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PLEASE PRAY FOR THE BODY OF CHRIST IN RUSSIA
This is exactly what David Wilkerson prophetically predicted would take place in 1977.
7,000 Churches Fasting, Praying Over Terrifying New Persecution Law
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an anti-terrorism law, but for the country’s many churches, the signature sparked a demand for prayer and fasting.
The bill toughens punishment for acts deemed to be terrorism and for the organization of “mass unrest,” according to the Los Angeles Times. It would also introduce prison sentences of up to a year for those who fail to report such crimes.
Furthermore, Great Commission Ministries Chairman Hanny Haukka tells Charisma News the law entails:
- Foreign guests are not permitted to speak in churches unless they have a “work permit” from Russian authorities
- If a friend or relative from outside Russia wishes to share his/her faith in your home the guest will be fined and expelled from Russia.
- Any discussion of God with non-believers is considered missionary activity and will be punishable.
- Missionary activity will be permitted by special government permission. Example: If one traveling on a train shares his faith without written permission the offender will be taken into police custody for the duration of the journey and will be fined 50,000 rubles ($1,000).
- Offenders from the age of 14-years-old will be subject to prosecution
- Religious activity is no longer permitted in private homes. Most churches in Russia meet in homes.
- Every citizen is obligated to report religious activity of neighbors to the authorities. Failure to be an informant is punishable by law.
- One may pray and read the Bible at home but not in the presence of a non-believing person. You will be breaking the law and be punished.
- If the church has purchased property it cannot be converted into a place of worship.
- In church buildings, it is not permitted to invite people to turn to God. Worship services are permitted but making a non-believer a follower of Christ is against the law.
In response, thousands of churches across the country have come together to cry out to God.
“The church is appalled at the news of the new law. About 7,000 evangelical/protestant churches are in fasting and prayer at the moment over the news,” Haukka tells Charisma News via email.
Churches aren’t the only residents enraged by the law.
American refugee Edward Snowden tweeted: “#Putin has signed a repressive new law that violates not only human rights, but common sense. Dark day for #Russia.”
What’s more, critics are now declaring the Yarovaya laws, aka the “Big Brother,” laws, as a sign of the end times:
If these amendments come into force, prison sentences for certain non-violent “extremist” crimes will potentially be twice as long as, for example, murder committed in the heat of passion, which carries a maximum sentence of three years.
Despite receiving nearly unanimous support in parliament, the Yarovaya laws have triggered a flood of apocalyptic commentary. Many wonder why Russia’s already excessively harsh criminal laws are being made harsher.
The only official criticism of the legislation, however, has come from the Presidential Human Rights Council, which has highlighted ways in which the proposed amendments directly contradict the Constitution and existing laws. This criticism has been almost entirely ignored.
The Duma has already passed a number of laws that have harshened Russian law in the name of fighting terrorism and extremism. It criminalized “public calls for the violation of territorial integrity” and “rehabilitation of Nazism,” a direct affront to the freedom of speech. In 2013, it passed a law that allowed the state to confiscate property from individuals affiliated with terrorists, including their relatives.
The government has long used the “fight against terrorism and extremism” to justify repressive laws, no matter how obviously senseless they may be. As a result, Russia’s statutory framework can now be effectively used to target not only credible extremist threats, but also political opponents of the state. A large group of prominent Russian lawyers decried this problem in an open letter in 2013, saying that the “parliament’s legislative work has acquired a distinctly prohibitive and repressive character.”
In response, Haukka pleads with believers around the world to join with Russian churches in prayer and fasting.
“Russia is closing down in an awful way. The new law is in total conflict with the purpose and the task given to the church by the Lord. The law will send the church back into Soviet era Communist persecution,” he says.
by Kay Wilson
A true storyâ€¦..
"And it came to pass that in December 2010, two Palestinian shepherds left their little town near Bethlehem and set out to walk ten miles across the Judean Hills. There in the forest, they kept watch by night. The following day, at about the 6th hour (3pm) the shepherds saw two women walking along the Israel National Trail. With great fervour they took out their knives and attacked the women.
Iran ranks in the top percentage of human rights violators among all nations in the world. They have countless religious prisoners whose only crime committed is being a Christian.
What does the Islamic world and Europe have in common? There are actually many similarities, but one is this: in neither place are Christians allowed to fully express their beliefs without fear of persecution.
