention of seeing if people would put you in your place.

  23. Michael H. Robinson says:

    “It’s not our Job to fix people,

    It’s our job to show the same Love that has been shown to us,

    The Spirit of God will convict and restore.

    Our past may not be as visible as a tattoo, but we do have one”

  24. Jimmy Pearson says:

    (Eye roll) I worry about some folks on this page sometimes. I really hope this is sarcasm or something. But I’m thinking it’s not. This is case and point why having grown up in and been ordained by a Pentecostal church I don’t go to one anymore. It’s this backwards better than you mindset. I won’t even touch the racial comment. It troubles me that so many Christians (myself included too often) resemble the Pharisees of scripture rather than the Jesus of scripture.

  25. Michael Green says:

    Jimmy sorry about your disappointment in the Pentecostal faith but don’t give up there are still some good Pentecostal churches out there and you need encouragement.

  26. Tim Anderson says:

    “””Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
    1Co 6:10

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    Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

    Tools specific to 1Co 6:11

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    And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

    Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

    And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
    1Co 6:10
    Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
    11: And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. 1Co 6:9-11 (KJV)”

  27. Tim Anderson says:

    “Keep v. 11 in mind: v.9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.

    11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.”” 1 Cor 6:9-11 (NKJV)

    Do not limit the power of Jesus to Save and make one fit for the Kingdom of God. If we don’t see the lost through the eyes of God who so loved the world, we should go to the Lord and get our sp. eyes examined. Or we may need to get born again.”

  28. John Ruffle says:

    “You should have seen us hippies getting saved, bare feet, flowers in the uncut hair … we were a disaster area. Which is why Jesus visited us while most churches shunned us.
    [I am assuming your OP was a bit tongue in cheek, Jim Price?]”

  29. Sue Elliott says:

    Amen !!! I know God looks at the heart but is that the way we .!!! represent Christ he didn’t take us out of the world but he took the world out of us

  30. Jordan Daniel May says:

    “Luke 18:9-14

    Then Jesus told this story to some who had great confidence in their own righteousness and scorned everyone else: “”Two men went to the Temple to pray. One was a Pharisee, and the other was a despised tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed this prayer: ‘I thank you, God, that I am not like other people—cheaters, sinners, adulterers. I’m certainly not like that tax collector! I fast twice a week, and I give you a tenth of my income.’

    “”But the tax collector stood at a distance and dared not even lift his eyes to heaven as he prayed. Instead, he beat his chest in sorrow, saying, ‘O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner.’ I tell you, this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home justified before God. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.””

  31. Sue Elliott says:

    “We need to love them Jesus gave his life so all could have eternal life !! When they met the master they will have a new way of thinking he makes us new creatures in him .
    Dont turn no one away for how they look God didn’t turn us away !!!”

  32. Jim Price says:

    Just so you know, the last 3 weeks I have bailed one fellow out of jail, taken him food 4 times and paid a fine for him in another city, made 2 trips to help another guy who lost his job, gave him enough money so that he could eat and buy gas to find another job, not saying this to brag or complain but this has been going on with me for over 60 years so when I saw the motley crew that I described above I was sad because I can’t help them or their kind anymore nor do they see a need to help themselves.

  33. Brian Crisp says:

    Tatoos on someone doesn’t mean a thing. I have 4 but you can’t see them as long as I have a shirt with sleeves on them. I am a pastor and feel no need to get my tatoos removed or anything. Tatoos don’t disqualify someone to be saved or to serve. Love them like Jesus instead of trashing them.

  34. Mary Ellen Nissley says:

    “You know… every generation of godly older people is appalled at the new lows our society can stoop to.
    We establish comfort zones of what we think is godly behavior or appearance. And then when society challenges those zones, we get shocked.

    I remember how my strict Mennonite parents used to try to keep us children from adopting the latest Mennonite dress fads. To them, we were shocking and completely unacceptable.

    Looking at pictures from how they dressed as they were growing up, I can understand, a little. Solid colors. Hair pulled straight back. HUGE head-coverings that covered even the ears. covering strings that were TIED up against the chin.

    Yes, this is what they called righteousness.
    And really, it wasn’t much different from Charles and Caroline Ingalls.

    But we, their children, were trying out smaller headcoverings, and no strings. We were wearing larger and larger prints. We were wearing light-colored hosiery (oh, mercy sakes alive!) And our belts on our dresses were growing wider–until the church made a rule they could not be any wider than 2 inches. Heels were evil beyond 2 inches. And oh, the prideful, puffed hairstyles!

    And now, my dear old mother looks at my daughter, who wears dresses to the floor, instead of to the knee, and thinks she is only doing it to be fashionable (instead of modest) and rebukes her for it.

    Each generation thinks its own standards are the best.

    But Jim Price, if your great-grandfather could have seen your generation while you were growing up, how would your dress have scandalized him?

    And I know your generation doesn’t think twice about speaking about whites as if they can be expected to think better, look better, act better, do a better job, etc.

    But those days are long gone.
    And good riddance.
    Because you would hate to be spoken of that way, by the Japanese, wouldn’t you?

    Loosen up.
    It’s no holier (in God’s eyes) to look like a businessman on his way to the office, than it does to look like a farmer going out to milk the cows.”

  35. Sue Elliott says:

    God judges the heart we none have a heaven or hell We only have the blood of Jesus. And that’s what it going take nothing good we do for sure !!!

  36. John Ruffle says:

    Too many comments to read, sorry. However, there is way too much preaching to the converted and not enough outreach and raw discipleship out on the margins. It’s gonna take a lad or a lass covered with tatoos to reach someone in the same paradigm. Just don’t be a fool and go get tatoos thinking you’ll reach someone – they will smell a phoney a mile off. Same as Jesus Movement – the real deal was all imbeded in that sub-culture.

  37. Troy Day says:

    All our viewers are welcome to respond, especially the ones from EU and UK which is now debating their referendum to leave EU David Rollings Jon Sellers John Ruffle Jonathan Downie Tom Torbeyns – William DeArteaga will be happy to read your responses

  38. Troy Day says:

    I invite you to check out this article for the current migrant situation today After smoothing the conflict with Russia Erdogan seems to lead a pre-planned operation of releasing immigrants to Europe at key locations. The mentioned city is among the top resorts area and there’s not even a glimpse of any Muslim conversion

  39. William DeArteaga says:

    This Wednesday I am speaking at Sunnyside Church of God, on interceding in prayer for the conversion of the peoples of Islam. If you noticed my blog postings, that is one of my main themes, and I believe it should be a major concern for Christians everywhere. If you are a pastor or lay leader come and see if this presentation would be good for your church.

    It is free, and you will be most welcome. The program begins at 7:00pm. The address for Sunnyside is: 2610 E. Cherokee Dr., Woodstock, GA 30188. This is a really great church, and pastor Turner is doing a splendid job. Their website is: http://sunnysidecog.org/

  40. “BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED to take a sympathetic yet uncompromising position toward the entire scope of the Islamic religion, and in so doing, we recognize that all faiths are not the same, but that Jesus Christ is “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6), and that no man comes to the Father but through Him, and that although there is only one way, the path is opened by the blood of Jesus for all who will believe; ” why are you sympathetic toward Islam? Also why did you muddle your words on Jesus being the only way?

    1. In context of how we respond to other faiths…
      Although we recognize the truth that there is no other way,
      The path is open to those who believe…meaning we still believe that they can change and be saved if they believe…holdfast to, trust, put hope in Jesus as Savior and Lord…the only way.

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