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Who Is ISIS Really?


By Michael Youssef

Below is a special video I want you to watch. For those of you who have seen news reports of the persecution and political turmoil taking place in Iraq, this is an explanation of who ISIS is.

Last week I joined my son Joshua, executive vice president of Leading The Way, in the studio to put together a special video addressing the many questions we were receiving about what’s happening in Iraq. I hope it will help you better understand what is going on in the Middle East and what we as Christians can do. If you would like to watch the full video with more details, click here.

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In part 1 (above), Dr. Michael Youssef and Joshua Youssef discuss the evolution of radical jihadist groups like ISIS, the ultimate goals of these extremist groups, and what it means for the rest of the world.

Here are parts 2-9…

If radical Islam is the real Islam, why don’t all Muslims practice it? Dr. Michael Youssef shares how moderate Muslims have responded to the rise of radical Islam:

Can prayer change things? Dr. Michael Youssef shares how the unified prayers of Christians impacted the political climate of Egypt in 2011, encouraging believers to pray for their nations and for their persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ. In responding to persecution and political turmoil, what is the government’s role and what is the Church’s role? Dr. Youssef offers a simple answer:

Is the persecution we’re hearing about ushering in the second coming of Christ? Dr. Michael Youssef explains how Christians can live in the tension of “now and not yet,” anticipating the return of Christ but also praying for His will to be done in the here and now:

Leading The Way’s Help The Persecuted field coordinator shares with Dr. Michael Youssef and Joshua Youssef that, although the needs of Iraq’s Christian refugees are many, the needs are simple and practical:

Dr. Michael Youssef and Joshua Youssef talk with Leading The Way’s Help The Persecuted coordinator about the fears many Iraqi Christians are facing as they flee their home country:

Dr. Michael Youssef and Joshua Youssef talk with Leading The Way’s Help The Persecuted coordinator about how the American government is perceived by Iraqis and how America should be responding to the crisis in Iraq:

Dr. Michael Youssef explains how governments need to acknowledge the inherent other-worldly goals associated with radical Islamist thinking, rather than approaching extremist groups with a secular mindset:

Joshua Youssef shares how God is working in the midst of political turmoil in Iraq, and Dr. Michael Youssef encourages us to never forget that we have a mighty God who is working out His purposes:

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