A Florida church was the possible victim of a hate crime this week after vandals set fire to the building and spray painted swastikas and the Islamic phrase "Allahu Akbar" along its walls.
New Shiloh Christian Church of Melbourne, a rapidly growing church founded in 1997, was vandalized sometime early Monday morning.
Robert Jeffress, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, joined Father Gerald Murray of New York on Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor" Tuesday night to encourage Americans of all faiths to contact the White House and demand that the Obama administration call out radical Islam and take action to defeat the Islamic State terrorist organization.
"This is a part of a disturbing pattern," Jeffress said when asked by Bill O'Reilly what he made of Obama's initial refusal to call the ISIS beheading victims Coptic Christians [until he publically acknowledged that the 21 Egyptian men were Christians and not just "citizens" in a Wednesday LA Times op-ed].
Jeffress continued, "This president is continually lecturing us that we're not in a religious war against Islam, and while that's true, it's time for the president to get off of his high horse and acknowledge that radical Islam is in a religious war against us. Until we understand that, we won't understand where this is headed." more >>
In a Middle Eastern Christian village there was a pastor named Joseph. He is a man of middle age who has the energy of someone half his age. He is usually neatly dressed and clean-shaven, but lately he has taken on a more unkempt look—his clothes wrinkled and his face stubbly from shaving neglect. He has strong arms, a long, lean face, uncombed hair, and kind, dark eyes.
When he first heard ISIS was on its way this summer, he went frantically from house to house to warn people that their lives were in danger. Eventually, however, he ran out of time. There were just too many Christians and too few hours left. The roads were crowded from those exiting and it quickly became apparent that not everyone would make it out by the time ISIS made it in.
There was one particular family he knew would probably not make it—a family he loved. I can't imagine what he felt as he went to their door that day. more >>
Rev. Franklin Graham had some harsh words for the White House during an interview with Greta Van Susteren but offered a familiar message to members of ISIS: "God loves you."
"I'm baffled by this White House," Graham told Van Susteren on Tuesday night. "It seems they want to try to believe a lie — that everything's OK when it's not OK. What they (ISIS) did was evil, it was wrong, it was a sin against God," Graham said of the recent beheadings of 21 Coptic Christians.
However, Graham wanted to speak directly to members of the terrorist organization and offered them a simple message: "God loves you and God is willing to forgive you, but you've got to be willing to confess your sin to Him and ask Him for forgiveness and by faith invite His Son Jesus Christ into your heart. If you do that, God will forgive you for what you have done and God will heal your heart and He'll invite you to be with Him for eternity in heaven." more >>
Evangelical preacher Rev. Franklin Graham has responded to the beheading of 21 Coptic Christians at the hands of terror group ISIS by criticizing President Barack Obama's response, which he says "continues to protect Islam." Graham also asked people to "imagine the outcry" if it was Christians beheading Muslims.
"Can you imagine the outcry if 21 Muslims had been beheaded by Christians? Where is the universal condemnation by Muslim leaders around the world? As we mourn with the families of those 21 martyrs, we'd better take this warning seriously as these acts of terror will only spread throughout Europe and the United States," Graham said in response to a video of the beheadings titled "Message to Nation of the Cross," released earlier this week.
In another Facebook post, Graham said that Obama refuses to "acknowledge the truth" and "call Islamic extremism what it is." more >>
In the newest edition of its apocalyptic English-language propaganda magazine, the Islamic State terrorist organization refutes the long-standing mantra that Islam is a "religion of peace" and insists that Islam is a "religion of the sword."
Countering the popular opinion that Islam calls for peace among Muslims and non-Muslims alike, an article in the seventh edition of Dabiq magazine states that Allah calls for Islam to be a religion of violence and any Muslim who believes otherwise holds a heretic view.
"There is a slogan repeated continuously by apologetic 'du'at' [callers for Islam] when flirting with the West and that is their statement: 'Islam is the religion of peace,' and they mean pacifism by the word peace," reads the ISIS article, which was translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute. more >>