The Cost of Discipleship in Russia
Volume 3 - 1989
When a Christian is fined for attending a worship service, his personal details (name, address, nature and place of employment etc.) are taken down and subsequently notice of the amount payable arrives, sometimes by post.
The Christian then has a certain amount of time within which to pay the fine. Failure to pay within this limit may lead to the imposition of a court order to dock the amount from the offender’s wages or the confiscation of some personal possession in lieu of payment.
News of fines — lists of unknown people in far-away places — do not seem to represent much hardship, but regular 50 or 60 ruble fines (Rand equivalent to R200-R240) take their toll on families and churches.
FOR A HOUSE-WARMING:
FOR A FUNERAL:
FOR REGULAR CHURCH SERVICES:
“The deceased’s fine must be paid!”
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