There is a phenomenon occurring in Europe — mainly Germany – that’s been alluded to but has not received broad attention. We all know Christianity is not exactly on the rise in Europe, while Islam seems to be spreading. However, in Germany there seems to be something quite perplexing occurring: Muslims converting to Christianity.
As reported by Christian Today, “Without saying it, some Muslim migrants now in Germany are converting to Christianity in the hope of improving their chances of being granted refugee status and winning asylum, reports said.
Government officials and church leaders are aware of this but are still giving everybody the benefit of the doubt. After all, the German government has been telling the thousands of Muslim migrants that they need not convert to Christianity since German Chancellor Angela Merkel herself has made it known that Islam “belongs in Germany,” the Daily Mail reported.
Despite this, many Muslim migrants continue to embrace Jesus Christ to the delight of church leaders. In Berlin, for instance, hundreds of mostly Iranian and Afghan asylum seekers have changed faiths at the evangelical Trinity Church. Many are claiming that true realization of the wonders of Christianity, which Islam does not have, prompted them to make move.
Silas, a 25-year-old Iranian man, is one of these converts who are now living in Berlin, according to Charisma News. When asked what really prompted him to change religion, Silas said his spiritual transformation came after he read the Bible that a friend lent to him. “When I started to read the Bible, it changed me. … At first, I didn’t want to be a Christian, I just wanted to understand it. But the more answers I got, the more I … realized I was finding God,” he said. He then realized that “Islam was a big lie.”
Pastors in Germany are pointing out that although Christian converts have better chances of staying for good in Germany—since they can now claim that they would face persecution in their home country if they are sent back—this is not the reason why many are embracing Christ.
In Afghanistan and Iran, for example, conversion to Christianity by a Muslim could be punished by death or imprisonment. Thus, the German government is unlikely to deport converted Iranian and Afghan refugees back home. The fact is, by converting to Christianity, they also face persecution from Muslims in Germany who have decided to stick to their faith, church leaders said. The Muslim population in Germany is estimated at 4 million.”
When I was in Afghanistan, I remember the case of one Abdul Rahman who was arrested in February 2006. His crime? He was an Afghan who had left the country, converted to Christianity, and returned as an aid worker. His own family turned him in and he faced execution as an apostate — seriously folks. We found out about this and began to ask ourselves, why are we here? So much for tolerance, since we were told about not displaying our faith and such. We were beat up about showing respect for Muslims, well, “when tolerance becomes a one way street it leads to cultural suicide.”
I am not amazed Muslims are converting to Christianity. There is power in God’s word and it is about true spiritual freedom and eternal hope — life. Islam itself – well, the word means submission. In Christianity it is about acceptance of God’s grace and submitting your will to His in guiding your life. And folks, let’s be honest, if you decide to renounce your Christian faith, no one is going to arrest you under penalty of death.
Yes, I do pray this isn’t a tactic of taqiyya, lying and deceiving infidels to further Islam. I pray this is something being done sincerely, allowing our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to come into their hearts and save their souls. Perhaps we should bombard ISIS controlled areas with leaflets that attack their ideology and denounce what they’re doing. Perhaps we should put out more comparisons of an unreformed belief system as opposed to Judaism and Christianity.
Yep, I hear the secular humanists and atheists already fuming about separation of church and state. I remember what happened to my mentor and founding member of U.S. Army Special Operations Detachment (Delta), Lieutenant General Jerry Boykin when in uniform he professed his faith and that it will allow our defeat of Islamo-fascism.
However, this is a battle of ideas and ideology — doggone, even President Obama continues to say it. So what ideas, what ideology stand in contrast to that of ISIS, al-Qaida, Boko Haram, Al Shabab, Hamas, Hezbollah, Taliban, Islamic Jihad, Al Quds and Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, Fatah…you get my drift. It appears to me this enemy has no problem with attacking Christians — they kind of have a very long history of doing such.
We shared with you a story about the clock ticking, 5-10 years there may not be any Christians in the Middle East. And for those of you who are intelligent enough to know history, Jews and Christians were there long before that cheeky fella Mohammad brought his sword.
Perhaps Silas (named after an apostle), has come to realize that Christianity doesn’t come with a sword invoking terror and intimidation. But as the Christian Today piece states, these recent converts not only face the dark specter of being returned to their homelands — such as Abdul Rahman — they face the growing Islamic jihadist movements in Europe. We’ve reported here about the rise in crime and rape in Sweden against native Swedes, but now we may see vicious attacks against Christian converts — a new dynamic. After all, the Koran and hadiths are clear about the punishment for apostasy: death.
We hear all this chatter about moderate Muslims and why don’t they speak out? It’s simple, we in the West fail to recognize the enemy they face and refuse to confront and defeat them. There are people who live in and amongst the militant jihadists who will kill anyone not subscribing to their dogma. We have folks who fail to realize why it’s vital to castigate the enemy as they refer to themselves.
This is a battle of ideas and ideology and I just gotta tell ya folks perhaps the best weapon against Islamo-fascism and Islamic jihadists is this; “The Full Armor of God,” Ephesians 6:10-17, (NIV),
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
To the Muslims who are converting to Christianity I have one word: welcome. And I have a commitment to make to you, that I will take up the jawbone of a donkey as Samson, stand as he did at Rock Lehigh and crush these bastards who assail you.