The Gospel for Asia Debacle


Anyone familiar with Cerulean Sanctum and with me knows that I maintain a scant advertising profile on the site. I have links to Amazon that feature books I recommend, and I also ran a support link to Gospel for Asia.

For years, I’ve supported Gospel for Asia (GfA) primarily because of its reputation for high standards, genuine concern for the poorest of the poor, continuationist stance, and for its missionary zeal. I have a GfA native missionary bio taped to my office wall so I can pray for him regularly. My church has actively supported Gospel for Asia also. I’ve read books by K.P. Yohannan, GfA’s founder, and found them to be biblically solid and universally excellent. In short, in all these and as a charter member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, GfA passed every part of the sniff test.

Except now, it doesn’t.

I am writing this in response to a story that appears in a recent edition of Christianity Today: “Why Gospel for Asia Got Kicked Out of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability.” The website Patheos has added more fuel to the fire. A watchdog website GFA Diaspora also raises some troubling questions. Further, some actions by K.P. Yohannan, if true (and they appear to be), are downright disturbing.

Many solid Christian organizations and notable Christian ministry leaders have been gung-ho for GfA, but a large number of the same have now distanced themselves from the group. For now, I’ve removed my sidebar link to GfA until these issues are resolved.

I have always been leery of associating Cerulean Sanctum with any group. Even promoting GfA came only after a long, hard pondering. It appears my wariness was more well founded than even I could have feared.

All that said, I can also forgive as I have been forgiven. All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. If GfA leadership repents and cleans house, I may return the link.

In the spirit of transparency, I wanted to let readers know. Thank you.