Author: Ben Smith

Execution Warrant Issued for Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani

A Christian pastor who converted from Islam is to be put to death for leaving Islam following the ruling of an Iranian trial court, it was reported today. Youcef Nadarkhani, 34, was arrested over two years ago on charges of apostasy, and has now been put to death by an Iranian court for refusing to renounce his Christianty, according to the pastor’s legal team. The father-of-two had defied a request by the Gilan provincial court, in Rasht, Iran, to repent, and now faces death by hanging. If the execution goes ahead it would be the first Christian to be officially executed in Iran for religious reasons in 20 years. The married father-of-two was detained in his home city of Rasht in October 2009, while attempting to register his church. Supporters of the pastor say he was arrested after questioning the Muslim monopoly on the religious instruction of children in Iran. Critics have said the execution could be seen as a form of defiance at the sanctions being forced on Iran in the row over its nuclear agenda. Jordan Sekulow, executive director of The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), told Fox News: ‘This is defiance. They want to say they will carry out what they say they will do. The world needs to stand up and say that a man cannot be put to death because of his faith.”  It is still unclear...

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Breaking News for February 1st, 2012

Missionaries to Mexico John & Wanda Casias Murdered Details are still sketchy, but according to reports from facebook and twitter veteran missionaries to Mexico John & Wanda Casias were found murdered in what is thought to be a robbery of some kind most likely by the local cartel. The cartel in their area of Mexico has been very active in the robbery and murder of anyone who might appear to have financial means. Even according to the Casias’ latest newsletter things in this area have been really bad. Please be in prayer for the family at this time. Baptist.org thanks the Lord for the many years of service they provided spreading the Gospel to the people of Mexico. To learn more about the Casias’ visit their website http://casias.org/ and be sure to sign their guestbook with your...

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