Baptist Union of Hungary, Annual General Meeting

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  1. Crabtownboy

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    The Baptist Union of Hungary held its Annual General Meeting in the Baptist Church of Ujpest (Budapest) on April 23rd, 2016. Delegates arrived from all over the country to listen to reports about the fellowship, as well as to elect the leaders of the union for the next 4 years. János Papp and Kornél Mészáros were elected for a further term as President and General Secretary, and two new churches were received into membership.

    http://www.ebf.org/hungarian-baptists-re-elect-their-president-and-general-secretary

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    And what was their position during the Communist years? Was this the organization of registered churches?
     
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    They were greatly discriminated against; no allowed to hold government jobs, usually not allowed to go to college, persecuted and often thrown in jail. I know several younger pastors whose grandparents were thrown in jail.

    Baptists were, and maybe still are, considered sects. This is true in in parts of Europe. In many countries only the Roman Catholic Church and/or the Orthodox Church is considered "the" real and only church. All others are sects. That is my understanding.

    I do not know when Hungarian Baptists joined the EBF. I seriously doubt if they were members during the Communist era. That surely would have brought the wrath of the government down on them.

    You might be able to get additional information from:

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    http://www.baptist.hu

     
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    I see that Hungary has two churches in the International Baptist Convention; which is somewhat a cousin of the SBC. (The IBC was formerly known as the EBC and basically were churches made up of US military personnel)
     
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    CTB, my wife is Russian. She and I are involved with the emigre Russian speaking Evangelical Christian-Baptists. So, my question is an informed one.

    Even here in the States, there is a split between those who came over from registered churches and those who came over from unregistered.

    When she an her family came over in 1990, they were referred to the local Russian Orthodox charity. The RO's said, "You're not Orthodox. How can you be Russian."
     
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    Yes, I have heard that from others, i.e. if you are not Orthodox, you are not Russian. My understanding is this is the position of the Russian Orthodox Church, that to be Russian means you are Russian Orthodox. Everyone else is a sect and not really Russian.

    I do not know if this belief is present in the Hungarian Orthodox Church or not.
     
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    Probably not, as part of the HRE\Austro-Hungarian Empire, Hungary was on the RCC side of the divide. That's not to say there aren't Hungarian Orthodox. Just that the RCC was the state church back in the day.
     
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    The same is true or Romania. It isn't called "Rome-ania" for nothing. :)
     
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    I don't think so. Romania is the only Slavic country which speaks a Romance language and uses the Latin alphabet. But it's on the other side of the RCC\EO divide.
     

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