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Iran: Cross Removed from Recognised Church

Iranian Intelligence agents, along with EIKO (Execution of Imam Khomeini’s Order) officials directly under the control of the Supreme Leader, raided an Assyrian Presbyterian Church in the north-western city of Tabriz on 9 May. The agents changed the locks, tore down the cross, and ordered the church warden to leave. They made it clear that worship will no longer be allowed to continue in the church.

The raid did not come as a complete surprise to the Assyrian Christian community. Just days prior, intelligence officials prevented them from holding a joint worship service alongside Armenian Christians. The church was technically “confiscated” by the Revolutionary Guard in 2011 but they were allowed to continue using the building so long as Christian worship was conducted in the Assyrian language rather than Persian.

This church closure stands in direct contrast to Iran’s own laws. Assyrians and Armenians are a constitutionally protected religious minority who are allowed to practice their faith, albeit under heavy restrictions and surveillance. Persian Christians, all of whom are converts from Islam, are usually those who regularly experience raids and violent church closures. Iran is rated as a Tier 1 Country of Particular Concern by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom.

Source: International Christian Concern

  • Pray peace and protection over our brothers and sisters in Iran.
  • Pray for Christians to find safe places for fellowship and worship together, to edify each other.
  • Pray for the Lord’s spirit to reign freely in Iran, pray that government officials will come to know the love of Christ.

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2 Responses to Iran: Cross Removed from Recognised Church

  1. Ritu Parveen Sharma 30 May 2019 at 2:04 pm #

    LORD we are in the end of times. Protect us Lord so that no evil may harm the Christian believers everywhere and we can meet together and edify each other.Give Your angels charge over every Church of God. Lord I pray that You restore the Cross of tge Church in Iran and protect our brothers and sisters thete.

    IN the name of JESUS AMEN 🙏🏼

  2. Janet Brumby 30 May 2019 at 4:30 pm #

    “Fear not little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”
    Jesus speaking in Luke 12:32

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