ST. PETERSBURG, Florida – Is one of the most famous showdowns in Bible history about to be re-enacted?
An American Christian pastor is taking on the head of the Islamic State terror group known as ISIS, urging him to convert from Islam to Christianity, or take part in a modern-day “whose God will answer by fire” showdown reminiscent of the ancient prophet Elijah’s challenge to prophets of Baal on Mt. Carmel in the Old Testament.
“It is time someone is calling these evil tools of Satan out, instead of cowering in the tent as the army of Israel did when taunted by Goliath,” Rev. Bill Keller, founder of Liveprayer.com, told WND.
Keller sent a personal video message to the head of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, encouraging him to renounce Islam and accept Jesus.
“As an evangelist, my life’s work and desire is to lead lost souls to faith in Jesus Christ. The Bible says it is God’s desire ALL come to repentance, that none be lost. The fact is Jesus died for the sins of ALL men, even Mr. al-Baghdadi,” Keller said.
Al-Baghdadi, 42, recently stepped into the role of “caliph,” saying he would be a “leader for Muslims everywhere.”
But if the ISIS chief does not have a come-to-Jesus moment, Keller says he’s ready for a public demonstration of divine power.
“I will come to Iraq, Syria, any location you desire,” says Keller. “We will each take an unblemished animal, cut that animal into pieces, put those pieces on wood, but not set fire to the wood. Once prepared, you have one hour’s time to call on Allah to rain down fire on your offering. If at the end of that hour Allah has still not answered your pleas, I will call upon the one true God of the Bible … not just to bring down fire on my offering, but yours as well.
“If your god Allah does not answer you … you will resign as the leader of ISIS. You will retire from your life of terror. You will encourage your followers to live in peace and I will be free to return to the United States.
“If your god Allah answers your pleas by fire [and] my God does not, I will renounce the Christian faith, and you’re free to kill me or do whatever you like.”
He will never meet with you, as he is a coward and knows that his god can not do what you ask.
Faith...to believe in something you cannot see but know is there. God will show his existence to the non believers. I have faith in that ! " God lives, is involved and is waiting for you to notice." Nichi
I wept when I read this.
Your trust in the Lord and courage are His light in darkness. I love you, Brother. It is time for God's justice to reign. Unfortunately our Government (Romans 12 and 13) has this responsibility. It chooses to simply ignore Him and will be judged accordingly.
I will carry water for you, Brother Keller. Our God IS all that.
HE WILL NEVER MEET YOU BECAUSE HE WOULD THINK THATS BELOW HIM TO TEST THE GREAT MUHAMMAD BECAUSE ISLAM WAS BORN OF THE SORD AND THATS HOW IT WILL DIE.IT CAME 500 HUNRDERD YRS AFTER CHRISTIANITY.THAT WAS THE MAIN FAITH IN THE MIDDLE EAST FOR 1000 YRS TILL ISLAM FINDY TOOK HOLD BY FORCE LIKE THE ROMAN'S DID IN THERE HEY DAY.BEFORE THE ROMANS WERE PAGANS AS FAR AS I AM CONCERN THEY WORHSHIP ALL KINDS OF GODS.ISLAM OR THE MUSLAMS KILL ALL THE JEWS IN JERUSALEM IN THE YR.1022,AND IN 1200 MUSLIM ARMY'S WENT WEST TO TAKE THE LANDS OF THE CHRISTIAN'S.BECAUSE THEY BELEAVE ALL OF THEM ARE TO BE PUT TO DEATH OR COVERT OR RULD BE MUSLMS THEY MADE AS FAR AS SPAIN BEFORE THEY WERE STOP.WE WERE FIGHTING A DEFENCE WARS THEN. THOUGH WE DID HAVE OUR EARLY CRUSADES BEFORE ALL OF THIS HAPPEN I GUESS THEY DID NOT FOR GET.IT IS ALL IN THE HISTROY BOOKS.ITS ONE OF THE THINGS I LIKE ABOUT SCHOOL.I CAN SAY THINGS ABOUT THE GREAT ALLAH BUT I WOULD PISS OFF MY FREINDS WHO ARE MUSLIMS SOME OF THEM ARE NOT LIKE ISIS.THEY DO CODEM WHAT THEY ARE DOING.
"Greater is He, who is in me than he who is in the World". Our Father in Heaven is the one true God. Very soon the entire Word will know this.
This so called 'offer' or 'challenge' by Rev. Keller is not only foolish but insane. He knows that no fire will fall on his sacrifice and that therefore - he knows- that if the challenge were carried out - he would lose his life. Elijah had instructions directly from Jehovah about his 'challenge".
I ask Tea Party to take this news story down immediately. It is an insult to the cause of Christ. It is not'noble' or 'Christian' to offer your own life, just for the opportunity to 'tell' pagans that Jesus will save them. That is a form of self destruct which is insane and in no way honoring to the Lord Jesus Christ. I plead with Tea Party - take this....so called....
Christian offer down. Stop associating the name Tea Party with such blatant idiocy.
The evidence shows that Keller is mentally unbalanced- - thinking to broadcast to the world that he would give his life (knowing for sure that no fire would fall) he would give his life as a sacrifice just to get the message across to the Muslims that Jesus will save them if they will repent. That is blasphemy since he 'knows' there is not even a hint of scripture for such a fool offer. Paul said, if they will not hear 'the Gospel" message, they will be lost. This so called 'offer' or 'challenge' turns the Gospel into a circus like atmosphere.
PLEASE notice Melony that the offer made by Rev. Keller - did not require the Muslim to accept Jesus Christ as his savior, repent of his sins and lead his army to Christ and repentance of sins. KELLER did not include that condition. BUT he did include the condition that he FORSAKE CHRIST and RENOUNCE CHRIST if in fact no fire fell.
That so called 'offer' is not fool-hardy, but blasphemy compounded = since the claim is that Jesus Christ approves of that offer. An offer that does not end in the 'other side' repenting of all sin and accepting Jesus Christ only as their Lord and worship him... but also includes that if fire does not fall. THE challenger will renounce Jesus Christ.
Tea Party... Melony...what were you thinking to post such a fool idiocy offer. TAKE IT D"OW"N". in the Name of Jesus Christ of the Bible...the God of Elijah.
It won't happen.
There is one flaw in this test. Jesus is the LAST LAMB to die and for God to except any other or another would not be according to the Word of God. Someone should tell this minister that the day of sacrifices is past and gone. Better make up another test that is more in line with the Word of God before you get your head chopped off!!
WOW ! ..If this challenge is accepted , we all need to pray for this Pastor, and to GOD that HE answer our Prayers and show this muslim terrorist how powerful our GOD Almighty is .. This Pastor is showing his Faith at its finest !
Oh ye of little faith .. NOTHING is impossible with GOD !
Keller initially sent his video message in July, but did not hear from anyone at ISIS by the end of the month, which was his original deadline. He says he’s still reaching out to them and the challenge still stands.
Any bets on ISIS/ISIL taking this challenge