(Reported From Kim Winston) Persecution in the New Testament caused the early church to grow and spread around the region of Israel and beyond. Now believers in Russia are facing the heat of persecution after a new law is trying to silence the Gospel from Russia. However according to a new report, Several U.S.-based religious denominations remain defiant in the face of new laws that would ban them from proselytizing in Russia.

The so-called “Yarovaya laws” make it illegal to preach, proselytize or hand out religious materials outside of specially designated places. The laws also give the Russian government wide scope to monitor and record electronic messages and phone calls. The package of laws, billed as anti-terrorism measures, was passed by the Russian Duma, or parliament, on June 24 and signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin on July 7. FULL REPORT