In the last year, Iran has faced locusts, COVID-19, earthquakes, mysterious explosions, political turmoil, the death of an Iranian general, and burning ships. So when the Iranian government took the opportunity to implement a new law condemning the use of virtual ministry, no one noticed.
Now, a wave of arrests is sweeping the Iranian Church. Now, believers are taking notice.
Put simply, the new law makes online ministry or Christianity in nearly every conceivable form illegal. Online church services, teaching seminars, discipleship chat sessions, or distributing Christian material are all considered psychological manipulation. It’s not just creators of this kind of content; anyone downloading or viewing these materials could face legal action, too. If it’s Christian and digital, it’s criminal.
In other words, an Iranian believer could face arrest for reading this article.
The consequences for engaging with Christian digital media are steep. Believers suspected of illegal activity must be immediately fired from their place of work even before they go to court. If they are found guilty of any Christianity-related charges, they must serve a minimum of five years in prison. In a worst case scenario, they could be served the death penalty.
You may be wondering how Mission Network News can even report this story. How can Iranian believers share their plight beyond borders? Fortunately, Reza of Global Catalytic Ministries says they’ve partnered with Christians who have the tools and know-how to circumvent some of the detection methods put in place to prevent digital ministry.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Alex Anhalt
CALL TO ACTION
- Pray for Iranian believers facing these new restrictions.
- Ask God to draw tech experts to the Iranian Church.
- Thank Him for the work of Iranian believers continuing to spread the Gospel.