“Only Muslims go to heaven.”
How a believer was able to respond to his family when they turned against him for following Christ.
On the 2012 World Watch List where countries are ranked according to their harsh treatment of Christians, Islamic-majority countries represent 9 of the top 10.
In many Islamic dominated countries the strongest opposition to conversion to Christianity often comes from one’s own family.
This was especially true when Khaled* became a Christian.
“My father had beaten me after he heard that I was a follower of Jesus.”
Khaled left his home, but when he returned some time later, he was met with harsh opposition.
The air in the room was tense. Khaled’s mother and siblings surrounded him and began to question him.
“Don’t you know that all infidels will go to hell?! Only Muslims can go to Heaven. All Christians are sinners!”
Hearing this, Khaled responded to his family, telling them that “one must be God to know with such certainty who goes to hell.” And he quoted passages to them about sin and grace.
At this, his family stood in shock.
They could not deny that God had changed his life.
Many new Christians struggle with extreme family disapproval.
At times, Christians are killed by their families, or even receive so much pressure that they end up denying Christ. In these hopeless circumstances, it is often difficult for new believers to stand in their faith.
But your support can give tools to Christians to stand strong amidst these extreme pressures and begin to reach their family members, just like Khaled did.
Your gifts will strengthen them by providing Bibles, training, discipleship, and much more in order allow believers to stand strong in knowledge and hope of Christ.