Algerian Church Closed for ‘Illegally Printing Bibles, Material Intended for Evangelism’

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(World Watch Monitor) A church in Algeria’s north-western town of Aïn Turk (15km from Oran city) has been closed down by local authorities.

The church, affiliated to the Protestant Church of Algeria (known as EPA, its French acronym), was sealed off by police on Nov. 9.

Authorities in Oran claimed the church had been used to “illegally print Gospels and publications intended for evangelism.”

The police notification also stated that the church didn’t have state approval. But the president of the EPA, Mahmoud Haddad, denied any wrongdoing, saying the justifications for closing the church were “unfounded.”

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  • Amos Moses – He>i

    the darkness continues to move in …… attempting to shut out the light ….. a futile effort ….. but foretold in scripture ….. pray for these brothers and sisters ….. that they continue their work in the face of adversity ….. that they remain strong in the faith delivered to them …. and that the light they now hold continues to spread despite the forces coming against them ………… and that the will of the Almighty God be done ……….

  • Nick Halflinger

    Well, that is what happens when you don’t have that separation of church and state as part of your country’s law. The state gets to dictation which religion(s) it wants.

  • Amos Moses – He>i

    1 Thessalonians
    5:16 Rejoice evermore.
    5:17 Pray without ceasing.
    5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
    5:19 Quench not the Spirit.
    5:20 Despise not prophesyings.
    5:21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
    5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.
    5:23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    5:24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.
    5:25 Brethren, pray for us.
    5:26 Greet all the brethren with an holy kiss.
    5:27 I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren.
    5:28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

    and Amen ……….

  • james blue

    And over here people think they are oppressed because a store sign says “happy holidays”.

    Pray for those who are genuinely oppressed.