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I am overwhelmed by the response from the visitors of this website,
I am extremely sorry for not updating it for quite some time. Several
things happened during this period.
my actual year of birth is 1947, the one given on records by my
parents is 1945. As mummy was a teacher of Class 1 and I was taller
for my age, parents admitted me in the School when I was just about
four! The retirement age for a fulltime staff in the Blessing Youth
Mission, which I founded in 1971 and joined as a fulltime staff
in 1975, is 58. Accordingly I retired from the organisation in October
2003. As you might be aware, I had been developing the nextline
leadership for over 10 years and this came in handy when I retired.
I now help BYM in an advisory capacity. My
hectic years, about 30, are over, and now I spend more time in studying
and writing. Pray for me and my wife so we may continue to be fruitful
first post-retirement work is the release of a 432 page Daily Devotional,
in Tamil and then in English, which contains nearly 60% what I have
written during 40 years. The title in English is Better
Everyday. It aims to help Christians for wholesome development.
I quote below the review for this book given by the Light of
daily devotional, written in the Indian context by an Indian author,
to be used year after year by Christians for their spiritual growth,
has been a longfelt need in India. R. Stanleyís BETTER
EVERYDAY is welcome to meet this need.
book is different from most of the daily devotionals in the Christian
world. Instead of just a devotional thought or a message of encouragement/comfort,
thereís rich Bible teaching in this book. Interestingly, the author
has categorised the daily readings into 26 (A to Z) subjects,
from Salvation to Second Coming. Under each daily meditation is
indicated where the next one on the same subject occurs. Such
reference chains, with fast forward and rewind marks, increase
the value of this book.
Bible Reading Calendar to help you read through the Bible in one
year appears in the opening pages of BETTER EVERYDAY.
There are over 10 one page prayers as Morning Prayer, Evening
Prayer, Birthday Prayer and so on. One hundred Names of God are
listed to enhance praise and worship. The daily readings give
a Bible portion, memory verse, full-page meditation and a stanza
or a thought. Titles are catchy. "Is pill His will?"
"Scripture-free Sermons" ó are examples. Over 50
pictures of pioneer missionaries and great men and women of God
are inserted to add inspiration. There are appropriate meditations
for special days like the Reformation Day, Indian Independence
Day, Graham Staines Martyrdom Day, and so on. The English is neither
British nor American, but Indian.
author has given a Subject Index and a summary of what he has
learnt during the 40 years of his walk with God and work for Him,
as 40 capsules. Youngsters, middle-aged folks, elders, new believers,
growing Christians, mature saints, voluntary workers, fulltime
ministers, individuals, families, Church leaders, missionaries,
students, and professionals will find this book intensely practical.
The author (58) is a Building Engineer-turned Bible Teacher, known
for his balanced treatment of any subject.
a book of the size 23 cm x 16 cm x 2 cm with quality paper, the
price of Rs. 150/- is too low. Anyone who uses this book daily
is bound to become Better Everyday!
are available from the Blessing Literature Centre, 21/11 West Coovam
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at Indian Rupees 150/- (or US $ 5) per copy. Forwarding charges
extra. The other language editions are underway. I covet your prayers
for this big project.
I will update this website henceforth periodically. I close this
letter quoting the bookmark text of my daily devotional book: "God
who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the Day
of Jesus Christ" (Phil 1:6).
No. 4 / 30 November 2002
to multiply Conversions
message is a sequel to my article, Can
Conversions be Stopped? which was pasted on this website
on 18 October 2002 and published in the November 2002 issue of Blessing
monthly. I am humbled by the overwhelming response for this
article from Christians and Church leaders from all over the world.
Many acclaimed that itís a prophetic voice in the wilderness of
confusion the Tamil Church is passing through following the promulgation
of the Anticonversion Law.
keypersons of the Tamilnadu branch of the Blessing Youth Mission
requested me to address them on this issue in their annual meet
held in Tiruchy, 9-10 November. I write here what I shared with
them. Whereas my earlier article was specifically addressed to Tamil
Christians, what I write now is a message to all Indian Christians.
I perceive that the Tamilnadu anticonversion bill is only an experimentation
of a nationwide strategy being worked out by the enemies of the
Gospel of Christ. God never had any surprise in all history and
He will never have one in future either. Because He has known the
end from the beginning, and as the Alpha and Omega of eternity past
to eternity future, He has already taught us in His Scriptures how
to defeat the enemy in any situation. Itís now our responsibility
to search the Scriptures with the Spiritís help to work out a sound
and successful strategy against the sinister schemes of the serpent.
Church is the only society on earth that exists solely for the benefit
of its non-members! As John Wesley rightly put it, "The Church
has only one business, and that is to win souls!" Christ has
not just "commanded" us but "commissioned" us
to preach the Gospel. We have no choice. Evangelisation of the world
leading to the multiplication of converts is our highest priority.
