News about Christians is something you have to actively search for, let alone the wonderful news about the growing numbers of Muslims turning to Jesus.
While the mainstream media would have us all believe that most of the world belongs to atheistic humanism, this is just their pipe dream.
Don’t get me wrong, humanism is certainly doing a lot of damage just as the relatively small core group of genuine Nazis wreaked havoc across Europe. Likewise, while a massive number of Muslims across the world are peaceful, a powerful minority (literally more than one hundred million) live very closely to the violent and oppressive example set by Muhammad while even more are supportive of their actions.
The point though is that while the minority can make history-impacting damage, they cannot altar the course of history and its final destination: the redeemed on the earth with our God and king.
Therefore, it is excellent and encouraging to know that the testimony of Jesus moves powerfully even in the Islamic world, delivering men, women and children into the glorious and eternal freedom bought for us by Christ Jesus.
You can read about it below:
The headlines say Islam is going to be the largest religion in the world. But Islam is facing a crisis.
The terrible deeds of ISIS, done in the name of Allah and following the violent example of Muhammad, have horrified Muslims who are now questioning their faith.
Missionaries to the Islamic world say more Muslims have converted to Christianity in the last 14 years (since 9/11) than during the entire 14 centuries of Islamic history.
Many keep their conversion a secret, afraid for their lives. In London, CBN News talked to Imran (no last name given to protect his identity), a British college student from a Pakistani immigrant family.
Imran left Islam after a lengthy study convinced him the Quran could not be true. Leaving Islam can be a tough road.
“If someone leaves Islam and becomes an apostate, he is thrown out of his family; his family will be the first ones to abandon him,” Imran explained. “His friends will reject him and he will be killed or he will be persecuted. A lot of my friends said, ‘This is the last time I’m talking to you because you disrespected the prophet Muhammed, you disrespected Islam.'”
Imran has not yet become a Christian, but has studied the Bible and says Christianity is superior to Islam.
Some ex-Muslims become atheists. But some discover a God who loves.
In Sweden, Pastor Fouad Rasho of Angered Alliance Church, himself an immigrant from Syria, has baptized more than 100 ex-Muslims. He said because of ISIS, many Muslims are coming to Christ.
“Every week I meet one or more persons who come to me and want to know more about Christianity and the Bible because they are very angry about being a Muslim. They don’t want to continue to be Muslim,” Imran said.
The “Dark Continent”
When it comes to religion, Europe has become the new “Dark Continent.” And some European Muslims feel trapped between atheism and radical Islam, but some find hope in Christianity.
When Nassim Ben Iman came with his parents to Germany as immigrants from a Muslim nation, he remembers thinking that if Germany is a Christian nation, then Christianity is a dead, sinful religion.
“So nakedness on the television is because of the Christian religion. Living together not married is because of the Christian religion,” Nassim recalled thinking.
But then Nassim discovered real Christianity and is today an evangelist reaching Muslims and non-Muslims for Christ.
“When the people understand who Jesus is, they will love Him and follow Him more and more. And when the Muslims understand more and more what Muhammed is, what the Quran is, what the history is, then they will go farther and farther away from Islam,” he said.
The host of an important Christian program reaching Muslims told CBN News, “Islam is going to collapse.”
Brother Rachid is the son of a Moroccan imam who lived as a secret Christian convert for 15 years. Now he hosts an Arabic language Christian program called “Daring Questions” that challenges Muslims to question their faith.
“Many Muslims are saying, ‘If ISIS is Islam, I’m leaving.’ Some are becoming atheists,” Brother Rachid said. “There is a huge wave of atheism in the Arab world right now and many are turning to Jesus Christ. Islam was never faced with this crisis before.”
Nassim said Islam appears strong, but it is only feeding off the spiritual void in weak Christian nations.
“The greatest power of Islam is the weakness of the Christians,” he said. “That’s what happened in Germany and in America and all the Western countries.”
Even while it seems Islam seems poised to overtake the West, Brother Rachid says Christians should not fear Islam, a faith he is convinced is slowly dying.
“Islam is not God’s instrument to judge the West,” he said. “I think people are afraid because of what they see on the news. But even violence is just a sign of collapse.”
While there is much good to be taken away here, I would also warn that Islam is hardly a spent ideological force.
It is my conviction that the Islamic world will be the base upon which the antichrist Kingdom arises but regardless, Islam is still a grave threat to Christians everywhere.
Indeed, it is easy for Westerners to claim Islam is peaceful even as thousands upon thousands of Christians are raped and brutally murdered across the Islamic world. As on website about Islam proclaims: “It’s not Islamophobia when they are really trying to kill you”.
But the West has no investment in the Middle Eastern Christian community so their apathy and ignorance is to be expected.
Christians must never become like them though – we must aid our brothers and sisters in every way possible, especially through greatly powerful but significantly overlooked prayer.