ICCs Texas Representatives testimony as told to World Net Daily.
200 million and counting
By Farrah Khalil (ICC Representative)
I left Islam on Oct. 26, 2004, and accepted Christ. What a glorious day that was! I am in no way trying to imply that leaving Islam was a walk in the park, because it wasn’t. Once I denounced Islam, Satan came at me from all angles, and he was far from subtle. Fortunately, I was mentally prepared for spiritual warfare and am now at the point where I laugh at Satan’s pitiful attempts.
I was blessed to be living in America when I became an Islamic apostate. I simply replaced my silver necklace that read, “Allah,” with a golden cross, threw my Quran deep into my closet, and went on my way. Has my decision to leave Islam and become a Christian caused me to experience persecution in any way, shape, or form? Perhaps a bit, but it in no way compares to what is happening in countries where leaving Islam is against the law.
Unfortunately, many Americans have no idea that Christian persecution exists. They have no idea that right now 200 million Christians are being tortured, jailed and killed, simply because they love Jesus Christ. Mel Gibson’s, “Passion of the Christ,” is a good way to visualize just what is happening to many of our brothers and sisters in countries where being a Christian is a crime.
Pakistan , Ethiopia , Vietnam , Nigeria , Egypt , Morocco and China are just a few of the places where persecution is taking place right now.
In Indonesia , the Islamists’ stated aim is to completely eliminate Christianity in the country. There has been an orchestrated jihad against non-Muslims with over 600 churches destroyed by mobs and repeated killings of Christians.
In Saudi Arabia , citizens are denied the right to choose or change their religion. Basic religious freedoms are denied to all but those who adhere to the state-sanctioned version of Sunni Islam. The possession of any non-Muslim religious material is banned.
In Pakistan , the death sentence is applied to anyone who defiles the name of the Prophet Muhammad. In a court of law, a Christian man’s testimony is worth half a Muslim man’s and a Christian woman’s testimony is worth only a quarter. As a result, Christian women are raped and not able obtain convictions against the perpetrators.
In Iran , the printing of Christian literature is prohibited and Muslims who leave Islam are subject to the death penalty.
We are all one body of Christ. Although we have never met our persecuted brothers and sisters, they are still our family. When they pray and cry out to God for help, He listens. We, here in the United States , where freedom of religion reigns, can be an answer to their prayers.
We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about the hardships we suffered in the province of Asia . We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.
2 Corinthians 1:8-11
International Christian Concern is an interdenominational human-rights organization dedicated to assisting and sustaining Christians who are victims of persecution due to practicing their faith. I am very proud to be a member and representative of this wonderful organization that is doing everything it can to help those who are suffering for their faith.
To learn more about Christian persecution, or to see what you can do to help, please visit: www.www.persecution.org.
Mrs. Farrah Khalil is the Texas representative for International Christian Concern, one of the groups that helped free Abdul Rahman in Afghanistan . Mr. Rahman is just one of 200 million Christians who are being persecuted worldwide simply because they are Christians. It has now been almost two years since Mrs. Khalil left Islam.