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    Muslim converts breathe new life into Europe’s struggling Christian churches

    Christianity is making a comeback in Europe – and it’s mostly thanks to Muslims, say experts in Islam and faith leaders.

    A soaring number of Muslims, many of them refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, are converting to Christianity, breathing new life into Europe’s once floundering Christian churches. The Muslims are flocking to various Christian denominations, experts said, including becoming Protestants, evangelical or Catholic.

    As many parts of Europe are becoming more secular and houses of worship are seeing congregants leave in droves, it is Muslim converts who are reviving struggling Christian churches.

    "European churches have struggled for decades to share the gospel with modern secular Europeans,” Matthew Kaemingk, a professor at the Fuller Theological Seminary in Seattle, told Fox News. “They have found Muslim immigrants to be much more open to the message of Christianity."

    Kaemingk, who has done research focused on Christian responses to Muslim immigration in the Netherlands, and has written a book titled “Christian Hospitality and Muslim Immigration in an Age of Fear” thatwill be published this fall, said secular Europeans rarely sense a deep need for the type of healing and salvation the church offers.

    “Europeans are wealthy, comfortable, healthy, and powerful,” Kaemingk said. “In short, they don't think they need God.”

    But, he added, Muslim immigrants are quite the opposite – they are intensely spiritual. But they are leaving their own religion for a variety of reasons.

    Some Muslim refugees settling in European counties may be converting on the assumption that their odds for obtaining political asylum will improve if they are Christian, according to the Guardian. Others may have had an earlier interest in converting but were unable to do so while they lived in the Middle East, where conversions are often prohibited and could make the family a target. Some jihadist groups, including ISIS, target Christians for murder in such countries as Syria and Iraq.

    Others are turning to Christianity to assimilate in their new country.

    “The average Muslim newcomer in Europe experiences a tremendous amount of societal pressure. They experience racism, poverty, exclusion, discrimination, language and cultural barriers, and a deep sense of displacement,” Kaemingk said. “Their sense of homelessness is not only geographical, it is spiritual. Churches who offer these Muslims real and meaningful hospitality are seeing some surprising results."

    Germany received nearly 900,000 asylum seekers in 2016; the majority was from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, according to published reports. Churches in Berlin and Hamburg were faced with so many asylum seekers wanting to convert that they held baptisms in municipal swimming pools.

    The increasing number of asylum seekers in Germany prompted the nation’s evangelical church leaders to issue a handbook on baptizing the converts, reported The Independent.
    Muslim converts breathe new life into Europe’s struggling Christian churches | Fox News

    If the US was willing to accept more refugees perhaps American churches would experience the same kind of renewal.
    Clyde Herrin's Blog

    #2
    After all what they had been through in Islamic countries, I am sure converting is an option they would want because of the oppression they got. I know there are Muslims in the middle east who wanted to leave Islam but they can't because it is punishable by death. It is funny how many Atheists claims Christianity is dying but God always finds a way to make the Church grow. These people converted because of the love and acceptance they experienced not because of they have guns pointed at them.
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      #3
      Yes, we do have a lot of new ex-muslim christians in Germany. Most of them are so wounded with horror and crimes muslim "brothers" like IS did to them that they are leaving Islam and searching ...
      if lucky, they find christians welcoming them and they find to Christ. If unlucky, they end up in mosques ... their members are busy fishing out there, too :( !

      A lot of German christians are deeply, deeply afraid of all those "dark strangers", what is very sad, because people are really searching!

      We have a little (very little) love-and-missionary work, originally meant to serve people in need, mostly homeless and families with little money. But 2015 we got swept with refugees. We made room for 6 alone-travelling female refugees (last ones in food chain) to give them a save shelter.
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        #4
        Originally posted by theophilus View Post
        If the US was willing to accept more refugees perhaps American churches would experience the same kind of renewal.
        Not without proper vetting.

        God bless,
        William
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          #5
          Praise God! Baptisms in municipal pools wow. At the same time, wealthy Germans not attending church as often as they used to, is concerning. "The love of money is the root of all kinds of evils..." 1 Timothy 6:10.
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            #6
            It is indeed very difficult to reach Germans *not soft at heart*. There are some wealthy ones doing a lot of good, but most times they carefully keep out of the public. Being a christian is not so well looked at in Germany. People believe believing should be private, not to be carried on the outside.
            2017 is pretty cool btw, 500 years Luther gives one a nice free hand to share the gospel. We have an extra holiday, so no one can miss.
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              #7
              Originally posted by LittleRedRidinghood View Post
              It is indeed very difficult to reach Germans *not soft at heart*.
              I wouldn't say that is necessarily an unique German issue. That is one of the signs of the natural man - Ezekiel 36:25-27.

              Originally posted by LittleRedRidinghood View Post
              People believe believing should be private, not to be carried on the outside.
              That is exactly what is occurring in America. The church had been silenced through tax laws as a non profit organization cannot support a candidate - until recently, once again American churches may engage in the political arena without fear of consequence. Let America's conscience be heard again!

