The caliphate, or a worldwide Islamic kingdom and rule on earth is the ultimate goal of ISIS. This is the reason for its violent extremism that seeks to dominate the world using political and military strength. Already over 1.6 million Syrians (mostly Christians) have been kicked out of their homeland of Syria by ISIS. Recently, ISIS captured Assyrian Christians and tried to convert them to Islam through force (read full article here), reports the Christian Post. My heart cries out to these Christian bros. and sisters of Syria.
Two of the 200-plus Assyrian hostages kidnapped by the Islamic State during an assault on Christian villages along Syria’s Khabur River in February have provided insight into their abduction in recent interviews where one revealed that the ISIS militants tried to force the Christian hostages to convert to Islam, but the captives boldly refused.
On Feb. 23, the terrorist group raided approximately 35 different Christian villages in the Hasakah province and abducted somewhere between 263 to 373 men, women and children, according to the Assyrian International News Agency. But about a week after the raids, ISIS released a handful of hostages on March 1.
Since it is ISIS’s goal of forming a worldwide caliphate (Islamic kingdom), shouldn’t we all have something to fear? What’s the solution–use of force in self-defense or evangelism?