GOSPEL LIGHT PIERCING THE DARKNESS
Sheikh who taught ISIS jihadists asks for Bible, says he’s ‘sick of the killing’
July 7, 2015 — ChristianToday.com reports: “A Saudi Sheikh who was responsible for training ISIS jihadists has reportedly asked for a Bible having grown sick of the group’s brutality, a missionary in the Middle East has said.
‘Julian’, who works with mission organisation Operation Mobilisation and has lived in the Muslim world for many years, told Voice of the Martyrs Radio last week about accounts of Muslims in the Middle East, including members of ISIS, coming to faith in Christ.
‘God in his sovereignty is able to turn what is evil, and what the enemy intends for evil, into something that’s good,’ he said…
The Sheikh said he had been in Syria teaching the fighters ‘Jihad 101, the theology and practice of Jihad’ and said he was ‘sick of the killing, there must be something better than this.’…” (This is the reason thousands of Muslims are turning to Christ. Rexella’s recent guest on television, Walid Shoebat, testified stating that in Islam you kill to get to heaven, while in Christianity, Christ died for our sins. Isaiah 53:4 – 7 tells us “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. ” See the next report.)
Christian prisoner talks Iranian Muslim interrogator into embracing Christianity
June 14, 2015 — ChristianToday.com reports: “A Christian woman arrested in Iran for her faith became an instrument for conversion after her Iranian interrogator known for persecuting religious minorities surprisingly gave up his Islamic faith and embraced Christianity instead.
Noushin, who was forced in solitary confinement for three days in the Muslim-dominated country, said all she did was to share the Gospel to her inquisitor, according to the Gospel Herald.
‘We talked about Jesus for hours until finally the interrogator gave his heart to Jesus. We prayed together,’ she recalled.
‘It’s an honour for me to talk about Jesus,’ Noushin told the guard. ‘You also need Jesus in your life. I cannot be indifferent toward you. I want you to experience the joy and blessing of salvation. I can’t keep silent about this.’
Noushin said at first she thought her detention would make her give up her faith.
‘I wasn’t ready to go to prison,’ she said. ‘I knew it was a dirty place, a place where people are tortured and locked up in solitary confinement. I was afraid that I would be so fearful that I would give up all the names of the members of house church. I even feared that I would deny my faith if they tortured me.’
According to Open Doors, a faith-based group helping persecuted Christians worldwide, the Gospel continues to be spread throughout Iran despite the persecution of thousands of religious minorities, including Christian converts, under President Hassan Rouhani’s government…”
‘We are living in the midst of the greatest turning of Muslims to Christ
June 17, 2015 — ChristianToday.com reports: “Despite the daily news of the persecution of Christians around the world by Islamist groups, there is another, lesser-known story of growing numbers of Muslims around the world who are turning to Christ as Lord.
Missionary David Garrison’s book, A Wind in the House of Islam, charts this phenomenon, which he says demonstrates that ‘we are living in the midst of the greatest turning of Muslims to Christ in history’.
The book is the result of two and a half years of research and involved travelling more than 250,000 miles to conduct interviews with more than 1,000 people around the Muslim world. In the study, a ‘movement’ of believers is defined as a group of more than 1,000 baptised believers or 100 new churches within a Muslim community. In total he found 69 movements that had started in the first 12 years of the 21st century, in comparison with virtually no voluntary movements of converts to Christianity in the first 12 centuries of Islam…
Muslims who convert to Christianity can face the death penalty and many experience intense persecution, so converts are often underground, making it impossible to know exactly how many new believers there are, but estimates currently range between 2 and 7 million.
So why is this turning to Christ happening now? ‘God has brought several elements together uniquely in our time,’ he says. ‘Some of them are old elements – Muslim violence is not new, this is one of the least violent centuries in Muslim history – but what’s different is today when Muslims experience this violence, they can see an alternative… they can switch on their Internet, they can turn on their television and hear an evangelist speaking Farsi or Kazakh or Uzbek.’…” (This report should make every genuine Christian obey Jesus who said in Mark 16:15: “…Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.”)