The Voice of the Martyrs is actively supporting Christians in Iran who are sharing the gospel with their neighbors, coworkers, friends and family. In addition, we partner with broadcasting ministries sending the gospel message into Iran through television and other means. The government of Iran is clearly not happy with this ministry work.
According to Mohabat News, Ali Younesi, President Rouhani's Adviser on Ethnic and Religious Minorities' Affairs, said, "Everyone is free to practice his/her own faith, but no one has the right to promote his/her faith."
Mr. Younesi said in an interview with Revolutionary Guards-backed Fars News Agency, "We do not allow any individual or group to invite people to sects or religions other than Islam. We consider this dangerous for people and therefore illegal. They can be busy with their own business. However, it is not acceptable, for instance, if a Christian invites a Muslim to Christianity."
Ali Younesi, former Minister of Intelligence in President Khatami's administration, stressed that evangelical activities are illegal in Iran and all such activities must be stopped.
This is the most direct public statement from an official in President Rouhani's cabinet against evangelical activities.
Mohabat reports that the Iranian government actively promotes Islam in other countries where Christianity is the dominant religion, but does not want the reverse to happen inside its own borders.
Please pray for Christians in Iran who face pressure and persecution when they step outside of their government’s mandate not to share their faith. Click here to watch a video testimony of one woman who came to faith.