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The main thing is to keep the main the main thing. Our greatest priority on earth is to love God with all of our heart, soul, mind and strength, and to love our neighbour as ourselves. We are to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33). The Great Commission must be our supreme ambition.
"All authority has been given to Me in Heaven and on earth. Go therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptising them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you…" Matt. 28:18-20. Christ's last Command must be our first concern.
Prayer and Action
Obviously, Christians need to respond with love and compassion for genuine refugees and seek to not only show practical love in action, meeting immediate needs of those who have lost everything, but effectively evangelise and disciple nations. All nations. As our Lord Jesus Christ declared: "My house shall be a house of prayer for all nations."
Understand the Times
This requires us to "understand the times" (1 Chronicles 12:32) in order to know what we ought to do. There is no virtue in gullibility and we need to be wise stewards of what the Lord has entrusted to us. It has been pointed out that the Boston Bombers were refugees. However, hospitality to strangers is a Biblical command.
"If one of your brethren becomes poor, and falls into poverty among you, then you shall help them, like a stranger or a sojourner." Lev. 25:35
Love in Action
The Lord makes it clear that we are to be His witnesses, both in our own Jerusalem, and our Judea (a similar culture close by), our Samaria (a different culture not too far away) and to the uttermost parts of the earth (Acts 1:8). We are to cross borders, to let the earth hear His voice, to proclaim God's Word to the nations, to put feet to our Faith, to express the love of Christ in practical actions, on the ground, where people are, meeting desperate needs.
Unto the Least of These
The Lord describes the Day of Judgement not so much in terms of the evil that we have done, serious though that is, but in terms of the good that we failed to do.
"Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not cloth Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me." Matthew 25:41-43.
To know the good that we ought to do and to not do it is sin (James 4:17).
Putting Feet to Our Faith
By God's grace, there are hundreds of thousands of Christian missionaries reaching out throughout the world, in remote villages, in refugee camps, in conflict areas, on the streets and in informal settlements. There are a tremendous multitude of bold and Biblical initiatives to reach the unreached and care for the needy. In prisons and in hospitals, Christians are ministering to the sick, the lonely, the aged, the downtrodden, those trapped in alcohol and drug addictions, and those fleeing from violence and oppression.
The most effective sermon illustration is the life of integrity of a Christian neighbour, friend or stranger, who is sacrificially serving in difficult situations meeting urgent needs and showing the love of Christ, by what they say and by what they do.
Ensuring Aid Reaches the Needy
Over the years, our Mission, Frontline Fellowship, has trained medics, established clinics, trained farmers and delivered tons of food, medicines and boxes-with-love to pensioners, prisoners, pastors, and others suffering in conflict areas for their Faith. Church and mission based relief is not only more efficient and cost effective than that provided by governments and United Nations agencies, but also inspires greater personal responsibility and economic productivity. Person to person, family to family, congregation to congregation, mission to community, love in action aid, is not only most cost effective, but involves more accountability and gives people a hand up, rather than just a handout.
Abuse and Corruption
Foreign aid through governments not only increases dependence, but fosters an attitude of entitlement and greed and inevitably leads to widespread wastage, abuse and corruption. The vast quantities of food, fruit, juices and other high quality, expensive aid provided to Muslim migrants arriving in Europe being thrown away untouched, is evidence of unworkable wastage.
Caution is Needed
Those of us who have invited drug addicts, alcoholics, the homeless and young mothers going through a crisis pregnancy, into our homes, have all too often been rewarded by theft and damage to property. Even abuse of children. First Aid responders need to wear masks and gloves to protect themselves from infection. As they remind us on aircraft, in the event of decompression, first place on your own oxygen mask before attempting to assist other passengers. The reason is that you cannot help anyone else if you yourself are unconscious.
It is natural that Christians want to help those in a crisis. That is what Christians have always done. We seek to be good Samaritans, to reach out to those in need. However, there are those warning us that what we are facing is not a refugee crisis, but a Hijrah. Hijrah, jihad by emigration, is to move to a new land in order to take Islam there. Hijrah is to emigrate for the cause of Allah. In Islam, Hijrah is considered to be a highly meritorious act. The Quran declares: "And whoever emigrates for the cause of Allah will find on the earth many locations in abundance."
Breed to Conquer Europe
A senior Imam, Sheik Muhammad Ayed, speaking at the Al-aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, declared that Muslims must use the migrant crisis to "breed with Europeans" and "conquer their countries." "We will breed children with them because we shall conquer their countries" and "trample them underfoot, Allah willing!"