Adverse winds against evangelism may blow more and more vehemently
in India in the years to come. The Church of Jesus Christ must be
sufficiently equipped for the difficult days ahead. Hereís a list
of 7 changes to be effected in our conventional methods so conversions
of non-christians to Christ may be multiplied as never before.
Public Programmes vs. Personal Work
impact that mass meetings leave in cities and towns is unmistakable.
The gospel becomes the talk of the town. It serves as an occasion
for Christians to come out of their minority complex. But it stirs
up the hornetís nest. The antichristian forces get revived. This
of course must be anticipated and can be faced. But whatís discouraging
is that the gains in terms of genuine conversions are generally
minimal. The amount of time, money and energy spent to conduct big
programmes doesnít seem to be worth it. To worsen the situation,
mass meetings in India are usually sponsored and addressed by Western
preachers. Non-christians especially caste Hindus donít relish it.
Their wrong notions about the origin of Christianity are strengthened.
preached to crowds, but He spent more time with individuals and
small groups. Peter and Paul did not always have or look for huge
audiences. Conversational evangelism in houses and marketplaces
was the most effective method employed by the Lord and the disciples.
In spite of the widespread hostility that prevailed in the first
century, no one could stop personal soulwinning efforts or conversions.
Communism in India grew through tea shops! Letís spend more time
in contacting individuals one by one than for conducting huge meetings.
This way we will attract very little public attention but gather
a plentiful harvest. I salute Evangelist D. L. Moody (1837-1899)
who observed, "Hand plucked fruits are the best!"
Clergy vs. Laity
does call certain individuals to give all their time for the work
of His Kingdom. They are to be supported by those who are benefitted
by the message they proclaim. Churches must have pastors who would
spend all their time to tend the flock. Ministries must have leaders
and workers who can give all their time to realise the objectives
of the organisations. Ordaining anointed Christians exclusively
for the ministry of the Church has Scriptural sanction. But in course
of time the Body of Christ gets divided into two groups ó ministers
and non-ministers. This is utterly unscriptural. The ministry of
every minister in the Church is to make every member a minister
(Eph 4:11,12). There is no non-clergy in the Church. All members
are "priests" to worship God (1 Pet 2:5), and to witness
for Him (v 9).
the doctrine of the priesthood and the prophethood of all believers
is recovered fully in practice, too few will be attempting to do
too big a job accomplishing too little. I am in fulltime Christian
service from 1975 and I have been instrumental in leading hundreds
of youngsters into fulltime ministry. But I have come to the conclusion
that evangelism is too big a task to be left to the professionals.
Wars are not fought by Generals but by soldiers! In olden days the
Spirit of God came on select individuals only. But the endtime outpouring
is promised for "all flesh" ó "sons... daughters...
young men... old men... men servants... women servants" (Acts
2:17,18). This sort of outpouring is to get every Christian involved
in reaching every non-christian (v 21).
plead with pastors to encourage and give ample freedom to their
members to develop creative methods of Gospel communication. In
the name of Church order and discipline, donít try to structuralise
every soulwinning effort and kill enthusiasm. Every pastor must
remember that it is the sheep which litter and not the shepherd!
Mega Structures vs. Smaller Units
numerical strength of Church congregations has now become the status
symbol of many pastors. Thereís a rat race among ministers to have
the largest Church in the City or the State. Visits to South Korea
might have triggered this passion. When temples and mosques have
overflowing crowds, it is definitely not wrong to work for an exponential
growth in local congregations. Worshipping God and celebrating His
praises in huge gatherings is undoubtedly exciting. More the merrier!
there are certain inherent evils in mega-churches. When the number
increases too much, interaction between believers and mutual ministry
to one another becomes almost impossible. Pastors suffer burn-out
when their ministries outgrow their capacity. Too much of time,
energy and money will have to be spent for construction and maintenance
of buildings. (For a broader treatment, CLICK:
What about mega-churches?)
in the Temple and the synagogues was not a continued practice of
the early disciples. The house churches became the beehive of activities
including breadbreaking (Acts 2:46; Rom 16:5; 1 Cor 16:19). The
Church went underground in China during communistic oppression.
A group of small congregations known as Little Flock under the spiritual
leadership of Watchman Nee is an example. The Church not only survived
but also thrived!
is not a call to demolish or dismantle huge structures, but to establish
and strengthen smaller units all over cities and towns. Felling
a huge tree is comparatively much easier than weeding a field (Mt
13:29,30). A "little leaven" will leaven the whole lump!
(Mt 13:33). It is not by calling people come to our places of worship
but by going to their workspots and dwellings, the Church will grow
faster. The Church-compound mentality has only hindered church growth.
organisations also should not go on increasing their size. In times
like this, it is safer to have five agencies with 200 staff each
than one organisation with 1000 workers.
Headquarters vs. Decentralisation
aspect has specific relevance to missionary organisations, evangelistic
associations, relief agencies, and the like. The concept of headquarters
became popular a couple of decades ago in pursuit of effective coordination.
