Evangelistas believe Chinese are God’s new ‘Chosen People’

March 3, 2015 at 7:48 pm 17 comments

There are about half a million Chinese evangelical Christians in Malaysia, according to the estimate by author Iain Buchanan (right).

They are very aggressive in their dakwah and have huge ambitions.

Iain “Within Malaysia, the Christian Zionist evangelization of the Chinese (and other non-Muslim ethnic groups) is both systematic and widespread,” said Buchanan.

The “cells” are pervasive, and their excellent networking is a crucial factor in securing their power base despite Christians being such a (self-professed) meek and mild, teeny-weeny minority.

Chinese evangelical Christians may be fewer than Taoists and Buddhists but nonetheless they more than make up for their lack of numbers with superb organizational skills.

Buchanan notes that they successfully build coalitions comprising bible colleges, “leadership training” camps, fellowships (such as Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship), crusades (such as Awakening Malaysia or All Malaysia Convocation), conferences, corporate appointments, missionary exchanges, book and music shops, prayer networks, visiting foreign preachers, and other personal and corporate interconnections.

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God’s chosen ones, just like exiled Israelites 

The Chinese evangelical Christian sees himself in biblical terms as “an exile from Judah” because not only is the pendatang someone living far from his motherland but he also belongs to a persecuted group.buchanan

Methodist Bishop Hwa Yung has been quoted to say, “We may not be wanted, we may be treated like pendatang, but God has called us to be a blessing”.

“Malaysia’s Chinese evangelicals commonly evoke the tale of the Israelites in Babylon as an analogy for the Christian’s place in Malaysia,” said Buchanan in his new book Sang Nila Utama & The Lion of Judah – Dominionism and Christian Zionism in Malaysia.

(His old book is The Armies of God – A Study in Militant Christianity – right.)

The Malaysian evangelical movement is “extremely influential” and their enthusiastic churches are everywhere in our country.

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City Harvest has 21 churches in Malaysia.

Calvary Church – which has the biggest church building in Southeast Asia located in Bukit Jalil, KL – is a string of 24 churches nationwide. The Full Gospel Assembly (FGA) has about a dozen churches in Penang and KL.

However, the most number of Christian Zionists can be found among the Pentecostalists, i.e. parishioners of the Assemblies of God (AOG) churches, said Buchanan.

“Especially influential are churches linked to Wagner’s New Apostolic Reformation (such as Metro Tabernacle, SIB Hosanna Sibu, and Grace Assembly, which has planted 1,500 churches all told, including six in the Klang Valley) …”

The Evangelical Charismatic Churches of Malaysia network has some 100 churches, he added.

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Pastor Daniel Ho of DUMC is a key player

The Evangelical Charismatic Churches are the backbone of the proselytization movement, with the network’s elders dominating the leadership of the clergy.

Their principal is Rev. Eu Hong Seng who founded the Full Gospel Tabernacle Church, Subang Jaya – above – and where he is the chief pastor. He is also the current head of the Christian Federation of Malaysia.

Another major evangelical leader highlighted by Buchanan is Pastor Daniel Ho of the Damansara Utama Methodist Church (DUMC).

Hannah Yeoh “has great respect for Ps Daniel Ho, loves his wisdom and vision for the city”

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Manifest destiny in China’s millennium 

According to Buchanan, the Christian Zionist agenda entails “the conversion of the Chinese, both in China and throughout the global diaspora (including Malaysia)”.

It is the Chinese who are being converted to Christianity in the largest numbers given the blue ocean of China’s multitudinous population. One of the biggest Christian conversion success stories is our neighbour Singapore.

Another benefit of having an ethnic diaspora, says the author, is that Chinese evangelicalism can stretch from Hong Kong, Taiwan and China, the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, and down to Australia and New Zealand and back around the full rim of the Pacific to even Canada.

Thus the evangelistas see the Chinese as the ones “who will take the gospel back to Jerusalem and evangelize all nations on the way”. Hallelujah!

