Thursday, 15 August 2013

INDIA: New Amendment Could Affect Christian Evangelism

Date of Bulletin: 14 August 2013

A proposed amendment to the "Freedom of Religion" law in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh poses a threat to potential converts to Christianity. Under the amendment, both a prospective convert and the minister who wishes to preside over a conversion ceremony would be required to provide a one-month advance notice to the district magistrate. It would also increase punishment (a three- to four-year prison term) and fines for non-compliance. The district magistrate and any investigating police officer would be required to ensure that no conversion results from force or allurement, mandates that could be used to impede true conversions.

Christians are concerned that this amendment grants too much power to
local authorities, who are likely to intimidate those of a minority religion and
hinder genuine conversions. It would also encourage the harassment of
Christian pastors and anyone seeking to convert.

VOM Sources

Please Pray!

Please pray that this bill, which is now awaiting the Governor's signature, does not become law. Pray that Christians in Madhya Pradesh will not be hindered in sharing the gospel.

"Remember that Jesus Christ, of the seed of David, was raised from the dead according to my gospel, for which I suffer trouble as an evildoer, even to the point of chains; but the word of God is not chained. Therefore I endure all things for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory." 2 Tim. 2:8-10

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