Threat to Christian Survival
Prime Minister Viktor Orban, of Hungary, has declared: "We are not facing a refugee crisis, we are facing a migration crisis…let us not forget that those who are arriving have been raised in another religion, and represent a radically different culture. Most of them are not Christians, but Muslims. This is an important question, because Europe and European identity is rooted in Christianity. Is it not worrying in itself that European Christianity is now barely able to keep Europe Christian? If we lose sight of this, the idea of Europe could become a minority interest in its own continent."
Islamisation Threatens Europe
Prime Minister Robert Fico, of Slovakia, observed: "Since Slovakia is a Christian country, we cannot tolerate an influx of 300,000 to 400,000 Muslim immigrants who would like to start building Mosques all over our land and trying to change the nature, culture and values of the state…if we do not start telling the truth about migration, we will never move from this spot."
Betraying Future Generations
British author, Peter Hitchens, has written: "We will not save refugees by destroying our own country. Actually we cannot do what we like with this country. We inherited it from our parents and grandparents and we have a duty to hand it on to our children and grandchildren, preferably improved and certainly undamaged. We cannot just give it away to complete strangers on an impulse because it makes us feel good about ourselves… Thanks to 1,000 years of uninvaded peace, we have developed astonishing levels of trust, safety and freedom… I am amazed at how relaxed we are about giving this away… Mass immigration means we adapt to them, when they should be adapting to us… So now, on the basis of an emotional spasm, dressed up as generosity, are we going to abandon this legacy and decline our obligation to pass it on, like the enfeebled, wastrel heirs of an ancient inheritance letting the great house and estate go to ruin? I can see neither sense nor justice in allowing these things to become a pretext for an unstoppable demographic revolution in which Europe merges its culture and economy with North Africa and the Middle East. If we let this happen, Europe would lose almost all the things which make others want to live here."
Help Them in Their Own Lands
British Prime Minister, David Cameron, has said that the United Kingdom must not only act with the heart, but also with the head. He pointed out that Britain, more than any other country, is helping the refugees with direct aid in the Middle East. He also noted that Britain is currently not only fighting terrorism, but coping with the problem of economic migrants and humanitarian problems caused.
However, in Brussels, the self-proclaimed capital of Europe, the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, insisted that immigration from Muslim countries is a solution to Europe's demographic decline! "Let us not forget, we are an aging continent in demographic decline… There's no religion, no belief and no philosophy when it comes to refugees."
Here we see the philosophy of the EU globalists. The sharp decline of the birth rate of Europeans has been a direct result of the aggressive population control tactics, massive propaganda of overpopulation, promoting birth control, abortion, sterilization and euthanasia. The demographic decline referred to by the EU official is a direct result of the EU's core policies! Now the massive influx of Muslim immigrants into Europe is being orchestrated to bring about a transformation of Europe into Eurabia. The subverting of stable governments in Africa, Asia and South America, and bringing about economic collapses, has stimulated a vast movement of refugee populations into Europe.
The Death of the West
By dramatically decreasing populations of those countries traditionally Christian, and exploding the populations of other races, the goal is a dramatic change in demographics and the death of the West. Although unemployment is rampant within the European Union, especially among young Europeans, Juncker has said "I am strongly in favour of allowing refugees to work from day one of their arrival."
Respect our Laws
President Milos Zeman of the Czech Republic declared that no one had invited these migrants to his country, but once they arrive, they must respect the laws of the host country, or leave.
Total Collapse of Europe
In Denmark, Andreas Kamm, the Secretary General of the Danish Refugee Council, warned that the current refugee crisis could lead to a total collapse of European society. Kamm declared: "Europe is facing a total Armageddon scenario… we are experiencing a historical imbalance between the very high numbers of refugees and migrants, and the global capacity to provide them with protection and assistance. The answer cannot be that Europe imports surplus populations.
We cannot be required to destroy our own society."
Danish Minister of Finance, Claus Frederiksen said: "I am most indignant over the Arab countries who are rolling in money and who only take very few refugees. Countries like Saudi Arabia. It is completely scandalous." Many have pointed out that Saudi Arabia has a well organised tent city of 100,000 air conditioned and fire proof tents which can comfortably accommodate 3 million people and which is only used for a couple of weeks each year for pilgrims coming on the Hajj. 3 Million refugees could easily be housed in the tent city outside Mecca. However, to date, Saudi Arabia is not known to have taken in a single refugee from Syria.
