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Christian organisations in Indonesia have raised concerns about a new religious education bill that would require government permits before conducting any classes, including Sunday school, catechism or Bible classes.

The law, if passed, would require a minimum of 15 participants, along with approval from the government’s Religious Affairs Ministry.

One church leader believes it will be used by hard-line groups to ban church activities and harass Christians. “It limits Christians in conducting important and inseparable parts of religious activities” he states.

Those concerned have launched a petition demanding that informal classes, such as Sunday school, be left to the regulation of individual religious groups.

Sources: UCA News, World Watch Monitor

  • Pray that the governing officials responsible for the proposed bill will be open to input and the need for modifications to ensure religious freedoms.
  • Uphold the country’s church leaders and congregation members, asking God to grant them wisdom and discretion as they raise their concerns.
  • May Christian families throughout Indonesia be free to train their children in the ways of the Lord.

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