Pentecostal Church

Apr 17th, 2007, in News, by

Building a Pentecostal church in Bangka-Belitung.

About 300 Muslim residents of the Kace, Mendo Barat area of Bangka island, Bangka-Belitung province, near the capital Pangkal Pinang, protested on the 13th the building of a pentecostal church in the district because, they say, there are only a handful of Christian families living nearby.

A meeting was held in the neighbourhood hall attended by residents, representatives of the Majelis Ulama Indonesia (MUI), policemen, local government officials, and some Pentecostal pastors. Those opposed to the church said that the Pentecostals were trying to build the church in a secretive, dishonest way. Originally they had said that the building was going to be a family home, but now wanted to turn it into a church, it was claimed.

One person, Rudi, complained that there were already a lot of churches in the area, even though the number of Christians was small, and he questioned why yet another church had to be built.

As the meeting went on protestors demanded that the church be torn down but pastor Sinaga refused. People began getting angry and shouting and the meeting ended without any agreement, while many residents then threatened that they would tear down the church themselves, given that the law was on their side.

A representative from the Department of Religion urged those of minority faiths not to be too aggressive in building houses of worship if the number of worshippers nearby was small. antara

Usman Fathan of the Ulema Council, MUI, in Bangka Belitung, said on the 24th of April 2007 that the rules for building houses of worship have to be obeyed. However he said he did not agree with people taking the law into their own hands.

The government of Bangka has already disallowed the conversion of the house in question to a church.

Bangka Belitung has a population of one million people of whom 79% are Muslim, 9% Buddhist, 9% Christian and the remainder Confucian or Hindu. republika

13 Comments on “Pentecostal Church”

  1. Tomaculum says:

    This is Indonesia.
    And this

    A representative from the Department of Religion urged those of minority faiths not to be too aggressive in building houses of worship if the number of worshippers nearby was small.

    The representative of the Indonesian Government. The solution for Indonesia is quite simple: forbid other religions except the Islam, then there will be peace in Indonesia (or not?? Hmmm, isn’t there the Ahmadiyah etc.?).

  2. Andrew says:

    They are desperately feeling insecure.

    Of course not all Muslims are like that, but those who are stick out like a sore thumb.

  3. Dimp says:

    I think the Department of Religion shouldn’t interfere, but the Town Planning should make sure that there won’t be a clutter of place of worship, if there are already twelve other churches in the area why build another one? The same goes to other places of worship, is it really neccessary to have so many built in the same area?

  4. Julita says:

    Dimp: Town Planning should make sure that there won’t be a clutter of place of worship, if there are already twelve other churches in the area why build another one?

    Sorry, you must have got the number ’12 churches” from somewhere else because I don’t see in the posting.

    Too bad we are not there to see the truth of the story, which is in fact the important part in any issue.

  5. Eric says:

    Thank you indonesia!!
    ‘Cos its easy to build a WHOREHOUSE..
    Than build a CHURCH!!

  6. Dragonwall says:

    There Ahmadiyah, Muhammadiyah, Islamiyah. There are Christians, Catholics, Adventist and why not pantecosta?

  7. Kinch says:

    Speaking as an Atheist, I’ve gotta admit to having a soft spot for the likes of Pentecostalists and Seventh Day Adventists (albeit two very different species)…. sometimes even Mormons (from another planet). This is because the meme they carry and transmit is as much about small town American work and business ethics as it it religious.

    It’s very clear in both Latin America and the Philippines that the more evangelical types are most successful at bootstrapping themselves out of lethargy, fatalism, and poverty. Far more so than those adhering to the go-nowhere inheritance of Mediterranean slothfulness, nativism + native slothfulness, and Catholicism.

    Of course in Indonesia this opens big racial (always going to be Chinese in there somewhere) and Islamic Intolerance cans of worms, so might not be worth the aggro. In a country like Indonesia, if one believes that mass civil unrest and slaughter are bad things, one probably *wants* to encourage as much lethargy and fatalism as possible.

  8. suryaprakash says:

    Dear Pastor
    Greetings in Jesus Name
    my name is Suryaprakash
    H.No. 4-1-207, Rotary Nagar, Khammam -507002.Andhrapradesh, India
    Doing ministry among tribal people groups.
    kindly prayer for my ministry. i am planing to start ministry to Indonesia among tribal people groups.
    Thanking you

  9. Pastor Darpen Masih says:

    Dear Pastor,Praise The Lord,

    Greetings from your brother in Christ and thanks for your love,
    I am Pastor. Darpen Masih came to the Lord 1995, I was drummer with a Hindu devotional singers troop.while in a programme I heard about Jesus and I left that troop and stopped playing for any such Hindu devotional programme.And when my community came to know about my faith in Jesus I was athrown out of my home and worked with differrent churches and organisations for last 15 years.I am married and have a daughter named Angel (3yrs )and my wife is a sikh convert.I am the only believer from my family and all my family members still hate me for my faith.I am Looking for some supportes who willingly support our cause to carry on our vision among North Indians. I am working among Punjabi Hindus. I have a vision to start a new ministry registered with Government rules. I am looking for someone to help me to carry it in and help me. I wrote many letters to many churches but Anybody did not help me.they says that I will only prayer for you.we can’t help you but Bible says:-(PROVERBS:3:27,28)-(JAMES:2:15,17).I am telling you the truth.I have great sorrow and always feel much sadness because I do want start a new church in the Non-christan People for worship of God,but I have no money.because,I am very poor man. I want to rent a house.I have many believers,but no place for fellowship.Can you support me for 50$ dollar per month this work,I need your help. Please always remember me in your prayers.I’ll continue prayer for your ministry. Kindly keep this in mind and send us your reply as guided by the Holy spirit, I’ll highly obliged,if you get this work done.I am immensely waiting for your urgent response……………….
    With much love and best wishes
    Yours sincerely in Christ
    Pastor Darpen Masih
    MY E-MAIL:

  10. Pastor Shakir Hussain Hazara Luther says:

    In The Name Of Jesus
    Greeting in Name Of Lord Jesus,
    My Dear Pastors Brothers and Sisters, vary vary wash to you is this web side,
    My name is Pastor Shakir Hussain Hazara Luther I am converted and our Mission working in to Afghans, I am pray to all our Jesus Christ Brothers and Sisters and I request to all Brothers Sisters you all Praying for Pakistan, India, Iran, Afghanistan, and Brothers of Hazaras in Afghanistan, and Pakistan, the Taliban is Target Killings to Hazara Peoples and converted Hazara Christ,
    Thanks for you

    My life is in your hands father, I do not care what people have told me, all I need is you Lord and I trust you my father in heaven. As I am today I surrender everything part of my life to you, my health, my finances, my family, my job, and my life. Take over God in Jesus mighty name

  11. Pastor Alex T. Satiah says:

    Thanks for the great work the Lord is doing through your ministry. I am planning visiting Indonesia this year and in so doing i may find you. let’s keep in prayer. God bless!

  12. Naing Van Ngai says:

    Dear Pastor,

    Greetings in the name of Our Lord Jesus and Savior.
    I am Pastor Van from myanmar.
    Do you have any mission in myanmar or not?
    Do you want to mission in myanmar if you, I would like to have fellowship with you and your ministry.
    God bless you and reach you.

    In Christ,

    Ptr. Van

  13. Dr. Tseibu Rutsa says:

    I am so excited to learn what is happening in your side of the world. This is one of our main prayer for your country, so that the Lord will bring more people to know Christ through ministries like yours. I live in NAGALAND. Keep it up the good works you are not alone millions are with you.

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