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A VISION OF NEW JERUSALEM: Is Jesus preparing a place for us or for himself?

by Vishal Mangalwadi:

On September 30, at 11 am, I’m planning to preach on New Jerusalem in the Old Jerusalem. My host, the ICEJ Feast of Tabernacles (International Christian Embassy Jerusalem), expects 5,000 pilgrims from 100 nations to attend the annual four day event.

Please pray that the Holy Spirit will communicate with clarity and power the reforming vision of New Jerusalem.

Vishal Ruth B-W gardenRuth and I have been invited because for the past few years the leaders of the Feast have been reading and promoting “The Book That Made Your World: How the Bible Created the Soul of Western Civilization.” They want its message to spread around the world.

Like most evangelicals, I too was misled into believing that Jesus had gone to prepare a mansion for me. Many Christians want to live in heavenly mansions much more than in Christ – the true Vine. A fresh reading of the Scriptures clarified that God is preparing New Jerusalem – the Holy City – as a dwelling place for Himself (Ezekiel 48: 35; Revelation 21:3).

Other-worldly Bible teachers had so conditioned my perspective that it took decades to see that the plain teaching of John 14-17 is that the Triune God is looking for a “place” for His dwelling.

John 14: 17, 23 etc. say that He wants to live in “us” so that we may live in Him. He is the way as well as the destination – Truth and Life – (14:6).

John 15 teaches that He wants us to abide in him, so that He may abide in us and make us fruitful.

A central point of John 17 is that He will dwell in me only when I become the church – one with other believers.

New Jerusalem, the bride, is the Household of God (1 Timothy 3:15).

Jesus stands at the door of every local church and knocks, because He wants to live in the church and wants the church to live in Him. (Revelation 3:20).

The church is the “lamp stand” (Rev 1:12 & 20), the lamb is the lamp (Rev 21: 23). When the Lamp, is on the lamp stand, the New Jerusalem will become radiant, giving light to the nations (Rev 21:24).

The great riddle of the universe is that the Omnipresent Creator is looking for a dwelling place. He had created our hearts to be His dwelling place, yet, He stands outside, because our hearts have become too dark for the Light of Life.

God cares for our hearts, but is He also interested in geography – in Jerusalem?

God promised a geographic unit, a nation, to Abraham. He has promised all the nations . . . the ends of the earth’s geography . . . to His Son (Psalm 2:8). The Son has commanded us to disciple nations because all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to him.

Does God want to live in my hometown as its ruler? Does He want Allahabad to be filled with the knowledge of God as the waters cover the sea?

Is God building the New Jerusalem somewhere beyond the blue? Will it descend like a gigantic UFO? Or is the heavenly Jerusalem being built here on this earth (Revelation 3: 12, Galatians 4: 22-26, Hebrews 12: 22) Well, the praying community in our university is asking that Allahabad may become a Crime-Free Zone; that it will be a holy City of Salvation where God reigns.

Admittedly, the vision is as crazy as Ezekiel’s vision of the valley of dry bones (Eze 37). “Can these bones live?” is God’s question, not mine. The Lord gave this incredibly bold vision of a new Allahabad to Dr. R. B. Lal, a scientist, the Vice Chancellor of our university, and the founder-bishop of Yeshu Darbar.

Because our university draws students from all over India, what happens here will shape the future of the Indian church. The city is strategic geographically, religiously, and politically. The world’s largest religious gathering, Kombu Meal, happens here every 12 years. Seven of India’s first 13 Prime Ministers came from this city. Please join us in praying for an outpouring of God’s Spirit . . . for a massive revival . . . a renewal that will bring healing to the land – to geography.

Ruth and I plan to spend 2 weeks in Israel. Please pray that the Lord will provide financial means for us to enjoy this study-tour. (Praise God for one of my Indian mentors, who has already donated $100.) I am excited because after the Feast Ruth is able to come to India for five weeks or so.

Yours for the New Jerusalem,

Vishal Mangalwadi

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Is “Secular” India Sacred?

by Vishal Mangalwadi

Is secular India sacred?
Should a citizen sacrifice his life to protect India’s geographic borders?

Is it one’s moral duty to pay taxes to politicians and bureaucrats who, he believes, are
corrupt mis-managers of public funds?

Questions are philosophical;
implications are immensely practical;
postmodern answers are ambiguous.

Nations are products of history; but, if the nation is merely an accident of history then how can it be “sacred”? Unless, of course, we invent myths that make people believe what is made up – false?

If national borders are not sacred then:

Why shouldn’t Russia swallow up Ukraine? After all, just a few decades ago it was a part of the Russian empire (USSR). Why shouldn’t Mexicans walk into American states of Texas or Arizona which used to be a part of Mexico? Why should Great Britain allow Scotland to secede through a democratic referendum?

Why shouldn’t ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) demolish international borders of Middle Eastern “nations” if these represent whims of colonial bureaucrats? What is wrong with a new Islamic Caliphate dreaming about a revived Mughal Empire?

Why shouldn’t the wealthy use secret bank accounts to save their tax (evaded), their much-loved Lakshmi from our infamous “nexus of corruption” – politicians, bureaucrats and criminals?

home_derechaThe heart may feel that nations might be sacred. National crises may bring out wonderful responses that are emotional rather than rational – derived from our presuppositions and worldviews. Yet, great nations, as Dr Babu Verghese suggests, are built upon truth – upon a rational worldview that affirms sanctity of nations through language, literature, education, and media that promote nationalism as a virtue.

Contemporary confusion has compelling pedigree

The USA won the Second World War. It could have colonized Germany and Japan.  In partnership with British Empire, it had the option to build United Empires. In contrast, America’s President, Franklin Roosevelt, demanded as a pre-condition to joining the war that the Allies dismantle their colonial ideology and promote a peculiar concept of “nation” through United Nations (UN).

Roosevelt did so because, back then, Americans still thought that the “nation” was sacred – it was God’s idea, therefore it was moral. Empire – Babylonian, Medo-Persian, Greek, Rome, – was a pagan idea, even though European Christianity had baptized it as “Christendom”. Being a fusion of Roman and biblical worldviews, the British political thought was confusion.

The post WWII world went along with the moral vision of the United States of America. Colonies were turned into nations.  For the first time in history, it became international law and a sacred moral principle to respect “sovereignty and territorial integrity” of nations. Yet, American Christianity (anxiously looking for the Anti-Christ and Second Coming) failed to nurture the theological roots of the United Nations. Deprived of theological nutrients, those roots have dried up. Therefore, not just nations but the very concept of nation is in deep trouble now.

While colonies such as India were relishing nationhood, European intellectuals began to blame the two World Wars on German nationalism.  They were right. However, Roman Catholic and Secular intellectuals went on to condemn nation itself as a Protestant (biblical) idea. They failed to notice that God promised to make Abraham a great nation so that through his descendants all nations might be blessed (not dominated).

German nationalism became corrupt because pre-war German thought rejected the cultural authority of God’s word.

EU FlagPostwar critics of ‘nation’ used the university and the media to make nation and nationalism dirty words.  Some European intellectuals went on to praise Russia’s Communist Empire (USSR), many more became aggressive in undermining nations Their goal to preempt another World War was honourable. It could have been achieved by creating a greater European nation, but their attack on nation created an impression that at least some of them are after a quasi-empire by another name – European Union (EU). Having ridiculed the idea of nations, they have lost the moral ground for opposing Russian annexation of Ukraine or ISIS’ attempt to create a Sunni Empire.

