State church says not to evangelize Muslims

The Protestant state church in the Rhineland has issued a statement saying that Christians should not try to evangelize Muslim immigrants.  It maintains that the Great Commission does not mean Christians should try to convert others to their faith.  This, despite the phenomenon of more and more Muslim immigrants becoming Christians, thanks in part to the efforts of the independent Lutheran church (SELK). [Read more...]

Russia attacks ISIS

Russia is doing what many people hoped the United States would do.  It has gone into Syria and is bombing ISIS, reportedly wiping out its command center.  True, Vladimir Putin is supporting the Syrian government, which we don’t approve of, against its various factions of rebels.  He is also presenting Russia as the defender of humane values against the evils of terrorism.  But this is surely good news for the United States.  Let Russia get entangled in another mideast war.  And if Russia stops ISIS, that would be good news for everyone. [Read more...]

Child abuse as cultural relativism

The New York Times has published a piece condemning the U.S. military for ignoring cases of child sexual abuse in Afghanistan.  And yet, a few years earlier, the Times published a piece praising military briefers who told the troops to ignore the custom of “boy play”–older men taking young boys on “Love Thursdays” to use them sexually–on the grounds of cultural relativism.  Read Mollie Hemingway’s expose of the Times, linked and excerpted after the jump. [Read more...]

Why Germany is welcoming refugees

Many European countries are dismayed at all of the refugees pouring in from Syria and other war-torn Islamic countries. But Germany is welcoming them, going so far as to promise to take in 800,000 of them.  So why is that?

Because Germany has the lowest birth rate in the world (8.2 babies per 1,000 people), and the population is projected to drop from today’s 81 million to 68 million in the next few decades.  Germans know that this population implosion could be devastating to their economy and their society, and they hope that an injection of people who don’t mind having children will help.

Does anyone know why Germans and other advanced nations have virtually stopped having children?  Is this a symptom of the sexual revolution?  Feminism?  The decline of marriage in favor of living-together and perpetual singleness?  Or what? [Read more...]

Obama wins with Iran deal

Senate Democrats rallied behind President Obama’s plan to lift sanctions on Iran in return for its promises to slow down its nuclear program.  Enough senators supported the agreement to sustain a presidential veto against Congressional attempts to stop it.

UPDATE:  You have got to read Charles Krauthammer’s account of what just happened.  President Obama packaged the deal so that it isn’t considered a treaty (even though it is one), which would require a two-thirds vote of the Senate.  “To get around the Constitution, Obama negotiated a swindle that requires him to garner a mere one-third of one house of Congress.” And, as if that wasn’t enough, he got the deal approved by the UN, making it international law, even before Congress approved it!

Now Iran will immediately get $100 billion from their blocked accounts and full access to the oil market and foreign investment.  Since their nuclear program is legally branded as “peaceful,” the West, according to the terms of the agreement, must give Iran aid in developing it and must defend it against cyberattacks from Israel, which the leadership of Iran is bragging won’t be around in 25 years!

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Muslim refugees converting to Christianity

Thousands of refugees from Syria–as well as Iran, Afghanistan, and other Islamic countries–have been pouring into Europe, creating big problems and provoking all kinds of controversy.  But many of these Islamic refugees have been converting to Christianity.

Some Europeans are skeptical, thinking the conversions are simply a facade to get asylum.  Religious beliefs aren’t supposed to be factors in immigration decisions, but a Muslim who converts to Christianity can make a good claim that deportation would mean a death sentence.  But taking that step, for a Muslim–publicly renouncing Islam and becoming Baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit–would surely be existentially difficult unless it is sincere.

And 90% of the newly baptized keep coming to church, unlike much of the nominally Christian populations.  Perhaps this will be a way of revitalizing European Christianity!  After the jump, an Associated Press story on the subject.

UPDATE:  The “priest” Gottfried Martens referred to in the article is actually a pastor in the SELK church, a confessional denomination unaffiliated with the state church that is in fellowship with the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.  Thanks to commenter Bror Erickson for that information.  And to sapling_Alex for pointing out that these Lutherans are taking the lead in refugee evangelism.  I would also add a reminder to the discussion about immigration that “Islam” is not a race but a religion, so that when Muslims convert to Christianity they are no longer Muslims.

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