Christmas is less than 10 days away but Christians around the world should be on high alert following the terror threat that ISIS has issued to Christians around the world.
On Sunday, December 11, 2016, a deadly terrorist attack ripped through Cairo, Egypt, leaving 25 Coptic Christians dead and many others injured. ISIS has since claimed responsibility for the attack and has vowed to escalate its “war on polytheism” which is a reference to Christianity in Egypt.
Here’s the full threat issued by ISIS:
Let all the disbelievers and apostates in Egypt and everywhere know that our war on polytheism is ongoing, and that the State of the Caliphate – with permission from Allah the Almighty – will continue to spill their blood and grill their bodies, so that there is no sedition and the religion is all for Alla
It is well known that ISIS has deliberately targeted Christians in Iraq and Syria starting in 2014, and continues to slaughter them on a daily basis.
From The Daily Caller:
Egypt maintains a large Coptic Christian community, though it was largely left unscathed by terrorist attacks until the Sunday morning attack which targeted worshipers in St. Peter’s church in Cairo. The church is located beside St. Mark’s Cathedral, which serves as the seat of the Coptic church and home to its leader, Pope Tawadros II.
ISIS established a province in Egypt’s Sinai region, just south of Israel, in November 2014. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi ordered military operations against the group shortly thereafter.
America’s State Department and the British government has issued warnings about the increased risk of terrorist attacks in Europe during the Christmas season, but has yet to announce any warnings pertaining to international travel.
While all Christians should remain vigilant and maintain situational awareness during during this Christmas season, we cannot allow ISIS to deter us from celebrating our faith this time of year!