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Evangelism - Hyde Park Preacher Debate-Witnesses to Radical Muslims

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EVANGELISM Hyde Park Preacher Debate-Witnesses to Radical Muslims By George Thomas For CWNews, London Jay Smith is an American Christian in London. He believes Muslims need to leave their faith because their holy book, the Koran, is flawed. He also believes that God has called him to confront Muslims in Britain with the Gospel, which he has done since 1993. CBN.com -Jay Smith is an American Christian in London. He believes Muslims need to leave their faith because their holy book, the Koran, is flawed. Smith, who holds a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies, believes that God has called him to confront Muslims in Britain with the Gospel, which he has done since 1993. Recently, I went to London and saw him as he called a Muslim crowd to him. He said, "Does anybody believe that Islam is a religion of peace and tolerance? Come on, you who are Muslims, come up here to the front, I want to talk to you. I want to look at your scriptures. To the crowd that gathered, Smith said, "We're going to look at these two scriptures, we're going to look at the Koran, and we're going to look at the Bible." ...read more.

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"Come on, don't just yell from back there, come forward, up front here. I want to talk to each one of you because I'm going to look at your scriptures and I'm going to see from where your authority comes." Further along in the interview, Smith said, "Now many people would interpret that as being combative or aggressive, I call it passion. I am passionate for what I believe. I am forthright with what I believe. I need to be so, because the people I am dealing with are very passionate, too." Smith commented to me, "What you've seen here today is very symptomatic of what Paul did in the First Century. It's not symptomatic of what we're doing in the 21st Century; and I think that's unfortunate. I think a lot of Christians assume when you contact somebody of another faith-or get into a discussion-do so 'meekly and mildly'. They think Jesus was always meek and mild, without realizing, that idea of Jesus is very European. A very European Jesus, who always talks calmly, meekly, always has a smile on his face. Read the New Testament, look what Jesus did in the temple, look at what He did with the Pharisees." ...read more.

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Some Muslim groups have used violence to silence their opponents. I asked Smith, "How spiritually prepared do you have to be for this?" Smith replied, "It's very important; half the battle is in the heavenlies. I have a good 10 to 20 churches in America who start to pray for me at 10 a.m. on the East Coast, which is 3 p.m. here. ... For my protection, to make sure that I am Christ-like in the real sense, in the holistic sense, and to make sure that what is said is going to make an impact on those who hear it." And then Jay was back with the Muslims, reading Psalm 23 to a group that surrounded him. "...The Lord is my shepherd, I shall lack nothing, He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters..." Smith says Muslims are hearing the Gospel; they are more curious than ever before. He says 9-11 has brought new opportunities to share his faith and to stand firm against those who attack Christianity. In our interview, he said, "Give me a fundamentalist any day, I know I can redirect their passion to the Truth! What that passion-once it's 'brought through' into faith in Jesus-can you imagine what they can do or say to the rest of Islam! . ...read more.

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