Iran: Officials Raid Church, Arrest Two Christian Converts
Carrie DedrickReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2014 Sep 04
A house church in Iran has reportedly been raided and officials arrested two Christian converts. Mehdi Vaziri, 28, and Amir Kian, 27, were at the house attending a service of prayer and Bible study when they were taken by authorities.
A source told Mohabat News, "The raid happened when the owner of the house, where the house church service was being held, went out to guide two new believers to their gathering. When the authorities attacked, he was still out and because authorities still watch his house, he cannot return there.”
According to Christian Today, the homeowner will not be able to return because he broke the law by hosting a house church. The Council on Foreign Relations says "Sharia also meaning 'path' in Arabic, guides all aspects of Muslim life, including daily routines, familial and religious obligations, and financial dealings. It is derived primarily from the Quran and the Sunna—the sayings, practices, and teachings of the Prophet Mohammed."
Converting to Christianity is apostasy, according to Sharia law. Vaziri and Amir are now in prison for their “crimes” and will likely be falsely charged with crimes against the state.
Publication date: September 4, 2014