About Daniel Shayesteh

Dr Daniel was born into a Muslim family in Northern Iran. He became a radical Muslim leader and teacher of Islam in the militant Free Islamic Revolutionary Movement, closely supporting Ayatollah Khomeini. However, after falling out of favor with Khomeini’s political group, he escaped to Turkey where there began an amazing journey to faith in Jesus Christ.

Daniel's mission is to help others understand and lovingly respond to those who do not know Christ. He is also deeply concerned for the future of Western societies, their loss of confidence in Judeo-Christian values, and their persistent naivete about the implications of the world-wide Islamic revival.

Consequences of a False Unity

Some of us Christians are too captivated by the contemporary democracy and are unaware or do not want to be aware that the word ‘democracy’ is a dynamic word and can be led by either freedom or self-centeredness. For this reason, the democracy of our present day is different to the democracy of 20 or 30 years ago; the democracy of multi-culturalism is different to the democracy of one culture, so as the democracy of a party  to the democracy of another one. There is also a democracy that can bring us to our knees at the altar of a capricious philosophy, pushing us to compromise our faith in Christ. For this reason, we need to know what kind of democracy we have now, where it is going to take us and what urgent things we need to do in order to get back our freedom. Democracy can lead us to either freedom or despotism, depending on the beliefs of leaders who rule over us.

The leading relativists in our societies have been trying to change the meaning of democracy in order to suit their desires and beliefs. If we look at the relational changes that have occurred in the last decades in the West, we will be able to figure out how the adversaries of Christ grew stronger and became extraordinarily intolerant and offensive towards the followers of Christ. Their foremost method in penetrating offices and strengthening their presence was to promote indifference, silence, compromise and passivity among Christians with the excuse of democracy. It is astonishing to see the level of successes they have made and the percentage of Christians’ votes they have been receiving. The fantasy of these leaders is welcomed as a reality by many Christians. There are Christians who defend these people with the utmost zeal. I have received aggressive comments from some Christians concerning my criticism about some politicians who are advocates of socialism, abortion, same-sex-marriage and radical Muslims. What a brave harmony these Christians have with the politically correct and ungodly politicians! This is happening in a time in the West when many Christians are suffering or losing their jobs because of their strong stance in Christ. Look at just one: http://townhall.com/columnists/mattbarber/2013/04/15/religious-freedom--gay-marriage-cannot-coexist-n1567556/page/full/

The reality is that there can be no unity between godly and ungodly people, unless the unity offered by ungodly people is one with ulterior motives. But, if the unity is false, then there is a secret doctrine behind it. A secret doctrine can only be in the service of a person or a certain group of people who disregard the rights of others. It cannot be in the service of all. The Gospel sees this secret scheme as a preparation for the rise of the anti-Christ (2Thessalonians 2:7). He is the master of secret ideas and false unity with the purpose of destroying the Church. Satan cannot enter and destroy the church unless he makes some Christian friends who are not equipped with the truth and the breath of God but are ready to turn their ears to myths (2Thimothy 4:3-4).

The false unity between these Christians and adversaries of Christ has been and will be very costly to the followers of Christ and to everyone else in our families and societies. It is this false unity that has increased ignorance, forcefulness, and is aiming at violence; the same routine history has repeatedly witnessed in the establishment of dictatorships, from outset to completion. These confused Christians are calling it a genuine unity. A genuine unity must create reciprocal attitudes and shared visions. Is this what we see in our schools and universities? Absolutely not. Are Christians able to teach about Creation similar to what evolutionists have been doing in universities and schools about evolution? No.

The endeavor of the opponents of Christ in creating such a false unity was to prepare the ground and sow the seed of authoritarianism for the rise of an immodest leadership, contrary to the modest leadership of Jesus Christ, in order to progressively rule out Christian values. Even some of them called themselves Christians so that they could penetrate and gain Christians’ favor, but their Christianity later proved to be for the establishment of their ideologies, not for the creation of real harmony.  

The second important step the opponents of Christ took were their political support for each other in order to gain power. In some ways, their doctrines are incompatible with each other, but since Christianity was seen as the major enemy they therefore decided to justify their differences (‘the end justifies the means’), unite and earn the majority votes. In this way, they were able to establish laws for the purpose of limiting the Gospel teachings and practices, and for tyrannizing their opposition against the true followers of Christ. They were aware that the most powerful way to marginalize the values of Christ in a democratic environment was to penetrate and change the characteristics of democracy, from a democracy that protects the rights of everybody to a democracy that only protects the rights of those who rule or whose voices are louder. They succeeded. Now, we have a democracy that is tolerant to everything but Christianity. Churches and Christians are daily forced to give up teachings that contradict their new established anti-Christian laws.

Now the voice of false unity is louder and the anti-Christian laws are established. Only the enemies of God have full rights to talk about God and Christianity. Our children are now learning from them in schools that God has gone too far in giving absolute moral values to families and communities; Christianity is seen as a chauvinistic religion since it introduces Jesus as the only Way. If a student stands up against this, s/he can be suspended or expelled. With their invasive attitudes, they have spread fear everywhere and people are afraid to stand up; all they do is step back. After a while, the silence will shadow over people everywhere, and the West will be exactly what Egypt or Iran or communist countries are now; the violent storms against Christians are everywhere.

If we do not stand up, the enemies of Christ will never give up. They will continue their teachings and restrictions until many more Christians and churches, intentionally or unintentionally, enslave themselves to the norms of these oppositions and accept everything they say or do. As abortion, homosexual marriage and unity with radical Muslims are now ok, all the coming unethical models will also be ok all under the guise of democracy, a good excuse to legitimize every evil.

Surely, many westerners will be horrified if they hear about a child-sacrifice that is offered to please a god or a goddess in India. But none of them will blink an eye over the slaughter of hundreds of thousands babies who rest in their mothers’ wombs and like all of us have the right to come to this world and make a history. Why? Because these killings in the West are done through a higher technology and in the name of democracy for the will of their mothers, but those in India are apparently nothing to do with democracy!

See how deception has penetrated into every aspect of our lives, made us self-centered, and led us to call chaos democracy! We would not be able to call this anarchy a democracy unless we lost our freedom in Christ. True democracy should stand for the rights of everybody, including the rights of unborn babies who deserve to be protected from the threat of those who do not own their lives but desire to impose their will on them.

These are the standards offered by the enemies of Christ to those who compromise their faith. They transfer us from loving beings to self-centered-aggressive-killers if we say yes to their standards. Therefore, it is vital for us to take the advice of Jesus seriously:
Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. (Matthew 7:15MKJV)
Let us Christians present our sincere gratitude to Jesus who revealed the true means for the establishment of a true unity and instructed us to know the doctrines of people before putting any confidence in them or uniting with them. And let us fulfill the command of the Gospel that says:
Put on the whole armor of God so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the world's rulers, of the darkness of this age, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Therefore take to yourselves the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Therefore stand, having your loins girded about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Above all, take the shield of faith, with which you shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching to this very thing with all perseverance and supplication for all saints. (Ephesians 6: 11-18MKJV)