Iran’s intelligence minister, Mahmoud Alavi, has openly expressed concern about the spread of Christianity in the Islamic republic.
According to the International Shia News Association, Alavi blamed “evangelical propaganda” for the increase in Iranian Muslims converting to Christianity in Iran. Despite Christianity being criminalised in a country where the government is entangled with hard-line Islam, the nation is experiencing one of the fastest evolving underground church movements in the world.
Alavi said that the Intelligence Ministry and Qom Seminary, the country’s largest Islamic seminary, have dispatched individuals to “counter the advocates of Christianity” in areas where Muslims are being converted.
The intelligence minister reportedly said that although the agency is not responsible for finding the root cause of the mass religious conversion to Christianity in Iran, it is “happening right before our eyes.”
Underground house churches continue to spring up across Iran, although they must do so in secrecy because they risk torture and imprisonment in the Islamic republic.
Believers can be arrested for preaching the Gospel or having a copy of the Bible translated into Farsi. Although it’s hard to obtain an accurate read on how many Christians are in Iran, estimates have ranged from 800,000 to over 1 million.
The Islamic Revolution of 1979, led by Ayatollah Khomeini established world’s only country governed by an Islamic theocracy. Today, many of those who committed their lives to Islamic rule are filled with despair. This disillusionment has opened new doors for the Gospel, which is sweeping across the nation via satellite TV, Internet, and growing house church movements.
Sources: The Christian Post, The Voice of the Martyrs USA, Australian Prayer Network
- Praise God for the way He is rapidly growing His church in Iran.
- Pray the church may be unified in their love of God and one another and their desire for biblical wisdom. Pray for efforts to equip the church with Bibles and discipleship material.
- Pray for those who are being detained for their faith. May the Lord give them opportunities to share the message for which they have been imprisoned. Ask God to sustain them.
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