A religion law adopted last October has been used to revoke registration from religious groups of fewer than 50 adults, and small churches are now struggling to maintain legal status. In the past, authorities fined those who met without registration, but the new religion law officially bans all unregistered religious activity. The number of religious groups in Kazakhstan has declined 13 percent, from 4,551to 3,972, since the government began enforcing the stricter regulations. A complementary law increased penalties for religious offences.
In February, government officials demanded that 579 religious groups forfeit their registration certificates and cease all religious activity. Even though the churches complied, local officials continue to visit the communities to ensure enforcement of the new regulations....
In this country Jim, who is Caesar? I would advise against pointing out any elected or appointed employee of government. Think on "employee" a bit. And I think you'll find little scriptural support to say our form of government is forbidden. Therefore before you say render to Caesar, first define Caesar.
Answers wrote: Suppose a new law defines that a church must have over 500 adults otherwise it's defunct as of January 01, 2013: ---
Not to worry, such a law would be illegal under the highest law of the land, therefore would be no law at all.
Answers, is your comment has something to with the original article? I also don't know which church you're talking about that has 250 people? The problem here is these new countries that came out of the southern part of the old Soviet Union are Islamic,so it is just another way of attacking Christians, the booklet, Rendering To Caesar---A Biblical Perspective On Government, here given at a site that has it as an HTML file, really goes into detail on our responsibilities to a human government and when we are forced to disobey that government--if the case arises.
Actually, Mike of NY, I will point out this booklet which also states those verses, and I will take a quote from it:
Gil Rugh wrote: ‚Ä¶If the government should ever require a Christian to do something directly contrary to Scripture, the Christian must refuse to do it. That is the only condition in which a believer is justified in God‚Äôs sight for disobeying a direct command of the government. Jesus explicitly told the apostles to take the Gospel to the whole world (see Matt. 28:19-20; Acts 1:8). Not to do so would be disobeying the command of Jesus. Similarly, if the government ever commanded us to do something directly contrary to Scripture, we would have to refuse.
"A religion law adopted last October has been used to revoke registration from religious groups of fewer than 50 adults, and small churches are now struggling to maintain legal status. In the past, authorities fined those who met without registration, but the new religion law officially bans all unregistered religious activity."
Thus we see why we are fortunate to have a 1st Amendment. Churches do not need government permission to exist, nor government favor to continue.
I wonder if Jim L will point out Romans 13:1&2 again?
Answers I think what they were referring to is you comment about less than 50 is just a glorified bible study. That really is a Wierd thing to say considering that most congregations around the world have 50 or less. Even a congregation of 2 is a church since it has nothing to do with numbers or building.