May 28, 2017

RED ALERT_Day Nine_ ‘THIS IS MY FATHER’S WORLD’

FORTY-DAY GATEKEEPERS INITATIVE FOR TURTLE ISLAND_June 10-July 20, 2011

Sunday, June 19, 2011_by James C. Stephens

“This is my Father’s world, O let me ne’er forget

That though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet.

This is my Father’s world, the battle is not done,

Jesus who died shall be satisfied, And earth and heav’n be one. Amen.

Words by Maltbie D. Babcock.

 

Inspiring words from Maltbie D. Babcock, a godly young man given to service to the LORD Jesus Christ. “From 1887 to 1900, Babcock was senior minister of the prestigious Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, Maryland. While pastoring Brown Memorial, he was acclaimed for his oratory and use of colorful metaphors in his sermons. He also led a fund-raising effort to assist Jewish refugees from Russia who were victims of an anti-Jewish pogrom in the 1880s.”

Many of us have sung these words at church services across the nation, but how many of us know that less 120 years later, Tibetan lamas built a sand mandala at Auburn Theological seminary where he went to school. All of this in honor of the Dalai Lama’s being awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by the US Congress.

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/episodes/october-12-2007/tibetan-buddhist-mandala/4423/.

How far we’ve fallen! Where are the Gatekeepers?

Back in 1985, when I was working for Western Union Electronic Mail, yes they had a forerunner of it that transmitted through a modem, one of my areas of expertise was Crisis Communications for Corporations. It was well known that most CEO’s in meltdown crisis situations had poor coping skills under pressure. In order to change that, they would develop crisis communication plans anticipating potential trouble spots in their businesses. What they studied were called Pro-dromes. Before a crisis occurs, symptoms set in that indicate that a person, or an organization are about to find themselves in a heightened state of emergency. Before someone has a heart attack, they have symptoms.

Today, cities all of the world have practice drills simulating major disasters to see how their different departments might function under stress. Tibet in 700 AD, was not Buddhist. As Tantric Buddhism was failing in India as a result of “self-poisoning” and the iconoclasm of the Islamic Empire which was expanding in India through invasions wherein Buddhism was condemned as idolatrous under Sharia law. 

At that time, Padmasambhava, an Indian Tantric shaman fought a spiritual war of conquest over the Himalayan Mountains and subjugated the indigenous gods of Tibet’s Bon religion and assimilated them into the Tantric pantheon.  He spiritually conquered Tibet.

This would be a prodrome event that demonstrates the model through which Tantric Buddhism establishes itself in a new context. Bernie Wijesiriwardena, a former Buddhist from Sri Lanka who himself descended from a 550 year lineage of Buddhists prior to coming to Christ, stated that “the Buddhist process of assimilation takes place over an eighty year period.’  The alliances the Tibetans are making with First Nations is in alignment with their plan of spiritual conquest as they establish their Shambhala Empire.

Here’s a thumbnail sketch of my theory. As a militant Islamic Empire subjugated India and forced Buddhism underground and resulted in many conversions to Islam, it forced Tantric Buddhism over the Himalayas where it spiritually subjugated indigenous Tibetan peoples who became Tantric Buddhists who’d incorporated elements of Bon, the traditional animistic practices of Tibet. As idolatrous Tibetan Buddhism prospered and ruled Tibet as powerful landlords in a feudalistic system, YHWH, found Tibet’s practices abhorrent as they defiled the land and people and sent missionaries who were sincerely sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ to give them an opportunity to repent. As they rejected the truth,  YHWH, gave them over into the hands of a greater power for chastening. Then in a desparate quest to protect Tantric Buddhism’s mysteries, another country helps their chief leader, the XIV Dalai Lama escape. Over time, the Dalai Lama seeks to propagate Tantric Buddhism and seeks counsel from his shaman, the Nechung Oracle. Padmasambhava’s prophecy speaking of the scattering of Tibetans like ants to the land of the Red man becomes their guiding star.  The US Government which held to a Hellenized Christianity which was became syncretistic under Constantine, who basically conscripted Roman gods, temples, and holidays and Christianized them, gave birth to Roman Catholicism which was the Roman Empires new ideology motivating their conquest. As important as the Protestant reformation was in holding to the doctrines of grace and the priesthood of all believers, it was still tainted by the Constantian syncretism as it misappropriated Christianity to conquer “heathen and pagan peoples by force.”  Persecuted Christians that settled America and held to the Free Church originally fought this trend, but those in the Government used Christianity to justify Manifest Destiny and through it began to conquer First Nations using their military power and using Christianity as an implement of enculturation. Treaties were made in the Name of Jesus Christ. They were covenants. Over 900 were broken and lands were stolen, justified in the name of Manifest Destiny, misinterpreting Scripture and brutally murdering many trusting stewards of Turtle Island.

