Iraqi Christians flee; the church’s future is in doubt.

By October 8, 2004

Iraq (MNN)–Iraq’s ancient Christian presence continues to ebb, with little being done to stem the flow.

Compass Direct reports that militant threats are causing believers to flee for safety to neighboring Jordan and Syria.

A small group of Pentecostal Christians who visited Amman recently from Baghdad reported that their church is growing, despite some outward pressure. In another instance, a family returned to the Iraqi capital in order to start a Bible study with women from one of the Catholic churches targeted in the August blasts.

The remnant church is expressing concerns over the upcoming elections. Without a Christian presence in Iraq, the country could move toward becoming an Islamic state. That could mean that in the future, sharing the hope of Christ will be even more difficult and dangerous.

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