'It makes us uncomfortable': Governor wants Bible in Minang language taken down from store

Irwan asked the ministry – through the Informatics Application Directorate General – to take down the Minang language Bible app and to prevent similar apps from emerging in the future. (Shutterstock/File)



And they sang a new song, saying,

“Worthy are you to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God
from every tribe and language and people and nation,
and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God,
and they shall reign on the earth.”

Revelation 5:9-10 — English Standard Version


The clear, pure, piercing truth above all truths of the Word of God makes many people uncomfortable. So be it. Sin and walking blindly without faith in the One True God and His Son, Jesus Christ, the only way to the Father, the only way to eternal life ought to make one exceedingly uncomfortable at the prospect of the future, and hope and pray they come to find solace and comfort in the book of life, light, and truth here on earth — the Holy Bible. The God-breathed Scriptures. The Words of God given as a gift to every man, woman, and child who will seek it, come to accept it, know it, embrace it, and live it with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

Of course, the Word of God is going to make a person, a people following a false way, an unsound and false teaching path they’ve been on uncomfortable.

Those blinded, enslaved to Satan are made most uncomfortable by the truth contained in the Holy Bible.

Indonesia’s #1 export and resource is Islamic terrorists and Islamic terrorism.

Granted, Sumatra grows some of the world’s best coffee, but Islamic terrorism is their #1 product in Indonesia, which Sumatra is part of (see the map at the end of Mr. Pinandita’s article below).

I believe every word within the Word of God. And when the Scriptures declare, “…by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation…” that tells me there will be people of the Minang language in Sumatra, in Indonesia who through their coming to know the Word of God learn the GREATEST of comforts, joys, and peace in the knowledge of hearing the Word of God and hearing and seeing Jesus alive in that Word, becoming a disciple of His and understanding the way to eternal life and what real comfort means — coming out of the darkness of lies and this world and into the knowledge, light, and life of making Jesus Christ Lord of their life!

We all need to pray that the Spirit of God is poured out among the people of Indonesia and as the discomfort grows as the truth of God and His Word grows there that the power of the Spirit of the Lord works greatly in those people and that land, for the power of the Spirit of God will prevail, and will always prevail when against the prince of the air, the powers and principalities of this world and their lies and deceptions.

Have faith the Spirit of God will be sought and work in Indonesia and many come to not only know Christ but take up their cross daily and as His disciples follow Him, serve Him, obey Him, and spread the gospel of life further, as all disciples are instructed to do.


And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.

Mark 16:15 — English Standard Version


And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Matthew 28:18-20 — English Standard Version


“And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.”

Matthew 24:14 — King James Version


Johnny G. Plate, the West Sumatra governor, and the Islamic people of Sumatra, of the Minang language, are uncomfortable now because the Word of God is present in their language!? They are in for eternal discomfort if they continue to reject and persecute the disciples of Jesus, the children of God — Christians, and continue to treat Jesus and the Holy Bible as they do.

Pray for Johnny G. Plate. Pray for the people of West Sumatra. Pray for all the people of all of Indonesia they are made exceedingly uncomfortable by the clear, clean, pure truth of God’s Word and that any who have hard hearts find those cold dead hearts melted, made alive in the truth of the gospel, and caught aflame for Jesus Christ the Lord and Almighty God, placing their faith in the Holy Spirit, and having the Bible in their own language become their richest treasure while here on earth.


Ken Pullen

Sunday, June 7th, 2020

ACP — A Crooked Path


“It makes us uncomfortable”: Governor wants Bible in Minang language taken down from app store



By Apriza Pinandita

Friday, June 5, 2020

Reprinted from: The Jakarta Post



The West Sumatra provincial administration is currently under the spotlight after its letter requesting the central government take down a Bible application from a digital distribution service circulated widely, prompting debates in the country.

According to a copy of the letter obtained by The Jakarta Post, which was dated May 28 and addressed to Communication and Information Minister Johnny G. Plate, West Sumatra governor Irwan Prayitno requested the ministry take down an application named “Kitab Suci Injil Minangkabau” (The Bible in Minangkabau language) that was available on Google Play Store.

