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-Russia: New Law Calls Talking About Jesus to Non-Believers ‘Terrorism’ and Illegal

by Dr. D ~ July 14th, 2016

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    (Vladimir Putin: Wikipedia)

A new law in Russia calls Christians who share their faith with non-believers ‘terrorists’ and subjects them to arrest and punishment. Not only that, Putin borrowed a page from the old Communist USSR regime and has outlawed missionary work, house churches, talking about God in public, and has demanded that neighbors spy on each other and turn in violators. Here’s the story from Charisma News:

Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an anti-terrorism law…The bill toughens punishment for acts deemed to be terrorism…It would also introduce prison sentences of up to a year for those who fail to report such crimes. … 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.

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Response: Bottom line, freedom of religion is no more in Russia. In the last several years, Putin has styled himself as a Christian and protector of the faith and has chided President Obama for not protecting Christians around the world. Now he has shown his real colors and they are all shades of red.

Thousands of churches are praying and fasting in response.

The truly frightening thing to me is that it is reminiscent of the type of strictures and persecution many believe will be coming against Christians and the church at the beginning of the ‘last days.’ Another disturbing trend is the fact the new law is actually contrary to the Russian Constitution and existing laws protecting religious freedom.               *Top

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2 Responses to -Russia: New Law Calls Talking About Jesus to Non-Believers ‘Terrorism’ and Illegal

  1. Brian

    The worst thing, Dr. D, is that the Russian Orthodox Church is behind/backing much of these restrictions. And the targets are Evangelical/Charismatic Protestants.

    Consider the provision outlawing home churches. Who meets in home churches in Russia? Evangelical converts. The Russian Orthodox Church has big ornate churches and does not meet in homes.

    Consider the provision outlawing construction of new churches- The Russian Orthodox Church already has its churches…

    Bottom line: these provisions will be applied selectively to protect the R.O.C. and to discriminate against any minority religious groups. It will not be used aggressively against Muslims (because Russian authorities would fear repercussions). The two groups who will be targeted are Evangelical Protestants and Jews.

  2. Dr. D

    Brian,
    You are 100% correct. The Russian Orthodox Church supports Putin and he looks out for their interests.

    I remember reading a few years ago about a dispute over some church buildings that the Eastern Rite Roman Church claimed but the Putin government gave them all to the ROC. I check out the ROC website occasionally and Putin is featured there a lot ( https://mospat.ru/en/ )

    However, I do believe that Putin will use this law as a tool to attack Muslim secret gatherings- it is a matter of taking care of two ‘problems’ with one ‘terrorist’ law. One good thing about Putin, he is not afraid of calling out radical Islam.

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