Christian Missionaries Crucified by ISIS After Refusing to Deny Christ

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Photo Credit: Menendj

Ten Christian missionaries and a 12-year-old boy lost their lives in August after they were executed by the barbaric Islamic group ISIS because they refused to deny Christ.

Christian Aid Mission (CAM) reports that on Aug. 7th, the indigenous missionaries were captured near Aleppo, Syria after rejecting advice by their ministry director to leave  the area due to violence. The men chose to stay to share the gospel with those suffering from the ISIS insurgency.

“Every time we talked to them, they were always saying, ‘We want to stay here. This is what God has told us to do. This is what we want to do,'” the unidentified director told CAM. “They just wanted to stay and share the gospel.”

The director later learned of the plight of missionaries from relatives who had been in hiding. He states that on Aug. 28, two of the men were pressured to renounce Christ and return to Islam. They refused.

“In front of the team leader and relatives in the crowd, the Islamic extremists cut off the fingertips of the boy and severely beat him, telling his father they would stop the torture only if he, the father, returned to Islam,” the ministry reports. “When the team leader refused, relatives said, the ISIS militants also tortured and beat him and the two other ministry workers. The three men and the boy then met their deaths in crucifixion.”

The men and boy were left hanging on the crosses for two days with signs hanging overhead that read “Infidels.”

The same day, eight others were brought out before a crowd of witnesses and also asked if they would renounce Christianity. When they explained that they were there to share God’s love with the people, two women missionaries were raped publicly.

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All eight were then beheaded.

“Villagers said some were praying in the name of Jesus, others said some were praying the Lord’s prayer, and others said some of them lifted their heads to commend their spirits to Jesus,” the ministry director relayed to CAM. “One of the women looked up and seemed to be almost smiling as she said, ‘Jesus!'”

Their headless bodies were hung on crosses.

As previously reported, ISIS has targeted those who profess Christ, executing 30 Ethiopian “followers of the cross” in April.

“You will not have safety, even in your dreams, until you accept Islam,” the fighter, who resembles “Jihadi John,” threatened. “Our battle is a battle between faith and blasphemy, between truth and falsehood.”

In February, 21 Egyptians were also marched to their death and beheaded.

“All crusaders: safety for you will be only wishes, especially if you are fighting us all together,” the ISIS fighter declared. “The sea you have hidden Sheikh Osama Bin Laden’s body in, we swear to Allah we will mix it with your blood.”


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  • Joshua Krug

    They sound too proud; proud in their boasting.

    • http://www.Yahoo.com Bastian Balthazar Bux

      Who, ISIS? They sure do.

      • Joshua Krug

        Safety will only be wishes? As if we weren’t in peril every day, anyhow. I don’t think there have anywhere near the power or authority they think they have to do these things.

        • http://www.Yahoo.com Bastian Balthazar Bux

          Their power and authority comes from Satan so therefore they shall eventually be defeated, or more hopefully, saved through Jesus.

          • Joshua Krug

            Wow, man, that was a great reply. Thank you for that.

  • Marty Conomos

    The most frightening aspect of these atrocities is the ignorance of the Christian population and their inability to believe that these cultures still exist even when it’s happening right in front of them. They can not wrap their head around the fact that there is actually a cult in existence that means to exterminate them. I have never seen such a intense case of denial. Even at the expense of their families future they continue to bury their heads in the sand on this issue.

    • Dave_L

      WWJD?

      • US-27

        Would get a gun, grenades, and get to work!

        • Dave_L

          Any Scripture references?

          • US-27

            nah…just made that up. Was meant as a toungue-in-cheek, rather than a theological argument.

          • http://www.bing.com/ Martin Smit

            Luke 22:36: And let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one. For I tell you that this Scripture must be fulfilled in me: ‘And he was numbered with the transgressors.’ For what is written about me has its fulfillment.”

          • Dave_L

            Two daggers and 12 guys? Sounds like all the makins’ of a real rumble.

            “And they said, Lord, behold, here are two swords. And he said unto them, It is enough.” (Luke 22:38)

            Greek = a relatively short sword or other sharp instrument, sword, dagger

            Arndt, W., Danker, F. W., & Bauer, W. (2000). A Greek-English lexicon of the New Testament and other early Christian literature (3rd ed., p. 622). Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

            The swords were basically daggers and probably for protection against animals since Jesus had already rebuked one disciple for using his sword on an enemy.

            “Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.” (Matthew 26:52)

          • http://www.bing.com/ Martin Smit

            So no grenades, you say.

          • Dave_L

            No hostile violence allowed if you follow Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount. You cannot be a Christian and reject the Sermon on the Mount.

