by Gary Lane
Satellite television, radio broadcasts, and the Internet present expanding opportunities for Muslims to hear the Gospel.
But how welcoming are churches in Islamic nations to Muslims seeking to know more about Christ?
And what happens when former Muslims start their own fellowships?
“There is so much risk. There is so much danger,” Todd Nettleton, director of media development for Voice of the Martyrs, told CBN News.
“They are very concerned about what the government is going to say,” he added. “[They think], ‘If we are out converting Muslims, that potentially puts a target on our backs from the government.’ So, they are very cautious about the idea of converting Muslims, of baptizing Muslims into faith in Christ.”
Former Muslim Samer Mohammed agreed.
“Some people are afraid to accept you because they have fear,” Mohammed explained. “They think if they accept the Muslim believer, some big problem will come to the church.”
Some Iranian churches allowed Muslim converts to join their congregations, only to discover later that several were actually government spies and Islamists seeking to harm them.
Rejected by traditional Christians, a growing number of Christians from a Muslim background are now seeking to worship in their own way.
Open Doors USA President Carl Moeller called the phenomenon like a “fourth branch” of Christianity.
“Muslims are turning to faith in Jesus Christ, and out of that movement is emerging an entirely new way of expressing Christianity within the context of the Middle Eastern culture,” he said.