Tragically, while desiring to protect the Faith, many who fled to America as religious refugees and fought for the ideal of religious freedom and liberty did not extend that to those they considered heathen or pagan, the stewards of Turtle Island, the First Nations.  Not many realize that the China actually utilizes our model of manifest destiny as a model for subjugating the Minority Peoples of China, including the Tibetans. First Nations’ Christian leaders recognize this as a great theological error. That is another lesson. Continuing with my thumbnail theory. In America, Christianity allies itself with secret, and not so secret societies like the Freemasons, which assimilate elements of Christianity, but defile it in truth. As American Christianity apostasizes, it opens the door to Tibetan Buddhism.

When I was growing up in Montana, sheep farmers had a gruesome way to protect their flock from wolves and coyotes. They would bury a wooden stake in the ground to which they would tie a wire hooked to a razor blade frozen in ice and covered with blood. The coyote/wolf would be attracted to the blood and lick the deadly Popsicle. As they did so, their tongue would be desensitized to the razor blade that was cutting their tongue and then they began drinking their own blood ending in their eventual death.  Just like the Apostle Paul warned, ‘there are vicious wolves who have entered the flock. Unfortunately, many in the Church have licked the deadly Popsicle. We have become our own worst enemy. We have allowed ourselves to be deceived and have become blind and naked.

Tantric Buddhists don’t know YHWH. That’s been their excuse up until now. American Christianity as it became more inclusivistic and pluralistic, apostacy set in and now Presbyterians, Baptists, Moravians, Methodists, invite the Tibetans to build sand mandalas in their institutions and churches in the name of “promoting culture” or  “religious freedom in Tibet.” They even host the Buddhist Blood and Relic Tour in their sanctuaries as was done in First Presbyterian Church in Santa Monica, California. One Catholic I met at Fuller said “off the worship I’d worship the relic of any holy man, Catholic or Buddhist.” How shall they hear if we’re disobedient to share our faith? To hold fast to the faith delivered to the Saints.  So who opened the door?

 Before you as a Gatekeeper know that a door needs closing, you have to know that it’s not all about the darkness of Tantric Buddhism, but sadly about the naiveté, lethargy, pride, disobedience, and the lukewarm condition and growing apostasy of a growing segment of the Church in America. We don’t take history seriously enough.

On Day Ten, we’ll cover what we did in 1996 to address the visit of the Dalai Lama to Pasadena where he received the “Key to the City” and where we starting asking the question, “Why does he keep coming to Pasadena?” We’ll also trace an initiative that the LORD Jesus imparted to Don Upham in 2003 during the Circle of Bliss Events at the LA County Museum and Sacred Music Festival which began to provide answers to that question which are covered in his excellent book “In Favor of the Saints.”   

In conclusion, I’m going to include three segments that I read today. It will take time, but is an important read.  In honor of Father’s Day, think about this. When we talk in America about our Founding Fathers we speak of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, James Madison, John Jay, John Adams, and Alexander Hamilton. A First Nation Gatekeeper named Dewey remarked, “Have you seen the First Nations T-shirt with the Founding Fathers?”

I answered, “I don’t think I have. What does it look like?”

He said, “Chief Joseph, Sitting Bull, Geronimo, and Red Cloud.”

And so what did our President do? Gave America’s Number One wanted Terrorist Osama Bin Laden the code name “Geronimo.” Does this show you how out of touch we are with our history?

