Saturday, September 8, 2012

Freedom in Christ; Freedom from Imprisonment

Almost a year ago I wrote about an Iranian pastor, Youcef Nadarkhani, held captive for refusal to recant his Christian beliefs.  I began praying for his release and ability to stand strong.  I asked you all to pray for him.  Nadarkhani's case became known throughout the world as organizations and countries entreated Iran to free him.

Nadarkhani has a family; a wife and two sons.  His wife was imprisoned for a time and then released.  No one knew whether Nadarkhani would see freedom again.  Last October (I think) rumors began to circulate that he had been executed, martyred for his faith in Jesus Christ.  Thankfully it was not true.

Today I saw an article posted on Facebook saying Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani is a free man.  His sentence was changed, thus causing his sentence to be set at three years.  The three years have been fulfilled, and he is home.

I rejoice at prayers answered, the Gospel being shared because of this man's imprisonment, and the glory that God has received.  I am thankful Pastor Youcef did not recant.  He stood strong and honored God.  I believe God gave him the strength to withstand the persecution, strength that Christians who live in hostile nations ask people to pray they will have.  They do not ask for persecution to cease, only that they will be true to Christ and not bow to the governmental powers' demands that they deny Jesus Christ.

We may never know the extent of the impact this man's testimony will have on the world.  But, God does, and He is using it for His glory.

To God Be the Glory!

2 comments:

  1. I love hearing stories of people who've kept the faith even in the most trying of circumstances -- they're an inspiration to us all!

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    1. It is. And, it is a testimony to God's faithfulness.

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