The Christian Missionary Menace in Punjab

Punjab – Missionary Zeal & Extremism
Sunday 9th of October 2005
Gurmukh Singh – Panthic Weekly Columnist
(KP) –

The landscape of Punjab is rapidly changing. Besides the evergrowing Radha Soami Satsangs popping up everywhere in Punjab and Sants and so-called holy men opening Deras on every corner, Christian Missionaries have opened schools and colleges. Affluent Punjabi parents are sending their children to these Christian convent schools for a better education. However, hand in hand with better education is exposaure to the missionary zeal of the Christians preaching Christianity and attempting to convert Punjabis into Christians. The poorer or more illiterate Punjabis are lured to convert to Christianity through promises of the rewards of financial incentives, their children being offered education and hope of a better future by placing faith in Jesus.

A few years back I remember in Punjab that Christian missionaries were calling Jesus ‘Satguru’ and using Sikh boys to sing in choir music on television.They  are using Sikh concepts and nouns to reinvent and represent Christian concepts and ideas in a new package and form to attract simple-minded people.

This week, criticising alleged conversion of Dalits into Christians, the RSS chief K.S. Sudarshan, blamed the Sikh leaders for the escalating situation. “They are all silent.” Speaking at a function held by the RSS in Panjab, K.S. Sudarshan said Christian bodies were doing conversions in areas of Ferozepur, Gurdaspur, Amritsar , Jalandar, Hoshiarpur, Ludhiana and Sangrur. The RSS leader even blamed the SGPC (Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee) for not doing anything to stop the trend. “We had asked the SGPC to pass a resolution asking Sikhs not to turn towards Christianity, but nothing happened.”

Sadly K.S. Sudarshan is right in saying that Sikh leaders are mute on the zeal of Christian missionaries and their efforts in swaying Sikhs from Sikhi to the fold of Christianity. It is puzzling as to why the RSS leader is so concerned and worried for the Sikhs. It is the same RSS which is funded by the government to distort the Sikh religion, people and nation. On one hand the RSS claims that Sikhs are Hindus, distorting Sikh history and producing anti-Gurmat propaganda and insulting the Sikh Guru Sahibans. On the other hand K.S. Sudarshan is concerned and asking the SGPC to do something about the Christian missionaries. The RSS seeks to distort and attack anyone who is not Hindu and resisting to be engulfed in their ideology that some, like Sikhi is “one of the branches of Hinduism”. This has led to the emergence of Hindu terrorism against Sikhs, Christians and Muslims.

On 26th September, Christian Student Organisations led a march to Punjab’s Deputy Commissionar’s Office in Court to hand over a memorandum voicing protest of the visit there of the RSS chief K.S.Sudarshan. However Hindu terrorist organisations confronted the Christians half way which led to violent clashes. So, on 27 th September showing solidarity with Christian organisations protesting against the RSS, Shahbaaz Khalsa, the public wing of GURSIKH, joined hands with Christian Organizations in Punjab to counter Hindu terrorism. On the 29th September, Sikh and Christians joined to protest against S.K Sudarshan and the RSS at an RSS conference in Amritsar . However, Sikhs and Christians were arrested by the Punjab Police.

It is fair and well that some Sikh organisations in Punjab joined hands with the Christian organisations against the RSS. However the blunt reality is that whether it is the RSS or Christian missionary organizations, both are adamant on changing the face of Punjab. The RSS wants Punjab to be Hindu and speaking Hindi, and the Christians want Punjab to be Christian and speaking English. However, one should evaluate who is more of a threat. Are the Christian missionaries more of a threat than the RSS to the Sikh Panth?

The Singh Sabha Movement came into being because, in the late 1800s, the Christians had declared that within couple of decades, they would setup a Church in Sri Darbar Sahib, Amritsar Sahib. This is what prompted Panthic Gursikhs to gewt together and unite forming the Singh Sabha Movement.

The Christians consider our Guru Sahibans to be of no importance. Sikhs are capable of fighting any force including the RSS on their own. Though some Sikh organisations in Punjab are supporting the Christian Organisations in the fight against RSS, however the question is, can the Christians fight along with us? Would the Christians financially support us in defending the Guru Panth against the RSS? We all know the answer.

The Christian missionaries preach there is no other way to salvation than through Christ. They quote Jesus saying in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”

They claim that Jesus is the only way of salvation because “He is the only One who can redeem our sins,” (Romans 6:23) and  that no other religion teaches the depth or seriousness of sin and its consequences. No other religion, according to them, offers the infinite redemption of sin that only Jesus Christ can provide. No other “religious founder”  “was God become man” (John 1:1,14): this was the way  the original  sin of Adam & Eve could be forgiven.

Christians believe that Jesus had to be God so that he could redeem debt of man’s sin and that he had to be man so he could die. Salvation  to them is available only through faith in Jesus Christ. “Salvation is found through no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). This is what is being preached in Punjab.

