Iranian House Churches Multipying Rapidly Despite Persecution


Christianity is spreading swiftly inside Iran despite a government crackdown against house churches.

Some Christians argue the actions of the Islamic Republic’s have actually created an opposite effect.

A London-based organization that trains Iranian Christians reports hundreds of thousands of new Christians–former Muslims–are worshipping secretly in a rapidly accelerating house church movement inside the Islamic Republic.

According to The Christian Post, a source affiliated with the Pars Theological Centre said the rapid church growth will eventually change Iranian society.

“This is not a political movement at all, but it will have political implications because it is touching the core foundations of society. This is battling prostitution and drug addiction. If you want to live in a country that doesn’t fund terrorists, you have to develop the values of the grassroots,” the source said.

“It is not anti-Iranian, it’s an Iranian movement. It’s a great, great number of Muslims turning to Christ.”

So, how many Iranians have embraced Christianity? According to Open Doors USA, as many as 450,000 Iranians are now practicing Christianity inside the country. Other groups have placed the figure as high as 1 million.

Shortly after Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was elected president in 2005, the Iranian government launched a massive crackdown against house churches.

And despite the asendancy of so-called moderates, including Hassan Rouhani as president, the crackdown has continued unabated.

Just last month, an appelate court issued a verdict against four house church Christians in Ahwaz, Iran for holding “illegal meetings” and “attempting to spread Christianity and convert Muslims.”

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