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Christians Forced to Remove Cross from Church in Pakistan

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Pakistan – According reports on social media, a community of Pakistani Christians were forced to remove a cross from a church under construction in a village near Baloki, over 40 miles from Lahore, the capital city of the Punjab province.

“We constructed three floors of minarets on a church and fixed the cross on top of that,” Barnabas, a Christian resident of the village stated in a video uploaded on social media. “However, [the cross] was removed after we received threats from local Muslims.”

“The Muslims [demanded] we remove the cross and all three floors of the minarets,” Barnabus continued. “Therefore, we had to obey them. Now, the building does not look like a church. It’s just a room and therefore we are sad.”

“We agreed to the demands with broken hearts,” Pastor Ilyas, a local pastor, reported. “Although it was an illegal demand against Pakistan’s constitution, which guarantees religious freedom to all citizens. The authorities must look into this matter and ensure freedom of religion to all the segments of society.”

“We will fix a cross on the church wall,” Pastor Ilyas continued. “We took this decision for the safety and protection of Christians in the village. Muslims threatened that if we don’t remove the cross, they will ban the prayer services and take the church property.”
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ദിനകരന്റെ ജീസസ് കോൾസ് (യേശു വിളിക്കുന്നു) മിനിസ്ട്രിക്കു കീഴിലുള്ള 28 ഇടങ്ങളിൽ ആദായ നികുതി വകുപ്പ് റെയ്ഡ്

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ചെന്നൈ: സുവിശേഷ പ്രസംഗകൻ പോൾ ദിനകരൻ നേതൃത്വം നൽകുന്ന ജീസസ് കോൾസ് (യേശു വിളിക്കുന്നു ) മിനിസ്ട്രിക്കു കീഴിലുള്ള 28 ഇടങ്ങളിൽ ആദായ നികുതി വകുപ്പ് റെയ്ഡ് നടത്തി. തമിഴ്‌നാട്ടിലെ പ്രധാനപ്പെട്ട സുവിശേഷ സ്ഥാപനമാണ് ഇത് .അഡയാറിലെ ആസ്ഥാനം, ചെന്നൈ ജീവരത്ന നഗറിലെ പോൾ ദിനകരന്റെ വീട്, കോയമ്പത്തൂരിലെ കാരുണ്യ സർവകലാശാല, ചാരിറ്റി സ്ഥാപനമായ സീഷ എന്നിവിടങ്ങളിലായിരുന്നു പരിശോധന. നികുതി വെട്ടിപ്പു നടത്തിയെന്ന പരാതിയെ തുടർന്നാണു നടപടിയെന്നു ആദായനികുതി വകുപ്പ് അറിയിച്ചു. പോൾ ദിനകരൻ വിദേശത്താണ്.

കാരുണ്യ പ്രവർത്തനത്തിന് വാങ്ങുന്ന ഫണ്ട് മറ്റാവശ്യങ്ങൾക്ക് ഉപയോഗിക്കുന്നുവെന്നാണ് പ്രധാന പരാതി. ജീസസ് കാൾസ് സഭ സ്ഥാപകൻ ഡി ജി എസ് ദിനകരന്റെ മകനാണ് പോൾ ദിനകരൻ. കാരുണ്യ ഇൻസ്റ്റിറ്റ്യൂട്ട് ഓഫ് ടെക്നോളജിയുടെ ചാൻസലറാണ് പോൾ ദിനകരൻ. ചെന്നൈ ലയോള കോളേജിൽ നിന്ന് ഭൗതികശാസ്ത്രത്തിൽ ബിരുദം നേടി സ്വർണ്ണ മെഡൽ ജേതാവായി വ്യക്തിയാണ് പോൾ ദിനകരൻ. അതിന് ശേഷം എംബിഎ പൂർത്തിയാക്കി മാനേജ്മെന്റിൽ പിഎച്ച്ഡി നേടി. തുടർന്നാണ് ആത്മീയ സുവേശേഷത്തിലേക്ക് കടന്നത്.

ഇദ്ദേഹത്തിന്റെ ജീസസ് വിളിക്കുന്നു അഥവാ ജീസസ് കോൾസ് മിനിസ്ട്രി രാജ്യത്തെ ഏറ്റവും വലിയ ആത്മീയ പരിവർത്തന സ്ഥാപനമാണ് . വിദേശത്തും ശാഖകളുണ്ടായിരുന്നു. ഇവിടെ നിന്നെല്ലാം ഫണ്ട് ഇന്ത്യയിലേക്ക് എത്തി. ജീവകാരുണ്യ പ്രവർത്തനങ്ങളുടെ പേരിലായിരുന്നു ഇത്.

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India: Axe-wielding tribal animists attack Christians during worship service, destroy church

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Six Christian families worshiping in India’s Odisha state were attacked by axe-wielding tribal animists who destroyed the believers’ church structure amid escalating religious persecution in the country.

Morning Star News reports that in December, the Christians, who had converted from tribal animism to Christianity, were worshiping in a wood-and-hay structure in Odisha state’s Chichima village when they were approached by a mob of about 20 to 25 men, led by an “influential man of wealth.”

When the leader of the mob asked the Christians why they had abandoned their tribal religion, Elder Burjo Tadinji answered: “We have known the true living God; we will not leave him. We used to indulge in fights and speak lies, but we do not do all that now. We like this faith, and that is why we follow it.”

Angered by the response, the mob began destroying the church building and manhandling the Christians, Pastor Bibudhan Pradhan told Morning Star News. The church was reduced to rubble, and Tadinji’s adjoining home was also damaged. The mob tore the clothes of one Christian and with a stone broke the mobile phone of another Christian who was recording the attack.

“They threatened to chase them out of their homes and the village if they reported the matter to the police,” the pastor told Morning Star News.

The mob’s leader, whose name was withheld to protect area Christians, then warned them not to report the attack to police.

“If the police come, we will not let you live in the village and we will chase you away,” he said, according to Tadinji.

As a result of the attack, the Christians are afraid to meet: “Fear has gripped their minds, and they need much prayer,” Pradha said, adding that he’s unsure when church services might resume.

Animists worship gods based on ancestors, spirits, and nature. Pradhan said all the villagers are told to sacrifice a chicken to the Hindu deity Shiva every year. In Odisha state, Christians make up less than 2.8% of the population.

“It is in the tribal culture to offer a sacrifice of a chicken while buying land, planting seed, harvesting the land, and other occasions,” he said. “When someone in their homes has fever or illness, they sacrifice a chicken to please the god of nature. They seldomly visit hospitals — only in emergencies. They often visit the witch doctor, who again demands them to perform sacrifice.”

Sukanta Naik, a volunteer for the Evangelical Fellowship of India, told the outlet that Hindu nationalist groups have become active in indoctrinating tribal people, seeking to “drive a wedge” between tribal peoples and Christians. The Hindu nationalists often persuade villagers that those who have left their beliefs and other rituals have betrayed their ancestors, gods, and the country of India.

A recent report from the Evangelical Fellowship of India found that Indian Christians endured at least 327 incidents of persecution in 2020 despite COVID-19 lockdowns.

At least five Christians were murdered and six churches were burned or demolished in religiously motivated attacks. In addition, EFI noted 26 incidents of social boycotts where Christian communities were shunned by their non-Christian neighbors due to their religious identity.

A recent Persecution Trends survey from Release International predicted that in India, intolerance toward Christians and other religious minorities will continue to grow during 2021, largely due to growing Hindu nationalism.

India is ranked No. 10 on Christian support organization Open Doors USA’s 2021 World Watch List of the countries where it’s most difficult to be a Christian.

In India, the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party has encouraged persecution of Christians by sanctioning Hindu extremism, Open Doors research found. The party has told its nation that only Hindus are truly Indian, Open Doors CEO David Curry told The Christian Post. Political leaders have discouraged police from responding to attacks on Christians.

“I put the responsibility at the feet of the ruling party, the BJP, which is very nationalistic,” he said, adding that their message to the population has been, “we want India to be a Hindu nation.”

“I have a strong belief that if most Indian citizens knew what was happening in these Christian communities they would vote for different people,” he said.
Sources:Christian Post

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