Thursday, January 28, 2016



University President on Why Trump Not Invited: ‘I Refuse to Let Desire to Win Trump Moral Compass’

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BARTLESVILLE, Okla. — The president of a university in Oklahoma has released a post about why he will not be the next professing Christian university president to invite Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to address students.
Dr. Everett Piper of Oklahoma Wesleyan University expressed his thoughts this week on the university website in response to local media inquiring whether he, like Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr., would welcome Trump to have the podium.
“My answer has been simple and brief. No, I will not,” he wrote.
Piper said that at his university, unless the event is a debate, speakers need to align with biblical principles and be in step with the school’s mission.
“In selecting speakers for Oklahoma Wesleyan, party affiliation and political positions do not matter. Personal conduct, public statements, theological integrity and moral consistency do,” he explained, stating that he believes he owes it to students and faculty to screen prospective speakers in such a manner.
“In short, unless it is an open debate where different sides of the issue will be presented, we choose speakers who generally promote our university’s mission and who do not stand in opposition, either in word or deed, to what we claim to hold dear as a Christian community,” Piper outlined.
Piper said that he does not believe that Trump meets that qualification, and discounted pragmatic assertions that one must support Trump out of a desire to keep Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders out of the White House. He remarked that while others assert that Christians shouldn’t criticize those on “our side,” he disagrees that Trump is in step with Christianity.
“Anyone who calls women ‘pigs,’ ‘ugly,’ ‘fat’ and ‘pieces of [expletive]’ is not on my side,” Piper said. “Anyone who has been on the cover of Playboy and proud of it, who brags of his sexual history with multiple women and who owns strip clubs in his casinos is not on my side.”
“Anyone who believes the government can wrest control of the definition of marriage from the church is not on my side,” he continued. “Anyone who ignores the separation of powers and boasts of making the executive branch even more imperial is not on my side.”
The university president then contrasted Trump’s beliefs with his own.
“I believe in conserving the dignity of life. I believe in conserving respect for women. I believe in conserving the Constitution. I believe in conserving private property, religious liberty and human freedom,” Piper wrote. “I believe in morality more than I do in money. I hold to principles more than I yearn for power. I trust my Creator more than I do human character.”
“I refuse to let my desire to win ‘trump’ my moral compass,” he continued. “I will not sell my soul or my university’s to a political process that values victory more than virtue. No, Donald Trump will not be speaking at Oklahoma Wesleyan University.”
Piper likewise made headlines last month over a separate blog post entitled “This Is Not a Daycare. It’s a University,” which he penned after a student complained that a sermon during the chapel service on 1 Corinthians 13 made him feel bad because it convicted him about not loving others as Scripture commands.
“I have a message for this young man and all others who care to listen. That feeling of discomfort you have after listening to a sermon is called a conscience,” Piper wrote. “The goal of many a good sermon is to get you to confess your sins—not coddle you in your selfishness.”
“Oklahoma Wesleyan is .. a place to learn: to learn that life isn’t about you, but about others; that the bad feeling you have while listening to a sermon is called guilt; that the way to address it is to repent of everything that’s wrong with you rather than blame others for everything that’s wrong with them,” he said. “This is a place where you will quickly learn that you need to grow up.”


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The following is excerpted from THE BIBLE AND ISLAM. In light of today’s news events, we do well to ask what the Bible says about Islam. Islam controls a large part of the world and is on a jihadic rampage that hasn’t been seen in hundreds of years. This far-reaching book describes Islam’s beginning and history, the doctrine of Allah, the Quran, Islam and salvation, the three stages of jihad, the Koran’s doctrine of abrogation, Islam and Judaism, Islam and Christianity, Sharia law, jihad and world conquest, Islam and the slave trade, Islam as a judgment on apostate Christianity and apostate Israel, Islam’s divisions and internecine hatred (Sunni vs. Shiite, etc.), Islam as a preparation for the Antichrist, the Antichrist and the Middle East problem, and Muslim nations in prophecy. The book explains what is happening in the Middle East, and where these events will ultimately lead. 160 pages. Available in print and as a free eBook from
The Bible and Islam
Under Muslim rule, non-Muslims are called dhimmis and are treated differently than Muslims. Dhimmi means “protected person,” but the protection is dubious, to say the least.  According to the Quran, dhimmi especially applies to “People of the Book,” referring to Jews and Christians, who were treated somewhat differently than idolaters.  A dhimmi is allowed to live in Muslim territory in exchange for submission and payment of a heavy jizya tax. The Quran says: “Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued” (Quran 9:29).  Exercise of the dhimmi law has varied from place to place and time to time, both in history and at the present. For example, in the late ninth century, Tariqu al-Hakim, the sixth Fatimid caliph in Egypt, required all Christians to wear a four-pound cross around their necks and Jews to wear a four-pound carving of a calf (for having worshiped the golden calf) (Rodney Stark, God’s Battalions, p. 90). Sometimes Christian dhimmis have been allowed to keep their churches (but not build new ones or repair old ones), but they have always been forbidden to evangelize. For a Muslim to declare faith in Christ is apostasy, which is an unforgivable sin and punishable by death under sharia law.
After the Muslims conquered Syria in the seventh century, the dhimmis had to wear special identifying clothing and clip the fronts of their hair. They were not allowed to own weapons, ride on saddles, display crosses or Bibles, or hold public religious ceremonies. They had to take in any Muslim traveler and give him three days’ food and lodging (Trifkovic, The Sword of the Prophet, p. 105).  Even the most minor infraction of the dhimmi rules “left the door open for the resumption of jihad.”  In practice, dhimmis have been treated in whatever way the ruling Muslims see fit, and they have had no judicial recourse. They are at the “mercy” of their masters, but history tells us that more often than not, the Muslim masters were like the Babylonians, of whom Jeremiah said, “they are cruel, and have no mercy” (Jer. 6:23). The dhimmi law is enforced with great rigor today by the Islamic State. The following is a description of what is happening under Islamic State rule in Syria, as told by Christian refugees who fled to Jordan. “Their village was occupied by rebel forces, who proceeded to announce that they were now under an Islamic emirate and were subject to sharia law. The Christian residents were offered four choices: (1) renounce the ‘idolatry’ of Christianity and convert to Islam; (2) pay a heavy tribute (jizya) to the Muslims for the privilege of keeping their heads and their Christian faith; (3) be killed; (4) flee for their lives, leaving all their belongings behind. Some Christians were killed, some fled, some tried to pay the jizya and found it too heavy a burden to bear after the rebels kept increasing the amount they had to pay, and some were unable to flee or pay, so they converted to Islam to save themselves. The scenario reported by Syrian refugees is a re-enactment of the historic fate of Christians across the Middle East” (“A Conversation with Christian Syrian Refugees,” Religious Freedom Coalition, June 1, 2013).__