|Pastor Youcef & Wife Tina|
Heb. 12:4 ~ "Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin."When asked to repent of his "apostasy" of becoming a Christian, this was the Pastor's response:
"Repent means to return. What should I return to? To the blasphemy that I had before my faith in Christ?" ~ Pastor YoucefThis was followed by him saying that he could NOT return to the religion of his "ancestors" (Islam). Here's a little more of the story.
Sharia Law In Action & United States Silence In The Face Of Oppression!
Now, the Iranian Supreme (Mullah Clerics) Court which is a court of ISLAMIC Law, not a court of democratic process law, has said that Youcef has been convicted for Christianity and his religious beliefs.
"During court trials, he denied the prophecy of Mohammad and the authority of Islam. He has stated that he is a Christian and no longer Muslim. During many sessions in court with the presence of his attorney and a judge, he has been sentenced to execution by hanging according to article 8 of Tahrir–olvasileh."However, more recently, since the international attention has increased on the violation of human rights (which is legitimate in this case) and imprisonment, the Iranian leaders have switched the claims and trumped up a LIE charging rape and extortion.
“This individual is guilty and his crime is not attempting to convert others to Christianity, rather his crimes are of a security nature,” ~Ali Rezvani, Deputy Governor of Gilan Province.The "death penalty" according to leading Iranian spokespersons, has been suspended however. Under Islamic
Law, that would be an impossibility IF the charges are true. To further show how great of a FARCE this is,
his wife has also been in jail for rejecting Islam during the same duration of time. In all they have managed to break up a happy family, try to destroy a 400 member church and put down the gospel, only now there is more attention and prayers than ever regarding the situation.
So the question is what is happening and who are these characters fooling? The clerics have LIED and continue to LIE. Since they have respect and regard for the "Holy Injil" maybe what they need to read is this:
Psalms 101:7 ~ "He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight."
The United States Government:
Like in the Troy Davis American lynching, the government has been virtually silent, in that they have offered nothing of any potency, but unlike the Troy Davis lynching, they have not been completely silent and at least have made a statement. On Thursday (10/6) the White House condemned the possible execution of Pastor Youcef, stating:
“[a] decision to impose the death penalty would further demonstrate the Iranian authorities’ utter disregard for religious freedom….”In essence, placing him in prison for this may be acceptable, just as long as he is not killed??? What are we to make of this ambiguous and extremely weak position from the nation that leads the free world?
In a press statement released Sept. 30th 2011, Hillary Clinton and The United States Dept. Of State said this in full:
Certainly this is a highly charged situation, but it is not the first time that Christians have been persecuted for preaching the gospel and teaching Jesus in a predominately Islamic country in modern times. Iran has probably one of the worst track records for religious freedom. However, this event has managed to gain much public attention rightfully so.
September 30, 2011
The United States is deeply concerned by reports of the Iranian government’s continued repression of its people. Despite statements from Iran’s Supreme Leader and President claiming support for the rights and freedoms of Iranian citizens and people in the region, the government continues its crackdown on all forms of dissent, belief, and assembly.
We are particularly concerned by reports that Christian pastor Youcef Nadarkhani is facing execution on charges of apostasy for refusing to recant his faith. This comes amid a harsh onslaught against followers of diverse faiths, including Zoroastrians, Sufis, and Baha’is.
Iran’s government continues to arrest journalists and filmmakers. They are restricting access to information by jamming incoming satellite broadcasts and filtering the Internet.
The United States stands with the international community and all Iranians against the Iranian government’s hypocritical statements and actions, and we continue to call for a government that respects the human rights and freedom of all those living in Iran.
Although we can look at Iran and claim how bad it is there, I'll have you know that we are facing a equally devastating morality and VALUES crisis and challenge within America. There are all kinds of ideas as to what American values are and what values society should embrace. Recently, on Youtube, a commentor, angry at my statements regarding President Obama's endorsement of homosexuality, stated that
"if God didn't want gay people, then there wouldn't be"
This was a comment to underscore the perfect work of God affirming that because gay people exist and God is perfect that gay values are valid. These are the type of value sentiments that have permeated our society. Beliefs constructed by men that make no sense in the light of day or under close examination. rapists, pedophiles and murderers exist also, but does that have anything to do with God's created order or his perfection? Of course not! However, sentiments like these make sense to may individuals and groups wishing to endorse their sin of choice declaring and pronouncing "immorality" upon those in disagreement.
Pastor Youcef has given his life to the glory of the Lord and will not recant his testimony. He will be blessed and is a tremendous blessing to those of us who look at and know his story and his faith. It may not cost us our life, but what will WE do to make a difference like Pastor Youcef? As you can see, simply voicing an opinion will make one hated dearly.
The question is, what stand will you take TODAY, that may be unpopular but necessary? "Are you willing do do for the truth what the cults (and the immoral) do for a lie?" ( Quote-Hank Hanegraaff ~ Parenthesis ME)