Punjabi Christian Fellowship
8520 Bradshaw, Sacramento
Gutter to Grace
And Peter said unto them, Repent ye, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ unto the remission of your sins; and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38
Introduction: I, the sinner have nothing to speak about myself but of the glory of the Savior “Lord Jesus Christ” who picked me up from the lowest rank in the caste oriented society of India where we are forced to live an inhumane life for centuries in the name of religion. I wish to discuss that my early life was horrible as I was born in an untouchable Sikh family of Punjab. Though Sikhism does not believe in the system of Castes but Sikhs do believe and have created caste based Gurudwaras (Temples) through out the world. Being born of low caste, I had to taste the bitterness of caste discrimination and prejudice through out as long as I remained in the fold of Hinduism/ Sikhism. I had my sick mother whom I never saw walking but only confined to bed till her death in year 1960. Virtually I do not know the delightfulness of motherly love.
My family could not afford to send me to College or University for studies beyond high school. For livelihood of the family I in my early childhood joined my father doing some low-grade jobs. Cultural backwardness made me a victim of early marriage too. I was only fifteen years old when my wife joined me. In nutshell, I was over burdened with family responsibilities at my tender age. We the children of untouchables do not have childhood but our tender hands instead of holding toys hold rough tools of workmen to support the family. Word “hope” has no place in our language.
We ‘the untouchables’ are worse than slaves for slaves are still considered within the fold of human race but Hinduism deny that we are even the creation of god. Our ancestors were not permitted to walk on common roads for the dust that could come in contact with our bodies would pollute the upper castes when they walk on those roads. India became independent in 1947 but in certain areas of my country even now women can not wear clothes on the upper parts of their bodies and their bare breasts exhibit the theology of Hinduism. My brethrens still can not wear shoes in southern India. The Government of India being dominated by upper castes defends the atrocities on the untouchables even in the courts of law of my country. In nutshell we are forced to live an inhuman life even in this modern age.
God’s plan: Lord had a different plan for my life. He blessed me the wisdom to complete my studies without teacher or even without books. I used to gather books from waste and prepare my study notes whenever I could escape from my routine job. Purely through self study, I completed graduation in Sikh Scriptures in 1972, Master in Economics in 1976. I used to visit the university only to sit in the examination.
God’s Mercy: In year 1976, I appeared in the competition for Indian Administrative Services (the highest civil service of India) and Lord blessed me success. The rate of success for the said competition is 0.01 percent. This miracle happened not for my acumen but for His blessings and purpose as He had to accomplish the plan that He had pre-designed. I retired from my service in September 2007 from a senior position in the Government of India after holding various administrative jobs for thirty years.
Caste prejudice: There has been a severe heartbreaking pain within me against the caste prejudice and I could never accept to surrender before the so called upper castes. I always opposed and fought tooth and nail against their hateful attitude. I never accepted that the total humanity except three upper castes of India is not created by God. This looked to me to be a terrible cheat of Satan. Since I had no exposure to the Word of God, so I did not know the process of creation.
It is a matter of utter shame that bureaucracy of my country is so communal that I was abused by my seniors in the name of my low caste. I filed a criminal complaint against the culprit officers in the court of law under the prevention of atrocities Act (1989). On the basis of witnesses, court issued summoning orders against those officers. The Government of India engaged the former Advocate General of India to defend the case at a very high rate of fee. You may understand the plight of my people through my complaint where I was denied justice.
Being a senior government officer, all sinful temptations were within my access and I could not escape and save myself from the fall. I slipped from His ways. Lord, whom I did not know (as I was unbeliever) protected me from every fall and restored this wild branch (me) to His vineyard.
Lord lured me: Lord lured and brought me to the light with a candy. The candy of the Lord was the restoration of the lost eye sight (right eye) of my daughter Jasleen Singh through prayer.
When she was only one year old, she pushed the television trolley while playing on the ground. Television fell upon her head and caused head injury. She was unconscious for a long time. When she gained her consciousness her eyes were squinted. We got her operated surgically and the squint was cleared but she lost the vision of her right eye. We visited so many eye hospitals but everywhere we could be advised that optical nerves can not be repaired. Medical Science said it was a permanent loss.
