Lutherans in Georgia gather for Bible study despite difficulties.
This post was shared by Rev. Matthew Heise, who serves as a theological educator to Russia and other former Soviet republics, such as Georgia, where he resides.
“Persecution can come in many forms. In the days of the Soviet Union, it was quite open and harsh. In the country of Georgia today, although religious freedom is enshrined in the Constitution, subtle persecution still occurs. One of our Bible study groups along the Black Sea coast has been subject to this mild form of persecution. Their landlord complained about our evangelists leading a Bible study group and so they were forced to move to a new apartment.
“Now the new landlord is upset with their Lutheran Bible study group. Some of our fellow believers are concerned about their treatment while others expect this form of persecution to continue and won’t let it stop them. I had the opportunity to tell them that Jesus’ words from the Sermon on the Mount hold true today, “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.” Please pray for the power of the Holy Spirit to strengthen these Lutheran believers and protect them from the devil and those who have a false sense of what our Christian faith means.”