Christians in Russia are faced with obeying the “Law of the Land” or the call of the Great Commission”. According to a new law that has gone into effect in Russia, it makes it illegal for them to share their faith, preach or pray outside of officially designated sites. “Everybody is stunned. It came so quickly, so unexpectedly,” said Sergey Rakhuba, president of Mission Eurasia, an organization that equips young church leaders in countries in the post-Soviet world and Eurasia.
Rakhuba says the new law brings back memories of repressive laws passed by former Soviet dictators Nikita Khrushchev and Jospeph Stalin. “They’re trying to push the evangelical church back behind the walls again as the Soviets did,” he said.For Christians and others in the Russian faith community, the law means no informal Bible studies in homes and no public sharing of faith. CONTINUE