Every day we’re confronted with more news about Isis and the terror they are reigning on the world around us. Yet what is often not reported on not nearly enough is the massacre that is happening at the hands of Isis. This massacre is the persecution, and killing of Christians. Thousands of Christians arrive in refugee camps daily in countries like Jordan, Northern Iraq, and Lebanon. Churches have been demolished, crosses burned and replaced with ISIS flags, homes destroyed, entire communities displaced, religious conversions forced, human torture enacted, children slaughtered, and all in plain sight. ISIS is bound and determined to wipe Christianity off the map completely. Knowing this is why Johnnie Moore wrote Defying Isis: Preserving Christianity In The Place Of Its Birth And In Your Own Backyard.
This book has three sections. In the first section, the author explains what ISIS is doing—namely burning our churches and killing our pastors, slaughtering God’s people, and making our children their soldiers, along with enslaving our wives and abusing our daughters, and more. In section two, the author explains how ISIS is in our backyard since all of their training is done via the internet. In chapter six the author gets into how we defeat ISIS. He explains that we need to educate ourselves about ISIS, give to those preserving and rebuilding society, and don’t underestimate or oversimplify the crisis, and befriend people. I thought it was interesting here that there was no mention of going to war with ISIS nor in the rest of the book. Part three looks at what we are losing. Here the author explains the history of IRAQ and all the history we’re losing.
A lot of people are writing and speaking about ISIS these days. It seems nearly every day when I look at my Facebook newsfeed there is almost always something on ISIS and our failure to do much if anything to help the people over there. As Johnnie’s book shows there is a lot that is being done, but there is a lot more work to do. As Johnnie rightly notes we need to get to work. We should not remain silent as our brothers and sisters are being persecuted and killed. Instead, we must raise our voices because of the gospel. We must speak out against the injustice that is being done to our brothers and sisters in Christ who are being sold into sex trafficking and or killed.
Whether you agree with all of Johnnie’s conclusions or not, Defying ISIS is a very needed and helpful book. This book will help you to understand the problem that ISIS is in a way that will help you to pray intelligently, become informed, and call you to action on behalf of our brothers and sisters in Christ. I highly recommend this book and believe you’ll be informed and challenged by this excellent book.
Author: Johnnie Moore
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (2015)
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Dave Jenkins is happily married to his wife, Sarah. He is a writer, editor, and speaker living in beautiful Southern Oregon. Dave is a lover of Christ, His people, the Church, and sound theology. He serves as the Executive Director of Servants of Grace Ministries, the Executive Editor of Theology for Life Magazine, the Host and Producer of Equipping You in Grace Podcast, and is a contributor to and producer of Contending for the Word. He is the author of The Word Explored: The Problem of Biblical Illiteracy and What To Do About It (House to House, 2021), The Word Matters: Defending Biblical Authority Against the Spirit of the Age (G3 Press, 2022), and Contentment: The Journey of a Lifetime (Theology for Life, 2024). You can find him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, or read his newsletter. Dave loves to spend time with his wife, going to movies, eating at a nice restaurant, or going out for a round of golf with a good friend. He is also a voracious reader, in particular of Reformed theology, and the Puritans. You will often find him when he’s not busy with ministry reading a pile of the latest books from a wide variety of Christian publishers. Dave received his M.A.R. and M.Div through Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary.