But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

Acts 1:8

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Since Russian President, Vladimir Putin, signed a new Anti-Terrorism Law into effect, news reports and social media postings have sounded the alarm that Russia is outlawing Evangelism! However, there is little reason to assume that this Anti-Terrorism Law is designed to harass, or persecute, Bible-believing Christians. There have been violent terrorist attacks by radical Muslim groups within Russia and this new Anti-Terrorism Law is primarily targeted towards those promoting Jihad.


Is Religious Freedom at Risk?


Could this legislation result in harassing Bible-believing Christians in Russia? That remains to be seen. When some media have alleged that religious freedom is at risk in Russia, they are playing games with words. Russians see Faith as inherently public and political. The worldview of Russian Orthodoxy is holistic and organic. They do not recognise the sharp divisions between church and state that secular societies, such as the US, demand. The Russian Orthodox Church is looked to by Russians for their meaning and purpose in life. Russia has returned to the principle of symphonia, or institutionalised harmonious relations between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Russian state. The Orthodox Church enjoys privileges of political preference and is respected as the protector of Russia's national identity and faith.


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