CONTENDING FOR THE FAITH
Syrian Christians fleeing as homes destroyed
WND.com reports: “Islamist rebels are invading Christian communities in Syria fighting to capture Aleppos mostly Christian neighborhoods of al-Syriaan al-Jaddie and al-Syriaan al-Qadime
Religious Freedom Coalition President William Murray said theres a reason the Free Syrian Army chose to fight over the Christian neighborhoods.
The Islamist rebels invaded Christian neighbors to force government troops to destroy homes there, Murray said. They want the government troops to shell the neighborhoods in an effort to recapture it.
Murray said this is a familiar tactic.
I have seen this tactic in the so-called West Bank during the Intifada, he said. Muslims would fire mortars from a Christian neighborhood to draw Israeli fire there. This is a win-win for the Islamist rebels supplied by Turkey. Syrian government troops can be fired on and Christian homes get destroyed.
Although International Christian Concern Middle East analyst Aidan Clay said accurate information on Syria is limited, hes confirmed the fighting in several Aleppo enclaves ” (There have been as many Christians killed in our generation than all believers slaughtered in the past 1,900 years. Our days are numbered as the Islamic terrorists and communistic murderers continue their outpouring of hatred upon Christians. Jesus predicted this would happen before His return to set up His millennial kingdom Matthew 24:9; John 16:2; John 15:18-20; Revelation 6:9; 13:15; 20:4; Revelation 2:10. The hour has arrived. Our hope is the Rapture which precedes Christs coming kingdom by seven years Revelation 4:1; I Thessalonians 4:16 18; I Corinthians 15:52; and Titus 2:13. See the next three reports.)
Four Christians imprisoned in Iran
ChristianToday.com reports: “An Iranian Assembly of God pastor and three ministers have each been sentenced to a year in prison for preaching Christianity.
According to Iranian Christian news agency Mohabat News, their trial was held on 15 October at Branch 2 of the Revolutionary Court in Ahwaz. The presiding judge was Seyyed Mohammad Bagher Mousavi.
The four Christians, who had been arrested on 23 December last year, are the pastor of the Assembly of God church of Ahwaz, Farhad Sabokrouh, and his wife Shahnaz Jeizan, together with two other church ministers, Naser Zamen Dezfuli and Davoud Alijani.
Mohabat News, whose website is banned inside of Iran, reported the Revolutionary Court said their charges were, Converting to Christianity, inviting Muslims to convert, as well as propagating against the Islamic regime through promoting evangelical Christianity.
Mohabat News said this was an initial sentencing, and there is an opportunity to appeal. The verdict issues by that court will be final.
According to reports received by the news service, Sabokrouh is not to hold any sort of church service or visit Christians in Ahwaz while free on bail. In addition, authorities have told him to leave his hometown of Ahwaz and he and his family have been exiled to Tehran.
Mohabat News said the church was raided as church members gathered for worship. Everyone there was arrested and transported by two buses to an undisclosed location.
It stated that security authorities covered their faces during the raid and even arrested terrified Sunday school children ”