America’s vision of transforming colonies into nations was formed by the Bible’s first book, Genesis. Chapters 11 and 10 describe how God destroyed the imperial city of Babel in order to divide mankind into nations. Chapter 10 defines nations three times as (a) people with (b) distinct language in a given (c) territory (Genesis 10: 5, 20, 31).

Genesis chapter 12 begins the Bible’s grand narrative of transforming a nomad, Abraham, into a great soul (Mahatma) as well as into a “great nation” in a given territory that it owns and manages. A nation may be a specific people group, governing its territory in its own language. A “great nation” manages to integrate many peoples into one governing structure in a given territory. Israel was thirteen tribes but became one nation. When tribalism (people-groupism) took over, it split into two nations – Israel and Judah.

Genesis asserted that God’s purpose in making Abraham into a great nation was to make Israel a light, example, blessing to all the nations (Genesis 12:2-3; 18:18; 22:18, etc.).

Israel struggled to be a nation in the midst of empires that neither understood nor respected nationhood. Its failures were miserable; its renewals miraculous. Its endurance became inspiration to many nations. The single most important key to Israel’s success and global influence was literature, compiled into one book, the Bible.

A Book to Bless the Nations

For four centuries, Abraham’s descendants were slaves in Egypt. They served as shepherds and brick makers. God used Moses to liberate slaves and organize them to become a nation.

Moses_with_the_Two_New_Tables_of_StoneNo culture in history ever required its slaves, brick makers and shepherds to read and write.  In India, as everywhere else, they were oral learners, believing stories crafted by clever priests. In order to transform illiterate slaves into a great nation, God didn’t give them oral stories. He gave them a written text – the Ten Commandments.  He asked Moses to write down other laws and put all writings into the physical and spiritual centre of Israelite camp. Illiterate former slaves were commanded to read the law, copy it, meditate upon it, and to teach it. It was a novel concept of the rule of written law that was to become one of their many gifts to the world. Moses told them that their adherence to the written word, not ethnicity, will make them a wise, understanding, and great nation – an example to the world (Deuteronomy 4: 5–8).

Every nation became a great nation that followed Israel’s example and paid serious attention to the book that Moses began to compile. One factor that made Bible-based nations “great” is obvious: In his fifth book Moses taught that nations were sacred because they were God’s creation,

“When the Most High gave to the nations their inheritance,

when he divided mankind,

he fixed the borders of the peoples

according to the number of the sons of God. (Deuteronomy 32:8)

The Father of the European Idea of the Nation

The Greeks experimented with democratic city-states: that fact is well-known. The forgotten fact is that the Greeks discarded democracy in favour of the Persian pattern of empire-building.  The man who introduced Moses’ idea of the nation to Europe was the Apostle Paul. In Athens, Paul stood on Areopagus and taught philosophers the divine origin of nations,

“And he [God] made from one man every nation of mankind to live on the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us” (Acts 17: 26–27).

Nation is a moral idea. Nations are sacred because they are divine creation. In an empire you are a subject. In a nation you are a citizen with rights and responsibilities, with duties and opportunities. In an empire you are taxed without anyone seeking your consent about how much you should be taxed and how your tax money should be spent. In a nation, there is no taxation without representation.

India was born in bloody Partition conflicts: how can one call it divine creation?

All children have a bloody birth. Many are born due to sins of rape, incest, or adultery. Yet, every child bears God’s image; is loved and owned by Him. Human sin does not preclude God’s sovereignty. Nations are mortal as are human beings, but both have destinies before God.

If the first book of the Bible discusses the origin and sacredness of the concept of the nation, the last book of the Bible, Revelation, concludes with a grand vision of healing of the nations in the new heaven and the new earth (Revelation 22:2). The Lord Jesus sent his apostles to “disciple the nations” (Matthew 28:18) because the Bible’s vision of salvation includes bringing light to the nations that do not know how to live right (Revelation 21: 24). Simply stated, giving light to the nations means that great nations are built on great ideas: ideas that are true, good and beautiful. Ideas are articulated in language and communicated through literature.

India is sacred because it is God’s idea. Apostle Paul called upon God’s people to pay taxes because,

…there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore, whoever resists the authority resists what God has appointed, . . . one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience. For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God . . . pay to all what is owed to them; taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, and honor to those whom honor is owed”  (Romans 13: 1–7).

God sent His servants to develop our dialects into literary languages because He wanted to make India a nation and a great nation. Dr Verghese documents that usually the first book to be translated into an Indian language was the Bible – the source book of the idea of nation.

Flag of an Asian territoryWhen the nineteenth century dawned, India was divided into hundreds of princely states. Today a united and independent India is divided into linguistics states. That reality is very similar to the one described in Genesis 10. But it doesn’t end there; it culminates in chapter where the promise of great nation is made. India is on its way to becoming a “great nation” because, in spite of many failures, it has succeeded in holding many ethnicities and languages in one territory under the rule of just and, essentially, biblical law. Dr Verghese’s thesis is that this amazing development of linguistic states became possible only because God’s servants laboured to develop the heart dialects of illiterate people into literary languages. God’s servants dedicated their lives to make our languages capable of communicating great ideas that build great nations.

Terribly divided geographic India has been united into a nation. Intellectually deprived oral learners have been given literary languages capable of developing their immense potential. Yet, even historians do not know the fascinating people and processes God has used to make India a nation capable of becoming a great nation.

Coming generations will bless Dr Babu Verghese and his family for the sacrifices they have made to write this forgotten chapter of India’s history. May their exceptional service fire up our hearts to love India as God loves her. May we devote our imagination, resources, and labour to further develop Indian languages, literature, people, land, resources and institutions to make India what God wants it to be – a nation where His will is done on earth.

© Vishal Mangalwadi
SHIATS (deemed University), Allahabad, UP

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“REBUILDING THE ANCIENT RUINS” IN INDIA

Mangalwadi, blueDear Friends,

On 3 August 2015, Dr. Ashish Alexander and I began a nine months course to train ‘civil services aspirants’ in CHRD – The Centre For Human Resource Development at SHIATS, Deemed University.

Our theologically controversial goal is to develop godly leaders (Abrahams and Daniels) so that God may fulfill his promise to make India a “great nation.”

carey66I have never heard or read a historian, secular or Christian, ever say that the DNA of modern India’s governance was forged in Calcutta’s Fort William College – a tiny institution established in 1800 to train godly civil servants for a very corrupt British East India Company. However, Three days a week William Carey taught at Fort William.

Most of the Bibles printed in Serampore, were translated at Fort William. Its other illustrious teacher was Henry Martyn.

Fort William’s Provost was Claudius Buchanan, the author of ‘Christian Researches in Asia.’ Buchanan did more than anyone else to inspire Christian families in Britain to dedicate the best of their boys to govern India with justice and compassion.

This Christian conspiracy to replace India’s corrupt English government with a godly government worked. It succeeded because British Evangelicals led by William Wilberforce, Charles Grant, Zachary Macualay,  and their Clapham community of bankers and politicians, backed it with a prayerful investment of time, energy, and money.

In 1806, these visionaries got the East India Company to establish Haileybury College, out side of London. It’s mission was to begin training High School students to grow up to go to Fort William, to prepare to serve India as godly leaders.

In 1833, Thomas Babbington Macaulay and Charles Grant, Jr. got the Parliament to pass their proposal that Indians must be trained and recruited to govern India as senior civil servants.

