6.3 C
New York
Tuesday, November 28, 2023
HomeMiddle EastPrayers for Iranian Pastor on Fourth Anniversary of his Arrest and Detention

Prayers for Iranian Pastor on Fourth Anniversary of his Arrest and Detention

While many are celebrating Christmas cozy at home with family and friends, Pastor Farshid Fathi is celebrating the birth of Christ away from his loved ones in a prison cell in Iran.

Fathi, who has now been four years behind bars, was arrested and detained in Tehran’s Evin Prison in December 2010 for leading a network of underground evangelical house churches. He was later on found guilty of ‘acting against national security’ and sentenced to six years in prison.

But according to Miles Windsor, a London-based public affairs strategist who works on behalf of persecuted Christians in the Middle East, Fathi was convicted simply for being Christian in an Islamic country.

The 35-year-old father of two was born a Muslim but converted to Christianity when he was 17. Windsor wrote that being a Christian convert in Iran, wherein the official state religion is Shi’a Islam, is a dangerous thing.

Windsor stated in his Wall Street Journal article, “The mullahs reserve the most vicious treatment for Iranian Muslims, like Pastor Fathi, who have dared to convert to Christianity.

“Persian-language Bibles are banned in the country, and apostasy is punishable by death under Shariah law, which lies at the heart of the Iranian penal code.

“Yet to mask its naked persecution of Christian converts, the Tehran regime usually jails them on national-security charges or on the pretext that they spy for foreign powers.”

In his opinion piece, Windsor also detailed the abuses that the Christian cleric endured in prison, including being one of several inmates who were beaten during an attack by security forces on Ward 350 of Evin.

Windsor added, “More recently, he was transferred to a different prison, Rajai Shahr, outside Tehran, where he shares a cell with hardened criminals.

“His right to family visits, guaranteed under Iran’s own laws, is routinely violated. He isn’t permitted to sing Christians hymns, and prison authorities have confiscated his Bible.”

Fathi’s supporters, who have created a Twitter and Facebook campaign calling for his release, and were holding a day of prayer for the pastor on the fourth anniversary of his detention.

They wrote in their most recent post, “God can do the impossible and secure an early release for this greatly loved man.”

Fathi wrote in his most recent letter to his supporters, “Although the beauty of Christmas or the signs of Christmas cannot be found in this prison, with the ears of faith I can hear the everlasting and beautiful truth that: ‘The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel.'”

The pastor signed the letter “your captive brother who is free in Christ.”

Source and Original Content by CT

Some publications on our website comes from Third Party content suppliers, if you notice any Copyright Infringement, please contact us immediately to request removal. To Contact Us or to Submit an Article, click here.
Unless otherwise specified, the news and opinions expressed are solely the source's and author's and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Christian Mail.

VIDEO on Demand | LIVE TV | The Christian Mail

Like us on Facebook


- We have all sinned and deserve God's judgment. God, the Father, sent His only Son to satisfy that judgment for those who believe in Him. Jesus, the creator and eternal Son of God, who lived a sinless life, loves us so much that He died for our sins, taking the punishment that we deserve, was buried, and rose from the dead according to the Bible. If you truly believe and trust this in your heart, receiving Jesus alone as your Savior, declaring, "Jesus is Lord," you will be saved from judgment and spend eternity with God in heaven.

What is your response?

If you are not a Christian, and would like to become a Christian. Simply say - "LORD Jesus, thank you for forgiving me of my SINs, today I am deciding to follow you. Accept me into your family, in Jesus name I pray. Amen "

If you still have questions , click here to Contact Us, we are here to help

Click here to Follow us: & The Christian Mail on facebook



Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here