Church in Indonesia Stands Up to Attempt to Stop Worship

Muslim intruders told congregation to disperse.

SURABAYA, Indonesia (Morning Star News) – A church in West Java Province, Indonesia refused to yield to Muslim intruders’ attempts to stop their worship service on Sunday (March 19), the pastor said. About 60 miles southeast of Jakarta, two Muslims entered the building of the Simalungun Protestant Christian Church (GKPS) in Purwakerta, took photos and video and […]

Muslims Block Christians’ Construction in Indonesia

Another congregation wins right to build after initial ban.

SURABAYA, Indonesia (Morning Star News) – Muslims in a village in northeastern Indonesia’s portion of Borneo Island prohibited a church from constructing a worship building, sources said. Local leaders of Selumit village, in Tarakan City in North Kalimantan Province, stated in a Feb. 28 letter that Mawar Sharon Christian Church’s proposed construction was against state regulations […]

Christians’ Sunday Worship Broken Up in Indonesia

Local official, others intrude into church service.

SURABAYA, Indonesia (Morning Star News) – A local village official in Indonesia stopped a church service on Sunday (Feb. 19) in what became a mob intrusion, sources said. On western Indonesia’s Sumatra Island, the head of the Rukun Tetangga area of Rajabasa Jaya village, Wawan Kurniawan, leaped over a meter-high fence to intrude into the […]

Police Arrest Christian Apologist in Indonesia

Professor compared Christianity and Islam on social media.

SURABAYA, Indonesia (Morning Star News) – A Christian apologist whose comparisons of Christianity with Islam were widely disseminated on his blog and YouTube channel has disappeared since his arrest in December, sources said. Nothing has been heard from Gratia Pello, a professor at a small Christian theological school in East Java Province, since a crowd of police […]

Christian Worship Service Prohibited in Indonesia

Church blocked from renting one venue is banned from new site.

SURABAYA, Indonesia (Morning Star News) – A church in Indonesia on Jan. 8 was prohibited from holding a Sunday service in front of a city hall building, where it had gone after losing its prior worship venue in a mall, sources said. Following opposition to the church’s services in a mall in Medan, North Sumatra Province, […]

Muslim Villagers Halt Christmas Celebrations in Indonesia

Home worship stopped within hours of president’s appeal for unity.

SURABAYA, Indonesia (Morning Star News) – Muslim villagers in West Java, Indonesia on Christmas Day stopped a congregation from celebrating Christmas in a home, according to various sources. The interference came within hours of Indonesian President Joko Widodo’s historic visits to two churches in nearby Bogor, where he urged congregations to continue harmonious relations with people […]

Official Bans Christmas Celebrations in District in Indonesia

Action comes despite lack of national-level restrictions.

SURABAYA, Indonesia (Morning Star News) – A high-level official in western Indonesia on Saturday (Dec. 17) announced an agreement with a multi-faith body that prohibits Christmas celebrations in a district at sites without government approval. The agreement effectively bans religious Christmas celebrations in Java Island’s Maja District, Banten Province as strict requirements and bureaucratic opposition make obtaining […]

Officials Join Opposition to Church Construction in Indonesia

Government interference comes into the open in western Java.

SURABAYA, Indonesia (Morning Star News) – Two local officials in Indonesia joined Islamist organizations’ call to block construction of a Christian church, triggering objections nationwide the past two months, according to published reports. In western Java Island’s Banten Province, Cilegon Mayor Heldy Agustian and his deputy, Sanuji Pentamarta, were among those who signed a petition to ban […]

Authorities Seal Shut Three Church Buildings in Indonesia

Islamists pressure local officials, Christian leaders say.

(Morning Star News) – Police in Jambi, on Indonesia’s island of Sumatra, last week escorted members of a Methodist church congregation out of their building and sealed the door shut. While church members wept, the Jambi Civil Service Police pasted a notice declaring the building was sealed due lack of a permit, as seen in […]

Islamic Extremist Suicide Bomber Family Attacks Three Churches in East Java, Indonesia

Deadliest assault in more than a decade on the archipelago.

(Morning Star News) – Islamic extremists in Indonesia, including a family of suicide bombers that targeted three churches, launched multiple attacks yesterday and today that reportedly killed at least 12 people not including the assailants. The father of the family that killed the Christians on Sunday (May 13), Dita Futrianto, was the suspected head of […]