Christian community representatives meet with Jatehdar Akal Takht amid conversion dispute

Amid a row over alleged forced conversions in Punjab, representatives of the Christian community met Akal Takht Jathedar Giani Harpreet Singh here on Wednesday and discussed the issue.

The development came days after the Jathedar of Akal Takht, the highest temporal seat of Sikhs, called on the Sikh community to reflect on the need for an anti-conversion law in Punjab and condemned the “harmful” efforts. deployed in Punjab for religious conversion by “some so-called Christian missionaries”.

Representatives of the Catholic Church of India and the Church of North India as well as leaders of seven other churches participated in Wednesday’s meeting during which the issue related to the “so-called forgeries Christian priests” who engage in religious conversion has been discussed. Representatives of the Christian community have denied having relations with such pastors who would have created a rift between the two communities.

A circular will be issued by the Christian community in which the names of “false pastors” would also be highlighted. Christian leaders have said they are against “false pastors” who claim to possess “miraculous healing powers” because the practice goes against the principles of the Holy Bible.

It was necessary to investigate these practices which created divisions between the two communities, they said. Giani Harpreet Singh said the meeting took place in a cordial atmosphere. Bishop Angelina Rif of Jallandhar Diocese, Bishop Samantaroy of Discoes of Amritsar and Bishop Daniel of the People of Chandigarh Dioceses were among the main attendees at the meeting.

The issue of forced conversion has been raised by Sikh religious leaders in recent months. Recently, four masked men broke into Tarn Taran church, vandalized it and fled after setting the pastor’s car on fire.

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