Religious fanatics forbid Pastor from conducting Sunday worship service, Chhattisgarh

Religious fanatics forbid Pastor from conducting Sunday worship service, Chhattisgarh

Fanatics threatening the Pastor 

Pastor Issac Das has been ministering with Christian Renewal Church, Chhattisgarh, for the past 20 years.

Around 8 month ago, Pastor made a thatched shed adjacent to his home, in his own private land so that the members could congregate and worship every Sunday. From that day on, religious fanatics in the village have been harassing and threatening him to shut it down.

In spite of the threats, Pastor continued to pray and trust God for his protection and conduct Sunday Worship services.

On Sunday, 14th July, religious fanatics along with local villagers went over to his house and disrupted the worship service, warning Pastor and his family of dire consequences if they continued to meet.

Last Sunday, 21st July, fearing a repeat of the previous week, more than 40 believers who regularly congregate, stayed away because of fear and to avoid any conflict.

Speaking to Persecution Relief, Pastor Issac was disappointed that the Church had been targeted for the last 6 months, and had continually been harassed by the fanatics.

Pastor Gigi Paul and other Church Leaders from Jagdalpur Interdenominational Church Fellowship, met the village headman and the local religious fanatics and tried their best to negotiate a compromise. However, the situation is still tense in the village.

Pastor even reached out to the Police and reported the threats to their safety. However, police and judicial bias continue to create a pervasive climate of impunity in which religious minorities feel increasingly insecure and have no recourse when religiously motivated crimes occur. The Police, instead of providing a defense to the minority community, have taken the side of the majority religion and objected to the Christians exercising their constitutional right to religious expression.

Article 25 of Indian Constitution grants freedom to every citizen of India to profess, practice and propagate his own religion. The constitution, in the preamble professes to secure to all its citizen’s liberty of belief, faith and worship.
In 2012, Pastor Issac was beaten up by religious fanatics for practicing his faith, but he still continues to persevere and serve the Lord, with passion. Church, please remember him and the congregation in your prayers.

In 2018, Persecution Relief has recorded 477 incidents of hate-crimes against Christians. Chhattisgarh recorded 17 incidents.

In the first six months of 2019, we have recorded 208 incidents of hate crimes, with 8 cases from Chhattisgarh alone.

 

 



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