Sentence of whipping , and assaulting an Iranian Christian couple
Oct. 11 . 2007- fcnn
A Christian couple were sentenced to be whipped and were announced Mortad by the Justice Court Of Revolution , for attending a home based church and having devotional time.
We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God. ( Acts 14:22)
FCNN_ An Iranian Christian couple ( their names are kept confidential in FCNN ) were arrested along with other believers on Sep. 21.2005 by the Government agents. They had gathered in a house in a town northwest of Tehran ( Gohar dasht ) for their regular prayer and devotional time.
After about two years , on July 2007 their case was submitted to the Court of Revolution, brach 3. According to the report , this Christian couple decided to marry seven years ago but, because of some boundaries in Iranian Churches regarding the rules of Marriage between ex-Muslims and other ethnics in Iran, they were rejected a Christian legal certificated wedding ceremony , so they decided to have their wedding outside the church by the Islamic Law.
The woman was born a Christian in an Assyrian-Iranian family and the man was converted to Christianity long before they married. According to the Court of Revolution , wedding of non-muslims by the Islamic Law is equivalent to conversion to Islam. So , the confession of faith in Christ before the Judge by the wife was an indication of turning to christianity again , therefor she was announced a Mortad ( a person who turns away from Islam, in this case the sentence is death). The same was with the husband.
According to the Court they had to present themselves to the Authorities on a regular basis and sign a paper until the court decides the punishment. The building they had to go to is located on somewhere near the Azadi Square . The only people in that building were civic agents.
The last time the wife was present there to make a signature , one of the agents ( who was called Haj Agha , a clergy man ) sexually abused her . As a result she was so terrified that she decided not to go back there again , not even for a signature!
After few days , on September 2007 , two female and 4 male agents go to this couple’s house and by showing them an official letter from the Court , execute the sentence of whipping right there in their house.
According to the latest news , this couple are under a high mental pressure right now
We would like to kindly request all Iranians and believers in Christ all over the world to pray for peace , health , and protection of this family. Source.
Needless to say, that is not an isolated case.
Torturing an Iranian Christian for his confession of faith in Christ
“I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us ” /Romans 8:18
According to the Farsi Christian News Network ( FCNN ), an Iranian Christian, A . Sh , ( for security reasons , FCNN keeps the person’s identity protected ) was arrested and imprisoned by the Security Agents , after he had a car accident with a security escort car on May 4th 2007.
Jesus in Luke 12:8 regarding the subject says :” Whoever acknowledges me before men, the son of man will also acknowledge him before the angels of God ”
Agents , after hearing that he was converted to Christianity began to beat him up severely and then tossed him into the car , transporting him to Station 102 of Islamic Military ( Sepah Pasdaran)
The report , then , adds that one of the agents inside the prison accused him of heresy by turning from Islam to Christianity , calling him Mortad , then began to torture him by whipping and lashing him severely without any legal charges or court sentence.
Finally after 2 days being in prison and tortured , he was released through the efforts of his family and by giving a financial collateral to authorities.
We as Christians , have learned from our Lord Jesus Christ to forgive our persecutors just as He, being nailed on the cross , said :
Father , forgive them , for they do not know what they are doing . Luke 23:34
Recently the Fox News Network listed Iran as the 3rd country in the world in which Christians are being persecuted. Fox News also claimed , Iran is rapidly moving to the top of the list. Source.
Sadly enough, these horror stories do not even begin to scratch the surface.