An Iranian pastor faces being executed for apostasy

Posted: July 6, 2011 in Persecuted
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An Iranian pastor faces being executed for apostasy after he lost his appeal against the death sentence.

Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani and his wife.

The Supreme Court in Qom city is widely reported to have upheld the death sentence against Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani in a ruling last Wednesday. His lawyers have yet to receive written confirmation of this decision but they understand that Pastor Yousef could be executed at any time – unless he recants his faith

Pastor Yousef was officially sentenced to death in November 2010 and his defence team lodged an appeal the following month. He was first arrested in October 2009 – after protesting against the compulsory teaching of the Koran in Iranian schools. He was initially charged with protesting but charges were later changed to apostasy (leaving Islam) and for evangelising Muslims,
according to religious rights charity Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW).

CSW reports that Pastor Yousef had been detained previously in December 2006, also on charges of apostasy and evangelism, but was released two weeks later. The pastor, who has two young sons with his wife Fatemeh, leads a church in the northern city of Rasht in Gilan province. Fatemeh too was detained for four months in 2010 and several other members of their church have been detained.

Middle East Concern reports that the last known judicial execution of an Iranian church leader was in December 1990 when Rev Hossein Soodman was hanged.

(Sources: Christian Solidarity Worldwide, Middle East Concern, Mohabat News)

 

UC Ministries:  PLEASE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR THIS COUPLE AND THEIR CHILDREN.

2 Tim 3: 12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution

 John 16: 20 Verily,verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall
rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your
sorrow shall be turned into joy.

 Rev 21: 4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death,
neither
sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

 In spite of what is taking place across the world, we can rejoice because we have the assurance of eternal life.  In Christ Jesus  we have HOPE with a capital “H”.

 1 Th 4: 13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that
ye
sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

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