An undisputed strong leader with the help of associates and assistants
would direct the work across the nation from a central office. I
believe that this era has come to an end with the changing of times.
The old system has to be set aside if the full benefit of the new
wine has to be enjoyed. There are several reasons why we must think
raises a man, gives him a message, and a movement is born. This
founding leader is usually a dynamic charismatic figure. After him,
rarely does a single man come up with equal gifting to succeed him.
After Paul it is usually a team of men like Timothy and Titus. There
is only one Mother Teresa, and only one Billy Graham. Because the
second leaders will be more or less equals, in order to give ample
space for originality and creativity, decentralisation is a must.
central offices of most of the Christian organisations in India
are situated in the Southern States. Which means, the keyleaders
are stationed in the South. But the most unevangelised parts of
the country are in the North. Eventhough preachers and leaders from
South are "visiting" the Northern States for ministry,
it is nothing like "staying" in needy areas and creating
a sphere of Christian influence. Reaching the North Indians will
not be effective without reviving the North Indian Christians. Eventhough
the Church was born in Jerusalem, it was Antioch which gave birth
to missions. Mobility is the antidote for stagnation.
of the gospel will usually target central offices of Christian missions.
God is our Protector but we must plan wisely. Otherwise what was
the need for Joseph to run away to Egypt with Mary and Baby Jesus
at night? God forbid, but even if one office is bombed (!), the
activities must not come to a grinding halt. The branch offices
should be able to run the show. In this computer age, centralisation
is not at all necessary for effective coordination. Do you know
that top military officials donít travel together in a single vehicle?
Mission executives and administrators should overcome the carnal
desire to keep all files and powers with themselves, and expect
coworkers report even breathing and sneezing.
Independence vs. Interdependence
function independently is a basic instinct of the fallen man. Desire
for independence in Christian work is usually born out of reluctance
for accountability and lust for applause. Itís the devilís half-truth
that we can move faster and accomplish more if we do it all by ourselves.
last four or five decades (1950-2000) have witnessed the mushrooming
of scores of indigenous missions in India. Many of them had a legitimate
birth, whereas others were reactionary in origin or started by a
fresh missiological graduate desirous of doing something for God
but was not willing to work with one of the existing structures.
Following apostle Paul in spirit, we can of course rejoice that
Christ is preached anyway (Phil 1:18). But in the absence of networking
and partnership, the wastage of manpower and money because of duplication
and unhealthy competition is unimaginable. Eventhough genuine organisations
under God may go on from strength to strength, the Body of Christ
as a whole will get weaker and weaker.
is in crises we seek others. We are jolted to realize that we canít
needle each other any longer because we badly need each other! Each
Church denomination and Christian organisation has its strengths
and weaknesses. Itís time that 1 Corinthians 12 is expounded afresh
from every pulpit! Ezekielís vision of the valley of dry bones is
a favourite of revival preachers (Ezek 37). How can the Church rise
up as an army unless "the bones come together, bone to bone"?
(v 7). Nothing can be accomplished as long as feet are fighting
with hands, and eyes with ears (1 Cor 12:15,16).
enemy is common. Thatís a sufficient reason why we must be united.
Unity does not mean agreeing with others in everything. In fact
we have more similarities than differences among various Christian
groups. The non-Christians and the antichristians look at Christians
as a whole. They donít even know how Roman Catholics and Protestants
are poles apart in faith. What an advantage!
Sam Kamalesan was the main speaker in a Pastors Conference in Maharashtra
years ago, which I was attending with some of my colleagues. I have
forgotten most of what he preached but this : "One horse can
pull 2 tons whereas two can pull 27 tons!" (Dt 32:30; Lev 26:8).
Evangelism is a proven unifier in Christendom.
have a long-cherished dream though it may appear presumptuous. Why
not Churches hold common worship services localitywise atleast once
in three months! Just meeting together, though it may look superficial,
will weed out suspicions between leaders and help mutual encouragement.
Psalm 133 will no more be just a song. It will become our story!
Adults vs. Youth
programmes are not in proportion to the percentage of youth in our
Churches. Youth ministry is not attractive to many preachers because
in terms of revenue it is all investment with very little returns.
Many youngsters from Christian homes go to Church because they have
no other choice. An average Sunday morning sermon hardly has any
message for them. Talks of Zion and heavenly Jerusalem are totally
irrelevant to them. The theatrical performance and hidden agenda
of preachers are nauseating. On the whole, to young people religion
is boring. They are just too polite to say that!
am appalled that even some of the "youth" organisations
switch gears to concentrate on adults and general congregations.
Youth work is no more their primary objective. Walk into Christian
bookstores and find out how many youth books come out each year.
