Saturday, September 22, 2012

Christian Pastor Released from Iranian Prison

I just read a heartwarming story on Fox News that a Christian pastor who was wrongfully imprisoned in Iran for more than three years has just been released!  This case first came to my attention two years ago when I saw the ACLJ Chief Counsel Jay Sekulow on Fox News trying his best to spread the word about Iranian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani's imprisonment.  His crime?  Youcef was convicted of apostasy (becoming a Christian in a regime governed by Shariah (Islamic) law)  and condemed to death.  However, increasing global attention on his story, due in large part to the ACLJ (The American Center for Law and Justice), mounted international pressure on the Iranian government to free him.  However, we still need to keep Pastor Nadarkhani and his family in our prayers because even though he has been freed, he and his family are still in great danger.  In the past, Christian pastors have been killed once they have been released from prison and Iran has barred him from leaving the country for one month.  The ACLJ, while relieved about the pastor's release, cautions that many Christians still remain wrongfully imprisoned in Iran and other Islamic countries.  So, please keep them in your prayers.


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