Seven Algerian churches face closure this week after the governor of their province sent them written notice that they were operating ‚Äúillegally.‚ÄĚ
The notice on Sunday (May 22) from Police Chief Ben Salma, citing a May 8 decree from the Bejaia Province governor, also states that all churches ‚Äúin all parts of the country‚ÄĚ will be closed for lack of compliance with registration regulations, but Christian leaders dismissed this assertion as the provincial official does not have nationwide authority.
‚ÄúAll buildings permanently designated for or in the process of being designated for the practice of religious worship other than Muslim will be permanently closed down in all parts of the country, as well as those not having received the conformity authorization from the National Commission,‚ÄĚ Salma stated in the notice....
However, I have no doubt these churches in Algeria have probably kept a low profile, perhaps even lower than is Biblically sanctioned. But I do note that, "Add Algeria to the mix of those countries in northern Africa who claim to want freedom only so that they can oppress others." a quotation from, Algeria Threatens To Close Churches In Bejaia. The leaders of these churches are trying to stand up to this decree, for the sake of religious liberty, let's hope they succeed. Rendering To Caesar: A Biblical Perspective On Government
The spirit of antichrist is alive and well and hasn't really changed that much since the beginning. I just hope these churches, if they are in christ, stand strong. In that way, they win regardless of what happens to them!
Daniel 6:5 Then these men said, ‚ÄúWe will not find any ground of accusation against this Daniel unless we find it against him with regard to the law of his God.‚ÄĚ 7 ‚ÄúAll the commissioners of the kingdom, the prefects and the satraps, the high officials and the governors have consulted together that the king should establish a statute and enforce an injunction that anyone who makes a petition to any god or man besides you, O king, for thirty days, shall be cast into the lions‚Äô den. 10 Now when Daniel knew that the document was signed, he entered his house (now in his roof chamber he had windows open toward Jerusalem); and he continued kneeling on his knees three times a day, praying and giving thanks before his God, as he had been doing previously. 11 Then these men came by agreement and found Daniel making petition and supplication before his God.