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  • Iran has world's "Fastest growing church" despite no buildings....

    What a wonderful article! May the Lord continue to move in Iran and may He grant them peace!

    Iran has world’s ‘fastest-growing church,’ despite no buildings - and it's mostly led by women: documentary

    A new film tells the story of the "fastest-growing church" in the world, an underground, persecuted Christian movement in a country known for exporting radical Islamic terrorism -- Iran.
    But the Muslim-majority nation's citizens are reportedly fleeing Islam in droves, as believers bow their knee to Jesus, and become aggressively pro-Israel. The documentary, "Sheep Among Wolves Volume II," directed by Dalton Thomas and produced by Frontier Alliance International Studios, a non-profit group "dedicated to disciple-making," highlights the untold story of the persecuted church in Iran.
    “What if I told you Islam is dead?” one unidentified Iranian church leader says in the film. “What if I told you the mosques are empty inside Iran? What if I told you no one follows Islam inside of Iran? Would you believe me? This is exactly what is happening inside of Iran. God is moving powerfully inside of Iran.”
    The pastor adds: “What if I told you the best evangelist for Jesus was the Ayatollah Khomeini? The ayatollahs brought the true face of Islam to light and people discovered it was a lie...After 40 years under Islamic law — a utopia according to them — they’ve had the worst devastation in the 5,000-year history of Iran.”


    More Iranians have come to faith in Jesus in the last twenty years than the 1,300 years since Islam swept through Persia-combined.


    Director Dalton Thomas calls the movement "the Iranian awakening."
    "It owns no property, no buildings, no central leadership, and is predominantly led by women," he said in a statement.
    Named after the Bible verse Matthew 10:16 which says, “Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves,” the documentary claims "Muslim-background Iranians are leading a quiet but mass exodus out of Islam and bowing their knees to the Jewish Messiah -- with kindled affection toward the Jewish people."
    But the new believers in the Islamic Republic face great risks.
    "We know that if they get us, the first thing they will do to us as a woman is rape us and then they will beat us and ultimately they will kill us," one believer said. "This is the decision we have made that we want to offer our bodies as sacrifices. Because I have this thought when I wake up, that when I leave, that door I might not come back."


    A leader of the Iranian underground church explains their goal is not planting churches but rather making disciples, the majority of whom are women."Disciples forsake the world and cling to Jesus 'till he comes. Converts don't," the leader said. "Disciples aren't engaged in a culture war. Converts are. Disciples cherish, obey, and share the word of God. Converts don't. Disciples choose Jesus over anything and everything else. Converts don't. Converts run when the fire comes. Disciples don't."
    And a pastor explains everything they do underground is built on prayer.
    "We find people of peace through prayer. We even find locations through prayer,” he says. "[Jesus] has come in their dreams or he’s come miraculously in their lives. When we hear this, we know that Jesus has gone ahead of us.”


    Link:

    https://www.foxnews.com/faith-values/worlds-fastest-growing-church-women-documentary-film
    Matt 9:13
    13 "But go and learn what this means: ' I DESIRE COMPASSION,AND NOT SACRIFICE,' for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners."
    NASU

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    Re: Iran has world's "Fastest growing church" despite no buildings....

    This is amazing, I'm speechless. Another great testimony along the lines of the conversation we were having a few days ago, Mark!
    我们有这盼望,就像灵魂的锚,又稳当又坚固,通过幔子直进到里面。
    This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and reliable...
    (Hebrews 6:19 CNV / NASB)

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      Re: Iran has world's "Fastest growing church" despite no buildings....

      Originally posted by Aviyah View Post
      This is amazing, I'm speechless. Another great testimony along the lines of the conversation we were having a few days ago, Mark!
      I am undone Aviyah. I am praying for revival, yet I see the price these souls pay for discipleship, and know I cannot pay it. Two things... 1) To have Jesus 2) To see Him move among people. Knowing my own failings, I cannot comprehend how I can see revival.... after reading this article, only two things I ask 1) to have Jesus close to me 2) to see Him move among people.

