Archbishop of Canterbury The Most Reverend Justin Welby says Christianity faces “elimination” in the Middle East
The Most Reverend Justin Welby said Islamic State is “igniting a trail of fear, violence, hatred and determined oppression”.
He will also brand IS as “a Herod of today” – a reference to the Biblical king at the time of Jesus’s birth, BBC reported.
The archbishop will deliver his sermon at Canterbury Cathedral today.
He will say: “Confident that these are the last days, using force and indescribable cruelty, they [IS] seem to welcome all opposition, certain that the warfare unleashed confirms that these are indeed the end times.
“They hate difference, whether it is Muslims who think differently, Yazidis or Christians, and because of them the Christians face elimination in the very region in which Christian faith began.
“This apocalypse is defined by themselves and heralded only by the angel of death.”
The archbishop – spiritual leader of the world’s 85 million Anglicans – will also say that to those who have been, or are being, “dehumanised by the tyranny and cruelty” of Islamic State, then “God’s judgment comes as good news, because it promises justice”.