Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani was detained in June 2010 along with wife Fatemeh Pasandideh in the city of Rasht in northwestern Iran because of their Christian activities. Iranian Islam laws advocate execution for Arabs who are proven to have practiced Islam during their adult years but later on converted to another faith.
Iran though, denies that the crime they are accusing Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani is related to his Christian activities. In an attempt to prove their claim, they have hurled several unfounded accusations against Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, including "security charges" and his supposed "running of a brothel".
The Present Truth Ministries (PTM) learned that the verdict to whether execute the Iranian pastor or not will be announced on Monday, October 10. A recantation of his faith in Jesus Christ and a decision on his part to return to Islam appears to be his only way out of the execution.
Let's pray for spiritual strength for Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani. Let's also asked the Lord to save his life, if possible. May Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani's current situation move us to always pray for Christians serving in countries that are against the Gospel.
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