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Iran: Imprisoned Christian Pastor Will Not Return to Islam and Renounce Christ, Execution Set For As Early As September 29

Hebrews 13:3, “Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.”

Sahih Bukhari 52:260, “… The Prophet [Mohammed] said, ‘If somebody discards his [Islamic] religion, kill him.” (Hadith)

John 16:2b, “… the time is coming when those who kill you will think they are doing a holy service for God.”

By Stefan J. Bos – “RASHT, IRAN (Worthy News) – A young pastor of Iran’s largest house church movement has told an Iranian court he will not ‘recant’ his faith in Christ despite facing execution as early as Thursday, September 29, for abandoning Islam, church sources said.

Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani of the Church of Iran was asked by the Gilan provincial court in the city of Rasht to ‘repent’ ahead of his next hearing Tuesday, September 27. However Nadarkhani declined, according to comments obtained by BosNewsLife.

‘Repent means to return. What should I return to? To the blasphemy that I had before my faith in Christ?,’ the 34-year-old church leader asked during his first hearing Sunday, September 25.

When the court told him to return ‘to the religion of your ancestors, Islam’ Nadarkhani replied: ‘I can not.’

The Court said however that Youcef Nadarkhani, whose first name is also spelled as Yousef, has ‘Islamic ancestry’ and therefore ‘must recant his faith in Jesus Christ,’ trial observers said.

Yet, fellow Christians following the trial described Youcef Nadarkhani as ‘being happy [with] his faith strong.'” Read more.

  1. Anonymous
    09/27/2011 at 2:57 PM

    ICA – This doesn’t have anything to do with this story (but, Lord Jesus, strengthen our brother in this dark hour!). I wonder if you would be willing to share this video on your blog:





  2. ICA
    09/27/2011 at 3:44 PM

    Done. Excellent documentary that will force anyone who watches to re-examine the value of life from a whole new perspective.


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