Imagine getting a call telling you that terrorist organization ISIS had you on a list with 15,000 other Christians in America. Now imagine that call not coming from a government agency, but a news organization that uncovered the list and discovered that the FBI had not informed anyone on the list that they were targets of ISIS violence.
Circa News reported that they called 24 people on the list located in Texas. Of the 24, 22 did not know they were on any sort of list. They also shared that the government had not, in fact, alerted them.
However, the FBI asserts that it did try to contact people on the list, but admits some people may have fallen through the cracks. A spokesperson for the Bureau told Circa News, “The FBI routinely notifies individuals and organizations of potential threat information. We perform these notifications so potential victims are aware of possible threats and take appropriate steps.”
ISIS reportedly created the list by searching church directories. And they targeted New York, Texas, Florida and California. Among the directives from ISIS were for lone wolves or sleeper cells to target these individuals and kill them.
These reports come in light of increased threats of violence at the hands of ISIS in more western countries. Just recently, the Daily Mail reported that ISIS warned London and Washington D.C. are western cities on their list to attack.
ISIS has posted images of the Statue of Liberty on fire with the message, “Our battle on your land not started yet. Be upon you. Just waiting.”
As violence at the hands of ISIS increases, threats against Christians in western countries increases as well. It is important to stay vigilant and keep an eye as to what ISIS is doing around the world. Of more importance, however, is for the church to continue its important work of preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ, no matter what persecutions come our way.