Fundamentalist Christians in Punjab don’t care about Sikhs and will not rest till they embrace their religion, and extremist Hindus, with the help of the Government of India, will not stop attacking and distorting Sikhi until Sikhs claim to be Hindus and go back to being ideologically enslaved by the clutches of Brahmanism, which Guru Nanak Sahib Ji freed us from over 500 years ago.

This is the changing face of Punjab! Next time when you go to Punjab to visit the family or visit Gurdwara Sahibs then take time out to do Parchar. A Sikh is a parcharic. Don’t burden this heavy responsibility on to the SGPC, Gurdwaras or Granthi Singhs. Being the Khalsa, is in the image of Guru Gobind Singh. Within the Khalsa the light of Sikhi shines and through them the fragrance of Naam should spread. When in Punjab, inspire youngsters to read Gurbani and do Gurbani vichar. Sit with your relatives and do Rehraas Sahib in the evening and Nitnem in the morning. Encourage them to recognise who they are and to realise their great history, religion and legacy. Share Sakhis (stories) of the Guru Sahibs with children. Each and everyone of us can help highlight the issue and actively do something about it.

O Khalsa, wake up and recognise who you are. Don’t sell away your Sikhi cheaply to zealous missionaries, RSS, Radha Soamis, self-proclaimed Satgurus, or Sant Babé. Stand on guard with the sword of Naam and the shield of Gurbani. Educate yourself on your history and heritage and share the treasures with others you see. The biggest gift you can share with your family and relatives in Punjab are not suits, watches and electrical goods you have brought from abroad, but instead share the biggest gift of Gurmat and Naam with them.

Gurmukh Singh can be reached at gurmukh.singh@panthic.org

9 Responses to “The Christian Missionary Menace in Punjab”


  1. 1 Roger October 30, 2008 at 5:51 am

    Dear Sikh Brother,
    You are blowing things out of proportions and denigrating
    Christians.
    Stop this nonsense.
    Many of my friends who are sikhs from UK love to come to Church and hear sunday sermons.There is nothing wrong in it
    They respect Jesus for his principles.
    I do agree some of the lines in the BIBle are questionable,But it is the same case in all the religions.
    We never ask any body to convert by offering money.
    We Indians are badly divided and fight over unimportant matters.Rich Sikhs do not migle with Poor or downtrodden sikhs no welfare schemes.First Set your house in order and then comment on other religions.
    First feed the stomachs of the Hungary Sikhs.You fight among yourselves.I have seen Sikhs with turbans entering Churches in UK/USA No body Bribes them.They come only to Pray.May be they are seeing Satguru Qualities in Jesus
    They are sikhs following the foot steps of Jesus without losing their rich heritage or culture.

    • 2 Kumarmanglam November 23, 2012 at 6:56 am

      Christians the religion of graveyards, lying there for thousands of year,waiting for judgement day!!!!!!!!!!1 funny idiots.
      someone made fool of you and you are waiting in graveyards .LIVE LIFE and ENJOY.YOU killed millions in world war I and II , you have millions poor and you dont feed them, Grow up you are plundering nations for oil, bombing them.The religion of deserts ,nomads you are following,
      enjoy and let live. Let Live INDIA your motherland , dont give it foreign religion if you love India

  2. 3 Jatinder Pal Singh May 16, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    Dear Roger,

    You must agree that the Christian missionaries are trained to seek conversions and Christianity unlike Sikhism and Hinduism doesn’t consider other religions as worhty of salvation.

    It is the fundamental problem with Christianity that it considers Jesus as ‘the only son of God’ and the there can be salvation only through Jesus. This kind of theory will only make missionaries who would work for conversions in lieu of services they provide to the community. This very mindset is responsible for christian missionaries making derogatory remarks about the other religions and thus inviting the ire of local communities.

    Sikhism, unlike Christianity, considers all the paths leading to God as reapectable ans doesn’t seek conversion. Sikhs have been helping others without any desire of converting them. Guru Nanak has said that if you are a Hindu, try to be a good Hindu and if you are a Muslim, try to be good muslim. Sikhs are known to help the injured enemy soldiers in the battlefield. What else will you call a service to Humanity.

    Sikhs have a long history of caring for poor people. Remember that Golden Temple is the only place in the world where free kitchen is available 24x7x365 since the time of Guru Ram Das Ji i.e. 400 years. And there are numerous Gurdwaras around the world which offer free kitchens to the local communitites without any desire of converting them to Sikhism.

    It is true that Sikhs fight among themselves for power but it is true for all the religions including Christianity. The history of Rome has been over-flowing with Pappal conspiracies and blood-shed for power. Advertising the flaws of others is like peeping into the toilet pot of a beautiful palace.

    Christians in Punjab have every right to worship according to their religion and it should be respected and up held but at the same time Christian missionaries should leave aside the ‘Conversion Plans’ and should work for the community without the desire of conversion.

