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Pastor Viktor Zdanevich

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Pastor

Gethsemane Baptist Church
 
Background

Employment History

  • Pastor
    Brest's Fortechnaya Street Baptist Church
  • Pastor
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Human Rights Without Frontiers, Int.
www.hrwf.org, 1 Aug 2003 [cached]
While none of the representatives of religious confessions with whom Forum 18 spoke reported any problems importing literature, Pastor Viktor Zdanevich of Brest's Fortechnaya Street Baptist Church remarked that state analysis of religious literature was "like getting a car mechanic to perform an operation instead of a surgeon - those experts write God with a small letter but their own with a capital."
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Forum 18 News Service (13.10.2003)/ HRWF Int. (14.10.2003) C Website: http://www.hrwf.net/ - Email: info@hrwf.net - One of the provisions in the new religion law worrying Baptist pastor Viktor Zdanevich lists "the attraction of minors to religious organisations and also the teaching of religion to them against their will or without the agreement of their parents or guardians" among offences liable to prosecution. During the Soviet period, "some of our pastors were imprisoned for that," he explained to Forum 18 News Service in the south-western city of Brest on 15 September.
Zdanevich's 1000-strong congregation still meets in the church they were permitted to build in 1982. Previously part of a larger community belonging to the unregistered Baptist Council of Churches, he told Forum 18, the church is colloquially known as Fortechnaya Street Baptist Church ("if it were on Lenin Street, we'd be Lenin Street Baptist Church") and has registered - but autonomous - status. The congregation is currently completing an adjacent Sunday school building for 170 children, Zdanevich pointed out to Forum 18, "but we have many more than that". Construction started in 2000, he said, following eight years of negotiation with the local authorities.
Recent experience by communities within the Baptist Union amplify Pastor Zdanevich's cause for concern. On 10 April the pastor of Gethsemane Baptist Church in Minsk region reported a 7 April request from his local council in the village of Machulishchi for a list of children attending the church's Sunday school and the passport details of its teachers. Told that this information was required by Minsk Regional Executive Committee, the pastor maintained that officials refused to put the grounds for the request in writing, so he refused to comply.
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Forum 18 News Service (13.10.2003)/ HRWF Int. (14.10.2003) C Website: http://www.hrwf.net/ - Email: info@hrwf.net - Another provision in the new law on religion of concern to Baptist pastor Viktor Zdanevich is that "the territorial activity of mission is restricted," he told Forum 18 News Service in the south-western city of Brest on 16 September.
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Zdanevich told Forum 18 that his church has not submitted documents for reregistration as its elders are currently considering those points in the law they believe run against Gospel teaching. "For me, the Gospel comes first and the law comes second," he remarked, "whatever country I am in."
Ultimately, however, Zdanevich said he was not concerned by the potential affects of the new law: "We have been through the underground already - they can oppress individuals, but not the church."
Zdanevich also pointed out to Forum 18 that the law's provisions inevitably "make it difficult to organise new churches".
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While Zdanevich maintains that the provisions of the new law restricting mission are aimed particularly at Protestant churches, Forum 18 found that some Catholic representatives were also concerned about them.
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Showing Forum 18 group photographs of the participants in annual baptisms on 16 September, pastor of the church Viktor Zdanevich said that he had experienced no difficulty in obtaining permission from the local authorities to hold the events.
Belarus 2003
www.hrwf.org, 1 Aug 2003 [cached]
While none of the representatives of religious confessions with whom Forum 18 spoke reported any problems importing literature, Pastor Viktor Zdanevich of Brest's Fortechnaya Street Baptist Church remarked that state analysis of religious literature was "like getting a car mechanic to perform an operation instead of a surgeon - those experts write God with a small letter but their own with a capital."
Indeed, in a typical passage from his 2002 book "The Basics of Religious Studies," Expert Council chairman Professor Anatoli Kruglov writes: "Religion does not teach a believer to strive to lead a dignified life, to fight for his freedom or against evil and oppression.
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Forum 18 News Service (13.10.2003)/ HRWF Int. (14.10.2003) - Website: http://www.hrwf.net/ - Email: info@hrwf.net - One of the provisions in the new religion law worrying Baptist pastor Viktor Zdanevich lists "the attraction of minors to religious organisations and also the teaching of religion to them against their will or without the agreement of their parents or guardians" among offences liable to prosecution.During the Soviet period, "some of our pastors were imprisoned for that," he explained to Forum 18 News Service in the south-western city of Brest on 15 September.
