Thousands of Muslim migrants are converting to Christianity after they arrive in Europe, raising concerns they are being carried out in a cynical attempt to gain asylum.
One Evangelical-Lutheran church in Berlin has seen 1,200 Muslim converts in the past three years, while another 80 were baptised at a ceremony in Hamburg.
Now some church leaders have claimed the conversions are done under pressure – with the migrants being taken advantage of due to their desperation for a better life.
Pastor Gerhard Scholte, from the Reformed Keizersgracht Church in Amsterdam, suggested such mass conversions may be a form of ‘abuse’, according to The Daily Beast.
‘It is taking advantage of people in weak positions and it’s all about the figures. That is abhorrent to me.
‘Unless it saves lives, we are not eager to convert. In that case however, we convert anyone who wants to. This is what our church did to help Jews in the Second World War.’