Imprisoned Indonesian Pastor Released on House Arrest
06/03/2019 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that on April 26, 2019, Pastor Abraham Ben Moses was released from prison to reunite with his wife and daughter at home. He will finish the rest of his prison term under house arrest until November of this year.
A district court in Tangerang, Java, issued a four-year sentence for religious defamation and a fine equivalent to USD $3,565 to Pastor Abraham Ben Moses in May 2018, a well-known former Muslim apologist. He was detained in December 2017, after Indonesia’s second largest Islamic organization filed a complaint against him for a video that was widely circulated, showing him sharing his faith with a Muslim taxi driver. The organization cited his Internet evangelism as the basis for the blasphemy charges.
By God’s grace and through his wife’s continuous effort, Pastor Abraham Ben Moses was granted an early release and placed under house arrest. His family gave permission to ICC to share this good news, in order to give glory to God.
While he still has to report to local police monthly, he is able to move freely in Jakarta. It also brings him great joy that he is able to hold his daughter, who was born while he was imprisoned.
Pastor Abraham asked ICC to pray for his ministry so that he can continue to spread the Gospel in Indonesia. “A lot of people hate those men who spread the Gospel to unbelievers. I thank God because till now I am consistent in sharing about Jesus to everyone. Even when I was in prison, so many people repented and came to Jesus,” he said, before adding that he is now preparing to provide discipleship for prisoners.
For those people who have been praying for him, he said, “I’m so grateful for many people who have been praying for us while I was in prison for about a year and four months. Thank you, brothers and sisters.”