Study: Persecution having reverse effect in Iran

Monday, September 28, 2020
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Christian flagA spokesperson for an international Christian organization is glad to have proof showing that more and more Iranians are turning to Christ.

Research conducted by The Group for Analyzing and Measuring Attitudes in Iran estimates that about 350,000 Iranians have recently converted to the Christian faith, though the number might actually be higher. Their statisticians questioned 50,000 Iranians, 90 percent of whom live in the country, and Claire Evans of International Christian Concern (ICC) tells OneNewsNow the result was surprising.

"Upwards of one million people could be Christians in Iran, which is a huge number," she relays. "We already know that Iran is the fastest-growing church in the Middle East, and we always suspected that it was high, but we've never had an organization actually do research to try and quantify that number."

Evans explains that while most Iranians are Shia Muslim, which developed several centuries after Christianity, they are aware that Iran, or Persia, is part of biblical history.

"Iranians … know this history; they wonder, 'Were we Christians before we were Muslims,'" the ICC spokesperson poses. "So they began to explore Christianity, and I think it opens up all these new opportunities for them to learn more about who their country was before Islam and then ask the question, 'Do I want to be Muslim?'"

The tremendous growth comes amidst tremendous persecution of Christian leaders and their families. The believers there would rather face persecution and imprisonment than return to Islam.


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