Twenty years later they found that not a single Indian had actually been recruited in higher echelons of civil services. Why? Because India had no university, therefore, no graduates. That began an effort that led to two historic decisions: the founding of the first three universities in Bombay, Madras, and Calcutta, and the recruitment of civil services, exclusively on the basis of merit, rather than race, bribes, and nepotism.

This multi-generational effort gave to free India one of the world’s finest bureaucracies and a police force. That is a PhD thesis waiting to be written. The factors that corrupted Indian police and civil services, included the corruption of evangelical theology. This has to be the subject of another PhD thesis. However, a Greater is the need to restart the training if a new generation of godly governors who are already seated with Christ in heavenly places, reigning with him.

SHIATS has set apart a good building and given ten computers for a digital library. Bathrooms are being built, but CHRD needs resources to build a small kitchen so that students can study for 12 hours a day.  More urgently, we need filming and editing equipment to digitize the teaching and make it available, so that poor but capable students could be trained cheaply in their local churches and communities.

Capacity to film and use Youtube (in English and Hindi) will enable us to reach many more people than we are reaching through Facebook and emails. For now, your online gifts through Revelation Movement will be used for this initiative. (Since Virtues Inc. is now a legal entity in Minnesota, Revelation Movement will no longer serve as a channel for contributions intended for them.)

On a personal note – SHIATS offered me a respectable honorarium. I chose to accept the advise of the Board of Revelation Movement to serve as a volunteer in order to retain the freedom to strategically promote the transforming power of God’s word around the world.

From September 25-Oct 2, Ruth and I hope to be at the Feast of Tabernacles in Jerusalem to speak on Reformation and promote my books to ‘pilgrims’ from 100+ nations.

CHRD is my afternoon work. Mornings I want to devote to expanding “The Book That Made Your World” into a documentary-driven online educational curriculum.

Your prayers and contributions are invited.

Gratefully Yours,
Vishal Mangalwadi

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REFORMING AMERICA – NOT A CAKE WALK!

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Dear Friends:

Praise God that the Star Tribune, one of Minnesota’s major newspapers, has followed up on the report by the Coon Rapids County paper, reporting on Virtues Inc.

The article’s summary: Reforming America will be tough, but when the going gets tough, the tough need to get going.

Let us not forget that to reform Europe, scholarly preachers such as Wycliffe, Hus, Luther, Calvin, and Tyndale risked their lives.

Today, however, many prefer a pre-trib rapture.

I’m reminded of the words of Isaac Watts’ hymn –

Must I be carried to the skies
On flowery beds of ease?
While others fought to win the prize,
And sailed through bloody seas?

Dave GlasneCan the earth be filled with the knowledge of God as the waters cover the sea?
The American church is best equipped to do it … The tragedy is an evangelical theology that has paralyzed the church into passive pessimism.

Please go to this article – Twin Cities minister hopes to marry churches with colleges. The story of Dave Glesne’s progress is an inspiration.

Thank you for your prayers and continued financial support,

Your friend,
Vishal Mangalwadi

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Reviving Europe’s Soul – BibleGateway.com uploads interview

Mangalwadi, blueDear Friends,
Your prayers continue to expand the global influence of “The Book That Made Your World: How the Bible Created the Soul of Western Civilization.”

And now, BibleGateway.com has uploaded an interview, discussing book! (Go to Amazon.com, to see more then 224 excellent reviews.)

There’s more!

During June, I traveled extensively in Germany and Switzerland planting the seeds of Europe’s return to God’s Word. The first edition of the 600-page German translation sold out. The second edition is now in the market. Several magazines published reviews and interviews and the public television network in Martin Luther’s territory indicated serious interest in a multi-part television series based on the book!

Friends, the Lord is raising up a team. Our immediate need is for $50,000 to negotiate and sign a contract with the television channel. Please continue to pray and donate!

Yours for His kingdom,
Vishal Mangalwadi

The following is a small excerpt from the interview on BibleGateway:

Q. “Why do you call the Bible THE SOUL OF WESTERN CIVILIZATION?”

A. Although the West has amputated its soul, I call the Bible the soul of Western Civilization because it propelled the development of everything good in the West: its notion of human dignity, human rights, human equality, justice, optimism, heroism, rationality, family, education, universities, technology, science, a culture of compassion, great literature, economic progress, political freedom.

TBTMYW coverTake, for example, democracy. The myth that modern democracy came from Greece was invented only in the 20th century by John Herman Randall of Columbia College (New York) and Mortimer Adler and Robert Maynard Hutchins of the University of Chicago. The reality is that in his classic, “Republic,” Plato, the greatest of Greek philosophers, had already condemned democracy as Mobocracy – the worst of all political systems. Plato proposed that the ideal republic should be ruled by philosopher kings.

His disciple, Aristotle, trained Alexander-the-Great to be a philosopher king, who turned out to be one of the most ruthless conquerors in history. In turn, Alexander inspired India’s first empire builder, Chandragupta Maurya.

Later Alexander inspired Machiavelli’s “The Prince” – which examines how a successful prince acquires and retains power. Machiavelli was the flowering of European Renaissance that produced tyrants such as Napoleon. The biblical Reformation led to the birth of modern democracy. Without the Bible, Western democracy will become obnoxious as did the Greek democracies.

To give another example, the West’s confidence in human reason came not from Greece, but from the Bible, via Augustine. Hinduism, Buddhism and their products such as Greek gnosticism knew that unaided intellect cannot know truth. The Enlightenment corrupted Western culture’s confidence in reason by (over time) separating it from revelation. After Nietzsche and Freud, everyone knows that there is no reason to trust Human Reason, unless it is made in the image of Logos and strives to conform to it.

Please go here for the full article text and go here to donate.

Thank you for your support!
Vishal Mangalwadi

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Developing Godly Leaders For India – Conference

Mangalwadi, blueDear Friends:

Several of my books and videos, as well as Dr. Babu Verghese’s 700-page study, titled: “Let There Be India: The Bible’s Impact on Nation-Building” have presented the case that Christianity created modern India as a nation – a united, free, and developing nation.

Christianity gave us the rule of law. the very idea of constitutional democracy, modern education, and a civil service. However, it is apparent now that none of this will work without the Gospel.

The Church must train godly leaders who will make India a great nation, free from corruption and oppression – Godly leaders who care for Truth, for the poor, for justice and righteousness.

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Therefore, from June 26-28, 2015, Christian writers, designers and IT professionals will launch a national movement to develop Godly leaders. The event will begin at 9.30 am, on June 26th and conclude with a Businessmen’s dinner on Sunday the 28th, at 9.30 pm.

The writers will begin preparing:

  • A Sunday School curriculum to enable gifted children to go through the Bible studying leaders who built a great nation, who then destroyed it, and those (including the prophets) who rebuilt the nation. The Leadership Class in Sunday Schools will also look at How Jesus and His disciples began to fulfil a great nation’s mandate to bless all nations.
  • The Sunday School class, In the second phase, will continue to look at men and women who were inspired by the Bible to build modern nations in Europe, North America, and Asia – especially India.
  • The network of writers will also create curriculum for Leadership Clubs at High School and College level.

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I will be coaching some of our brightest students to become competent Civil Servants with Character. These classes will be filmed and turned into digital curriculum materials so that any church can use them anywhere, to train godly leaders and build a great nation.

As you will see, this is an much needed plan.
Please link here to see the formal meeting agenda and invitation!

I am asking you to participate in this work!

Our immediate need is for two cameras, as well as lighting and editing equipment, to start creating the curricula. Once underway, we will need at least $10,000 to get this literary movement off the ground.