But nothing is impossible for the Lord. My friend Pr Rajan Thomas put his hand on the head of the child and prayed. My child felt strong flow of current of current flowing through her body. It was the touch of the Spirit of God. In a period of six months, her sight got fully restored. She does not need even the glasses now. She is a grown up child of twenty years with a very pleasant look.
For this wonderful gift of the Lord, I do not know how to express my gratefulness to the Most Merciful God.
This is how He led me to accept Him my Savior. His unique gift of salvation to the sinners like me is still beyond expression in worldly language.
LORD gives sight to the blind, the LORD lifts up those who are bowed down, the LORD loves the righteous. Psalm 146:8
Bible Education: The charismatic gift planted the seed of Holy Kingdom within me and I started studying Holy Bible with ‘Rhema Church of India’. It did a three years certificate course from 1993 to 1996. Rev K L Chaudhari the President of the Church gave me baptism (Dipping in water] I started serving the Lord in my free time as I was a serving officer of the Government of India too. In year 2002, Pr K L Chaudhary ordained me as a “Minister of the Church”.
I joined a distance learning diploma course from ‘Home Fellowship of Whales’ (UK). The said ministry ordained me as Reverend in year 2003. Presently I have the privilege of ‘Fellowship’ with the ministry. In recognition of my church activities in North India, ‘International Institute of Church Management, Dallas Texas, United States’ honored me with “Doctor of Divinity”. I am a life time member of IICM.
Languages: I am fluent (read, write and speak) in three languages such as English, Hindi and Punjabi.
He chose me: In 1 Timothy 1, St Paul claimed to be the chief sinner. His claim could be correct because I did not exist during his time otherwise this could have been my privilege to pronounce. After the restoration of the sight of my child, I felt that it was the conception of the seed of Holy Kingdom within me. This was a wonderful gift of the love of the Lord as He planted the seed of His Word within me. Lord started visiting me through my dreams with His specific messages to work for His Kingdom. His messages always spoke that ‘for His mercy, He had washed my sins and He commanded me to live righteously through His glory and sin no more’.
I wish to produce one of the wonderful dreams that I witnessed. I saw the Lord lying on a cot in my room and I had held His tender holy feet in my hands. I was weeping on His feet washing them with my tears. He sat up and put His hand on my head blessed me and disappeared. I experienced wonderful vision of the glory of the Lord with a specific anointing from Him. It was like the blessings on the sinful woman who deserved to die but blessed eternal life by the Lord. “I do not condemn you. Now go and sin no more.” Lord blessed me a new life through His mercy upon me.
Pastoral Experience: In India I have my own ministry “Holy Vision India” with Pr Rajan Thomas. We have registered this ministry as a ‘Church’ with the Government of India. Now our ministry is serving in Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Utter Pardesh, Uttranchal and Kerala states of India. We have home churches everywhere and in Delhi our church was in my house but now at Rajan’s house. It is a small church of less than hundred members. I preached as Pastor with Pr Chaudhary and later on with Pr Rajan Thomas for seven years (2000-2007). The church is blessed with the gifts of the Spirit of God.
The most recent visit of the Lord was like the call to St Paul. I produce the verses of the Holy Bible that the Lord gave me that day:
“But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee; Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee, 18. To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. Acts 26:16-18
I understand His specific call for me to carry the Holy Gospel to the most un-reached community called ‘Sikhs’. Lord has blessed me success too. In Caruthers I gave baptism to a Sikh young man named Surjit Singh. Presently, I am working with Rock Church Sacramento, California.
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6
The verbal inspiration of the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as originally given by God; their sole-sufficiency and final authority in all matters of faith and practice.
The Lord Jesus Christ: The essential deity and perfect humanity of our Lord Jesus Christ, the only mediator between God and men; His virgin birth, sinless life and sacrificial death on the cross as the only substitute for sinners; His burial, bodily resurrection and ascension to heaven; His high priestly ministry and personal return.
