Persecution of Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani

Posted: October 5, 2011 in Islam, Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani
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pastor Youcef Nadarkhani

Christian Iranian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani is facing death for converting from Islam to Christianity.  Which in Islam is seen as apostasy?  Whilst many Moslems will try and tell others that there is no force conversions within Islam, getting out of Islam once you’re in can be dangerous as many ex Moslems have testified.  In this case the pastor in question may have had family roots but was never a Moslems by conviction.  However that does not seem to matter as the Iranian Islamic rulers are hell bent on attacking and squashing the growing house church movement in Iran.  As more and more people become disillusioned by Islam they are looking elsewhere and the gospel is having an impact.

The original charges against this pastor is for apostasy, however because of growing international media this has been changed.  Both America and Britain and the world at large are beginning to look on and demand an answer.   Now he is being charged as a Zionist spy who has raped women.  The fact that we have the original charge sheet (translated into English) shows clearly he was only being charged for converting to Christianity.    Such new charges are stupid as to beggar belief.  The world is beginning to look on and demand why the human rights abuse.  It should not matter if he was or was not Moslem.  He still has the fundamental right and freedom to choose his religion.

Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints. ( Psalm 116:15) We need to remember our brethren in our prayers.  Cut this man down and a dozen will take his place.  Kill them and a hundred will take their place.

Christians from across the world are uniting to pray for this man’s release and the gospel to be victorious; we must also remind ourselves of the growing persecution of the saints across the world. Many are even now laying their lives upon the altar.   Their suffering and sacrifice is not forgotten or lost.  Their sacrifice is precious in Gods sight.  Whilst this does not always lead to death, many suffer under false imprisonment, torture,  homes and churches are being burned; victimized for no other reason than they are believers in Christ, isolated and abused by those who hate the light.

The conflict of the ages will see the forces of darkness gather against the children of the light.  Islam will be at the forefront of this movement.  Their hatred of the true Jesus and his servants is becoming all too obvious.  But we don’t sorrow as other who have no hope, but we wait patiently for the return of our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ.

There is something about the death of a saint that becomes precious to God. 

Titus 2: 14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works

The word “Peculiar “refers to a special treasure above all other treasures.

1) that which is one’s own, belonging to one’s possessions

a) a people selected by God from the other nations for his own possession.

 John 15: 20 Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also

There is something about the persecution of the saints that brings a sifting process and out of which comes a beauty and a splendor.  The church although it is seen to be slumbering will quickly arise, shake off the dust and shine forth in its entire splendor that speaks off a bride in all her beauty.

Iranian pastor faces execution. Why the silence from the Pope?

Catholics however are beginning to question why their own papal seer has not added his voice to the growing maelstrom of anger?  To date there seem to be one area where there is silence and that is from the pope.  Some are beginning to question and ask WHY?

“Yet we hear nothing from the Holy See. Why? Behind-the-scenes diplomacy? Has the Secretariat of State’s 20-year-old fax machine broken again? In this country, the “Catholic Communications Network” is, as usual, too clueless to provide information. Anti-Catholic propagandists are having a field day, but that’s not what should concern us. If the Church has still not intervened publicly when this Christian minister swings from a rope, then it will have some explaining to do – not least to scandalised Catholics.”

We can only hope that he will also add his voice to the growing public opinion

World’s media looks on, but will that always be the case?

Whatever happens and we pray that he is released to further the gospel.  However it must be reminded that at this time Christian’s in general are being persecuted, imprisoned and murdered by Islamist right across the Moslem dominated world.  The media attention very often is looking the other way.  Whilst thankfully FOX NEWS has been reporting the possible execution of this pastor, far too often the world in general is otherwise preoccupied.  It must also be noticed that militants don’t play fare when it comes to killing their victims.

THIS IS HALLOWED GROUND

The 2nd-century Church Father Tertullian wrote that “the blood of martyrs is the seed of the Church,”

The church was bathed in the blood of the church right from the beginning when Stephen was killed by a baying mob.  Later James killed by Herod who thought this would please the religious crowd. But in this respect the church grew.  So it has always been with the church.  The more the wicked try to dispense the believers out of this world, the more the church grew.    By the end of the first century almost all of the apostles were killed and martyred, with the exception of the apostle John.  But by then the gospel could not be stopped.  Persecution did not stop at that point but continued until Constantine came to the throne of the empire.  But from time to time the specter of persecution lifted its ugly head.

