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 Russia's Newest Law: No Evangelizing Outside of Church

pdate (July 8): This week, Russian president Vladimir Putin approved a package of anti-terrorism laws that usher in tighter restrictions on missionary activity and evangelism.

Despite prayers and protests from religious leaders and human rights advocates, the Kremlin announced Putin’s approval yesterday. The amendments, including laws against sharing faith in homes, online, or anywhere but recognized church buildings, go into effect July 20.

Though opponents to the new measures hope to eventually appeal in court or elect legislators to amend them, they have begun to prepare their communities for life under the new rules, reported Forum 18 News Service, a Christian outlet reporting on the region.

Protestants and religious minorities small enough to gather in homes fear they will be most affected. Last month, “the local police officer came to a home where a group of Pentecostals meet each Sunday," Konstantin Bendas, deputy bishop of the Pentecostal Union, told Forum 18. "With a contented expression he told them: ‘Now they're adopting the law I'll drive you all out of here.’ I reckon we should now fear such zealous enforcement.”

“There are potentially very wide-sweeping ramifications to this law,” Joel Griffith of the Slavic Gospel Association said in a Mission Network News report. “It just depends on, again, how it is going to be enforced, and that is a very huge question mark.”

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Earlier reporting (June 29): Christians in Russia won’t be allowed to email their friends an invitation to church or to evangelize in their own homes if Russia’s newest set of surveillance and anti-terrorism laws are enacted.

The proposed laws, considered the country’s most restrictive measures in post-Soviet history, place broad limitations on missionary work, including preaching, teaching, and engaging in any activity designed to recruit people into a religious group.

To share their faith, citizens must secure a government permit through a registered religious organization, and they cannot evangelize anywhere besides churches and other religious sites. The restrictions even apply to activity in private residences and online.

This week, Russia’s Protestant minority—estimated around 1 percent of the population—prayed, fasted, and sent petitions to President Vladimir Putin, who will have to approve the measures before they become official.

from; http://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2016/june/no-evangelizing-outside-of-church-russia-proposes.html


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 2017/11/5 18:41Profile
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 Re: Russia's Newest Law: No Evangelizing Outside of Church

I hope law enforcement just winks at evangelistic activity in Russia.

I know the company I work for has a "no proselytizing" rule, but I've actually told my co workers I don't care if I lose my job, I'm going to keep telling them about Jesus anyway. I've told the manager, my supervisors and my co workers that Jesus loves them and that He can save them, I've given several of them tracts, and I bought one co worker a Bible.

I know doing time would be hard, but people need to hear the Good News.

I guess a lot of Russian convicts are going to hear the gospel...


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Nigel Holland

 2017/11/5 20:05Profile
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I know the company I work for has a "no proselytizing" rule, but I've actually told my co workers I don't care if I lose my job, I'm going to keep telling them about Jesus anyway. I've told the manager, my supervisors and my co workers that Jesus loves them and that He can save them, I've given several of them tracts, and I bought one co worker a Bible.

Great! Keep up the good work.

 2017/11/6 7:08Profile
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I still think this is wrong


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Dominic Shiells

 2017/11/6 7:26Profile









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This is just the increasing persecution that is taking place across the world. But the Believers in Russia have a history of persecution. Thus they will endure. I am not sure how the American church WIll fare when such laws are passed here. Already in Canada my understanding is if one preaches against homosexuality pastors are subject to imprisonment and fine. Thus it is only a matter of time. Will the American church endure. Only time will tell.

Blaine

 2017/11/6 8:48
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This seems to be old news -

There is an article in Charisa about this from a Russian Pastor.

The Truth About Russia's 'Anti-Missionary' Law

https://www.charismanews.com/world/59113-the-truth-about-russia-s-anti-missionary-law


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 2017/11/6 9:09Profile





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