The Associated Press is reporting that Pastor Yusuf Naderkhani is facing the possibility of being executed because he is a Christian.
According to the Associated Press report, “Naderkhani, who maintains he has never been a Muslim as an adult, has Islamic ancestry and therefore must recant his faith in Jesus Christ, the 11th branch of Iran’s Gilan Provincial Court ruled. Iran’s Supreme Court had ordered the trial court to determine whether Naderkhani had been a Muslim prior to converting to Christianity.” The report continues, “The judges, according to the American Center for Law & Justice, demanded that Naderkhani recant his Christian faith before submission of evidence. Though the judgment runs against current Iranian and international laws and is not codified in Iranian penal code, the judge stated that the court must uphold the decision of the 27th Branch of the Supreme Court in Qom. When asked to repent, Naderkhani stated: “Repent means to return. What should I return to? To the blasphemy that I had before my faith in Christ?”
Please pray for Pastor Naderkhani and his family as they go through this perilous time!
To read more about Pastor Naderkhani and his family: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2011/09/28/iranian-pastor-faces-execution-for-refusing-to-recant-christian-faith/#ixzz1ZM3LJ2Ef.