A recent report came out at Christian Post that claims that James Foley, the American journalist who was beheaded last week by a British jihadi, desired to see the Christian and Muslim world come together.
According to Foley’s former fellow hostage French journalist Nicolas Henin, “James got hold of a Koran in English and he was fascinated by it. There were times he read it without interruption. After being taken hostage twice, he said his career as a reporter was obviously jinxed.”
One wonders what Foley’s fascination with the Koran was about. Did he think there was more or less in common? Did he find the teachings utterly demonic or did he see them as those akin to his own?
Henin, after learning of Foley’s beheading, said it was “completely ironic.”
While in Syria, Foley was taken hostage and imprisoned in 2012, but wanted to encourage talks between Muslims and Christians.
“He was exasperated by widespread Islamophobia, and he wanted to build bridges between the Christian and Muslim worlds. He said that when he was free, he would apply to the Committee to Protect Journalists, or commit himself to the dialogue between civilizations,” Henin said.
One wonders exactly what Foley would have accomplished in the dialogues with the Muslims. Obviously many of the Muslims that held him captive spoke English, like the murderer who killed him, yet that did not stop him from doing what he did to Foley, a man that did no harm to him.
I am all for preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ to Muslims. However, there can be no mixture of Islam and Christianity, for Islam is an anti-Christ ideology (1 John 2:22; 4:3; 2 John 1:7). This is why it is such a vile and spiritually adulterous thing for “Christian” leaders to claim that Christians and Islamists worship the same god. They do not.
In fact, the Scriptures teach us:
Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them And walk among them. I will be their God, And they shall be My people.” Therefore “Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you.” “I will be a Father to you, And you shall be My sons and daughters, Says the LORD Almighty.”
So there can be no mixing of Christianity and Islam, though there certainly can, and should be, the teachings of Christ presented to them in an effort to call them to repentance.
However, if there is no conversion, which cannot come without the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ, then dialogue will be meaningless and one will eventually have to deal with these men who believe they are to kill the infidels in the name of Allah. As Pamela Geller has written, “The beheading of James Foley epitomizes the uselessness of ‘dialogue’ between Muslims and Christians, as well as Muslims and other groups. If he had succeeded in opening a ‘dialogue’ with his captors, would it have kept them from obeying the quranic imperative to ‘strike the necks’ of unbelievers (47:4)? Of course not. ‘Dialogue’ is a useless charade; its purpose is to prevent Christians and other non-Muslims from speaking out against Muslim persecution (for fear of harming the dialogue) and to convert them to Islam.”
John Owen once said, and I paraphrase, we must show Christ not only as the Lion, but also as the Lamb. If these people will not submit to Christ as the Lamb of God, then they most certainly are in a position to endure His wrath as the Lion of the tribe of Judah.
I have no desire to see the Muslim and Christian world come together. I desire to see the Muslims repent and come to Christ.
As for Foley’s captivity and conduct, Henin went on to say that Foley apparently demonstrated kindness to others around him.
“James was the only one who was friends with everyone,” Henin recalled of his time with Foley as a hostage. “That’s why his murder is so disgusting. No one deserves what happened to him, but he really didn’t deserve to be killed. He was the guy the others turned to in their bad moments. He was the one who knew how to comfort the others.”
While I have some doubts as to the authenticity of the video due to some aspects I will be writing on in the future, Lord willing, there have been others who have made several observations that I believe are valid regarding the video being western propaganda.
Against claims that the video of the beheading was faked, Henin said, “I recognised exactly the James I knew: straight and dignified, speaking in a strong voice and facing death with resignation, dignity and strength.”
James Foley’s family continues to put their hope in God and are at least comforted that their son is no longer in the hands of the Islamic jihadists. They are also pleading with the Islamists to free others who are captive. “We implore the kidnappers to spare the lives of the remaining hostages,” Foley’s mother, Diane, wrote on the Free James Foley Facebook page. “Like Jim, they are innocents. They have no control over American government policy in Iraq, Syria or anywhere in the world. We have never been prouder of our son Jim. He gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian people.”
Yet, there are others still in the hands of these murderers (at least 9 other western journalists) and it is no less disgusting in how these savages butcher their enemies, not out of justice, but due to the demonic teachings that come from a dead pedophile who continues to instruct them from beyond the grave via the Koran. Journalist Steven Sotloff was put before the camera following Foley’s beheading and the declaration was made that he would be the next victim of Islamic jihad if the US did not meet their demands.
May God raise up men of courage and valor who will smite these vile devils for what they have done.