Pressure building for Iran to overturn death sentence on Christian pastor
International pressure is growing on Iran to overturn a death sentence imposed on a Christian pastor for apostasy.
Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, a member of a Protestant evangelical church in the Islamic republic, faces death by hanging for refusing to abandon his Christian faith.
The 34-year-old pastor of the Church of Iran was born a Muslim but became a Christian after his 19th birthday.
Under Iran’s version of sharia law that makes him an apostate — Muslims cannot renounce the faith into which they were born.
According to an unofficial translation, the court’s judgment said, “He has frequently denied the prophethood of the great prophet of Islam and the rule of the sacred religion of Islam. And he has proven his apostasy by organizing evangelistic meetings and inviting others to Christianity, establishing a house church, baptizing people, expressing his faith to others and denying Islamic values.”
Well you know what they can do with the ‘prophethood’ of their false prophet.
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