Indian Christian Man Threatened for Holding Bible Study at Home

(PHOTO: REUTERS) Christians held protests and candlelit vigils in the wake of the attack on an elderly nun in West Bengal in India in March 2015.

A Christian man in central India has received a notice from local authorities stating that his family “must not conduct any Christian congregational activity” in their home, such as a Bible study, otherwise a “stringent action” will be taken against him.

“With effect from the moment you receive this notice, you must not conduct any Christian congregational activity,” reads the notice sent to Mahendra Nagdeve, who lives in the Lanji area of Balaghat District in Madhya Pradesh state and has been inviting Christian friends for Bible study and prayer for 13 years, according to Morning Star News.

A Christian man in central India has received a notice from local authorities stating that his family “must not conduct any Christian congregational activity” in their home, such as a Bible study, otherwise a “stringent action” will be taken against him.

“With effect from the moment you receive this notice, you must not conduct any Christian congregational activity,” reads the notice sent to Mahendra Nagdeve, who lives in the Lanji area of Balaghat District in Madhya Pradesh state and has been inviting Christian friends for Bible study and prayer for 13 years, according to Morning Star News.

The official acknowledged that law in India provides for religious freedom, but added, “(I) was under the pressure by some people. I issued the notice, but I did not take any action as yet. I will look into the matter soon.”

Nagdeve said he has submitted a response to city officials stating it’s his own house where he lives with his family, and that he had been praying peacefully in this house for 13 years. “Even my friends and relatives join us and we pray together.”

Nagdeve’s wife uses the prayer hall space

in the house to pray with women as a sisters meeting, and some families also gather with them to study the Bible.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, by Anugrah Kumar