Deny Christ or die

A Christian in Iran is being given that choice:  recant your faith in Christ or be executed.  He has refused to deny Christ three times.  This is from Wesley Smith at First Things.  Go there for several relevant links.

An Iranian pastor may soon be executed for apostasy because he refuses to recant his Christian faith. Here’s the story from the Get Religion blog, by the eminently responsible Terry Mattingly. Here’s the press release from Christian Solidarity, which states in part:

“Pastor Nadarkhani was tried and found guilty of apostasy (abandoning Islam) in September 2010 by the court of appeals in Rasht. The verdict was delivered verbally in court, while written confirmation of the death sentence was received nearly two months later. At the appeal in June 2011, the Supreme Court of Iran upheld Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani’s sentence, but asked the court in Rasht, which issued the initial sentence, to re-examine whether or not he had been a practicing Muslim adult prior to converting to Christianity. The written verdict of the Supreme Court’s decision included provision for annulment of the death sentence if Pastor Nadarkhani recanted his faith.”

According to Nina Shea at The Corner, Pastor Nadarkhani has now refused for a third time to recant.

via Iranian Pastor May Soon Be Executed for Refusing to Deny Christ » First Thoughts | A First Things Blog.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

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  • CRB

    1 for Christ and His church, 0 for Satan!

  • CRB

    1 for Christ and His church, 0 for Satan!

  • Dan Kempin

    Join me in praying that the Lord Jesus will preserve pastor Nardahani to be faithful to the point of death.

  • Dan Kempin

    Join me in praying that the Lord Jesus will preserve pastor Nardahani to be faithful to the point of death.

  • Dan Kempin

    (Forgive the misspelling. My editing window is behaving strangely.)

  • Dan Kempin

    (Forgive the misspelling. My editing window is behaving strangely.)

  • DonS

    Dan, I join you in that prayer. We all hope that we would be as courageous and faithful in the face of death, but we are also mindful that even the Apostle Peter was unable to stand up to that test at least the first time.

  • DonS

    Dan, I join you in that prayer. We all hope that we would be as courageous and faithful in the face of death, but we are also mindful that even the Apostle Peter was unable to stand up to that test at least the first time.

  • –helen

    People in Africa, Indonesia, India and Pakistan, to list a few, risk death for being Christians every day and God knows their names.

    Neither the main stream media or the UN is interested, beyond listing some inaccurate statistics somewhere.

  • –helen

    People in Africa, Indonesia, India and Pakistan, to list a few, risk death for being Christians every day and God knows their names.

    Neither the main stream media or the UN is interested, beyond listing some inaccurate statistics somewhere.

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  • kenneth

    Bravo-WE are not stats only. Allelujah!!!!!!!!!!

  • kenneth

    Bravo-WE are not stats only. Allelujah!!!!!!!!!!


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