Evangelicals in Bolivia are “deeply worried” about the country’s new Penal Code, which they say could ban evangelism, and sentence so-called guilty parties with up to 12 years in prison. The National Association of Evangelicals in Bolivia has established a National Emergency Commission, which will analyze how evangelical bodies respond to the new law, as reported by Evangelical Focus on Monday.
“We express our most resolute rejection of the inclusion of our ministerial activities in the list of possible conducts that go against the law,” reads a statement by the group. “The legislator forgets that the evangelical Christian churches in Bolivia are religious organizations recognized by the Bolivian state, and, therefore, legal entities.” The evangelicals are concerned that the Penal Code, which is to be approved by President Evo Morales, could lead to “state abuse” against believers. READ MORE