      Undone.
      Matt 9:13
      13 "But go and learn what this means: ' I DESIRE COMPASSION,AND NOT SACRIFICE,' for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners."
      NASU

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        Re: Iran has world's "Fastest growing church" despite no buildings....

        Here's a link to a portion of a message from Leonard Ravenhill. His brokenness in the first 15 seconds says it all. This man was an awesome preacher and kept calling the church to repentance. Over and over again he preached to the church to grow up and be sanctified.

        https://youtu.be/CenvZ806aGM?t=15

        Leonard Ravenhill "The greatest tragedy in the world tonight is a sick church in a dying world."
        Matt 9:13
        13 "But go and learn what this means: ' I DESIRE COMPASSION,AND NOT SACRIFICE,' for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners."
        NASU

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        • #5
          Re: Iran has world's "Fastest growing church" despite no buildings....

          Praise the Living God !!! I needed to see this Mark. Thank you.

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            Re: Iran has world's "Fastest growing church" despite no buildings....

            So awesome; so encouraging!

            Praise the Lord!
            "Your name and renown
            is the desire of our hearts."
            (Isaiah 26:8)

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              Re: Iran has world's "Fastest growing church" despite no buildings....

              Good news indeed! Also they posted the documentary on youtube for free HERE

              Good news indeed! Also they posted the documentary on youtube for free HERE
              "The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right."

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                Re: Iran has world's "Fastest growing church" despite no buildings....

                This really is awesome. Is it too much to hope the same for our nation?
                Mal 3:16 Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name.

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                  Re: Iran has world's "Fastest growing church" despite no buildings....

                  Originally posted by BraveUlysesses View Post
                  Good news indeed! Also they posted the documentary on youtube for free HERE

                  Good news indeed! Also they posted the documentary on youtube for free HERE
                  I am going to embed this...thanks! I am watching it now.

                  Mal 3:16 Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name.

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                    Re: Iran has world's "Fastest growing church" despite no buildings....

                    All glory to God.

                    All glory to God.

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                      Re: Iran has world's "Fastest growing church" despite no buildings....

                      ""It owns no property, no buildings, no central leadership, and is predominantly led by women,"

                      Interesting ... and yes All the glory goes to God...
                      ***
                      Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
                      For You are the God of my salvation;
                      On You I wait all the day.

                      Psalms 25:5
                      ***

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                        Re: Iran has world's "Fastest growing church" despite no buildings....

                        "What if I told you the best evangelist for Jesus was the Ayatollah Khomeini?"

                        Interesting ... no need to fear the "plans" of the enemy ... be sober and be alert yes ... however God has greater plans than the enemy ... God will use the enemy's plans to bring about His OWN PLAN ...


                        Romans 8:28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
                        ***
                        Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
                        For You are the God of my salvation;
                        On You I wait all the day.

                        Psalms 25:5
                        ***

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                        • #13
                          Re: Iran has world's "Fastest growing church" despite no buildings....

                          Originally posted by Christinme View Post
                          "What if I told you the best evangelist for Jesus was the Ayatollah Khomeini?"

                          Interesting ... no need to fear the "plans" of the enemy ... be sober and be alert yes ... however God has greater plans than the enemy ... God will use the enemy's plans to bring about His OWN PLAN ...


                          Romans 8:28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
                          Matt 23:37 "Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.

                          There's no doubt that God is far, far greater than Satan will ever be. There's simply no comparison. God wins. Satan, while far stronger and smarter than I am, he is a pissant compared to God. A pimple on a gnat.

                          However, that doesn't mean there's not great loss and great collatoral damage due to the human race as a result of Satan and his lies. How many people die and go to hell because a lie was perpetrated by leaders?
                          Matt 9:13
                          13 "But go and learn what this means: ' I DESIRE COMPASSION,AND NOT SACRIFICE,' for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners."
                          NASU

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                          • #14
                            Re: Iran has world's "Fastest growing church" despite no buildings....

