Social Justice Warriors: Rice Christians Revisited

‘Conveyor belts’ of fake conversions and immigration scams:

In the past Christian missionaries in places like India had to be careful of “rice Christians.” These were folks who often pretended to become Christians, but their main aim was to get rice and other goodies from the Western missionaries. Material benefits, and not spiritual ones, was the motivating factor.

It seems we have the same problem today, but in a new form. And this includes asylum seekers who are duping clueless Christians into thinking they have converted to Christ, simply to get free entry into the West. In both cases it was the supposed desire to ‘be like Jesus’ that became part of the problem.

Missionaries back then had to learn to be much more aware and careful as to how they proceeded. The same today.

Contemporary social justice warriors both within and without the church have a tendency to be naïve, gullible and undiscerning when they carry on about how “compassionate” they are. They may think they are being Christlike, but too often they can just be ‘useless idiots’ who serve the causes of various activist groups.

And lest folks think I am making all this up, consider some recent headlines that really should concern us. One of them says this: “We may have been scammed by asylum seekers, admits Church of England”. Another runs as follows: “Whistleblower Exposes Alleged Asylum Seeker Baptism Scam in Church of England”.

The first piece begins this way:

The Church of England has admitted for the first time that it may have been “scammed” by asylum seekers falsely claiming to have converted to Christianity to boost their chances of staying in the UK. The Rt Revd Dr Guli Francis-Dehqani, the Bishop of Chelmsford, conceded it was “very difficult” to look into the hearts of converts and be 100 per cent certain that they were genuine.


She acknowledged there had been a “small number” of alleged abuses but said the clergy “do the best they can” and it was “ultimately” the job of immigration tribunals and the Home Office to assess and vet the validity of asylum claims. Her comments come after robust denials by the Church of England of claims by senior MPs and whistleblowers that clergy have been routinely supporting “bogus” asylum claims and enabled a “conveyor belt” of thousands of asylum seekers to convert.


Abdul Ezedi, the Clapham chemical attack suspect, was granted asylum after claiming to have converted to Christianity, despite having two convictions in the UK for sex assault and exposure. Friends of Ezedi, an illegal migrant, told The Telegraph that he was a “good Muslim” who bought half a halal sheep every fortnight, despite his apparent conversion. James Cleverly, the Home Secretary, is reviewing the facts of the case to establish if the law needs to be overhauled to prevent such abuses.

And the second article starts this way:

In a revelation that has sent shockwaves through the Church of England, former priest Rev. Matthew Firth has blown the lid off an alleged exploitation of the church’s baptism practices by failed asylum seekers looking to bolster their legal standing in the UK.


Firth, who served as a Church of England priest before leaving to join the Free Church of England, claims to have witnessed a “conveyor belt” of baptisms for asylum seekers whose initial claims had been denied. These individuals, he asserts, sought baptism in the church as a means to strengthen their appeals.


In an even more disturbing turn, Firth reports observing monetary exchanges between migrants and a Muslim middleman to arrange these baptisms, suggesting a systematic exploitation of the church’s practices.


A Church’s Silence Amid Alleged Complicity


Firth’s most scathing criticism is reserved for the Church of England itself, which he accuses of complicity in these matters. He shared his efforts to stem the tide by insisting on a six-month church attendance before baptism, a move that met with resistance from some congregation members and a lack of support from senior clergy.

And it closes with these words:

As the controversy continues to unfold, it has sparked a broader conversation about the role of religion in society and the boundaries between faith and state. For Firth, his decision to leave the Church of England and blow the whistle on these practices was a matter of principle. “I couldn’t stand by and watch the church being used in this way,” he says.


Whether his actions will lead to change within the Church of England remains to be seen. But one thing is clear: the battle for the soul of the church is far from over. In a world where the lines between truth and manipulation often blur, stories like Firth’s serve as a stark reminder of the power of individual courage in the face of institutional silence.

A common problem with so much of this sort of thing we see playing out around the West is a biblically deficient view of sin. Too many believers just want to think the best of others, be nice, and refuse to be discerning and judgmental. But evil people exist, including those who are quite happy to dupe mindless believers.

Having compassion for the poor and needy should NOT mean we are ignorant about what is happening in this world. There are such things as people-smuggling operations for example. They will do whatever it takes to make a buck, and in this case, get folks into the West, regardless of who they are – even if some are convicted felons.