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Thank you for your prayers and support for Church-based College Education!
The stage is now set for Churches and Parents to launch an EDUCATION REVOLUTION!
Please join us at Ashirwad Global Learning Center, Hyderabad, India – June 26-28!!!

Vishal Mangalwadi,
BOMI International

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Church-based College Education – Progress!

Mangalwadi, blueDear Friends:
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Thank you for your prayers and support for Church-based College Education!
The stage is now set for Churches and Parents to launch an EDUCATION REVOLUTION!

  Church-based College Education

Coming this fall to two Twin Cities locations
Minneapolis    |   Coon Rapids

      You are Invited!   Pastors, youth leaders, parents, students,  community leaders

 

A New Model for Higher Education…

Affordable college education at local church campuses

  • Offering students an affordable liberal arts degree utilizing online classes through an accredited partnership university
  • Providing discipleship and personal guidance from Academic Pastors
  • Fostering career development and readiness through local internships
  • Supporting students in a Christian community in their transitional years
Saturday, May 30, 2015
The Virtues Campus at Redeemer Lutheran
2135 Northdale Blvd NW | Coon Rapids MN 55433
9:15 am  Coffee and Registration
9:30 – 11:00 am   What is church-based higher education?
Guest Speakers: Author/Lecturer Dr. Vishal Mangalwadi
Dr. Bob Alsop, President of Waldorf College (anticipated)
11:15 – 12:30 pm Roundtable Q & A Luncheon
Please join us to learn about becoming involved as a financial supporter, host church, academic pastor, or business sponsorPlease RSVP for Saturday: VirtuesCampus.com/event

Sunday, May 31, 2015
The Virtues Campus at Spirit of the Lord Church
1001 Penn Ave N  | Minneapolis MN 55411

10:30 – 12:00 pm Worship service and Guest Speaker Dr. Vishal Mangalwadi

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VirtuesCampus.com | Main Office: 2135 Northdale Blvd NW | Coon Rapids, MN 55433
                                                             Phone: 651-401-1045

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Obama & Vishal Mangalwadi Celebrate India’s Republic Day

President Obama was India’s Guest of Honor to celebrate the Constitution that we adopted on 26 January 1950.

I was invited to hoist India’s tricolor flag in a Home for homeless girls. In the afternoon I spoke to a group of evangelical students and graduates.

Obama at Hyderabad HouseUpbeat and enthusiastic, President Obama praised “the world’s largest democracy,” where elections are still fair and citizens are free to replace corrupt governments (with even more corrupt rulers).

He instilled optimism in our youth, noting that the majority in India are under the age of 35.

It is likely that no one told him that according to a recent survey of 11 cities, 50% youth prefer military dictatorship to constitutional democracy. See NDTV article – Young India Says ‘Yes’ to Military Rule, ‘No’ to Inter-Religious Mingling

President Obama’s praise for the success of our Constitution suggested that he was not briefed about the fact that the ideologues behind his host want to change the Constitution and the biblical idea of “constitutionalism” itself. The world might begin to hear of it after the state elections in Bihar and UP, especially if Prime Minister Modi’s party wins the two states and, therefore, the Rajya Sabha – the Upper House of Indian Parliament.

The President correctly emphasized India’s need to treat the girl-child on par with boys. I was invited to the girls’ HOME partly because I had sent a young woman to this home. Her husband’s family beat her up so badly that she had a miscarriage. She ran away to kill herself but fell on the roadside bleeding. A kind Muslim family picked her up and took her to their home 600 Kms away.

The in-laws told the father that the girl had run away. Desperate to hear her voice, he came asking me to pray for her. She called after she had recovered a bit. The parents live with her grandparents and the grandfather refused to let her come to his home. She is supposed to live with her in-laws!

Thirty or so homeless girls in this HOME gave such authentic performances (intellectually, emotionally, and artistically) that Michelle Obama would have cried. I told them of Ruth’s heroic and unsuccessful 3-month long struggle to save 18-months Sheela. The sad narrative of her own parents killing her is recounted in my book, “The Book That Made Your World: How the Bible Created the Soul of Western Civilization.” (Thomas Nelson, 2011). The girls, receiving quality education, heard me with rapt attention. They are the victims of that same culture. Therefore, their resolve to change India was deepened.

A maverick Catholic nun runs the HOME. She is a highly respected lawyer in High Court. No one from the city’s Catholic hierarchy attended the function. The Bishop has asked the nun to move her 30 homeless girls out the house owned by the church.

Why?
Some Church leaders want it to be old-people’s home.

Why?
(My guess) Retired adults give their pensions and savings to the Home: abandoned girls have nothing to give! They cost – though much of their support comes from non-Christians who revere the lawyer-nun who is investing her life to shape India’s future.

As they get ready to become homeless again, the girls and the nun are trusting the living God to be their refuge.

Some of the people that invited President Obama to celebrate our Constitutional democracy may have given up on multi-party democracy — they may be waiting for the opportunity to usher in China-style one party (one man) rule.

But my time with the local unit of the Union of Evangelical Students of India (UESI) was delightful, empirical evidence that democracy can work in India.

In my assessment the UESI (Indian IVF) is the largest pan-India democratic forum. India has 900+ registered parties and none of them is democratic. As current elections in Delhi suggest, Prime Minister Modi is aggressively dismantling the power structures within his party that can hold him accountable.

During the last sixty years, the UESI has grown to be a solid tree, planted by the waters of God’s word. While the BJP’s Delhi crowd was enduring President Obama’s welcome rhetoric about religious tolerance, about 100 of us were considering how this tree (UESI) can bear leaves for the healing of our nation.

The Lord is doing wonderful things in our city. Here are snapshots from last Sunday:

JESUS BREAKS A BRAHMINS’ METAL CHAINS
A 20+ years old tall and handsome Ajay Tiwari stood by his mother as she thanked the Lord Jesus for breaking his iron chains. She held the chain in her hands with which the family had bound him for ten years. Gurus, gods, and medicines could not drive out his demons. Her mother’s heart pained to see her boy tied day after day, year after year as he became more and more aggressive. Finally, her heart overcame her religious prejudices.
In her helplessness she turned to Jesus. He delivered the boy and restored his sanity. The mother left the chains beneath the Alter as the boy chanted “Jai Yeshu” (Hail Jesus.) She was one of about 30 people who testified to warm-up the audience on a chilly Sunday morning . . .

DID JESUS RAISE A DEAD CHILD BACK TO LIFE?
After the service about 150 people wanted to be prayed over. So Rev. David Philips asked me to lay hands on some of them and pray. The last two were elderly women.
“What’s your problem” I asked them.
“We don’t have a problem,” they said. “We came here to testify, but the cold and the fog delayed us. The service is over, but we still want to testify.”
“What’s your testimony?”
One old woman pointed toward the other old woman and said, “her son had died. The doctor who performed the C-Section said that the child is dead, take him. She was shattered. This was her first baby. So I told her to forget the doctor and pray to Jesus. We both began to pray, and the child was resurrected. That’s why she has come to give glory to Jesus.”
It didn’t seem to me that the cheerful old woman had come from the hospital, after C-Section, without her child. Yet, the two seemed so authentic and so determined to testify that I took them up to Bishop R. B. Lal, who was still at the Alter, casting out another demon.
David Philip asked the cameraman to film the testimony. My suspicion turned out right, by “son” the witness meant “grandson.” The grandmother had come from the hospital. The resurrected grandson was her son: the daughter-in-law had given birth to a dead child; the grandmother gave him life (with a little help from Jesus, of course.) Hopefully, on another Sunday the parents will bring the child and then we will have the video with the audio.

