The latest on the imprisoned Iranian Pastor

If you have followed the story of the Iranian Pastor who has been jailed due to his faith, here is a follow up and the latest.  Here is the story below and can be found linked here.

This is tragic, yet provides for encouragement for so many.  I am not in favor of anything negative happening to our faithful brother.  However, many of us know that the Islamic regime currently in power will not budge on this and could quite possible carry out the threat they have stated.

Tertullian said, “The blood of martyrs is the seed of the church.”  During the inceptory days of the early church, many faithful followers of Jesus were martyred for their faith.  The comments in the book of Peter and the statements in Hebrews 11 are not fiction.  The Roman Caesars were ruthless in their opposition to Christianity.  However, despite their terror, the church grew.

I am praying that the church in Iran explodes with growth.  Not only because of Youcef Nadarkhani’s faith and resolve, but because the power of the Holy Spirit overwhelms folks there.

Iranian officials are continuing to pressure detained pastor Youcef Nadarkhani to deny his Christian faith “and accept the prophet Muhammad as his savior.”

The American Center for Law and Justice, which is working closely with Nadarkhani’s case, confirmed Tuesday that the pastor was recently asked again torecant his faith.

According to Christian Solidarity Worldwide, Nadarkhani was given the option to be freed from prison if he accepted Muhammad as “a messenger sent by God.”

“Local authorities indicated they would release the pastor if he agreed to make the statement regarding the prophet Mohammed. However, pastor Nadarkhani has refused to do so, and remains in prison awaiting a final decision on his case,” the group said in a statement dated Jan. 13.

These demands have been put on Nadarkhani at least three times before by Iranian officials.

When asked to renounce his faith at his latest trial last September, Nadarkhani responded, “I cannot,” and has continued to refuse.

“Rather than uphold its legal obligations under the rule of law, which requires it free pastor Youcef and allow him to peacefully practice Christianity, Iran yet again obliterates any credibility it might have held with the international community,” ACLJ International Legal Director Tiffany Barrans said.

The Iranian court that heard Nadarkhani’s case promised a decision on the pastor’s release more than a month ago.

So far, a ruling has yet to be made.