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By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondnet

TEHRAN (Worthy News)– An Iranian pastor has been charged with "waging war against God," a crime punishable by death, according to BarnabasAid.

Pastor Matthias Haghnejad was arrested in July when intelligence agents raided his home in Bandar-e-Anzali. The officers also arrested two other converts from Islam: Mohammad Roghangir and Suroush Saraie. The agents then confiscated Bibles, Christian literature and the pastor's personal computer.

In August, Matthias was charged with "Moharebeh" or "waging war against God" after being interrogated for hours. Moharebeh is a capital offence that previously has only been prosecuted in cases of criminal activity, armed protests, oppositional political activism and separatism.

Suroush and Mohammad are charged with "actions against national security," "evangelizing" and "disturbing public order".

Although Iran is a signatory to the U.N. International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, it continually denies religious rights to some minorities. Iranian authorities systematically charge Christians — notably Protestants and converts from Islam — with religious crimes that are often presented as political or criminal in nature.

Convictions for converts are often a foregone conclusion and long prison sentences are not unusual.

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  • dylan
    19 August 2014 at 8:46 pm - Reply

    waging war against "ALLAH" get your dam news right, allah is not God and never misquote trying to associate the two. Allah is the moon god of the Islamic cult.

    • Joe DeCaro
      20 August 2014 at 6:28 pm - Reply

      Why do you think "waging war against God" is in quotes?
      Get your grammar right.

  • Jus Alex
    21 August 2014 at 1:44 am - Reply

    Calm down guys, please. We're all on the same side here. My heart goes out to this pastor and all Christians facing persecution there. Prayer is a POWERFUL WEAPON! Let's use it…together as one :)

  • Janice
    21 August 2014 at 9:13 am - Reply

    I agrees with you Jus. Prayer is a powerful weapon. Regardless of their opinions or decisions coming from their laws, God is almighty, all knowing and has unlimited power in his hand. He ask us in Philippians 4:6 (NKJV) states, "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplications, with thanksgiving, let your request be made known to God." God wants us to be good Samaritans and help our brothers and sisters and at times it will not be literally our neighbor next door but our neighbors in other countries and places. In other words, our prays has power because our God hears from our hearts and then his will be done. Give the power of your faith and power to the almighty power of God. Pray, pray… in the name of Jesus, pray.
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  • Uncle Dan
    29 August 2014 at 6:52 am - Reply

    Our hearts go out to all the persecuted Christians in the whole of Middle-East and Northern Nigeria. We will remember them in our prayers. Let us also pray fervently for the Al-Qaida, ISIS, Boko Haram and all our Moslem brethren that they will come to the saving knowledge of our Lord and Master Jesus Christ who is the only Saviour of the world and who is coming again to rapture his saints.

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