The condition of an imprisoned pastor in Iran has worsened since
he was given a five-year prison term for converting from Islam to
Christianity -- which Iranian authorities claim to be a crime
against national security.
When Behnam Irani was examined about a
month ago, doctors advised surgery. Jason DeMars of Present Truth
Ministries tells OneNewsNow the pastor's health has continued
to get worse.
"The last I've heard from our sources is that he's lost another
ten pounds in about the last three months, and his skin is like a
yellowish color," DeMars reports. "He's not healthy, and he's still
being denied medical attention from the authorities there in the
Ghezal Hezar prison there in Karaj, Iran."
Meanwhile, Iranian police have been arresting Christians.
"There's a total of eight that I know of for certain," the PTM
spokesman reports, "and I have also received word, though not
details of names, that there's been around 100 people arrested in
the last two months, Christians who have been put in prison" whose
only crime is converting from Christianity to Islam.
He notes that it took nearly three years of international
pressure for Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani to gain his freedom (see earlier story), and DeMars hopes
Christians throughout the world will respond in a similar fashion
to others in Iran who are imprisoned for their faith.