(CDN) Iranian Officials Heighten Control on Farsi-Speaking Church

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Leaders of the Assemblies of God’s (AG) Central Church of Tehran told its congregation on May 6 that authorities have demanded a list of names and identification numbers of church members, a major risk to converts from Islam.

Church leaders then asked members in attendance to volunteer their information. The AG church holds two Sunday services, both conducted in Farsi. It is the only church remaining in Tehran that offers Farsi-language worship on Sundays.

“This [government move] is basically to make sure the church is not taking in new members and to make it difficult and risky for non-Christians to attend,” Monsour Borji, an Iranian Christian and advocacy officer for rights initiative Article 18, told Compass. “It is an effort to limit the church, basically.”

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Posted May 14, 2012 at 12:58 pm

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1. NoVA Scout wrote:

This kind of thing is extremely ominous, particularly given the regime’s stated willingness to impose the death penalty for conversions.  Does anyone have any additional news about the Christian priest who is under death sentence?

May 15, 6:19 am | [comment link]

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