Despite the Risk of Death, Number of Christians In Iran Continues to Grow

Despite the risk of death, Iranian believers meet for Bible study and to worship Jesus. (CBN)
Despite the risk of death, Iranian believers meet for Bible study and to worship Jesus. (CBN)

Iran’s new president has promised to protect the country’s Christians, but attacks are intensifying.

As they work to survive, CBN News was given a rare view that few outsiders witness: a secret meeting of new Iranian believers in a neighboring country, not far from the border.

The brand new followers of Christ received Bible teaching and participated in their very first communion.

After a few songs and prayers, several were baptized. Then they returned to more late-night Bible study and training before returning to Iran.

Secret Believers
For the first time, these Christians learned how to look up and memorize Scripture. They’re Kurds, former Muslims who converted to Christianity.

If their identities and location were revealed to secret police, Iranian agents would have come to arrest them. Some may have been killed for being apostates.

One former Muslim—we called Daoud—knows the dangers all too well. Before he became a Christian, Iranian police caught him eating a sandwich instead of fasting during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

That violated Sharia law. A judge ordered him to receive 70 lashes, a punishment similar to that imposed by the Taliban.

“I was tied down. A mullah held the Koran in his hand and recited a verse and then a soldier beat my back with a cable,” he explained.

“It made me feel deep hatred against Islam and the Islamic Republic of Iran. All I did was grab a sandwich and eat it. Why is that a sin?” he asked.

Later, Daoud met some Christians on the Internet who introduced him to Christ. He embraced Christianity after witnessing miracles of healing and deliverance.

Daoud keeps his new-found faith secret, while quietly and cautiously sharing Christ with others in his city.

“Right now, it is really scary because if the government knows about it, I’m pretty sure they will execute me,” he said.

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SOURCE: CBN News
Gary Lane

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