PERSECUTION: Iran to put on trial five Christians for leaving Islam

I think this is good news and bad news. The bad news obviously is what is happening to these 5 Christians who simply want the freedom to pray to the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob. And because of they they will be imprisoned. Iran is clearly trying to send a message to any Muslim considering becoming an apostate and a convert to Christianity.

On the flip side, they are doing this because of the growing amount of Christians who they see as a threat “to the very state itself”. God is moving in Iran and that is clear from all the reports of Iran’s battle against it.

FOX NEWS – Five Iranian Christian converts who were detained late last year will reportedly begin trial in Iran’s Revolutionary Court this week, according to a human rights group following the case.

The five men were among seven arrested in October when security forces raided an underground house church in the city of Shiraz during a prayer session. They will be tried at the Revolutionary Court in Shiraz’s Fars Province on charges of disturbing public order, evangelizing, threatening national security and engaging in Internet activity that threatens the government, according to Christian Solidarity Worldwide, a religious persecution watchdog group.

“Judging from recent cases, it is likely that, at the very least, those detained may face lengthy prison sentences,” said CSW spokesperson Kiri Kankhwende.

According to Kankhwende, the crackdown against Christian converts and house churches parallels a general increase in repression against many, including journalists, religious and cultural minorities and others as the government is leading up to June’s presidential elections.

The five imprisoned men, Mohammad Roghangir, Surush Saraie, Eskandar Rezaie, Shahin Lahooti and Massoud Rezaie are members of the Church of Iran denomination, one of the country’s largest house church movements.

“There has been a noticeable increase in the harassment, arrests, trials and imprisonments of converts to Christianity, particularly since the beginning of 2012,” Kankhwende said. “Any movement that differs from or offers an alternative to orthodox Shia Islam, and any persons who chooses to follow an alternative belief system, are interpreted as a challenge to the very state itself.”

The underground church network has been rapidly growing in Iran as a place where converts from Islam to Christianity can pray as they are forbidden to attend services at formal churches.

Alongside the growing network of home churches has been the increase in violent crackdowns and raids on these communities and arrests made on Christian converts, among them the internationalized case of Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, held for almost three years on charges of apostasy and more recently American Pastor Saeed Abedini who is currently serving an eight-year sentence for evangelizing and threatening national security.

“House churches are growing because the converts have nowhere else to go,” said Tiffany Barrans, international legal director at the American Center for Law and Justice,

“When you’re a convert to Christianity in Iran, you can’t go worship at the church on the corner, because conversion is not acceptable. If they were allowed to go to an official place of worship, there wouldn’t be a house church movement,” Barrans said.

“Essentially they have created the house church problem and now use it to persecute its own people.”

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I remind you:

“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven…” – Matthew 5:10-12

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TIMERUNNER
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TIMERUNNER

And Jesus said to the daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children, for, behold, the days are coming, many shall say, blessed are the barren, and the womb that never bare. For if they do these things when the tree is green, what shall be done when it is dry. Luke 23.

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TIMERUNNER

And Jesus said to the daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children, for, behold, the days are coming, many shall say, blessed are the barren, and the womb that never bare. For if they do these things when the tree is green, what shall be done when it is dry. Luke 23.

Laila Rasheed
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Laila Rasheed

Whether Shiia or Sunni or one of the other sects of Mohammedanism, this is what all teach: Verses in Quran that talk about killing and fighting: FIRST THE DECEPTION VERSE! A JUDAS GOAT VERSE. “That which you have been given is but a fleeting comfort of this life. Better and more enduring is that which Allah has for those who believe and put their trust in Him; who avoid gross sins and indecencies and, when angered, are willing to forgive; who obey their Lord, attend to their prayers, and conduct their affairs by mutual consent; who bestow in alms a part of that which We have given them and, when oppressed, seek to redress their wrongs.” (Qur’an, Ash-Shura 42:36-39) There are many verses in the Quran that make reference to fighting and killing. Mohammedans will try and convince us that these verses are being taken out of context, yet the… Read more »

Ray
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Ray

Every person on earth should be able to worship as they wish or not worship at all if they wish. When you must coerce someone to your religion you really don’t have a true believer.
It is wrong to use a threat or force or fear to hold someone to a religious belief.

NCHokie02
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NCHokie02

No sure where my chaplain got his numbers from but he’s a big history buff and always uses it in his sermons. Anyhow, he would frequently mention that the largest area of growth in Christianity right now is in Iran. And for as many stories that come out of there about the persecution by the gov’t I tend to agree with him. I pray for their steadfastness in their faith of Christ. I pray that as the roman soldier (forget his name at the moment) admitted at Christ’s crucifixtion that “truly he is the Son of God” that some in witness of these men’s trials may have their hearts and eyes opened by the actions of these five men.

B-Funk
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B-Funk

Blessings on you, my brothers in the faith! May others see your courageous example and fearlessly worship Jesus!

chatterbox365
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chatterbox365

I only read about these stories on very few websites and I am wondering why the mainstream Christian community isn’t making noise about it, especially powerful guys like Rick Warren, Greg Laurie and Joel Osteen. If they are, I sure as hell haven’t heard anything about it. What about all the other faiths that fall under Christianity?? We got fellow Christians risking their lives (and their families) to follow the Lord and yet, many Christians sit silently turning the other cheek. Churches are more concerned about being politically correct than standing up and fighting for their brothers and sisters.

Prayers to all Christians are willing to suffer and be persecuted than to deny the Lord.

