Russian evangelicals are praying, fasting and petitioning President Vladimir Putin after measures severely restricting their ability to evangelise and practise their faith were passed by the country's upper legislative house.The measures are included in a package of anti-terrorism laws put forward by Deputy Irina Yarovaya and have now been passed by both houses, the Duma and the Federation Council. The law will prohibit evangelism anywhere outside a church or religious site – including private homes and online – and those in breach of it will be fined. Foreigners will be deported.Russian Protestants have campaigned against the proposals. Sergei Ryakhovsky, head of the Protestant Churches of Russia, wrote with other evangelical leaders to Putin urging him not to sign the legislation into law, saying that "Yarovaya's Law violates human rights and fundamental liberties with regard to religious ...read more: http://goo.gl/3CccC3
_________________SI Moderator - Greg Gordon
When communism fell in the USSR in 1991 a door was opened wide for the gospel and many came to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. The School of Christ in particular was fruitful in raising up many ministers of the gospel. The seeds planted in those days will continue to bear fruit today no matter how many legal restrictions are put in place. It will be said of many in the coming days as was said of Paul, that they were...Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him. (Acts 28:31)In Christ,
I know we are all here paying attention. There is no right under human law to believe and obey Jesus now. I will pray for the believers in Russia in this new development. But let us please rest assured that we are not far from this in America.
Seems like there are lots of tares sprouting up here in the USA and a massive campaign should begin here. The world is full of devil worshipers. The fields are really white here.In the past all efforts to go to other lands were veiled attempts to spy and overthrow governments. Once burned the leaders begin to learn. Ministers often work for the CIA too you know.With so much needing to be done here, one should ask why go to such a small place? Why were they removed long ago? Were they like UNICEF?
_________________James R Barnes