                            Originally posted by Christinme View Post
                            ""It owns no property, no buildings, no central leadership, and is predominantly led by women,"

                            Interesting ... and yes All the glory goes to God...
                            I loved that quote. Amen!
                            Matt 9:13
                            13 "But go and learn what this means: ' I DESIRE COMPASSION,AND NOT SACRIFICE,' for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners."
                            NASU

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                            • #15
                              Re: Iran has world's "Fastest growing church" despite no buildings....

                              Originally posted by Brother Mark View Post
                              Matt 23:37 "Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing.

                              There's no doubt that God is far, far greater than Satan will ever be. There's simply no comparison. God wins. Satan, while far stronger and smarter than I am, he is a pissant compared to God. A pimple on a gnat.

                              However, that doesn't mean there's not great loss and great collatoral damage due to the human race as a result of Satan and his lies. How many people die and go to hell because a lie was perpetrated by leaders?
                              Matthew 23

                              1 Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and to His disciples,

                              2 saying: “The scribes and the Pharisees have seated themselves in the chair of Moses;

                              3 therefore all that they tell you, do and observe, but do not do according to their deeds; for they say things and do not do them.

                              4 They tie up heavy burdens and lay them on men’s shoulders, but they themselves are unwilling to move them with so much as a finger.

                              5 But they do all their deeds to be noticed by men; for they broaden their phylacteries and lengthen the tassels of their garments.

                              6 They love the place of honor at banquets and the chief seats in the synagogues,

                              7 and respectful greetings in the market places, and being called Rabbi by men.

                              8 But do not be called Rabbi; for One is your Teacher, and you are all brothers.

                              9 Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven.

                              10 Do not be called leaders; for One is your Leader, that is, Christ.

                              11 But the greatest among you shall be your servant.

                              12 Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.



                              13 “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you shut off the kingdom of heaven from people; for you do not enter in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in.

                              14 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense you make long prayers; therefore you will receive greater condemnation.

                              15 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you travel around on sea and land to make one [f]proselyte; and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of [g]hell as yourselves.

                              16 “Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘Whoever swears by the temple, that is nothing; but whoever swears by the gold of the temple is obligated.’

                              17 You fools and blind men! Which is more important, the gold or the temple that sanctified the gold?

                              18 And, ‘Whoever swears by the altar, that is nothing, but whoever swears by the offering on it, he is obligated.’

                              19 You blind men, which is more important, the [n]offering, or the altar that sanctifies the offering?

                              20 Therefore, whoever swears by the altar, swears both by [q]the altar and by everything on it.

                              21 And whoever swears by the temple, swears both by [t]the temple and by Him who dwells within it.

                              22 And whoever swears by heaven, swears both by the throne of God and by Him who sits upon it.


                              23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others.

                              24 You blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!

                              25 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside they are full [w]of robbery and self-indulgence.

                              26 You blind Pharisee, first clean the inside of the cup and of the dish, so that the outside of it may become clean also.


                              27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.

                              28 So you, too, outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.


                              29 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous,

                              30 and say, ‘If we had been living in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partners with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’

                              31 So you testify against yourselves, that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets.

                              32 Fill up, then, the measure of the guilt of your fathers. 33 You serpents, you brood of vipers, how will you escape the sentence of hell?


                              34 “Therefore, behold, I am sending you prophets and wise men and scribes; some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues, and persecute from city to city,

                              35 so that upon you may fall the guilt of all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, the son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the [ab]temple and the altar.

                              36 Truly I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation.


                              37 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling.

                              38 Behold, your house is being left to you desolate!

                              39 For I say to you, from now on you will not see Me until you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’”
                              ***
                              Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
                              For You are the God of my salvation;
                              On You I wait all the day.

                              Psalms 25:5
                              ***

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