Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani faces imminent execution in Iran

The Christian Post reports that 34 year old Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani who has been under death sentence for refusing to renounce his Christian faith was under court examination this week after the Iran Supreme Court upheld his death sentence of September 2010. Pastor Nadarkhani has been jailed since 2009.

The Christian Post reports that „On Wednesday, Nadarkhani refused for the fourth time in open court to renounce his Christian faith. That’s one opportunity more than required under Iranian law to execute the pastor for apostasy. In a letter Nadarkhani wrote last June from Iran’s Lakin Prison, he affirmed his determination to stay true to his Christian faith even to his death.”

Pastor Nadarkhani obviously is standing on God’s word- Luke 12:4

“I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do.

He should make us consider carefully how much we trust Christ and how much we reflect this in the way we live our life each and every day.

May the Lord be with him! And may he shake us all out of our selfishness and complacency.

You can read the article here at the Christian Post website.

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  2. moses
    oct. 08, 2011 @ 20:58:00

    Troy Davis was wrongfully executed by the United States of America Oct., 2011; the State of Texas have & continue to execute innocent people, for example Odell Barnes, executed Mar. 1, 2000; Dominique Green, executed Oct. 26, 2004; Michael Richard, executed Sept. 25, 2007–was denied a request to file an appeal after 5:pm. Unequivocally, Texas is a blood-thirsty state by virtue of records provided by the Death Penalty Information Center since 1976 show Texas with 449 executions; the closest state to Texas is Virginia with 105.

    • rodi
      oct. 08, 2011 @ 22:27:56

      Moses, I am not sure I understand your point here in listing capital punishment cases and the parallel with the possible future killing of this Pastor because he became a Christian and believes in Jesus Christ as the Savior. While most everyone finds it abhorrent that a wrongly convicted person dies because of the death penalty, it is more abhorrent that a man will be killed for his choice of faith. And, yes, I know it happened in countries where Christians were in power during the Crusades and it was not only immoral, but antithetical to what Christianity is all about. And so is this oputrageous case against Youcef Nadarkhani!

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  4. Sandra Ducain
    mart. 04, 2012 @ 04:13:01

    Rodi I think Moses has his own agenda, I suspect from the names we are talking about the Texas executions of Afro-Americans, so probably Moses is black. I
    doubt if Moses would understand the situation with the threatened execution of the Iranian pastor, far less care about it. The Islamic viewpoint is outrageous by our
    traditional standards, it is an eye-opener to the fate that awaits us if we fail to get a handle on US / Western Islam. The conclusion one would reach is that ANY form
    of Islam is unacceptable on this planet. Like the Moonies, Voodoo and the Waco
    sects, Islam needs to be BANNED IN EVERY NON-MOSLEM country. It is the only way.

    • rodi
      mart. 04, 2012 @ 11:44:33

      From a Christian point of view, although some of the Islamic countries practice some abhorrent and very violent acts out of their interpretation, of what they think constitutes justice; an Islamic person is no different from any other kind of nonbeliever that does not follow the teachings of Jesus Christ, as God’s Son revealed. The potential for anyone (regardless of their belief system or non belief (agnostics, atheists) ) to perpetrate evil is there.

      While we have a responsibility to uphold what is moral and just, and to speak out and do whatever part we can, in the end the sovereignty of God prevails and He will be the final arbiter of what gets to happen and what does not. As much as we Christians are more likely to pray for Pastor Youcef’s release; in the end, that may not be God’s agenda. As with other martyrs in the history of the church, there was always a revival following the brutal killing of Christians. So, if God intends to save more Muslims in Iran and around the globe (because everyone now gets their news in real time) then He might allow the Iranians to kill Pastor Youcef.

      In the end, only what God allows WILL happen. So, while I pray for Pastor Youcef’s release, I also pray that if God has other plans that He be with Youcef every minute of his journey and I already know that He will.

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