‘Horrific Pressures, Death Threats’: Imprisoned American Pastor Says Iranian Captors Are ‘Waiting For Me To Deny Christ’
“But,” the pastor continues, “they will never get this from me.” This is the type of faith that we as brothers and sisters in Christ must be ready to reflect, they who will overcome the evil of this Beast by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, loving not their lives even unto death …
Matthew 16:24-25, “Then Jesus said to His disciples, ‘If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.’”
Revelation 2:10, “Do not fear any of those things which you are about to suffer. Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested, and you will have tribulation ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.”
By Lisa Daftari, Fox News – “American pastor Saeed Abedini, jailed in a notoriously brutal Iranian prison for his Christian faith, is facing physical and psychological torture at the hands of captors demanding he renounce his beliefs, according to supporters.
The 32-year-old married father of two, who left his home in Boise, Idaho, to help start an orphanage in his latest country, detailed ‘horrific pressures’ and ‘death threats,’ is a letter to family members, according to his U.S.-based attorneys.
‘My eyes get blurry, my body does not have the strength to walk, and my steps become very weak and shaky,’ read the letter, sneaked out of Evin prison in Tehran. ‘They are only waiting for one thing…for me to deny Christ. But they will never get this from me.’
Abedini was sentenced to eight years in prison for threatening the national security of Iran through his leadership in Christian house churches. The American Center for Law and Justice has provided legal support for Abedini’s family in the U.S. and is working through various government means to help win the pastor’s release. ACLJ Executive Director Jordan Sekulow said the fact that the torture is happening after Abedini’s trial, a sham he and his attorney were not even allowed to attend, is particularly chilling.
‘This is post conviction,’ Sekulow said. ‘This isn’t about a trial. This is about life, and the message is you will be treated this way until you become a Muslim.’” Read more.
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