Please pray for the 30 girls who escaped death but face homelessness.

(This is an appeal for prayer, not for donations. I am not authorized to raise money for what God is doing in Allahabad. If you want to support the girls’ HOME, I will connect you directly with the Sister.)

Thank you for your prayers for me and support to the Revelation Movement!!

Yours for transforming India,

Vishal Mangalwadi
BOMI International

Can Churchless Christianity Transform North India?

by Vishal Mangalwadi

North India’s religious landscape is changing. For over a century, the Church was a tiny urban phenomenon. It was clustered around colonial era churches, educational and failing medical institutions. Now the leaven of the Gospel is penetrating the countryside and creating a significant social revolution.

This movement began as a lower castes’ revolt against the Hindu social order. But any open-minded person can see that it has powerful supernatural dimensions.

The religious revolution is redefining North Indian Christianity. The question is: will it transform North India?

A wide variety of churches are mushrooming, yet, most of the “faith” movement is “churchless.” That is, a majority of the new “believers” don’t belong to any organized church.

The established Church played no intentional part in this movement. Hardly any one remembers that the worldview upon which the movement rests was planted by the Bible. That is why it rejects traditional fatalism, seeks human equality and dignity, and desires just progress.

The revolution began with those who marched in the name of Baba Saheb Dr. Bhimrao Ambedkar. Soon many of them realized that Ambedkar’s neo-Buddhism was a dead end – spiritually as well as socially. Therefore, millions decided to explore Jesus.

Most people who quit Hinduism found the existing ‘Body of Christ’ quite disappointing. My (unscientific) guess is that as many as ninety percent who came to Jesus did not find a church they could call home. They remain outside the old or new churches.

Can this churchless Christianity produce the fruit God promised Abraham – the kind of fruit that came out of the West’s “Reformation” and the great spiritual “Awakenings?”

Magnitude

The established church has ignored, even despised this movement. But thanks be to God that many energetic leaders rose up with new wine skins and took up the responsibility to love the weary and the heavy-laden.

Reliable statistics don’t exist. My guess is that in one state alone, as many as 1 Crore (10 million) people may have “received Jesus” as their savior. Yet, no more than 2-3% of them are a part of a local church. Many of these Christ-believers also worship idols. As many as 10,000 may have gone through 6-12 months of intensive Bible Study and 2000 or so may have completed 2-3 year Bible course.

The Revolution’s Sociology

A Sociologist studying the revolution could trace it’s origin to 19 February 1981. On that date, 800 Dalits formally converted to Islam in Meenakshipuram village in Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu in South India.

That “mass conversion” outraged some Hindu groups. They came together to build a political movement to overthrow the Congress Party’s soft Hinduism, acquire political power, and ban religious conversions.

Babu Jagjivan Ram was then the Dalit face of the Congress Party. He went on to become India’s Deputy Prime Minister. His response to “militant” Hindu’s political gauntlet was to launch the Bhartiya Dalit Sahitya Akademi (1984). Under S. P. Sumnakshar’s able leadership, the Akademi began promoting Ambedkar-inspired pro-conversion literature. Most of this literature is still “underground,” yet practically every Indian university is using some of it, especially the biographical texts. Recently, several universities in the US, UK, Canada, and France have begun studying this literature.

Christianity brought printing and mass literacy to India. The Brahmins did not write their sacred scriptures, the Vedas, let alone print them. Their sacred language, Sanskrit, does not even have a script. The decision to use the Nagari script to write Sanskrit was made only in the 1870s. Sadly, the post-Independent church stifled creative writing. Its corruption destroyed the publishing houses established by Western missions. Operation Mobilization (OM) championed literature evangelism but took no interest in developing Indian writing.

Nevertheless the Lord used movements such as OM to distribute 25 million pieces of literature in 12 languages at 26 sites in UP during the 1997 Hardwar Kumbh Mela. During the Allahabad Kumbh in 2001, at least 5 million pieces of literature were distributed in 6 Indian languages at 15 different sites in UP. This was not an OM project, but the timing of these efforts was providential.

Also in 1984, Kanshiram, a former officer in defense services, founded the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), which built North India’s anti-Brahminical movement upon the Dalit literary renaissance.

Our Sociologist will soon learn that the 1987 by-election to the Allahabad Parliamentary Constituency was one of the most significant milestones in this religious revolution. Kanshiram was an unknown politician then. He decided to run against V.P. Singh – a national hero. Singh, the Raja of Manda near Allahabad, had revolted against Rajiv Gandhi to launch the Jan Morcha, which merged with the Janata Dal. He was UP’s former Chief Minister and a Union Finance Minister. The media’s darling, Singh was the united opposition candidate against a “corrupt Congress.” It is likely that Singh financed Kanshiram’s election against himself to undermine Congress’ “Harijan” vote-bank.

It worked. Kashiram got 64,000 people to vote against Hinduism. He lost, but the electoral defeat did nothing to derail his life mission. Kanshiram labored relentlessly to grow the Dalit movement into an anti-Hindu political platform. His herculean effort catapulted Ms. Mayawati to UP’s Chief Ministership in 1995, ’97, 2003 and ‘07. These successful literary and political movements prepared North India for the spiritual earthquake which I had predicted at the end of that 1987 by-election.

Two Temptations

Every successful evangelist is tempted to assume that he, the sower/harvester, is the key to his own success. The Lord Jesus taught that a good harvest depends more on the soil than on the sower, his seed, or strategy (Matthew 13: 1-20).

A sociologist has a different temptation. A skeptical academic environment bullies him to study spiritual movements exclusively in non-supernatural terms. A materialistic worldview prevents him from examining the power of prayer and spirits – demonic or divine. Nevertheless, anyone familiar with the religious dimension of the revolution knows that it cannot be understood without paying due attention to the power of prayer, faith, and the ‘word’ that heals and delivers.

For decades South Indian Christians had prayed for the North. In 1963, Tamil Nadu’s Friends Missionary Prayer Band (FMPB) turned these prayers into an organized movement. Other forums such as Kerala’s Quiet Corner helped fuel the prayer. Inspired prophetic words of blessing were spoken. By the early 90’s, every year, over 5000 people were meeting in Nalimavadi for 3 weeks to fast and pray for India.

Only a few North Indians participated in this prayer movement. But in answer to those early prayers, in 1995, a spirit of earnest prayer began to rain upon North India. That was the year in which the then aggressively anti-Brahminical Mayawati became UP’s Chief Minister.

This monsoon of prayer produced the spiritual life that is currently pulsating in UP’s parched land. Politics could not keep the Schedule Castes (SCs) and the Backward Castes (BCs) united. Mayawati went on to forge an alliance with the Brahmin vote bank to fight the backward castes. That required downplaying the anti-Hindu card. But the genie was out of the bottle.

The surprising fact is that in spite of its sociological context, UP’s Christian movement did not rest upon anti-Brahminism. It has nothing to do with Dalit Theology. Although it is a lower caste movement, it welcomes Brahmins with open hearts. It is uniting castes seamlessly.

Intelligence officers, journalists, lawyers, even High Court judges – all high caste Hindus and skeptics – have visited centers of this spontaneous and unorganized revolution. They have cross examined Jesus witnesses who testify that the Lord Jesus has healed specific physical, social, or spiritual ailments.

