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With YouTube videos circulating of Muslim converts having their heads sawed off by radical Islamists after recanting their faith in Christ, photos are also emerging that are too graphic to share online.
Canon Andrew White, the vicar of Baghdad, explained on his Facebook page that he is seeing images "too awful to show" as he ministers in Iraq.
"You know I love to show photos, but the photo I was sent today was the most awful I have ever seen. A family of 8 all shot through the face lying in a pool of blood with their Bible open on the couch," he wrote on his Facebook page.
"They would not convert; it cost them there [sic] life. I thought of asking if anybody wanted to see the picture but it is just too awful to show to anybody. This is Iraq today. The only hope and consolation is that all these dear people are now all with Yeshua in glory."
White is talking about images related to the persecution of Christians from Islamic extremists working to bring in the caliphate. The head of Iraq's largest church has said the Islamic State is worse than Genghis Khan.
It's important to note that not all Muslims are bent on killing Christians. In fact, some are standing in the line of fire. Charisma News recently reported on a Muslim professor who defended Iraqi Christians to his own demise.
"Many other Muslims also are standing up against the brutality and intolerance of ISIS," Charisma's Mark Andrews reports. "They have launched the 'I am Iraqi, I am Christian' campaign in response to the letter N's written on the walls of Christian homes in Mosul. On Sunday, some of them turned up outside the Chaldean Church of St. George in Baghdad, with a banner displaying the slogan and posted a picture on Facebook."
Let's continue to pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters in Iraq and other parts of the world—and for radical Muslims to have a radical encounter with Christ.
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