Frequently Asked Questions

What is the response to the closure of Iranian or Farsi speaking churches?

Iran has one of the fastest growing underground church movements in history. Like China with great restrictions and oppression, the Iranian church is showing signs of dynamic spiritual awakening and many people are secretly gathering for worship. While this is exciting news, the Iranian church still needs our support to grow from infancy to a mature and self-sustaining community.

Do Muslims and Christians share any beliefs in common?

The following is a list of beliefs shared by Muslims and Christians.

  • God is one, the creator of heaven and earth.
  • The Pentateuch, Psalms and the New Testament are considered Holy Books.
  • All humans have sinned and will be judged.
  • Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Virgin Mary and lived without sin.
  • Jesus performed miracles, raised the dead, healed the blind and deaf, and demon possessed.
  • Jesus will return again and will intercede for us at judgment.

The most important disagreement is the issue related to the deity of Christ and the resurrection. Muslims believe that God is one, and not a triune God as the Christians believe, and that he is in many respects unknowable.

How do Christians inside Iran grow in their faith?

Thankfully, there are a growing number of ministries that assist the Iranian church through underground networks and media. If one is genuinely interested in finding Biblical answers to challenges posed by Islam, there are opportunities to partake in home fellowships, discipleship groups and theological training. Media is by far the greatest lifeline to the underground church, with programming that meets the needs and interest of all age groups. While persecution and the risks are real, the Iranian church seems to be blossoming and becoming a model for the whole world of Christ’s power and love.

What are some of the greatest needs of the church in Iran?

There is a great need for training of new pastors and church planting. There is also the need for Christian counseling to address the epidemic of divorce, drug abuse, domestic abuse and depression inside Iran. The young people need relevant media programs that address their spiritual and intellectual questions. Humanitarian support is needed for the persecuted and imprisoned believers and their families. With a high unemployment rate, there is also a need for training the next generation in self-sustaining businesses. Security and anonymity is always paramount.