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Not too long ago we had a question here that raised the issues of bribery, cultural "destruction," and use of harsh language against nonbelievers during evangelization efforts in developing countries. There is actually a Wikipedia article on Rice Christians. It offers a quote from Mahatma Gandhi's autobiography, The Story of My Experiments with Truth:

Only Christianity was at that time an exception. I developed a sort of dislike for it. And for a reason. In those days Christian missionaries used to stand in a corner near the high school and hold forth, pouring abuse on Hindus and their gods. I could not endure this. I must have stood there to hear them once only, but that was enough to dissuade me from repeating the experiment. About the same time, I heard of a well known Hindu having been converted to Christianity. It was the talk of the town that, when he was baptized, he had to eat beef and drink liquor, that he also had to change his clothes, and that thenceforth he began to go about in European costume including a hat. These things got on my nerves. Surely, thought I, a religion that compelled one to eat beef, drink liquor, and change one's own clothes did not deserve the name. I also heard that the new convert had already begun abusing the religion of his ancestors, their customs and their country. All these things created in me a dislike for Christianity.

From this quote, we see that issues of cultural extinction, harsh language, and use of bribery in evangelization is an ongoing problem, from Gandhi's 100 year old testimony to the prior question of last week.

My question is to what extent have evangelism-training leaders (or great evangelists) already noted these problems, and what words or scriptural references (or church-fathers-quotes) have they given as caution?

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bible.org/node/15891 –  Narnian Jul 9 '13 at 11:58
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Anecodatally from my time living with IMB missionaries in Nepal and Kazakhstan, they are very, very aware of Rice Christianity, and hate it. Additionally, if my missiology courses are representative, we talk a lot about separating Western Culture from Christ - focusing on house church instead of buildings, for examples, and explicitly rejecting the need for Westernization –  Affable Geek Jul 9 '13 at 14:11
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Isn't "Rice Christianity" supposed to refer to people who pretend to be interested in the Gospel, but really just want material hand-outs (for example food, such as rice) from the missionaries? Beyond that - where did they get this idea that being a Christian requires that one eat beef or wear a certain type of clothing? And as for drinking booze as proof of conversion, I wonder how that one would sit with the Methodists? –  FrankNorman Jul 10 '13 at 13:38
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Similar to as Frank Norman mentioned, what does that Gandhi quote have to do with rice Christianity? Rice Christianity is bad faith on the part of the converted (converted rice, ha), whereas what you're concerned about is bad practice on the part of the converters: cultural trampling from insensitive evangelization. –  Chelonian Jul 10 '13 at 17:43
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A nonbeliever was bullied off this site for asking a question about evangelism. The person had observed those-attemping-evangelism using cash bribes and accusing nonbelievers of openly worshipping the devil. The questioner asked if this were rooted in Christian doctrine, and asked whether destruction of culture were part of evangelism. Instead of addressing the questions, the person got "-1 for accusing" and was told that evangelists are faithful to the Great Commission. –  pterandon Jul 14 '13 at 11:32

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Rice Christians. Maybe Gandhi should have said Beef Christians.
I mean, I cried too when Pi killed the fish. [slipped-out]

Unfortunately or fortunately the Word of God is book of human-action,
unlike a calculus math book. Searching for facs/truth...

About "Rice Christians",
1) Christ Jesus healed many people,
which is recorded on the gospels of the new testament.
2) Christ Jesus helped anyone, Matthew 11:28,
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."
3) Not all who were helped said thanks, Luke 17:17
4) Nor all who were helped became Disciples, only about 120 left in Acts 1:15
Basically He came to give hoping the ones he helped would repent, Romans 2:4

About Culture Shock, the problem is Christ Jesus said in Matthew 28:19,
"... make Disciples of all nations". Which can cause kaos like you said.
So, Disciples of Christ Jesus make disciples everywhere like in Asia
and give [rest] to anyone [who is weary]. So I think.

About [pouring abuse on Hindus], well this about what someone/somebody did or say.
However, Romans 2:1-4 helps to point out that passing judgment comes around.

If I ever find a Disciple of Christ Jesus,
I would ask for a bowl of rice or two also :)
Thanks for reading.

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The Bible is about preparing ourselves for the life after this corrupted life, but at the same time also about making this life as good and easy as possible for us and others.

Charity/helping is not bribery. It was a direct attack against the concepts of dharma, karma, and Hindu caste system which forced the masses to accept their utter misery as a result of their past life/doings, and so they should accept and live in their atrocious circumstances forever. Today because of the fear of backlash from the Backward/Dalit caste parties/organizations, or fear of mass conversions, even Gandhi's followers do not speak of dharma, karma, and Hindu caste system, and instead are busy aping charity/education/empowerment.

In fact the impact of Christianity/missionaries is such that all other religions have abandoned much of their original concepts and are busy aping Christian concepts, or at least trying to align with it.

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