Terror attacks have increased more than ever, indicating that we are living in the last days, and the life of Noah in the Old Testament teaches us how to live as Christians in these days, Pastor Greg Laurie of California's megachurch Harvest Christian Fellowship said in a sermon.
It is quite obvious that we are living in the last days, Laurie said in his message Thursday. "Terrorism seems to be stronger than it has ever been. Islamic terrorism, it's not going to go away," he added.
Islamic State, also known as IS, ISIS or ISIL, wants to establish a caliphate, or an Islamic rule, he explained. "It's an ideological war" between the Islamic worldview and the Judea-Christian worldview. more >>
An expert on U.S. and European defense and security-related issues has said that while Europe remains more vulnerable to further attacks by the Islamic State terror group, an assault on the U.S. is both feasible and probable.
"The threat posed by ISIS is serious indeed. We have seen how ISIS has brought an entire city, Brussels, the so-called capital of Europe, to its knees. The sight of this emboldens jihadists to carry out ever more audacious attacks against Western targets," Soeren Kern, a distinguished senior fellow of the Gatestone Institute, a New York-based think tank, told The Christian Post in an interview on Monday.
"An attack in America is readily feasible and even probable. Migrants bearing false passports have recently been arrested in Central America. That being said, because of its geographic proximity to the Middle East, Europe is, by definition, more vulnerable than the U.S." he added. more >>
Brussels remained on highest terror alert for a third day on Monday as a prime suspect in the deadly Paris attacks was still on the run in the Belgian capital. Police arrested 16 people in late-night raids, but no weapons or explosives were found.
Salah Abdeslam, a 26-year-old resident of Brussels suspected to be among the Islamic State militants who carried out six attacks in Paris on Nov. 13, killing at least 130 people, continued to elude Brussels police Monday.
Amid the debate in the U.S. about accepting Syrian refugees, David Crabb, co-founder of The Gospel Fund, writes in an article for the desiringGod website that concerns over America's safety should be raised by the government, but Christians should look at God's heart for those who are suffering and outreach possibilities.
The key question in the debate seems to be this: "In light of terror attacks worldwide, is bringing 10,000 refugees from the Middle East really a safe decision?" writes Crabb, referring to President Obama's direction to his administration in September to accept at least 10,000 more Syrian refugees beginning Oct. 1.
"'Is it safe?' sounds like a question a government would ask. And it should ask; a government should seek to protect its people. But Christians ask, 'What is God up to?'" he adds. more >>
Belgium's capital Brussels has been put on the country's highest alert due to "a serious and imminent threat" after reports that an Islamic State, or ISIS, terrorist, suspected to be part of the attacks on Paris a week ago, was in the city, apparently armed with a suicide belt and trying to get to Syria.
Brussels residents woke up to empty streets on Sunday morning as the city entered into the second day under the highest threat level, according to The Associated Press.
Belgian Interior Ministry's crisis center said Saturday there was "a serious and imminent threat" putting the capital city, which was apparently a base for the Paris attackers, to terror alert level 4, the country's highest, according to BBC. more >>
The United States has admitted only five Syrian Christians since Oct. 1, when the administration began to implement President Obama's directive to accept 10,000 refugees. Christian refugees account for 1.6 percent of the total number of arrivals this year thus far, according to Worldwide Refugee Admissions Processing Systems.
Three Syrian Catholics, one Syrian Christian and one Orthodox Christian have arrived in the country since Oct. 1, according to Washington Free Beacon, which quoted data from WRAPS. Since January, 1, 875 Syrians have arrived, and only 30 of them are Christian, the data shows. Of the total arrivals, 1,833 – or 97.8 percent – are Muslims, it added.
Since the civil war against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad began in 2011, 2,370 Syrian refugees from that country have arrived in the U.S. more >>