HALLELUJAH: Iranian Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani acquitted of apostasy and released from prison

OK this is freaking awesome:

CBN NEWS – The Iranian pastor sentenced to death for refusing to recant his Christian faith has been released from prison and is with his family, according to Christian Solidarity Worldwide.

CSW sources report that Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani was acquitted of apostasy Saturday. During proceedings, the court found him guilty of evangelizing Muslims and sentenced him to three years in prison, time he has already served.

Nadarkhani was arrested in 2009 for challenging required Islamic instruction for children. He was sentenced to death in 2010 for apostasy after refusing to renounce his Christian faith.

Pastor Nadarkhani has been in prison for nearly three years. But a swell of international pressure and numerous campaigns to release the pastor during the past few years has kept heat on the Iranian government to release him.

During his scheduled court appearance Saturday, Nadarkhani was expected to face new charges, but instead he was allowed to go home.

“CSW is delighted to learn of Pastor Nadarkhani’s release after a long incarceration,” Mervyn Thomas, CSW chief executive, said. “We commend the Iranian judiciary for this step, which is a triumph for justice and the rule of law.”

“While we rejoice at this wonderful news, we do not forget hundreds of others who are harassed or unjustly detained on account of their faith,” he added.

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  • I have been so excited all morning for this news!!! Praise Jesus! I am so glad for Pastor Youcef and his family- but we need to continue to pray for so many others who are still facing incredible persecution.

    Thank you Lord!!

    • Is_Sense_Common

      May He continue to use Youcef and others as a reminder that our God is great and sovereign over all.

  • proudhispanicconservative

    That is great news god bless him and protect him.

  • Is_Sense_Common

    Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!

    My son & I are celebrating too! God is good. All of the time!

  • 12grace

    Thank G-d for saving Pastor Youcef and helping his family.

    Pray for G-d’s love and protection for all the Christians being persecuted by muslims around the world.

  • SpikeT

    The SUN came up today!! What better place to celebrate then RS.

  • rreidc

    I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall i be saved from mine enemies. Psalm 18:3

  • p m

    Fantastic news.

    And in Pakistan, the 14 year-old mentally disabled girl accused of blasphemy has been released after her town’s chief mullah was found to have added torn pages of their special book (can’t say holy – nothing holy about it) to the charred scraps of that book found in a bag of rubbish she was carrying when arrested.

    His mosque associates witnessed the deed and spoke up. No, he isn’t under arrest – after all, this outrage led to a lot of Christians fleeing the town, so all is good…he’s probably the town hero now.

    How lucky we are not to have been born in such places. How hard we must work to ensure such places are not reproduced in our own countries.

    • There’s nothing special about their book either. But I am SO glad that there was one of the mosque members who had courage enough to tell the truth!

      • p m

        Indeed, AibC, nothing special at all. Look at them, and what it does to them!

    • bobemakk

      And our patriotic freedom fighters are dying in battle or coming home as wounded warriors because these Muslim ba$tards are being supplied arms by our enemies, China, Russia, etc….sickening. Afghanistan and Pakistan are harboring our enemies as well.

  • 3seven77

    I am excited that Pastor Nadarkhani is free, but my excitment is tempered with worry because he and his family are still in Iran. We need to continue to pray for their safety, for they are still surrounded by ruthless enemies of Christ.

  • That’s WONDERFUL! I’ve been praying for him… glory to God!!

  • 911Infidel

    Now lets find a way to get him and his family out of Iran. He’s lucky. The price that Christians pay in the ME for converting from Islam or just being a Christian is often death, imprisonment, slavery and torture. No compulsion in religion my a$$.

    • B-Funk

      Yep, Islam is a threat to everyone, whether they want to admit it or not.

      • Haywoodjbl


        This is not an “extremist” view these people have, IT IS ISLAM and people need to stop “sugar coating” the TRUTH.

  • B-Funk

    Praise and glory to the Gifting-Giver for his mercy! Now, we gotta get this guy moved over here so he can be free!

  • StandingGround

    I can’t tell you how excited I am to hear this news! Our Lord God Almighty moved heaven and earth to rescue His faithful child from his ungodly enemies. Most of us will never have to face this kind of persecution. What an inspiration Pastor Youcef’s walk has been that he would have rather died than deny His Savior, Jesus Christ. What a powerful example of true Christianity and God’s Power to save!

