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Exclusive: Iranian Church Growing Despite Risk of Death

CBN News was given an exclusive, rare view that few outsiders witness: a secret meeting of new Iranian believers who face the threat of death every day for their faith. Read Transcript


Reporter: THIS IS A

RARE VIEW THAT FEW OUTSIDERS

WITNESS, A SECRET MEETING OF

IRANIAN CHRISTIANS IN A

NEIGHBORING COUNTRY NOT FAR

FROM THE BORDER.

THESE BRAND NEW FOLLOWERS OF

CHRIST RECEIVE BIBLE

TEACHING AND PARTICIPATE IN

THEIR VERY FIRST COMMUNION.

THANK YOU FOR THE BLOOD

OF JESUS.

Reporter: AFTER A FEW

SONGS AND PRAYERS, A FEW ARE

BAPTIZED.

IN THE NAME OF THE

FATHER, SON, AND HOLY

SPIRIT.

AMEN.

Reporter: AND THEN IT

IS BACK FOR MORE LATE-NIGHT

BIBLE STUDY AND TRAINING

BEFORE RETURNING TO IRAN.

FOR THE FIRST TIME THESE

CHRISTIANS LEARN HOW TO LOOK

UP AND MEMORIZE SCRIPTURE.

THEY HAVE CONVERTED TO

CHRISTIANITY.

IF THEIR IDENTITIES ARE

REVEALED TO SECRET POLICE,

IRANIAN AGENTS WOULD COME

AND ARREST THEM, AND SOME

MAY EVEN BE KILLED.

THIS FORMER MUSLIM KNOWS THE

DANGERS ALL TOO WELL.

PARTICULAR HE BECAMBEFORE

HE BECAME A CHRISTIAN, THE

ISLAMIC POLICE CAUGHT HIM

EATING A SANDWICH DURING THE

FASTING OF THE QURAN.

AND THE JUDGE ORDERED HIM TO

RECEIVE 1,000 LASHES.

I WAS HELD DOWN AND A

SOLDIER BEAT MY BACK WITH A

CABLE.

IT MADE ME FEEL DEEP HATRED

AGAINST THE ISLAM, AND THE

ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN.

ALL I DID WAS GRAB A

SANDWICH AND EAT IT.

WHY IS THAT A SIN?

Reporter: LATER HE MET

SOME CHRISTIANS ON THE

INTERNET WHO INTRODUCED HIM

TO CHRIST.

HE EMBRACED CHRISTIANITY.

HE KEEPS HIS NEWFOUND FAITH

SECRET, WHILE QUIETLY AND

CAUTIOUSLY SHARING CHRIST

WITH OTHERS IN THIS CITY.

RIGHT NOW IT IS SCARY

BECAUSE IF THE GOVERNMENT

KNOWS BOWIN ABOUT IT, I'M

PRETTY SURE THEY WILL

EXECUTE ME.

Reporter: ANOTHER

MUSLIM SHARES HIS FAITH

BECAUSE HE WANTS OTHERS TO

LIVE IN THE LIGHT.

HE SAYS AN AGGRESSIVE

CRACKDOWN AGAINST CHRISTIANS

CONTINUES.

IRA IRANIAN AGENTS COME

AND ARREST US, SAYING WE ARE

SPIES FOR WESTERN

COUNTRIES.

THEY SAY BECAUSE OF THAT,

YOU ARE A TRADER TO YOUR

COUNTRY AND SHOULD BE

EXECUTED.

Reporter: IN FACT, FEW

OF THE 40 OR SO KNOWN

CHRISTIANS IN IRAN HAVE BEEN

CHARGED AS A APOSTATES, OR

SPREADING THE GOSPEL.

THE USUAL CHARGE IS ES

SUBPOENA.

ESPIONAGE.

THAT'S THE SEARCH FOR SAEED

ABEDINI.

SAEED IS WELL-KNOWN

BECAUSE HE IS AN AMERICAN,

AND WE CERTAINLY NEED TO

PRAY FOR HIM AND HIS

FAMILY.

BUT THERE ARE MANY OTHERS.

Reporter: THE POLICE

EVIDENTED FASHID FATI DURING

A HOUSE RAID IN 2010.

HE IS SERVING SIX YEARS IN

THE INFAMOUS EVAN PRISON.

AND THIS MAN SAYS A PRISON

GUARD RECENTLY BROKE HIS

FOOT DURING A MASS INMATE

ASSAULT.

IT WENT UNTREATED FOR THREE

DAYS.

HE SAID IT WAS AN

INCREDIBLE MOMENT FOR HIM

BECAUSE HE WAS IN THIS PAIN

OVER THE EASTER WEEKEND, AND

IT GAVE HIM A VERY DIFFERENT

VIEW OF THE WHOLE EASTER

STORY AND FINALLY HAVING

SOME RELIEF ON THE SUNDAY

MORNING WAS GREAT.

Reporter: HE WENT ON TO

SAY, "WE FORGIVE THEM FOR

ALL THEY HAVE DONE BECAUSE

WE ARE FOLLOWERS OF THE ONE

WHO SAYS, FATHER PLEASE

FORGIVE THEM BECAUSE THEY

DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY'RE

DOING."

AND HE SAYS THE IRANIAN

CHURCH CONTINUES TO GROW IN

IRAN, DESPITE, OR PERHAPS

BECAUSE OF, THE INHUMANE

TREATMENT OF PEOPLE LIKE

SAEED.

THE COURAGE MEANS THE

CHURCH CONTINUES TO GROW.

ALTHOUGH IT IS A STORY OF

SUFFERING, THERE IS ALSO A

STORY OF GROWTH IN THE

CHURCH IN IRAN.

Reporter: IRAN HAS ONE

OF THE FASTEST GROWING

CHRISTIAN POPULATION IN THE

WORLD.

HE SAYS MORE AND MORE

IRANIANS TELL HIM THEY'VE

GROWN TIRED OF THE

OPPRESSIVE POLICIES OF THE

QURAN.

PEOPLE HAVE A HUNGER.

WHEN I TALK TO THEM ABOUT

CHRIST AND TELL THEM HOW GOD

LOVES US, THEY BECOME SO

EXCITED AND THEY JUST KEEP

SMILING.

Reporter: SO WHAT ROLE

CAN THE U.S. GOVERNMENT PLAY

TO HELP PROTECT RASA AND

OTHER CHRISTIANS AROUND THE

WORLD?

THEY NEED TO PUT THE

PRESSURE ON THE WORLD FOR

FREEDOM OF MANY AROUND THE

COUNTRY.

Reporter: HE ASKS FOR

PRAYER.

PRAY THAT GOD WILL GIVE

US POWER IN OUR FAITH,

BECAUSE CHRISTIAN FAITH IN

IRAN IS NOT EASY.

IT IS DIFFICULT, DANGEROUS,

AND RISKY.

AND PRAY FOR SALVATION TO

COME, THAT ALL IRANIANS WILL

BE SAVED.

Reporter: BUT THE

IRANIAN FOLLOWERS OF CHRIST

AND THE MIDDLE EAST, GARY

LANE, CBN NEWS.

EMBED THIS VIDEO


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