Authentic documentaries of these witnesses are yet to be made. Evolutionary philosophers of language are yet to come to terms with the empirically evident fact that “words” deliver mentally deranged from their demons. At times, “words” bring back to life people declared clinically dead.

Unscientific Estimate of UP’s Churchless Christianity

This religious movement is waiting for a sociologist to study key players, history, statistics, theology, philosophy, and outcome.

Some foreign funding has been at play, but the new faith striking roots in UP is not dependent on that funding. Our sociologist will find that foreign funds have helped as well as hindered conversions. For example, if one person gets paid to bear witness, ten don’t want to witness, unless paid to do so.

Immediate factors producing faith are believers’ positive experience of the risen Christ and/or credible testimonies of their neighbors and relatives. The movement has to be seen in the larger context of the positive cultural impact of (often corrupt, yet) respected Christian educational institutions. These institutions have not participated in this revolution. Some of their leaders are far too snobbish to identify with the poor, illiterate, lower castes. Nevertheless, their reputation is a relevant factor behind this movement.

Only some Jesus-believers see themselves as “converts” to Christianity. Yet, their new faith does imply an implicit dissatisfaction with Hinduism, disappointment with unspiritual education, corrupt governance, and frustrating economics. It suggests a loss of interest in neo-Buddhism, Islam, or atheism.

Many Christ-believers call themselves ‘Hindus’ for social or economic reasons. Their disgust with established Churches is understandable. Nor is there a problem with a thoughtful person calling himself a Hindu follower of Christ. However, this brief inquiry is concerned with questions such as:

  • Why are 95% (?) believers in Christ outside a local Church?
  • Should they be organized into strong churches – spiritually, intellectually, and economically?
  • If ‘yes’ – how?

Why are so Many Christ-followers ‘Churchless?’
For the vast majority, the important factors are theological, social, and financial.
Theologically, the problem has two sides: Hindu and evangelical.

A Hindu believer understands and values the “Temple” but he comes to Christ without a prior notion or experience of the Church. He participates in evangelistic and healing meetings and may be encouraged to take Baptism, but far too often he does not even see a church.
Modern evangelism is interested primarily in taking souls to heaven. Its interest in building strong churches is, at best, secondary. This is because mainstream American theology lost the biblical perspective on Church almost a century ago. The damage was done by the ‘Dispensational’ misinterpretation of 70 sevens in Daniel 9: 24-27, and by a widespread expectation that Jesus was coming back in the 1940s . . . or 50s . . . or 60s or . . . certainly in AD 2000. He was supposed to bind Satan and begin his utopian reign, though limited to a thousand year period.

By and large the American church perceives itself as a bride waiting for the bridegroom. In the Bible, the church is the body of the ascended Christ. It is his army making his enemies his footstool. The Bible expects the church to do greater things than Jesus did on earth because her Lord is seated at the right hand of God until his enemies are made his footstool. (John 14: 12; Hebrews 10: 12-13; 1 Corinthian 15: 24-28) The theology that Jesus is incapable of binding Satan from his throne in heaven, that he has to come to this earth to fight the devil, has weakened the American church – almost mortally.

Of course, no one can read the New Testament without forming some idea of the church. Yet, most of American theology has made itself clueless of the fact that Christ’s bride is the ‘holy city’ which is light for the nations walking in darkness (Rev 21: 9-24). It is the tree of life whose leaves are for the healing of sick nations (Rev 22: 1-2). It is difficult for Indian theologians trained in American theology to grasp that the biblical church is God’s “angel” sent into the world to spread truth that will bind and restrain Satan from deceiving the nations (Revelation 20:1-9; Isaiah 11: 1-9).
In Revelation chapters 2 & 3, seven times Jesus asks John to “write to the angel of the Church in Ephesus . . . Sardis . . . Laodicea . . . Philadelphia” etc. Was a courier service delivering these letters to angels in heaven?

John had already told his readers (Rev. 1:20) that the seven stars in Jesus’ hands were the angels of the seven churches to whom he was writing. If Jesus already has the seven angels in his hands, does he need John to send letters to their heavenly address?

Obviously the letters were sent to the human leaders of local churches to be read to entire congregations. So, seven times in chapters 2 & 3 the word “angel” is used for a weak, fearful, even sinful local church. That is one reason among many why the “angel” of Revelation 20 who binds Satan for a thousand years is the church, not Jesus. It is to his earthly body of weak and fallible believers that Jesus gave the authority to bind demons. The God of peace is already crushing Satan under the feet of poor, illiterate believers in North India (Romans 16:20). God will transform Rajasthan and Bihar because his body is the tree of life for healing nations.

If the Gospel is about a soul going to heaven, why should anyone bother going to the church? Especially, when he can get heavenly music and sermons for free on his cell phone?

For the apostle Paul the church was of paramount importance. He wrote, “I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is the church” (Colossians 1: 24). Paul shed his blood because the Lord Jesus himself shed his blood for His church– not just for our souls. (Ephesians 5:25)

The Temple and the Church

The Hindu idea of the Temple as a sacred place where one goes to gaze upon God is good. Because it is so powerful, criminals hire crooked priests to abuse it, grab public lands, and lure the public to part with their hard earn money. Even though temples become dens of robbers, God accepts places dedicated to him. That is why the Tent of Meeting, the Tabernacle, and the Temple became vital aspects of spirituality of Moses, David, Solomon, the Psalmists, the prophets, and Jesus. The fullness of the Godhead dwells in His Son bodily; yet, it was for the Messiah that the Scriptures said, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” (John 2: 17).

The Bible gives solid grounds to sanctify the Jewish-Hindu idea of the temple, strip it of idolatry and abuse, and adopt it for contextual Christianity. Every week, hundreds of Hindus come to kneel and prostrate themselves in a “Yeshu Mandir” in UP. Demon-possessed begin to scream and convulse. Many experience dramatic healings.

In many situations, a house-church may be the only realistic possibility. But the house-church movement turns that existential need into a principle. It insists in building only house churches. But in a caste-ridden society, the house-church movement degenerates into a camouflage for covering racism. This hurts the truths that (a) God agrees to dwell in a physical and public place that is dedicated wholly to Him, and (b) God’s temple is “a house of prayer for all nations.” It is not a place for breaking bread only with one’s own caste.

Most Hindus, who come to Christ for salvation, healing, or deliverance, have no clue that the real temple that God wants to build is an ecclesia – a body, an assembly, which unites high and low castes. Therefore, they have to be taught that God wants them to be spiritually alive stones bound with other believers with the bonds of holy love.

New believers have to learn that the triune God is active in their history because he wants an “angel” in every village, colony, and town. He seeks a human community in every locality to be His visible body – an earthly abode for His Spirit.

No church will ever be perfect. But every church is created to be the means of God’s grace and power. It has to take care of the poor, the oppressed, the widows and the orphans, because it is God’s light for a world in darkness. Through the local church God makes known His manifold wisdom and power to principalities and authorities in the heavenly realm as well as to the rulers of this dark-age. (Ephesians 3: 10 etc.)

The second important reason for Churchless Christianity is a castes’ social pressure upon new believers. By its very nature, the Caste system is oppressive. It survives by making individuals weak. While the legal right to convert is essential for an individual’s freedom and dignity, it is far from enough for a weakened individual or family. Jesus-believers can transform a caste’s network of oppressive, exclusive, racist relationship, if they can find an alternative and loving community that embraces them along with all other castes and tribes.