            “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: for he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.” (2 John 9–11)

          • http://www.bing.com/ Martin Smit

            Your rejection of hostile violence transgresses and goes beyond the doctrine of Christ, who personally and violently emptied the temple. This same Jesus was numbered with the transgressors, and for that reason said to carry a sword. To line up your children for slaughter is not turning the other cheek – it is the result of not having a ready sword. The doctrine you bring is called “pacifism”, and I will not partake of it. Please don’t visit.

          • Dave_L

            You are not a Christian if you do not practice the Sermon on the Mount in your daily life, in all situations.

            “And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” (Luke 6:46)

          • http://www.bing.com/ Martin Smit

            These were made martyrs because they were first disarmed by wicked men. You put yourself on the side of this disarming. If we should follow him to the cross, why not follow him also in contending with the wicked? None of his words will pass away, including those not in the sermon on the mount.

          • Dave_L

            How does your position fit compared to the teaching of Christ in the Sermon on the Mount? I believe the martyrs at Roseburg were some of the best examples of the modern era for following the example of Christ. Please do not discredit them for living Jesus’ example.

          • http://www.bing.com/ Martin Smit

            This article is about Syria, not Roseburg nor your selective reading.

          • Dave_L

            Sorry, but the truth remains, in both cases the martyrs lived and died according to the teachings of Christ. And my question to you remains unanswered. I must stress however, you cannot bear arms and follow Jesus,

            “Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.” (Matthew 26:52)

          • http://www.bing.com/ Martin Smit

            “Put away your sword,” said Jesus. “Throw away your sword,” said Dave_L, stressing his own words, his own questions.

          • soupernova

            If you saw a woman.about to be killed by her boyfriend and you saw fear in her eyes. And you could save her life but you would have to use force.Not to kill him but to knock him out.According to “Dave_L” If you did so than you are not a Christian.But if you would turn your cheek and walk away. That would make you a Christian.But here is something to think about, lets say she is an unbeliever and she dies in her rejection and enters eternity.
            The question is this do you think Dave_L is right? Would Christ want this woman to die in her unbelief or would Christ want you to defend her life? According to Dave_L as a Christian you can not defend yourself or defend someone else. Something is not right about him.
            He acts like he has authority over Christians and is able to tell them they are not Christians.

          • Dave_L

            Jesus once and for all time forbids Christians bearing arms against people, including enemies. You cannot get around this.

      • Joshua Krug

        He sits in heaven waiting.

        • Dave_L

          What would he do in the Situation, or expect His followers to do?

          • Joshua Krug

            Trust in God to subdue his enemy.

          • Dave_L

            Subdue his enemy? Please post New Testament Scripture to back up your position.

          • Joshua Krug

            What he expects from us is to love each other.

          • Joshua Krug

            You supply it.

          • Dave_L

            Let me ask. Do you mean the person will trust God to subdue his enemy for him? Or trust that God would honor your attempts to subdue your enemy? What you mean isn’t clear to me. If you use hostile force against your enemy, you are sinning as a Christian. This is why I ask.

          • Joshua Krug

            I’m not sure someone outside Christianity could convict a Christian of sin.

          • Dave_L

            No, but God certainly does when we willfully disobey Him.

          • Cordelia Lynn Bowling Cosentin

            Jesus, after being betrayed by Judas, quietly went with His captures, but not after telling Peter to put down the sword that he used to cut off the ear of the slave of the high priest. Jesus reminded Peter that he who lives by the sword will die by the sword.

  • Tim

    This is an example of the power of Christ. There will come a day when all of these ruthless men will stand before Christ in judgement to re-live their lives in front of him, and then live the torture they applied to innocent people which Christ says will be for an eternity. The faith by which these brave people lived their lives should be an example that at any moment in time we may have to stand for our faith as Christians. Be ready. Jesus told us these days would come but that we are through him the most blessed when Jesus said “The best gift a man can give is his life for his friends” Together as believers in Christ we are Jesus Christ’s friend and this life should be cherished and yet understood that our true home is with Jesus Christ and being the example that these people gave for those they ministered to is an example to all people. ISIS needs to understand that taking a life of a Christian empowers all Christians to stand up against them and show them that we are the stronger of the two.

  • trurl

    “Our battle is a battle between faith and blasphemy, between truth and falsehood.”-They’ve got that right but they are the blasphemers and the followers of lies. Hell awaits them, one and all, unless they turn to the only way out…JESUS CHRIST!

  • ralph

    maybe we need a CHRISTIAN BROTHERHOOD STRONG AND ARMED TO COUNTER BALANCE THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD AND THESE BARBARIANS ?

    • Dave_L

      It doesn’t work that way. Take a good look at the martyrs and how they handled their killers. This is precisely what Jesus calls us to do. Hostile violence – never. What you see in this article is exactly what Jesus himself did, and all of the Apostles except John who refused to return evil for evil, but only good instead.

