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Christian missionaries accelerate conversion drive in India, taking advantage of Covid-19

Isaac Shaw, a senior pastor of Bible Bhavan Christian Fellowship, explained how they go about it in an interview with Christianity Today


According to NGO Mission India, the escalated Covid-19 spread in India needs the attention of ‘God’ and that they would be helped only with the “love of Christ”. Further, it openly says that it is committed to making God’s name known to the 1.3 billion people in India. Their mission, they say, is to see India transformed by the ‘Love of Christ’. Isaac Shaw, a senior pastor of Bible Bhavan Christian Fellowship, explained recently how it works.

In an interview with Christianity Today, Shaw said, “When churches started streaming their services online, they were surprised at the audience they received. I know of small churches that normally had less than 100 people attend on an average Sunday now have more than 700 viewers online. Our own church, Bible Bhavan Christian Fellowship, which has been live streaming for more than four years, saw a 300% increase in viewership.”

Taking undue advantage of people’s sufferings, “As the Indian church is expressing its love for those who are suffering the most, previously antagonistic neighbours are partnering with the church in our expressions of help. This marks a new day,” added Shaw.

Shaw revealed that the churches with the imposition of refused to follow the protocol, saying ‘churches cannot close their doors, believing that the Bible mandates weekly group worship in buildings and that God grants health to the faithful’.

He said the churches took three weeks to come up with an alternative that ultimately proved to be fruitful. “The world we will come back to after this pandemic will look very different. Therefore, the church’s priorities must turn from looking inward to looking outward”, Shaw said.

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Mission India, with its clear motive, is currently working to equip its ministry partners in relief efforts to save lives and enhance their evangelism, discipleship, and church planting efforts. “Our partners see this as a tremendous opportunity to demonstrate the love of Christ in their communities,” they flaunt on their website.

The organisation is simultaneously running a Children’s Bible Club introducing them to Jesus through engaging activities, songs, and prayer during either a 10 day or a year-long experience and creating new Church planters to introduce a ‘community to Jesus’.

IMA head in the web of controversy

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) and its president Dr Johnrose Austin Jayalal has opened up his intentions of splitting human beings into Christians and non-Christians. As per the information, the IMA has received Rs 8.72 crore from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for two financial years 2018-19 and 2019-20 for the purpose of handling the ‘TB Project’.

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In two separate interviews, Jayalal has expressed strong views about proselytising Hindus at each and every available opportunity which he comes across as a Doctor or as a professor of medicine. Below are excerpts from his recent interview with Haggai International, an international Christian body.

“The Hindu nationalist government wants to destroy modern medicine. Government has not come forward to support Covid-19 victims/ difficulties but the Church has taken care of that. They want to make it one nation, one system of medicine. Next, they will want to make it one religion. This is based on the Sanskrit language, which is always traditionally based on Hindu principles. This is an indirect way for the government to introduce the language of Sanskrit and the language of Hindutva into the minds of the people. An organised hunger strike, fasting protest and fighting in against non-allopathic systems of medicine.
Christian doctors should be physical healing as well as spiritual healing. We need more Christian doctors to work more in secular institutions, mission institutions, and medical colleges. I am working as a professor of surgery in a medical college, so it is also a good opportunity for me to carry on the principles of Christian healing there. I also have the privilege of mentoring graduates and interns. Hindus are softcore, practice Polytheism and hence easy to make them accept Jesus. The opportunity in front of every Christian is splendid. It is not solely the responsibility
of the pastor”

Dr Jayalal said, “The Hindu Nationalist Government wants to destroy saying it is ‘western medicine.’ Please keep this in your international prayers. If everything goes their way, we will not have pure modern medicine courses in India by 2030. India is currently one of the most dangerous countries in the world for practicing Christians, and Dr Jayalal confirms that the government is indeed hostile to believers”
India is the most unreached nation, they say. Half a million Indian communities still lack any witnessing body of believers, meaning four out of five Indians will go their entire lives without knowing a single Christian.

And all this comes amidst 600 preachers of Churches of Christ who succumbed to the Chinese virus last year and more than 900 preachers’ families affected in AP alone. Paul Renganathan, the director of World Bible College had revealed that he knows of nearly 500 deaths among members of Churches of Christ in just the Chennai region, including several evangelists he worked with closely.
Taking undue advantage of the imposed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, missionaries in India have converted as many as 1 lakh people and adopted 50,000 villages in a span of one year. Need for medical aid and two square meals amidst the financial crisis, pushed the economically weaker section into the trap of missionaries.

The missionaries also have built a record number of churches in thousands of villages where none existed before. Instead of treating the patients as a humanitarian catastrophe, isn’t the fact that Dr Jayalal and people like him rubbing their hands to spread the Gospel in new ways to more and more people, worrisome? This is nothing short of a vulture-like approach to human suffering, death and devastation. Mission India NGO has already stated the purpose of its existence, explaining “Why India”.

Reproduced on request from News Bharati, an associate of SMaRT (Samachar Manyata Association for Research and Training)

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