              One of the first things "liberals" did under Obama (most hostile president towards Christianity in America's history) was push it back behind closed doors. Any preaching from Scripture about abortion or homosexuality was deemed shaming and hate speech. Some cities went as far as ordering churches to submit their sermons to a city council.

              God bless,
              William

              P.S. Glad to learn your perspective from a sister in Germany first hand.
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                #8
                Oh? Obama was presented as best president the US ever had. Tsss. Glad to learn your perspective from a brother in the USA first hand ;) . ( Not kidding. Really.)

                What about health care? This is something we Germans don`t get at all. Public health care is great!
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                  #9
                  Originally posted by LittleRedRidinghood View Post
                  Oh? Obama was presented as best president the US ever had. Tsss. Glad to learn your perspective from a brother in the USA first hand ;) . ( Not kidding. Really.)

                  What about health care? This is something we Germans don`t get at all. Public health care is great!
                  Nobody could be denied health care in the past here in America. Only the financial responsibility has now been put on the shoulders of the tax payer. Me personally, I don't have a problem with universal healthcare coverage for all Americans. What I do have a problem with is suggesting that health care is free. It comes with consequence. As is now, because of Obama, our health care system is in shambles. Insurance companies are dropping out left and right as it is no longer profitable for them business wise. Not to mention, the State is considered by liberals to be a charity organization where under compulsion they think the avg citizen fulfills their charity obligation as a Christian. As you probably know, giving out of compulsion strips the virtue from the transaction under threat of imprisonment. People are not giving from moral obligation or a good heart, God judges a person's motive and intent, and wishes for a cheerful giver. Charity organizations are supposed to help others, not the government as the charity organizations actually have far stricter guidelines. For example, a rich person here may choose not to buy coverage, but instead elect to pay the penalty. They wait until diagnosed with a condition, then they rely on the now law where insurance companies cannot deny someone for prior conditions. This goes against what insurance is for. In addition, such things as obesity and poor diet (lifestyle choices) are no longer the responsibility of the avg citizen, instead their poor life styles are now burdening the tax payer, raising our premiums where some states are seeing a 100% increase.

                  The main issue I have with our "free" health care system is that liberals have tied abortion into it. Paying our taxes now means we support abortion providers. This goes against our First Amendment right to practice our faith in good conscience.

                  Republicans have recently repealed the health care system and are planning to revamp it. They are actually going through the proper channel now by going through Congress. It is my prayer that the system they provide will make a difference for our "CITIZENS".

                  On another note, our "free health care system" pays for sex change operations etc. Obama shoved through the Obamacare by executive order, it is failing and will soon collapse under its own weight. Republicans could have been vindictive and allowed that, but we have many patriots that actually care about our citizens.

                  The list goes on and on..... but this is no surprise considering Obama's socialist agenda, having writ of his father in his book Dreams of my Father where he stated that the State may tax its citizen 100% of their income as long as it provides equal benefits to its citizens. In other words, the system or socialism is idea as long as they don't run out of other people's money, they'll be the first to give someone else' shirt off their back to help another, but they themselves will not give. It is nothing more than the redistribution of wealth which does not work, because people will not work as hard for others as they work for themselves.

                  God bless,
                  William
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                    #10
                    Ok, one big difference is that you can`t join an insurance when already diagnosed. You`re in it as soon as you start working & earning money or are officially listed as looking for employment with a local "Jobcenter".
                    Germany`s scientists are not allowed to take fertilized ovocytes to research. Abortion is allowed under strict rules (I am against abortion).
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                      #11
                      Now if they can only convert the Atheists. I hope Christian churches will try to convert more of these Muslim refugees to make up from the dwindling Christian population due to couples refusing to have children even if the government offers them financial assistance.

                      I think converting refugees will help to lessen the Islamic takeover threat happening. I found a video about this news. I hope Churches in Sweden will succeed too because they need it the most.

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                        #12
                        I'm a bit sceptical of all the Muslims who apparently are converting / reviving the churches. I'm more willing to believe that 'sleeper cells' of Muslims are claiming conversion to gain confidence of the 'infidels' and 'all of a sudden'. Maybe we Should be realizing that it's the Holy Spirit that does the 'converting' and not the Christian churches.

                        These are indeed strange times in history.
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                          #13
                          Some of them have that intention but according to the pastors and priest they had a change of heart and they even baptized their children. I think these people had enough of living in a Muslim country so they abandoned Islam altogether. They will be killed on their countries with what they did and many of them got disowned by family and friends. Based from what I saw converts are more faithful than many born Christians who got consumed by secularism.
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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Sparky View Post
                            Some of them have that intention but according to the pastors and priest they had a change of heart and they even baptized their children. I think these people had enough of living in a Muslim country so they abandoned Islam altogether. They will be killed on their countries with what they did and many of them got disowned by family and friends. Based from what I saw converts are more faithful than many born Christians who got consumed by secularism.
                            You've got some good points. Christ Does change a person from the inside out. People don't fake conversion for long.

                            Yes, we're a bit spoiled in this country. And, yes, they Would be.
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