Eleven Christians were tortured and murdered by Islamic jihadists in Syria.
Charisma News reports, “11 Christian Missionaries Crucified and Beheaded.”
The relatives said ISIS militants on Aug. 7 captured the Christian workers in a village whose name is withheld for security reasons. On Aug. 28, the militants asked if they had renounced Islam for Christianity. When the Christians said that they had, the rebels asked if they wanted to return to Islam. The Christians said they would never renounce Christ.
The 41-year-old team leader, his young son and two ministry members in their 20s were questioned at one village site where ISIS militants had summoned a crowd. The team leader presided over nine house churches he had helped to establish. His son was two months away from his 13th birthday.
“All were badly brutalized and then crucified,” the ministry leader said. “They were left on their crosses for two days. No one was allowed to remove them.”
The martyrs died beside signs the ISIS militants had put up identifying them as “infidels.”
Eight other ministry team members, including two women, were taken to another site in the village that day (Aug. 28) and were asked the same questions before a crowd. The women, ages 29 and 33, tried to tell the ISIS militants they were only sharing the peace and love of Christ and asked what they had done wrong to deserve the abuse. The Islamic extremists then publicly raped the women, who continued to pray during the ordeal, leading the ISIS militants to beat them all the more furiously.
As the two women and the six men knelt before they were beheaded, they were all praying.
Obviously, we Christians in the United States have much to be thankful for. What we put up with in this country would be considered freedom in other countries.
But when you hear Barack Obama lecture the world on how no effort against ISIS is worthy of consideration unless it involves the removal of Bashar al-Assad’s government in Syria, you need to remember these rapes, beheadings, and crucifixions. Our fixation with removing Assad makes no moral sense. His human rights violations are nothing compared to what ISIS has done and his intentions, while involving personal ambition, are much more civilized than the goals of ISIS.
In fact, it is likely that the removal of Assad would mean the expansion of ISIS. No matter how evil Vladimir Putin is personally (frankly, if compared to Barack Obama, he is probably not that bad), I suspect Christians in the region might soon have reason to thank God for the Russian military. Christians have no reason to be thankful for the U.S. presence in the Middle East. They have reason to pray to God to rescue them from us.