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By George Whitten, Worthy News International Correspondent

MASHHAD/JERUSALEM (Worthy News)– Three Christians are being threatened with the death penalty if they do not renounce their Christian faith and revert back to Islam, a well-informed Christian network reported Monday, September 13.

Farsi Christian News Network (FCNN), which has close ties with Christians in Iran, said the three Iranian Christians, residents of the city of Mashhad, were charged with apostasy and have been jailed since July 28 this year.

The Christians, who FCNN only identified as Reza, also known as Stephen, his wife Maria, and Ehsan Behrooz were reportedly ambushed and arrested while traveling from the city of Mashhad to Bojnoord to attend a Christian worship service.

FCNN said up to 15 other Christians arrested with them were released after one week when they posted bail and signed a written promises to the government "to refrain from and renounce" their Christian faith. However, Stephen, Maria, and Ehsan reportedly refused to sign the document.


FCNN quoted unidentified sources as saying that the families of the Christians were informed that "after more than 50 days of re-conversion efforts back to Islam through means of torture and solitary confinement" they remained unwilling to renounce their faith in Jesus Christ.

Iranian government officials reportedly demand that the families, during court-approved visitations, must persuade their loved ones to renounce their Christian faith and embrace Islam once again.

The families were informed if their loved ones refuse to cooperate with the government, charges of apostasy will be upheld, and they will be tried on these charges in an upcoming court session, FCNN said.

Iranian officials have not commented, however under Iran's strict Islamic law, the charge of "apostasy", or converting from Islam to another religion, is death by hanging if found guilty by the Islamic court. In 1990, Reverend Soodmand was executed by the same district court.

In a recent ranking of countries in which Christians are most persecuted, Iran ranked second only to North Korea, according to advocacy group Open Doors.

10 Comments on this post.

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  • George Whitten
    13 September 2010 at 7:30 am - Reply

    May these three Christians continue to stand strong for their faith.

    Hebrews 13:3 Remember the prisoners as if chained with them — those who suffer torment — since you yourselves are in the body also.

  • FresnoJoe
    13 September 2010 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    "Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake." Matthew 24:9


  • Ben
    17 September 2010 at 1:52 am - Reply

    Jesus is the resurrection AND the life, whoever believes in him though he may die he will live yet those who believe in him and live will never die! O Iran how cruel you are to those who seek the best for you, may God not hold this against you but there is so much blood on your hands! Let's pray and fast for God to move.

    • Benjy136
      8 August 2011 at 1:05 pm - Reply

      Ben " Yet those who  believe in him will never Die" is a mistranslation from the Greek….John: 11 verse 26…And everyone living and believing in me by no means dies unto the age. (or forever)   is the more literal translation.  For it is given to all to die once.(all humans, that is)

  • Will
    4 August 2011 at 1:32 pm - Reply

    how about we send all musalems back to where they came from. Thaen nuck them

  • Manzoor Khan
    6 August 2011 at 10:48 am - Reply

    I am not aware of the background but, if that is true as has been reported , then it is against the norms of Islam. It is clearly written in the Holy Quran, that there is no compulsion in religion. Every human being has the choice to live according to his/her religion and belief

  • Barbara
    6 August 2011 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    Ah Islam, such a peace loving religion.  They demand tolerance from other religions, yet they practice intolerance. Never saw a religion with so many contradictions.

  • Metro Marcus
    7 August 2011 at 3:26 pm - Reply

    There are tons of Christians in Iran that have no problem, however the evil evangelical terrorists are what they do have a problem with.  The Christian Crusaders (Jihadists) like Al-Qaeda who kill a hundred children and blow up buildings in the name of Christ.  

  • richard
    8 August 2011 at 11:24 am - Reply

    Why don't the propagandists in Washington just admit that they've decided to initiate a war with Iran one way or another and spare us the barrage of stories about how evil the Iranians are.

  • Bohdansz
    15 August 2011 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    Why should the Iranians not show compassion. Muhammad believed in a compassionate Allah, the Merciful! Why should Iranias act against their own God?

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