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Is Germany’s Refugee Crisis a Muslim Mission Field?

Christian denomination of 3 million says 'strategic mission' to convert Muslims goes against 'the spirit' of Jesus.
Is Germany’s Refugee Crisis a Muslim Mission Field?
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Up to one million refugees are expected to arrive in Germany by end of this year, hoping to gain asylum in the European Union’s largest country.

Many are arriving from Muslim-majority countries, including Syria, Afghanistan, and Iran. But while German churches have been eager to materially support the refugees, Christians aren’t on the same page about sharing the gospel with newcomers.

One prominent denomination has claimed in a position paper that trying to evangelize refugees is unchristian, reports Religion News Service. “A strategic mission to Islam or meeting Muslims to convert them threatens social peace and contradicts the spirit and mandate of Jesus Christ and is therefore to be firmly rejected,” said the Evangelical Church of the Rhineland in a paper entitled “Pilgrim Fellowship and Witness in Dialogue with Muslims, according to RNS.

A denomination of about three million, the Evangelical Church of the Rhineland is one of twenty Lutheran, ...

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