Youcef Ndarkhani is an Iranian pastor jailed in 2009 for practicing Christianity. Iranian authorities have sentenced Youcef to death. Now an Iranian judge has sentenced the pastor’s attorney to nine years in prison. The charge against the lawyer, Mohammad Ali Dadkhah is acting against national security.
As the pastor’s situation becomes “more dire than ever,” he has written from prison. “I need to remind my beloveds, though my trial has been so long, and as in the flesh I wish these days to end, yet I have surrendered myself to God’s will.”
Our world is still not a perfectly safe place to be a Christian. –Jim L. Wilson and Rodger Russell
World, June 2, 2012 p. 8
Acts 4:18-20 (HCSB) (18) So they called for them and ordered them not to preach or teach at all in the name of Jesus. (19) But Peter and John answered them, “Whether it’s right in the sight of God ⌊for us⌋ to listen to you rather than to God, you decide; (20) for we are unable to stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.”