Zdanevich's 1000-strong congregation still meets in the church they were permitted to build in 1982.Previously part of a larger community belonging to the unregistered Baptist Council of Churches, he told Forum 18, the church is colloquially known as Fortechnaya Street Baptist Church ("if it were on Lenin Street, we'd be Lenin Street Baptist Church") and has registered - but autonomous - status.The congregation is currently completing an adjacent Sunday school building for 170 children, Zdanevich pointed out to Forum 18, "but we have many more than that".Construction started in 2000, he said, following eight years of negotiation with the local authorities.
Recent experience by communities within the Baptist Union amplify Pastor Zdanevich's cause for concern.On 10 April the pastor of Gethsemane Baptist Church in Minsk region reported a 7 April request from his local council in the village of Machulishchi for a list of children attending the church's Sunday school and the passport details of its teachers.Told that this information was required by Minsk Regional Executive Committee, the pastor maintained that officials refused to put the grounds for the request in writing, so he refused to comply.
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Forum 18 News Service (13.10.2003)/ HRWF Int. (14.10.2003) - Website: http://www.hrwf.net/ - Email: info@hrwf.net - Another provision in the new law on religion of concern to Baptist pastor Viktor Zdanevich is that "the territorial activity of mission is restricted," he told Forum 18 News Service in the south-western city of Brest on 16 September.
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Zdanevich told Forum 18 that his church has not submitted documents for reregistration as its elders are currently considering those points in the law they believe run against Gospel teaching."For me, the Gospel comes first and the law comes second," he remarked, "whatever country I am in."
Ultimately, however, Zdanevich said he was not concerned by the potential affects of the new law: "We have been through the underground already - they can oppress individuals, but not the church."
Zdanevich also pointed out to Forum 18 that the law's provisions inevitably "make it difficult to organise new churches".
...
While Zdanevich maintains that the provisions of the new law restricting mission are aimed particularly at Protestant churches, Forum 18 found that some Catholic representatives were also concerned about them.
...
Showing Forum 18 group photographs of the participants in annual baptisms on 16 September, pastor of the church Viktor Zdanevich said that he had experienced no difficulty in obtaining permission from the local authorities to hold the events.
Recent News - Grace to Russia
www.gracetorussia.com [cached]
The authorities in Brest have now returned re-registration applications to six autonomous Baptist churches in the region, Pastor Viktor Zdanevich of the congregation on Brest's Fortechnaya Street told Forum 18 on 18 January, "they won't re-register us. The banks where two of the six have accounts have closed them at the request of the authorities, he added, "bank staff said we would have to be re-registered in order to have an account. Otherwise, he told Forum 18, there have been no consequences as yet.
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The law's provisions inevitably "make it difficult to organize new churches", Baptist pastor Viktor Zdanevich complained to Forum 18 News Service. As an autonomously registered congregation, his church is banned from creating a mission.
(For details of more of its ...
www.forum18.org, 27 Jan 2006 [cached]
(For details of more of its analyses, see F18News 4 and 6 November 2003 http://www.forum18.org/Archive.php?article_id=175 and http://www.forum18.org/Archive.php?article_id=177 ). While none of the representatives of religious confessions with whom Forum 18 spoke reported any problems importing literature, Pastor Viktor Zdanevich of Brest's Fortechnaya Street Baptist Church remarked that state analysis of religious literature was "like getting a car mechanic to perform an operation instead of a surgeon , those experts write God with a small letter but their own with a capital."
Forum 18 Search/Archive
www.forum18.org, 2 Oct 2004 [cached]
(For details of more of its analyses, see F18News 4 and 6 November 2003 http://www.forum18.org/Archive.php?article_id=175 and http://www.forum18.org/Archive.php?article_id=177 ). While none of the representatives of religious confessions with whom Forum 18 spoke reported any problems importing literature, Pastor Viktor Zdanevich of Brest's Fortechnaya Street Baptist Church remarked that state analysis of religious literature was "like getting a car mechanic to perform an operation instead of a surgeon , those experts write God with a small letter but their own with a capital."
Indeed, in a typical passage from his 2002 book "The Basics of Religious Studies," Expert Council chairman Professor Anatoli Kruglov writes: "Religion does not teach a believer to strive to lead a dignified life, to fight for his freedom or against evil and oppression.
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