Kagame Closed 8,000 Churches And Imprisoned 6 Church Leaders. Why Is Pastor Warren Giving Kagame A Red Carpet?

David Himbara
Rwandan Christians praying

In March 2018, the Rwandan ruler General Paul Kagame arrested 6 church leaders for ”assembling without permission.” The arrestees were Bishop Innocent Rugagi, Pastor Charles Rwandamura, Pastor Fred Nyamurangwa, Reverand Emmuel Ntambara, Pastor James Dura, and Pastor Emmanuel Kalisa Shyaka. Prior to the arrest, the Kagame government had closed 8,000 churches. Kagame himself declared the high number of congregations — 700 in the capital Kigali — to be ‘a mess.’ As Christian Today asked on August 17, 2018, why did ”Rwanda closed 8,000 Christian churches?”

Today we ask a different question. Why is Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church about to host Kagame, a man who closed 8,000 churches and persecuted Christians and their leaders?

It is with sadness we learn that Warren is to host Kagame at Saddleback Church on Sun, April 14, 2019. Christians around the world should inform Warren in no uncertain terms that he has abandoned fellow Christians.

Pastor Rick Warren is fully aware that Christians remain one of the most persecuted religious groups in the world. Warren ought to know that while Christian persecution takes many forms, it is defined as any hostility experienced by Christians. For Warren to host a strongman who closed 8,000 churches and imprisoned 6 church leaders, including a Bishop, Warren is on the side of the persecutors of Christians. Shame.

David Himbara

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Educator, Author & Professor of International Development, based in Toronto, Canada 🇨🇦

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