The Lord Jesus came to bring wandering, vulnerable sheep into his “fold” (John 10: 16) Modern evangelists want the sheep to be ‘raptured.’ To them ‘Jesus is the good shepherd’ means that they don’t need to shepherd the sheep. (John 20: 15-17).

Finance
Finance is the third factor creating Churchless Christianity. A pastor may lack an adequate theology of the church, but he will organize the sheep into a nurturing, worshipping, and serving community if his salary comes from their tithes. If neither his theology nor his salary requires a local church, then he has little incentive to take care of Christ’s sheep. When an evangelist thinks that he is paid to bring people into the baptismal tank, he has little reason to toil to keep Christ’s flock into His church.

I am not suggesting that a pastor should build up a church to earn his living. However, I am suggesting that financial arrangements explain why established churches have shown little interest in welcoming new believers. Where educational institutions generate the revenue to pay the clergy, local churches have little incentive to increase their membership or tithe.
Evangelists funded from abroad have the same problem. Their missions need to generate enough reports to keep the funds coming. They don’t need to build local churches that support them. To build a local church that gives is to invite avoidable headaches. Local donors demand accountability. They exercise authority. Life is much easier if you can get a salary without the employer supervising every detail of your life and work.

A Few Proposals to Build a Church that Will Transform North India:
1. Bi-vocational, Paul-like, tent-making ministers
A student studying in a Bible School can be helped to learn driving and vehicle maintenance. If he is really excited about the Gospel he will plant churches while earning his living as a driver. If his wife is also studying in a Bible School, she can be taught cooking. This will enable her to earn her family’s bread and butter by running a “Tiffin” service from her kitchen.

Why don’t Bible Schools give such simple training along with the Bible?

In some cases it is because missions get to raise more money if they have “full time” evangelists who need “support.” In other cases a leader measures his own greatness by how many full-time staff work under him. He wants staff that he controls, not brothers who earn their own living. A third factor is a lack of understanding that building strong churches requires biblically literate Elders and Deacons. In the Acts of the Apostles we do not see Paul building churches around paid pastors.

The preaching of a bi-vocational shepherd will have greater credibility than that of a paid evangelist. He will release resources for ministers who require outside support – say, a Bible translator or a church planter in a stone-age tribe.

Bi-vocational missionaries will need two streams of continuing education: biblical and vocational. Their vocation may require them to learn business, accounting and managerial skills. Their ministry will need ecclesiology, applied theology, as well as pastoral and counselling skills. For example, following Moses and the Old Testament, the apostle Paul built churches upon elders and deacons. Currently most churches are organized around a paid evangelist or pastor. I have never heard anyone talk about the significance of elders in the OT – the basis of modern Protestant democracy.

This new breed of ministers will be strengthened by a steady stream of literature, audio, video, and digital content. Structured courses for continuing education ought to include face-to-face meetings with peers and mentors.

Continuing education becomes a punishment when it is made a pre-condition for wages and employment. Students love a teacher who has mastered the art of making learning its own reward – a delight.

2. Preacher-Teacher
If North India is to be discipled, the bi-vocational missionary it needs is a preacher-teacher. This is because (a) to disciple is to educate (b) state-education is a total and currently unredeemable disaster, and (c) private education is oriented for career without character or truth. Private education may be effective for getting a well-paying job, but without virtue it offers no hope for building a great nation.

My proposal is that from Monday to Friday every church should function as a discipleship-cum-coaching center using web-based curriculum that combines knowledge and skill development with worldview and character formation.

Students should learn English via web-based curriculum, using the Bible as text. Once they have acquired enough English, they should use programs such as Khan Academy to learn math and science. Then they should be offered a globally accredited High School curriculum that includes everything needed to get a High School or Intermediate diplomas from State Boards or the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS).

The web-based Global High School Diploma, taught in local churches, should include courses on the Bible, worldview, world religions, world history, virtue, leadership, and community service.

Once churches have become centers of daily discipleship and education, a village pastor can use web-based curricula to also offer college degrees. Some disciples who graduate can be trained to start primary schools.

3. Mobilizing Woman Power for World Mission
For every one man who comes to Christ, as many as four women are becoming Christ followers. Rural North India offers little opportunity to young women. A majority of them can look forward to nothing but a life of gathering cow-dung to make cakes to fuel their kitchen. Yet, these young women have the potential to transform their states and disciple nations.

During 19th and 20th centuries the Western church sent thousands of nurses to bless India. Now we have the opportunity to motivate, train and send nurses to disciple nations. A fraction of their tithes will build local churches and contribute to the state’s economy.

Countries such as China face a major crisis. For decades the Chinese state championed a misguided ‘One Child’ policy. Now hundreds of millions of elderly Chinese have no one to care for them. For different reasons, Japan and the western nations have also made themselves incapable of taking care of their elderly.

India is rich in woman power. A young woman needs (a) Vision, (b) High School Diploma, (c) English, and (d) a computer to get started on a road to serving the world in Jesus’ name.

A village pastor who sends two nurses abroad will build their lives and families; he will help reach the world; and he may get decent support for his ministry from his own protégés.

Some high caste Hindus who have kept low caste women in slavery for thousands of years will hate a church that equips poor girls to serve abroad. But a shepherd must bear the reproach of taking care of his sheep.

Economies of Kerala, Punjab and Gujarat received a major boost from ordinary people who went out as professionals, farmers and moteliers. House maids and fruit pickers are blessing Mexico more than its politicians and pundits. Today entire districts in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh are transforming their economies by exporting youth. There is a prevailing negative attitude that prevents churches from undertaking such a mission. Middle Class, urban Christians feel that the privilege of “going abroad” ought to be reserved for their children. It can’t be offered to poor, low-caste girls. They should learn sewing, not nursing for foreign markets.

4. Building a Financial and Social Force for Transformation
Rural believers cannot run educational institutions that serve as the financial base of urban churches. They can’t even enroll their children into private Christian schools, without first improving their family’s income. Churchless Christianity needs a business which will serve as the base upon which to build Christian families, churches, and a transformational mission.

Sociologists such as Max Weber explained how the Protestant Reformation transformed the European economy. What follows is my (yet to be researched) proposal on how UP’s unorganized church can be organized to take over fifty percent of the State’s milk business.

After adequate research, project preparation, team-building, and resource mobilization, UPs (or Bihar’s) new believers ought to launch:
• A genuine cooperative movement to build 100 dairies under one brand.
• Each of these could have (say) 10 distribution points called Ice Cream Parlors (totaling 1,000). These will sell processed milk and milk products.
• The franchise for these distribution points should be given to bi-vocational pastors.
• In a moral (not business) partnership with local churches, each of these 1,000 distribution centers should offer micro loans to 100 new believers for buying cows, buffaloes, and goats. That will mean 100,000 poor Christian families producing milk.
• The distribution centers should also serve as collection points for raw milk.
• While technical, business, accounting, and managerial skills should be taught in vocational schools or on the job, Sunday Schools should be equipped to teach the work ethic, virtues, skills, and leadership required to run effective cooperatives. This is because the church is meant to be a “factory” that manufactures a society’s moral and social capital.
• The vision will require UP believers to own and run a cooperative bank. This is unthinkable today, but the South Indian Church has plenty of experience (and enough theology) to train and support their North Indian brethren in running a bank.

  • A buffalo will make a difference to a family’s income from day one.
  • A bi-vocational leader with an Ice Cream parlor can go on to add vegetables, fruit, fruit juice and other processed foods.
  • A church with a thousand distribution points will encourage many young people to get into food processing and marketing businesses.
  • A cooperative movement with its social roots in a Bible-teaching Church will become our version of North Indian reformation.

