Algerian Christians fear government officials may be coordinating intensified persecution against them following arrests, inspections, and church closures in recent months.
Middle East Concern and World Watch Monitor reported that police arrested three people on Dec. 19 in a cafe in Chlef after finding they had Christian literature. A newspaper hostile to Christians called it a â€śfoiled evangelism attempt.â€ť Although released, the three Christians could face criminal charges of proselytizing. Punishment can include fines up to 1 million dinars and five yearsâ€™ imprisonment, according to the U.S. State Department.
That same week, intelligence, police, religious affairs, and fire brigade authorities showed up and inspected two Protestant churches in Bejaia, a northern province, for safety compliance. The buildings host eight congregations....
I feel for brethren and sisters in all countries where their freedom to live for Jesus Christ is made difficult, either by guvs or by the general population. But this is biblical Christianity, and it is helpful to read of Paul's sufferings and how he dealt with it all.