      Also our Roseburg martyrs still in the news gave us a tremendous example of preferring death to denying Christ, We’ve got some true heroes here.

      • ralph

        SORRY DAVE I KNOW WHERE YOU ARE COMING FROM AND I RESPECT THAT BUT I SAY MAKE THEM MARTYRS FOR THEIR GOD IF THAT’S WHAT THEY WANT I CHOSE TO PROTECT THE HELPLESS THE WOMEN AND CHILDREN MAYBE THAT IS OLD FASHIONED IN THIS DEPRAVED ERA OF ENLIGHTENMENT SO BE IT. A CHRISTIAN BROTHERHOOD NOT IN NAME ONLY………………………….

        • Ben

          John 18:36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm.”

          Romans 12: 19-21 Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God, for it is written, “VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY,” says the Lord. “BUT IF YOUR ENEMY IS HUNGRY, FEED HIM, AND IF HE IS THIRSTY, GIVE HIM A DRINK; FOR IN SO DOING YOU WILL HEAP BURNING COALS ON HIS HEAD.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

          • ralph

            Ben I am not talking about vengeance I am talking about self defense and to change it a bit we need a CHRISTIAN BROTHER AND SISTER HOOD AND NOT IN NAME ONLY TO DEFEND THE DEFENSELESS.

          • LadyFreeBird<In God I Trust

            Amen.

          • ralph

            how do you feel about an organization The Christian brother and sister hood ? what are your thoughts.

          • LadyFreeBird<In God I Trust

            As Christians we need to stick together.We are at a time that things are changing. I feel we need to ba able to defend ourselves .And defend those who can not.We are Brothers and Sisters in Christ. We need to try to reach out to the lost.

          • Dave_L

            Jesus is talking about turning the other cheek. Your view denies Christ and discredits all these martyrs lived and died for.

          • ralph

            because you are a mortal man tells me you are flawed i respect your point of view but history has taught us as well as today’s events that Jews and Christians are under attack the world wants a final solution for the Jews than the Christians. the women and children are being slaughtered for their religion I chose to protect them and when the lord calls me home i will let him be the judge.

          • Dave_L

            Are you suggesting violence? Should Jesus and the Apostles have fought back instead of turning the other cheek? Can a person be a Christian and use hostile violence against their enemy instead of love? Can a person even be a Christian and reject the Sermon on the Mount?

          • Jack

            So I guess everyone in the military that’s fought to keep us safe from these ruthless killers isn’t a Christian then huh Dave? And I suppose you, being a perfect man, have always followed Christ unconditionally never faltering once. David was a mighty warrior and known as “a man after God’s heart” so please don’t just lump together everyone that’s ever had a violent thought or acted on it because it was their job into the category of nonbelievers or non-Christians simply because they believe in fighting a real, physical, and spiritual battle here on Earth.

          • Dave_L

            You cannot live the Sermon on the Mount and kill your enemy. You cannot use the Old Testament to nullify the New. We are under an ethic of peace, not war or retaliation.

          • Jack

            Yea. Why don’t you go ahead and try sharing that opinion openly with anyone that’s ever served, known someone that’s served, or lost someone that served? You’ll be welcomed with open arms I’m sure and every Christian will most certainly agree with you. You could not have just made a more self-righteous claim than that and it sickens me to hear you condemn all the men and women that have fought and died to defend your right to make ludicrous statements such as that.

          • Dave_L

            Please produce Scriptural support where any Christian has died defending a nation of the world. We have always been their victims and never their defenders according to Scripture.

            “Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.” (John 18:36)

          • Jack

            Psalm 144:1-2
            Of David. Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle; he is my steadfast love and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield and he in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me.

            Ecclesiastes 3:8
            A time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.

            Romans 13:2-5
            2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. 4 For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience.

          • Dave_L

            We are no longer under the Old Testament war ethic. Romans does not call Christians to do anything but obey the Law. We are expected to disobey if the Magistrate over-steps their bounds.

          • Jack

            So now it’s for you to decide what ethics we are to derive from Scripture? And you may decide on your own when it’s appropriate to disobey the law or when, by your calculation, the government oversteps its bounds? Scripture does not say anything that backs what you’re suggesting

          • Dave_L

            Think about what you are saying. The ethics we derive from Scripture are based in the New Testament today. New Testament ethics are spelled out clearly in the Sermon on the Mount. Among them we are told not to return evil for evil. The State must return evil for evil or cease to exist. This means a Christian cannot become a Magistrate or become the extension of the Magistrate (Military or Police).

