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Buddhist Extremists Force Churches in Sri Lanka to Close

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 (2:16 am)
Posted in: Christian Persecution, Christian Persecution - Asia, Sri Lanka

By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent

sri-lankaCOLUMBO, SRI LANKA (Worthy News)– Police asked several churches in Sri Lanka to close on some Sundays during September because of threats from Buddhist extremists, according to Barnabas Aid.

In Sri Lanka this year there have been 45 anti-Christian incidents; many have involved attacks on church gatherings, but individual Christians have also been targeted.

At a church in Meegoda, Colombo district, Christians had gathered for prayer when a mob of about 30 locals led by three Buddhist monks forced their way onto the premises. One monk repeatedly struck the pastor over the head with a guitar until he was rendered unconscious. When the pastor's mother tried to intervene, she was beaten by the mob that later went on to destroy all the musical instruments, damage the furniture and break the windows.

When it was finished, the mob informed the congregation that this was a Buddhist village and demanded that their prayer meetings cease immediately.

At another church in Rathmalana, Colombo district, around 25 police officers turned away members of the congregation as they arrived for Sunday morning service because Bodu Bala Sena — a powerful Buddhist nationalist group — threatened to attack the church.

Sri Lankan authorities told church leaders that they must obtain permission from the Buddhist and Religious Affairs Ministry to operate even though they're not officially required to register with the state; this is proving problematic for Evangelical churches that are not recognized by the Religious Affairs Ministry.

In response to this deteriorating situation, Christian leaders in Sri Lanka have asked Barnabas Aid supporters to join them for ten minutes of prayer each day.

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  • Stel En

    News item should say that the churches are evangelical churches and they give money and convert people. which makes some Buddhists and Hindus angry. freedom of religion is to practice ur religion not to convert people by giving gifts

    • Gammy

      Totally agree with you.

      • Janaka

        Stel,
        Indeed you are 100% correct!

    • Eusense

      Accepting a gift and converting to the donor religion is a decision made by an individual. In Sri Lanka these individuals have the right and freedom to do so. What Buddhists should do is make Buddhist faith stronger by more religious teachings. But not attacking churches.

      • athulak

        God did not offer bribes to call the flock to him. Sharing the word of God must be protected by the state. A person who choose to come to church or have pictures of Lord Jesus because of economic hardship or msterial benefit is unfortunately not saved (ad far as I know). It is because the life was not transformed. Finally it is Gods will. It shall always prevail. Remember Jeses did not try save Saints but the Sinners. Peace to all

        • Eusense

          The word of any "God" is to live a good productive life. Jesus is not the only one who will "save" people. Other gods can do it too if followers abide by their teachings.

          • Joe DeCaro

            "Other gods"?
            How many do you have to believe in?
            IMO, polytheism never "saved' anyone.

  • raj

    News item should say that the churches are evangelical churches and they give money and convert people. which makes some Buddhists and Hindus angry. freedom of religion is to practice ur religion not to convert people by giving gifts

    • Joe DeCaro

      Salvation becomes a gift only after it's accepted; otherwise it remains nothing more than a free offer.

  • David MacKenzie

    I have a personal connection to a pastor in Sri Lanka, and there is ZERO probability he's interested in "paying" people to come to Jesus. Since salvation cannot be 'purchased', and is not legitimate if coerced, there is NO way any authentic evangelical Christian is using money to "bribe' the poor. These accusations are not credible, because they cut across the grain of Biblical theology and common sense.

  • Gab Winter

    For Christianity (or rather, if focused purely on Jesus's teachings) and Buddhism, such extremism is going against the very teachings of these peaceful religions; unlike Islam, which the initially peaceful teachings were abrogated by the later (obviously) Satanic scriptures and commands in the Quran.

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