Under pressure from Islamic extremist movements, the authorities in Cianjur district, 90km from Jakarta, have ordered the closure of seven Protestant Christian churches for alleged irregularities in building permits, confirming that the province of West Java is one of the most intolerant towards religious minorities in Indonesia.
The places of worship that have been closed down are: Pentecost Church in Indonesia (GPdI) in Ciranjang, the Pentecost Movement Church (GGP) also in Ciranjang, the Christian New Testament Church (GKPB), the Bethlehem Pentecoste (GGPB), the Bethel Church of Indonesia (GBI), the Evangelist Whole International Church (GISI), and the Church of People’s Synod (GSJA) – all in Cianjur District of West Java Province.
The process for building a church in Indonesia is quite complicated and may take five to ten years to obtain all permits required by law.
“We no longer have a place of worship to come together and pray,” says Rev Oferlin Hai, of Church of People’s Synod. He also adds that some of the faithful “have moved to other places for security reasons.”
Source: International Christian Concern, Asia News
- Pray the churches will be reopened and returned to the Christian people.
- Pray that believers will be encouraged to continue to meet together despite opposition (Hebrews 10:23-25).
- Pray the hearts and minds of the Indonesian people will be opened to receive the Word and Truth of our Lord.