New Group is ‘Much More Dangerous’ Than ISIS

A terrorist group you’ve probably never heard of may be the greatest threat America faces.

A new report on threats to America has been issued by the American Enterprise Institute and the Institute for the Study of War. It claims that Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian branch of al Qaeda, is “much more dangerous to the U.S. than the ISIS model in the long run.” Why?

ISIS is alienating Muslims worldwide with its horrific executions, rapes, and forced allegiance to its ideology. Al-Nusra is following a more gradual strategy. It provides services to Syrians, builds strong relationships with local communities, and focuses primarily on fighting the al-Assad government.

According to Middle East expert Fred Kagan, the group is “quietly intertwining itself with the Syrian population and Syrian opposition. . . . They are waiting in the wings to pick up the mantle of global jihad once ISIS falls.”

As a result, defeating ISIS will not defeat Islamist terrorism. A recent report listed eighty-three different Islamist groups it classified as “terrorist organizations.” We are waging a generational conflict with a movement passionately committed to global conquest. (For more, please read my white paper, Is Islam a Religion of Violence or Peace?)

To defeat your adversary, you must be more committed to victory than your opponent. This principle is true in politics, athletics, and business, as well as in war.

The same is true spiritually. Early Christianity spread quickly because early Christians were passionately committed to the cause of Christ. Jesus was clear: “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23). The first believers were willing to live—and die—for Jesus. And millions were drawn to the Lord they loved and served so passionately.

Now Jesus is calling us to follow him as sacrificially as those who first called him Lord. God is grieved when Muslims die for a lie while Christians sit on the sidelines of this spiritual battle.

Take a moment right now to surrender your day to Jesus. Choose to be “crucified with Christ” (Galatians 2:20). Put him in charge of your plans, opportunities, and challenges. Tell him you will do whatever it takes, whatever he asks, whatever the cost. Decide you will live for the Savior who died for you.

ISIS and other terrorist groups will pay any price to spread their message of hate. What price will you pay to spread Jesus’ message of love?

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Muslim Mob Kills Christian Mother in Uganda for Converting to Christianity

BY ANUGRAH KUMAR

A mob of unidentified Muslims in eastern Uganda beat a Christian woman to death, saying her family hadn’t heeded their warning against converting to Christianity from Islam and preaching the Gospel. Her brother-in-law was killed a month ago for the same reason.

The victim, identified as Mamwikomba Mwanika, the mother of eight, was dragged from her home in Kalampete village in Kibuku District and hacked to death last week, according to Morning Star News.

 The mob arrived in the night and asked for her husband, also a convert, and told her, “Your husband has followed the religion of his brother, and we had warned you people to stop these activities, but our message has landed on deaf ears.”

Mwanika’s husband, George Mwanika, was not home at the time. His brother, Samson Nfunyeku, was killed in the same village last month for debating with Islamic scholars.

The mother’s failure to produce her husband angered the mob, and they “dragged our mother outside the house as she screamed and cried for help,” her 13-year-old child was quoted as saying.

When her husband arrived soon thereafter, the family and neighbors looked out for her, and found her in a pool of blood about 100 meters away. She was apparently still alive at the time, according to George Mwanika.

However, she died before reaching the hospital.

“I know that the attackers are looking for me,” Mwanika was quoted as saying. “We are seeking God’s protection and His peace. May God give me the courage to continue sharing the love of Christ to those who are lost, as Jesus said we should love our enemies.”

While the majority of the people in Uganda are Christian, some eastern parts are dominated by Muslims, some of whom are extremists. Roughly 12 percent of this East African country’s population of about 36 million is Muslim, mostly Sunni.

At least one Christian woman was gang raped and another Christian mother was poisoned and killed in eastern Uganda earlier this year. Murder of and attacks on converts are not uncommon in the region.

Five madrassas in the country were shut down over allegations they are training students to become extremists, The Associated Press reported in March.

Authorities in Uganda have warned of a growing threat of home-grown Islamist extremism, which is seen as a reaction to Uganda’s military involvement in Somalia, where Ugandan forces are part of an African Union force fighting terrorists from the al-Shabab terror group.
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