            Christians are to love and nurture their enemies. Again, the State only kills their enemies and would severely persecute Christians for loving them according to Christ. We are told to forgive. The State must not forgive but instead punish. This goes on and on. So as Christians, we must not become involved in the the State, but instead, remain in the sphere of the Kingdom of God showing our enemies only the love and mercy Christ requires from us.

          • Jack

            You literally just fabricated that entire monologue from your own opinions on how you think we should live and follow Christ. “All scripture

          • Dave_L

            Please post New Testament references that teach against the Sermon on the Mount, if what you say is true.

          • Jack

            When referencing the Sermon on the Mount you must be referencing Matt. 5:21-26 on Murder. Understand this, the justified killing as decreed by the Geneva Convention, which US Forces are required to follow, is not murder at all. It quite often prevents the unnecessary murder of innocent civilians that fall prey to the ruthless and savage enemy that we are fighting against. So I have no need to argue against the Sermon on the Mount as I have not supported anything against it in the first place.

        • Dave_L

          Please show how your view aligns with the Sermon on the Mount. You cannot call yourself a Christian and NOT follow Jesus unconditionally at all times.

          “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:” (2 John 9–10)

  • VivKay

    How can Christians “return to Islam” unless they converted in the first place? Islam is much more than a religion, and the masquerade must end. It’s a political, military and legal system, devoid of human rights, tolerance and any form of compassion. We assume that religions bring out the best in humanity, due to spirituality and worship. Islam is not a religion but the enemy of world peace and decency. “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but
    against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of
    this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the
    heavenly places”. (Ephesians 6:12)

  • The Last Trump

    Cutting the finger tips off of children in order to force their parents into accepting Islam! Imagine! If this is what you have to resort to in order to procure followers for Allah, you might be practicing the wrong religion.

    Christianity, on the other hand, promises us a life of hardship and persecution.
    And yet people flock to it in droves! With the assurance that the God we serve will see us through our trials and transform and develop our lives into refined examples of discipline, self control and endurance. While we respectfully and lovingly do unto others how we would have them do unto us. But Christianity is the religion the world loathes and despises today. Go figure.

    These martyrs were faithful to the very end; right before one woman was beheaded by the terror group, she appeared to be smiling slightly as she said, “Jesus!”
    Doesn’t surprise me in the slightest. Bravo, brothers and sisters in Christ! Bravo!
    You have fought the good fight. You have finished the race. And you have kept the faith. “Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.”
    2 Timothy 4:7

    • Brad Magyar

      This comment made me tear up. God is so good to us, even in the face of torture and crucifixion… it’s not even worth comparing to the glory which will be revealed to us in the Kingdom!

    • Becky

      Amen. Amen.

  • Reason2012

    And people continue to teach the lie that Islamists and Christians worship the same God. In the end we will all stand before God, including these evil men.

    “[Jesus said] And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.”
    Luke 12:4-5

    • http://www.bing.com/ Martin Smit

      Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and …

      • Becky

        Amen.

  • LadyFreeBird<In God I Trust

    I wish someone could stop ISIS. What they are doing is so evil. I know what one day God will stop all evil. To see this kind of evil is heart breaking. They have no respect or compassion for Human life, Children or Adult 🙁

  • OhSoGood

    Religion is the root of all evil.

  • LadyGreenEyes

    When the “god” they follow demands torture and death, it’s clear they follow the fallen one who thought he could be God.

  • soupernova

    This is very sad to hear.The way they hate Christians is horrible.

  • Teijo Kakkila

    Super Soakers filled with pig blood, anyone?

  • naijawatchman

    Truth is that satan is using USA to raise, train and equip all manner of terror organizations. The real threat is the one that raised, trained and equips them. Has anyone wondered who manufactures the weapons ISIS uses? Who sold it to them? There is even a worse evil going on in USA than Middle East. U.S. is fighting her own people through homosexuality/sodomy, LGBT, planned parenthood, satanic humanism/lesbianism, abortion, removal of Christian education, Hollywood/satanic entertainment industry, repackaging of witchcraft and dishing same out through the “big brother” television, sex education and humongous production/distribution of sex toys, etc. Whereas ISIS is decimating those they catch, U.S. is decimating families without catching but from a distance and through means that are not only appealing/deceptive but also rewarding. U.S., as the chief terror sponsoring nation on earth needs more prayers than any other nation. I am sorry if I am offending anyone. All you need to do is google what I am saying and decide for yourself. Someone raised, trained and equipped ISIS. Let us go after the root; ISIS is the fruit and not the root. When the root is destroyed, the tree that produces the fruit withers. This calls for wisdom.

  • Carole

    I don`t understand how ISIS can do these horrific acts on their fellow human beings!
    They must be be possessed with demonic spirits to be able to carry out these heinous crimes against humanity!