Collect all Christian magazines published in India and count how
many of them are for youth, or atleast allot pages regularly to
address youth issues. Secular press publishes so much to cater to
youth. How many Christian TV programmes do target youth? I am not
despising old people, but I wonder whether thereís no difference
in the Holy Spirit giving "visions" to young people and
"dreams" to the old! (Acts 2:17b).
are good in making friends. Their contacts in schools and colleges
are numerous. Friendship evangelism is one of the most effective
methods of spreading the gospel message. Until we have mobilized
our youth for evangelism, our manpower will remain low. Youth are
arrows in the hands of the Almighty (Psa 127:3-5). They rarely miss
to youth is an art. Very few are naturally talented for this ministry.
I would suggest that every Church sends its pastor for a short-term
training in youth ministryóOr, atleast appoint a youth pastor exclusively
for work among youth. Elders and committee members must avoid over-interference
in youth matters. Tendency for elders to despise youth has always
been there (1 Tim 4:12a; 1 Cor 16:10). Sarcastic remarks and unkind
comments will quench the enthusiasm of youth. Youth grow when they
are trusted and encouraged. They must be given freedom to mix with
the youth of other congregations. They will serve as a link between
Churches and foster unity.
Preaching vs. Publishing
could be two reasons why God allowed apostle Paul to be imprisoned
so often. One, to give him rest amidst his tireless itinerant ministry;
second, to give him time so he would sit and write Epistles for
the Church of his day and future generations. India over the centuries,
especially in the 20th century, has produced some of the finest
Bible preachers in the world. The depth of their devotions and richness
of their sermons have been unparalleled. But unfortunately, not
even 25% of their spoken messages has been published.
have a great regard for the preachers and Bible scholars of the
West. I am highly indebted to them for their commentaries and study
aids which I regularly use. But having listened to the preachers
of both the hemispheres for nearly four decades, my unbiased comment
would be that the Biblical understanding and interpretation of the
Easterners are better and deeper than their Western counterparts.
But the Western Bible teachers are much more disciplined in writing
than the Indians. Lesser publishing facilities in India compared
to the West cannot be always quoted as the excuse.
believe that the winds of opposition to the Gospel which blow all
over India carry from God a message to the Indian preachers. Let
us not be discouraged by the doors which are getting closed for
public preaching. Learn to say no to not-so-important speaking engagements.
Spend more time for rigorous study and writing. Away with casual
writings for which our periodicals are known for. Letís take advantage
of the fast-increasing literacy rate in India. Internet is another
God-given tool to get the message across.
the Jews opposed what Paul and Barnabas spoke, they turned to the
Gentiles (Acts 15:46). When the Holy Spirit forbade Paul and his
team to preach the gospel in Asia, they tried to go to Bithinia.
When the Spirit would not permit them go there either, they came
down to Troas and finally ended up in Macedonia where they got their
first European convert (Acts 16:6-15). When God closes one door,
He opens another! Blessed are those who can find it!
No. 3 / 18 October 2002/To
the Tamil Christians
conversions be stopped?
The stringent ordinance the Government of Tamilnadu has
come out with to ban forcible religious conversions has triggered
controversy all over the State and the Country, both within Christian
circles and other communities. The reactions of the leaders of the
various sections of the Church are varied. There are talks of protest
fasts, marches and closure of Christian institutions. The simple-minded
and sincere Christians are thrown in a wilderness of confusion as
to how they must respond to this Ordinance of Prohibition of Forcible
Conversions. As a Bible teacher and a Mission mobilizer for over
three decades, and as a Tamil Christian, I present here my viewpoint.
"I think I also have the Spirit of God" (1 Cor 7:40).
against conversions should not surprise Christians, especially those
in India. Anticonversion bills have been in force in the States
of Orissa and Madhya Pradesh for many many years. Pioneer missionaries
working in these States are used to all these bills. In fact, Church
growth is only vigorous in such places. Immediately after mentioning
the word "church" for the first time, Jesus declared,
"The gates of hell shall not prevail against it!" (Mt
16:18). The building of the Church and battling against Satan will
always go together (Neh 4:17). We must not forget what Pharaoh and
his taskmasters did to the people of God in Egypt. "The more
they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew" (Ex
1:12). Mr. C. Rajaji that great statesman had the wisdom to understand
this. He admonished antichristian leaders, "Donít crush Christians;
they are bed-bugs!" There was not a single period in the entire
Church history when evangelism was not opposed.
ordinance says that no one should be converted from one religion
to the other "by force, allurements or fraudulent means."
In a country like India where superstitions and sentimentality overrule
rational thinking, how will anyone give up his religion if he is
forced? It would have been sensible if an ordinance to ban defections
from one political party to another had been promulgated! Only politicians
are telling outright lies and giving false promises to the illiterate
masses of the country and "allure" them to their parties
promised peace, joy, forgiveness and eternal life to the people.
If this is called "allurement," sorry, we canít help it!
All Christians are commissioned by Christ to proclaim the Gospel
of these blessings to everyone on earth. The authority for this
proclamation is given to them by Jesus the King of kings (Mt 28:18-20).
