Gatestone Institute, in an article titled France: Churches Vanish, Mosques Spring Up told the sad story of ancient cathedrals being converted to mosques and Islamic centres all over France. According to the author, Giulio Meotti, “In the last 30 years, more mosques and Muslim prayer centers have been built in France than all the Catholic churches built in the last century.”
In 1907, the French state, by law, took over all historic cathedrals; but in recent times, complaining of economic recession, it determined that rather than continue to maintain the buildings, they should be sold off. The highest bidders were always the Moslems!
Indeed, often, the ONLY bidders were moslems; and the properties could be sold off at outrageously low prices! On some occasions, choice real estate are actually literally donated for Islamic authorities, as in the case of "the municipality of Évreux [which] voted for the provision of 5000 square-meters of land, for one symbolic euro, for the project of the Union of the Muslim Faith".
The murder of 86 year-old Father Jacques Hamel at the foot of the altar during an assault by ISIS terrorists on Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray ushered in a new phase for church buildings in France. Presumably, the added security concerns now make it more expedient to get rid of certain high-risk, difficult-to-secure churches. A few weeks after the murdering of Father Hamel, The Church of Santa Rita located in the auspicious fifteenth arrondissement of Paris was forcefully cleared by the police - with resisting priests dragged out by their legs! The church has now been converted to a parking lot. The same fate awaits the famed Chapel of Saint Martin in Sablé-sur-Sarthe, built in 1880-1886 and demolished earlier this year. Since the successful attack at Saint Etienne, several unsuccessful attempts had been made by Islamic terror cells at the Notre Dame Cathedral itself.
The situation is not much different in London, which is now being dubbed Londonstina, going by the rapid Islamic takeover of the city which is recently reflected by its historic election of a Moslem as Mayor. Speaking at the annual Ministers’ Conference of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) at the Redemption Camp, Ogun State Nigeria in August, Pastor in Charge of the RCCG in the UK, Agu Irukwu gave the rather depressing statistics of the state of Christianity in London. In the past year, 500 churches were closed, while 480 mosques were planted. (see transcript of his fiery address on our blog at http://churcharise.blogspot.com.ng/2017/08/wake-up-call-for-church-full-transcript.html).
In his comments after Pastor Irukwu’s presentation, the General Overseer of the RCCG, Pastor Enoch Adeboye pointed out an even sadder picture of the situation in the United States, where 1,000 churches were planted in the outgoing year while 4,000 closed! He however concluded with a somewhat cheering and revealing story from the UK: One determined Christian estate agent asked to dispose yet another historic church, insisted on giving the right of first refusal to Christians; and that other interested buyers would be considered only if no Christian organization showed up. Well the RCCG by God’s grace, showed up and acquired the property for a million pounds. Shortly after, the General Overseer recalls, an Islamic organization approached the RCCG pastor concerned, offering two million pounds for the same building! Thank God, the RCCG is too kingdom-minded to suck the bait. The flat answer, in the manner of Acts 8:20, was a resounding “your money perish with you!”