Persecution against Christians continues in Algeria, as authorities have ordered that several Protestant churches close their doors — a trend that is expected to continue until all the country’s Protestant churches are shut down.
According to International Christian Concern’s (ICC) Aden Clay, who is currently in Nairobi, Kenya, it appears Algeria’s campaign to eradicate Christianity in the predominantly Muslim country has simply advanced one more step.
“Seven churches in the northeast of the country were given notification by the governor to close their church doors,” he reports. “It came as a surprise to the Evangelical Association in Algeria. Basically, they are given a matter of days to close their doors for no apparent reason.”
The government and courts are also continuing to target individual Christians.
“In another case, there was an Algerian Christian who was sentenced in court with a five-year imprisonment for sharing his Christian faith with a neighbor,” the ICC spokesman laments. “Basically, he was charged with blasphemy, criticizing the Islamic prophet Mohammed.” He has been given ten days to appeal.
In response, some Christians have been burying their Christian literature to avoid detection. So Clay is encouraging people to contact the Algerian embassy in Washington to politely encourage the government to drop the case of Siaghi Krimo, the man given the five-year prison term.
– Prophecy News Watch