India Evangelicals Worship As Militants Attack Churches, Youth Center, Pastors

Sunday, March 28, 2010 | Tag Cloud

By Santosh Digal, Worthy News Asia Correspondent

NEW DELHI, INDIA (Worthy News)-- Evangelical Christians in central and southern India were worshiping Sunday, March 28, amid threats from suspected Hindu militants who reportedly attacked a Christian youth center, churches and pastors.

In one of the incidents alleged activists from the Hindu group Vishwa Hindu Parishad, or'World Hindu Council', attacked the Christian Personality Development Center for Youth inthe Nandini area of Durg, a city in India's central Chhattisgarh state. last Sunday, March 21,said the Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI).

"Extremists carrying the national flag entered" the Center, "attacked the students and teachers, burned Biblesand Gospel literature. The extremists wrote some derogatory remarks and drew a picture ofa cross on the national flag they brought," EFI said.

Police later detained three Christians at the Center after "Hindu extremists" accused them of"insulting the national flag" before releasing them on bail, added EFI, which represents evangelical Christians across India.

CHURCHES ATTACKED

The same day two evangelical churches were attacked in Chhattisgarh, including in the Kasdol area ofthe state's capital Raipur where about 40 Hindu militants stopped a prayer meeting of the Ebenezer Church,EFI said.

The militants, who EFI described as suspected "extremists" of the Hindu youth group Bajrang Dal, allegedly"tore Bibles and Christian literature and closed the church."

The "extremists" further "threatened the church members of dire consequences if they continue future worship meetings," EFI said.

Police arrived but took pastor Ravi Bagha and other church members to the police station and "detained them forabout 7 hours", before releasing them, without making arrests in the case, the group added.

In the same area of the Raipur another mob of about 25 suspected Hindu militants from the Bajrang Dalreportedly raided the Sunday worship service of Believers Church in India on March 21, threatening and verbally abusing of Christians.

BIBLES CONFISCATED

They confiscated Bibles and other literature and threatened to beat Christian "if they did not leave the area"evangelical Christians said."The extremists also threatened one church member to dismiss her from her government job if she continues to embrace the Christianfaith," EFI said, adding that police "took the Christians to the police station and detained them for about three hours."

None of the Hindu groups were known to have commented on the violence Sunday, March 27. However several Hindu groupshave expressed concerns about what they view as "forced conversions" of Hindus by Christians, charges churches strongly deny.

There was also a tense calm in India's southern state where police briefly detained five church leaders who EFI saidwere accused by "Hindu extremists" of carrying Gospel tracts "to glorify Christianity".

The March 23 incident in the textile city of Tirupur happened after the pastors visited Christians in a slum area of Tamil Nadu.

While the pastors were released, EFI expressed concerns about the future of the Christian communities in the state,saying they need better protection.

Anti-Cristian violence is rising in India, a predominantly Hindu nation of over one billion people, according toseveral churches and rights groups.

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6 thoughts on “India Evangelicals Worship As Militants Attack Churches, Youth Center, Pastors”

  1. Praying

    "Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution." 2 Timothy 3:12

    Praying Save Now LORD

    "Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD." Jeremiah 17:5

    Save Now

    "Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is." Jeremiah 17:7

    LORD!

    "The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand.
    He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him." John 3:35-36

    Save

    "Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
    And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?" John 11:25-26

    Now

    "And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call." Joel 2:32

    Thank You For Answered Prayer

    I Love You LORD Jesus

    I Love You

  2. Drar sir it is not good to do for christians and church pastores and churches
    pls pray for india and the famileyes who are in sad

  3. Father, I commit the mind, soul and body of your children who are being persecuted. I ask Father you release your angels to
    protect them - war for them - and blind the eyes of their enemies so they will not see them. The battle is Yours Daddy, I pray
    apply the blood of Yeshua/Jesus on each on of your persecuted chidren. I pray for perseverance, strength, courage.
    Open the eyes of their enemies and let they see Your angels. I pray you stir up the heart of your church to pray for Your
    persecuted church. I pray Abba for the salvation of the persecutors. I pray they will feel double, for every affliction they
    cause your children to have. Let them feel what they feel Lord. We are more than conquerers. I thank You for Your love and
    presence Abba. And we love you. Amen

  4. why do Christians go around trying to convert people of other faiths? Conversions have deeper repercussions on a nation's psyche. It is another form of neo colonialism and the Hindus are trying to preserve what is their own, though I do not agree with the tactics that they use such as burning churches etc.

    “Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.” Jeremiah 17:5

    “The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand.
    He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” John 3:35-36

    Will a loving god curse the very people that he was supposed to have created?

    Didn't
    Hinduism is all compassion, no where do the scriptures curse others.

    So my earnest hope is

    • It Is God's Work

      "Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved." Acts 2:47

      And It Is Open To Whosoever Will

      "I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
      And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely." Revelation 22:16-17

      Why Does The Thief Kill The Children?

      "The murderer rising with the light killeth the poor and needy, and in the night is as a thief." Job 24:14

      Because He Is Enslaved

      "Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.
      And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.
      If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed." John 8:34-36

      And Does Not Believe

      "And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.
      [24] I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins." John 8:

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