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Response to the Murder of the Khans

Pastor Al Martin from Trinity Baptist Church in Montville, NJ — Arif and Kathy Khan’s home church — has preached four sermons in response to the Khan’s murder. You find them here on SermonAudio.com. The titles:

  • The Murder of the Khans Part 1: The Ultimate Cause
  • The Murder of the Khans Part 2: Some Righteous Responses
  • The Murder of the Khans Part 3: What Compelled Them to Go to Pakistan? Part 1
  • The Murder of the Khans Part 4: What Compelled Them to Go to Pakistan? Part 2

You can listen to them as streaming audio or download them to listen whenever you want. I’ve made it through the first sermon so far — it was excellent. He opened up three things about our world that led to the Khan’s death:

  1. Ours is a sinfully disrupted world.
  2. Ours is a spiritually divided world.
  3. Ours is a sovereignly determined world.

It’s a wonderful thing to listen to a pastor nearing the end of his ministry as he brings all of his vast experience and wisdom to bear on a particularly difficult circumstance. He knows exactly what to say and how to say it. He made one point at the end that stood out: people today want fluff when they go to church. They want something light, something easy. But that doesn’t help you when trials come, when you find out about the cancer, when you hear about the deaths. Your bedrock then will be the theology that you’ve learned, the passages in the Bible that have preached to you over and over. Fluff won’t cut it, as he said.

I haven’t listened to Pastor Martin much over the last few years, but just hearing his voice brings back lots of good memories of summer family conferences. Check the messages out. They’ll be good for your soul.



3 thoughts on “Response to the Murder of the Khans

  1. No thanks. Was a member of Al Martin’s “church” for about 20 years. You don’t have a clue of what you are talking about. This man has single-handedly destroyed marriage after marriage after marriage. I ran from that place after an “elder” counseled my wife about separation from me.
    Why? All because I dared to disagree with Al Martin on an issue of church policy. As one former elder warned me, “….Don’t let Al Martin come between you and your wife…” The standard procedure in that cult goes like this:

    When one spouse starts to bring up issues about the “church” to the other spouse and starts to question the elder/pastor or church doctrine, the other spouse immediately reports back to the “leaders” about this issue (initially perhaps under the phony guise of “asking for prayer”).
    But really, this is just the first. The “elders” are now furious about this. Special instructions are given to the
    “obedient” and “faithful” spouse to report back immediately of any increased “disaffection”. Close monitoring is now implemented. Spies are sent out; any incoming mail must be screened by the “obedient” spouse. Talk of “separation” is now introduced to deal with and punish the offender. But when this doesn’t work……when the “unsubmissive” and “unruly” spouse increases in their true understanding of the Scriptures and begins to grow
    even the more in seeing unbiblical authoritarianism for what it truly is, then, that’s the end. The “leaders” cannot and will not put up with this “leaven”. When all else fails, divorce is the only option. And all the while along the way, the other spouse, that “faithful”, “God-fearing recognizer of their duly-authorized leader”, was being primed and counseled as to the rightness and scripturalness of this “sad” decision, and is all-to-happy and eager to comply!
    It truly is a sad day in which we live today.
    “Come out from among her and be ye separate”
    The religious rot that flows out of that hell-hole and out of that pompous, arrogant mans mouth must be stopped.


    Posted by Ramon A. | December 6, 2007, 11:00 pm
  2. Ramon,
    I have to disagree with you. I have met Al Martin and am friends with plenty of people who attend or have attended his church — including the Khans — so I actually do have a clue what I’m talking about. I know nothing about you, however, so you’ll pardon me for not taking what you say at face value.

    Sounds like there are lots of unresolved issues here. I’m sure the situation looks much different from the other side. I think I’ll stick with who and what I know.

    Feel free to ask any more questions, though. I’m always open to talking. In the meantime, I’ll pray that you find peace with God.

    Posted by benhoak | December 7, 2007, 4:29 pm
  3. benhoak,

    Sorry I’m so late to reply.

    Thanks for your response. I appreciate it.

    I can fully understand your feelings and thoughts on this matter. Many (initially) respond it like manner.

    But that’s fine.

    Perhaps may I make a suggestion?

    At your leisure, please take time to seriously and prayerfully

    view the website: http://www.wickedshepherds.com

    There are dozens of good articles, essays, and testimonies related to this issue of authoritarianism, “eldership rule”, etc. etc.

    There are actual quotes from ANM as well in which he proudly and falsely puts out his “teachings” and this website exposes that.

    Please read the many articles and the many Scriptures that back it up.

    Great testimony section too.


    Posted by Ramon | August 1, 2008, 3:50 pm

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