Christians living in Islamic countries are always under attack by the Muslim extremists in their countries. Every day we hear the news about the Christian Persecution in the Islamic world. Whereas the Muslims living in the west are enjoying equal rights and benefits from the western countries.
In 2011, extremist Indonesian group plotted to bomb the Church of Christ Cathedral during the Easter service which was made unsuccessful by the authorities. However, this plot was executed again on the 27th of April 2020 and the whole Church was set on fire. No Islamic terrorist group has taken responsibility yet.
According to the Fox News
A massive Christian church outside Indonesia’s capital, where authorities stopped a 2011 Easter bombing plot by Islamic terrorists, was engulfed in flames Monday morning.
No casualties were reported at the Church of Christ Cathedral, near Jakarta. The fire began at 7 a.m. and was successfully extinguished at 11:30 a.m. The cause of the fire is unknown; an official investigation is ongoing.
Riza and Stephanie Casidy, executive pastors of Christ Cathedral, updated the 8,000-member congregation on Instagram LIVE.
“My hand was just shaking. We pour our heart into this church,” Riza shared, fighting back tears, adding, “God is telling us to think of and take care of others, and when we do so, He will be the one to take care of us.”
The church is raising funds for COVID-19 relief as the nation reports its highest single-day rise since the virus was first detected in early March, Jakarta Globe reports. Southeast Asia’s largest country now has more than 9,000 confirmed cases and at least 765 deaths.
“We are indeed continuing to raise funds for our COVID-19 Relief in the midst of all this,” Stephanie told Fox News.
“Our mission as a Church has always been about caring about and being an impact for people beyond our church walls, and not merely our own congregation,” she said. “No matter what happens to the building, the Church still stands.”
The church’s Social Impact team started the campaign in March and will continue raising funds through Kitabisa, a crowdfunding platform in Indonesia, for hospital/healthcare workers, refugees, people with disabilities, teachers and other professions who suffered from severe pay cuts or have been laid off, as well as impoverished families, including children and the elderly.
“In this moment, God is asking us to think of and take care of others, and when we do, He will be the one to take care of us,” Stephanie said.
Christ Cathedral will continue online church services on their YouTube channel by recording at home.
“We won’t let anything stop us from being the Church itself, from worshipping Jesus and following His example to be a blessing by helping those out there who need our help,” she concluded.
The church said the fire destroyed the main sanctuary where they hold Sunday services in the fourth and fifth levels of the building but after the fire was contained by firefighters, the first three levels of the building remain intact for the most part.
And on Wednesday, the team noticed the cross in their prayer room, called the Upper Room, was still intact, despite being above the main sanctuary and being engulfed in flames.
“The Cross prevails even in the fire. These images really lifted my spirits today,” the pastor added. “Hope [this] will inspire people.”
Reactions poured in from around the world.
Sean Feucht, a Bethel Music worship leader and pastor, recalled the last time he preached in the building, almost exactly one year ago, when a pastor was reportedly imprisoned.
“We have partnered for so many epic gatherings, events and rallies throughout the years,” Feucht wrote. “The Church of the East knows and has walked through persecution and the testing of their faith like we can only imagine.”
He added, “We have so much to learn and receive from them…especially in this season!”
Christ Cathedral, which was founded in 2008, is a part of the Indonesia Bethel Church (GBI) denomination, a group of Christian Pentecostal churches in Indonesia.
In 2011, police thwarted an Islamic terror plot on Easter, uncovering five massive bombs buried beneath a gas pipeline near a Catholic church in the same area as Christ Cathedral. An Indonesian court sentenced an Islamist extremist to 18 years in prison for the terror attempt, according to Reuters.