Quoting Jeremiah Burroughs . . .

The power of God is glorious, not only in preserving His church, in raising the spirits of His servants in their greatest affliction, but in increasing His church by them. If it is a wonder to be upheld in them, it is much more a wonder to be increased by them. “The more we are cut down, the more we persist“, says Tertullian.

The church never grew so fast as when it was under the most affliction. Sulpitius says of the Christians in primative times, that they were greedy of martyrdom, as in his time men were greedy of bishopric. The blood of martyrs was the seed of the church. Pliny reports of the lily, that it is increased by it’s own juice that drops from it, and so is the church, which is the lily that grows among the thorns; the very blood that drops from it, multiplies it; the sufferings of one beget many to the love of the truth.

John Knox reports of a gentlemen, one John Lindsay, familiar to Bishop James Bettoune, that he said to the Bishop upon the occasion of Patrick Hamilton’s burning: “My Lord, if you burn any more, you will destroy yourselves; if you will burn them, let them be burnt in hollow cellars, for the smoke of Mr. Patrick Hamilton has infected as many as it blew upon.“It is reported of one Cecelia … that her constancy and exhortations, before and after her martyrdom, were the means to convert four hundred people. “By blood and prayer the church converts the whole world“, says Luther

Heb.11:33-40: “who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. Women received their dead raised to life again. And others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented– of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth. And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.”

 The resurrection is what the whole Church; the saints of the Old and New Testament will share together. Being persecuted because of ones commitment to God is not foreign to the saints; it was a normal way of life for the prophets and for the saints. What a glorious day when all who have named the name of Jesus will be united and gathered together from every generation. Whatever their possessions in death they will be clothed in fine linen which is the righteousness of the saints, and being made royal priests unto God.

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  1. Youssef Nadarkhami, the Iranian born Muslim who converted to Christianity, has been found guilty of security charges and running a brothel but no sentence has yet been passed. The Iranian judiciary deny he is subject to an execution order.

    Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/312394#ixzz1a2Uy52v1

    At present there is so much media attention on this pastor that the iranian government is not keen on being seen to kill a christian in the glare of public opinion. So they are desperate to manipulate the evidence to charge him on different more convential reasons.

    Will try and post what information there is. Keep praying for his release.

  2. Continued Prayer by Christians on The Voice of the Martyrs Facebook
    Stacy L. Harp

    October 14, 2011

    A few weeks ago we shared with you that CNN took notice of The Voice of the Martyrs because of the prayer activity for Pastor Youcef and other Christians who are suffering because of their faith in Jesus Christ.

    Yesterday, CNN did a follow up story on Pastor Youcef titled With pressure mounting, Iranian Supreme Court could rehear pastors case in which VOM’s Todd Nettleton offered the following:

    But don’t tell that to the thousands of people who post comments on the Voice of the Martyrs Facebook page. The group’s page has become a hub of activity for Americans interested in Christians who are being persecuted abroad. Written prayer is common for the page, with people regularly turning to God via Facebook.

    Todd Nettleton, spokesman for Voice of the Martyrs, said the group’s activity on Facebook has helped.

    “I think in terms of people praying for Pastor Youcef, that has had an effect, and I think we are seeing the results of that,” Nettleton said. “Iran is a bit hesitant to put this man to death, and I think that is a result of international pressure.”

    Zafar said that although international pressure like Voice of the Martyrs is helping keep Nadarkhani alive, Iran is probably hoping to delay the case so long that the international community moves on to the next pressing issue.

    Iran’s hope is that they “delay a little longer so the pressure would die down and they can make a decision under the guise of the dark,” he said.

    Nettleton said that won’t happen.

    “We continue to monitor the case and we continue to talk about it on our Facebook page,” he said. “One way or another, people are going to know when a verdict is announced.”

    http://persecutionblog.com/

    WE NEED TO UNITE TO PRAY FOR THIS MANS RELEASE AND PRAY THE THE MEDIA SPOTLIGHT DOES NOT GO AWAY.

  3. News this morning confirms what the ACLJ has suspected, the Iranian Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei himself will decide the fate of Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani. Nadarkhani is a Christian pastor who has been sentenced to death for his Christian faith

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