name of Islamic Jesus at Obama Inauguration
Just When I Thought I Could Say "Amen"...
by Eric Barger
There I was, watching all of the regalia
of the presidential inauguration. The crowds, the dignitaries,
wondering if at any second a Muslim terrorist would be able to breech
the heavy security try something unthinkable. Praise the Lord it all
went relatively well. Of course, I was also waiting to see just what
kind of prayer Rick Warren had co-opted to pray for the new incoming
President and his
administration. There was good cheer and lots of non-partisan wishes,
including copious amounts of slightly sickening back slapping. Politics
as usual was for at least a short time partially on hold anyway.
When Rick Warren was introduced I and
many listened intently. Christians hoped for the best and prayed.
Atheist sat poised with the ACLU on speed dial ready to cry foul should
Warren actually mention the dreaded politically incorrect "J" word -
Jesus. Others, having been mis-educated in government schools, wondered
whose idea it was to have someone pray anyway. After all, those old guys
who started this country really weren't religious, right? Or at
least that's what the history teacher back in high school said just
before the lecture on how only zealots would be so nutty as to hold to
all those outdated notions like "One Nation Under God." But, I
Frankly, I'd never before heard Dr.
Warren express himself so passionately. No wonder. I'd be on an
adrenalin rush too if I knew people in nearly every country in the world
were watching. I kept thinking, "Come on Warren. Don't wimp out now." As
much as I disagree with his philosophy and so much of what he has said
and written (or omitted) in his books, I was truly rooting for him to
not pray some generic prayer that the openly gay Episcopalian
Bishop, Gene Robinson, would be proud of.
The inaugural prayer was proceeding along and
Warren was rightly praying for God to lead and protect Obama. Though he
didn't petition God as I have to "put a hook in Barak's nose to make him
accomplish the will of the Lord," I honestly did appreciate what Warren
prayed - at least to a point.
So, just when I thought I could say
"amen," it happened. Warren said "I humbly ask this in the name of the
one who changed my life, Yeshua, Isa, Jesus [Spanish pronunciation],
Jesus, who taught us to pray, "Our father who art in Heaven..." Opppsss.
Wait a minute. I should have known that it was too good to be true.
Yeshua and Jesus - great! "Isa" - not so much.
I have researched Islam for many years.
Last year I ministered concerning the history, theology and intentions
of Islam over 40 times in churches and conferences so naturally,
Warren's use of the name of Isa, the false Jesus of
Islam, was a glaring slap in the face to all that he had already
prayed. "Isa" in no way represents the Jesus of
the Bible but is instead the false Jesus of the Qur'an (Koran) and the Muslim Hadith.
"eee-sa") is the
Islamic Jesus who was but a prophet and who certainly did not experience
a sacrificial death on a cross let alone resurrect from the dead. In
fact, in Islam the prophet Isa is actually the
destroyer of Christianity - not it's Savior. Obviously, this
is simply NOT the same Jesus as is Yeshua. Thus far,
only one person has written me to comment on Warren's statement. (Hats
off to Diana in Ohio who did her homework.) She also noted a good page from a
website we have linked to for quite some time (www.answering-islam.org)
which highlights the differences between the Jesus of the Bible and the
Isa of Islam. I have placed a link to this resource at the bottom of
The Apostle Paul emphatically warned about
those who would come presenting counterfeit Jesus'.
"But I fear,
lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so
your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not
preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received,
or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with
him." (II Cor. 11:3-4)
Instead of becoming spiritually sharper in these
perilous days, it would seem that alarming numbers in the Christian
world are instead drifting further out to sea. Many have adopted the
misconceived notion that any mention of the word "God" must
automatically mean that Jehovah
is being referred to. This confusion is even more obvious when the name "Jesus"
comes into play. Regardless of the fact that Mormonism's "Jesus" isn't
the biblical Jesus or that Islam's Isa is just another spiritual
Christians appear unequipped to give an apologetic defense of even basic
Christian beliefs. The bulk of the church has adopted
sloppy study habits and even worse, the majority in the pews are slowly
being seduced into accepting ideas that run clearly counter to the
absolute truth of Christianity. There is little heed to Paul's
admonition to "test everything." found in II Thessalonians 5 let alone to call
out those who are leading the flock down the garden path with half
truths and often blatant errors. Many are sadly just chicken when it
comes to insisting on the pure proclamation of Jesus Christ. Remember,
close is only good enough when playing horseshoes and hurling hand
This now brings us to another problem with
Warren's inaugural prayer. The word Jesus was spoken but where was
Christ? Though he didn't miss including the name of the
demonic anti-Christian deity Isa, did anyone else notice
that during his prayer Warren did not invoke the Messianic title of "Christ?"
There is only one "Christ" and these days without specificity the name Jesus
could just as easily refer to countless Hispanic kids with the
same name. Though he'll probably never comment, one has to wonder about
Warren's inclusion of Isa and exclusion of Christ.
They both make sense if you're looking for finely tuned political
correctness with a twist of veiled one-world religion.
Does Dr. Warren not know about Isa?
If he truly doesn't then shame on him. Rick Warren accepted the false
premise that Jehovah and
Allah are the same deity when he joined in signing "Loving God and
Neighbor Together: A Christian Response to a Common Word Between us and
You" with a number of ill-advised liberals, heretics and
pseudo-evangelicals at Yale University in 2007. Supposing that Jehovah
and Allah are one is certainly the affirmation of a form of limited
universalism at best. I won't revisit all of that here but from judging
the contents of his inaugural prayer it is obvious that Dr. Warren hasn't amended
his position. (See my articles
"I Can't Sign the
Letter", "Their God is
NOT our God." and
"Evangelical Meltdown - Islam and Christianity at Yale")
My friends, I perceive that the "Isa
incident" we witnessed at the 2009 presidential inauguration to
be just the sort of misleading theological shenanigans that will occur
as the Antichrist becomes prominent. The Bible doesn't seem to indicate
that the Antichrist's rise to power will be iron fisted. Instead, it
could be somewhat incremental, maybe subtle and without a doubt very
crafty. This is similar to what we are seeing today lead by Warren and
the gang - a little inclusiveness here; a little universalism there;
don't commit to any absolutes; just smile and say "God bless you" and
pretty soon the spiritual discernment of the majority is glazed over
like a donut and the seduction becomes fully blown. Its talk the talk to
those who want to hear Christian rhetoric and sing a different tune when
the world is watching. When you listen to the Warren's, Osteen's and
Schuller's around us you get a sense of just how truly sidetracked and
noncommittal some in the alleged evangelical Church have already become.
Instead of focusing on the souls of mankind, it would appear that the
end goal is to be non-confrontational to other religions and
non-offensive to as many people in society as possible - even at the
cost of absolute truth. It is sick and yet many of our friends and loved
ones are buying what these guys are selling and then think that we're
nut cases for insistently being so "narrow."
Though I am not saying that any of the
people mentioned in this article is the actual Man of Sin himself, we had better listen
very carefully when someone stands up to pray.
This is especially so when the one praying claims to be an "evangelical"
and his prayer is to be offered before an audience of a billion+ people worldwide.
Words like "sincere," "passionate," "persuasive"
have been written today in describing Warren's inaugural prayer. Before
being swept up in the hype however, remember that these words are being
used to describe someone whose ideology insists that Christianity, its God and its Savior
are somehow allied with
a demonic god and the pure evil which is found in Islam.
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