Dr. J.I. Packer once said that “Everyone is a theologian.” The question is not whether you are a theologian, but whether you are a good one or a bad one. You may be a Hindu, a Buddhist, a Muslim, a Christian, or even an atheist, but you are a theologian. Whatever you say about God, man, or Christ, that is your theology. There is not one person who is a non-theologian.
Nepal is filled with theologians, but sadly, bad theologians. Ask an average churchgoer who Christ is, and you will hear so many answers not even close to the Bible. I know, it’s not really that surprising. When Jesus asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” The disciples told him, “John the Baptist; and others say Elijah; and others, one of the prophets” (Mark 8).
Hinduism is the main religion of the country. There are about 33 million gods and goddesses in Hinduism. Hindus have no problem seeing Jesus as a +1 god. For them, Jesus is just a moral guru like Gandhi and others. For them, he is not the eternal Son of God who holds the universe by his Word (Heb. 1:3). His death on the cross was not a substitutionary atonement for his people whom he chose from before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1). Unfortunately, some churches have let Hinduism shape their theology. Nepali churches continue to suffer from a very low view of God, sin, Christ, and church.
In the past few years, the Word of Faith movement, Prosperity Gospel, and New Apostolic Reformation have rapidly grown in Nepal. They have become influential contributors to bad theology. They have done grievous damage to the churches. Thousands of their books are being distributed throughout the country.
On top of that, the pulpits that are supposed to proclaim the gospel faithfully have been compromised. We don’t hear “Thus says the Lord” anymore. We hear man’s opinions, that is sold as God’s Word. What God spoke through Paul has become true of our churches—“For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables” (2 Tim. 4:3-4).
As a result, there are so many false converts in the church who are very confident of heaven. And on the other hand, there are true converts who are forced to doubt their salvation and live without assurance of their salvation. This is the time to gird up the loins of our mind with sound theology (1 Pet 1:13). We need to feed our souls God’s Word and good books that point us to God’s Word. We need to read faithful books written by faithful men of God. We need more faithful recourse on the gospel, conversion, biblical assurance, church, and evangelism.
But, what if there are no good books available in your language? How can we read if we don’t speak the language the good books are written in?
We can either write books in the language that people understand or translate solid books into the language spoken by the people. As of now, it is best to translate solid books into the Nepali language. We cannot hope to have good writers if they are not good readers first. Therefore, translating and publishing faithful English books into Nepali will not only meet the theological need of thousands of churches now but will also shape the theology of many future local authors.
So, would you please join us with your prayers and support to help create faithful theological resources for Nepali Christians? Nepal is a theological desert, and we are trying to water it with one good book at a time. May God be pleased to use our resources for the good of his church and for his glory!
Translation projects already completed:
The Gospel’s Power and Message by Paul Washer
Five Points by John Piper
Does Prayer Change Things by RC Sproul
9Marks Book Series:
Who is Jesus?
What is a Healthy Church?
What is a Healthy Church Member?
The Gospel Call and True Conversion by Paul Washer
Gospel Assurance and Warnings by Paul Washer
Other Resources Available: http://gospelpublication.com/
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