A Christian in Afghanistan is facing punishment as severe as the death penalty, or 20 years in prison, if he doesn’t choose to convert back to Islam. The verdict is expected this week.
Shoaib Assadullah was imprisoned October 21 for giving a Bible to a man who later reported him to the authorities. He has received no legal representation, and International Concern Aiden Clay, says a judge handed down the latest sentence in late December.
ICC sources closely following the case says that a court hearing on December 28, Assadullah was told to recant his Christianity, or he will face a hanging or be killed for his faith. Shoaib stated he has given his life completely into the hands of Jesus. He said he was happy for the spiritual fight, saying, “Without my faith, I would not be able to live.”
Afghanistan is a signatory of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. According to Article 18, ‘Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.
Shoaib Assadullah gave the right response when he said: he has given his life completely into the hands of Jesus. He said he was happy for the spiritual fight, saying, “Without my faith, I would not be able to live.”
Persecution is going on in places like: India, Egypt, Sudan, and countless other countries. As a Believer In Christ, it is important for us to be ready at all times for Our Lord Jesus Christ.
To watch a family member, friend, die hurt’s the heart. We’ve all experienced it, but believers in Christ must stand firm in the truth, for the bible tells us for the persecuted: their reward is great in heaven. And those that Truly repent, accept Jesus Christ as their Savior on their death bed are saved. For Jesus Christ knows all of our hearts.
Matthew 5 verses 10-12:
“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”
There are many “claimed to be Christians” who would rather renounce Christ, then die for Our King.
Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
There are lots of verses in the Holy Bible that speak of hell. But Jesus Christ says: Whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Romans 10 verses 9:1:
because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
That Afghanistan signed the UDHR and then turned hypocritical is not surprising. Iran has also signed it, along with Syria, Turkey, Pakistan, and the list goes on. All of them are more than just hypocrites.
He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite shall not come before him.
Pray for Shoaib Assadullah, and all persecuted Christians.
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Written by Gloria