Last week I mentioned Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani, arrested and sentenced to death in Iran for changing his religion and telling Muslims the truth about Jesus. Support and advocacy for the pastor is growing around the world as people realise the brutal truth about religious freedom in some Muslim-dominated nations.
Pastor Nadarkhani is under constant pressure to renounce his faith and embrace Islam in order to have the charges annulled and the death sentence lifted. He has not obliged.
This week a member of the Dutch Parliament delivered a petition with more than 20,000 signatures to the Iranian Embassy in The Hague, urging Iran to revoke the death sentence and order Nadarkhani’s immediate release. And a group called Christian Solidarity Worldwide has launched a month of prayer and action for him in the run-up to his 34th birthday on April 12.
What can we do? Pray for Pastor Nadarkhani, and contact Australian politicians, asking them to defend religious freedom and save this man’s life.
Broadcast on 2CH Sydney, 18 Mar 2012.
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