Tuesday, November 20, 2001
Muslim Group Seeks to Meet Billy Graham's Son
By GUSTAV NIEBUHR
The Associated Press
The Rev. Franklin Graham drew attention with remarks on Islam.
Muslim advocacy organization, the Council on America-Islamic Relations,
said yesterday that it had sent a letter to the Rev. Franklin Graham,
to discuss remarks that Mr. Graham, an evangelist, made describing
Islam as evil.
Nihad Awad, the council's executive director, said that he wrote to
ask Mr. Graham to meet with him and Muslim scholars, as a response
to remarks Mr. Graham made in an October interview broadcast on Friday
on NBC's "Nightly News."
Mr. Graham, the eldest son of the evangelist Billy Graham, is president
of Samaritan's Purse, a Christian relief organization that provides
food, clothing and medical aid to poor people overseas.
According to a transcript of the interview, Mr. Graham said Islam had
attacked the United States on Sept. 11. He
said that Muslims worshiped a different god than Christians and that
he believed Islam to be "a very evil and wicked religion."
The remarks came amid a longer interview, devoted mainly to Mr. Graham's
Christian theology. Mr. Graham has emerged as a major figure among
offering prayers at national events, including President Bush's inauguration.
His criticism of Islam stands out when many public figures have emphasized
interreligious understanding, not least Mr. Bush, who has asked Americans
not to blame the faith for the acts of Sept. 11.
Mr. Awad said he wanted to give Mr. Graham "a chance to know Islam
In his letter, Mr. Awad said "negative impressions of Islam are
most often based on a lack of accurate and objective information."
On Sunday, Mr. Graham sent a statement to The Charlotte Observer, in
which he said his group was providing "more relief and aid to
Muslim people" than to anyone else. He also said his calling was
as a Christian minister, proclaiming Yahweh, not analyzing other faiths.
But he said, too, that he had expressed concerns about "the teachings
of Islam regarding the treatment of women and the killing of non- Muslims,
or `infidels.' "
A spokeswoman said yesterday that Mr. Graham would not comment further.
It is the opinion of The Sabbatarian Network that Mr.
Graham is correct in his assumption that the
Protestants do worship a different god than the Muslims. However, Mr.
Graham does not appear to realize that the Protestant god (Jesus) is
a false god with a contrived name, and that he and his Protestant followers
do not actually worship the Creator, YHWH. There is only one way to
worship Yahweh, and that is in both Spirit
and in Truth. Since the Protestant churches of
this world have embraced the same polytheistic traditions as the ROMAN
catholics and have rejected Yahweh's "Tanakh" (Older Testament),
and rejected the Holy Days of the ONE true "Self-Existent
G-d," Yahweh, in favor of polytheism, then the only conclusion
that one can come to is that Mr. Graham's god is the Antichrist. The
true first born human son of Yahweh is Messiah Yahshua, and neither
Jesus or Yahshua is G-d. Messiah Yahshua is only unique in the fact
that he is the first human being to be resurrected from the dead to
immortality and that he lived a sinless life (In Yahweh's Opinion).
of Messiah," and "True
is a gift from G-d, and is never a
sign of being The self-existent G-d or even A self-existent G-d.
22 You worship that which you don't know. We worship that which we
know; for salvation
is from the Jews (NOT ROMANS).
23 But the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshippers will
worship the Father in Spirit
and Truth, for the Father seeks such
to be his worshippers.
24 Yahweh is spirit, and those who worship him must worship
in Spirit and Truth."
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