On these pages, I recently told the story about my friend, Rev. Steven Khoury, who pastors several evangelical churches in Israel. Pastor Khoury is an Arab Christian, and he recently traveled to the Israeli-Gaza border to pray for peace. In addition to visiting Messianic Jews and Arab Christians in southern Israel, he also visited Jewish families. Each of these families bear the brunt of the rocket and tunnel attacks from operatives of Hamas. Many of the families in this area are poor, and Pastor Khoury brought tangible aid for those families. However, showing the love of the Lord Jesus Christ to Jewish families has incited supporters of anti-Christ Hamas to threaten Pastor Khoury. As a sample of a few of the comments left on his Arabic-language Facebook page, we read the following:
“You are a failure and a disgrace to the Arab Palestinian world.”
“We know your efforts to evangelize the Moslems in our land Palestine. You will pay the price.”
“This pastor Steven, we know his location, and we should all rise up against him and protest outside his church. He needs to be taught a lesson.”
“Why are you telling the Jews about your Jesus and helping them? You are a traitor for comparing us [Arabs] to the enemy, the Jews.”
However, despite the threats, he is unafraid. His father, also an evangelical pastor, was shot by Islamists, and his uncle, a devout Christian believer, was martyred for his faith.
It is a truism that Pastor Khoury, in showing love and kindness to the Jews, the enemy of Hamas, is a grave threat to Hamas and other radical Islamists. It is the default position of Hamas that all Arabs, including Christians, must hate Israel and desire its complete destruction, and Moslems must work to kill all Jews, wherever located. As many of my readers have heard, the Charter of Hamas, which is part of the Moslem Brotherhood, has declared that “Israel will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it.” Further, Article Fifteen of the Hamas Charter declares, “The day that enemies usurp part of Moslem land, Jihad becomes the individual duty of every Moslem. In face of the Jews’ usurpation of Palestine, it is compulsory that the banner of jihad be raised.” You can read the entire Hamas Charter here.
Please pray for Pastor Khoury and his family, and for the peace of Jerusalem as we are instructed in Psalm 122:6. Pastor Khoury, in seeking to be a Good Samaritan to people in his nation, has become a target of threats by radical Islamists of Hamas. If you want to learn more about the ministry of Pastor Khoury, you can learn much more at www.holylandmissions.org. I also encourage you to watch the introductory 15-minute video.