By Dr. Roy Rosedale
In a video showing the execution of 28 Ethiopian Christians, the militant Sunni terrorist group Islamic State (IS) says persecution of Christians is fundamental to Islam. The video warns that if Christians in the Middle East and elsewhere refuse Islam, they also will be slain. An IS spokesman gives Christians three options—convert to Islam, submit to the rule of Islam and pay the jizya (tribute), or be killed.
“We say to Christians everywhere, the Islamic State will expand, with Allah’s permission,” the spokesman said. “And it will reach you even if you are in fortified strongholds. So whoever enters Islam will have security, and who ever accepts the Dhimmah contract will have security. But whoever refuses will see nothing from us but the edge of a spear. The men will be killed and the children will be enslaved, and their wealth will be taken as booty, this is the judgment of Allah and his messenger.
The statement comes after the execution of 28 men identified by IS as “he worshipers of the cross belonging to the hostile Ethiopian church.”
Taken from “Church Around the World”.