Martyrs: Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani May Die Today


I’ve been speaking to our college group the last three Tuesdays about evangelism. Most won’t hand out even a tract because they are afraid. Satan has done a great job in shutting the mouths of Christians when it comes to talking about their faith. But what is there to fear in a country that has religious freedom? Read about this Pastor in Iran who may face execution today if he doesn’t renounce his faith and consider yourself blessed to live in America.

An Iranian pastor who has refused to renounce his Christian faith faces execution as early as Wednesday after his sentence was upheld by an Iranian court.

Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, who maintains he has never been a Muslim as an adult, has Islamic ancestry and therefore must recant his faith in Jesus Christ, the 11th branch of Iran’s Gilan Provincial Court ruled. Iran’s Supreme Court had ordered the trial court to determine whether Nadarkhani had been a Muslim prior to converting to Christianity.

The judges, according to the American Center for Law & Justice, demanded that Nadarkhani, 34, recant his Christian faith before submission of evidence. Though the judgment runs against current Iranian and international laws and is not codified in Iranian penal code, the judge stated that the court must uphold the decision of the 27th Branch of the Supreme Court in Qom. Read the rest here.

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