January 18, 2021



I am the LORD, that is My Name;

I will not give My glory to another,

Nor My praise to graven images.”

                                        Isaiah 42:8

“The land is full of adulterers

For the land mourns because of the curse.

The pastures of the wilderness have dried up.

For both prophet and priest are polluted.

Even in My house I have found their wickedness, declares the LORD.”

                                      -Jeremiah 23:11

To whom will you liken God?

Or what likeness will you compare with Him?

                                        -Isaiah 40:18

Present your case,” the LORD says. Bring forward your strong arguments.”

Declare the things that are going to come afterward, that we may know you are gods.”

Behold, you are of no account, and your work amounts to nothing;

He who chooses you is an abomination.”

                                        -Isaiah 41:21



Humanity’s Greatest Crime

By James C. Stephens

June 26, 2011

The early Church Father Tertullian (c. 160-c.220AD) was raised in Carthage and an apologist of the early church who fought against the heresy of Marcion as well as Christian Gnosticism. In his writings “On Idolatry” he wrote,

“The principal crime of the human race, the highest guilt charged upon the world, the whole procuring cause of judgment, is idolatry … Set aside names, examine works, the idolater is likewise a murderer. Do you inquire whom he has slain? If it contributes ought to the aggravation of the indictment, no stranger nor personal enemy, but his own self. By what snares? Those of his error. By what weapon? The offense done to God. By how many blows?

. The essence of fraud, I take it, is, that any should seize what is another’s, or refuse to another his due; and, of course, fraud done toward man is a name of greatest crime. Well, but idolatry does fraud to God, by refusing to Him, and conferring on others, His honours .”


I recall as a fairly new Christian in the ministry being called by a leader of a local seminary to come down and look at some items that he felt would be good for our ministry work among Buddhists.  When I arrived he took me into a room and showed me some very expensive Jade statues of Buddha and an old family ancestral tablet in an religious type cabinet. He said, “I think these would be very good to show your students what Buddhists actually have in their homes.”

I said, “That I might be able use some of the books for research, but I would have to prayerfully consider his offer.”

As I walked towards my office, a passage from His Word came to me:

“Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?

Or can a man walk on hot coals and his feet not be scorched? –Proverbs 6:27-28

How could I bring into my home, items that were an absolute abhorrence to the LORD Jesus Christ whom I love and serve?  Not only that, but it was disobedient to the Ten Commandments. How could I have an idol in my home or in my office? It would be a great offense to the LORD and to those who had left Buddhism. It would be like having a stack of pornographic magazines which give sin an opportunity and open door.  I turned around and walked into the Seminary office and said, “I don’t think these are items which would honor the LORD. In fact, I don’t think any of these items should be in a seminary as well. I would suggest that they be destroyed.

When my wife and I confessed Jesus Christ as LORD and gave Him our life, the very next day, we wrapped up our Tokibitsu Gohonzon, we called it our object of worship, and also our two special Amamori Gohonzons and then I walked to the World Culture Center and gave them back to the organization.  I was not instructed as to how I was to deal with my idols, but felt that since they were actually “on loan” to us from the organization, we should return them. When I did so, one of my colleagues at the World Culture Center, Ann Hagihara, said, “You can’t do this. You must return them to your headquarters.”

I said, “You don’t understand. I am not part of your system anymore.”

Ann knowing that I had been a very devout Buddhist for fourteen years said, “Do you want to see a counselor? Are you feeling okay?”

My response was, “I’ve never felt better in my whole life.”

It may be a case of “Render unto Caesar what it Caesar’s and unto God what is Gods.”


I remember seeing movie billboards advertising “Battle for LA” about an alien invasion.  Many times, it seems that Hollywood mirrors the angst of our culture.  On March 10, 2011 I visited an old friend from Montana who’d come down with aging Father to visit his brother in Long Beach.  After breakfast we walked down to wharf where you could see the permanent anchorage of the HMS Queen Mary and also the Los Angeles river channel into Long Beach Harbor. I’d mentioned how Maria Schwarzenegger had made a trip to Dharmasala, India to invite the Dalai Lama to address the 20,000 women leaders who would be attending the First Lady of California’s Woman’s Conference.  At the Conference, the Dalai Lama lead the women briefly in Buddhist meditation after his talk where he spoke to them of their important role in shaping society.

I also shared the fact that the Dalai Lama was about to visit Southern California in early May for a series of talks at USC, UCLA, UC Irvine and conducting the Highest Yoga Tantra Ritual which would occasion the invitation of high level Tibetan Shamans and tantric practitioners. That Long Beach was an international Gateway city which has been a high level terrorist target.  That we’d been involved in a number of prayer initiatives asking the LORD’s protection over the harbor.

After I left, I drove by the” Battle for LA” Billboards which were in the same proximity of the Harold Camping Billboards warning that Judgment Day would begin on May 21, 2011 at 6 p.m. So many people were falling prey to another date based prophecy about end times.  Little did the world know that the next morning, not May 21, but on March 11, that a record 9.0 magnitude earthquake would hit Sendai, Japan. Now called the Great  East Japan Earthquake,  it was followed by a horrific Tsunami and a nuclear meltdown.  So far the death toll has reached 15,457 deaths,  5,389 injured, with  7,676 people still missing.

I called my friend early that morning and warned him that there was a Pacific Tsunami alert on the West Coast of California as well.  


