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Iran: Authorities Launch Mass Arrests Of Christians, Men And Women Dragged To Prisons All Across Iran


Please pray for Christians in Iran and for all Christians in the Islamic world that they be given the strength to hold fast to the faith of Jesus and endure until the end …

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 Stefan J. Bos – “TEHRAN, IRAN (BosNewsLife)– Massive arrests of evangelical Protestant Christians, including many former Muslims, are reported in Iran, with men and women being dragged to prisons across the Islamic nation.

‘We have learned that at least 100, but perhaps as many as 400 people, have been detained over the last 10 days,’ said Firouz Khandjani, a council member of the ‘Church of Iran’ house church movement.

Speaking from an undisclosed location, he told BosNewsLife late Saturday, October 13, that forces of the feared intelligence service, who he called ‘Iran’s Gestapo’, broke up worship services in Esfehan, Shiraz and Tehran areas.

‘They are of several movements. But it has become clear that Protestant Christians are now viewed as enemy number one of the state,’ Khandjani said. ‘We need urgent prayers,’ he added when asked what believers need most.

CHURCH MEMBERS DETAINED

He said among those detained late Friday, October 12, are at least five members of the Church of Iran in the city of Shiraz, including Mohammad Roghangir, known locally as ‘Brother Vahid’, who led a house church service attended by some 15 people.

‘We are also concerned about sister Roxana Forughi as this is the second time she is being detained.’

Other Christians captured during the same raid were identified as Eskandar Rezaie, Bijan Haghighi, Mehdi Ameruni and Shahin Lahooti.

Iranian Christians said they were taken to the notorious detention center Plaque 100 of Iran’s Intelligence Ministry.

SUSPENDED SENTENCES

Khandjani confirmed reports that on Thursday, October 11, seven Christians received suspended five year sentences for ‘action against the national security,’ after they were already jailed for up to three weeks in Rasht, some six years ago.

He said he was also concerned about the situation of Christians taken to prisons in recent days. ‘We know that many have been forced to say they will no longer attend church services in exchange for freedom.’

There was no immediate response from Iranian officials.

The latest reported crackdown comes on the eve of the October 15 trial of five Christian converts detained in Adel-Abad prison eight months ago following a raid on a house church in Shiraz.

FIVE CONFINED

Since their arrests, the five been confined in cells housing dangerous criminals on charges of ‘creating illegal groups’, ‘participating in a house church service’, ‘propagation against the Islamic regime’ and ‘defaming Islamic holy figures through Christian evangelizing,’ Iranian Christians said.

There is also concern about the health of several church leaders detained earlier, including

Iranian Pastor Behnam Irani, who potentially faces the death penalty for ‘apostasy’, or abandoning Islam.

Christians have said he suffers of ‘various medical problems’ in part because of prison mistreatment.

Despite the reported persecution, there may be at least 100,000 evangelical Christians in Iran, according to church groups, with others giving higher estimates.” Source – BosNewsLife.

  1. Hischildren
    10/14/2012 at 2:13 PM

    Father, please give your children courage. Thank you always!

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  2. 10/14/2012 at 2:14 PM

    Continuing to pray for our Brother’s and sister’s. God give them guidance, strength, courage, and protection. Send Angels to comfort and protect. You are not alone!

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  3. 10/14/2012 at 3:43 PM

    Reblogged this on Durable Faith and commented:
    Pray for your brothers and sisters in iran fervently. Pretend that it is you in custody and think how fervently you would want others to pray for you. it may be more than pretending soon…

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  4. 10/15/2012 at 12:55 AM

    Amen!

    Father,

    Protect your people in the midst of the seven lean years… may there be the same sustenance and protection for them that the sons of Israel found in Egypt, brought about by Joseph’s understanding, planning and management. May they grow and multiply into a mighty nation. May the Joseph nation(s) fulfill their calling and giftings too.

    Destroy the evil leadership and government of Iran and bring forth the prophetic promise you have given the people of Iran for great impact for good in the end times:

    “‘Then I will set My throne in Elam
    And destroy out of it king and princes,’
    Declares the Lord.
    ‘But it will come about in the last days
    That I will restore the fortunes of Elam,’”
    Declares the Lord.
    Jer 49:38-39 (see also vss. 34-37)

    We say ‘yes’ and ‘amen’ in Yeshua.

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  5. 10/16/2012 at 3:55 PM

    There’s far more Christians thrown into US prisons – 8 million in total population. Why aren’t we up in arms about them? Because many of us are hypocrites. Why aren’t we up in arms about 1 million dead Iraquis? Why isn’t Bush in jail for ordering torture at Abu Garib prison? Because can’t see thelog in our own eye, but the splinter in Iran’s eye.

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    • ICA
      10/16/2012 at 4:11 PM

      Hi kimmmy, please provide a link detailing where hundreds of Christians in America are thrown into prison simply because they’re Christian. Or a link detailing where Christians accused of proselytizing non-Christians are detained, arrested or imprisoned. Or a link laying out the number of former American Muslims being arrested because they converted from Islam to Christianity. I look forward to your reply.

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  6. Sue Jordan
    10/17/2012 at 8:07 PM

    Praying for our persecuted brothers and sisters

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    • Anonymous
      12/05/2012 at 4:27 PM

      Yes Kimmy, that is not true. I am an Armenian Christian born in Canada. My family immigrated from Egypt many years ago. My husband is Iranian. I have been to Iran many times. You have no idea what Iranian’s face in Iran.

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