Sunday Worship service forcibly stopped, Pastor detained by Police, Uttar Pradesh
Religious fanatics stormed into a Sunday worship service, being held at a Banquet Hall, shouting slogans and terrorizing the congregation, to stop the worship service.
Pastor Vinod Kumar, affiliated with AG Church, has been ministering at Moradabad District of Uttar Pradesh, since 2005.
Earlier too, Pastor had faced opposition for running the Church as his own home. Since then, the Church had moved to a Banquet hall, where the congregation used to gather every Sunday.
On Sunday, 02nd of June, just as worship service was in progress, a mob of religious fanatics gatecrashed into the Hall. Shouting anti-Christian slogans, they manhandled and physically assaulted Pastor Vinod, grabbing him by the collar, intimidating and falsely accusing him of being involved in conversion activities of innocent people.
However, the congregation, stood alongside Pastor and testified how their lives were transformed after they came to know about this Jesus Christ.
Nothing could placate the zealous mob, who called the Police, who instigated by the fanatics, made no enquiry, but took Pastor Vinod along his wife and Harish, the House Owner’s son, to Civil Lines Police Station.
The Banquet Hall Owner, under pressure from Religious fanatics, lied that the Church was not paying any rent, although he collects rent from Pastor Vinod every month.
Speaking to Persecution Relief, Pastor J.K. Nirala visited the family to assist them. He mentioned that at the Police Station, Pastor Vinod’s wife was released since she had a history of heart condition.
Later in the night, Pastor Vinod Kumar was released with a stern warning. By the grace of God, no charges were levied on him.
Church, please pray for Christians across India, for God’s supernatural protection over all of them.
In Uttar Pradesh, the scale of “crack down” against the Christian minority community has been unprecedented, with tighter surveillance of churches and on those who continue to worship Jesus Christ.
In 2018, Persecution Relief has recorded 447 incidents of hate-crimes, with 129 cases from Uttar Pradesh, the most hostile among the 29 states.
In the first four months of 2019, we have recorded 157 incidents of hate crimes against Christians, with 33 cases from Uttar Pradesh alone.
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