Islam’s initial tactic of military confrontation with the West came to a grinding halt at the Gates of Vienna in 1683. Had the Muslim armies prevailed, they stood to overrun Christian Europe and the entire continent would’ve become part of the Muslim Ottoman Empire.
However, the emergence of the Muslim Brotherhood under the leadership of Hassan al-Banna in 1922 would breath new life into the ambitions of Islam to dominate the West. Acknowledging their inability to confront the West via military means, they sought a change of strategy which would prove to be nothing short of brilliant. The Muslim Brotherhood laid out a plan of infiltrating the West from within via what can be described as a “cultural jihad”.
In an official document uncovered by federal investigators in 2004, the Muslim Brotherhood’s strategic goals for North America was chillingly outlined from a meeting held by the organization in 1991. Here is a short excerpt:
“The process of settlement is a ‘Civilization-Jihadist Process’ with all the word means. The Ikhwan [Muslim Brotherhood] must understand that their work in America is a kind of grand jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the believers…” (p.7)
The father of ‘Cultural Jihad’ Hassan al-Banna
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Their plan is a grass-roots approach in slowly infiltrating Western society by undermining its institutions and cultural centres of influence and using the West’s liberal ideals such as freedom of speech, tolerance, inclusivity against itself—and two decades later, their success has been unprecedented.
Ironically, this is the exact same strategy deployed by the Left.
Karl Marx’s original goal of the working class (proletariat) rising up against the ruling class (bourgeoisie) failed when World War 1 broke out. Instead of the workers fighting for their class, they fought for their mother countries instead. The failure of traditional Marxism was further compounded 70 years later with the symbolic fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. You would be forgiven for thinking that Marxism was dead and buried.
The father of ‘Cultural Marxism’ Antonio Gramsci
However, Marxism never went away with the demise of the Soviet Union, but rather changed its tactics to infiltration and subversion. Their efforts in this undertaking was spearheaded by an Italian communist named Antonio Gramsci. Gramsci was perhaps the most influential figure behind the West’s cultural rot and social decay.
Gramsci differed with Marx’s tactic of class warfare and confronting the West via military means. Instead he believed class warfare should be substituted for ‘culture warfare’ and opted for an incremental approach of infiltrating the West’s cultural and political spheres of influence. Eighty years after Gramsci’s death and his strategy of “the long march through the institutions” has borne remarkable fruit—and not in a good way.
Another very interesting point about Gramsci was how he differed with Marx in their strategy to destroy the church. Marx believed that the church should be confronted through brute physical force with shutting down churches and imprisoning Christians. Gramsci on the other hand believed that the churches themselves could be infiltrated and used as an effective tool against Christianity itself and consequently Western society as a result.
The West therefore faces an ominous future. What was once a shining example of Christian civilization which brought individual liberty and freedom of speech/religion/inquiry to the masses has been gradually seduced to a proverbial prostitute riding an Islamic beast. The inebriated prostitute rides the beast in a show of defiance and overweening pride, arrogantly preaching its doctrine of multiculturalism and equality while being completely delusional that the beast she is riding will turn on her. The joyous honeymoon of the Left’s marriage with Islam will soon subside and will slowly but surely bring her to her ruin and inevitably burn her with fire.
Of course, the Left is completely oblivious to all this. They are in state of “political correctness paralysis” and are incapable of seeing the danger of the beast that they are riding on. Islam on the other hand are infinitely patient with their strategy. Their recipe of “cultural jihad” has been tried and tested, and one needs to look no further than their success with countries which have capitulated to Islam.
Lebanon used to be known as the “Paris” of the Middle East and the banking capital of the Middle East. It was the only Christian majority country in the Middle East. Yet, Lebanon gradually became lax with its Christian heritage and gradually slid into liberalism and embraced “tolerance” and “multiculturalism”, and Islam took advantage of their liberal ideals and from 1958 to 1990 Lebanon fell to Islam.
The same story with Iran. Before the 1979 Iranian Revolution, Iran was a very liberal democracy that emphasised tolerance and multiculturalism. The left wing Tudeh Party which was proudly Marxist in its political leanings openly embraced Muslim immigrants and encouraged Islam to flourish in the spirit of cultural diversity. Inevitably, Ayatollah Khomeini swept to power in the 1979 Iranian Revolution in an environment made possible by years of leftwing liberal policies. In 1982, the Islamist government of Iran had closed down the Tudeh newspaper, and purged Tudeh members from government ministries. The Islamists then arrested and imprisoned its leadership and later more than 10,000 members of the party. During February 1983, the leaders of the Tudeh Party were arrested and the Party disbanded, leaving Iran effectively a one-party state. From 1 May 1983 to May 1984 almost all the Tudeh leadership appeared in videos, first individually and then jointly in an October 1983 “roundtable discussion,” confessing to “treason”, “subversion”, “horrendous crimes”, praising Islam and proclaiming Islamic government’s superiority over atheistic Marxism-Leninism. As a result of these purges the party gradually collapsed, with a great number of members leaving the country into exile. It is likely many hundreds Tudeh prisoners were killed during the 1988 executions of Iranian political prisoners when thousands of leftist prisoners were killed. One report lists 90 Tudeh killed in just some blocks of Evin and Gohar Dasht prisons.
