Egypt Legalizes Over 1,000 Churches in Apparent Bid to Create Tolerant Islamic Society


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by Jordan Hilger, Worthy News Correspondent

(Worthy News) - The Egyptian government on Monday approved legalization of 127 churches, the culmination of a 2016 law by which President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi sought to make the world’s largest Arab nation more officially inclusive of Coptic Christianity.

A presidential committee chaired by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly oversaw the process, bringing the total number of formerly unlicensed churches now granted legal status to 1,021.

On January 7th, 2019, the day on which Coptic Christians celebrate Christmas, President el-Sisi attended the inauguration ceremony of the Middle East’s largest Christian church—having gifted the building to the Coptic community himself—in what many saw as a turning of the tide in Egyptian politics.

The gesture seemed to dovetail with a 2017 meeting in which el-Sisi hosted a delegation of American Evangelical leaders, who afterward glowed with praise for the ostensibly tolerant spirit of the Egyptian leader. El-Sisi reportedly asked a group that included Johnnie Moore, Joel Rosenberg, and Michele Bachmann to pray for him in his battle against radical Islam.

Others familiar with the situation of Christians in Egypt remained unconvinced by the recent public relations campaign, as Christian converts from Islam, according to Open Doors USA’s fact sheet for Egypt, have no way of getting their conversions officially recognized by the government, thus putting them in a sort of legal no man's land where they have frequently become prey to Muslim backlash and police reluctant to punish the crimes against them.

“While the upgrade in public rhetoric on religious tolerance coming out of Egypt’s presidential office is important in and of itself, it has not lead to a positive change in the situation on the ground,” Sara Salama, president of Coptic Voice, a non-profit supporting the Egyptian diaspora community, told National Review in June after Christians suffered Muslim mob violence a couple weeks straight.

It’s estimated that 90% of Egypt is Muslim, with Coptic Christians comprising 90% of the 10% leftover who practice minority religions, and evangelicals, Catholics, and heterodox Muslims representing less than a percentage of the population.

Egypt remains 16th on Open Doors USA’s World Watchlist for severe Christian persecution.

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2 thoughts on “Egypt Legalizes Over 1,000 Churches in Apparent Bid to Create Tolerant Islamic Society”

  1. The (official) Coptic Church of Egypt is not Christian. This was copy/pasted from their site on Wiki and it reflects real doctrine by that church, down through the years.

    "The Twelve Anathemas of Saint Cyril." In these anathemas, Cyril excommunicated anyone who followed the teachings of Nestorius. For example, "Anyone who dares to deny the Holy Virgin the title Theotokos is Anathema!"

    "The Council (of Ephesus AD431) confirmed the teachings of Saint Athanasius and confirmed the title of Mary as "Mother of God".

    What more do we need to know? God has no mother. Jesus had a mother. These people (who follow their churches doctrines) are Mariologists, not Christians. There is a difference. Likewise, many who worship and adore (venerate) Mary, the mother of Messiah, believe she too was born "immaculate," which means "without sin."

    This stuff is heresy. Sure, pray for them to come to, and see "the light" as the Gospel of John, chapter one, says. But let's not call bad "good" or good "bad."

  2. So, what was the Council of Ephesus? It had 7 sessions, to accomplish a few things, mostly having to do with catholic doctrine. Here they are:

    Eight canons were passed:

    Canon 1-5 condemned Nestorius and Caelestius and their followers as heretics
    Canon 6 decreed deposition from clerical office or excommunication for those who did not accept the Council's decrees
    Canon 7 condemned any departure from the creed established by the First Council of Nicaea (325), in particular an exposition by the priest Charisius.
    Canon 8 condemned interference by the Bishop of Antioch in affairs of the Church in Cyprus and decreed generally, that no bishop was to "assume control of any province which has not heretofore, from the very beginning, been under his own hand or that of his predecessors […] lest the Canons of the Fathers be transgressed"

    And what is this "First Council of Nicaea"? which all must adhere to also?

