Pastor Saeed Abedini. Imprisoned for being a Christian.

By brad, September 7, 2013

I have been following Pastor Saeed’s story for a while now. Basically Pastor Saeed has been sentenced to eight years in one of the worlds worst prisons. Evin Prison in Iran. His crime is being a Christian.

Pastor Saeed has been in Evin prison for almost a year now and in that time he has received severe beatings and has been tortured in an attempt to get him to recant his faith in Jesus Christ. Pastor Saeed has stood firm in his faith and unfortunately, he is paying the price for it. Pastor Saeed has severe pain due to internal bleeding as a result of his beatings and he is being denied medical attention for his injuries.

The American Centre For Law and Justice is working tirelessly to get Pastor Saeed released.

If you would like to know more about Pastor Saeeds Story, would like to contribute to getting him released or would simply like to pray for him and his wife and two children, I recommend you have a look at the following web site.

http://savesaeed.org/

 

My Prayer

“Thankyou Jesus that Pastor Saeed Abedini will be released from Evin prison and returned back to USA to be with his wife and children. I thank you that you will keep him strong while in prison and I pray that you would use him for Your kingdom while in Evin Prison. Thankyou that you are in control and that you make all things work together for good for those who love You.

Thank You Jesus, Amen.”

‘Image from ACLJ’

  • Mrbill

    Hmm, he wasn’t imprisoned for ‘being’ Christian – but for evangelizing Christianity. That and blasphemy against Islam is illegal in Iran. Yes, it is discrimination – but that is the law of the land. Christianity and Judaism are legally recognized in Iran – in fact by law religious minorities must be represented in Parliament. Yes that’s right – Christians and Jews are part of the elected Iranian parliament.

  • Bryan

    Mrbill Sadly, you are misinformed.

    While it’s true that Christians, Jews and Zoroastrians are given seats at the majli council, it’s only 5 seats out of a total of 270 and they’re HIGHLY restricted. They’re not allowed to directly address the council and are only allowed to vote on initiatives. However, since they represent a total of 2% of the voting power, their voices are in effect negligible. In fact, their votes have NEVER affected a vote. This is NOT true representation.

    Finally I’ll address the accusations of him evangelizing. He was arrested in 2008 for supporting “house churches” which were churches held in homes. After this arrest he was beaten and he signed a promise to not participate in the house churches again. As far as anyone knows, he kept to that agreement.

    He was charged with “undermining the Iranian government by creating a network of Christian house churches and … attempting to sway Iranian youth away from Islam.” All the evidence was older than his 2008 arrest and should have been invalid under Iran’s own version of “double jeopardy” laws stating he can only be charged once for the same charges.

    In other words, his “evangelism” was helping people worship in their own homes, he stopped it after his previous arrest, and he already faced charges for this “crime” and should therefore be exempt from further charges without new occurrences.

  • Mrbill

    The title says he was imprisoned for “being a Christan”. Clearly not the case as there are other Christians in Iran and they are not all in prison.

    Are Christians (and ther religions) discriminated against in Iran? Absolutely! I hope it makes you angry. You might then understand why Jews, blacks, gays and lesbians, and anyone else is angry when they are discriminated against. Sadly it always hurts more when it is your own side.

  • Markus

    @Mrbill: Christianity is about telling others about your faith and what Jesus can do for them. There is no true christianity without mission! That’s what Jesus and the apostles said and were doing their whole life through. Being a Christian for yourself, go to church but not live doing what Jesus told you is not how it’s meant to be. In our Western world, we just often neglect that mission part, which I believe does not make us true Christians.

    Therefore, it is not true that islamic law protects religious minorities. It does not permit them to evangelize or convince others to join their community.

    • Mrbill

      Exactly where did I say that Islamic law protects religious minorities? There is nothing ‘illegal’ about being Christan in Iran – many live there. Evangelizing Christianity is illegal in Iran. I clearly stated that Christians are discriminated against in Iran. Lastly, Christians are represented in parliament. Token gesture? Probably – but it’s written in the Iranian constitution.

      Remember, Islam and the state are intimately intertwined in Iran. Any attack on Islam is seen as an attack on the state as Islamic laws and the religious leaders are what govern the country.

      Remember too that once upon a time, many things were illegal in some states of the USA which many would find discriminatory today. Interracial marriage for instance. Homosexual relations is another example. You could argue that some of this discrimination was guided by Christian beliefs.