Heydar Moslehi, Minister of Intelligence in Iran, has declared that house churches are a threat to youth, Mohaba News, an Iranian Christian News Agency, reported Monday. Moslehi’s statement raises anxiety over new persecution among the Christian community.

Moslehi reportedly acknowledged that a new series of efforts will be made to fight the growth of the house church movement in Iran, the agency reports.The government is also reportedly shifting toward a policy of preventing young people from becoming Christians.

“The house churches are a threat to the youth and the Ministry of Intelligence has already started a serious effort to oppose this movement,” Moslehi was quoted as saying.

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