I’m going to conclude with three short paragraphs that I think are worth reflecting on. The first is from Building Godly Nations. While it is an excellent book in many ways, it has some blind spots. This may be one of the biggest as it relates to property rights. Again, Dewey had a great line. ‘When I was in Israel, I told an Israeli who was struggling about the Land for peace issue. He said, “You haven’t seen the T-shirt about land for peace? It says, “Ask an Indian?” Or something like how it did it work for them?”  The US founding Father James Madison had this to say in the following section:

Building Godly Nations by Stephen K. McDowell (p. 172)

     “Freedom of conscience and freedom of religion were of primary importance to our founders. They incorporated these ideas in their constitutions and laws, for example, the Virginia Bill of Rights, Sec. 16, first adopted June 12, 1776:

That religion, or the duty which we owe our Creator, and the manner of discharging it, can be directed only by reason and convictions, not by force or violence, and therefore all men are equally entitled to the free exercise of religion, according to the dictates of conscience, and that it is the mutual duty of all to practice Christian forbearance, love, and charity towards each other.

     “Our founders also recognized the importance of the external aspect of the principle of property. James Madison wrote in 1792:

Government is instituted to protect property of every sort…This being the end of government, that is NOT a just government,…nor is property secure under it, where the property which a man has…is violated by arbitrary seizures of one class of citizens for the service of the rest. 24

  The Boston Tea Party took place as a result of the people acting upon the principle of property. Beginning with the Stamp Act in 1764, the government of England attempted to tax the colonists without their consent. An outcry from the colonists forced Britain to repeal the measure, but over the years the king and parliament continued to try to exert what they felt was their right to tax the colonists even though they were not represented in the body that imposed the taxes. The colonists’ slogan “no taxation without representation” was based upon the principle of property, for if someone could take another man’s property without his consent, then he really had no property rights. Since the tea that was shipped to Boston in 1773 had a tax upon it, the colonists refused to buy it. When the authorities threatened to confiscate the privately owned British ship unless it unloaded the tea, the colonists felt their only recourse was to dump the tea in the harbor. They were not going to violate their principles and submit to tyranny.”

SOUNDS ADMIRABLE, BUT. NOW READ THIS FROM A TECUMSEH’S POINT OF VIEW, AN HONORED HERO.

  The Portable North American Indian Reader Edited by Frederick Turner (p.246)

Tecumseh in 1810 faced Governor W.H. Harrison to bitterly protest the land sales of 1805-1806. He said they were effected by the use of strong liquor, a breach of the Treaty of Greenville. He refused to enter the Governor’s mansion.

     “Since my residence at Tippecanoe, we have endeavored to level all distinctions, to destroy village chiefs, by whom all mischiefs are done. It is they who sell the land to the Americans. Brother, this land that was sold, and the goods that was given for it, was only done by a few…In the future we are prepared to punish those who propose to sell land to the Americans. If you continue to purchase the, it will make war among the different tribes, and, at last I do not know what will be the consequences among the white people. Brother, I wish you would take pity on the red people and do as I have requested. If you will not give up the land and do cross the boundary of our present settlement, it will be very hard, and produce great trouble between us.

     The way, the only way to stop this evil is for the red men to unite in claiming a common and equal right in the land, as it was at first, and should be now—for it was never divided, but belongs to all. No tribe has the right to sell, even to each other, much less to strangers…Sell a country! Why not sell the sir, the great sea, as well as the earth? Did not the Great Spirit make them all for the use of his children?

     How can we have confidence in the white people?

     When Jesus Christ came upon the earth you killed Him and nailed Him to the cross. You thought He was dead, and you were mistaken. You have Shakers among you and you laugh and make light of their worship.

     Everything I have told you is the truth. The Great Spirit has inspired me.

     Tecumseh, in July 1811, with twenty-four warriors, followed the Wabash River in a second attempt to engage in historic debates to persuade the Indians to unite in a southern confederation. He voiced prophetic warnings.

     “Where today are the Pequot? Where are the Narragensett, the Mohican, the Pocanet, and other powerful tribes of our people? They have vanished before the avarice and oppression of the white man, as snow before the summer sun…Will we let ourselves be destroyed in our turn, without making an effort worthy of our race? Shall we, without a struggle, give up our homes, our lands, bequeathed to us by the Great Spirit? The graves of our dead and everything that is dear and sacred to us?   I know you will say with me, Never! Never!…

     Sleep not longer, O Choctawa and Chickasaws, in false security and delusive hopes…Will not the bones of our dead by plowed up, and their graves turned into plowed fields?”

