A mass conversion of hundreds of Muslim refugees to Christianity in a church in Berlin, Germany, is being hailed as both a miracle and a way to stay in the country (video below).
Pastor Gottfried Martens has seen hundreds of Muslims from Iran and Afghanistan convert at his Trinity Church where the congregation has shot up from 150 to more than 600 in just two years, with 80 more Muslims on the waiting list.
Refugees from Syria are very likely to get asylum in Germany, but those from Iran and Afghanistan have a tougher time as those countries are viewed as having more stability.
While the Muslim refugees could be converting to escape eternal damnation, they could also be strengthening their chances to stay in Germany because they could be persecuted if they were sent back to their home country after becoming Christians, reports CBN.
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Martens told the Associated Press:
I know there are — again and again — people coming here because they have some kind of hope regarding their asylum. I am inviting them to join us because I know that whoever comes here will not be left unchanged.
Chancellor Angela Merkel has stated that Islam "belongs in Germany," but Muslim refugees will not openly admit that they converted to Christianity to stay in Germany.
Still, Martens says the conversions are a "miracle."
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As part of that miracle, Martens gives Muslims a three-month lesson in Christianity, baptizes them and helps their efforts to stay in the country.
Germany's Federal Office for Migration and Refugees did not comment about its application process.