Religious leaders in Iran have acknowledged in their public speeches that more young people and families in their nation are being exposed to, and are accepting, the gospel of Jesus Christ. And it has given them grave concern.
The Iranian Constitution states in its Article 13 “…Christians, Jews and Zoroastrian minorities are the only recognized religious minorities, who, within the limits of the law, are free to perform their religious rites and ceremonies, and to act according to their own canon in matters of personal affairs and religious education.” But persecution of Christians has been increasing ever since Supreme Leader Ali Khameinei made a speech last year calling for drastic measures when dealing with churches and Christians.
Iran’s Islamic Thoughts and Culture research center has bemoaned the fact that the Torah and the Bible are available in over 3,000 languages while the Koran is only in 100. Even in the midst of increased persecution and attempts at suppression, the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ continues to prevail in the hearts and minds of Iranians.
Source: Michael Ireland. Iranian Religious Authorities Acknowledge Spread of Gospel. Crosswalk.com. Friday, October 21, 2011.
–posted by Harry A. Gaylord–