The German Interior Minister, Thomas De Maiziere, has observed "the migration crisis presents a formidable challenge. It is bigger than any of us have previously thought – socially, politically, economically, culturally… now we will get hundreds of thousands of Muslims with an Arab background… between 15 and 20% of the adult migrants are illiterate." Most of those who are being called Syrian refugees are in fact not from Syria.
Nuclear Terrorism Tsunami
A German reporter, Jurgen Todonhofer, who successfully imbedded with the Islamic State has reported in "Inside I.S. – Ten Days in Islamic State" that: "The terrorists plan on killing several hundred million people. The West is drastically underestimating the power of ISIS." ISIS is planning nuclear annihilation across the globe: "A nuclear tsunami preparing the largest religious cleansing in history."
How Many Muslims?
According to MuslimPopulation.com, Europe already has three countries with a majority Muslim population: Albania (79%), Bosnia (60%) and Kosovo (90%). France has 6 million Muslims (9.6%). Germany has 4 million Muslims (5%). 13% of Bulgaria are Muslim, 34% of Macedonia. 4.9% of Sweden and 5.7% of Switzerland. 4.6% of the United Kingdom is Muslim. Muslims currently make up a total population of 56 million in Europe, 7.6% of the population. That is excluding Turkey who are applying to be accepted into the European Union.
Illegal Migrants Threaten Europe
British MEP Janice Atkinson has declared: "This is not a refugee crisis, but a massive crisis of illegal immigration which must be resisted for what it is."
Overwhelming Terrorism Threat
US Ambassador John Bolton has warned "spreading terrorism, armed conflict and collapsing political authority in the Middle East" are causing this present crisis. "Europe is being overwhelmed by the sheer numbers of people on the move, thereby losing control of the decisions of who to admit and who to turn away. These concerns are legitimate. There is a serious and rising Islamic terrorist threat hidden within the tides of people seeking refuge."
Arthur Chrenkoff in the New York Observer has written: "Europe is experiencing a mass movement of people not seen since the aftermath of the Second World War. Unlike the end of the war, however, none of the masses currently on the move is European. As hundreds of thousands of people continue to arrive on Europe's doorsteps and throng her roads and railway lines…the majority of the immigrants who have arrived in Europe so far this year are not Syrians. Less than a third are, with the rest originating in a miscellany of African, Middle Eastern and South Asian countries. The majority seem to be single, healthy looking, young men… the demographics of an invasion."
Daniel Greenfield of the Freedom Centre writes: "The Syrian refugee crisis that the media bleats about is not a crisis. And the Syrian refugees they champion are often neither Syrians nor refugees. Fake Syrian passports are cheaper than an EU politician's virtue and easier to come by. Just about anyone who speaks enough Arabic to pass the scrutiny of a European bureaucrat can come with his two wives and take a turn at the carousel of a welfare state… to bring the Muslim terrorists of tomorrow to our towns and cities. And their gratitude will be as short lived as our budget.
Difficult and Demanding
"A head of a UNHCR camp called these refugees ‘the most difficult refugees I have ever seen… in Italy, Muslim African refugees rejected pasta and demanded food from their own countries… also mobile phone charging stations so that the destitute refugees can check on their Facebook accounts. It had to be done because the refugees in Italy were throwing rocks at the police while demanding free Wi-Fi. There is a tawdry sense of entitlement of the Muslim refugee that the media champions.'"
Greenfield gives the example of refugees receiving thousands of Dollars of benefits, and living in air conditioned quarters, being ungrateful and having a sense of entitlement. "He hasn't worked, paid for, or thanked, anyone for any of it. And why should he? He is entitled to it by virtue of his superiority as a Muslim and our inferiority as infidels. There is no sense of gratitude. Only constant demands, as if the people who drove out their own Christians have some moral claim on the charity of the Christians of the West."
The DNA of Islam
"What is happening in Syria is a religious civil war fought over the same ideologies as the ones practiced by the vast majority of the refugees. This is an Islamic war fought to determine which branch of Islam will be supreme. It is not a war that started last week, or last year, but 1400 years ago. We cannot make it go away by overthrowing Assad, by giving out candy, or taking in refugees. This conflict is in the cultural DNA of Islam."
Welcoming Hateful Ideologies
"There are Christian minorities, who are genuine refugees, but the two Muslim sects whose militias are murdering each other are not victims, they are persecutors. Just because Sunnis are running from a Shiite militia or Shiites from a Sunni militia right now does not make them victims. The moment that their side's militia wins and begins slaughtering the other side, the oppressed will become the oppressors. Such shifts have already taken place countless times in this conflict. The refugees are not fleeing a dictator. They are fleeing each other while carrying the hateful ideologies that caused this bloodshed, with them. We are not taking in people fleeing the civil war. We are taking in their civil war."
