ADVERTISING
 
Friday, January 18   Sign in or Register
 
Evangelical Focus
 
Flecha
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
FOLLOW US ON
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google +
  • Instagram
  • Soundcloud
 

Newsletter
Newsletter, sign up to receive all our News by email.
 
 

POLL
Bible literacy
How often do you read the Bible?







SEE MORE POLLS
 

 
TOP 10 MOST VIEWED



Russia
 

We must fight for the religious freedom of other confessions, Italian evangelicals say

The criminalization of the Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia is a mistake, says the Italian Evangelical Alliance. Freedom of worship should be guaranteed for everyone, “even for those who, in our view, are completely wrong.”

AUTHOR Evangelical Focus ROME 25 APRIL 2017 15:17 h GMT+1
moscow A view of Moscow. / Andrey Naumov (Flickr, CC)

Italian evangelicals have expressed their support for the Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia, whose faith has been banned by the Supreme Court.



The Italian Evangelical Alliance (AEI) expressed its “concern” after the “ideological sentence” which illegalised the Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia was announced. The religious group - which says it has 175,000 believers in the country - will have their properties confiscated by the state.



“We add our voice to all those who have protested against this clear violation of the fundamental human rights”, the AEI said.



The body representing evangelical Christians in Italy believes that “no State can ban mosques, synagogues, churches or temples just because of the convictions or beliefs of its members.” This kind of thinking collides with the Christian message, the AEI told the Russian government, which supports the Russian Orthodox Church.



 



DIFFERENT DOCTRINE, SAME RIGHTS



Defending the idea that every citizen in every country should have the right to practice their faith “does not encourage to believe that all ways lead to God nor it is an invitation to relativism”, the statement explains. “Our point is not to support the doctrine of the Jehovah’s Witnesses (which we believe is contrary to the gospel and a deviation from God’s Word) but to defend the right of everyone to live freely according to their own convictions.”



“We believe that one day every human being will be called to be accountable of their life before the throne of Christ. And we are also convinced that, according to the biblical perspective, the State should never manage the spiritual dimension of the people. It is not its role to convert, to protect or to promote a certain religious confession (Romans 13:1-7).”



 



NO PRIVILEGES FOR OFFICIAL RELIGIONS



A “nominal or compulsory faith” could never converge with the biblical view, the statement says. In addition, “to limit the freedom of confessional groups or giving privileges to some religious realities will never help the Christian faith”, the Italian evangelicals say.



“Whoever threatens religious freedom”, the statement concludes, “always creates a dangerous precedent that sooner or later damages Christian communities heavily. If Jesus said the truth, then we do not need any constraint, government support, or public privilege to live his mandate.”



“Religious freedom must therefore be guaranteed for everyone, even for those who reject the Gospel or who, in our view, are completely wrong in understanding and living it.”



 



RUSSIAN EVANGELICALS CONDEMN SENTENCE



Russian Evangelical Christians also condemned the reduction of freedoms for non-Orthodox Christians, and described the ban of Jehovah’s Witnesses as an “unreasonable and dangerous step”.


 


POLL
Freedoms
Should all religious groups in your country be legal?
Yes, religious freedom is for everyone.
73%
Yes, except those organisations experts have defined as cults.
21%
No, governments should be strict and only allow religious organisations with a long history.
6%
This Poll is closed.
Number of votes: 203
SEE MORE POLLS
 
 


0
COMMENTS

    If you want to comment, or

 



 
 
YOUR ARE AT: - - We must fight for the religious freedom of other confessions, Italian evangelicals say
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
 
AUDIOS Audios
 
Julia Doxat-Purser: 25 years of EEA office in Brussels Julia Doxat-Purser: 25 years of EEA office in Brussels

An interview with the socio-political representative of the European Evangelical Alliance about how evangelical Christians work at the heart of the European Union.

 
Lars Dahle: Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church Lars Dahle: Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church

An interview with Lars Dahle, of the Steering Committee of the Lausanne Movement Global Consultation on Nominal Christianity held in Rome.

 
Michael Ramsden: Communicating the Gospel in today’s societies Michael Ramsden: Communicating the Gospel in today’s societies

RZIM International Director Michael Ramsden responds to questions about the secularisation of Europe, the role of Christians in public leadership and the new ‘culture of victimism’.

 
PICTURES Pictures
 
Bulgaria: Evangelicals ask government to protect religious minorities Bulgaria: Evangelicals ask government to protect religious minorities

Christians rallied in Sofia on November 18 to defend their rights. It is the second Sunday of peaceful demonstrations against a new religion draft law that could severely restrict religious freedom and rights of minority faith confessions.

 
Photos: #WalkForFreedom Photos: #WalkForFreedom

Abolitionists marched through 400 cities in 51 countries. Pictures from Valencia (Spain), October 20.

 
Photos: Reaching people with disabilities Photos: Reaching people with disabilities

Seminars, an arts exhibition, discussion and testimonies. The European Disability Network met in Tallinn.

 
VIDEO Video
 
The source of longing, according to C.S. Lewis The source of longing, according to C.S. Lewis

Jerry Root compares the search for meaning of C.S. Lewis with Saint Augustine's reflections.

 
The reliability of the Bible The reliability of the Bible

Jim Cecy, Senior Pastor, Campus Bible Church, answers the question Why is a defense of the reliability of the Bible important?

 
Bulgarian evangelicals ask politicians to defend “basic freedoms” Bulgarian evangelicals ask politicians to defend “basic freedoms”

Protests and prayers continue in Bulgaria for the sixth week.

 
That night That night

“No one came ot help that night, no nurse to numb the fright...”

 
 
Follow us on Soundcloud
Follow us on YouTube
 
 
WE RECOMMEND
 
PARTNERS
 

 
AEE
EVANGELICAL FOCUS belongs to Areópago Protestante, linked to the Spanish Evangelical Alliance (AEE). AEE is member of the European
Evangelical Alliance and World Evangelical Alliance.
 

Opinions expressed are those of their respective contributors and do not necessarily represent the views of Evangelical Focus.