All churches, including registered ones, are monitored and restricted by the authorities. Non-traditional Christian communities cannot register as churches but must register as secular organisations. Conversion is considered illegal, and believers from Muslim backgrounds come under intense pressure to return to their original faith.
Conversion from Islam is illegal. The introduction of Sharia laws affects the whole of society, Christians included. Non-traditional Christian communities cannot be registered as churches; they must register as companies, societies or family centres. As such, they are treated as secular organizations and are required to submit their financial and operational reports to the government every year.
The score has not changed for 2020, and the rank is down by only 1. This indicates a stable, but difficult situation for Christians in the country. The implementation of Sharia Penal Law in April has not affected the score yet.
The Church in Brunei is living under Sharia law, which came to effect on 3 April 2019 and applies to all residents, Muslims and non-Muslims, including expats. Therefore, Open Doors calls for increasing prayer support from worldwide Christians for the believers, the local churches, the Sultan and his government officials.
Father God, thank you for the faith of our persecuted church family in Brunei. Give them wisdom and boldness in sharing the gospel, and open doors for them to do so. Comfort and strengthen secret believers, and give them discernment to know who to trust. May believers experience Your joy and peace, and may they shine as a light in the darkness.
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Leder: Sultan og statsminister Hassanal Bolkiah
Kristne: ca. 55,300
Siste år: 36
Siste år: 63/100
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