Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Iran Betrays Farsi Citizens

Iranian Officials Heighten Control on Farsi-Speaking Christians.

Persecution of Citizens Prevails in Iran.
(Neda, Young Woman Shot to Death in Past by Security.)
AOG church in Tehran faces pressure to identify members to authorities.
By Damaris Kremida

ISTANBUL, May 11 (Compass Direct News) – Leaders of the Assemblies of God’s (AOG) Central Church of Tehran told their congregation on Sunday (May 6) that authorities have demanded a list of names and identification numbers of church members, a major risk to converts from Islam.

Church leaders then asked members in attendance to volunteer their information. The AOG church holds two Sunday services, both of which are conducted in Farsi. It is the only church remaining in Tehran that offers Farsi-language worship on Sundays.

This [government move] is basically to make sure the church is not taking in new members and to make it difficult and risky for non-Christians to attend,” Monsour Borji, an Iranian Christian and advocacy officer for rights initiative Article 18, told Compass. “It is an effort to limit the church, basically.”

The result of the most recent demand, according to Borji, is that as members of the Central AOG church consider whether they are willing to turn over their names and identification numbers. Some are faced with the ethical dilemma of whether they would be denying Christ by declining to reveal themselves in this way.

It has created an ethical dilemma for some church members who are not sure what to do, because giving their information feels suicidal,” Borji said.

Therefore all those who devour you shall be devoured; And all your adversaries, every one of them, shall go into captivity; Those who plunder you shall become plunder, And all who prey upon you I will make a prey (Jer 30:16 NKJV).”

Will you Pray for the People of Iran?
Bill Hunt

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