Duke University Debacle

15 01 2015

Duke University ChapelDebacle:[dey-bah-kuhl ] – noun

a general breakup or dispersion; sudden downfall or rout:

a complete collapse or failure.

Breaking news this week at Duke University, Durham, NC


Muslim call to prayer to sound at Duke University

UPDATE! Just as I posted this commentary, it was announced that Duke has rescinded its decision. Praise God for this, but you may still see a need for prayer in the explanation here in this article.

A Muslim call to prayer will now sound from the Duke Chapel Bell Tower every Friday for three minutes at 1 pm. This has become a national story because of last week’s Paris radical Muslim massacre of cartoonists who had “offended the prophet.” I offer this background data for awakened Christians desiring prayer points with a punch.

There is a part of the story I have not heard anywhere else. This decision by Duke is a direct contradiction with their historic stated reason to exist as an institution. While the official sanctioning of a religious activity may land them in legal trouble, my interest is the departure from the Christian mandate of Duke University. Let’s compare the 1924 version with the 2014 version of Duke’s aims according to the official by-laws.

Here is the complete 1924 version: (Emphasis mine)

“The aims of Duke University are to assert a faith in the eternal union of knowledge and religion set forth in the teachings and character of Jesus Christ, the Son of God; to advance learning in all lines of truth; to defend scholarship against all false notions and ideals; to develop a Christian love of freedom and truth; to promote a sincere spirit of tolerance; to discourage all partisan and sectarian strife; and to render the largest permanent service to the individual, the state, the nation, and the church. Unto these ends shall the affairs of this University always be administered.”

Here is the complete 2014 version: (Emphasis mine)

The aims of Duke University (the “University”) were originally set forth in a statement that President John C. Kilgo wrote for Trinity College in 1903. Kilgo’s statement, which grounded the University’s purposes in the Christian tradition of intellectual inquiry and service to the world, was adapted for Duke University upon its establishment in 1924. Recognizing its origin in this tradition, its continuing relationship to The United Methodist Church, and the diverse constituency that has developed since its founding, the University is committed to creating a rigorous scholarly community characterized by generous hospitality towards diverse religious and cultural traditions.  The University therefore pursues the following aims: to foster a lively relationship between knowledge and faith; to advance learning in all lines of truth; to defend scholarship against all false notions and ideals; to develop a love of freedom and truth; to promote a respectful spirit of dialogue and understanding; to discourage all partisan and sectarian strife; and to further the advancement of knowledge in service to society. The affairs of the university will always be guided by these ends.

So, they have eliminated Jesus Christ, the Son of God, in favor of diverse religious and cultural traditions. Therefore, we should not be shocked by the welcome for the Muslim declaration of faith every Friday blasting over the campus. 

If you need more clarity, just look at the actual words in the Islamic call to “prayer.” It is nothing less than Muslim evangelism.

(I remind you that I don’t speak the name of the god of Islam because of four Scripture verses [see below]. However, in this case you need to know they do not say “god is greatest”, but specifically use the personal and unique name of their god. Therefore I make the translation to read as they say it. It is a deadly error to insert the generic “god” in place of the name. Millions of Muslims consider it blasphemy for Christians to say that name.)

Here is a translation of the main part of the Muslim call, the Adhan: “Allah is Greatest. I bear witness that there is no deity except Allah. Come to pray. Come to success. Allah is Greatest. There is no deity except for Allah.” 

Duke University has fallen from saying that Jesus is the Son of God to now proclaiming publicly that there is no god except for the god of Islam.

Since the Bible many times refers to Yehovah as the Father, and the Koran adamantly denies that their god is a Father, we are clearly talking about two different deities. Derek Prince taught that if Jesus is a Prophet, then Mohammed is a false prophet. Now let me close with pertinent Scriptures.

Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son.   (1 John 2:22)

Who has ascended into heaven, or descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has bound the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is His Son’s name, if you know? (Proverbs 30:4)

And in all that I have said to you, be circumspect and make no mention of the name of other gods, nor let it be heard from your mouth. (Exodus 23:13).

You shall not make mention of the name of their gods, nor cause anyone to swear by them; you shall not serve them nor bow down to them, but you shall hold fast to Yehovah your God, as you have done to this day.  (Joshua 23:7).

Their sorrows shall be multiplied who hasten after another god; Their drink offerings of blood I will not offer, nor take up their names on my lips.   (Psalm 16:4).

For I will take from her mouth the names of the Baals, and they shall be remembered by their name no more.   (Hosea 2:17).

Pray that Duke University will repent and return to her Biblical foundations!

Les Lawrence, Voice of Christian Zionists       (READ MORE)

(I have taken the liberty to change the word “LORD” to Yehovah. Every single time you see LORD or GOD in all capital letters in the Old Testament, the actual Hebrew word is Yehovah. This name occurs 6,828 times in the Hebrew text, yet remains untranslated in most Bibles. His name, obscured for 2,500 years, is now being revealed. It is TIME to restore the name of Yehovah! (for deeper study click here.)




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