Shery Hancock
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Shery Hancock

Praise God these men are bold in their faith, as this will be a testimony to the rest of the country that there is something worthwhile in Christ. And pray for their daily needs and that they will not be tortured too harshly. Pray for the families involved. Pray for mercy in the courts. Pray that God gives them His peace and the words to say in their trials that will prick the hearts of those who hear as they plant the seeds of Truth.

PatrickHenrysBody
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PatrickHenrysBody

Boy oh boy. The “religion of peace” just keeps on giving…or in this case, taking. Mounting proof that Islamifascism is alive and well in the land of fanatic-filled Iran…and they will have nukes pretty soon as well. Fun times are going to be had by all.

davienne
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davienne

my heart breaks for these people who just want to be left alone and worship their beliefs.. without those muzzie scum bag, baby raping, murdering faggots pushing their cult on them …

Conservator1
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Conservator1

As long as Obama is President, do the Mullahs who run Iran fear America’s wraith? IMO, no and sadly neither does Russia and China fear this president. They will continue to ignore the international sanctions and support Iran.

57thunderbird
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57thunderbird

Neither does N.Korea.

Conservator1
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Conservator1

I agree; North Korea (NK) doesn’t fear this president as recent actions indicate. I didn’t mention the commie nation and its Supreme thug Kim Jong-un, because the article focused on Iran.

The question is what actions will Obama take since North Korea declared the armistice treaty nullified. I suspect he will once again call for new talks with NK rather than focus on the nuclear threat they represent and sell out ally, South Korea.

I hope I’m wrong, but this president doesn’t afford any reason for me to believe otherwise.

notebene
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notebene

I feel so small and petty when I think of what these converts to Christianity face to come home to the God who is real and loves them. They are truly light in a very dark place! I pray that God will keep them bold, keep them strong, and most of all keep them safe!

Conservative_Hippie
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Conservative_Hippie

Praying for our brothers and sisters in Iran!

Alex Bury
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Alex Bury

Thanks Carter, you’re just the gift that keeps on giving.

Brian Bury
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Brian Bury

Should have helped the Shah when we had the chance. That idiot Carter continues to screw us in ways we have yet to see.

esterc
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esterc

That idiot Obama will also continue to plague us for decades.

deeme
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deeme

Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.
Revelation 2.10

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 12Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. Matthew 5/10-12

Justin_Yancey
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Justin_Yancey

God is being faithful to all those who will listen to him before the soon return of His Son. No man can solve the mess this world is in. No one in this world wants to face reality in any way. Every where you turn people are living in a make believe world. This is why America is in a mess. America has turned her back on God and reality, and we are paying the consequences for it. God cannot bless America when she is so overwhelmingly wicked and immoral.

1endtimes2020
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1endtimes2020

Revenge is mine, says the Lord.

How would those cowardly Pakistanis think if muslim homes and Mosques were burned here, and muslims kicked around and taken off the air—lost their freedom and lost their employment, their assets confiscated, and sent back to the devils muslimland? It’s what they deserve. An eye for an eye.
What Christians are going through is madenning and to think we have our own secular countrymen enabling muslims here is even more outrageous.
It was Christians that began the whole country that attracted hundreds of millions of people from all over the world.
Now, all of a sudden, we’re supposed to step aside and hand over the country to those who have a history of hating Christianity.
What organization is directing our own countrymen to serve them in this way?

LIBERTYUSA
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LIBERTYUSA

…get all the Christians OUT of Iran then N U K E it .”

57thunderbird
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57thunderbird

Turn it into a glass parking lot!Be the best thing that ever happened!

Rshill7
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Rshill7

Allah is Satan and Mohammed is Abaddon. What do you expect? You expect subjugated people to try to escape from them. You also expect the demon-possessed followers to gnash upon them with whatever they can, including their very teeth.

JESUS CHRIST is the light and hope of the world!!!

Islam is darkness, death, and eternal damnation.

Heaven will welcome these while Hell embraces their captors…with fire and brimstone.

57thunderbird
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57thunderbird

Martyrs are the seeds of the church.Great choice of scripture Scoop.We pray for all of our brothers and sisters worldwide.When one member is hurting the whole body suffers.

sjmom
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sjmom

I agree with you Scoop as bad as this is for the persecuted it is a good sign the Lord is moving and Muslims are coming to know Jesus. May God have mercy on the five and their families.

Philo Beddoe
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Philo Beddoe

It is God that is driving these people to realize that the brutality of the Iranian govt is not the way people should be treated.

Christianity= Peace
Islime= total oppression and control

maketcomp
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maketcomp

For God’s sake why is there NO one standing up for these people?!This is happening all across the Middle East and no one in the US is calling on Obama to advocate for these Christians. After all Obama is suppose to be a Christian, right?

57thunderbird
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57thunderbird

The silence is deafening.

chatterbox365
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chatterbox365

Not even well-known Christian leaders who could use their influence to put pressure on politicians or just make a lot of noise.

Joe
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Joe

What year are we living in ?

The UN is doing what about this?

Throw them out of the US – The UN is useless!

American Duckie
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American Duckie

The UN is too busy granting amnesty to muslims in the US to worry about Christians.

sad

PatrickHenrysBody
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PatrickHenrysBody

The U.N. is applauding the action. The U.N. is the extension of Islamic totalitarian regimes everywhere.

American Duckie
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American Duckie

I agree Scoop. It’s sad to see persecution anywhere, and I pray God will keep these faithful strong, but it is so encouraging to see church growth especially in places like Iran. Thanks for posting this.

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