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Unveiling Controversial Tactics Of Missionaries

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Christian organizations have once again come under scrutiny due to allegations of forced conversions in India. These concerns have attracted international attention, with the United States frequently criticizing and advising India on the rights of minorities. However, India has consistently denied these allegations and responded by defending its policies. Recently, a ten-month-old YouTube video featuring Chris Hodges, the lead pastor of the Church of the Highlands, has surfaced, in which he claimed India as the primary target for conversions.

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The Controversial Video and Hodges’ Statements

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In the video, Chris Hodges boldly proclaimed the success of his organization’s missionaries in converting over 100,000 Hindus in just one week, despite the efforts of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). Hodges referred to the Hindu population as “lost people” and criticized the Indian government’s actions, including the revocation of licenses for Christian groups. He also made allegations against the RSS, a Hindu nationalist organization.

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Controversial Conversion Strategies

Hodges revealed the strategies employed by his missionary organization, which included using individuals allegedly possessed by demons to create disturbances in villages.

The missionaries would then present themselves as saviors by delivering these individuals from possession, resulting in mass conversions, according to Hodges.

He further claimed that chanting, dramatic healing demonstrations, and other tactics were used to attract and convert vulnerable Hindus.

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The Response and Ongoing Concerns

Despite the Indian government’s efforts to regulate such activities, Christian organizations continue their conversion missions with impunity. They take advantage of various opportunities, including the establishment of churches, organizing large-scale evangelistic events, and leveraging social media campaigns. These activities have raised concerns among various segments of Indian society, who view them as aggressive and unethical tactics aimed at destabilizing the religious fabric of the country.

India’s Defense and Denial

India has consistently denied allegations of religious persecution and forced conversions. The government argues that regulations are in place to maintain social harmony and protect vulnerable individuals from exploitation. These regulations aim to ensure transparency and accountability in the activities of religious organizations, including Christian groups.

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Balancing Religious Freedom and Social Harmony

The issue of religious conversions in India is complex and multifaceted. While India upholds the principle of religious freedom, it also emphasizes the importance of social harmony and preventing religious disharmony. Striking a balance between these two aspects remains a challenge for the Indian government, as it aims to protect the rights of all its citizens while preserving the nation’s cultural and religious diversity.

However, in this case, it is again the Hindu population that the country is losing! Vulnerable Hindus need to be protected and their Dharma reinstated!

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