Tuesday, December 15, 2015

‘Ex-Muslim’ Author Gives the One Position on Islamic State (ISIS) and Terrorism that the Church Should Take

By Alex Murashko, Special to ASSIST News Service

Naeem FazelCHARLOTTE, NC (ANS - Dec. 14 2015) -- Naeem Fazal, the author of the book, Ex-Muslim, says there is only one position the church, as defined by Christians within the Body of Christ, should take when it comes to answering the question: What should we do to prevent Islamic terrorist groups such as Islamic State (ISIS) from attacking America and elsewhere?
Fazal, who is the pastor of Mosaic Church in Charlotte, said recently, “As the church, we have a position to play (take), and no other entity, no other organization, club, group, [or] community, can play that position … We are the only ones that can take this position and actually make a difference if the church embraces and plays its position…
“And that position is not a statement or an idea or a solution. The position is actually physically on our knees … because no one else is getting on their knees. No one else is thinking that way. No one else is called to do this.”
One week after the terrorist attacks in San Bernardino, Fazal is drawing attention to a video (below) of the midweek service he did shortly after the tragedy perpetrated by ISIS in Paris. In Ex-Muslim, he tells the amazing story of having a supernatural experience with Christ that changed the course of his life. Fazal is a Pakistani, who was born and raised in Kuwait. He grew up in a Muslim household, was a teenager in the midst of the Gulf War, and came to the United States in 1992.
The video is posted by his church and titled “Mosaic Church | Position on ISIS.” During his message he describes how he is often asked to give answers to difficult questions about violence stemming from organizations such as ISIS.
Ex Muslim book coverHe talked about a woman who during a speaking engagement at a church asked and then answered her own questions, but finally left an opening for him to answer the question, “How do we prevent another 9/11?”
His answer was that the church should take a position of prayer and he illustrated his point by sharing verses from the book of Daniel beginning in Chapter 10 where Daniel is having a conversation with an “angelic being.” He describes how Daniel comes to the realization that his prayers can be a part of God’s plan.
“Prayer allows us to slay some things” including “inner demons and outer dragons” Fazal explained. Also, prayer can bring on a peace within oneself that surpasses understanding. Among other attributes of prayer, he said it “binds the enemy” and “puts up supernatural protection.”
“Prayer is more than a conversation,” he said. In Matthew 18, “Jesus is saying you have power by prayer to access and to control things you do not see.”
Fazal concluded his message by saying that God can “supernaturally show up to a suicide bomber and say, ‘You are not going to blow all these people up … Your plan was to kill thousands and thousands of people… no, no no.’”
It is the prayer of the church that has prevented thousands of more deaths that the terrorists had planned, he said. “What if we were to fully believe that?”
On the Web:
Mosaic Church: http://mosaicchurch.tv/ 
Ex-Muslim book: http://exmuslimbook.com/ 
Photo captions: 1) Naeem Fazal. 2. Book cover. 

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