The Conversion Agenda

"Freedom to convert" is counterproductive as a generalized doctrine. It fails to come to terms with the complex interrelationships between self and society that make the concept of individual choice meaningful. Hence, religious conversion undermines, and in extremes would dissolve, that individual autonomy and human freedom.

Sunday, January 02, 2005

Excerpts from the Southern Baptist prayer book


"More than 900 million people are lost in the hopeless darkness of Hinduism, worshipping 330 million gods and goddesses created by the imagination of men and women searching for a source of truth and strength...

We invite you to join us in praying specifically for several unreached Hindu people groups as they celebrate Divali, the Festival of Lights. May the light of Jesus Christ break in upon the darkness which entraps these who worship gods which are not God."


"Pray that Hindus who celebrate the festival of Lights would become aware of the darkness in their hearts that no lamp can dispel...

Ask God to show Hindus that their worship of and prayers to the gods ultimately are futile."


"...Pray that Christians will risk persecution and even death in order to share the Gospel message with the Bhojpuri..."


"Pray that true Christians in Mumbai will live God-honoring lives and that their doing so will help change the negative perception in their city that Christianity is only something Western...

Ask God to send revival among Indian Christians..."


"...Pray for the church in India to develop and implement effective strategies for reaching the Maratha..."


..."Each year tens of thousands of Oriyans view for honor of having a hand on the rope as gigantic wheeled platforms carrying huge Hindu images are dragged through the town. In this way, they declare their allegiance to the false god while their bondage deepens....

Praise the Lord that strong anti-conversion laws have failed to stop the growth of the church."


"...In spite of early missionary efforts and present ministries, Satan has retained his hold on Calcutta through Kali and other gods and goddesses of Hinduism. It is time for Christ's salvation to come to Calcutta..."


"...Pray for the tens of thousands of people who live in the more than 400 slums of the city (Bangalore): May they find freedom in Jesus..."


"...Pray for the more than 11 million people held captive in the Lingayat belief system..."


"...Most Nepalese are subsistence farmers, barely able to survive. Hunger and disease are constant for more than 50 percent of the population, who live in absolute poverty. Often the few resources a family has are paid to Hindu priests for services..."


"...Pray that the gospel will be presented in forms that the majority of Tamang, who are illiterate, can understand..."


"...Black-and-white checkered cloth seen on Balinese altars and holy places is a symbol of Balinese belief that God and Satan are co-equal in strength..."


"...Bangladeshi Hindus are very aware of their precarious position as a minority group. This is one factor that has made them more open to the gospel..."


"...The International Prayer Strategy Office of the IMB, in an effort to continue to serve your ministry of prayer, is producing a series of prayer guides focusing on the major non-Christian peoples of the world..."


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