The Historic Background
Islam gained its first foothold in Europe in 711 with the Umajjad conquests of Spain. They advanced into France, but in an epic battle near Tours, in 732, they were defeated by Charles Martell, the Hammer, and driven South, back across the Pyrenees Mountains. It took 800 years to free Spain from the grip of Islam. Islam entered Eastern and South Eastern Europe in the 13th Century. The Ottoman Empire crushed and oppressed Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Bosnia, Romania, Hungary, Greece and parts of Ukraine and Russia for centuries. In 1526, the Turks conquered Budapest and looted the city. They then enslaved 200,000 Hungarian Christians and dragged them back to Turkey as slaves. It is understandable that the East Europeans have been the most vocal in resisting this latest Islamic Refugee Trojan Horse invasion. Their countries suffered centuries of oppression and enslavement by the Muslim Turks.
Egyptians are Now a Minority
To understand what is at stake here one needs to consider the fate of Egypt and Byzantine. For many centuries Egypt was the greatest economic and military superpower in the world. However, in the 7th century, Egypt was conquered and colonised by Muslim Arabs. Today, the Egyptian Copts make up barely 12% of the total population and Christianity is a minority religion, in what for a thousand years had enjoyed a Christian majority. The Arabs have oppressed the Christian Copts for centuries.
Extermination in Turkey
For a thousand years, Byzantine was the greatest economic, military and political superpower in the world. Yet, on 29 May, A.D.1453, the greatest city in the world, Constantinople fell to the Muslim Turks who put the entire city to the sword, slaughtering tens of thousands of civilians, including 12,000 in the greatest Christian church in the world at that time, the Hagia Sophia. Today Constantinople is called Istanbul and what was a vibrant Christian civilisation, for over a millennium, is today called Turkey. Christians are a small, persecuted minority in Turkey. The Turks are the largest unreached people group in the world.
Demographics are Destiny
If anyone doubts that London could become Londinistan, that Europe could become Eurabia and America could become Ameristan, they have not considered what multiculturalism and mass Muslim migration did for Egypt and Turkey.
For 1000 years Christianity predominated in Northern Sudan. From the 6th Century to the 15th Century Christianity was the official religion of three Northern Christian kingdoms of Nubia, Alwa and Makuria (later Datawo). For 900 years the Black Christians of Sudan successfully resisted the southward expansion of Islam. It is an historic fact that the Christian kingdoms of Northern Sudan did not fall militarily, but through the continuous migration of Arab traders and merchants into Sudan which eroded Christian civilisation as the influence of Islam increased. As Sudanese intermarried with Arabs, Muslims came to dominate the market places and trading routes. Christianity was exterminated in Northern Sudan. "Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the Lord? Because of this, the wrath of the Lord is upon you." 2 Chronicles 19:2
Trojan Horse Islamic Invasion
Muslims are invading countries all over the world under the guise of being "refugees" and simply "seeking peaceful asylum." However, Muslim jihadists are seizing the opportunity to plant their ideology in the West. Muslim radicals have a definitive plan to conquer the entire world. "We shall soon collect them in the name of the coming Caliphate. We will say to you: These are our sons. Receive them, or we will send our armies to you!" Another commentator observed: "This refugee crisis is a master ploy to sneak well trained ISIS terrorists disguised as refugees into Europe to start an insurgency in the cities of Europe. The main goal is to destabalise." A banner was unfolded on a German highway: "Your children will pray to Allah or die!"
Infiltrate for Caliphate
The Islamic State has published a document entitled Libya: The Strategic Gateway for the Islamic State. In this publication I.S. exhorts Muslims to go to Libya and to cross from there as refugees into Europe. The publication informs refugees that weapons from Gadhafi's arsenal are plentiful and easy to obtain in Libya and that the country has a long coast and looks upon the "Southern Crusader states", which "can be reached with ease by even a rudimentary boat." ISIS has claimed that they have already infiltrated over 20,000 of their jihadists into Europe so far this year.
Saudi Aim to Islamise Germany
Saudi Arabia has offered to help by building 200 mosques in Germany. However, they have not been willing to receive any refugees themselves, nor are they offering any food, shelter, medicine, or jobs for these migrants. Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, all close to war-ravaged Syria, are not yet willing to house any of the Syrian refugees fleeing the conflict which they themselves are sponsoring.