He said the existence of the application had caused Minangkabau people – most of whom are Muslim residents of the province – to be uncomfortable.

“The application contradicts Minangkabau culture with its philosophy of Adat Basandi Syarak, Syarak Basandi Kitabullah [culture is based on sharia, sharia is based on Quran],” Irwan wrote in the letter.

Irwan asked the ministry – through the Informatics Application Directorate General – to take down the app and to prevent similar apps from emerging in the future.

West Sumatra Communication and Information Agency head Jasman Rizal confirmed the request. “We appreciated the people who were responsive by giving us information [about the existence of the app],” said Jasman as quoted by tribunnews.com on Thursday.

The finding, Jasman added, had been discussed by the West Sumatra office of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) and the West Sumatra governor. As of Wednesday, the application had been taken down from Google Play Store, he said.

The issue has triggered a public uproar, not only from some West Sumatrans but also from the public across the country. The keyword “Minang” is one of Twitter’s trending topics in Indonesia, with more than 8,000 tweets as of Friday noon.

“What was asked is actually specific, to take down the app which is in the Minang language, the one in Indonesian is left alone […] Why should [we] make a big deal out of this?” a user named @adianasrul responded.

A senior journalist in West Sumatra, Syofiardi Bachyul, wrote on his Facebook account that the Minang language was not identical to Islam. He quoted his own writing in 2018, also posted on Facebook, which describes the history of Buddhism in Sumatra, including Minang land, before Islam came to the area.

When asked about the issue, MUI secretary-general Anwar Abbas echoed the statement of the West Sumatra governor, which emphasized the religious philosophy that was observed by most Minangkabau people, the one that was guided by Islamic beliefs, despite the fact that 69,253 residents — or 1.43 percent of West Sumatra residents are Christian, 2010 census data from Statistics Indonesia (BPS) reveal.

“So, the guidance of the Minangkabau people is not the Bible. Hopefully, there will not be a Bible [published] in Minangkabau language,” Anwar told the Post on Friday.

Meanwhile, Hariyono, the deputy head of the Agency for Pancasila Ideology Education argued that the governor’s move contradicted the values of Pancasila, which give space for religious freedom.

“Every individual is given the freedom to observe their beliefs as long as they do not cause disruption in the public. And of course, some of the residents of West Sumatra are also Christian, and the governor himself is a governor to everyone, not a certain ethnicity or religious belief,” he told the Post.

“Officials and public figures must be wise to respond to the dynamics of religious life in their surroundings,” he said, citing numerous figures from West Sumatra who also upheld diversity during the Indonesian struggle for independence, such as Agus Salim, Mohammad Natsir and Mohammad Hatta.

Hariyono said he believed that holy books could be translated into any language as long as they were not misinterpreted.

Halili Hasan, a researcher from the Setara Institute for Democracy and Peace, responded to the issue by emphasizing the fact that the existence of the application did not violate the law and the Constitution.

“The request from the governor could be a bad precedent, as one day it will be used by some groups that do not value diversity to do the same thing,” he told the Post.

According to him, the existence of the application is indeed important for the advancement of tolerance and does no harm to Minangkabau culture, which is basically open to interacting with other cultures.

“What is dangerous, I think, is the perspective of local political elites and intolerant groups [in West Sumatra] which, for me, are not representative enough for the Minangkabau people and its inclusive culture,” he said.

Meanwhile, Religious Affairs Ministry director general for Christian community guidance Thomas Pentury asserted that although the matter was the domain of the Communication and Information Ministry, he wanted the people in West Sumatra to remain in harmony despite the issue, adding that he believed the development of the application had gone through the correct procedure.

“We need to see this matter from a positive perspective and I hope that this issue is not being blown up,” Thomas said.

Christians in West Sumatra have experienced hardship in trying to establish churches in the province. On Christmas last year, some Catholics and Protestants in Dharmasraya regency in West Sumatra had to get into tough negotiation with the local authority to be able to celebrate Christmas at home.

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