In 2016, Russia passed the Yarovaya laws, which ban Russians from inviting outsiders to join their faith, even online or in their own homes, unless they have a government permit through a registered religious organization. Even with the permit, they can only evangelize in designated churches and religious sites.
A historic document signed recently by Pope Francis and leading Muslim Imam Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb – whose official title is The Grand Imam of Al-Azhar – has many observers very concerned. This historic meeting between the head of the Roman Catholic Church and the most important Imam in Sunni Islam took place in Abu Dhabi at a gathering of religious leaders representing Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and other faiths.
Government officials in Sweden have recently taken intentional measures to drastically limit the ability of their citizens to offer expressions of religion as it applies to several areas of life. Most recently the ability of Swedish citizens to use words with religious connotations on their personalized license plates were banned.
In an exciting development that we at WPM have been reporting on, one of the world’s most famous physicists; Michio Kaku, has concluded that the universe was created by God! To be clear, Kaku has not yet professed a belief in God as revealed in the pages of Scripture, but that he would even speak in the terms he has is exciting and encouraging.
Due to a combination of factors — ranging from persecution by Arab and Islamic extremists, record high unemployment, a drop in tourism, and a shocking decrease in support for Israel among evangelicals — experts have noticed that, overall, the Christian faith is fading from certain areas within the Holy Land.
A disturbing new report has recently been released that illustrates a growing trend of young people leaving the church. According to the report by the Pew Research Center – a nonpartisan group based in Washington DC that conducts public opinion polling on a wide range of issues – an increasing percentage of Americans are identifying themselves as not belonging to any religious affiliation.