From the Social Concerns Committee of the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches: Pray for Protestant pastor facing execution in Iran — A matter for our urgent prayer and for activist follow-up should this murder occur.
Chair, FGBC Social Concerns Committee
Iranian pastor’s execution is imminent, sources say
A Protestant pastor in Iran faces imminent execution for refusing to renounce his Christian faith.
Orders for the execution of Rev. N have probably been issued, the American Center for Law and Justice reports—although the Iranian judicial system operates in secrecy. The human-rights group said that the Iranian pastor was alive as of February 21, but that he could be put to death at any moment.
Rev. N was sentenced to death in 2010 for apostasy after he embraced Christianity. Although he has testified that he was never a practicing Muslim, Islamic law prescribes the death penalty for anyone who leaves the faith. Rev. N has been ordered repeatedly to accept Islam or face death, and has always clung to his Christian faith.