Thursday, July 7, 2011

New developments in case of Iranian pastor sentenced to death

Youcef Nardharkhani and his wife
Last month, Youcef Nardarkhani, an Iranian pastor convicted of apostasy for leaving Islam, had his death sentence for apostasy upheld and confirmed by the Iranian Supreme Court.

On July 3, Pastor Youcef’s lawyer reported that his case was being returned to the Revolutionary Tribunal of Gilan Province and that the Supreme Court would annul the sentence if Youcef renounced his faith.

Iranian Christians are emphasizing, however, that reports indicating Pastor Youcef’s case has already been annulled are misleading, as the annulment is dependent on him recanting his faith and embracing Islam (sources include Middle East Concern, Mohabat News and Present Truth Ministries).

Pastor Youcef thus remains at serious risk of execution and continues to face extreme pressure to deny Christ.

The Revolutionary Tribunal has been instructed to give Youcef more time in which to recant his faith in Jesus, which suggests that while the death sentence remains against him it may not be as imminent as first thought. There remains some uncertainty, however, as Pastor Youcef’s lawyer has yet to receive written confirmation of the death sentence verdict.

You can help by praying!
  • Pray Pastor Youcef will be exonerated and released.
  • Pray he will continue to find encouragement and strength in Christ in prison.
  • Pray Iranian officials operating in corrupt and oppressive ways will repent of their actions and come to embrace Christ as Lord.
  • Pray Christians in Iran will set their minds on Christ as they serve Him amid opposition (1 Corinthians 1:10).

1 comment:

  1. Father in Heaven, I'm remembering Pastor Youcef's in bond's, as bound with him and Christian's which are suffering adverisity, as being yourselves also in the Body. I pray for the Holy Spirit to give him a confirming presence of Your Majesty. Fill him with the Anointing to speak Your Words from the Throne Room to his captor's hearts. I take authority over the prince of Persia over Iran in the Name of Jesus Christ, your corruption is brought down to the pit. I pray for captor's to releasePastor Youcef's immediately, and all other Christian's there in that prison. I pray for ALL Believer's in Iran to be visited by You LORD Jesus bringing comfort, love, peace, wisdom, understanding of Your Revelation Truth. So that they may boldly say, The LORD is my Helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

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