Christians who live in countries where their faith is restricted or forbidden have a different understanding of surrendering your life to Jesus Christ, says a longtime defender of the faith.
Todd Nettleton of Voice of the Martyrs, who is an author, radio host, advocate, and world traveler, has documented the bold faith of many, such as an Iranian evangelist, in the new book “When Faith is Forbidden.”
According to Nettleton, Iman is a drug-addict-turned evangelist who was not afraid to share the gospel even in his country of Iran.
“When you do that in the Islamic Republic of Iran, you're going to end up in jail,” Nettleton says, “and at some point in time Iman did end up in jail.”
That is where the authorities went wrong: Iman shared the gospel with 100 inmates and 24 converted to Christianity.
In the church-friendly West, the message that is often preached is Jesus is with you but that message means more for the persecuted brothers and sisters whose lives often take a turn for the worse.
“You know your family may reject you. You may lose your job. You may end up in prison,” Nettleton says.
Other believers in "Faith is Forbidden" include a Chinese woman who served prison time, an Iraqi pastor who was shot by assassins, among many others.