Rwanda Government Prohibits Fasting for Lengthy Periods – Report

ICC Note:  Rwanda’s government has adopted strict requirements affecting only Christian churches. Several churches have been penalized for the way they lead their services and allegedly not complying with health or safety laws.

8/10/2018 Rwanda (UGCN) – About 8,000 official and unofficial churches, as well as 100 mosques, have been closed in Rwanda for failing to comply with health, safety, and noise regulations. This includes 4 in 10 congregations belonging to a nationwide association of 3,300 Pentecostal churches.

And authorities indicate such shutting down of houses of worship in the East African nation will continue until congregations meet the strict requirements of a new law adopted by Rwanda’s parliament on July 27.

The latest requirement: Pastors must now have a degree in theological education from an accredited school. The law, according to Christianity Today also prohibits church leaders from urging their followers to fast for lengthy periods—like Jesus’ 40 days in the wilderness—in order to better secure God’s blessing; authorities claim this is a form of starvation.

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