No government can take away this authority from them. Preaching
the Gospel to the non-christians is statutory and obligatory for
Christians. Missionary work and evangelism are not optional for
the Church. A Christian who does not make others Christians has
failed in his calling. Any follower of Jesus has to be a "fisher
of men" (Mt 4:19).
are not doing acts of charity to convert people but to comfort them
in their suffering because they are helpless. Why did Mother Teresa
pick up babies from garbage, and the dying from the streets, and
treat them in her home? Why did Graham Staines leave his country
and work among lepers in Orissa? We are imitating our Heavenly Father
who "makes His sun shine on the evil and on the good, and sends
rain on the just and on the unjust" (Mt 5:45). If folks are
attracted to Christianity by its selfless and sacrificial service,
and love for the poorest of the poor and the downtrodden and the
untouchables, is it "allurement?" Undoubtedly this law
will become a hindrance to the yeomen services rendered by several
Christian relief agencies for the poor and the marginalised. In
fact the Gospel of Christ enlightens the illiterates and protects
them from being exploited by cunning businessmen who fund corrupt
who sits in the heavens laughs at the antichristian rulers because
they are fighting a losing battle. I sincerely urge all of them
to read the second chapter of the Book of Psalms in the Bible and
predict that the anticonversion law introduced in Tamilnadu will
usher in an unprecedented revival in the Tamil Church. In order
that Godís ultimate purpose in letting the rulers promulgate a law
like this may not be defeated, I present here some practical counsel
for all Christians to follow.
Let prayer for missions and evangelism be our top priority. When
the first century preachers of the Gospel were threatened, the first
thing they did was bending of their knees before the God of heaven
and earth (Acts 4:23-30). This prayer is worth memorizing. God honoured
this prayer by filling the believers with sublime boldness through
the Holy Spirit (v 31). Preachers and people have spent too
much time in praying for head aches and stomach pains. Itís time
we bring the proclamation of the gospel and salvation of men and
women to the top of our prayer list (1 Tim 2:1-7).
2. Let the entire Church be mobilized for soulwinning and
evangelism. Teach every Christian how to win souls for Christ. The
results of personal evangelism will outwit that of public meetings.
Conduct more missionary conventions and soulwinning classes than
healing campaigns. This may be the final hour of the endtime harvest
in Tamilnadu. Give the Sunday morning pulpit to a frontline missionary
or a mission leader atleast once a month. Let each member of the
congregation catch the missionary vision.
3. Donít keep on addressing Christians in public meetings,
broadcasts and telecasts. The Tamil Church has been guilty of evangelising
the evangelised, comforting the comforted, blessing the blessed,
but neglecting the neglected. The Hindu convert preachers must specialise
on speaking to and writing for the Hindu majority. The percentage
of Christians in Tamilnadu is just about six. Do you know that over
90% of offerings received from people is spent on this small group
only? Gross injustice and subtle imbalance!
4. Increase work among youth. College students and other
youngsters are enslaved by sex, drugs and movies. They are tired
of the hypocrisy and humbug of the politicians. The Church has failed
to address the issues of young people specifically. When nearly
50% of the population is below the age of 20, why not one of the
4 or 5 Sundays every month be observed as a Youth Sunday in our
Churches? As long as the youth meeting is conducted only as an extra-curricular
activity "after" the Sunday Service, we will continue
to lose our young men and young women to Lucifer. See how many times
the aged John refers to young men in his short epistle (e.g. 1 Jn
2:12-14). Who should be the main actors in Godís last day outpouring?ó"sons...
daughters... young men" (Acts 2:17).
5. Avoid using militant language in gospel preaching. Donít
shout, "India for Christ!" but say "Christ for India!"
Christ has not called us to christianize the world but evangelize
it. Donít call the gospel meetings as crusades! The word "crusade"
means a military expedition. Donít attack other religions. Donít
preach in front of temples and mosques, and distribute gospel pamphlets
in religious festivals of non-christians. Respect the sentimentality
of others. Because of the blasphemous remarks made by the leading
Baptist preacher Jerry Falwell of USA in October 2002 against Prophet
Mohammed, riots were ignited in Maharashtra in which nine people
were killed. He later apologised in public and assured that he would
always show respect for other religions, faiths and denominations.
Preachers, beware of lighting fires that could grow into a terrible
conflagration! Jesus grew not only in "favour with God"
but also in "favour with men" (Lk 2:52). That was the
secret of the daily phenomenal growth of the early church too (Acts
2:47). Tolerance is a Christian virtue and it is not compromise.
One of the greatest lessons of wisdom in Solomon was that he ruled
for 40 years without war. He had the same enemies that Saul and
David had, but was at peace with them. They favoured and respected
him, which helped to make him great. Thatís why God chose him, and
not David, to build the temple (1 Chron 28:2,3,6).
