By Ted Shoebat
It was today reported that Youcef Nadarkhani, a pastor from Iran jailed for his Christian faith, has been officially sentenced to death. I only wish that more and more Christians raise awareness about this occurrence. We in the church continually speak of Paul when he was imprisoned, and therefore we must understand that for us to be true Christians, we must stand for the persecuted church; for to do so would be to honor Christ. The inflictions which Christ endured are what the church is enduring today in lands of heathen faiths, such as those of Islam.
The persecution which the early church went through, is what is taking place in the church in the Islamic world, and to ignore it would be to ignore what the true purpose of Christianity is, which is to open the eyes of the non-believing lands “[and] to turn [them] from darkness to light, and [from] the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.” (Acts 26:18)
And to look the other way while those who are fulfilling this mission are persecuted, should make one rethink why he is a Christian.
Theodore Shoebat, author of For God or For Tyranny