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ERLC President Russell Moore Responds to the Release of Iranian Prisoner Saeed Abedini

January 16, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C, Jan. 16, 2016Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Conventions Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, responds to the release of Iranian prisoner Saeed Abedini who has been imprisoned for his Christian faith since 2012.

“We are grateful for the release of Pastor Saeed. The prayers of the Body of Christ all over the world have been answered. This day of celebration should remind us to pray and work all the more for the multitudes still persecuted for their faith all over the world, including in Iran. We hope and long for the day when Iran, and nations like it, are free from those who wish to enslave the conscience at the point of a sword.”

Abedini was awarded the 2014 Richard Land Distinguished Service Award for his exemplary service and faithfulness to the kingdom of God.

His wife, Naghmeh Abedini, received the award on his behalf at the 2014 Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting in Baltimore, Maryland.

The Southern Baptist Convention is Americas largest Protestant denomination with more than 15.8 million members in over 46,000 churches nationwide. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission is the SBCs ethics, religious liberty and public policy agency with offices in Nashville, Tenn., and Washington, D.C.

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Elizabeth Bristow serves as the Press Secretary. Elizabeth oversees press and media operations for the organization. She received a B.A. in Public Relations and Marketing from Union University in 2010. She and her husband reside in Lebanon, Tennessee and are blessed with two beautiful children. Read More by this Author