According to Mohabat News, Ayatollah Jafar Sobhani, an Iranian Islamic religious expert who is known for his exaggerations, warned against anti-Shi'ite activities in Khuzestan province (western Iran). He told Islamic seminary students and professors of the Islamic seminary of Masjed-Soleiman in the religious institute of Imam-Sadeq in Qom, "Enemies of the Islamic revolution and the Islamic regime of Iran are investing money and providing means to make the people of Khuzestan turn their back on Shi'ite Islam. However, we should be cautious, and not let house churches be planted, or Wahhabis promote their faith in people's homes".
Ayatollah Sobhani, whose speeches are mostly reflected in the Revolutionary Guard supported media, like Farsi news agency, had stood strongly against Christianity in the past. By giving false statistics and information he had tried to provoke security authorities and intelligence services into pressuring Christians and Christian converts in Iran.
As one of the professors at the Islamic seminary of Qom, he had already warned against a growing tendency towards Christianity among Iranian youth and acknowledged that 600 young people in Neishabour have become Christians. In another instance, during a Quran interpretation session in Qom, he said, "If Christians are willing, we are ready to have a debate with them today".
The increasing tendency of Iranian society towards Christianity, especially in recent years, has become a major concern for the Islamic regime and more specifically for the Shi'ite religious system. One of the means the Islamic regime uses to eliminate non-Shi'ite religious including Christianity, is to raise unsubstantiated accusations, ranging from insulting to moral and financial accusations or spying for the U.K. and Israel.
On the other hand, pro-regime Islamic clerics create a wave of unsubstantiated claims to provoke government and intelligence officials, to try to prevent Christianity from growing in Iran.