Open Doors: Iran is #8 on the world watch list


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At least 193 Christians were arrested or imprisoned in Iran in 2016.

Ethnic Persians are seen as being Muslim, and carrying out any Christian activities in the language of this group, Farsi, is strictly illegal. A Persian person who decides to leave Islam can be sentenced to death if male, and life imprisonment if female – although this sentence hasn’t been carried out for over 20 years. Despite this, Christians from a Muslim background make up the largest group of Christians in Iran.


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Harder in practice, but the words of Jesus himself so we must take heed!

“My command is this: love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.”
‭‭John‬ ‭15:12-15‬ ‭NIVUK‬‬

“«حکم من این است که یکدیگر را محبت کنید، چنانکه من شما را محبت کرده‌ام. محبتی بزرگتر از این وجود ندارد که کسی جان خود را در راه دوستانش فدا کند. دوستان من شمایید اگر آنچه به شما حکم می‌کنم، انجام دهید. دیگر شما را بنده نمی‌خوانم، زیرا بنده از کارهای اربابش آگاهی ندارد. بلکه شما را دوست خود می‌خوانم، زیرا هرآنچه از پدر شنیده‌ام، شما را از آن آگاه ساخته‌ام.”
‮‮یوحنا‬ ‭15:12-15‬ ‭NMV‬‬


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