The government of Iran is so concerned about the rising Christian population that it has spent millions of dollars cracking down on Christian converts, including threatening believers with prison and death. But that has not stopped Christianity’s growth, a ministry said.
Missions group Elam Ministries told Mohabat News on Monday that more Iranians are choosing to convert to the Christian faith, which has led to the government spending millions on Islamic propaganda and on jailing members of the underground church.
Christian materials and books are also being routinely confiscated. Publishing Christian materials and even worshiping Jesus is resulting in “imprisonment, and more likely, death.”
Still, “church leaders believe that millions can be added to the church in the next few years — such is the spiritual hunger that exists and the disillusionment with the Islamic regime,” Mohabat News reported.
“If we remain faithful to our calling, our conviction is that it is possible to see the nation transformed within our lifetime. Because Iran is a strategic gateway nation, the growing church in Iran will impact Muslim nations across the Islamic world.”
Calculating the exact numbers of believers in Iran is difficult, as they have to hide their faith in public. Elam Ministries estimates that there may be around 360,000 Christians in Iran today, compared to only 500 Christians in 1979.
Open Doors USA estimates a Christian population closer to 800,000.
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Source: Christian Post