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Once More Prayers For Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani...
Once More Prayers For Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani…
In case you do not know who Youcef Nadarkhani is… he is an Iranian born Christian preacher who was sentenced to death for not recanting his beliefs in Christ Jesus and embracing the religion of peace, Islam. I have written about Youcef before… entreating the Traditional Christians to earnestly pray for his release; now, I write again because with all the pleadings and the intercessions on behalf of Youcef, the Iranian Mullahs have re-confirmed their sentence of death for the unrepentant Christian preacher. I do not know what God has plan for Youcef, but I am hoping that the Divine would permit Youcef’s release and let him continue his ministry outside of Iran. Incidentally, I just returned from my church a few hours ago and I am humbly marveling and counting my blessings that I can worship in relative peace… though I suspect that the time is almost nigh when Christians soon in this country will suffer the persecutions and the fate… of Youcef.
The roadmap for outright persecutions in America is already in place… it is why our secular messiah president floated the idea of forcing faith-based-hospitals to provide contraceptives and the like; it is why Christians right here in New York are engaged in a protracted fight over the renting of schools to worship; and it is why that there are moves to prevent the Traditional Christian Preachers from sermonizing against gay marriage… and that the proponents of same sex marriage are wishing and wanting to deem such homilies as ‘hate speech.’ Perhaps, again, I should count my blessings because we, the Traditional Christians, are not facing what my brothers and sisters are facing in England, which is ironic since an integral part of the Queen’s duties is to be the protector of the Christian church in England - but I digress.
Youcef now has the Germans interceding on his behalf and I am hoping that the Iranians listen; however, Youcef’s troubles underscore how precious the freedom to worship is. In the same vein, I would be remiss if I do not mention the other prisoners of conscience and lifestyles who are being persecuted and killed in Iran; yes, it is true that being gay is not consonant to my religious interpretation of my Bible, but it would be even more wrong for my sanctioning the persecution or murder of someone for his or her lifestyle. So, to that end, I pray for those who are being persecuted for all manner of freedoms we so cavalierly take for granted in these United States and hope that the Iranians would mend their ways, listen, and give credence to the slogan that Islam is ‘a religion of peace.’
I am certain that Youcef is privy to the martyrs of the Christian faith… and that in the Apostle Paul’s case… that the enemies of Christianity went so far as to have some preached the Gospel, so as to increase Paul’s hardship, all in all to maintain his chains and to hasten his death. I used to hesitate to write about the Gospel… thinking that I should write about areas of the law that I am versed in and love, but there is no greater reward than to know Christ Jesus and to spread His Gospel. I recalled that in law school, one female Japanese student once stopped and commended me on my so called ‘bravery’ for wearing a hat that said, ‘I love Jesus;’ how pitiful compare to what Youcef Nadarkhani is facing for his Christian faith. I am aware what the Christ said in His Gospel of Matthew 10:21… that in the end times, Christians will be betrayed by fathers, mothers, wives, sons, daughters, and siblings, even unto death, but I entreat the Lord to strengthen my brother Youcef Nadarkhani… knowing that if he has to die for his faith in Christ Jesus, God forbids, he may take comfort in the saying, “oh death where is your sting oh grave where is your victory” (1 Corinthians 15:55).