Artificial Manufactured Migration
Zsolt Bayer, a politician in Hungary, declared: "There are all kinds of weapons: traditional, chemical, and atomic. And now we see that there are also racial weapons. This is a weapon that they, the invisible hands, have employed against Europe… This is an artificial, manufactured, mass migration. And its goal is the final and irreversible transformation of Europe's ethnic and religious composition. Our leaders in Brussels want to destroy our Europe."
An Eyewitness Account
Kamil Bulonis, a Polish writer, observed on the Italian – Austrian border: "This huge mass of people…are absolute savages… vulgar, throwing bottles, shouting loudly ‘We want to go to Germany!'… They surrounded a car of an elderly Italian woman, pulled her by her hair out of the car and wanted to drive away in the car. They tried to overturn the bus I travelled in myself with a group of others. They were throwing faeces at us, banging on the doors to force the driver to open them, spat at the windscreen… among the refugees there were virtually no women, no children – the vast majority were aggressive young men… cars arrived with humanitarian aid – mainly food and water and they were just overturning those cars… they opened the luggage hatches of a French bus – and everything that was inside was stolen within a short time…never in my life have I seen such scenes and this is just the beginning…" "These are the nations the Lord left to test all those Israelites who had not experienced any of the wars in Canaan (He did this only to teach warfare to the descendants of the Israelites who had not had previous battle experience)… They were left to test the Israelites to see if they would obey the Lord's commands …" Judges 3:1-2
Reformation or Islamisation
Europe is in danger to falling to Islam. There is an urgent and serious need for a new Biblical Reformation and a fresh spiritual Revival. Only Christianity – true Biblical Christianity – can defeat radical Islam. Secular humanism and hedonism are no match for Islamic jihad.
By rejecting Christianity, Europe is committing spiritual suicide. By embracing secular humanism and welcoming Islamic immigration, Europe is committing cultural and economic suicide. By inter-marrying with Muslims and building mosques and madrassas throughout the continent, Europe is betraying future generations to bondage. By rejecting God's Law, Europe may soon fall under Islamic Shari'a law.
Ignorance is Catastrophic
Those who forget the lessons of history are doomed to repeat its failures. Guilt manipulation and indoctrination have neutralised Europe. We need to re-discover our history. As Karl Marx declared: "The first battle field is the re-writing of history." As Alexandr Solzhenitsyn declared, of Russia, in 1917: "We forgot God!" "Another generation grew up who knew neither the Lord nor what He had done…they provoked the Lord to anger." Judges 2:10-11
Aborting their Future
Secularism, humanism, heathenism and hedonism have gutted Europe – morally, spiritually and ethically – making her vulnerable to an Islamic takeover. By aborting her babies, Europe is aborting her future. By secularising her schools, Europe is condemning her youth. By paganising her populations, Europe has perverted her society. By importing millions of Muslim migrants, Europe is committing demographic suicide.
A Balanced Perspective
There are two extremes that we need to guard against: there are those who refuse to see the crisis. They say there is no problem! Then there are those who panic and say there is no hope! Both of these extremes are false. We must recognise the problems – honestly and soberly. Man is depraved and in rebellion to God and His Word. Sin inevitably reaps tremendous trouble. But we must also recognise that God is Sovereign and Almighty. There is power in prayer. The Gospel is the power of God for the salvation of all who believe. How can any Christian say there is no hope?
We must wake up to the urgent and serious crisis. Most churches are asleep, or in apostasy. The world is rushing on its way to hell. Our prayer meetings are sparsely attended and lacking in fire and fervour. Most Evangelical churches engage in little, or no Evangelism. Missionary vision is weak and much that is done in the name of missions has little to do with fulfilling the Great Commission. We need to make disciples of all nations, teaching obedience to all things that the Lord has commanded. We need to understand Islam and we need to evangelise Muslims.
Fight the Good Fight of Faith
God has not given us a spirit of fear – but of power and of love and of a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).
Europe must be won back to Christ. Europe needs a Biblical Reformation and a Spiritual Revival.
Europe for Christ!
"Restore us, Oh God Almighty, make Your face shine upon us, that we may be saved." Psalm 80:7
It is either God's Law or Shari'a law.
Christianity or Islam.
Reformation or Islamisation.
"Will You not revive us again that Your people will rejoice in You?" Psalm 85:6
Dr. Peter Hammond
P.O. Box 74 Newlands 7725
Cape Town South Africa
See also: A Christian Response to the Refugee Crisis
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