Franklin Graham Statement on the Pending Execution of Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani

By   •   September 30, 2011

This week Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani faced an Iranian court for his third and final “opportunity” to recant his Christian faith. When he refused to do so, he was sentenced to death for apostasy, a judgment that may be carried out at any time.

It is unfathomable to most thinking people that a person in the 21st Century can be put to death simply for espousing a faith that differs from that of his nation’s ruling powers. Belief cannot be prescribed or proscribed. Faith is the most basic, fundamental right of every human being.

While this kind of religious intolerance from the Islamic government and so-called justice system in Iran (Sharia Law) doesn’t surprise me, the initial virtual silence of the international community does. A man is sentenced to be killed for the “crime” of a sincere belief in Jesus Christ – a sentence in clear violation of international law. So where is the international outrage?

The international community is complicit in Iran’s outrage if our leaders remain silent. House Speaker Boehner was one of the first leaders here in the U.S. to speak out against the atrocity of the Iranian court’s sentence against Pastor Nadarkhani. The White House has now issued a statement condemning the sentence and calling for Nadarkhani’s immediate release. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and others on the world stage should take immediate action to condemn the sentence imposed on Pastor Nadarkhani. We, as U.S. citizens, must join our voices to continue to press world leaders to take action. Pastor Nadarkhani’s life hangs in the balance.

Matthew’s Gospel tells us, “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Pastor Nadarkhani will certainly be blessed for his unwavering faith when he stands
before God. But I hope that Christians across America will join me in praying for his rescue in this life as well.

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  1. Jeanie says:

    People please get on your knees and pray daily for Pastor Nadarkhani and the persecuted church as a whole! We need to pray daily without ceasing. Pray also for America that God will not turn from us because of our wicked ways. God Bless you all who remain faithful in these terrible times and God Bless the Billy Grahams ministries.

  2. Anthony says:

    Praying, AJ-Laramie Wyoming

  3. Connie says:

    I pray for the people around him, that they will not lift a finger to injure him.

  4. Steve says:

    We are with you Pastor Nadarkhani. We pray for protection, peace, boldness, and your family. We emailed the consulate on your behalf. God is praised.

  5. BOBBY says:

    I AGREE WITH YOU REV. GRAHAM. THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY MUST ADD THEIR VOICE TO IT. ITS A VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHT AND INTERNATIONAL LAWS……. LET GOD ARISE…