Jump directly to the content

Cameroon Orders Military To Close 100 Churches in Major Cities

Pastors allege punishment for criticizing president. But illegal churches are a problem throughout Africa.

More than 500 Pentecostal churches call Cameroon home. Yet only 50 are legal, claim government officials in the Central African coastal nation.

Other African countries also complain of illegal churches. But Cameroon has made headlines for ordering its military to shut down nearly 100 churches in its largest cities, prompted in part by recent healing services that have resulted in deaths.

President Paul Biya claims "criminal practices organized by Pentecostal pastors ... threaten the security of the West African nation," reports CNN, while "Pentecostal pastors said the move is evidence of Biya's insecurity about the churches' criticism of the government."

The State Department recently reported on religious freedom in Cameroon.

The rapid growth of Pentecostal Christianity in Africa has created problems in other nations. In Angola, officials report that only 10 percent of its 900 churches are legal, and are seeking solutions. Officials in Zambia have voiced similar complaints.

CT has reported how Kenya's chief justice proposed a radical solution for weeding out fake pastors, and how Ghana church leaders are confronting fakes.

Posted:August 19, 2013 at 11:48AM
Gleanings aggregates what others are reporting. Learn more.
Recent Posts
So Long New York: American Bible Society Heads to Philly
A year after putting its iconic building on the market, ABS exits the Big Apple after nearly two centuries.
YWAM Missionaries Won’t Be Deported over Visa Issue
With 300 missionaries at risk during sponsorship suspension, organization learned “hard lessons” about record-keeping.
Robert P. George to Saudi Arabia: Whip Me Instead of Raif Badawi
Offering to take 100 lashes each, 7 of 9 USCIRF commissioners 'would rather share in' blogger's punishment than 'watch him being cruelly tortured.'
No Worship Services in Public Schools, New York Mayor Tells Supreme Court
Bill de Blasio campaigned on the promise of letting churches rent school space. Now he’s asking the Supreme Court to prohibit it.
Christianity Today
Cameroon Orders Military To Close 100 Churches in Major Cities