Please click here to listen to Jacob being interviewed by Rick Wiles of TruNews radio.
May 6, 2012
As the persecution of Christians in Egypt, Syria, Sudan and Iraq intensifies, for many Western Christian aid agencies it is apparently not a high priority. Here in New Zealand it is not the ongoing expulsion or murder of Middle East Christians that is given special attention by Tear Fund and World Vision "“ rather, it is the one nation in the region in which religious freedom is guaranteed regardless of race.
A pastor friend of mine wrote and sent me this saying, "I couldn't help but write this after I prayed through our church's prayer chain today." I think it's meaning is self-explanatory.
|The Local Church in America||The Persecuted Church Throughout the World|
|J.V. "“ Pray for my 6-year-old son Johnny. He's had a soreÃ‚Â throat for 4 days. Pray that he will get well and be able toÃ‚Â play soccer again.||V.J. "“ Pray for the B family whose son's throat was slitÃ‚Â by Muslim extremists on his way to school. Pray for thisÃ‚Â family during their grief, and ask for protection for theirÃ‚Â other three children. The police have not filed charges.|
|B.K. "“ Pray for the S family; their favorite pet Fido has been diagnosed with cancer and the vet is telling them the chemotherapy may run around $6000! They are praying that God will provide the necessary funds.||K.B. "“ Pray for the C family. Islamic extremists burned their house and crops, and killed their goats. Now they have little to eat. Pray for the rest of the village to rise up and help meet their daily needs.|
|S.P. "“ Please pray for me that God will help me lose weight.||P.S. "“ Please pray for us. We have no grain left due to the drought and we have not eaten more than a handful of rice in 7 days.|
|C.L. "“ We have opened escrow on our new four- bedroom, 3-bath house. Pray that God will see that the escrow closes as soon as possible. We have outgrown our 3-bedroom house.||L.C. "“ Last night our village was burned by Muslim rebels. We are now hiding in the jungle praying that the rebels will not find us. The monsoons start next week.|
|M.N. "“ My car needs fixing. Pray that God will provide the funds.||N.M. "“ The village chief, who is Muslim and has threatened us to leave our village, has taken possession of our water buffalo and we now have no way to plow our field. He says infidels should not live among Allah's chosen ones.|
|T.U. "“ Pray for my daughter. She's being bullied at school by some mean girls.||U.T. "“ Pray for A.B.. She was falsely accused of blaspheming Islam and has been in prison for over a year. She has been sentenced to death under Shiria law. There is a fatwa on her family.|
|L.H. "“ Pray that B will win his football game. He's worked so hard this year.||H.L. "“ Pray for our church in Shanghai. The government has barricaded the doors shut saying that we are an illegal church, even though we've been trying to become registered for 3 years. Now they will not allow us to meet in a park and many of our members have been imprisoned.|
|R.S. "“ Our daughter J is having difficulty deciding which college God wants her to attend. She wants her decision to be God's will and is waiting for an answer or a sign.||S.R. "“ Pray that God will give me the grace to make good bricks. That is the only kind of work my class is allowed in B.. Pray that I will show great love to my Hindu boss.|
|I.W. "“ Please pray for my daughter who has been struggling with acne and needs to look good for her senior prom.||W.I. "“ Please pray for my Christian daughter K.. A suitor threw acid in her face because she refused to marry him, a Muslim man twice her age. She is now in the hospital, blinded in both eyes. The doctors say she will be permanently disfigured.|
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Eritrean officials have arrested 90 Christians since May "“ and more than a quarter of them are college students, according to Release partners.
According to fresh, more detailed reports from Release Eritrea, the authorities detained 64 believers in Adi Abeyto, a village near the capital, Asmara, in May. Only six have since been released "“ and the rest are thought to be detained at a police station in Asmara or in the notorious Mitire military prison.
CHINA - The deputy chairman of the Chinese House Church Alliance (CHCA) was seized again by Jiangsu police on the day he was released from detention "“ even before he reached home.
Pastor Shi Enhao had just been freed on Sunday after 12 days' administrative detention when he was immediately rearrested and taken away to an unknown location, according to Release partner China Aid. He has not been heard from since.
11th August 2010
Christian Concern For Our Nation