    I join with others to continue to pray for his safety and the safety of his family as God continues to use him in his ministry to others.

  • If it’s true, it’s great news. I just hope the west didn’t have to trade anything for his release.

    • now you mention that I do have to wonder about the recent iran-israel obama stuff.
      wonder if state dept did a deal.
      thats tomorrows fight I guess, today we rejoice.

  • Great news

  • Constance

    I certainly hope that he and his family do not remain anywhere near Iran. Or Egypt. Or most of the entire region, frankly. Time to live outside of the curtain of religious darkness. It is a precious waste of time and life to remain in such a terrible place.

    • wodiej

      I agree. Did you all hear the Taliban said their main goal will be to kidnap Prince Harry and assassinate him? Why purposely put yourself in danger when you are being singled out like that?

      • Is_Sense_Common

        And to recklessly endanger all who surround him…

    • jesuschik

      Wow. While I agree that to flee would be wise for the safety of his family and, since he is known, to save himself-I cannot agree that the possibility of one soul being given a chance at eternity and the knowledge of Jesus Christ would ever be “a precious waste of time and life…” The light shines brightest in the darkest of places. May the Lord send many more like him into those dark places…even me, if He so desires.

  • Thank you LORD! And thank you scoop for posting this! The LORD bless you!

    I associate this pastor with my own christianity… or lack there of. When word came out that he had been killed I cried like a little girl. I knew I had not prayed enough for him and it reminded me of how selfish/self centered/spoiled I am. The LORD receives no glory from my “trials”. I still need to learn to keep my eyes on Jesus. When his lawyer was imprisoned I thought, only the LORD HIMSELF can help him now. And HE did! Hallelujah!

    Whether Pastor Yousef lived or died the glory was/is all HIS! Baruch Hashem Adonai!

    Psalm 136
    1 Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
    2 Give thanks to the God of gods, For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

    23 Who remembered us in our low estate, For His lovingkindness is everlasting,
    24 And has rescued us from our adversaries, For His lovingkindness is everlasting;
    25 Who gives food to all flesh, For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
    26 Give thanks to the God of heaven, For His lovingkindness is everlasting.

  • wodiej

    Thank you for the update. Thank you Jesus for helping us all help you save this Godly man.

  • According to ACLJ it’s true. They’ve posted a pic there… looks as though he’s being received by his people…

    • Cindy09

      Thank God for the ACLJ (American Center for Law and Justice) and the Sekulows for working tirelessly behind the scene to have this Pastor liberated. And thank God for Pat Robertson who found the ACLJ. Indeed, many good deeds!

  • Cindy09

    Thank God for Pastor Nadarkhani’s!!

    Now I pray that God help him and his family out of Iran.

  • Rshill7

    “…And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.”

  • Nukeman60

    I rejoice at this great news and I pray for this pastor and his family. He is not out of danger until he is away from this insanity in Iran.

    I have to stop and contemplate my own faith when I think of people like Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani. He puts his life on the line every single day of his life for his faith. I am lucky that I can worship in peace in a country that still allows me to do so. I don’t fear walking out of church and getting blown up, or having fanatical zealots break into my house to torture and kill my family before my very eyes. I could never imagine living in those conditions.

    Thank you Lord, for giving me this freedom to worship and please forgive me my weakness when I don’t follow my faith as much as I should. Oh Lord, you are great and I must make sure I double my efforts to be more like Jesus each and every day.

    I know you show me people like Pastor Nadarkhani to open my eyes to my own responsibilities. Thank you.

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  • Joe

    Wonderful news !

    Is he staying in Iran?

  • hes a lot better man than I am and I am not afraid to admit that. had been praying for him.

  • Thank you God for your mercy! Praying for this man and his family that they stay safe!

    This was the first time I ever signed a petition ( ACLJ) and saw the fruit of it! PTL!

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  • Sober_Thinking

    God is indeed good. Praise the Lord!


    This is a miracle. Many prayers have gone forth. God answers prayer.

  • Ryan Mobley

    God NEVER leaves us nor forsakes us. He is our strong tower and rock of defense. Amen and amen.

  • bobemakk

    Thanks to the Lord, but The Right Scoop had another video of an Iranian who was not denying his Christiainity and he was beheaded. These Muslim Iranians who do this to people should rot in hell for what they do. America must wake up, stronger sanctions or assist Israel to wipe them off the map.