As a robust biblical Christianity engages with a corrupt and broken market, law, government, civil services, science and technology, it will build spiritual muscles, gather intellectual capital, and spiritually sensitive political leadership that can transform UP and India.

5. Develop Godly Leaders to Govern India
States such as UP have many respectable church-owned schools, but none of them has produced a single Christian IAS officer since Independence in 1947. Because our seminaries produce pujaries, not leaders, the Indian church has lost 450 reputed hospitals that it inherited from western missions.

To remove this shame, a Christian university has taken a major step in opening a School to coach students in preparing for IAS prelims and other competitive exams required for entry into civil services. This center will produce godly leaders only if the church motivates and equips young disciples with a vision to build a great nation. Poor youth from backward castes are the most motivated. But they cannot benefit from coaching without first acquiring the required language skills.

God chose Abraham to build great nations. Contemporary theology has little place for nation, let alone the vision to build great nations. The Hindi Bible consistently and foolishly translates nations as “jati” or caste. It says that God (not the devil) made all the castes. (Acts 17: 26)

As mentioned earlier, every Sunday School needs to start a leadership class. In the first phase, the curriculum should take students through biblical leaders who built Israel as a nation and rebuilt it when it self-destructed. In the second phase the curriculum should focus on how biblical leaders became the inspiration for godly men and women who built modern nations.

Likewise, Christian Schools and colleges ought to have leadership clubs that help students learn about the leaders who built our world — men and women who explored the continents, the oceans, and space; scientists who helped increase our understanding of God’s creation; technologists who empowered us in establishing our dominion over earth and sky; physicians who found ways to fight diseases; statesmen who built or transformed nations.

I have met poor, high caste Hindus who study at temple grounds to prepare for entrance exams for civil services. The RSS deserves praise for fostering this culture of leadership development. The organized church, on the other hand, needs the humility to recover its responsibility to disciple nations. It must become a place and a community that enables young people to develop their potential to lead our nation.

Pastors and Elders should mentor youth in godliness. Experts should provide intellectual content online to prepare godly men and women for leadership in every sphere, including civil services, judiciary, journalism and the governance.

Conclusion
These proposals will be dismissed by missions that are in a hurry to ‘finish the task’ and hasten the Second Coming by reaching the last unreached people group. They will be despised by those who are out only to populate heaven or build their own empires.

The proposals are for those who pray, “Thy kingdom come; thy will be done in North India as it is done in heaven.”

© Vishal Mangalwadi
vm1212@gmail.com
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Website: RevelationMovement.com
Note: This paper grew out of a lecture given
at a conference at the Allahabad Bible Seminary

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Develop Godly Leaders to Make India a Great Nation

Mangalwadi, blue
Much has happened during the last several months in India, including publications of two books. However, the long term greater outcome may well result from a meeting among Christian leaders in Delhi – The Delhi Consultation about which,  I’m reporting below.

But first, an update on my travel itinerary for the coming months:

Feb 18-19:
Frankfurt, Germany – to launch  the German edition of my latest book, The Book That Made Your World: How the Bible Created the Modern World
Feb 20-4 March:
Canada – to speak in Evangelical Missionary Church of Canada in various cities discussing of the Bible can renew the soul of Western Civilization.
March 5 -11:
Family time in Fresno, CA
March  12:
Colorado Springs, Summit Ministry
March 13:
Controversies in Missions Conference at BIOLA University campus. I will speak on: How Premillennialism Harmed Missions
March 15:
Return to  India.
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The Delhi Consultation – a report
On Saturday, Feb. 14, 41 Christian and community leaders met at the Indian Social Institute in New Delhi to discuss the following draft action plan to develop godly leaders to make India a great nation. Smaller consultations continued with an IAS Officer on Feb. 15 and with a core group on Feb. 16.

Tentatively, it was agreed to begin a two pronged strategy:

  1. Equip churches and church planters to help poor students learn English, using web-based audio and video curriculum that uses the Bible as the basic text. Evangelists and pastors should be enabled to become preachers and teachers, because God wants all men to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2:1-7).
    A Delhi-based team of professional language teachers has agreed (in principle) to create sample lessons in partnership with an IT company, located in Pune.
  2. Consider organizing a two-day event in Hyderabad at the end of June 2015 to bring together (a) Christian leaders to endorse a refined version of the following draft, (b) writers, artists, and technical teams to create the curricula to enable Sunday Schools, Christian Schools, Colleges, and Seminaries, to begin recruiting and mentoring potential leaders.

Subject to his team’s approval, Brother Nethaji Rajendran (Raj) will serve as the point person for the movement until the end of June, 2015. A team seven advisers, including two Senior Civil Servants, will guide and support Raj and Rahul.

Dr. Ashish Alexander is praying about coordinating the June meeting of a curriculum committee team, and another senior leader has agreed to pray about serving as the public face of the movement, at least until the end of June.

For your review, here are notes from the proposal I submitted to the Delhi Consultation:

Developing Godly Leadership
To Make India a Great Nation

“I will make thee a great nation” (Genesis 12:1-2)
“… and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him”(Gen: 18:18)
“Leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations” (Revelation 22:2)
“Ask of me and I will make the Nations your heritage (Psalm2: 8)
“Go . . . disciple all nations” (Matthew 28:18)

Preamble:

  • The Bible made India a nation and introduced nationalism as a virtue
  • Biblical worldview created institutions such as university, civil services, democracy, judiciary, free-market economy, professional military, free press
  • Biblical spirituality/discipleship is required to run these institutions with equity, efficiency, and compassion to make India a great nation
  • The Lord Jesus trained his disciples to transform the world into a kingdom where God’s will is done
  • For historical, sociological, and theological/missiological reasons, the Indian Church, its educational institutions (including seminaries), and disciple-making para-church groups have abandoned the mission to equip (disciple) individuals who can run the institutions that can make India a good, godly and great nation.
  • A national movement is needed to get Indian Christianity back on the tracks that it laid.

The Proposal

  1. Recruit future leaders for every sphere of society from class VIII all the way to college, paying special attention to the poor, who do not have access to English Medium Schools.
  2. Organize the students into:
    (a) National online community
    (b) City-wide monthly fellowships
    (c) Local Clubs including Sunday School Classes, Leadership Clubs in Christian schools, Servant-Leaders Clubs in Seminaries and Colleges, and Civil Servant’s Mentoring Groups in local churches and universities
  3. Train Sunday School teachers, school and college mentors to run discipleship-as-leadership classes
  4. Create and distribute Curricula (online and printed) suitable to turn disciples into leaders for churches, high schools, colleges, seminaries and Trainees for Civil Services
  5. Run affordable mentorship classes for  civil service trainees using web-based curriculum

Action Steps

  1. Build an Advisory Panel that will meet twice a year
  2. Appoint Steering Committee to meet 4 times a year
  3. Anoint an interim visionary leader to:
    -Mobilize prayer
    -Build a network across churches, para church groups, and educational institutions, including  human and financial resources –
    -Build teams of staff and volunteers
    -Build organizational capacity
    -Mobilize finances
  4. Find an Organizer/Administrator to:
    -Begin prototype models
    -Organize a national consultation
    -Organize an interim office
  5. Appoint a Curriculum Coordinator to:
    -Develop curriculum writers’ community – including artists
    -Produce and procure sample resources
  6. Recruit an IT Team to:
    -Develop a website
    -Build an online community of mentors and trainees

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