UPDATE (Thursday, September 29; 12:19pm): Chances appear good that Nadarkhani will win a reprieve on appeal. Follow updates on the Fox News link below.
This is not a joke.
I was getting ready to post the essay I'd prepared for today when I saw this extremely urgent notice on Facebook from multiple friends. Please pray for Yousef Nadarkhani, a pastor in Iran, who has been convicted of being a Christian and is facing a death sentence to be carried out today or tomorrow.
This is more important than what I'd first prepared to post, so please take this matter to our Lord in prayer!
According to Christian Solidarity Worldwide, Iranian pastor Yousef Nadarkhani has twice refused to recant his Christian faith during two court hearings this week and will be again demanded to recant at a third trial today or tomorrow; if he continues to refuse, he will be executed. Pastor Nadarkhani was found guilty of apostasy (abandoning Islam) last year and was sentenced to the death penalty by the Supreme Court. The death sentence for apostasy is not codified in the Iranian Penal Code but judges used a loophole in Iran's constitution. Nadarkhani was not a practicing Muslim adult before becoming a Christian, but a court of appeals decided he remained guilty of apostasy because of his Muslim ancestry. Nadarkhani's lawyer made it clear that the repeated demand for recanting is against both Iranian law and the constitution, but the court of appeals insisted the Supreme Court's verdict be applied regardless of its illegality.
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