Canon Andrew White: Four Young Christians Chose Death over Conversion to Islam
Carrie DedrickReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2014 Dec 02
Canon Andrew White, the so-called Vicar of Baghdad has released a new update on Iraqi Christians as ISIS extremists control parts of the country.
White said that four young Christians were recently killed by ISIS after the militants demanded that they convert to Islam.
"Islamic State turned up and said to the children, you say the words that you will follow Mohammed. The children, all under 15, four of them, said no, we love Yesua (Jesus), we have always loved Yesua, we have always followed Yesua, Yesua has always been with us. They said, 'Say the words.' They said, 'No, we can't.' They chopped all their heads off. How do you respond to that? You just cry,” White said.
Another Iraqi Christian reportedly claimed he converted to Islam to save his children from death.
White said, “They came to one of our people the other day, one of the Christians. They said to one man, an adult, 'Either you say the words of conversion to Islam or we kill all your children." He was desperate, he said the words. And then he phoned, me and said, 'Abouna [Father], I said the words, does that mean that Yesua [Jesus] doesn't love me any more?' I said, 'Yesua still loves you, he will always loves you.'"
White is no longer living in Iraq, as the Archbishop of Canterbury insisted that he leave the nation for his own safety.
Publication date: December 2, 2014