ADVERTISING
 
Sunday, May 19   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
The future of Europe
Should Christians vote in the European Parliament election in May 2019?



SEE MORE POLLS
 

 
TOP 10 MOST VIEWED



Religious Freedom
1
 

Evangelicals in Bolivia denounce “state abuse”

The new Penal Code criminalises evangelism and other religious activities. Christian leaders unite to offer “solutions through sincere and proactive dialogue”.

SOURCES Protestante Digital AUTHOR Evangelical Focus LA PAZ 15 JANUARY 2018 15:11 h GMT+1
A prayer march in Santa Cruz (Bolivia) on January 13. / ANDEB

The new Penal Code of Bolivia could become a form of “state abuse” against Christians, the National Association of Evangelicals in Bolivia (ANDEB) has said.



According to article 88.1 of the new legislation to be approved under President Evo Morales states: “Whoever recruits, transports, deprives of freedom or hosts people with the aim of recruiting them to take part in armed conflicts or religious or worship organizations will be penalised 7 to 12 years of imprisonment”.



 



“CHRISTIANS DEEPLY WORRIED”



After an extraordinary meeting of the ANDEB with regional groups of churches, a public declaration was issued by the body representing evangelical Christians on a national level.



Evangelical Christians, it said, are “deeply worried” about the new Penal Code, that could ban evangelism and prevent other Christian events from happening.



The parliament, evangelicals said, “should begin the work of preparing a new Penal Code that reflects the social reality of Bolivia” and a new legislation should “emerge from a consensus and a social agreement of all sectors of our country”.



 



EVANGELICALS OFFER DIALOGUE



The government, opposition parties and other social groups, should “have the determination of working for solutions through sincere and proactive dialogue”. Any kind of “use of violence” should be avoided, evangelicals said.



According to the ANDEB, “there has not been enough participation of the citizens” in the process of writing the legislation that could severely restrict religious freedom.



It is more, the new Penal Code “is imprecise, ambiguous, badly written, contradictory and its punitive power can constitute state abuse”, the ANDEB said.



 



PENAL CODE COLLIDES WITH CONSTITUTION



“We express our most resolute rejection of the inclusion of our ministerial activities in the list of possible conducts that go against the law”, the statement goes on to say. “The legislator forgets that the evangelical Christian churches in Bolivia are religious organisations recognised by the Bolivian state, and, therefore, legal entities”.



The ambiguous writing of article 88.1 “paves the way for any interested interpretations that can be used against our religious organisations”.



This new situation would collide with the Bolivian Constitution, which protects religious freedom and freedom of worship for everyone.



 



“EMERGENCY ALERT”: DEMONSTRATIONS



In the last days, evangelical Christians have started to take the streets to protest against the changes in the Penal Code.





“We maintain the emergency alert of the evangelical people in Bolivia, and as a consequence, events, gatherings, prayer meetings and meetings of spiritual intercessions for our country will be organised in all cities and places where there are evangelical Christian churches and organisations”.



In this context, a “National Emergency Comission” has been established by the leadership of the ANDEB and presidents of the regional evangelical bodies to “decide what measures to implement in the midst of the situation in which the country and the evangelical church is going through”.



 



ACTIONS ACROSS BOLIVIA



Among the actions organised is a pacific march for this Tuesday 16th January in the city of Cochabamba.



On Sunday 21st, the evangelical churches of Bolivia will hold a special day of prayer and fasting.



 


 

 


1
COMMENTS

    If you want to comment, or

 

Valerie
18/01/2018
16:50 h
1
 
This is a very worrying situation that Christians all around the world need to be aware of and pray about.
 



 
 
YOUR ARE AT: - - Evangelicals in Bolivia denounce “state abuse”
 
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.

 
PICTURES Pictures
 
AEA Plaza opens to serve African evangelicals AEA Plaza opens to serve African evangelicals

After many years of labour, the Association of Evangelicals in Africa officially opened its new centre in Nairobi, Kenya. “Africa, your time has come!”, said the World Evangelical Alliance Secretary General Efraim Tendero.

 
‘Small churches, big potential for transformation’ ‘Small churches, big potential for transformation’

Photos of the Spanish Evangelical Alliance’s annual gathering “Idea 2019”, in Murcia. Politicians and church leaders discussed about the role of minorities in society.

 
VIDEO Video
 
What prevents us from making disciples who make disciples? What prevents us from making disciples who make disciples?

An answer by Josef Pavlinak, Director of Integrity Life.

 
A call to prayer from the streets of Venezuela A call to prayer from the streets of Venezuela

In the midst of the turmoil in Venezuela, Pastor Carlos Vielma, Vice President of the Union of Christian Churches of Venezuela, sent out an urgent plea for Christians everywhere to pray.

 
Romania: God’s Word among Roma people Romania: God’s Word among Roma people

Gypsies are one of the largest ethnic minority groups in Romania. According to 2013 estimates, the Roma groups make up 10% of the country's population, accounting for about 1.5 million people.

 
 
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.