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The Gospel in Bonds by Georgi Vins

The Gospel in Bonds
by Georgi Vins
212 PAGES
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ISBN: 978-0-9795093-6-7
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Georgi's wife and children on their way to visit Georgi in prison—1968

PASTOR GEORGI VINS


In the early 1960s, many laymen and pastors of “registered” Baptist churches (i.e., churches which the Soviet authorities allowed to function legally but only under supervision and within harsh guidelines that contradicted the Scriptures) determined to worship freely without the yoke of government interference in the life of the church. They began meeting independently in private homes, apartments, and even in the forests. Georgi Vins became one of the leaders of the movement, making him a special object of concern for the KGB. In 1966, he was arrested in Moscow and sentenced to three years imprisonment. He spent one year in Lefortovo Prison and two more performing hard labor in prison camps in the Ural Mountains.

After his release, Georgi Vins resumed his ministry. However, when he learned that the authorities were preparing a new case against him, he went underground, living clandestinely while traveling and ministering. In 1974, he was arrested again, this time sentenced to ten years.

(From the Prologue of The Gospel in Bonds
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"Every time I read Hebrews chapter 11, verses 24 to 26, I involuntarily recall that these were my father’s favorite verses. Like many Russian Christians of his time, he had a profound understanding of the biblical truth that it is better to suffer with God’s people, to bear the vilification of Christ, than to have transient sinful enjoyment and earthly treasures.

"There are no greater riches than Christ, and you feel this especially keenly when they want to take Him away from you, when they forbid you to share these riches with people . . . But people need Him so much! Jesus—is there any name more dear to a redeemed soul?"—Georgi Vins

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