|Christians in India banned from worshipping together
Ten church congregations in Tamil Nadu have been told to stop meeting for worship – and 20 more have been threatened with similar bans.
Hindu extremists put pressure on local officials to close down the churches in Coimbatore district – by insisting they stop worship until they gain official permission to meet. Applying for a permit can take at least 18 months and sometimes several years, local Christians say.
Please pray for our Christian family in Tamil Nadu who are facing what appears to be an orchestrated campaign of persecution from Hindu extremists.
Officials and police who issued the orders appear to be acting after complaints from the Hindu nationalist organisations including Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). These groups have threatened to lodge complaints against 20 further churches. Most of these congregations have been meeting for many years.
‘It is a well-planned conspiracy against the Christian community,’ said Pastor Johnson Sathyanathan, president of the Synod of Pentecostal Churches of Coimbatore.
Hundreds of local Christians have demonstrated against the move. The minister of Internal Affairs of Tamil Nadu has instructed senior police and politicians to intervene and ensure worship services can resume.
- Please pray that Christians in Tamil Nadu who are currently barred from meeting as a congregation for worship will find other ways to worship and have fellowship. Praise God that as our Indian brothers and sisters draw near to God, He will draw near to them (James 4:8). Pray that God’s presence will fill their homes.
- Pray that the orders to halt worship services will soon be withdrawn.
- Pray that high-profile state officials such as the minister of Interior Affairs will take a stand and ensure religious liberties are upheld in Tamil Nadu, and across India.
(Source: Morning Star News)