Too Many to Jail
The Story of Iran’s New Christians
In 1979, there were fewer than 500 known Christians from a Muslim background in Iran. Today there are at least 100,000 new believers. Church leaders believe that millions can be added to the church in the next few years–such is the spiritual hunger that exists. The religious violence that accompanied the reign of President Ahmadinejad drained its perpetrators of political and religious legitimacy, and has opened the door to other faiths.
This book sets the rapid church growth in Iran in the context of the deteriorating relationship between Iranians and their national religion. There is a major focus on the Ahmadinejad years, but the author also covers the history of the church before 1979, developing the central idea that the spark may have become buried in the ashes but has never been extinguished.
Careful, proportionate, well-informed, and accurate, Too Many to Jail is a powerful reminder of the Christian revival that the headlines ignore. The stories of faith, persecution, and encouragement will inspire every reader to see anew God’s work in the world.
“Credibly documents what appears in Iran to be the greatest response to Christ among Muslims ever known in history! From an analysis of recent political history, and the efficacy of house churches, one can now understand why so many Iranians have bowed their knee to the Lord Jesus Christ.” — Greg Livingstone, author of You’ve Got Libya
“We have worked with Elam for many years. We feel privileged to have personal connection with some of those whose stories you tell, and count them our friends. It is a privilege to endorse this book.” — Jill And Stuart Briscoe
“A precise, honest and informative account of ordeals of a growing (Muslim-background) Christian population inside Iran. This affirming message of perseverance, hope and faith will excite and challenge the reader… a must read.” — Mike Ansani, Director of Operations, Mohabat TV
“Without exception history proves that persecution always provides fertile soil for the growth of His church through the Gospel. Read and see this truth delineated in the story of Iran.” — Johnny Hunt, Former President, Southern Baptist Convention
“Too Many To Jail is a story of “lovely pain”: a story of unfailing and costly love not only about Iranian converts and house churches, but also about the manifestation of Christ in Iranian society and cultures. On one hand it describes pain, struggles and challenges; on the other it tells of hope, growth and courage.” — Sara Afshari
“As the son of Iranian martyr, Haik Hovsepian Mehr, I can relate to many instances in this book. I admire Mark Bradley, who has so carefully researched and presented the facts about the persecuted believers in Iran. He gives a 360 degree view of the fastest growing church in the world, in the face of political and governmental oppression. Too Many to Jail is not merely an informative read that helps us stand with Iranians in prayer, but it inspires us by their stories to grow in our walk with the Lord.” — Joseph Hovsepian Mehr, Founder of Hosvepian Ministries
- Hostile Government: Fastest Growing Church in the World
- Iranians and Their National Religion: A Wounded Relationship
- Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: The Wound Widens
- The 2009 Elections: The Wound Infected
- Why Iranians are Attracted to Jesus Christ
- House Churches: Five Stories
- House Churches: Why They Grow
- Persecution: The Strange Equation
Conclusion: God’s Beautiful Sovereignty
- 1) History of Christianity in Iran Before 1979
- 2) List of Aggressive Acts Towards Christians in Iran
- 3) The Final Testament of Mehdi Dibaj
About the Author
Mark Bradley is a senior researcher and communications officer focusing on Middle Eastern Christianity.