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Chinese, foot soldiers against Islam

“The idea of the exiled tribe is an essential part of biblical contextualization for the Chinese, and has particular relevance in the context of a global evangelical strategy which sees Chinese Christians as key operatives in such wider projects as the West’s challenge to China and containment of the Muslim world,” wrote Buchanan in his book’s Chapter Three titled ‘Chosen People and Christian Zionists’.

The objective of Christian Zionism is to make Chinese – an untapped market of one billion souls – allies in the war against Islam.

Meanwhile in our own backyard, the evangelization of the Orang Asli in West Malaysia and the tribal bumiputera of East Malaysia serves “the strategic objective of outflanking the Muslim Malays”.

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“God’s chosen people face a multitude of evils”

The evangelistas view themselves as the Chosen Ones.

Beacon Presbyterian Church’s Pastor Johnson Chua had once said that as God’s chosen people, Malaysian Christians should be the “salt and light” of the nation, as enjoined in Matthew 5: 13-16.

Evangelistas see a relevance to the Chinese in the message of the Bible.

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God is on their side and they shall triumph

Buchanan points out how in a similar vein, Pastor David Tan of Hope Evangelical Free Church had emphasized the duty of service through suffering for those who “have been chosen by God”.

“Basing his sermon on Peter’s letters to Christians oppressed by Nero’s tyranny, Tan stresses the inevitable triumph of ‘a people belonging to God’,” said Buchanan.

“For Malaysian Christians these are constant themes, hammered home with relentless passion by countless preachers both local and foreign: within Malaysia, God’s chosen people face a multitude of evils, demons, Goliaths, and Pharaohs – but, like Daniel (and like Israel), they have God on their side and will triumph.”

Excerpts and quotes above taken from pages 49-56 of Iain Buchanan’s e-book which can be read @ http://issuu.com/juste-books/docs/sang_nila_utama_and_the_lion_of_jud.

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17 Comments Add your own

  • 1. kuman  |  March 4, 2015 at 7:52 am

    Young, Energetic and Happy Go lucky Chinese love entertainment and that where evangelist CHURCH STAND UP as a new breath to them when estasy no longer no 1.

    Evangetic Church is a live concert for entertainment. Wake up man! there’s no soul searching in an evangelic church.

    While Malays Muslim the more you become a ‘thinker’ and outspoken then its a treat to those in ‘power’ so most of them rather stay quiet.

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  • 2. sirimuda  |  March 4, 2015 at 10:12 am

    Eric Purplsen Lawyers for Liberty accused of JAKIM Friday kutubah as daily extreme does you said here too the Christians are geared for their head ways within the Chinese society and as you know chinese most belief in benda-benda tahyul what will make their changes.

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  • 3. Keris  |  March 4, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    re: “Buchanan points out how in a similar vein, Pastor David Tan of Hope Evangelical Free Church had emphasized the duty of service through suffering for those who “have been chosen by God”.
    “Basing his sermon on Peter’s letters to Christians oppressed by Nero’s tyranny, Tan stresses the inevitable triumph of ‘a people belonging to God’,” said Buchanan.

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    • 4. Keris  |  March 4, 2015 at 7:49 pm

      THE APOCALYPSE OF PETER
      [a gospel which was not canonized by the Roman Catholic Church; this scroll fragment was uncovered at Nag Hammadi, Egypt during mid 20th century]

      1 . . . . many of them will be false prophets, and will teach divers ways and doctrines of perdition: but these will become sons of perdition. 3. And then God will come unto my faithful ones who hunger and thirst and are afflicted and purify their souls in this life; and he will judge the sons of lawlessness.

      4. And furthermore the Lord (Jesus) said: Let us go into the mountain: Let us pray.. And going with him, we, the twelve disciples, begged that he would show us one of our brethren, the righteous who are gone forth out of the world, in order that we might see of what manner of form they are, and having taken courage, might also encourage the men who hear us.

