Christians in the United States of America are facing high-level threats of extinction, as new reports claim that as many as 15,000 Americans are on various “kill lists” released by the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist organisation.
Image shows a group of worshipers in a church.
The worst part of this threat is, some churches who are likely victims of the potential terror attack aren’t yet aware that they’ve been marked for death, though the FBI have notified a few, Christian Today reported.
According to the report, Michael Synder who writes for Charisma News, said: “Some of those who are in the kill lists have been notified by the FBI.
“However, many have not received FBI notification and are unaware that they have been marked for death.
“Since the lists are not publicly available, Americans would not know whether their names are on the kill lists.”
It adds that the named 15,000 American citizens on various kill lists are from places such as New York, Texas, Florida and California–some are said to be celebrities, too.
Circa News was able to obtain samples of the kill lists and found out that of the 24 people marked for death whom they contacted in Texas, 22 of them did not know they were on such a list.
Synder says last week, he was contacted by someone who told him that the FBI had informed him that he and his wife were on the ISIS kill lists–including the church pastor.
The question at this moment becomes, how did the terror group get to know the names of churches, members, pastors, locations or even residential addresses?
ISIS, probably have pictures of these terror targets in the “kill lists”, and may not be making empty threats.
With the level of violence meted out on innocent people around the world–from Brussels, Paris, and Germany–taking the terror group’s warning for granted would be foolhardy.
At a very low point in David’s life he wrote: “I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” (Psalm 34:1)
The US church member who’s wife is also on ISIS’ death list, wrote:
My wife and I … were contacted by the FBI this week. We are on a ISIS terrorist kill list and they wanted to inform us. So is my pastor. It appears a Muslim group is trolling the internet and getting church directories and posting names for anyone to kill. Quite frightening. I have talked to the ***** *** FBI Office numerous times now and they say they do not have suspects but this appears to be a new tactic. Be diligent but go about you normal life. They advised that the threat could be low – but tell that to the widows of all the slain police officers nationwide.
The report shows these terrorists are internet savvy, and are making best use of it. They pulled their information from online church directories but it’s yet unknown whether they’ll make real their threats. At this moment, the risks could be either high or low.
In the past, ISIS issued such threats after it released a well documented death list of 70 serving and retired US Security Personnel.
Michael wrote: The Islamic State’s release on July 3 of a new “kill list” prompted U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials to brief American Jewish leaders on the possible threat of terrorism to prominent Jewish figures and synagogues. The latest ISIS statement is not the first “ISIS kill list” to target American citizens. News of one broke in early June on the site Vocativ, which reported on a list published online which targeted over 8,000 Americans—including Hollywood celebrities and Silicon Valley executives.
A church is a place of worship, not a killing ground for disrespectful jihadists who claim to know God but clearly are ignorant. How does one preach peace with violence?
As advised by the FBI, it’s time for people, especially Christians in the US, to take their security more seriously no matter where they are.
A recent report confirms that a 21-year-old Islamic radical who had purchased a gun, admitted to the police after arrest, that he planned to go into a Detroit megachurch and start shooting people inside on a Sunday morning.
After his arraignment in court, the suspect told authorities that since he could not do his jihad in the Middle East, he intended to “do my jihad over here.”
Abu-Rayyan [the jihadist] said, according to court records: “I tried to shoot up a church one day.”
“I don’t know the name of it, but it’s close to my job. It’s one of the biggest ones in Detroit. Ya, I had it planned out. I bought a bunch of bullets. I practiced a lot with it. I practiced reloading and unloading. But my dad searched my car one day, and he found everything. He found the gun and the bullets and a mask I was going to wear.”
He confessed to an FBI employee that the shooting would have made headlines around the world for one particular reason.
“A lot of people go there. Plus people are not allowed to carry guns in church,” the affidavit quotes him as saying. “Plus it would make the news. Everybody would’ve heard. Honestly I regret not doing it. (If I) can’t go do jihad at the Middle East, I would do my jihad over here.”
Imagine what would have happened in that megachurch somewhere in Detroit with over 6,000 worshipers, if this young man had successfully carried out his threat. This brings to question the gun control politics which has remained a complicated legal topic in the U.S.
How many of these jihadists are still out there roaming the streets and waiting to strike when we least expect? Is it really impossible to stop them before they strike? And, do we know who they are?
One thing we can only say at this point is, “thanks be to God” for the lives saved by those vigilant security officers, especially Abu-Rayyan’s father who didn’t let family blood becloud his judgement on morality and religion.
These good deeds by a Muslim father and the police, may go unnoticed by a public that’s guilty of racial profiling and having a generalized opinion on the U.S. police.
Trust in the lord, do good deeds and pray to your heavenly father. God will surely watch over you.