By Theodore Shoebat
Christians in Iran gathered together for their worship service, when all of a sudden Islamic agents for the Iranian government raided the Bible study and arrested 11 Christians. As we read in one report:
Iranian authorities have arrested 11 Christians during a raid as they were caught attending service at a house church in the city of Isfahan.
Eyewitnesses said armed plainclothes intelligence agents arrested 11 Christians during a raid on their house church on Aug. 12. The Iranian officers took the believers away in vans and seized Christian books from the house of worship, the National Council of Resistance Iran reports.
As of now, the status of the 11 detained Christians is still unconfirmed.
On Christmas Day last year, Iran’s fundamental regime also arrested a group of Christians who gathered at another in-house church in the city of Shiraz to celebrate the occasion. Armed agents of the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) raided the church, ransacked it, and seized satellite dishes and other personal effects.
Last month, almost 80 American and British churches signed a declaration of concern over the suppression of Christianity in Iran ahead of the Iranian Resistance’s “Free Iran” rally in Paris. The group of churches said the oppression of Christians in Iran worsened under Hassan Rouhani’s rule.
“In such circumstances, we call on all Western countries to consider the deplorable situation of human rights in Iran, particularly the painful situation of Christians and the intensification of their oppression, in navigating their relations with Iran,” the church leaders said in the declaration. “We call upon them to precondition improvement of those relations on the cessation of oppression of Christians and on a halt in executions.”