Baptism: I believe in the water immersion Baptism in the name of Jesus.
Holy Spirit: The work of the Holy Spirit in regenerating the sinner and indwelling, sanctifying and empowering the believer.
God’s Plan: Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou came forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee. Jeremiah 1:5
How does He prepare His Army? We the chosen people, the servants of Most High God are soldiers of His Army and the Lord is the Commander, the King of the Kings. He is Sovereign God and He recruits the soldiers even before they are in the womb of the mother. I understand that right from the conception into my mother’s womb He shaped me rough and tough in the fire and tools of His hands for His unending love. He taught me to live in scarcity and subjected me to all humiliations to generate humility in me. He tempted me to sins and picked me up for appreciation of His Holiness. He gave me the wisdom to attain high education even without resources for His merciful nature. To expose me to the fallacy of the world He blessed me high official position in the worldly government. But thanks to His love, He never gave me long rope that I get lost in the satanic kingdom of this world.
Lord brought me to the United States just four months before my retirement from government service so that I do not get lost. Lord gave me total exposure to the Sikh Scripture to prepare me to counter and encounter the erroneous belief of the religion and make them understand the Holy Word of God.
My coming to U S A is miraculous.
Christian International Ministries Network (Apostolic) ‘Santa Rosa Beach, Florida 32459 USA’ invited me to participate in Apostolic Conference. This invitation helped me to secure my R1 visa to the United States. I remember, on reaching Airport at Los Angels, I did not know my destination or any one who could provide me temporary shelter and food. I sat on the seashore and prayed to the Lord to lead me further. On return to the hotel where I stayed for a few days, I found a small paper in my baggage. Paper was bearing a telephone number of Gursharan Singh Sekhon. He had worked with me in India for about five years. From nearby telephone shop, I tried the said number and could get him on the line. He immediately recognized my voice but it was a big surprise to him. He is a trucker and at that time he was on his truck, three thousand miles away from Los Angels.
Just after four days, he came to Los Angeles and picked me up to his house in Fresno, California state. On reaching there, Lord made me to feel that He had visited that place before my coming over there. Mr. Sekhon’s two sons, his wife and younger brother gave me too much honor and never made me to feel that I was an outsider. I enjoyed my stay with them for three months and never experienced scarcity of any thing. They used to say that God had sent His chosen one to their house to bless the house. Mr. Sekhon accompanied me to attend the conference also.
For more than a year, I worked as Evangelist independently. Thanks to the blessings of the Lord, the Bishop Dr Nathaniel Wilson and Pr Myles Young of Rock Church Sacramento, California have picked me up to reach the lost Indian community and also associate with Dr Paul Baumeister, in Apostolic School of Theology and create the courses in South Asian Languages.
The Message I carry to the lost (Hindus and Sikhs): Brethren, you believe that: The birth of the soul is a curse for the sins of previous life. For you the deeds (Karma) of the soul grant the body in the next life as the soul deserves. The soul can take birth as cat, dog or in any other form of life depending upon the Karmas from your previous life. You believe in 8.4 million forms of life on the earth and the soul has to pass through all those for taking birth as human being. You are terrified by 330 Million gods. You have no concept of Heaven but only extinction of the soul from the cycle of lives and deaths.
Salvation: - You have a different meaning of salvation called Moksha. It is the extinction of the soul from the cycle of births and deaths. You do not believe in eternal life but believe in eternal death or extinction of the soul.
We believe and rejoice that God has granted us this wonderful life. He created man in His own image so that we may know Him, obey Him, and love Him. He loves us. To save us from our sins He sent His eternal, only Son, Jesus Christ, who died for us and rose again from the dead so that we may have the gift of eternal life. Salvation means the complete and free forgiveness of our sins and eternal life with the Lord in Heaven for all who will believe in Jesus Christ.
Do you still choose eternal death? I invite you to choose eternal life with God in Heaven. This is the GOOD NEWS for you.
The above message I carry to the lost community. I have distributed a few thousands copies of seven tracts in Punjabi language. All these tracts are prepared by me.
His Blessings: Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labor. 1 Corinthians 3:8