A deeply insecure state, a deeply insecure culture. “Revolutionary Guards Close Church Properties,” by Joseph DeCaro for Worthy News, July 11 (thanks to Michael):
TEHRAN, IRAN (Worthy News)– Both the Central Assembly of God Church in Tehran and its summer campsite have been closed by the Islamic authorities, according to the Farsi Christian News Network.
Officers of the Revolutionary Guards closed the Jennat-Abad Church along with its campsite, the “Garden of Sharon,” once a popular site for Christian gatherings and conferences; eye witnesses’ reported a large notice posted on the gates warning of severe consequences should anyone try to enter the premises.
These latest closures follow the official termination of Friday Persian (Farsi) language services and the compulsory cancellation of all Bible classes as well as any distribution of Christian literature.
After the Iranian New Year celebrations, Islamic state security insisted that church leaders reveal the National ID numbers of their congregations, causing some to stop attending services.