Saeed Abedini Lashes Out at Franklin Graham for Not Inviting Him to Persecuted Christians Summit

(PHOTO: FACEBOOK/FRANKLIN GRAHAM)
Franklin Graham (L), president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) and of Samaritan’s Purse, appears in this undated photo with Pastor Saeed Abedini (R).

After publicly accusing him of not offering enough support and using his story for personal gain, controversial persecuted Christian figure Pastor Saeed Abedini has lashed out at Franklin Graham again for not inviting him to The World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians.

The summit, which is being convened by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association from May 10-13 in Washington, D.C., is being attended by hundreds of church leaders and victims of Christian persecution from around the world.

On Wednesday, Franklin Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse, noted in his opening remarks at the summit that Christian persecution is now being experienced at unprecedented levels in some parts of the world.

“Today, our Christian brothers and sisters in many countries are facing persecution and martyrdom on an unprecedented scale. In fact, throughout the world the number of Christians facing hostility, persecution and even death is greater than any other time in history,” he said.

“As it has been said, the persecution of one Christian affects us all,” Graham added.

In a Facebook rant on Tuesday evening, however, Abedini who was imprisoned for more than three years for his evangelizing in Iran, complained that he was not invited to the summit even though he is still trying to recover from the trauma of what he was forced to endure.

“The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is holding The World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians in Washington DC May 10th through the 13th. They advertise that they will be bringing together hundreds of church leaders and victims of Christian persecution from around the world and listening to first hand reports of their suffering. They are asking you to donate…Oh, and guess which persecuted Christian was not invited to speak?” he asked. “Six hundred people from 130 countries. And I’m not one of them.”

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Leonardo Blair