Egypt was a Christian country, but it too became tolerant, multicultural and a liberal democracy. Syria was a bastion of numerous Christian communities that have been in existence for thousands of years. Yet again, Islam crept in. Turkey was a democracy which embraced multiculturalism for many years and only earlier this year, via a staged coup, Recip Erdogan has solidified control and is paving the way for an Islamic republic in an effort to revive the Islamic Ottoman Empire.
Again, Islam uses the West’s liberal ideals against itself in very much the same fashion as Joseph Stalin once remarked, “When we hang the capitalists they will sell us the rope.” The Left naively thinks that the Islamists will join them in destroying Christian culture and then joyfully join them in their multicultural utopia. Well, as we have seen with Lebanon and Iran, the Left will be the first to go. The most sobering part of all this, is that this principle happened regionally in certain epochs of time, yet we are now witnessing this happening on a global scale. The West is ripe for God’s judgement and God is using Islam to do it.
The Left and its abominable agendas has brought on God’s judgement on the West, and Islam is the instrument of God’s judgement on the West. The Old Testament prophet Habakkuk complained that God wasn’t doing anything about the sin and injustices of the inhabitants of Jerusalem. God responded to Habakkuk by saying that he is doing something. The prophet replied with “Well, what? What are you doing about it?” And God said “I am raising up the Babylonians.” Habakkuk then protested God by saying he was doing too much! And in the same way, God is raising up Islam as an instrument of his judgement to judge the West, and if you know anything about God’s method of judgement, he always judges nations and individuals in degree of severity based on their revelation and understanding of the Truth. As the nation of Israel was judged harshly by God because they should’ve known better for knowing the truth (see Rom 3:2), so the nations will be judged so much more harshly if they were privileged to be raised on a foundation of Christianity and therefore should’ve known better.
Those who think that America is strong enough to withstand the onslaught of the Left and Islam are sadly deluded. The sins of America are piled up to heaven.
I don’t say these things lightly, but with a heavy heart and a grieved spirit. Billy Graham was right when he said, “If God were to excuse America for her sin, he would have to apologise to Sodom and Gomorrah.”
As an Australian, as someone from the outside looking in, I shudder at the thought of America losing her role as global leader. America’s was blessed by God because of her righteousness and Christian heritage and as such she has been a great blessing to the world. We’re living in a time of “Pax Americana” where America’s superpower status and Christian influence has brought stability and peace for the world. Yet, the sobering reality is this: If America goes down, so does the rest of us. Ronald Reagan aptly said, “If we lose freedom here, there is no other place to escape to. This is the last stand on earth.”
If America goes down, there will be a plausible scenario of Russia invading Eastern Europe, China invading Taiwan and expanding into the South China Sea and beyond, North Korea invading South Korea, and the entire Muslim World will turn on Israel. The collapse of America will plunge the world into darkness reminiscent to the aftermath of the collapse of the Roman Empire.
As Christians we have a solemn responsibility to get right with God in repentance and to get down on our knees in prayer. Once we get up off our knees we need to get to action and mobilize the church into taking America back for God. I believe America has a window of opportunity of three and a half years until the next election in 2020. This election will be pivotal and could make or break America. Freedom is on the line. A Democrat win could will see all the nefarious agendas of the Left back into place, including open borders, mass Islamic refugee intake, the LGBT agenda and the abortion agenda forced upon churches and Christian institutions and much, much worse. There is so much at stake within the next three and a half years. Will you commit to prayer and mobilize to action?
Again, to quote Ronald Reagan on his prophetic insight, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”
Daniel is the Founding Director and Editor-In-Chief of Israel, Islam and End Times and Culture War Resource.
Daniel is also an international itinerant Bible teacher and has spoken at various churches and conferences in Australia and the United States. He is also a weekly guest on Christian radio network OmegaRadio.org which is based in the United States.
Daniel holds the role of Assistant National Coordinator of the Lausanne Consultation on Jewish Evangelism (LCJE) in Australasia.
Daniel is married with three children and resides on the New South Wales Central Coast in Australia. For more information and invitation enquiries, please go to danielsecomb.com.
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