Giving hope to persecuted Christians since 1995
Select Page

Iran marks anniversary of ‘freedom’

ICC Note

Many Iranian Muslims have found hope in the message of gospel. The conversion of large number of Muslims to Christianity has alarmed Iranian officials who have stepped up persecution of Christians in the country.

02/03/2009 Iran (MNN)- Iran is marking the 30th anniversary of the Islamic revolution this week.

The 10 days of anniversary festivities highlight the homecoming of the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. In 1979, his return from exile sparked mass protests, led to the ouster of the shah, and opened the door for Muslim clerics to take over.

However, according to Compass Direct sources, pressure against Christians has increased in recent months, resulting in the detention of approximately 50 believers across the country.

Nettleton observes that the freedom being touted by Iran ‘s government “does not extend to Christians. It doesn’t extend to opposition parties that want to run in the election. It’s a very limited freedom, and yet that seems to be the theme they’re focusing on.”

In September 2008, Iran ‘s parliament voted for a draft law that would mandate the death penalty for those convicted of apostasy.

Disillusionment is rampant among young people, which ironically is an opening for the hope of Christ. “The hunger that exists in that country and the way they respond when they hear the Good News is just remarkable,” says Nettleton. “They are finding that the hopelessness of Islam doesn’t answer the questions of their heart, and the Gospel does answer those questions. So, the church is growing.”

[Go to the Full Story]