Iranian Government Seeks Military Aid from Russia: Underground Church Remains at Peace Amidst Violent Attacks

As violent protests continue in Iran, concerns about international affairs have arisen due to Iran’s increased cooperation with Russia. Implications of such a partnership could present new challenges for the underground church if the Iranian regime gains access to additional Russian weapons or military reinforcements. Though these changing circumstances certainly carry weight, leaders in the underground church remain rooted in the Word of God, which instructs Christians not to worry. They have experienced the God of peace during unprecedented political and social upheaval, so they are confident that no new challenge is too big for God to handle. He continues to give disciples in Iran unwavering faith and resilient strength to face each challenge ahead. 

Iran Recruits More Help from Russian Forces

Protests in Iran have been escalating for more than three months. The IRGC has fought the resistance with violence and brutality toward civilians. Over a hundred men, women, and children were imprisoned, and many have endured torture and assault by prison guards. Most recently, Iranian leadership has approved executions, some of which have occurred in public settings. Protestors have been murdered in the streets, and bullets have been shot point-blank into crowds of people. With increasing violence from Iranian leaders, protestors have had enough. They no longer fight back peaceably. Instead, some have begun to instigate targeted attacks toward Iranian guards and retaliate with the same brutality and violence they have endured. Because of these revenge attempts, the Iranian regime has grown desperate to regain control.

The Underground Church Provides an Example to Believers 

In the West, headlines about political unrest and unsettling alliances can easily cause panic. It’s not difficult to think about the scary “what ifs” that may happen when world powers join forces for evil purposes. However, the underground church in the Middle East remains undaunted. Iran has long been an area of political unrest, and yet with each new event the persecuted church sees that God continues to be faithful. 

Though the Taliban seems to hold great power and cause great harm, Christians in Iran know that their “struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12). The power of the Holy Spirit within them is more significant than any worldly leader or armed guard. 

The Underground Church in Iran Continues to Grow

Rather than joining in the violence and getting revenge like some protestors, the underground church chooses to love their enemies and pray for those who persecute them. The evil in the streets has not stopped the church from growing. Instead, God has used the unrest to draw souls to Himself in large numbers. 

People in Iran are sick of living in fear. They want to believe that there is hope. Those that have experienced Jesus cannot keep from sharing their testimonies of transformation with everyone they know. The church is the one place in Iran where peace and joy are overflowing. A growing excitement and a genuine zeal are multiplying as more people commit their lives to Christ. The Iranian army and Russian reinforcements can never overcome the power of Christ in the underground church.Christians know their hope is secure and eternal. 

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Be a light in the darkness. Help make disciples in the darkest places like Iran and Afghanistan. Global Catalytic Ministries teaches and trains disciple-makers to listen to the voice of God and obey Him. The result of an effective disciple is that they make other disciples, can stand alone without human leadership, are highly obedient to Christ, and love God so much that nothing else matters. Because of donors partnering with what God is doing, the underground church has grown from 750 to 1,400 churches planted all within the last year. With the rise of persecution in Iran, the continued hunting of Christians in Afghanistan, the shifting of political regimes, the world is ready for a power encounter with the King of Glory. We are asking everyone to prayerfully consider partnering monthly with what God is doing. 

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  • Plant new church in harsh environments
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  • Train new believing indigenous leaders
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We believe the Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are inspired by God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct. (2 Timothy 3:15-17, 1 Peter 1:21)

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent who has revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4, Luke 3:22)

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father where He intercedes for us, in His present rule as Head of the Church, and in His personal return in power and glory. (Matthew 1:23, Luke 1:31)

We believe in the creation of mankind in God’s image, and the fall of man, resulting in universal guilt and total depravity; and the necessity, therefore, of redemption and restoration; that all men and women are lost spiritually and face the judgment of God, that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation, and that repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ is necessary for regeneration by the Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:26-27, Genesis 2:17)

We believe salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ. By the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, being justified by grace through faith, man becomes an heir of God, according to the hope of eternal life. (Luke 24:47, John 3:3)

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; the saved unto the resurrection of eternal life in the presence of our Lord, and the lost unto the resurrection of damnation and eternal punishment. (Matthew 25:46, Mark 9:43-48)

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ and that all true believers are members of His body, the Church, which has the duty to preach the Gospel to every person. (Ephesians 1:22-23, Ephesians 2:22)

We believe that we must dedicate ourselves to prayer, to the service of our Lord, to His authority over our lives, and to the ministry of teaching, preaching, the prophetic, the apostolic, and evangelism. (Ephesians 4:11-13)

We believe in upholding the ordinances of the church of water baptism and holy communion.

The ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded by the Scriptures. All who repent and believe in Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized. Thus, they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they also have been raised with Him to walk in newness of life. (Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:16, Acts 10:47,48, Romans 6:4)

The Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements—bread and the fruit of the vine—, is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:4), a memorial of His suffering and death (1 Corinthians 11:26), and a prophecy of His second coming (1 Corinthians 11:26), and is enjoined on all believers “till He comes!”