6. As far as possible, donít use non-Indian preachers in
public meetings. Christianity is already considered as the white
manís religion in India. Donít we have enough evangelists in India
who can preach with cultural understanding and sensitivity? It is
only practical wisdom that we donít use foreigners in direct evangelism
in India. They can help as trainers and equippers in seminaries
and seminars. Christianity in India, especially in Tamilnadu, is
highly westernised. Apostle Paul released the gospel from the Jewish
clothing. Martin Luther released it from the Latin clothing. Letís
do so from the Western clothing. I often wonder why Tamil Christians
celebrate English New Year so enthusiastically, but they care the
less for the Tamil New Year! We the Tamil Christians speak a Tamil
that sounds like Greek and Latin to the Tamil non-christians. We
are yet to realize why God got the New Testament written in Greek
the market language and not in Hebrew the religious language of
the Jews. Use updated and simplified versions of the Tamil Bible,
atleast while addressing non-christians. "Unless we speak words
easy to understand, we will be speaking into the air!" (1 Cor
7. The Church in Tamil Nadu is divided and fractured. Jesus
said that a kingdom which is divided against itself shall not stand.
Satan is not divided. All his workers and agents work in perfect
harmony. Shame on us! Stop stealing sheep from other folds. Put
an end to fighting over matters which matter not. Donít attack other
churches or preachers in pulpit or print. We quote Paul and argue,
"Did he not openly warn people against men like Alexander?"
(2 Tim 4:14). This was a personal letter written to an individual.
Even the epistles to Churches were letters for private circulation
only. But our magazines are registered with the Registrar of Newspapers
in India, and the copies fall in the hands of so many antichristian
folks. What foolishness that we attack our own preachers and ministries
in our magazines and periodicals! It is betrayal.
8. God is looking for Josephs and Daniels to be placed in
high positions in civil administration. Years ago there were so
many Christian IAS officers in the Tamil Nadu Secretariat and District
administration. Nowadays we hardly come across Christian names in
IAS cadre. Christian youngsters are interested in computer science
and overseas jobs only. I call upon young people to work hard and
aspire for administrative posts. We are the salt of the earth. We
are the light of the world. The society will decay and die without
salt and light. Parents, pastors and preachers must motivate their
youngsters to face this challenge. Strong Christian presence in
the government will influence the decision-makers. The impact left
in Collectorates, Directorates and the Secretariat by Tamil Christian
IAS officers like Mr. S. P. Ambrose, Mr. Daniel Gunanithi,
Mr. Wilfred Davidar and Mr. Jagadeesh Pandian is still sharp.
9. Letís multiply our evangelistic activities but do so with
wisdom. Preaching of the gospel is not banned. If such a law would
come up, we will have to obey God rather than men (Acts 4:19,20).
Under the present ordinance, there are certain legal formalities
to be done before baptising non-christian converts. Letís go through
them. Who knows, this may be Godís way of stopping fake conversions!
We already have in the Church more nominals than those really born
again. I urge evangelists not to do anything hastily and get everyone
into trouble. Zeal without knowledge is dangerous.
10. The Tamil Christians have perhaps sent more missionaries
to North India and spent more money for missions than the Christians
of other States during the last three decades. "God is not
unjust to forget your work and labour of love which you have shown
toward His Name" (Heb 6:10). However, in the recent years the
Tamil Christians have started to substitute praying and giving for
going. When the early Christians lingered on in Jerusalem without
moving out to Samaria and other regions beyond, God sent severe
persecution among them. The result was, "They were all scattered
throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria... Those who were scattered
went everywhere preaching the word" (Acts 8:1,4). Chennai is
the Jerusalem of India. If it is to scatter Tamil Christians and
preachers all over North India that God has stirred the rulers to
come up with this anticonversion ordinance, it is welcome!
A letter to the persecuted
No.2 / 30 September 2002
you for your interest in this website. After I wrote to you on the
10th September, a Visitors Book has been opened in this site where
you can leave your comments.
Lord impressed upon a few of us college students in 1965 the effectiveness
of tract evangelism. Those days most of the tracts, including those
in the Indian vernaculars, were printed overseas and imported from
there. Obviously over 90% of them was not appropriate for the Indian
culture. Not only that, when Indian non-Christians were handed out
with pamphlets printed overseas, their eyebrows were raised because
Christianity in India is still thought to be the white manís religion.
Being in touch with the non-Christians in India, both in towns and
villages, we the youngsters after much prayer and waiting on the
Lord wrote a tract in Tamil titled, Good News of Deliverance! In
the first instance we printed 10,000 copies with the contribution
given by Mr. A. Sivapragasam a provisions shopowner in Karaikudi
in Tamilnadu who was joining us in our campus prayer gatherings.
