Thursday, July 21, 2016

Putin Makes Christian Evangelism Illegal

Putin of Russia has now said it's illegal to read the Bible in your home, share the Gospel in your home or even pray in your home.  He's also made it illegal for Christian missionaries to go to Russia and spread the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Putin recently signed legislation that bans freedom of religion by prohibiting any religious speech or evangelization outside of the church or any other religious site. 
In the Soviet Union in 1929, confessions of faith were only permitted within the church, and now we are seeing this happen once again. 
The new law went into effect on July 20th. This law is actually an amendment to a package of laws against terrorism and extremism that was approved by the Russian Parliament’s upper chamber. 
With this law, a person’s faith is not allowed to be shared within their home. They are not allowed to share their faith on the internet and the media is not allowed to say anything about faith. A person’s faith can only be shared in a government recognized church. This means that the Russian people are not allowed to read their Bible or have prayer in their homes. Missionaries cannot share the gospel of Jesus Christ, without breaking the law. 
Penalties for violation the law are reportedly up to 50,000 roubles ($787.00 USD) for individuals and up to one million roubles ($15,745 USD) for organizations. 
Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, president and CEO of the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB), located in Washington D.C. stated: 
“The United States government and all other nations that profess a commitment to religious freedom should urge Russia to repeal this unjust law. Let’s pray this new iron curtain of Christian persecution in Russia will be lifted quickly and without harm to our brothers and sisters in Christ.” 
This legislation drew widespread protest and it has been reported that religious freedom attorneys and human rights groups are preparing an appeal to Russia’s Constitutional Court.


It would sure seem that Putin continues to be a candidate to fulfill the role of Gog of Magog mentioned in Ezekiel 38.  If he is Gog....that means the rapture of the church could be very close.  If he's not Gog then he is at least "Gogesque"...and a foreshadowing of what is coming.

What's interesting is how persecution always strengthens the Church.  When you tell someone they can't read a book in their makes them want to read that book in their home.  And once people start reading the Bible, lives get changed.


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