A fierce battle is going on in the spiritual realm whether we realize it or not. The devil uses every opportunity to kill and destroy. The world doesn’t understand the spiritual forces that are behind suicide attacks, rape, torture or other forms of persecution, but as believers, we know that our enemy is not flesh and blood.
We know that Muslims are not our enemies — they are simply men and women who have been deceived by the devil. To varying degrees, they have given themselves over to be tools in his hands. We also know that Satan’s primary goal is to take as many people as he can with him to hell. That is why the Church of Jesus suffers persecution. The church is here to save; the devil is here to destroy.
A recent letter by members of a radical Islamic group in Somalia epitomizes this battle. In the letter, members of Al-Shabaab warned church leaders to stop preaching the gospel to Muslims. Al-Shabaab, who has publicly announced its intention to rid Somalia of Christians and is responsible for killing many Christian converts from Islam, is now threatening to target Christians who preach the gospel among Somali Muslims living in Kenya. As you read the excerpt from the letter, please pray for protection for the targeted Christians. Also pray for God to bring the persecutors into His kingdom.
Here is the excerpt from the letter:
We would like also to send a message to the mission organizations and the local Kenyan Christian Churches to stop the Christianization they have not only in Nairobi, but also in the refugee camps.
They have to stop their harmful ideologies that they are preaching to the Muslims. It is our knowledge that some Somali Muslims are already affected by this cancer of Christianity and we are in trace of that persons and we call them back to Islam or they will be under the sword of the mujahedeen.
In addition to that, there are those who translate, distribute, and preach this non-sense to the Somalis. We have now the knowledge of so many people involved in this cursed work, but we target these men and will, Insha Allah, be brought before justice and be taken back to Somalia to be tried and given their share of justice before the law of Allah and before the Mujahedeen.
We will soon, Insha Allah, strike the cursed Seventh-day Adventist Church’s headquarters if they do not stop using the Somalis to Christianize other Somalis, not excluding [those] who put Somali translated Bibles in their sites and who are proud to Christianize the Somali people. In closing, we ask Allah to help us to make his purpose reign.