Turkish Government to Allow First Church Since 1923

My most recent article for WORLD magazine takes a look at Turkey and the prime minister’s recent promise to allow the first new Christian church since the formation of the Turkish republic.

The Turkish government has promised to allow Christians to build a new church in Istanbul, the first in almost 100 years. But skeptics say laying the first brick could be a long way off. The government made the same promise six years ago, and church leaders are still waiting.

In a meeting with members of Christian minority groups, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said the government will allow the construction of the Syriac Orthodox church, the first since the Turkish republic formed in 1923 at the end of the Ottoman Empire.

“I know what you want,” Davutoglu reportedly told the Syriac representative, Yusuf Çetin. “Let me tell you before you say it. We will take the necessary steps to resolve the church problem.”

Continue reading at the WORLD website.

About Julia

Here's what you might like to know about me. My name is Julia and I'm a Christian. I love the Bible and, much less importantly, a good steak. My goal with this site is to share the truth of scripture with believer and non-believer alike, and to specifically encourage believers to study and know the Bible, and warn them of false teachings in and around the church. Romans 1:16-17 "For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth, to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, the just shall live by faith."
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