[Anglican] Canon Andrew White – known as the “Vicar of Baghdad” – has reached a painstaking conclusion: Christianity is all but over in the land where it all began.
“The time has come where it is over, no Christians will be left. Some say Christians should stay to maintain the historical presence, but it has become very difficult. The future for the community is very limited,” White told Fox News this week. “The Christians coming out of Iraq and ISIS areas in the Middle East all say the same thing, there is no way they are ever going back. They have had enough.”
Thirty years ago, there were approximately 1.4 million Christians in Iraq. The number dwindled to around 1 million after the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003, and a year ago it was estimated that there were less than 250,000 left. Numbers have continued to decline as families flee, and today even approximate figures are difficult to obtain.
Hollie McKay, " Christianity in Iraq is finished, says Canon Andrew White, 'vicar of Baghdad'," FoxNews Online, March 21, 2017)
[TBC: Canon White needs to believe the Scriptures and trust the Lord, who concerning the Church promised in Matthew:16:18 “the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Our resurrected Savior promised in Matthew:24:14 that, “this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” The adversary erects barriers to the Gospel, whether they be communism, fascism, or religious opposition in the form of Hinduism, Buddhism, or Islam, et al. Regardless of persecution, the Church will always have a remnant that can be used by the Lord to extend His kingdom.]