Angry Locals in Indonesia Force Church to Close

Christians church in Indonesia. (image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Many Christians across Indonesia face religious persecution that is embedded in the culture and legal system.

A month ago, protestors forced New Testament Christian Church in Central Java, Indonesia to close. Police soon arrived, and while the service was allowed to finish, authorities ultimately forced the church to stop all Christians activities.

Floyd Brobbel, CEO of Voice of the Martyrs Canada says, “Probably the police were called in by people in the community to take their side in the situation. There seems to be some law in place that [says] the community doesn’t approve of a church building or any religious building.”

The future for these shuttered churches

Will this church or any of the many closed churches ever be able to reopen? Brobbel says the churches do have legal advocates. But he isn’t aware of any cases that have been brought before the courts yet.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller


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