According to Israel National News, Pastor Yousef was scheduled to be executed today, but the Iranian government has delayed that:
Iran has put off the execution of Christian Pastor Yousof Nadarkhani — probably in response to massive international pressure — but it is not clear for how long.
Nadarkhani was due to be executed on Tuesday, after having lost the final appeal against a conviction on a charge of apostasy in Iran’s Supreme Court.
In 2009, Nadarkhani filed a complaint with local officials over Islamic indoctrination of his children at school, contending that his children should not be forced to learn about a religion they do not practice.
He was arrested shortly thereafter and convicted of apostasy by a provincial court in Gilan, in the state of Rasht, where he and his wife and two children live. The pastor, a member of the Protestant Evangelical Church of Iran, was given a chance to recant, but refused.
According to Article 225 the Iranian penal code, “punishment for an Innate Apostate is death,” and “punishment for a Parental Apostate is death.” Shari’a (Islamic) law states the same.
There’s no word from Iranian media sources about this that I could find (at least not the English ones), so I don’t know what sources INN is using. But assuming this is true, it’s good news, but also a sign that the world needs to keep the pressure on. Keep praying!
(Hat tip: Kevin Curtis via Facebook.)