    The (first) Council of Nicaea is the point at which (325AD) the catholics took over the running of Christianity. It was because of them that today the majority of Christians, and assorted other groups adhering to Christ (Messiah) still use the catholic invention called a "church."

    Most Christian churches today still adhere to its doctrines, in a sort of more, or less fashion, to the same canons (core beliefs) set down by that first catholic Council of bishops and assorted other early (roman catholic) Councils. There were too many to list here.

    By the year 325 AD, all who had known the original apostles of Jesus (Y'shua) had died and no longer could be counselled with for errors. Also, Rome and it's aristocracy (it's Emperor) had taken over Christianity, assimilating the old roman paganisms into Christ following. It is from those that we get the terms Pontiff, and Vicar of Rome. The Vestal Virgins (a strictly roman paganism) were turned into the first nunnery. Traditions had already begun, esp in Rome, where they were then exported around the world.

    "The Apostles Creed" was common, by that time, though only in the catholic version (no such thing as Protestantism existed yet, if they had, they would have been put to death) as were pagan rites converted into "Lent" and "Easter."

    The canons set by the (first) Council of Nicaea are called "the Nicene Creed" and go like this:

    Jesus Christ is described as "Light from Light, true God from true God," proclaiming his divinity.

    Jesus Christ is said to be "begotten, not made," asserting that he was not a mere creature, brought into being out of nothing, but the true Son of God, brought into being "from the substance of the Father."

    He is said to be "of one being with the Father," proclaiming that although Jesus Christ is "true God" and God the Father is also "true God," they are "of one being," in accord to what is found in John 10:30: "I and the Father are one." The Greek term homoousios, or consubstantial (i.e., "of the same substance) is ascribed by Eusebius to Constantine who, on this particular point, may have chosen to exercise his authority. The significance of this clause, however, is extremely ambiguous as to the extent in which Jesus Christ and God the Father are "of one being," and the issues it raised would be seriously controverted in the future.

    Then, the First Nicaea Council made up some anathemas (divine curses, sort of like the ones on Psycho-therapy today) to keep newbies from guessing or considering subjects and concepts deemed heretical. It was a world without Internet, they felt they needed conformity across their world.

    The view that "there was once when he was not" was rejected to maintain the coeternity of the Son with the Father.

    The view that he was "mutable or subject to change" was rejected to maintain that the Son just like the Father was beyond any form of weakness or corruptibility, and most importantly that he could not fall away from absolute moral perfection.

    "Easter" meaning Ishtar (a well known and ancient pagan goddess) was established as the name to be used for that which was a celebration of the anniversary of Jesus' Resurrection and its date each year was disconnected from the Jewish calendar (3 days after Passover).

    The Emperor of Rome declared anyone who did not comply with the above (and more) doctrines was excommunicated from Rome. Not unlike a Muslim accepting Christian doctrines today.

    And the birth of organized religion verses following Jesus, the Messiah, began.

    No mention was made thereafter of the First Jerusalem Council. It, unlike these goofy Catholic councils, was a valid Council. The "minutes" of that meeting remain in The Book of the Acts of the Apostles, for all to read and see. That book is more commonly known as The Book of Acts, in the New (Covenant) "Testament" Bible. Oftentimes, it's just called "Acts". You can read what the real apostles, and true elders, of "the faith once delivered to the saints" thought was most important, in Chapter 15 of that book.

    The later Councils by Roman Catholic bishops are unnecessary for salvation, or of much use at all, for anything but getting along with them, should you be called to minister the gospel to Catholics or Christian Orthodox (catholic). It would be a bit as if you were called by God to go and preach to JW's or Mormons, then you might need to have a look at some of their garbage too. Of course, some of the topics considered and decided by old Catholic councils were important theological questions, so are some of the JW's questions. And not a few Mormon oddities too.

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