Nationalism joins Islam as reasons for Christian persecution

ARUNPATHAK5Open Door, an organization that monitors Christian persecution, has released its annual report for 2016, which it calls “the worst year yet” for violence against Christians.

The biggest part of the persecution is still committed in the name of Islam.  No longer just a matter of the Middle East, Islamic persecution has risen dramatically in Africa.

As nationalism re-emerges worldwide, ethnic nationalism has become an excuse to persecute Christians.  This is happening especially in Asia, including India, Bhutan, and Laos.

See highlights of the report and a link to an article about the report after the jump. [Read more…]

Interfaith service surprise

geograph-3219323-by-Dave-KellyThe Anglican cathedral in Glasgow, in its interfaith zeal, invited a Muslim to read from the Qu’ran in the divine service for Epiphany.  The purpose was to show that Muslims too honor Jesus.  The reader did read the accounts of Jesus’s birth in the Muslim holy book, but then went on to read the passage that specifically denies that Jesus is God’s son.

A controversy has broken out, but the point should be clear:  All religions do NOT teach the same things.  And to pretend otherwise, as interfaith services do, is a failure to respect the integrity of the different religions. [Read more…]

Profile of Muslim converts & their church

The Atlantic has a profile of Muslim converts in Germany, with special emphasis on the congregations they are attending.  The focus is on Trinity Lutheran Church in Berlin, a SELK congregation in fellowship with the LCMS. The pastor, Gottfried Martens, studied at Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.

They have around 1,000 baptized members who are ex-Muslims, with 300 on a waiting list, apparently being catechized.  (The Atlantic reporter doesn’t quite understand Lutheranism.  It’s kind of amusing to see how she describes catechism and her confusion about crossing herself.  But kudos to her and also to her publication for significantly ramping up its religion coverage.)  The story describes Germans and ex-Muslims (who outnumber the former) having tea after service, their children playing together, all taking part in the normal workings of a congregation.
[Read more…]

Suspect in mall shootings arrested

On Friday, someone shot up a Macy’s make-up counter in Burlington, Washington, killing four women–aged 16 to 95–and a man.  A suspect has been arrested:  20-year-old Arcan Cetin, a Muslim from Turkey.  He has a record of assaulting his step-father, drunk driving, and selling drugs.  Police say they don’t yet know a motive, but they aren’t ruling out terrorism.

So surely this couldn’t be Islamic terrorism, some might say.  This guy is certainly not a good Muslim, what with his indulgence in forbidden substances and disrespect for his father.

But acts of jihad often grow out of a guilty conscience, a way to achieve self-atonement and forgiveness for one’s sins. [Read more…]

Where Christianity is growing the fastest

The world’s fastest growing church is that of IRAN.

Despite–or maybe because of–horrific persecution, the number of Christians in Iran has shot up from around 500 in 1979 to hundreds of thousands, maybe over a million, today.  More people have become Christians in the last 20 years than have done so in the 13 centuries of Islamic domination combined.

In second place: AFGHANISTAN.

So reports Mark Howard and his sources, excerpted and linked after the jump.

All of which is instructive for us depressed and discouraged American Christians.  If God can build His church in lands of such anti-Christian hostiity as Iran and Afghanistan, He can build it here.  And if those Christians can live out their faith in the face of such powerful cultural opposition and government-sponsored persecution, with our far smaller problems, we can too.

[Read more…]

“How terrible for him to lose his bomb”

Writing for the British Spectator blog, Douglas Murray discusses Europe’s summer of terrorism and has some choice words for journalists and politicians who are in denial about its connection to Islam. [Read more…]