American Pastor Jailed In Iran – Eight Year Sentence For Spreading Christianity….

FOX NEWS - Christian pastor Saeed Abedini, an American imprisoned in Iran on charges of evangelizing, was sentenced this morning to eight years in prison.

According to the American Center for Law and Justice, Abedini was verbally sentenced in Tehran by Judge Pir-Abassi, known as the “hanging judge,” to eight years in prison for threatening the national security of Iran through his leadership in Christian house churches. He will serve the time in Iran’s notorious Evin Prison, known as one of the most brutal.

The evidence, the ACLJ reports, was based on Abedini’s activities primarily during the early 2000s, when house churches were not considered a threat in Iran.

Iran’s state news agency reported Monday that Abedini, who was born in Iran but now lives in Idaho, would soon be free. But the report, which came on the first day of Abedini’s trial, was seen by Abedini’s wife, Naghmeh, as just another cruel manipulation.  (more)

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4 Responses to American Pastor Jailed In Iran – Eight Year Sentence For Spreading Christianity….

  1. wildninja says:

    Thanks for spreading the news. I’d blogged about this earlier and am deeply disturbed that no one but Iran knows where he is or what’s happening to him. He is an American and a Christian and this is a violation of international law.

  2. “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For while we live we are always being given up to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh.” [2 Cor. 4:8-11]

    Prayers for strength for Pastor Abedini, his family, and his church family and friends. And may we be strengthened in our witness, daily, by his example.

  3. Sharon says:

    “Abedini’s activities primarily during the early 2000s, when house churches were not considered a threat in Iran…”

    What he did was not against the law when he did it. So new laws are written that make him a criminal, in retrospect.

    An article from Canada Free Press points out that we don’t need to be afraid that they are going to “come and get our guns”….they’re just going to keep writing laws until everyone is a criminal under one law or another, and then at any time they need to control any given segment of the population, they’ve already got the grounds on which to do it. Once again, it’s not about guns: it’s about control.

    I can’t relocate that article right now…will keep looking.

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