Iran sets a new precedent for persecution. A judge recently gave five-year prison terms to three believers from a Muslim background. It’s the maximum sentence allowed under new controversial amendments to existing law.
“The judge denied them access to their attorney. This means Iran wants to make examples of these converts,” Heart4Iran’s Mike Ansari says.
“These are the first Christians sentenced to prison under the new law in Iran, specifically during the presidency of Ibrahim Raisi, who is known for his intolerance towards anyone who deviates from revolutionary Islamic values,” Ansari continues.
“The outcome of this case will set the tone for future harassment, arrest, and persecution of any Muslim who may convert to Christianity.”
Passed in February, the new law allows police to target religious minorities in-person and online. Plus, it makes the punishment for so-called “crimes” even more severe.
“What used to be a six-month jail sentence for converts from Islam to Christianity can now be a maximum jail term of five years, coupled with mandatory Islamic reeducation,” Ansari says.
“The other thing to consider is that the Iranian intelligence is actively offering bribes to detained converts to become an informant. The Church will be going through a challenging time.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray for a great wave of the Holy Spirit in Iran to continue bringing disillusioned Muslims to Jesus Christ.
- Pray death curses spoken against Christians will be broken and turned into a blessing.
- Pray for captives in Iran to be free.
- Pray for peace and stability in Iran.