Flag of indonesia Rank: 47
Score: 46/100
2013 Rank: 45
Leader: President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono
Government: Republic
Main Religion: Islam
Population: 242.8 million (38.9 million Christians)
Source of persecution: Islamic extremism

Christian Persecution in IndonesiaGenerally, it is not the federal government persecuting Christians in Indonesia, but Muslim extremist groups. Though they do not have a strong political representation, their influence is large as they take to the streets and make and steer public opinion. There are a significant number of radical Islam organizations operating in this country, and these organizations have used strict and exclusive religious interpretations to justify the implementation of Sharia law and the infringement of the rights of religious minorities. The level of violence against Christians is quite high, especially when compared to other countries in the Southeast Asia. More than 10 churches were attacked or closed down, including a church in West Java, despite a ruling from the Supreme Court, allowing it to open.


  • Some Christians have been detained on false charges of proselytizing and blasphemy. Pray that they would be able to witness to those who are persecuting them.
  • Muslim Background Believers often face physical abuse, and sometimes have to flee their homes and relocate elsewhere. Please pray for their safety.
  • Many churches find it extremely difficult to obtain a permit, even if they have met all the necessary requirements. Pray that these believers would be able to meet together.

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  • Muhammad Azka Ramadhan

    I am from Indonesia and I heard the video. Why the sound in Indonesia is very small? Because whoever which seen the video cannot heard “the original words” finely? The most important, as thinking of me, the text translation in English is not 100% real translation. It has been modification

  • Amy

    Lord, I come to You this morning on behalf of Indonesia. I pray firstly for the protection of all believers in this country. You see the violence that is threatening them and You see those who wish to bring harm to Your people and to Your church. I ask in the name of Jesus that You would protect them and that You would thwart all plans of anyone who seeks to bring harm to Your people. I ask for Your protection over the churches of Indonesia, over the pastors and over the congregants. Thank You for stopping that suicide bombing in Java and for the many times that You did intervene and protect Your people. Please give them peace in their hearts and minds.
    I pray also that You would put a stop to the rising influence of Islmic groups who seek to bring violence and political upheaval. I ask that You would protect the nation of Indonesia from a Mslm takeover and that You would do something incredible in the government. It’s not too much to ask You to turn the government leadership into a Christian leadership. I ask that You would stop the rise of Islmst extremists and quell their influence over the nation of Indonesia.

    I also pray especially for the Open Doors workers in Indonesia, particularly those who are helping to provide legal assistance to believers who are under pressure from the government. I pray that truth and justice would win out and that the governmental policy of freedom of religion would be enforced. I ask that You would give wisdom to these workers and to the believers that they represent – and that the court cases that they go through would set a precedent to uphold justice when it comes to violence against believers and oppression of the church.
    I also pray for an increase in evangelism and for many more souls to come to know You as their Lord and Savior through the work of Open Doors and other organizations there that are spreading Your gospel… as well as through the believers who are taking a stand for You and being bold in their face. Finally, I pray for the young woman mentioned in the email – that despite the fact that she has lost her family, You would continue to bless her and keep her and remind her that she will gain 100-fold what she lost for Your sake. I ask, if it be possible, that You would reconcile her with her family and allow her family to hear her out and come to know Jesus for themselves. I ask all of this in Jesus’ name, amen.
    For Open Doors workers providing legal assistance to believers under pressure