I recall attending the Urbana Student Mission Conference back in 1990 and reading a quote on one of the University of Illinois buildings by Edmund Burke that strongly resonated with me.  He said, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”  A watchman must stand fast in his post. 

The Dalai Lama was slated to lead the Highest Yoga Tantra in Long Beach which also involved the building of a special sand mandala. As I conducted research on the sand mandala, I discovered that it was to Yamantaka. Why? As I conducted my research, it appeared that it ties into the Kalachakra Mandala that is being built in Washington, DC in July.  The entire North American continent, Turtle Island is part of that Mandala system.  Yamantaka is the Tibetan Buddhist god of the west gate of the Kalachakra mandala. West Gate=Long Beach. According to Don Upham, ‘thirty four percent of this nation’s commerce passes” through Long Beach.  After the 1994 Northridge earthquake, the Thubten Dargye Ling moved from the Culver City area to Long Beach, California. Long Beach is a major gate between Santa Monica and Irvine. 

In 1990, I gave several talks to students interested in mission to Buddhists and I began by stating that this talk has a warning label. It comes from Ezekiel 33: ..if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes the life of one of them, that man will be taken away because of his sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for his blood.’

I have been warning those in the West extensively since 1990 about the dangerous incursion of Buddhism in North America and the ramifications.  So when I called to see if anyone was going to deal with the Yamataka Mandala in Long Beach, I did not find any parties that seemed to be going down there to confront it. So, after much prayerful  preparation, communion, and sanctification, I decided it was time to take the battle to the gates and address the spirits that were about to be released from the Sand Mandala.

FIRST, I  prayed earlier at Long Beach State College where the Dalai Lama was to go later in the week.  We had  heard that he was ill in Japan and would not be able to make it on Sunday to Long Beach, nor to UCLA on Monday.   This did not deter me.  I made proclamations written on a wooden stake based upon Deuteronomy 28, pounded it into the ground as a declaration. I  then read it before the Court of Heaven addressed it to principalities and powers that YHWH was setting before the State of California, blessings and curses. After taking communion, I walked around the Long Beach State obelisks as a testimony against them. I don’t know if they were built with any malice in mind by the original artists, but know it was a statement, recognizing that there has been witchcraft on this site and pled the blood of Yeshua upon the students to protect them and call them to repentance before the YHWH of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob. To serve the King of Kings Yeshua Ha’Moshiach.    I then sensed in the Spirit of the LORD that it was time to go down to the Long Beach Terrace Theater where the sand mandala was built and about to be desconstructed.   

When I found out that the Sand mandala was being deconstructed, I walked into the room precisely as the Tibetan shamans were chanting their incantations and scooping up the sands.  I had been given Ezekiel 14. They had just ended their chanting rituals and were scooping up the sand as over 1oo people were looking on awaiting the dispersal of sand in which some would be given to them and another deposited in the sea.  While I was silently praying against the principalities which I had already done by name, I heard from the LORD, “Watchman I will require the blood from your hand if you do not warn them.’  So I began reading the Ezekiel 14:6-7 out loud.

“Therefore say to the people of Israel, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Repent! Turn from your idols and renounce all your detestable practices!

 7 “‘When any of the Israelites or any foreigner residing in Israel separate themselves from me and set up idols in their hearts and put a wicked stumbling block before their faces and then go to a prophet to inquire of me, I the LORD will answer them myself. 8 I will set my face against them and make them an example and a byword. I will remove them from my people. Then you will know that I am the LORD.”

At that point guards were coming up to me, people were telling me to be quiet with ONE MAJOR exception, someone behind me, said to the crowd, “Let him finish.”

I then finished reading the Word against idolatry and then said, “Repent, and turn back from your idols, and turn back your faces from all your abomination.  I am warning you in the Name of Yeshua, Jesus Christ and YHWH, not to take this cursed sand into your hands or homes. It is defiled.  If you take it into homes you will bring judgment into your homes and into this city and State and Nation.

YHWH says your gods are not welcome in this nation.   I’m finished.

I then left behind some wine from Passover in which the curses of Egypt were poured. If you do not repent, these curses will certainly come upon you and your household.



Those who forsake the Torah, praise the wicked.

But such as keep the Torah contend with them.”

Proverbs 28:14


“Encourage the exhausted, and strengthen the feeble.

Say to those with anxious heart, take courage, fear not.

Behold, your God will come with vengeance;

The recompense of God will come, but He will save you.

Then the eyes of the blind will be opened, and the ears of the deaf will be unstopped.

Then the lame will leap like a deer,

And the tongue of the dumb will shout for joy.

For waters will break forth in the wilderness

And streams in the Arabah.

And the scorched land will become a pool,

And the thirsty land will become a pool,

And the thirsty ground springs of water;

And a highway will be there, a roadway,

And it will be called the Highway of Holiness.

Isaiah 35:3-8

“Do not fear, for I am with you;

Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.

I will strengthen you,

Surely I will help you,

Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

Behold, all those who are angered at you will be shamed and dishonored.

Those who contend with you will be as nothing, and will perish.

You will seek those who quarrel with you, but will not find them.

Those who war with you will be as nothing and non-existant.

For I am the LORD your God, who upholds your right hand,

Who says to you, “Do not fear, I will help you.

Do not fear, you worm Jacob, you men of Israel,

I will help you,” declares the LORD, and your Redeemer, is the Holy One of Israel.”

-Isaiah 41:10-14

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.