This is true in America as well, where the religious left is happy to remain clueless to the reality that not everyone wanting to come across the southern border is truly in need. If they are, they need to go through the proper processes, and not try to enter illegally.

And many of those who are trying to get into America are criminals, drug-dealers and even child traffickers. Not all of course. But they exist, so we need to be much more careful and discerning. Whether in the US or the UK, it is not enough for believers to think they are somehow being like Jesus when they turn a blind eye to obvious abuses or refuse to acknowledge there might even be a real problem here.

We will have to wait and see just how bad things have been in the UK, and whether there have been any cover-ups by church officials and others. If so, it will not be the first time churches have been caught out. But it is not just the damage such actions can cause to a nation and the rule  of law.

Borders and immigration laws exist for a good reason. Doing all we can to circumvent them, even if we think we are doing God a favour, helps no one. But worse yet, letting these folks think that they have become believers when they have not is even much more serious.

That has eternal consequences. No true Christian should want to have that sort of blood on his hands.

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8 Replies to “Social Justice Warriors: Rice Christians Revisited”

  1. It’s worth noting that the various church-related NGOs have very real economic reasons to keep this conveyor belt/pipeline flowing. It advances their general liberal agendas and keeps the bank accounts happy.
    After many years in Christian prison ministry, I can tell you, not all professions of faith are equally valid.

  2. “. . this includes asylum seekers who are duping clueless Christians into thinking they have converted to Christ, simply to get free entry into the West”
    – and to ‘guilt-trip’ authorities, by claiming that they will be responsible for his death, if he is sent back home to his Muslim country.

  3. It is reported that asylum seekers are claiming to be homosexual for same ‘scam’ reason.

  4. I am writing from the UK. The mainstream churches have always tended to be pro mass migration and have also refused to condemn illegal entry into the country. Even evangelicals seem reluctant to be too vociferous on these issues.

    There is real confusion here. Yes, the spiritual kingdom of God is made up of every tribe and tongue, but God has ordained nations with controlled borders ever since the time of the Tower of Babel (Deut 32:8, Acts 18:26).

    Christians must stop conforming to the cultural Marxists on migration issues. And to enter in to a country illegally is sinful in God’s sight.

    How, under God, the UK needs a Tony Abbott right now to deal with this crisis of ongoing illegal migration.

  5. We see the same types of problems with the missions in the Pacific Islands.
    I have been to both Vanuatu and the Solomon Is and I was aware of the mostly unspoken, “you can help us because you are rich” expectation.
    Now in the West we are probably unimaginably rich compared to most of them.
    Hence the issue with the Gospel of Jesus, and the need to balance generosity with discernment of hearts.

    One place still, is well know for the continuing influence of the cargo cult known as the “Prince Philip” cult where our now deceased Duke of Edinburgh was regarded as a god and was expected to return with wonderful gifts and supplies.

    From that arises the sometimes heated discussion about when to Baptise believers.
    There is some wonderful advantage and Spiritual power in being Baptised really close in time to the first profession of faith.
    BUT if the heart holds deceit of motives like Simon the Sorcerer, so much of that is spoiled, both for the “confessor” and the church that witnessed that confession.

  6. The typical western woke leader will jump at anything to fill their empty seats, but I’ve also seen full blown Pente’s getting sucked in by the racket. The one I ran across in Melbourne was told to me by a guy that tipped off the other church leaders at their recent baptism. He was a real believer from the same (middle eastern) country – who detect pretty quickly if they are genuine believers or assylum-seeking fakers.

  7. Had to laugh at your hilarious photo. Effeminate clergyman wearing the colours of the trans flag. Speaking of the trans flag – guess where I first saw the pink and blue stripes…. You guessed it – a Uniting Church run nursing home email signature. Excuse me while I have a vomit…
    Oh, and speaking of trans… In the last few days, Parkrun has removed ALL timing records from their global website. This means every person, young and old, who worked hard to attain recognition for their age adjusted time in a local Parkrun is no longer. Parkrun management claim they did this because “records upset people and keep them away”. 10,000 petitioners on say this is baloney ( What actually happened is: Women were complaining about trans guys collecting the women’s records. Parkrun management was too gutless to keep trans actors out of women’s events, so they just cancelled all recognition – period. Gee, it feels like the Uniting Church is running Parkrun…

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