Bahaism an Antichristian System -- By: Samuel Graham Wilson

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 072:285 (Jan 1915)
Article: Bahaism an Antichristian System
Author: Samuel Graham Wilson

Bahaism an Antichristian System

Samuel Graham Wilson, D.D.

Abdul Baha Abbas, the Pontiff of the Bahais, says: “Some say Abdul Baha is Antichrist. They are not informed of Bahai principles. Baha Ullah1 established Christ in the East. He has praised Christ, honored Christ, exalted Him, called Him the Word of God, the Spirit of God, and spread His mention.”2 These words could be written with the name Mohammed substituted for Baha Ullah. But in the case of both of them it is the’ kiss of betrayal. Judas also made known Jesus. Both Mohammed and Baha write “ex “before his. title “King of Kings.” Abdul Baha further says: “Baha Ullah will be assailed by those who are not informed of his principles.” Having spent a generation in contact with Bahais in Persia, and having studied several score volumes and pamphlets setting forth their doctrines and history, and read their journal the Star of the West for several years, I may claim not to be in the class referred to. I unhesitatingly affirm that Bahaism is an antichristian system. To accept Baha and Abdul Baha is to deny and forsake Christ.

But I hear some Christian say: “Of course. What you

say is self-evident. Bahaism is a new religion whose aim is to supplant Christianity.” This is true. Yet the claim is put forth by Bahais, and, more strangely, it is accepted by some Christians, that the two religions are not antagonistic, and may be held at one time by the same person. To an esteemed Christian lady I expressed my regret that a certain Doctor, forsaking Christ, had gone as a Bahai missionary to Persia. The reply startled me: “Doctor is very much a Christian.” Yet why was I startled? It was simply hearing an idea with which I was familiar in the writings of the Bahais. Sydney Sprague says: “The true Bahai is also the truest Christian.”3 Charles M. Remey says: “To be a real Christian in spirit is to be a Bahai, and to be a real Bahai is to be a Christian,” for “Bahai teaching is only the perfection of Christianity.”4 A report of an interview of Rev. R. J. Campbell, of City Temple, London, with Abdul Baha, states the claim of Bahaism as follows: “It does not seek to proselyte. One can be a Bahai without ceasing to be a Christian, a Jew, or a Mohammedan.”5 In accordance with this idea, Thornton Chase and some Bahais in America continued to worship and teach in Christian churches, and to have their dead buried by pastors. Some in Londo...

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