For follow-up we gave our address as the Gospel Team. The response
was amazing wherever these tracts were distributed.
did we realize at that time that this tract would soon become one
of the most favourite ones of soulwinners. When the Blessing Youth
Mission was organized in 1971, it started printing this tract in
large quantities for its outreach teams, namely Nehemiah Teams and
Deborah Teams. Today this tract is translated to over 10 Indian
languages and widely distributed, under a new title,
Blessing for You! Five years ago I wrote another tract for students
and religionists titled,
Life Before and After Death.
these tracts can be read in the Annexure to this letter. You have
my permission to print them out in whatever format you like, but
without altering the matter, for your evangelistic needs. You can
give your own address for enquiries to contact.
preacher may dilute his message to suit the audience. This a tract
never does. It keeps saying the same thing again and again. No gift
or talent is necessary for tract distribution ministry. We should
only not be ashamed of the Name of Christ. There will be many to
greet you in Heaven because they had gone there believing in the
message they read in the tracts you distributed. Start today! I
shall be happy to hear of your efforts and results.
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bring you the most joyful news ever announced and itís for everyone!"
is how an angel of God announced the birth of Jesus Christ in Palestine
about 2000 years ago. Yes, this is the greatest news for all of
us because Christ came into the world just for you and me. To save
of us have sinned. The result of sin is death. That is, everlasting
separation from God to be cast into hell. But God is love. He does
not desire that anyone should perish. He so loved us that He sent
His only Son Jesus into this sinful world. If we believe on Jesus,
we will not perish but enjoy eternal life.
lived on this earth for 33Ĺ years as a man. He was tempted like
us in all areas of life. But He never yielded to any temptation.
He is the only One who never sinned. It was because He was God in
human form. He went around doing good to people. He forgave sinners.
He healed the sick. He even raised some dead persons back to life.
He exercised absolute authority over nature. He delivered people
from demon-possession. Nothing was impossible for Him. Can anything
be too difficult for God?
of envy the enemies of Christ crucified Him on the Cross. But it
was God's plan. His death is the supreme sacrifice for the sins
of the whole world. Through His sinless, spotless and sacred blood,
we have forgiveness of sins and salvation. He also bore our sicknesses
on His body. Neither the blood of birds and animals nor any religious
ceremony can blot out our sins. The blood of Christ alone has the
power to cleanse us.
did not disappear into dust. Death could not hold Him. Because He
is the King of kings and the Lord of lords, He defeated the devil
and rose again on the third day! After resurrection He appeared
to His disciples for forty days and showed Himself alive. Then He
went back to Heaven. This Risen Christ has never changed. His power
is still the same to bless us!
Christ is not a mythological figure. He is a historical person.
It is impossible to understand history without Him. He has divided
history as B.C. and
A.D. One of His disciples
by name Thomas came to India around A.D.
40 to preach this Good News of salvation through Jesus. He was martyred
invitation of Christ comes to everyone of us irrespective of caste
or creed. He has said, "Come to Me, all of you who are burdened.
I will give you relief!" We have no other way to obtain forgiveness
of sins. Jesus claimed, "I am the Way." He is not one
of many ways. He is "the Way!" There is no salvation except
through Christ. Christ is Godís only provision to redeem man.
Bible is the Word of God. It says that there are ways which look
right to men but they only lead to destruction. Forsake your sins
and come to Jesus. He will forgive you. He will also heal your sick
body. He is Almighty.
said He would come to earth again. The wars, famines, earthquakes
and all thatís happening today were predicted by Him. All the prophecies
in the Bible are being fulfilled accurately. When Jesus came for
the first time, 2000 years ago, He came as the Saviour. When He
comes again, He will be a Judge. Those who donít accept Him as Saviour
today will have to face Him at the Judgment Seat. The choice is
is short. No one knows when he will breathe his last. Tomorrow is
not ours. Today is the day of salvation. Decide today your eternal
destiny. There is nothing like the joy of forgiveness today and
assurance of life forever in Heaven.
this is not a religious propaganda. In fact, no religion can save
you. The Christian religion also cannot save you. Christ alone can
save you! He alone can forgive you! He alone can redeem your soul!
Do you want to receive this blessing? If so, please say the following
prayer sincerely and in faithó
God, I am a sinner. Have mercy on me. I thank You for sending
Jesus Christ to die for me. I believe on Him as my personal
Saviour. I receive the Living Christ into my life. I accept
Him as my Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and making me
Your child. In the Name of Jesus, I ask!"
bless you with His joy and peace! Do write to us if you desire to
know more about Jesus.
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is certain. It is sure. No one can escape it. God appointed it following
manís sin. Science cannot stop it. Riches cannot avoid it.
divides life into two. One is life on this earth and the other is
life in eternity. Life here is temporary but life hereafter is permanent.
Life here is short but life after death is for ever.
material world is manís habitation before death. After death he
enters a spiritual world unseen today. In this world good and evil
stay together. But in the world to come they are separated. The
place where good dwells is Heaven and that where evil dwells is
Hell. God has His throne in Heaven. Satan with all his evil forces
will be thrown into Hell.
Heaven and Hell are real. Heaven is a place of eternal bliss but
hell of eternal torment. All who obey God are rewarded in Heaven.
Those who reject Him are judged and punished in Hell.
can you enter Heaven? Jesus said, "I am the Way!" He also
emphasized there is no other. No religion can "save" man.
