An international summit set to address Christian persecution is moving from Russia to America after the Kremlin passed a law banning evangelism outside state-mo
The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) was due to hold its World Summit in Defense of Persecuted Christians conference in Moscow in May 2017 but has now moved it to Washington DC.
The legislation, which came in last month, bans religious preaching and teaching outside churches and other locations where are government-approved.
Russia says the law is designed to protect against terrorism however some Russian Christians have said it paves the way for the mass persecution of believers.
Critics have also likened it to communist Russia, where similar restrictions were placed on Christianity and the state was officially atheist.
Franklin Graham, President of the BGEA, said on Facebook:
Representatives of more than 100 countries are due at next year's BGEA summit with individuals giving testimonies of persecution they or others they know have faced.
A Monthly Gift Of $11 Makes A World Of Difference
In a world of fake news there’s never been a greater need for quality Christian journalism. Premier’s mission is to provide the Church with the most up to date and relevant news, told from a Christian perspective. But we can’t do it without you.
Unlike many websites we haven't put up a paywall — we want to keep our journalism free at the point of need and as open as we can. Premier’s news output takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. No one in the USA is sharing news like we are across radio, magazines and online so please help us to continue that today.
For a monthly gift of $11 or more we’d also be able to send you a free copy of the brand new Premier Bible, a wonderful Anglicised version of the NLT packed with exclusive bonus content, reading plan and resources to help you get the most out of scripture.
Your monthly support will make a world of difference. Thank you.