The Authority of Jesus Questioned
1One day as Jesus was teaching the people in the temple courts and proclaiming the good news, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, together with the elders, came up to him. 2“Tell us by what authority you are doing these things,” they said. “Who gave you this authority?”
5They discussed it among themselves and said, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ he will ask, ‘Why didn’t you believe him?’ 6But if we say, ‘Of human origin,’ all the people will stone us, because they are persuaded that John was a prophet.”
7So they answered, “We don’t know where it was from.”
8Jesus said, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I am doing these things.”
I was looking up some information on world missions today and ran across some allegations about a minister who is featured on the radio station that I listen to on a regular if not religious basis; K.P. Yohannan and Gospel for Asia appeared to be the subject or rather the object of a blogger’s obsession.
The situation is not unusual but it is rather annoying. People who are anti-God, anti-Christ and anti-Christian will get on their soapbox and preach against Christian organizations in perhaps the hopes that they will be able to make a name for themselves. I read the claims and came away feeling pretty good. The blogger first claimed that K.P. and his daughter were abusing people in India where they serve and preach to and teach those who want to hear, receive, learn about God’s Son Jesus and the only salvation God offers. They care for the poor and provide for their needs. Offerings and donations come in from all over the world in support of their work and they’ve built churches and learning institutions and whatever else they had to in order to serve the people. The blogger has an issue with the amount of money that is in the hands of these Christians.
The next issue the blogger brings up is that he believes there is some existence of violence or torture within the church headed by K.P. and that the pastor/bishop is racist. He puts forth his opinion that people are being put under great physical strain in order to come to a decision to convert. The blogger claims to have received an email from someone acusing the Christian group of abuse. It seems that just one person and one email has set this blogger off into a tailspin. Nothing is said about the possibility that this email could be a fraud meant to discredit the ministry that is seeing many come willingly to the Christ Jesus. The people here are going to college to learn how to spread what they are learning out of love for their own people. No a word is said about the fact that K.P. is himself Indian. Out of all the years of ministry in this part of Asia, no information has been brought forth to sbstantiate such claims or confirm the supposed truth behind the allegations. I would figure, as a thinking person, that if people were being tortured into conversion and not freely choosing the salvation that God offers without cost then someone would be able to find overwhelming evidence of such. The blogger said more but it had to be summed up as anger against God.
After reading through what sounded like the words of someone with an ax to grind, the blogger finally admitted that the very people he had accused were in fact victims of violent attacks from Hindus and Buddhists believed the Christians were invading a historically religious and cultural stronghold.
“… the PRINCIPAL OBJECTION that people have with fundamentalist evangelicals everywhere, and mentions KP Yahonnan specifically in this regard. Christian fundamentalists have no business, no “duty”, no “divine authority”, no “God-given mandate” no perceived or implied “anointing” from the Bible, or God, or Jesus to stuff their beliefs down other people’s throats, especially when it concerns cultures that already have an established religious or spiritual tradition such as Hindus, or Buddhists, etc. Yet this is the self righteous arrogance and presumed “duty” that you hear from most evangelicals to justify their uninvited imposition. If the shoe was on the other foot, and Hindus or Muslims attempted to impose themselves upon Bible Belt Christians in America in the same fashion that zealots like Yahonnan employ upon natives of Sri Lanka or Thailand, you would see a backlash and a fury that knew no equal.
In the quote printed below, Yahonnan actually BOASTS about the “opportunity” to “harvest souls” among the wretched victims of the Indonesia tsunami in 2004. This utterly crass, opportunistic, and self-serving attitude reveals, more than anything else, the MEASURE of the man.”
9When Jesus rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene,out of whom he had driven seven demons. 10She went and told those who had been with him and who were mourning and weeping. 11When they heard that Jesus was alive and that she had seen him, they did not believe it.
14Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating; he rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen.
15He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. 16Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”
19After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God. 20Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Peter and John Threatened, Released
…18And when they had summoned them, they commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. 19But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to give heed to you rather than to God, you be the judge; 20for we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.”…