BRUNEI

Country Profile

BRUNEI

About Brunei

DESIGNATION: Restricted

OVERVIEW: Brunei is a Muslim majority nation, where the people live under the rule of a dynastic sultan. The law of the land is a version of Islamic Sharia. There are approximately 20 churches in the entire country and there are few opportunities for Bruneians to hear the gospel. Oil wealth has ensured that most people have few material needs, but spiritual needs are great. Despite the risk, a few bold evangelists and missionaries continue to bring the light of the gospel to this dark land.

MAJOR RELIGIONS: Almost 80 percent of Bruneians are Muslim, and nearly all of the 9 percent who are Christians are ethnically Chinese.

PERSECUTOR: The government is the main persecutor of Christians.

WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A CHRISTIAN IN BRUNEI: While some historic churches exist in Brunei, no new church buildings are allowed. Christians make up 9 percent of the population, and there are 20 legally registered church buildings in the country. In 2015, all Christmas displays were outlawed. Churches are often afraid to reach out to Muslims because they are monitored closely by the religious police. Even inviting a Muslim to a Christmas celebration would be problematic. The penalty for evangelizing Muslims is up to five years in prison, a $15,000 fine or both. In the past, one believer was jailed for sharing his faith with a Muslim. Nevertheless, several secret believers have been baptized in recent years.

ACCESS TO BIBLES: Bibles in the Malay language are illegal and are confiscated if discovered. No bookstores inside Brunei sell Bibles.

VOM WORK: VOM supports the work of evangelists throughout the country.

National Flag [ 국기 ]
Population [ 인구 ]

443,593 (July 2017 est.)

Ethnicity [ 인종 ]
  • Malay
  • Chinese
  • Other
Religion [ 종교 ]
  • Muslim (official)
  • Christian
  • Buddhist
  • Other (includes indigenous beliefs) (2011 est.)
Leader [ 지도자 ]

Sultan and Prime Minister Sir HASSANAL Bolkiah (since 5 October 1967); note – the monarch is both chief of state and head of government

Government Type [ 정부형태 ]

Absolute monarchy or sultanate

Legal System [ 법적 체제 ]

Mixed legal system based on English common law and Islamic law
(note – in May 2014, the first of three phases of sharia-based penal codes was instituted, which applies to Muslims and non-Muslims and exists in parallel to the existing common law-based code)

Source [ 자료출처 ]

VOM 2020 Global Prayer Guide,
CIA World Factbook

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