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Christian pastor jailed in Iran for 3 years is freed, watchdog-group-says
Fox News ^ | 9/8/2012 | Perry Chiaramonte

Posted on 09/08/2012 10:07:22 AM PDT by Former Fetus

Iranian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, who was originally sentenced to death in his native country for his Christian faith, was acquitted of apostasy charges and released from custody.

Nadarkhani, 32, was imprisoned for three years and waiting execution for refusing to renounce his Christian faith. His charges were lowered to evangelizing to Muslims, which carried a three-year sentence. He was released with time served, according to the American Center for Law and Justice, a Washington-based watchdog group that had been campaigning for the pastor's release.

"Today our sources in Iran reported that Pastor Youcef was acquitted of apostasy and released from prison. After languishing in prison for almost three years, he has been reunited with his family," Jordan Sekulow, executive director of ACLJ said in a statement to FoxNews.com.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: braking; christianity; iran; nadarkhani; pastoryoucef; youcefnadarkhani; yousefnadarkhani
Praise the Lord for His faithfulness! And thank you to everyone who prayed/tweeted for pastor Youcef.


1 posted on 09/08/2012 10:07:29 AM PDT by Former Fetus
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To: Former Fetus

A very brave, courageous man indeed. He could have renounced his faith but refused to deny his Lord and Master.

Puts to shame a lot of people who call themselves Christians here.


2 posted on 09/08/2012 10:15:06 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: Former Fetus

THE PASTOR AND HIS FAMILY
3 posted on 09/08/2012 10:30:59 AM PDT by SeekAndFind (bOTRT)
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To: Former Fetus

Meanwhile, liberals in Washington are up in arms over the decision the decision to let the racist homophobe christian out of prison and his reprieve from execution.


4 posted on 09/08/2012 10:45:14 AM PDT by Usagi_yo
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To: Former Fetus

I want to weep looking at that photo.
Yes!! Thank you Lord for Your faithfulness to this servant.


5 posted on 09/08/2012 10:52:45 AM PDT by pollywog ("O Thou who changest not, abide with me.".......)
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To: pollywog

Great is Thy faithfulness. Thank you Lord


6 posted on 09/08/2012 10:54:49 AM PDT by Newfy
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To: Former Fetus

Thank You, Heavenly Father!


7 posted on 09/08/2012 11:12:59 AM PDT by Faith
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To: SeekAndFind

Thank You, Lord.


8 posted on 09/08/2012 11:18:28 AM PDT by left that other site (Worry is the Darkroom that Develops Negatives.)
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To: Former Fetus

Praise the Lord!!


9 posted on 09/08/2012 11:43:37 AM PDT by Polyxene (Out of the depths I have cried to Thee, O Lord; Lord, hear my voice.)
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To: Former Fetus

A blessing indeed his life was spared. Pray mightily for all those in so many countries running for their lives, blown up, tortured and again crucified. I can only hope to be as brave when the time comes we’re all arrested for our faith should the US continue it’s downward spiral following the great delusion.


10 posted on 09/08/2012 11:49:31 AM PDT by Karliner ( Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 8:28, Romans 8:38"...this is the end of the beginning."WC)
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To: pollywog

What a great man of faith. Thank you Lord, for your blessings on this man and his family.


11 posted on 09/08/2012 12:19:54 PM PDT by Catsrus
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To: Former Fetus

I just wonder what this Pastor’s speech would be like at the DNC convention right after they voted ( and booed) to have God put back in the platform. I bet his speech would bring tears.

All those ‘christians” ( yes, small c for them)...all those Blacks who sing Gospel in church or the catholics ( yes, small c for them) who take the Eucharist on Sunday....they would probably boo this pastor too.


12 posted on 09/08/2012 12:44:39 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie
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To: Usagi_yo

Too close to reality there!


13 posted on 09/08/2012 3:39:32 PM PDT by daniel1212 (Come to the Lord Jesus as a damned+destitute actual sinner, + trust Him to save you, then live 4 Him)
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To: Former Fetus

Thank you, Lord, for restoring this man to his family. May all Christians be blessed by the example of his faithfulness throughout his persecution.


14 posted on 09/08/2012 5:06:25 PM PDT by To Lurk or Not to Lurk
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Call off the strike. /s


15 posted on 09/08/2012 5:08:32 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: Former Fetus

Marvelous, marvelous. Rejoicing with my fellow FReepers.


16 posted on 09/08/2012 5:35:31 PM PDT by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: Former Fetus

Praise the Lord! Thankyou!


17 posted on 09/08/2012 8:31:24 PM PDT by stilloftyhenight
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To: SeekAndFind

Thank God for this!


18 posted on 09/08/2012 8:33:53 PM PDT by thecodont
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To: Former Fetus

Just wonderful news. Halleluiah !!


19 posted on 09/08/2012 8:37:08 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: Former Fetus
According to Shariah Law anyone born Muslim who converts to another faith signs their own death warrant.

Iran is hoping for an Obama win so they did the political thing.

20 posted on 09/09/2012 8:29:31 AM PDT by Happy Rain ("Who needs Michelle? The MSM keep Obama satisfied.")
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To: Former Fetus
Congratulations to the guy, freedom is priceless!
21 posted on 09/09/2012 11:55:51 AM PDT by mcleodglen
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To: All

Amen and Amen!

Thank you LORD for hearing the cries of our heart, and for freeing this MAN of Courage and Faith in our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ!!!


22 posted on 09/09/2012 7:31:51 PM PDT by TaraP (On Christ the Solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand.)
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To: Former Fetus

Hallelujah!!! What wonderful news to begin Monday!


23 posted on 09/10/2012 8:40:57 AM PDT by dixiebelle
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To: Former Fetus

I posted this on the other related thread also...

I am very glad he has been released and passed the news on to many. I received an email from a friend who said that he was not a Christian, but a “Pastor” of a cult church, so I did some checking and found this site that explains the Church of Iran and also has a video of him stating his belief:

http://surphside.blogspot.com/2012/02/yosef-nadarkhani-pastor-of-modalist.html

Even if he is not a true Christian, I’m glad he was released. Who knows, maybe he came to know the Lord while he was in prison. I pray for his salvation.


24 posted on 09/10/2012 2:39:25 PM PDT by TurkeyLurkey
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To: TurkeyLurkey
he was not a Christian, but a “Pastor” of a cult church [...]Even if he is not a true Christian

I have been keeping up with Pastor Youcef since Voice of the Martyrs first highlighted his case. He was always presented as an Evangelical pastor. However I am not surprised that he would be accused of not being a "true Christian". That is one of Satan's oldest tricks! Jesus was thought to be crazy (Mark 3:20-21) or in league with Beelzebub (Luke 11:15).

At a hearing, Pastor Youcef was asked to deny Jesus and that way save his life. What was his answer? “You ask me to recant. Recant means to return. What do you wish me to return to? The blasphemy that I was in before Christ?” The judges responded, “To the religion of your ancestors, Islam.” Youcef replied, “I cannot.” That says everything I want to know about Pastor Youcef!

25 posted on 09/10/2012 6:23:07 PM PDT by Former Fetus (Saved by grace through faith)
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To: Former Fetus

I too have been keeping up with him since the very beginning, through VOM, and praying for him. Yes, VOM and others have referred to him as an evangelical pastor; however, his own testimony and other Christian sources have said that the Church of Iran is a cult. You might check out the video in his own words. He denies the Trinity.


26 posted on 09/10/2012 7:18:25 PM PDT by TurkeyLurkey
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To: Former Fetus

I’m surprised he got released.


27 posted on 09/11/2012 8:28:53 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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