 …(SELAH)

A PETITION TO ABBA.

PLEASE GIVE US Understanding and wisdom to overcome historical and theological breaches which have betrayed the Gospel of Yeshua and inoculated many First Nations, Tibetans, and others against the true faith found in YHWH.

 IN CONCLUSION. Before ending in prayer, here is a story which I hope encourages us to press on in the steps that YHWH has preordained out of His mercy and compassionate love for unreached peoples all over the world. Thanks to Caris Faith Sy.

“Gladys Aylward, courageous and renowned missionary to China, shares a fascinating story in one of her biographies which exemplifies the hunger in man’s heart for love. Gladys and a companion, Dr. Huang, were traveling on a short ministry excursion. She relates that on the eleventh day, out of desperation the doctor prayed, “Oh God…we have witnessed to no one today, but you have sent us here for some special purpose. Show us where to find the man you intend to bless.

When the prayer time ended, the two began to sing choruses. A few minutes later, they joyously sighted a Tibetan lama priest, who, to their surprise, cordially invited them both to spend the night in the lamasery. They were extremely curious, because lamas are supposed to have nothing to do with women.

But, another even greater surprise awaited them. Suddenly, the lama stated clearly, “We have waited long for you to tell us about the God who loves. Gladys reports how her heart jumped when their new guide led them to a compound and invited them to speak to five hundred lamas! They sang and also spoke of the baby who was born in the stable and of the Savior who died on Calvary.

Speaking on and on, interspersed with singing, they continued until well past the point of exhaustion. Finally, upon the verge of collapse, they both arose and left the great hall to retire for the night. However, rest was not yet to come. For upon retiring, Gladys was disturbed by lama after lama coming to her room, two by two.

She describes the situation: “A few minutes later, two more came and so it went on all night. Always the same question, “Will you explain how and why He died? Will you explain how it is He could love me?’” Then she amplifies:

These men never questioned that God was the Creator of the World, they never doubted the fact of the virgin birth, they did not consider any of the miracles incredible. To them it was the wonder of God’s love which obsessed them. The story of Christ’s death on Calvary filled their minds with awe and reverence.

When Gladys spoke with Dr. Huang the next morning, she found that the same occurrence had taken place in his room. These lamas were thirsting for the old story of God’s loving plan of salvation. So the two decided to remain in the monastery a while longer, which eventually turned into a full week. During this time, they continued to receive inquiries regularly. Finally, Gladys gathered enough courage to ask her big question: “Why did you let me—a foreign woman come to your lamasery? Why did you allow me to speak to your priests?”

And she received the most astonishing reply.

It is a long story. Out on our mountainside grows a licorice herb which my lamas collect and sell in the cities. One year the men who had taken the herb harvest down on the mules were passing through a village when they saw a man waving a paper while he called out, “Who wants one? Salvation free and for nothing. He who believes gets salvation and lives forever. If you want to learn more of this come to the gospel hall.”

The lamas, utterly astonished at such a doctrine, took the tract and brought it back to the lamasery. I was shown the tract, now worn and in pieces, stuck on the wall. It was a perfectly ordinary tract, simply quoting John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

That was all, but from it they had learned that somewhere there was a “God who loved.” Everybody read it and reread it or had it read to them.

The head lama continued after I had read that important scrap of paper.

The next year, when our men took the herb down to the cities they were told to find out where “The God who loved” lived, but for five years they could learn nothing more.

Then the men who had first received the tract vowed they would not come back until they learned more about this God. They went on and on until they came to Len Chow. There they saw an important looking man on the street, and asked their usual question, “Can you tell us where the God who loves lives?”

“Oh, yes,” he said. “Go down that street, and you will come to a large gateway with three signs over it, “Faith, Hope, Charity.’ Go in there; they will tell you about God.”

Jubilantly they approached the small China Inland Mission station and asked the same question of the Chinese evangelist. He told them all he could, then gave them each a copy of the Gospels.

