The Call Prayer 11-11-11 Gathering in Detroit: A Nightmare Not a Dream
by Sheila Musaji
Lou Engle is planning an event called The Call, a Christian Prayer Summit to be held in Ford Field in Detroit on 11-11-11. Thousands are expected to come out for the event.
Lou Engle wants Christians to pray that Jesus invades Muslim dreams. He said At 11-11-11 the Lord just clearly showed to us, you got to pray all night long because it’s when the Muslims sleep and all over the world right now Muslims in the night are having dreams of Jesus, we believe that God wants to invade with His love Dearborn with dreams of Jesus. We’re gathering together to say God, pour out your grace and revelations of Jesus all over Dearborn and the Muslim communities of North and South America.
Here is another quote from Lou Engle in Charisma magazine This convergence, I believe, is urgently summoning us in the midst of the rising tide of Islamic influence in America to recognize that our God is above every god and that if we return to Him with all of our hearts and call upon Him with fasting and prayer then God could use what the enemy meant for evil to bring about a great day of salvation for Muslims in America, of which Rifqa is but a major sign. First of all, we cannot be passive as a Church to let these kinds of developments go on without being challenged in the spirit. Our fight is not against Muslims, it is against principalities, powers, and forces of darkness. We are calling the Church of America at the end of Ramadan, from September 21st through 25th, to five days of concerted prayer. On Monday, we must pray that God would grant supernatural wisdom to the courts so that the testimony of Jesus would be proclaimed and that the best situation for Rifqa and her family would take place. We must pray for Rifqa to be bold in proclaiming Jesus that even thousands of Muslims would hear and be awakened to the love of Christ. She has already said that this is not about her but about many Muslims coming to Jesus. We must pray for her lawyers who are being bullied, threatened, and challenged on every side. On Friday, Sept. 25, the Muslim Day of Prayer, we are calling the Church of America to fast and pray that Muslims would be moved by the Holy Spirit, convicted by the testimony of Christ, and even be visited by Jesus in dreams. We must pray that God would restrain the spiritual powers behind Islam and grant us the great awakening that we desperately need for America.
It is not only Muslims that Engle hates. He also said ”Can a homosexual have civil rights in America? They might, but it is not their right given by God. Their right is to repent and stand until Jesus delivers, and then the Church must go into war for them and get them free. Brothers and sisters, we made it two spheres: government has a sphere and God has a sphere. That’s what they did in Hitler’s day. They voted for money in economic crisis, and they sacrificed the sanctity of life of the Jews. We do the same thing in America.” And, “Brothers and sisters, we’re going the way of Europe. I don’t want to go that way. Oh, I pray that Europe will arise and see the greatest revivals in its history, but right now, they are in a place that they’re saying, even with their population, within ten, twenty years, these nations are going to be Muslim nations. I’m saying, God, no, not here ... Muslims are saying by the year 2050, America is going to be [an] Islamic nation. Something in my spirit says that is not an empty statement. It’s actually a statement of spiritual intent. The church must raise up a house of prayer to contend with Islam.”
In 2009, The Call website published a statement on the Muslim Prayer Day in D.C. which said “It is our responsibility to pray the Lord protects America from the subtle tactics satan is using to release demonic prayers in a nation founded on Christian principles.”
Transformation Michigan has an article promoting this event which says It is widely said how Detroit goes will indicate the direction our nation will take. It was once an economic and automotive engine of the United States. Detroit is ground zero for the spiritual war in our nation. Poverty, racism, and Islam are most powerfully rooted here - more than anywhere else in the nation. ... We will gather to this city that has become a microcosm of our national crisis—economic collapse, racial tension, the rising tide of the Islamic movement, and the shedding of innocent blood of our children in the streets and of our unborn.
According to Right Wing Watch
Engle has repeatedly claimed that The Call: Detroit will be used to convert Muslims, in addition to ending legal abortion and bringing gay people out of homosexuality. “The largest population of Muslims is right next to Detroit, we dare to believe that millions of Muslims will come to Christ as the Church prays,” Engle said while promoting the prayer rally. “We believe that God is bigger than the Devil.”
Rachel Tabachnick reports that
According to TheCall’s website, Detroit was chosen because it “has become a microcosm of our national crisis — economic collapse, racial tension, the rising tide of the Islamic movement, and the shedding of innocent blood of our children in the streets and of our unborn.” ... Preparations for TheCall Detroit have also included outreach to African American churches in the region, but the major focus of the event is what the organizers are describing as a spiritual battle against the “demonic spirits” of freemasonry and Islam. By bringing together black and white believers in repentance and reconciliation, the leaders claim that demonic forces that cause the region’s problems will be expelled, allowing for mass conversion of Michigan’s Muslim population. (Dearborn, next door to Detroit, is home to what is believed to be the nation’s largest mosque, the Islamic Center of America.) One of the leaders speaking in Michigan this year prophesied that the region would become “Mecca with a cross.” ... Strategic level spiritual warfare is described as fought on three levels. The first is ground level warfare and involves expulsion of demons from individuals. The second is occult level warfare against the demons they claim are behind freemasonry, witchcraft and Eastern religions. The third is strategic level against the most powerful demonic principalities or those described as controlling entire “people groups,” including the adherents of Roman Catholicism and Islam.
Because the date of this event is a Friday, when Muslims hold their Jumah prayers, there is some concern in the local Muslim community in Detroit about mosque security.
Dawud Walid, of CAIR, said that The Call has anti-Muslim views that overshadow its message of peace. He said that CAIR is concerned that the group is fighting Islam and presents a threat to schools and mosques in Metro Detroit, and that since the group views Muslims as “demonic,” there is a concern that some participants at the Ford Field vigil will go to mosques to “harass or provoke” Muslim worshipers, especially during Friday prayers. CAIR is instructing mosques and schools to “maintain security at all entrances” and to notify police if “suspicious persons congregate on mosque property.” “At the end of the day, they don’t have to like us as Muslims,” said Walid. “We just think that they need to respect public property and not try to go to any mosques and invoke animosity.”
Based on the views of the organizers, Muslims are more likely to be having nightmares rather than peaceful dreams about this gathering.
Update 11/11 The rally is going on, and outside an Interfaith group is protesting the anti-Muslim tenor of the event.
Christian Brotherly Love Difficult For Some To Attain http://theamericanmuslim.org/tam.php/features/articles/christian_brotherly_love_difficult_to_attain
Christians Pray for Jesus to Invade Muslims Dreams Before Michigan Becomes an Islamic State http://www.islamophobiatoday.com/2011/10/28/christians-pray-for-jesus-to-invade-muslims-dreams-before-michigan-becomes-an-islamic-state/
Detroit prayer rally aims to convert Muslims, Ed Brayton http://michiganmessenger.com/53481/detroit-prayer-rally-aims-to-convert-muslims
Michigan Islamic Group Concerned About Mosque Security during 11/11 event http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/29666087/detail.html
Video: Prayer Event By Anti-Islam Extremists Has Mich. Muslims Worried (CAIR) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BaaSdB7SP0