Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Ukrainian Region Bans Baptist Books, Including Gospel of John

In the Luhansk region of Ukraine, pro-Russian rebels have proclaimed the Luhansk People's Republic.  It is not recognized internationally, Forum18 now reports that a government decision on November 26 banned 12 Baptist books as "extremist." The Luhansk Religion Law requires state approval for any church to operate, and prohibits churches not affiliated with the Moscow Orthodox Patriarchate from applying for permission. The newly banned books include the Gospels of John, the Baptist "Songs of Revival", the Baptist magazine "Herald of Truth" and several children's books.  The text of the government decision banning the books has not been published and the government says that it is a "secret document for official use and for limited distribution." The banned Gospels of John are included in the Russian Synodal translation of the Bible.