Russia’s Christians Hope Amid Restrictions

Photo Credit: Paasikivi
Photo Credit: Paasikivi

Russia (Mission Network News) It’s been nearly two months since Russia’s Anti-Terrorism law took effect on July 20, 2016. Since then, various reports against Russian Christians have surfaced. Yet, there’s hope.

The Slavic Gospel Association has heard many disturbing instances of Christians in Russia persecuted for sharing the Gospel. In fact, SGA has watched summer camps be shut down as a part of this. But, SGA has also heard some encouraging stories of hope.

Bret Laird of SGA explains, “The [Anti-Terrorism] law is written fairly vaguely, and so it’s really open to the interpretation of local officials. And, we’ve had both [good and bad] examples.”

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  • RWH

    Apparently, the people behind this organization don’t think that the Russian Orthodox Church is a Christian church. The Gospel has been in Russia since 988. Just as many think that Moslems and their houses of worship are hotbeds of terrorism led by outsiders, the Russians believe that the heterodox churches are hotbeds of terrorism led by outsiders. The only difference is that the Russians don’t have a history of the separation of church and state and are able to accomplish their goals.

    • Guest✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      The Russians are trying to push back against all the cults (Witnesses, Mormons, Scientologists, etc.) who are entering Russia.

  • Robert

    Lutherans have been teaching Jesus The only God that is God enough to win peoples salvation all by himself. For hundreds of years in Russia
    A SALVATION BY JESUS PERFECT Merits ALone With out any strings attached. 2 Corinthians 5 : 19 there been times that have been difficult. Yet there has also been a Russian Lutheran Queen. In Russia’s history

    • RWH

      Catherine the Great may have remained a closet Lutheran, but she had a private Russian Orthodox chaplain. At that time, only bishops could wear the miter. She insisted that her chaplain have the right to wear the miter, and since then, Russian practice has been to award priests with distinction the miter. She also instituted the use of black vestments for funerals. If she were an active Lutheran at that time, she would not have instituted these changes.

  • Robert

    Any Russian queen by proxy becomes Russian orthodox. That does not mean Catherine the great gave up her Lutheran faith

    that child like trust in Jesus merits alone for her salvation. It’s not smart to RELY ON SINFUL HUMAN MERITS .When Jesus has all ready won all peoples salvation. By his perfect life and innocent death for our sins .