The World Missions department of the Free Methodist Church has a Facebook page to inform the church--so I got this in my email from them--a "creative access" country is one where Christianity is officially discouraged if not outright forbidden--probably a place where they want all the churches "registered" and controlled in their preaching, teaching:
Subject: Urgent request for prayer from FM pastor in creative access countryDear brothers and sisters.
For a long period of the time, constantly I myself and the church have been threatened, bothered and invited by the authorities for many times ... the Sunday before last Sunday, when we were worshipping our Lord, suddenly they came in, with threatening words and then write a paper for what they call "illigal meeting." And this morning many policemen and a truck divided into many groups stood along the road near my house. Then one group came into my house, they did the same trick. Then they withdrew waiting outside in order to stop any motorbike which came out from my house. One of our brothers fell down when they tried to stop his motorbike, but thank God he got no injury. Finally they took away two motorbikes and confiscated the driver's license of another motorbike. We think that our brother will face threat and will be fined when they go to the police station to take their motorbike and paper back. I don't know what will happen to the church next, but it seems that they are intensifying persecutions on the church here. So please pray for the Lord 's divine protection and peace on his church.
Brother in the Lord Jesus Christ
________I can see this starting here, with financial penalties, over the issue of sexuality. As soon as you have the majority of the younger generation convinced that it's an issue like race, and that all who teach and preach against sexual immorality involving gender confusion are racists and bigots, we may see persecution. Already, a photographer was fined 6600 in fees and costs for not photographing a gay wedding. And higher court would not hear the appeal.
There is no exception for a Biblically informed conscience in the new ENDA law being proposed in congress.
The AMERICAN CHURCH should RISE now to demand JUSTICE and FREEDOM of CONSCIENCE for the photographer. We need an ENDA law, alright --to END discrimination against people with Biblically-informed consciences influencing their business decisions.
"God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance and have eternal life."--the Bible