Pastors in Sudan are speaking out against the arrests of five church leaders last week for allegedly “disturbing the peace,” and said that Christians are being punished by the government for preaching to Muslims and living out the New Testament.
“The government is using the court of law to persecute Christians who are peaceful in carrying out their mandate as commissioned in the New Testament. After spending 14 months in a jail in Khartoum, I was released this year in January due to lack of evidence. I was again arrested this Sunday for unfounded reasons,” Pastor Kuwa Shamal, who has been arrested on a number of occasions without charge, told International Christian Concern in a statement released on Monday.
ICC, a persecution watchdog group that reports on attacks against Christians worldwide, said that the five church leaders are all from the Sudanese Church of Christ, and includes the Rev. Ayoub Matin, evangelist Habail Abraham, the Rev. Ali Haakim, Pastor Ambrat Hammad, and elder Abdo Elbaya.
“Why is the government coercing us to surrender the leadership of the church to a select committee? What crime have we done?” Shamal asked.
The Rev. Ayoub Tiliyan, chairman of the SCOC, explained that the persecution of Christians has been rising this year in the African country.
“It is very disturbing to see the government that we obey, pray for, and pay taxes to harass members of the society just because they belong to a different faith,” Tiliyan said.
SOURCE: Stoyan Zaimov