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The Nine: Overcoming ISIS

Earlier this year, I shared a video with you by a young Christian filmmaker named Michael Chang. The video, entitled, “Who Would Dare to Love ISIS?”, was an incredibly moving glimpse into the mind of authentic Christian love as directed to the men are perpetrating unspeakable atrocities in the Islamic State. The kind of love that desires conversion, and promises the forgiveness of Christ’s passion and death, even for such horrific sins. If you haven’t seen it, here it is:

Chang, through his production company,, has just released a new video. This time, he brings us moving interviews with nine refugees from the city of Mosul, who recount their experiences in the days before and after their city fell. Together, they recount how ISIS soldiers took from them everything they have – in some cases forcing them to choose between conversion to Islam or death.

Amidst their heartbreaking stories, they have a surprising message for the members of ISIS. This is a powerful video you won’t want to miss:

Here at 1P5, we’ve taken a strong stance that love alone is not the answer to militant Islam, and that nonviolent resistance to Islamic expansion will lead to dhimmitude. But even in cases where the taking up of arms is justified, love is nonetheless a necessary component of our response – the love first of Christ, and of His cross, but also of our enemies as He commanded. The kind of love that desires the salvation of all souls, even those who hurt us the most. And in situations where fighting back isn’t an option, this kind of love may be the only witness we have. As Tertullian famous observed, “The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the Church.”

This is a hard example to follow, but Christ showed us the way.

4 thoughts on “The Nine: Overcoming ISIS”

  1. I might get a lot of flack for saying this but this “witness” business might be a not so well thought out idea. I do think that we should certainly love our enemies in that we forgive them, pray for them, and not hold a grudge against them. St. Stephen did the same. We cannot however forget that St. Paul did not convert because of his “witness”.

    So I do not think that such behavior is a witness for anything. Seeing a person doing and saying what is shown in this video should not move anyone to convert to Christianity or Islam. Converting based on observing such sentiments is merely a reinforcement of the feelings based religion that seemed to be highly prevalent today.

    Also, forgiving someone does not mean one does not act prudently to avoid future problems. Anyone with some knowledge of history should know that this day was coming. Adherents to Islam, when they are faithful to their religion, behave in this manner. The right thing to do was to eradicate the Islamic faith and convert all Muslims while we had the chance. But the imperial England and others were too busy plundering the land instead of caring for the souls in those countries.

    • And how was ‘imperial’ England, funded into an imperial power? Answer that and you answer who rules not only England but Great Britain and the United Kingdom. Sure, I agree that forgiveness has nothing at all to do with laying down for the slaughter. But one has to know how it is that Islam now has the upper hand. It didn’t happen overnight and it didn’t happen by accident, nor did it happen without a WHOLE LOT OF FINANCIAL HELP.

      • Are you referring to the possibility that East India company had ties to masonry? I just wasn’t sure who or what you were referring to since East India company as far as I am aware, is no more.

        But yea, England was already kind of gone back then due to the reformation. So in retrospect, couldn’t expect much from England anyway regardless of a possible involvement by masons…..


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