New Russian Law Would Prevent Pastors Trained Abroad from Teaching in Churches

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In Russia, the draft of a new law would prevent pastors trained abroad from teaching in a church or even a Bible study.

The stated intent of the law is to limit extremist religious ideology from getting into the country by limiting access to extreme religious ideas. However, the law will make it much more difficult for Christian churches and organizations to operate, and it probably won’t have any effect on extreme religious ideas getting into Russia.

Todd Nettleton of Voice of the Martyrs USA says, “This law was supposed to come up for some kind of approval, some kind of vote on September 22. That date was postponed, and they haven’t announced a new date for the law. So maybe there’s some pressure or some pushback against that law.”

Nettleton says any pastor who had been trained abroad would have to get re-certified before teaching in Russia.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Rachel Pfeiffer


  • Pray this law would not get passed in its current form.
  • Ask God to strengthen His people in Russia, and allow them to boldly proclaim the Gospel despite government interference.