Skip to comments.Christian conversion led to 15 years in prison (Muslim to Mormon)
Posted on 11/14/2013 8:53:37 PM PST by Ripliancum
He used to be named Muhammad, and changing his name to Tito led to him being imprisoned in Egypt for 15 years.
Tito Momen, as he is now known, is a UVU student. He spoke to a group of about 250 students and others who took the time Wednesday to hear about his experiences. As he and Jeff Benedict, co-author of the book "My Name Used to be Muhammad," spoke, the audience members were nearly silent as they heard of his trials and experiences.
That the name change is the title of the book is significant. It was that action that prompted the government to imprison him.
"I converted, and after I was baptized I started to change my name to a more Christian name," he said in an interview. "I was not allowed to change my name. The government has a way of finding out. I spent 15 years in prison for just changing my name."
He had a very strict upbringing in Nigeria...
...His story took a dramatic turn when Momen converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints while in Egypt. He took an interest in the church and began attending. After his first visit, he began a serious study.
"I walked out with some scriptures," he said. "From then on no one could stop me."
The changes he made, including his conversion, prompted his family to consider him dead to them, even to the point of having a form of a funeral...
Huh? Mormon does not equal Christian by any stretch of the imagination.
Wow, from Mohammed to Joe Smith, I hope he runs into some Christians somewhere, who can convert him to Christianity.
Now there is a man who places Prophets above God. Poor soul!
Barbara Christiansen appears to be a Mormon propagandist and a practitioner of that religion.
She writes many LDS pieces.
At least Mormons don’t like to blow people up.
Huh? Mormon does not equal Christian by any stretch of the imagination.
Probably die of old age before he finds one unless he just starts reading the N,T.
Makes me sad that he went from one cult to another and is now imprisoned and still spiritually lost.
Wow. Threw away 15 years of his life for no good reason.
That’s really not a long walk between Mohammed and Joe Smith.
Not much of a conversion.
From one cult to another.
God honors the choices of Men/Women to repent and believe, wherever they are
Wow good story! What courage he has! Amazing. But when you humble yourself and listen to the Holy Ghost and He testifies of truth, you feel like you can endure anything for the Lord. What a great example he is.
If you read the scriptures, you'd see that this doesn't ring true.
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith The Lord. (2 Corinthians 6:14,17a.)
All scripture is given by inspiration of God and is not self-contradictory. We can witness and share the gospel with unbelievers, but we are commanded to not forsake the gathering of the saints.
I seriously doubt the wisdom of one who does so. The church is for the equipping of the saints to share the gospel. Those who don't go to church, aren't soul winning.
The scriptures you are using relate generally, and some specifically, have to do with those caught in a known sin, and knowing it. In fact, there is a three step process described in the New Testament for dealing with those who HAVE KNOWN God but are sinning.
There is no straight line between your point and the scriptures you have presented. We are to go where the sinners are, and there are very few concrete and defined reasons for not doing that.
Let me say it again: Visiting unsaved friends is one thing. Regularly attending their unholy assemblies (instead of attending a gathering of saints/believers) in something very different. And we are commanded not to do this -- being unequally yoked with unbelievers. This precisely what 2 Corinthians 6:14-18) is talking about.
We are to go where the sinners are, and there are very few concrete and defined reasons for not doing that.
Here is the Biblical approach: My church goes out several times a week to knock on doors and share the gospel with the unsaved. See Luke 10 where Jesus sends out his disciples in pairs "as lambs among wolves" in the highways and hedges to preach the gospel to the unsaved.
We don't "worship" with Mormons in order to share the gospel with them. We do walk their neighborhoods and knock on their doors and share the gospel with those willing to listen, which unfortunately is few.
If he did in fact embrace Arminianism, if he did believe that one can lose his/her salvation, then he was not trusting in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross to save him, but was conditioning his salvation on his own works in some part so as not to lose his salvation. That is NOT the gospel. And only the gospel saves. There is no way to soft peddle this. Salvation is a gift received by grace through faith, not of works. (Ephesians 2:8,9).
"As many as received him (Jesus) to these he gave the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name." (John 1:12) [Once sons always sons.]
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life." (John 5:24) [no future condemnation, but life, eternal life right now at the moment of belief]
"Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?" (John 11:25,26) [Those who believes shall never die. Never be subjected to the 2nd death explained in Rev 20, 21.
I've heard all the verbal aspects games, that, "You must keep believing." The command in Acts 16:31 [believe -- pisteuson] is perfective in aspect (aorist), a one time event. One can fall away and not lose his/her salvation. One doesn't become unborn again.
Arminianism, Holiness Movement, Pentacostalism all teach a different gospel. They are all ultimately works-reliant. The Bible says something quite different:
"In whom ye also trusted, after [that] ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after [that] ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory." (Ephesians 1:13,14) <> When we believe, we immediately receive the holy Spirit of promise. We are born again at that moment. It is the "earnest" (the promise of assurance) of our future inheritance which we shall receive when we are resurrected as His purchased possession. And no one can snatch us out of the Father's hand. No one, not even ourselves.
Anyone who thinks he can lose his salvation has NOT trusted Christ to save him, but is still holding on to "works" in some ultmately damning capacity, however small.
Believest thou this? Have you trusted in Christ alone to save you?