ISIS Is Using Churches as Torture Chambers to Force Christians to Convert or Be Killed

A soldier loyal to Syria's president Bashar Al-Assad stand beside a damaged church in Maaloula, Syria, August 21, 2014. OMAR SANADIKI/REUTERS
A soldier loyal to Syria’s president Bashar Al-Assad stand beside a damaged church in Maaloula, Syria, August 21, 2014. OMAR SANADIKI/REUTERS

1 Christian Is Martyred Every 5 Minutes, Says Christian Freedom International Ahead of Nov. 8 Day of Prayer

The head of a Christian humanitarian organization reports that the Islamic State terrorist organization in has turned captured church buildings into torture chambers that are being used to coerce Iraqi Christians into renouncing Christ and converting to IS’ brand of radical Islam.

Christian Freedom International, a Virginia-based aid organization that provides necessities to Christians living in nations that are the most hostile toward Christianity, has released a new video that reveals alarming statistics showing the number of Christians throughout the world who are being persecuted or killed for their faith.

The video, released ahead of the organization’s day of prayer on Nov. 8, explains that there are over 200 million followers of Christ who face some form of persecution in 105 of the world’s 196 countries.

The video also provides an even more staggering statistic by stating that one Christian is martyred every 5 minutes because of their faith. CFI also estimates that more Christians have been martyred in the 20th and 21st centuries than in the previous 19 centuries combined.

Since the summer of 2014, the Islamic State terrorist group has taken over large territories throughout Iraq and Syria, including many predominantly Christian towns. The group has become notorious for brutally killing anyone who does not agree ideologically with the group, or refuses to renounce their religion and follow IS’ extremist brand of Islam.

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Samuel Smith

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