A Christian leader in Russia was arrested after an anti-evangelism law went into effect!
Matthew 5:10-12 (KJV)
10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
Romans 8:35 (KJV)
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
John 16:33 (KJV)
33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
It’s been reported that after the passing of new anti-terrorism laws that also ban evangelism, Christian Leaders in Russia have begun to be arrested.
According to the Christian Post, Sergei Zhuravlyov, a delegate of the Ukrainian Reformed Orthodox Church of Christ the Savior, was arrested and charged with law violation that bans illegal missionary work, while preaching to the St. Petersburg Messianic Jewish community.
He was accused of having a connection to the Ukrainian nationalist political party, which is banned in Russia, while “fomenting negative attitudes toward the Russian Orthodox Church.”
Zhuravlyov is free on bail and is awaiting a court date.
In reference to the law that confines everything within the sanctuary’s walls, Hannu Haukka, president of Great Commission Media Ministries shared that, “The new situation resembles the Soviet Union in 1929. At that time confession of faith was permitted only in church. Practically speaking, we are back in the same situation. These anti-terrorist laws are some of the most restrictive laws in post-Soviet history.”
Fines for individuals, of $75 to $765 will be imposed for violations of the law; however, any organization could face as many as $15,265, for the breaking of the law.
Let’s pray that God continues to open doors and keeps our brethren abroad, from harm that could come their way. They are reaching to souls that are in desperate need of God.
Article: Christian Headlines