By Theodore Shoebat
A man in Iran rejected Islam and was arrested and brought to interrogation. When the interrogators asked him why he left Islam he stated: “Jesus healed me.” He was sentenced to one year in prison. According to the report:
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.”
Secret police had arrested Pastor Amin Khaki, Daniel Barounzadeh, Mohammed Bahrami and Rahman Bahmani during a picnic in southern Iran. According to Present Truth Ministries, the plain clothes police drew their guns on the Christians and even beat some of them.
Rahman Bahmani told interrogators he converted to Christianity four years ago and “I changed a lot. I wasn’t a good man before and when my wife saw the changes in me, she converted to Christianity as well, and when I was asked how I was healed I would say, Jesus healed me.”
Bahmani and the three men were sentenced to one year in prison, and the court banned them from attending, or holding church services for two years.
Only government approved churches are allowed in Iran, and Christian services cannot be conducted in the Farsi language.
But the biggest risk is for Iranians who leave Islam for the Christian faith. They are considered apostates–and under Islamic law, they must be punished by death.
So far, Bahmani and the others have not been charged as apostates. Present Truth Ministries asks that Christians pray for these brothers who remain faithful to Christ. And “Pray that their testimony would go forth for the glory of God.”