By Christine Leigh Heyrman
The incredible story of the 1st American Protestant missionaries to proselytize within the Muslim world
In American Apostles, the Bancroft Prize-winning historian Christine Leigh Heyrman brilliantly chronicles the 1st fateful collision among American missionaries and the varied non secular cultures of the Levant. Pliny Fisk, Levi Parsons, Jonas King: notwithstanding almost unknown at the present time, those 3 younger New Englanders commanded recognition around the usa 2 hundred years in the past. terrible boys steeped within the biblical prophecies of evangelical Protestantism, they turned the founding contributors of the Palestine project and ventured to Ottoman Turkey, Egypt, and Syria, the place they sought to show the falsity of Muhammad's creed and to revive those bastions of Islam to precise Christianity. not just one of the first americans to trip during the heart East, the Palestine missionaries additionally performed a vital position in shaping their compatriots' realizing of the Muslim world.
As Heyrman exhibits, the missionaries overjoyed their American readers with stories of crossing the Sinai on camel, crusing a canal boat up the Nile, and exploring the traditional urban of Jerusalem. yet their inner most journals and letters frequently inform a narrative some distance faraway from the stories they spun for domestic intake, revealing that their missions didn't move in response to plan. rather than changing the center East, the individuals of the Palestine venture themselves skilled unexpected non secular demanding situations as they debated with Muslims, Jews, and japanese Christians and pursued an elusive Bostonian convert to Islam. As occasions confounded their expectancies, the various missionaries constructed a sophisticated interest about-even an appreciation of-Islam. yet others devised photographs of Muslims for his or her American audiences that will either gasoline the 1st wave of Islamophobia within the usa and forge the long run personality of evangelical Protestantism itself.
American Apostles brings to existence evangelicals' first encounters with the center East and uncovers their complex legacy. The Palestine venture held the promise of acquainting american citizens with a fuller and extra actual realizing of Islam, yet eventually it reinforced a extra militant Christianity, one who turned the unofficial creed of the USA over the process the 19th century. The political and spiritual outcomes of that consequence undergo to this present day.
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This New Covenant says that you have no authority over me, Satan—but, rather, I have authority over you! " This is making the right confession—a confession that will defeat the devil. But making the wrong confession will allow Satan to have dominion over us. James said, "Resist the devil, and he will flee from you " (James 4:7). James was writing to believers. Notice he did not say we were to pray to God so that God would resist the devil and cause him to flee from us. James did not say we were to telephone the pastor and have him pray that the devil would go away.
I ask them, "Have you ever acted as if it were real? Have you ever told anyone that it is real? " They have answered, "Oh, no! " I have replied, "Why? Do you think the Bible lied? The Bible says that it is so. " "Oh, no, but I want it to become a reality within me first. " But "... with the mouth confession is made unto. " A promise from God's Word must be confessed as a reality before it ever becomes so. According to the Word, it is already so. But to be made real in your life, you must confess it to be so.
Paul wrote to the Church at Ephesus, "Neither give place to the devil" (Eph. 4:27). What does this mean? It means that we should not give the devil any place in us, because the devil cannot dominate us in any way unless we allow him to do it. When we resist the devil and make the right confessions, we can maintain our dominion over the devil. But if our confessions are not in line with the Word of God, then they glorify the devil, and they fill our hearts with a spirit of fear and weakness. greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world" (1 John 4:4).