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. Christopher says:

    Our Heavenly Father Lord God, will release Pastor Youcef immediately from prison, no questions asked and on Oct,5 2011 he is set free and bonds and chains are set from his feet and the will of Jesus Christ's blood shall be known to that whole Islam Government that they have no more power and there law will prove to have no more dominion and sees to exist as a power or whole! And in the all mighty Lord Jesus Christ we pray Amen

  2. Hanna says:

    Absolutely…I signed the petition for his release and also am praying for him.

  3. Ferly says:

    We will continue to pray for Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani and for his release from this outrageous action. It may be that the Lord will intervene to set Youcef free as God did Peter and other apostles when the devil threw some of them in prison for their testimony and witness for Christ … We hope that those who hear of the persecution that often takes place by religious tyranny and wickedness will become better informed and aware of the true nature of the radical form of Islam; a religion of hate used by Islamic extremest to oppress and kill those faithful to the Lord Jesus Christ, the only true Sovereign Lord and God. Be loved in Christ, stay the course; remain unmovable in the truth and so stand by God's grace. Remember the words of the Lord Jesus who foresaw these times saying, “Be not afraid of those who kill the body but can do nothing after that; rather be afraid of the One who can destroy both body and soul in hell”. Pray for those who persecute God's people, perchance some will repent and be saved from God's coming wrath which is not far off in our times. God bless.

  4. Joel says:

    I just know one thing and I also believe that Our God is mighty to save. I pray to Jesus that His mighty hand be on the pastor who is going through tough times and I pray that he will showcase his power and protect the pastor.

  5. Massa says:

    Lord, please continue to give courage to this pastor not to give-up on you but keep on with you forever. May his faith strengthern all Christians around the world.

  6. Alex says:

    This Islamic agenda toward Christians is not going to and will never succeed. God bless Pastor Youcef

  7. Henry says:

    Lord, just as you delivered the Hebrews boys from the fiery furnace; and Peter from prison; our God we ask for deliverance for your son in this hour of trial.

  8. maria says:

    father God: I thank you for the leagues of Angels that you have sent to battle the demonic forces that are trying to take the life of this child of yours. I thank you that any assignment against this person sent by the evil one is canceled in the name of Jesus. The angels will confound the judges in this case and release this man in the name of Jesus. He is covered in the blood if Jesus through redemption and no weapon formed against him can prosper. HE IS FREE HE IS FREE HE IS FREE. Amen

  9. Carolyn says:

    Lord Jesus, I pray your protection for your child who is faithful to you and for his release. Cover him with your love and mercy and give him courage and hope through this time. Amen

  10. Jane says:

    May justice be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Lord have mercy on our brother, his loved ones, his lawyer, his friends..