Iranian Government Launches Public Campaign To Halt The Spread Of Christianity
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By BosNewsLife – “Iran’s Islamic leadership has launched a public campaign to halt the rapid spread of Christianity among Iranians, BosNewsLife learned Monday, September 2.
The government’s think-tank and the Iranian intelligence service are organizing meetings aimed at debating the ‘conversion from Islam’ and to analyze why especially Iranian youth convert to Christianity, well-informed Iranian Christians said.
One of the first gatherings was reportedly attended by experts from France and Italy. A follow-up meeting has reportedly been scheduled for September 6 in the influential Sarcheshmeh Cultural Center.
The events come at a time when at least 13 Christians were detained across the Tabriz, Isfahan and Tehran areas in the past six weeks, said Elam Ministries, a mission group founded by senior Iranian church leaders.
Mohabat News, an agency of activists and Christians, isn’t surprised about the government campaign involving meetings aimed at ‘distorting’ public opinion. ‘It seems great crackdowns on churches and extraordinary waves of arrest of Iranian pastors and Christian converts have not been effective,’ the agency commented in a statement to BosNewsLife.
‘Christianity is spreading in Iran rapidly…The increasing growth of house-churches in the country and the tendency of Iranian youth and their families to convert from Islam has turned into a major concern for the security organizations, especially Shi’ite Islamic clerics.’
However, ‘The question is, do these expensive meetings, with especially hand-picked foreign guests, help the Islamic regime to interrupt the work that God has started among Iranians and dissuade Iranians from giving their hearts to Jesus Christ?’, wondered Mohabat News.
Elam Ministries doesn’t think so. ‘In 1979, there were less than 500 known Christians from a Muslim background in Iran. Today the most conservative estimate is that there are at least 100,000 believers in the nation,’ it said in an assessment.
Yet the mission group acknowledged that living as a devoted Christian can be dangerous.
It said a fresh crackdown on Christian converts, began in Tabriz last month when three men, Farshid Modares, Aval Samad Kazemi and Hamid Reza, were detained on July 10 following raids on their homes.” Read more.
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