Religions can only "teach" man. But man needs a Saviour.
Jesus Christ is the Saviour of the world. He came into the world
to save sinners.
is sin that bars man from entering Heaven. The punishment for sin
is eternal separation from God. But God loved mankind and so He
sent His only Son Jesus to sacrifice Him for sin. Jesus died on
the Cross 2000 years ago. He rose again. His blood can wash away
all sin. But this is effective only for those who believe on Him.
is sin? It is all ungodly and unrighteous acts. It is rebellion
against God. It is refusal to accept Godís offer of forgiveness
and salvation through Christ. It is failure to love others as ourselves.
It is disobedience to Godís commandments given in the Holy Bible.
But when a man comes to Christ in repentance and simple faith, he
is instantly forgiven. He becomes a child of God. He is "born
you can decide your eternal destiny today. God loves you. He does
not desire that your soul perish in Hell. He wants you enjoy life
forever with Him in glory.
expect to repent at the eleventh hour; you may die at ten thirty!
Say bye to your old and evil way of living right now and turn to
Jesus. Accept His pardon. Receive Him as your Saviour. You will
become a new person. Jesus is the True Light. He will shine on you.
Your life will be totally changed.
will give you power to overcome temptations. Satan cannot snatch
you from Godís hand. You will be safe.
can die with hope. As you close your eyes here you will open them
in Heavenóin the literal
presence of God. Accepting Christ makes all the difference.
write to us if you desire to know more about what you have read
in this pamphlet.
No.1 / 10 September 2002
website was launched at a point when I could wait no longer.
immediate outcome of my personal encounter with Christ as a first
year college student in 1962 was a passionate desire to dig deep
into the riches of Godís Word. I have been a sincere student of
the Scriptures ever since. Because I took up building engineering
as the branch of study and chose the same as my career atleast for
the first five years after graduation, I had no opportunity to study
in a Bible seminary. But I used to sit for hours and be on my knees
with the Bible open. There has been never an occasion when I got
up without receiving a definite message from the Lord. Thanks to
my spiritual mentors who taught me to write down immediately in
a notebook whatever I learnt at the time of personal meditations.
Usually these devotional thoughts have been the starters for the
sermons I preached, the lessons I taught, and the articles I wrote
during the last three to four decades of my ministry.
what I have received from the Lord has been much much more than
what I could pass on to people. Hardly 50% of what I have received
in my private study has been so far shared through print or pulpit.
Surges of messages from God keep coming to me day after day and
week after week. How can I pass them all to the present generation
as well as the future ones if I must be a faithful steward of the
mysteries of God? Will I not wake up before my Master as a "wicked
and slothful servant" if His revelations are buried with me?
It is this heartcry which gave birth to this website. Evangelist
Sam Jebadurai launched it on 31 August 2002 in the opening ceremony
of the Blessing Literature Centre at Chennai.
fact, so much of material had already been typed out and stored
by my enthusiastic young friends Ashok Vedasironmani and Richard
Justus. My profound thanks to them. (Please read in the Annexure
what Ashok has written to me in this regard.) I am updating the
notes in order to upload them in stages to serve friends like you
all over the world. I will of course include some of what has already
been preached or published. I am grateful to Mr. Santhosh of UAE
for obtaining this website space for me from Brinkster.
thank God for the Blessing Youth Mission (BYM)
which blessed me with a pulpit and a publishing unit which have
served as the primary outlet for all that I wanted to say and write
these many years. Writing regularly for the BYMís official organ,
Blessing, as a Contributing Editor along with my wife, since
1972, has been a splendid opportunity. Out of gratitude I am directing
the beneficiaries of this website to support the missionary work
of BYM if they are so
led. (See Home Page.)
request you to invite as many Christian friends as possible to visit
this website. Do write to me at <email@example.com>
if you are blessed or would like to comment. Bear with me if I am
not able to reply your letters due to lack of time. I desire to
paste a new letter every ten days on this column. Will you pray
for me, please?
the peace and power of God fill your hearts and strengthen your
my third year (1998) of post graduate studies in computer application,
I obeyed the call to help the BYM
hq office in the field of computers. Richard, a friend of mine from
Sunday School days, was waiting for his posting as a Government
College lecturer. We both were working as instructors in Loyola
College Computer Centre in Chennai. I decided to develop a software
through which all the revelations of God from your meditations can
be made available on the desktop. This software was a part of my
last semester project. Richard typed the notes from your diaries
and I developed the software. I believed that God would definitely
use it one day for His glory. Therefore whenever both of us met
we used to recall the time we spent to type and develop the software.
Many times Satan used the delay to discourage me and it made me
wonder whether I would ever become a useful vessel for God. We did
not realise that Godís time was coming near. By the turn of August
this year you called me and Dickson annan, and told us about the
website you had decided to launch. My heart started bubbling with
as I sit to type out this letter, I am overwhelmed with praise to
God for saving a wretch like me to serve Him.
you, uncle, for this privilege.