Iranian pastor, Youcef Nadarkhani, has been sentenced to death for converting to Christianity. Pastor Nadarkhani has been in prison since October of 2009. But recent reports say the order for his execution have been finalized. This is in spite of international pressure put on the Iranian government to release Pastor Nadarkhani.
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Iran is a Muslim country that practices Sharia Law. In Iran is it illegal to convert to Christianity. Technically, it is not illegal to be a Christian, only to convert to Christianity. It is also illegal for Christians to proselytize. Pastor Nadarkhani was hoping to be released on a technicality. He claims he was never a Muslim. The problem is his father was a Muslim, and according to Islam, if your father is a Muslim, you are a Muslim. Thus, converting to Christianity is punishable by death.
This is an incredibly sad and critical story. It is critical because it seems Pastor Nadarkhani’s death is imminent. It is sad, because his case is not an isolated case. Everyday, Christians all over the world, are being imprisoned, sold into slavery, tortured, and killed. Their only crime is claiming to believe in Jesus.
We need to pray for our persecuted brethren and we need to put more pressure on our own government and the larger world to do something about this basic human rights violation. Below are a couple of websites that will keep you up to date on the persecution of Christians around the world.