5-5-5 Challenge: Iran

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5-5-5 2013 WWL

[en]Authorities in Iran ordered the closure of a church in the capital, Tehran, amid a government campaign to crack down on the few recognized churches offering Farsi-speaking services.

The order came from Iran’s Revolutionary Guard’s Intelligence branch. The Revolutionary Guard, also known as Sepah, is known for its military aggression. Authorities ordered it to shut down some years ago according to Monsour Borji, an Iranian Christian.

“Unfortunately, it is now official the church in Janat-Abad [district] was ordered to shut down,” said Borji. “If no reverse decision is made, no meetings will be held. Due to an increasing number of Farsi-speaking believers mostly MBBs [Muslim Background Believers] it has become a cause of concern for the authorities and they now ordered it to shut down.”

Earlier the leadership of the AOG Central Church of Tehran, after 20 years of pressure from authorities to provide a list of church members, asked its members to volunteer their names and national ID numbers. The government move was aimed at limiting attendance by converts from Islam to Christianity, as well as to better monitor its members. Almost all members of the church’s two Sunday services come from Muslim families. Both services are held in Farsi.

Source >> http://opendoorsusa.org/

Fearful of the increasing numbers of Christians, particularly in house churches, the authorities closely monitor Christian activities, particularly churches that reach out to Muslims. Evangelism, Bible training and publishing Scriptures in Farsi are illegal. Detentions of Christians are common. Several persecuted Christians were forced to leave their homes or flee the country. Muslim-background believers face most pressure – any Muslim who leaves Islam faces the death penalty. In September 2012 Pastor Nadarkhani was released after three years in prison on charges of apostasy.

Pray:

  • For Pastor Nadharkani and his family as he adjusts to life after prison
  • For justice for Christian prisoners and lawyers who try to defend them.
  • Many disillusioned Iranian Muslims are becoming curious about Christianity. Pray that they will find hope in Jesus.

Source >> http://worldwatchlist.us/ [/en]

[id]Pemerintah Iran memerintahkan penutupan sebuah gereja di Teheran, ibukota Iran, di tengah usahanya untuk membubarkan beberapa gereja yang melayani dalam bahasa Farsi.

Perintah ini datang dari cabang Iran’s Revolutionary Guard’s Intelligence. Revolutionary Guard, yang juga dikenal dengan nama Sepah, diketahui atas agresi militernya. Menurut, Monsour Borji, seorang Kristen Iram, gereja itu sudah diperintahkan untuk ditutup beberapa tahun yang lalu.

“Sayangnya, gereja di disrik Janat-Abad sekarang resmi ditutup”, kata Borji. “Jika keputusan ini tidak diubah, maka tidak akan ada ibadah. Pusat perhatian dan alasan penutupan oleh pemerintah adalah banyaknya orang percaya berbahasa Farsi dan kebanyakan berlatar belakan Muslim.”

Sebelumnya, pemimpin AOG Central Church di Teheran, setelah 20 tahun tekanan dari pemerintah untuk memberikan daftar anggota gerejanya, meminta semua jemaatnya untuk menyerahkan kartu identitas. Pemerintah bermaksud membatasi kehadiran jemaat berlatar belakang Muslim, sekaligus memonitor anggota gereja. Hampir semua jemaat merupakan keluarga Muslim dan hadir di dua pelayanan ibadah raya berbahasa Farsi.

Sumber >> http://opendoorsusa.org/

Kekuatiran akan bertambahnya jumlah orang Kristen, terutama lewat gereja-gereja rumah, membuat pemerintah dengan ketat mengawasi setiap aktivitas kekristenan, terutama yang berkaitan dengan warga negara Muslim. Penginjilan, pemahaman Alkitab, dan menerbitkan Alkitab dalam bahasa Farsi adalah melanggar hukum. Sangat umu melihat orang Kristen yang ditahan. Beberapa orang Kristen dipaksa meninggalkan rumahnya dan mengungsi ke luar negeri. Orang Kristen berlatar belakang Muslim yang menghadapi tekanan paling besar – setiap orang Muslim yang meninggalkan Islam terancam hukuman mati. Pada bulan September 2012, Pastor Nadarkhani dibebaskan setelah tiga tahun di penjara atas tuduhan penghujatan.

Berdoa:

  • Untuk Pastor Nadarkhani dan keluarganya selepasnya dari penjara.
  • Untuk orang-orang Kristen dalam penjara, dan pengacara-pengacara yang membela mereka.
  • Banyak yang penasaran dengan Kekristenan, berdoa supaya mereka menemukan pengharapan di dalam Kristus.

Sumber >> http://worldwatchlist.us/ [/id]

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