A an article written in 2012 has surfaced where the Southern Baptist community wanted to preach the Gospel to Sikhs post Oak Creek Massacre in Wisconsin.
The Christians saw it as “an unprecedented opportunity to reach out to their Sikh neighbors with the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” said Aslam Masih, North American Mission Board’s (NAMB) national coordinator.
“We have an opportunity now to turn this very sad situation into a life-changing encounter with the Gospel for Sikhs throughout North America,” Masih said.
The southern baptists wanted to focus on the 1.1 million Sikh community via their Nort American group NAMB’s evangelism.
Here is a quote from the group:
“Send North America is NAMB’s church planting and evangelism strategy to penetrate lostness in 29 urban areas in North America. Through Send North America, NAMB is connecting church planters with partner churches and church planters with places that need new churches.”
It is quite clear the Sikhs were a focus of this Christian religious group and efforts were immediately under taken to target Sikhs around various Sikh Gurdwaras of major american cities.
One of the Gurdwaras that was on the list of this group was the Sikh Gurdwara in Baltimore which is right next to a Church associated with the group.
It has been disclosed now that the tactic used by this group was to first express sadness and then introduce the message of the Gospel of Jesus.
Reference below quote:
“He called the temple, allegedly expressing his sorrow, and asked if the Baptist Church could visit the temple and give the Sikhs an opportunity to visit the church. Masih said the temple leadership agreed and offered to bring food.”
One of the plans of Christians was to make a video in Punjabi about Jesus for the Gurdwara sangat to watch.
One thing which has become quite clear is that this particular Christian group is very ignorant on the principles of Sikhi. However, post Oak Creek their mission became clear to target Sikhs who have little knowledge about their own faith.
The group felt Sikhs don’t understand god and introducing them to the gospel would make them understand. However, the group has no clue about the Sikh holy scriptures and what it’s message is about.
The leader was quoted saying:
“Sikhs also see God as more of an abstract principle that cannot be defined by a human incarnation and have trouble understanding the incarnate Jesus.”
The leader Masih also trained his group on how to approach and preach to Sikhs. This type of group often targets clean shaven Sikhs who themselves don’t know much about Sikhi and become easy targets.