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Indonesia: Another Church Closure

There is a small community of about 2,500 Orthodox Christians in Indonesia. Get information about Holy Orthodoxy in Indonesia here.

For previous ChristianPersecution.com coverage of the persecution of Christians in Indonesia, see here.

“Another Church Closure in Indonesia,” International Christian Concern, April 5, 2023:

04/05/2023 Indonesia (International Christian Concern) – The Purwakarta Regency Government, West Java, closed the Purwakarta Simalungun Protestant Christian Church (GKPS) building in Cigelam Village because it did not have a building permit.

The Regent of Purwakarta, Anne Ratna Mustika, decided to close the church building because it did not have a permit and to avoid conflict in the majority-Muslim community. The Regent then suggested that the GKPS congregation worship in a different building. The building she suggested was far away from the original location of the church…

Chairman of the Simalungun Protestant Christian Church (GKPS) Council in Purwakarta, Krisdian Saragih, has asked the local government to let the congregation carry out the Easter service at their original church building. So far, they have received no response…

Unfortunately, even though the Indonesian Constitution technically guarantees legal protections for minority religions such as Christianity, local governments frequently make it difficult for churches to obtain building permits and church closures are a common occurrence.

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