Bulgaria rejects strict limits on missionary and evangelistic activities

SOFIA, Bulgaria — The Bulgarian parliament has rejected proposals that would have amended the nation’s existing Religious Denominations Act. The proposals included restrictions on religious education, strict limits on missionary and evangelical activities and a requirement that worship be held in government-approved facilities.

The legislation “would have immediately put 128 Baptist churches at significant risk of closure,” said Baptist World Alliance General Secretary Elijah Brown.

The controversy over the proposals showcased the power of Christian unity in the cause of religious freedom for all, Brown said. (BNG)