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Why Are Western Young People Joining ISIS?

ConvertedYouthThere is a lot of news to look at today. Yesterday the police in Australia foiled a terrorist plot to capture and behead Australian citizens for the purpose of making propaganda videos. Fifteen people were arrested in an operation which included more than 800 policemen. So far a few of people have been charged and about nine others are ready to be charged. According to the reports, these people have joined ISIS. There have already been a couple of beheadings in England but this is in Australia.

ISIS continues with their threats. They are holding a British citizen, John Cantile, and telling us that he is next.

Today I want to address why Westerners are going to Syria to join ISIS. I have to confess that I was wrong in my prediction about ISIS. I predicted that ISIS would be a flash in the pan. I saw them as premature and that they probably would not last very long. I didn’t think that their impact would be all that great. I saw them as opportunists taking advantage of the weakness caused by our removing all of our troops out of Iraq.

It is possible that I was right and they might not last all that long but here is where I was wrong. They have been extremely successful in recruiting people from the West. They have successfully recruited people from Europe, North America, and other non-Muslim countries. In the past we have seen a few join other terrorist groups but the number has grown with ISIS.

What is interesting is the scope and the numbers that have joined ISIS from the West. There are some from Australia. The Australian government has issued warrants for the arrest of two of them, Khaled Sharrouf and Mohamed Elomar.

We have pictures of Sharrouf in front of their victims, those that they have killed and beheaded. They seem to be bragging about what they have done. They have their index finger pointing upward. This signifies that Allah is number one. Remember, they butchered these people in the name of their god, it should not surprise us that they give praise to him for what they have done.

The audacity of these people to say that their god, Allah, is the same God as Jehovah is shocking. Worse yet, there are “Christians” who think Allah and Jehovah are the same god.

There are two Austrian girls who disappeared and just weeks later it was learned that they had left Europe to join ISIS. There are pictures of them when they were just normal teenagers and then you see pictures of them in their Islamic garb with their military uniforms. Written on their head bands it says they are “shahid” or martyrs for Allah.

Remember, the only way a Muslim can guarantee salvation for themselves is to die as a martyr in jihad for Allah. There is a report than one of these two girls has been killed in battle.

Why are the young people from Europe and the West joining ISIS to fight against their own people? When I was in Washington DC last week we were told by the government that there are at least 100 Americans who have joined ISIS. These are only the ones we know about. How many more have joined ISIS that we don’t know about? This information is from our legislators.

What I found quite interesting and a little disturbing were the signs I saw where Turkish Airlines was advertising the price of tickets from the US to Istanbul, Turkey. You can fly round trip for $600.00. This is how these would-be terrorists are getting to the Middle East. From Turkey they make their way to Syria.

Last week we saw reports of two young people from Minnesota who died fighting with ISIS. We saw that this was how they got there. Someone is funding them. Money is coming from somewhere to help them get over there. There are at least 3,000 Europeans who have joined ISIS.

We do have to give ISIS credit for is their ability to use social media in their recruitment. Note of the other terrorist groups has used this as well as ISIS has. They are communicating with young people through Twitter, Facebook, and other social media sites. They are drawing these young people into chat rooms and sites where they can watch videos, exposing them to propaganda glorifying fighting for Allah.

When I was in England I worked a lot with young people. We had a youth camp and other youth ministries. If there is one word I can use to describe the youth in Britain it would be angry. There is emptiness in their lives, their family life is all broken, and they are hurt. The British people have given themselves to worldly thinking. They have turned their back on God. Anything that is wholesome and decent and biblical is rejected. The young people live in broken homes where they are not loved and they are angry.

This atmosphere has bred rebellion in the young people. Islam feeds that rebellion. This is why the young people are getting caught up in this.

This is a spiritual condition and we need to understand what causes it. Let’s look at a passage from the Bible that describes the evil in the hearts of these who are full of rebellion.

Romans 3:11-18 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes.This describes the rebellious heart. It describes the hearts of those who get caught up in this wicked ideology.

We need to understand that the real problem is a spiritual problem. We are fighting the wickedness of the Devil. He has created an ideology that is masquerading as a religion and thousands and thousands of people are embracing it. This ideology is causing them to do the works of the Devil. The works of the Devil are to destroy, to kill, and to hate. These people are full of this.

Until we wake up and admit that our real enemy is Islam we cannot defeat them. The reformers in Islam are trying to change and twist it into something that Muhammad never intended for it to be. Those who are involved in the jihad we see today are the true face of Islam. Fortress of Faith has documented this many times. You can search this website and you will find the well documented truth.

My heart goes out to the victims, not only those who have suffered under the wrath of Islam, but also the victims who have been caught up in this evil ideology. As I have often said the greatest victims of Islam are the Muslims.

This information needs to be gotten out. We must stand fast in these evil days. Your support is greatly appreciated.

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