Thursday, September 29, 2011
On Trial for Following Christ
His name is Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani and he is awaiting his sentence after being found guilty in an Iranian court. His charge? Apostasy in a religion he's never been part of.
Pastor Nadarkhani was first sentenced to death in November 2010 and in order to avoid the death penalty, he is being asked to recant his beliefs and convert to Islam. Yes, you read that right. The Iranian officials who have convicted this man for following Jesus Christ wants him to renounce Christ and follow a religion he's never been a part of.
There is a chance that Pastor Nadarkhani could be sentenced to death and executed by Iran as early as tomorrow. Please keep this Shepherd of Christ in your prayers and pray with me that Iran will stop this madness and release Pastor Nadarkhani. If they do execute him, then pray that God uses his martydom in a way that glorifies God and brings more followers to Christ.