The prayers of the righteous all over the globe have availed much. In a surprising turn of events, an Iranian court has ordered the release of pastor Youcef Nadarkhani from an Iranian prison. According to BosNewsLife, an Iranian court acquitted him of apostasy for abandoning Islam since he was never Muslim. They did find him guilty of evangelizing Muslims and sentenced him to three years, which amounts to time served.
He is expected to be released from prison on Saturday, September 8. Iran’s religious leaders are reported to have had a dispute amongst themselves over what should be considered apostasy and that dispute thankfully led to the final outcome for Youcef’s acquittal. Thank God for his movement in the affairs of men to preserve his children when he deems it necessary. This pastor’s refusal to convert to Islam under threat of death in prison has served to expand the church in Iran.
Source: Stefan J. Bos. Iran Orders Release Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani. BosNewsLife.com. Saturday, September 8, 2012.