    Remember “Community Service done with the any desire, be it desire of conversion, is not acceptable to GOD.”

    May God bless you.

    Love,
    Jatinder Pal Singh

  3. 4 lovepreet singh May 31, 2010 at 8:11 am

    yes bro i’ m totally agree wid u , hate on to these nuns

  4. 5 Gagan Singh February 17, 2011 at 1:14 am

    Roger,

    Before you speak, you should look into our own family history and you will come to the realization that you’re a convert. You or your fore fathers were either duped into conversion or accepted money to give up their religious beliefs that had been passed from into your family for generations.

    My Sikh religion is a strong religion, which doesn’t preach or teach dirty tricks like conversions of other into Christianity by manipulation.

    There are four great religions of India. Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism and Sikhism. If you belong to none of those, then you’re nothing but a weak human and a convert.

    Gagandeep Singh

  5. 6 George Malik July 10, 2011 at 8:50 am

    Dear bros.
    Nothing is stable in the universe. Change is law of the nature. changing from one religion to another is so natural.All sikhs are changed from Hindu religion to sikhi
    Sikh faith was set up for up liftment of poor and needy it could very litle. Christ’s christianity did do well in this regard in all the poor and backward areas of the world.
    In the history of the christianity no higher casts and ruling govermments have been able to stop this. Jesus Masih said that ” I chosen the uneducated and foolish so that i make them so intelligent
    that they will make the wise men foolish!

    • 7 Kumarmanglam November 23, 2012 at 6:55 am

      Christians the religion of graveyards, lying there for thousands of year,waiting for judgement day!!!!!!!!!!1 funny idiots.
      someone made fool of you and you are waiting in graveyards .LIVE LIFE and ENJOY.YOU killed millions in world war I and II , you have millions poor and you dont feed them, Grow up you are plundering nations for oil, bombing them.The religion of deserts ,nomads you are following,
      enjoy and let live. Let Live INDIA your motherland , dont give it goreign religion f you love India

  6. 8 Ritu August 10, 2011 at 5:27 am

    Dear brothers, we don’t care what d world says about my Jesus.u know in this world no every christan is a true Christian not every Sikh or Hindu anyone else is a true follower of their godsTrue followers r so rare.I only want 2 say that Jesus is a son of god.he set us free from our sins by giving his life ok.so we follow him.

  7. 9 Jasmit Singh April 5, 2012 at 11:44 am

    Jesus is the only son of God…Fake… First of all, everyone should understand… every human being are Sons and Doughters of God.. (SGGS)… No one can claim he or she is the only son of God if anybody claims to be the only Son he is not even a human so we should not call him/her the lord…Now other thing is Jesus can only redeem your sins…Fake…You and only you can redeem your sins by doing “Simran” and doing the right act (Guru Nanak) How Jesus will take your sins?? which means Jesus is the supporter of Goons, Dons, and other bad elements… do watever you want Jesus will save you…hahaha … Jesus is the only Saviour…Fake…He could not saved his life and got crucified how he will save others…If chritians pray to him becouse he got cruisified and trying to convert the world to Christians then we Sikhs must convert the universe because our history is full of Martyer’s. from “Guru Arjan devji” to “Guru Gobind Singh Ji”.. None of the christ follower fought to save Christ infact they ran away when he was being cruisified…Thats only a sikh can do.. see the history many sikhs given away their lives to protect humanity..Jesus can’t stand equal to a normal practising Sikh how he will compete with the Sikh Gurus…Some fools are not aware of this and sell their beliefe for some money to christian missionaries..They are buying people just to maximize their religion and make missionaries rich by receiving money from them in the name of share to God and the same goes to Islamic Missionaries too…One more thing.. Why Jesus was crusified??? Look into thte history why our Sikh Guru’s given away their preciouse lifes infact they sacrificed themselves & their family To protect other’s faith…To protect humanity.. To Srivice others..but they never claim to pray them as God (Jo nar humko permesar ucharey so jan narak kund me Bichare… Mai hu param purakh ko daasa dekhan aeyo jagat tamasha “Guru Gobind Singh ji”)This is what every Sikh has to understand before they accept to convert..Infact this should also be understood by the other people that Sikh’s are the Army of God.. When the God was swept with passion he created the Sikh (Army) to protect the humanity..Becouse he knows the so called massanger’s i.e. Christ & Mohammad has done a big mess on the earth in the name of God..They infact challanged God too by claiming themselves only survivors or redeem other’s sins etc..If your Christ or Mohammad are the only son’s of God or Survivors etc..then why you need to pay and buy other people?? Why you are forcibly converting them into your religion?? Why you are showing false and baseless evidences created for your benefits?? I must say its a big shame on thise who are doing this type of activities also to those who are accepting their baseless evidences and converting their religions.. may god bless them with right senses.

    wjkk wjkf
    Jasmit…


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