Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Imported Bibles seized by Iranian government

The Iranian government is expressing great concern over the large volume of Bibles entering the country, reports Mohabat News.

Authorities reportedly seized 6,500 Bibles in transit between the cities of Zanjan and Abhar in northwest Iran.

An Iranian official recently stated that “missionaries with reliance on huge money and propaganda are trying to deviate our youth.” He also expressed his concern that “religions are strengthening their power to confront Islam.”

Prior to this, in November 2010, police officers and revolutionary guards seized 300 Bibles and burned them.

Please pray with us!
  • Pray the Word of the Lord will continue to go forth in Iran and that many will come to embrace Christ as their Saviour.
  • Pray Iranian believers will never be ashamed of the gospel because, through its power, God brings salvation (Romans 1:16).
  • Pray for strength and insight for all those involved in ministry in Iran.

2 comments:

  1. Forgive my ignorance, but given that most people in that part of the country have access to social media - even on their phones - why is it necessary to distribute "paper" versions of the word?

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  2. Hello! You are correct that the Internet and social media sites have become much more available in Iran. However, as the number of Internet users rises, the restrictions also increase. More than 5 million so-called "immoral" and "anti-Islamic" sites have reportedly been blocked in country, including sites that monitor Christian persecution (for more on this, go to http://vomcblog.blogspot.com/2011/09/iranian-christian-website-targeted-by.html).
    In such an environment, having hard copies of the scriptures to read and distribute can be very beneficial.

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