Pastor imprisoned in Iran faces death for ‘spreading corruption on Earth’



Pastor Behnam Irani is currently serving a combined six-year sentence in Ghezal Hezar Prison.courtesy of ACLJ

An Iranian Christian pastor already imprisoned for his faith now
faces the death penalty after being hit with a bizarre new charge called
“spreading corruption on Earth.”

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Supporters fear the worst for Pastor Behnam Irani, who was sentenced
to six years in prison in 2011 for his Christian activities, including
leading a 300-member evangelical congregation in Karaj, a city less than
15 miles outside the capital, Tehran. He is now being held in solitary
confinement and suffering numerous health problems, including internal
bleeding, according to advocacy group Christian Solidarity Worldwide.

CSW Chief Executive Mervyn Thomas old the website BosNewsLife.com
that his group is “deeply concerned by the new charges against Pastor
Irani” especially the charge of spreading corruption on Earth.”

“The charges leveled against Pastor Irani and other Christians are
tantamount to an indictment of Christianity itself and mark a renewed
escalation in Iran’s campaign against Persian Christians under the
Rouhani presidency,” Thomas said in a statement.

In recent months, Irani faced brutal interrogation sessions at the
hands of the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and Security, which
threatened him with additional charges.

Iranian President Hasan Rouhani, who ran for office as a moderate a
year ago, has since presided over a brutal crackdown on Iran’s Christian
community. Rouhani and the religious mullahs he answers to have been
particularly concerned about the spread of Christianity and conversion
into its Muslim population.

“There are a lot of people who are disgruntled with the government
and many for comfort and peace in their lives are turning to
Christianity,” Jason DeMars, founder of Present Truth Ministries, which
sponsors Christian churches and outreach in the Middle East, told
FoxNews.com. “That’s a threat to the regime.

“The more people who turn from Islam, the fewer people they have on their side,” DeMars added.

In separate incidents, CSW reported at least five other Christians
were taken into custody this week in the Iranian city of Isfahan, and
authorities confiscated Bibles, computers, cellphones and other personal
items.

In Iran, the punishment for apostasy, or turning from Islam, can
carry the death penalty. Currently, many Christians are facing
imprisonment in Iran, including Pastor Saeed Abedini, an American
citizen whose wife and two young kids remain behind in Boise, Idaho.

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hummmmm wonders what is wrong with dis Iran's d should take time b/4 God's wrath wil cum upon them

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