India Church Growing Stronger Despite Hostilities

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CBN News has been reporting on troubling incidents of persecution against Christians in Northern India.

Pastor R. Abraham, co-founder of the New India Church of God, recently spoke with CBN News about the dangers the church is facing there.

With Hindu extremists constantly perpetrating attacks against the church, Christians in the northern region of India find themselves in a very hostile environment.

Persecution has also come through politics as some states have implemented laws against conversion to Christianity. One such law is ironically called the "Freedom of Religion Bill."

Similar legislation has been approved by lawmakers in Madhya Pradesh.

The bill, which now awaits the governor's signature, would make it a crime to convert to Christianity without government permission.
It requires pastors and potential converts to notify government officials 30 days in advance. Those failing to do so face a fine and up to three years in jail.

But Pastor Abraham, who works everyday with average people in the region, says that not everyone is hostile toward Christians.

"When you are working among the common man, he is not that hostile because people are looking for answers, they are looking for God," he said.

"When you bring the salvation, the healing, the blessings from Jesus, the common people always respond to the Gospel," he said. "Otherwise we can't do the work."

Despite the persecution and the challenges, God is moving and the church is growing, Abraham said.

Abraham spoke more on how the Church is growing despite the persecution, on CBN Newswatch, Sept. 3.

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