ISIS steps up persecution of Christians in al-Raqaa

By March 26, 2014
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Syria (MNN) — The Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) is sending stronger threats to Christians in al-Raqqa, Syria. A Syrian pastor recently told E3 Partners about a brutal ISIS killing that was used to send a message to the broader community.

The terrorists hung a believer on a cross in the town square, with a sign claiming “the rule of retribution on those who fought against Allah and the Messenger of Allah and sought amok under the Islamic state.”

This effectively tells all Raqaa Christians that “this will be your fate if you don’t abide by our rules.”

See the original post on E3’s 8thirty8 Facebook page.

“For this believer in particular, they lied and said he killed a Muslim in order to steal his money and crucify him on a cross,” the Facebook post reads.

Earlier this month, ISIS issued a three-sided ultimatum to the Christian community in Raqaa: convert to Islam, pay our tax, or die.  

ISIS, also known as Da’ash, is doing all they can to drive believers out of Raqaa. Christians once comprised approximately 1% of the city’s 300,000 people, but it’s unknown how many are still there. Church burnings, crucifixions, and ISIS threats have driven many believers out of Raqaa. Or, they’re taking their faith even further underground than it was previously.

Please pray for believers in Syria today. Ask the Lord to encourage and protect His people in Raqaa and throughout the war-torn country.

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  • Jenanna Cook says:

    Lord Jesus, we lift up the Christian Believers in al Raqaa, Syria and all of Iran and Middle East area – that you would be their strength and courage in this incredible time of persecution. God – we ask for miracles in this place, that you will reveal yourself even to those persecutors as you did to Paul, that they would see who you are AND WHO they are persecuting!

    Lord we ask for provision, safety, hiding places and loving embraces for all those standing strong for the Truth! ‘What is truth’ Pilot asked; even as it was standing in front of him he did not see it. Lord, give vision to the eyes of the blind, clear the ears of the deaf and open the hearts of those bowing down to false Gods.

    God we pray for comfort and encouragement for the families of the victims, that you surround them with your presence, care, protection, comfort and joy in the midst of unspeakable sorrow; and may they be lifted up in unity through the body of Christ. May you use this in some way Lord for Good, however that will look, I have no idea.

    We PRAY and thank you in advance sweet Jesus, knowing that you promised that when we are lost for Words, the Holy Spirit prays for us. May YOU – the Lord of Heaven’s Armies filtrate these places so that they know You are the Lord God Almighty. AMEN!

  • Your Name says:

    This is Islam history and the way of living violence and Tolerance
    presecution of christian on going since birth of Islam acupaid Egept,Syria Lebanon Iraq Jordan Turkey and other countrys
    Christian in middle east need protection need human wrights.
    and Western christian world need protection to close Islam migration.

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