Pakistan (MNN) Nehemiah*, an FMI ministry chief in Pakistan, was overwhelmed by police, however has been launched and is now free. Learn extra about Pakistan’s strict blasphemy legal guidelines right here.Nehemiah has run afoul of those legal guidelines earlier than.
Bruce Allen of FMI explains, Just a few years in the past he was charged falsely with blasphemy talking in opposition to the Quran [and] Muhammad. This carries a loss of life penalty. And amazingly, he was acquitted by the courts as a result of they stated, ‘You know, there’s a scarcity of proof right here.’ However that also didn’t deter his accusers. They needed him useless.
In order that they’ve issued two fatwas in opposition to him via a mosque and madrassa that primarily say, ‘Wherever you find him, hunt him down and killed him.’ It provides impunity to any Pakistani citizen within the nation to really homicide Nehemiah.
Allen has simply returned from an FMI journey to Pakistan, and Nehemiah stayed behind to complete filming a video. Then, he was summoned to a police station for a gathering. Nehemiah suspected the assembly was false, however he knew the police might stop him from leaving the nation, so he went anyway.
His lawyer went with him, however the police separated the 2. Allen says, Throughout that point he was tortured, overwhelmed with a rubber pipe throughout the again. I’ve seen images of the welts, the bruises, the bleeding from his again. They have been making an attempt to get him to admit to blasphemy, which he didn’t commit. And to make use of that recording of such a confession as proof then to kill him.
Nehemiah confessed to being a follower of Jesus Christ throughout the beatings, however to not any blasphemy expenses. Lastly, his lawyer received the courts concerned and retrieved him safely. Nehemiah was harm, after all, however described himself as “stronger in spirit.”
Christian troubles in Pakistan
Nonetheless, it’s a setback for Nehemiah, who’s leaving the nation. He had hoped to proceed ministry in Pakistan after being acquitted of the blasphemy expenses. Allen says, He was transferring round with full freedom whereas I used to be there. However we didn’t know that there was this assembly. So we’re alerted to the truth that persons are nonetheless attempting to find him and other people in locations of positions of authority and energy. So, we want to hold him in his secure place for some time longer.
Allen says Pakistan is cracking down in opposition to church buildings and parachurch ministries within the nation. He says of the brand new church buildings they visited, I used to be amazed to see how brave these younger believers are individuals who’ve solely positioned the religion in Jesus Christ within the final two or three years.
Proceed praying that the Holy Spirit would empower these Christians and would break the hostile forces opposing them in Pakistan.
Allen acknowledges this battle. I proceed to be astounded. God is at work, and but, the enemy is taking discover of this and making an attempt to squash Gospel ministry. However the gates of hell won’t prevail in opposition to the advance of the Church.
Nehemiahs again is sore, he informed Allen. He nonetheless feels numerous ache. Pray that he’ll recuperate rapidly and will likely be inspired by Christ.
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Katpana Desert in Pakistan, the very best chilly desert on this planet. (Header picture courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)