Indonesian political party pledged to help secure building permit for church

11/03/2022 Indonesia (International Christian Concern) – The largest political party, the Parliament Faction of the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), has said it will remain committed to overseeing the establishment of the HKBP Maranatha Church in Cilegon City, banten.

The church was denied planning permission (IMB) by the government in September, after a local Muslim group staged a protest and pressured the mayor to reject the IMB.

This statement was conveyed by a member of the PDI-P faction, Diah Pitaloka, during the reception of the management and construction committee of the HKBP Maranatha Church in Jakarta on October 3.

“The PDI-P will stand tall and uphold the constitution, ensuring that citizens can worship according to their respective religions and beliefs,” said Diah Pitaloka.

The minister of religion also declared his commitment to protect the establishment of the church.

Since the case against the construction of HKBP Maranatha Church in Cilegon emerged, five meetings with management and committee have been held.

According to Rev. Beni Siagian, HKBP Maranatha Cilegon had been established for 25 years. The church currently has 3,903 members made up of 858 families from the Cilegon, Anyer and Merak regions.

The congregation celebrated every Sunday in the town of Serang with several services. Given the limited time, there are nine teams for adults, two teams for school children and two for teenagers, for a total of 13 teams each Sunday.

Beni hopes that the construction of the church can take place soon, since so many worshipers need the worship facilities.

“I hope it will happen soon, so that the HKBP Maranatha congregation can worship freely and calmly,” He was hoping.

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