Iranian crackdown on Believers

Iran has arrested about 70 Christians since Christmas in a crackdown that demonstrates the limits of religious tolerance by Islamic leaders who often boast they provide room for other faiths.

The Iranian police have a well deserved reputation for brutal repression, which is now being unleashed against the Believers.

Christian activists claim their Iranian brethren are being persecuted simply for worshiping outside officially sanctioned mainstream churches, the small community of Iranian Christians who get together for prayer and Bible readings in private residences and out of sight of authorities. They are part of a wider “house church” movement that has taken root in other places with tight controls on Christian activities such as China and Indonesia.

Iran has claimed as a point of pride that it makes space for other religions. It reserves parliament seats for Jewish and Christian lawmakers and permits churches — Roman Catholic, Armenian Orthodox and others — as well as synagogues and Zoroastrian temples that are under sporadic watch by authorities. In past years, authorities have staged arrests on Christians and other religious minorities, but the latest sweeps appears to be among the biggest and most coordinated.

Tehran Governor Morteza Tamadon described the Christians as “hard-line” missionaries who have “inserted themselves into Islam like a parasite,” according to the official Islamic Republic News Agency.

It’s still unclear what charges could be brought against the jailed Christians. But allegations of trying to convert Muslims could bring a death sentence.

“The use of the word missionaries instead of evangelicals is an intentional move by the government,” she said. “As evangelicals, they are a group entitled to their faith. As missionaries, they are enemies of the state seeking to corrupt its people.”

Source; Associated Press (The entire article is well worth reading)

My comments;

In Matthew 5: 10-11, Jesus said;

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

1 Corinthians 12:26 says;

And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.

And 1 Peter 4:13 says;

To the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation.

The anti-Christ spirit which powers the Shi’ite Islamic religious authorities in Iran has no problem permitting traditional “Churches” who are at best dead and at worst anti-Christ themselves to operate so that they can pretend to be tolerant of minorities.

But when a tiny number of people start attending true, Bible Believing Evangelical churches, the anti-Christ forces in Iran know that they have a real problem. The Demonic spirit is terrified and outraged that the Spirit of Christ dares to invade its domain.

All true Christians need to lift up the house churches in Iran, and take inspiration from their example.

Their persecution is our persecution, their suffering our suffering and their triumph our triumph. They are a tiny number, but they have made a mighty kingdom of darkness tremble with fear.

Written by Aaron

4 thoughts on “Iranian crackdown on Believers

  1. First of all, we need to raise our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ up in prayer. For those of us here in the United States, we need to be aware that the time may come soon when we may be under persecution. We already have an apostate church that is pretty much sanctioned by our government. Those of us who believe that Jesus is the only way and who believe that judgement is coming are seen as extremists. We need to wake up and sound out the warning.

    Thank you for this post to remind us of the evil that is going on in this world. Satan knows his time is short and he is beginning to work harder than ever. Maranatha

    1. Richard,

      God will decide when Iran is to be judged, and not as a whole. Because I am sure there are Christians who live in Iran, who believe in our King and Savior.

      The bible tells us when Judgement from our King will come.

      Matthew 25:31-34 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.”

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