      {THE RIGHTEOUS & PARADISE}

      6. And as we prayed, suddenly there appeared two men standing before the Lord towards the East, on whom we were not able to look; 7, for there came forth from their countenance a ray as of the sun, and their raiment was shining, such as eye of man never saw; for no mouth is able to express or heart to conceive the glory with which they were endued, and the beauty of their appearance. 8. And as we looked upon them, we were astounded; for their bodies were whiter than any snow and ruddier than any rose; 9, and the red thereof was mingled with the white, and I am utterly unable to express their beauty; 10, for their hair was curly and bright and seemly both on their face and shoulders, as it were a wreath woven of spikenard and divers-coloured flowers, or like a rainbow in the sky, such was their seemliness.

      11. Seeing therefore their beauty we became astounded at them, since they appeared suddenly. 12. And I approached the Lord and said: Who are these? 13. He saith to me: These are your brethren the righteous, whose forms ye desired to see. 14. And I said to him: And where are all the righteous ones and what is the aeon in which they are and have this glory?

      15. And the Lord showed me a very great country outside of this world, exceeding bright with light, and the air there lighted with the rays of the sun, and the earth itself blooming with unfading flowers and full of spices and plants, fair-flowering and incorruptible and bearing blessed fruit. 16. And so great was the perfume that it was borne thence even unto us. 17. And the dwellers in that place were clad in the raiment of shining angels and their raiment was like unto their country; and angels hovered about them there. 18. And the glory of the dwellers there was equal, and with one voice they sang praises alternately to the Lord God, rejoicing in that place. 19. The Lord saith to us: This is the place of your high-priests, the righteous men.

      {THE WICKED & HELLFIRE}

      20. And over against that place I saw another, squalid, and it was the place of punishment; and those who were punished there and the punishing angels had their raiment dark like the air of the place.

      21. And there were certain there hanging by the tongue: and these were the blasphemers of the way of righteousness; and under them lay fire, burning and punishing them. 22. And there was a great lake, full of flaming mire, in which were certain men that pervert righteousness, and tormenting angels afflicted them.

      23. And there were also others, women, hanged by their hair over that mire that bubbled up: and these were they who adorned themselves for adultery; and the men who mingled with them in the defilement of adultery, were hanging by the feet and their heads in that mire. And I said: I did not believe that I should come into this place.

      24. And I saw the murderers and those who conspired with them, cast into a certain strait place, full of evil snakes, and smitten by those beasts, and thus turning to and fro in that punishment; and worms, as it were clouds of darkness, afflicted them. And the souls of the murdered stood and looked upon the punishment of those murderers and said: O God, thy judgment is just.

      25. And near that place I saw another strait place into which the gore and the filth of those who were being punished ran down and became there as it were a lake: and there sat women having the gore up to their necks, and over against them sat many children who were born to them out of due time, crying; and there came forth from them sparks of fire and smote the women in the eyes: and these were the accursed who conceived and caused abortion.

      26. And other men and women were burning up to the middle and were cast into a dark place and were beaten by evil spirits, and their inwards were eaten by restless worms: and these were they who persecuted the righteous and delivered them up.

      27. And near those there were again women and men gnawing their own lips, and being punished and receiving a red-hot iron in their eyes: and these were they who blasphemed and slandered the way of righteousness.

      28. And over against these again other men and women gnawing their tongues and having flaming fire in their mouths: and these were the false witnesses.

      29. And in a certain other place there were pebbles sharper than swords or any spit, red-hot, and women and men in tattered and filthy raiment rolled about on them in punishment: and these were the rich who trusted in their riches and had no pity for orphans and widows, and despised the commandment of God.

      30. And in another great lake, full of pitch and blood and mire bubbling up, there stood men and women up to their knees: and these were the usurers and those who take interest on interest.

      31. And other men and women were being hurled down from a great cliff and reached the bottom, and again were driven by those who were set over them to climb up upon the cliff, and thence were hurled down again, and had no rest from this punishment: and these were they who defiled their bodies acting as women; and the women who were with them were those who lay with one another as a man with a woman.

      32. And alongside of that cliff there was a place full of much fire, and there stood men who with their own hands had made for themselves carven images instead of God. And alongside of these were other men and women, having rods and striking each other and never ceasing from such punishment.

