Tuesday, 3 February 2009

Christian Today: Iran More Hostile to Christians

U.S. President Obama’s desire for engagement with Iran is likely to do little to change Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s guile for the U.S. He blames the West for the growth of Christianity in Iran and is taking action. Jeff King with International Christian Concern says Iranian believers are arrested, beaten and tortured. “Parliament is looking to push an apostasy law with life sentences and death sentences for Muslims who convert to Christianity. This isn’t posturing. This is real stuff."

King believes he knows why Iran is taking this action. “They see the youth slipping away, and they don’t know what to do. And so Ahmadinejad has said, ‘I’m going to stop Christianity. I’m going to crush it.’ And I think he’s going to find out what most world leaders find out when they try to do that: they actually spread Christianity and actually increase it exponentially.”

King says this oppression will cause the church to be creative in their outreach. Pray for Iranian believers to be strong in their faith as they face political persecution. Source: Intercessors for America

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