By Walid Shoebat
In Hamburg Germany a row of 80 Muslim men and Muslim women line up for Baptism. They are from Iran and Afghanistan. They gathered in front of a small stage and were waiting for the pastor to give them the sacrament of baptism.
The devil sends his flood of Muslim immigrants to Europe and God works it out where He is victorious. These days, more and more Muslim refugees have been converting to Christianity in Europe, according to reports from several churches. “I have been spat on, told that I’ve betrayed Islam, but through what I’ve learned I can forgive them” one refugee said.
In Austria there have been at least 300 applications for adult christenings in the first three months of 2016 alone, with up to 70 percent of those said to be refugees, the Guardian reported.
At Berlin’s Trinity church the congregation has recently grown from 150 to almost 700 all as result of Muslim converts the newspaper said.
German Stern magazine reported how these convert refugees suffer. Among the most popular reasons behind the conversion is “the lack of freedom” in Islam, and gratitude to Christians offering help to refugees fleeing war-torn countries.
“I’ve been looking all my life for peace and happiness, but in Islam, I have not found it,” Shima, an Iranian refugee, told Stern magazine.“To be a Christian means happiness to me,” she added.
“In Islam, we always lived in fear. Fear of God, fear of sin, fear of punishment. However, Christ is a God of love,” another Iranian refugee, Solmaz, told the German daily.
On the flip side, living in a mostly Muslim community can turn out to be a real challenge for a Christian refugee.
“You can see clearly that conversions are not really taken into consideration as an advantage for accepting an asylum case. We have even seen many cases where Christians have been sent back even if they were Christians already before they came to Europe. The risk is too great for most of them to convert. Traditionally this is punished, at least expulsion from the family up to beatings and even killings against family members who convert,” geopolitical analyst and consultant Rainer Rothfuss told RT.
“In the Persian community alone in Hamburg there were already 196 Afghans and Iranians baptized” Pastor Albert Babayan said.
The 80 refugees who settled in Hamburg did a group baptism which got a quick stir of suspicion that they just wanted asylum.
“That’s ridiculous. Who are these actually fooling here,” murmurs an elderly woman. The ones baptized as refugees quickly face the accusation of doing a dubious asylum. According to asylum law conversion increases the applicant’s chances to be allowed to remain in Germany. For many converts a return to their home countries could be lethal. In Iran and Afghanistan apostates face the death penalty.
For those who turn away from Islam, they often have to worry about their safety in Germany. Amir and Mahshad go to church acting as if they are jogging to go to church. They come to church with jogging suits from their refugee camp if they want to visit a Sunday worship service. “We act as if we are going to the gym,” says Mahshad. The pretty woman and her husband are afraid of their Muslim roommates. “It has been shown that we cannot ourselves profess Christianity in Germany openly. Here the Muslims are stronger than the Christians,” she says furiously.
In the refugee centers they would force all to pray five times a day to Allah. Anyone who does not do so is being threatened and intimidated. “It was this Islam we had to endure before we fled,” said Mahshad. She and her husband had already received death threats. “But complaints do not help. The translator and the guards in our refugee camp are also Muslims. And they cover their coreligionists”, the 23-year-old says with resignation.