      33. And others again near them, women and men, burning and turning themselves and roasting: and these were they that leaving the way of God

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  • 5. C72  |  March 5, 2015 at 12:33 am

    When you are with a Christian friend or colleague one on one, it’s perfectly fine. But if you encounter them in a group, they’re very different – either they’re creepy or overbearing. Why is that? And they don’t do that to Malays. Only to other Chinese.

    To Malays in person , they are super nice, super perky, everything is just super!

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    • 6. Helen Ang  |  March 5, 2015 at 12:38 am

      Overbearing, I get.

      Can you elaborate on “creepy”?

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      • 7. C72  |  March 5, 2015 at 1:02 am

        Hard to describe .. maybe because I’m their constant target for conversion (evangelists – 0, me – 376) that I could be too sensitive but a sense of them having this unspoken pact of “let’s work together to witness for Jesus on this sinner” once they realise they have you outnumbered. Frankly, it is amusing to me nowadays once you know how to recognise the signs but even so, it’s creepy to watch it happen.

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  • 13. Mulan of Malaysia  |  March 5, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    Any Chinaman who believes that the Chinese are the new chosen ones are just bloody stupid or illiterate. Are we to believe that there is even another newer Testament that has a verse having the Chinese replace the Jews?

    Any pastor who sells such rubbish should be burned at the stake as this is heresy. Sad to say we don’t have any anti-heresy laws for non-Muslims. If we had one, these “pastors” should be punished.

    Christians should know well how heretics are dealt with in the Bible.

    “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. (John 15:5-6)

    http://christianity.stackexchange.com/questions/18266/is-it-biblical-to-burn-the-heretics

    Yes. We need laws to protect non Muslims from “ajaran sesat”.

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    • 14. Helen Ang  |  March 5, 2015 at 6:00 pm

      re: “Any Chinaman who believes that the Chinese are the new chosen ones are just bloody stupid or illiterate.”

      They did. The Taiping Rebellion in China. Millions were killed because their own Chinese evangelist saviour believed he was the younger brother of Jesus Christ.

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  • 15. Mulan of Malaysia  |  March 5, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    News from Malaysian Insider
    http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/booklets-on-jesus-with-allah-word-upset-villagers-in-balik-pulau

    “A group of Muslims in Balik Pulau, Penang, is up in arms over the distribution of booklets entitled “Al-Masih”, which tell the story of Jesus Christ and contain the word “Allah”.

    About 50 booklets were distributed in seven villages from Kampung Titi Teras to Sungai Pinang, over an area of 10km radius.

    Sungai Pinang Federal Village Security and Development Committee chairman Mohd Yusof Salam said he had been getting complaints from villagers since yesterday after they woke up and found the booklets on their doorsteps.”

    But worst of all – it has ajaran sesat.
    “The villagers initially thought they were normal religious booklets. After they studied the content, they became uneasy and confused. The booklet stated that Jesus and Mary were married”

    Since when Jesus and Mary were married? It is about time that action on non-Muslim”ajaran sesat” must be done. All these re imagining of the Bible must stop!

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    • 16. Helen Ang  |  March 5, 2015 at 5:55 pm

      Mulan,

      We don’t know who the perpetrators are.

      Don’t think Malaysian Christian proselytizers are ever likely to say that Jesus and Mary were married.

      It could be the work of agent provocateurs.

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  • 17. jonathan  |  August 20, 2015 at 4:47 pm

    Jews are a chosen people in the Bible; there is no duplicates(Chinese). When Jesus offered salvation to the Gentiles, it wasnt for “Chinese only, able to speak Mandarin, etc”.
    Chinese Christians should learn to break free from Communism; look at Christianity as a whole. God is no racist.
    Therefore, when you talk about Christians in Malaysia; do not overshadow the Indian & Borneo Christian community.
    I find it embarrasing that Chinese Christians are racist. I always hope the Chinese churches can take steps to overcome racism & show true God’s love by accepting everyone as God’s children, like Jesus did, & stop the Chinese glorifying theirselves by claiming to be Jews.

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