Eagerly they hurried back to the lamasery and reread the accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. We believed all that it contained, though there was much we could not understand. But one verse seemed of special importance. Christ had said, “Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel,” so obviously one day someone would come to tell us more about this wonderful God. All we had to do was to wait and, when God sent a messenger, to be ready to receive him. For another three years we waited. Then two lamas, out on the hillside gathering sticks, heard someone singing. “Those are the messengers we are waiting for,” they said. “Only people who know God will sing.”

While one went back to tell the rest of us to prepare for the long expected guests, the other came down to meet you on the hillside.

That was why everything was done for our comfort, why they gladly clamored down and brought up our bundles, why they received us with hungry hearts.”

The first time I read that I wept. They are waiting. Trusting that we, God’s disciples will be obedient.

May we not disappoint them or our LORD Yeshua, Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

PRAYERS

Confession. As lead by the Holy Spirit.

Prayer strategy of a mature Tibetan Christian minister.

The enemy will try, through the Buddhist protective deities (demons), to generate fear and confusion over minds that try to pray.

1. Brothers and sisters need to be of one mind. (Phil. 2:1-11).

2. Remember God is sovereign over this and that believers should walk in the knowledge of the full victory found in Jesus Christ alone. (Ps.20:6-7; 46:1-4;10-11; 22:26-31; Rev. 12:10-11; 1 Peter 1:17-19;2:9)

3. Be united in confronting the situation. (Phil. 2:2).

4. Pray:

For no demonic empowerment.

For the salvation of Buddhists, even the Dalai Lama. (Ps. 2:1-12; Jer.18:1-17;26:13).

For no enchantment of the listeners.

That the Spirit of Truth would prevail in sharing the Gospel.

That what the enemy intends would instead be multiplied for the Kingdom of God’s progress.

That God would confound the devices and weapons of the enemy being raised up by this event and would use it for LORD Jesus’s Glory.

…..Other requests:

 For unity and a solid, loving evangelical witness of the Christian community to reach spiritually lost followers of Tibetan Buddhism. (Eph. 1:15-23; 3:1-6;4:29-32; 2 Thes.1:11-12).

For a spirit of humility in our witness, that we, without Yeshua, our Savior Jesus Christ, we would be as lost as they. (Ephesians 2:1-4).

Pray for a covering over all those who are preparing literature for outreach, and its timely publication.

Pray for gatekeepers to take the worldviews101 intensive so that they can intercede with knowledge and understanding.

Pray for us as we prepare the blog. For necessary finances, energy, clarity and wisdom and a spiritual and physical covering over our entire family and team working on this initiative. Thanks be to YHWH our Provider and Defender.

May the Fear of the YHWH be released upon the Nation to bring us all to repentance before His Throne of grace.

May the young bees be raised up in a spring swarm that is productive for advancing the KINGDOM OF GOD.

May believers of every background be made aware of this initiative and become involved with their many gifts, talents and abilities.

We are grateful to be part of YOUR KINGDOM O YHWH!

About jstephens

James C. Stephens was a graduate of a Buddhist Study Academy and a Buddhist leader for fourteen years (1970-1984). In 1978, he married Elizabeth, a Jewish Buddhist at a Buddhist temple. Following an accident in Japan in 1981 while on a Buddhist pilgrimage followed by an intense three year spiritual search through various other faiths and practices, James and Elizabeth made the decision to become disciples of Jesus Christ. James graduated in 1999 with a MA in Intercultural Studies from Fuller School of Intercultural Studies and in 2010, launched http://www.worldviews101.com/ which offers a twelve week course "A Christian Perspective on the Dalai Lama and Tibetan Buddhism."

He and his wife enjoy Landscape architecture, gardening, making kombucha and kefir, film, screenwriting, literature, and music.

Comments

  1. Check out the life of Roger Williams who advocated for religious liberty SO THAT the Gospel could be preached among all peoples who came. Imperfect, he still planted the Gospel among Indians and defended the rights of Indians and for justice in treaties. That was why he was kicked out of Massachusets Bay Colony: He was so ardent for the evangelization of the tribes he worked with that he lived among them, wrote a catechism for them, and translated the Bible into their language. He also printed a dictionary for that language to promote understanding.