Is there a targeted effort to take out Protestant Churches in the Eastern Ukraine war-zone?
One pastor describes how armed men came to their church building and said,
“If you gather here again we will shoot you!
We only support the Orthodox Church, your Protestant churches shouldn’t be here.”
Later Simon interviews a soldier who is guarding a Baptist church building that is now being used by the soldiers for a military base.
When asked about the building the soldier replies:
“This building used to be a Baptist sect. I don’t know, when the war started they disappeared. There is only one faith, Orthodoxy. I am Orthodox. It was left to us by our ancestors and the Baptist are schismatics. It’s American propaganda. Which fills the heads of our people, Russian, Slavic, which results in what you see now, the war.”
It’s a little hard to imagine his logic, blaming Baptists who are historically pacifists for the war!
Simon asked the soldier if he would allow the Baptists to return and this is his answer:
“Personally I wouldn’t let them come back.”
“Because I took up arms so that we could have an Orthodox state.”
Officially the representatives of Donetsk People’s Republic condemn the seizing of Protestant Churches, yet they know it is going on and they don’t often seem to do anything about it.
They also claim that Donetsk People’s Republic guarantees the freedom of religion, however, their constitution is very heavily weighted toward the Russian Orthodox Church.
This is what their constitution says about the Orthodox Church.
“The normative form of spiritual and religious education will be belong to the Russian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate, which allows for freedom of religion, with the exception of religions that are foreign to Russian cultural and civilization.”
Yes, you read that correctly! They include the words “freedom of religion” but it’s kind of like saying,
“You’re free to worship however you want as long as you choose to worship in the Russian Orthodox Church!”
On a positive note you may remember that just a couple of weeks ago I reported about the seizing of the church building in Antratsit for the second time! Once again God miraculously responded and returned the building to the Church!