Message Cult Pastors Saeed Abedini and Youcef Nadarkhani:
A researcher was asking questions this evening concerning pastors Saeed Abedini and Youcef Nadarkhani, who were imprisoned in Iran. According to major news networks in the United States, these men were jailed for "being Christian."
Interestingly, the news networks left out a large part of the story: The pastors are members of the "Message" cult following of William Branham, and were introducing the undue influence of the "Message" into Iran.
From several news networks in Iran:
"They follow the teachings of William M. Branham, an American cult leader who claimed to be the last prophet of God on earth," Mohabat News said this week. It also called inmates and other members of the Church of Iran "Non-Trinitarian Christians, also known as 'Branhamists'."
When reading the testimony of the men, they admitted that Iran did not imprison them for being "Christian." According to statements made, the Church of Iran welcomed statements by non-cult church leaders such as Martin Luther, John Calvin, and even Billy Graham:
"Allegations that we follow a last prophet shows an Islamic mindset...The Bible speaks of two final prophets who will witness [about Christ during a period of 3.5 years] before the Apocalypse" and return of Christ with His Church, he explained. The official acknowledged that the Church of Iran may use teachings "of several men of God" ranging from Christian leaders Martin Luther, John Calvin, Billy Sunday, Alexandre Westhpal, Billy Graham or even Billy Branham. "However we are not followers of one of them."
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