Rev. Sudhakar Mondithoka
Rev. Sudhakar Mondithoka had a life-transforming encounter
with Christ as a teen-ager in 1975 and has been involved in Christian ministry
right from his student days (in the UESI) and in his local church. He has three graduate degrees - M.
Sc (Zoology - specializing in Entomology and Neurophisiology, M. Ed (School
Administration) from Osmania University and M. A (Philosophy of Religion and
Ethics) from Talbot School of Theology, Biola University, USA. After working for a short time as an Entomological
Officer with the Andhra Pradesh State Health Department, he has taught Zoology for over 9 years in the prestigious
Wesley and Loyola institutions in Andhra Pradesh.
He is a Visiting Professor/Faculty of 'Contemporary World
Religions & Christian Apologetics' and 'Ethics' at SAIACS where he teaches the M. A. 2nd Year Students
and Christian Apologetics & Philosophy
of Religions at SABC where he teaches the M. Div., 2nd
Year Students. He has also lectured at a number of other Seminaries/Bible Colleges:
GFABS, NEIBBCS, Ichthous Bible College, IEM Bible College, etc. He has authored a small book
God - Science and Scientists and has contributed a chapter Apologetic
in a Hindu Context for a book Missiology For the 21st
Century: South Asian Perspective (Delhi: ISPCK-MIIS, 2004). He has also
contributed a major article Incarnation, the Mission Theology of for
IVP Dictionary of Mission Theology that will come out in September 2007
and a number of
other articles for Apologia, Vidyarthi Jwala, The Answer, Harvest Times
for Your Family, In Touch India, India Church Growth Quarterly, etc. He
is a member of the Evangelical Philosophical Society and Evangelical
Theological Society, USA.
While at Talbot, he won the prestigious Baker Book House Award for Excellence
in the Study of Theology.
He was ordained in their Local Church in the US, East West Community
Church (part of the NABC - North American Baptist Conference) in 2001. From 1994 Aug. to 2006 Jan. he
worked with RZIM Life Focus Society (as Asst. Director, Director-Ministries, and finally as Executive Director),
which is involved in evangelism (under-girded by apologetics) among thinkers and opinion makers and in training
Christian professionals, leaders, and Seminary Students in apologetics. He
served as the Executive Director of RZIM-India and also as the Editor and
Publisher of a Quarterly Magazine Apologia: Reasoned
Answers for Life, for three years from its inception.
He has spoken in over 10 countries and also in some the best Universities and Institutes of Higher Education in India, like the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, IITs, IIMs, Hyderabad Central University, M.S. University, Baroda, S.P. University, Anand, Andhra University, Nagarjuna University, APAU, NEHU, Shillong, etc. He has spoken in almost all major Denominational Church and Para-Church settings through out India. Rev. Mondithoka is now a Free-Lance Writer-Speaker and Apologist-Evangelist. He lives in Hyderabad with his wife, Mrs. Santha Kumari and son, Shamuel Susheel. They are members of the Centenary Baptist Church, Secunderabad. He is now the Pastor of the English Congregation of Centenary Baptist Church, Secunderabad.
In this article, we will focus on ‘what it means for us to be holy in our lives’. Often the concept of Christian holiness is misunderstood and misinterpreted and this results in a lot of pseudo-holiness (fake or false holiness which is not biblical). There are people who think that holiness is about wearing white clothes or men having short hair or women having long hair, not watching any movies of any kind, anywhere, at any time, not watching TV, not wearing jewelry, and so on. The tendency is to totally externalize holiness. This is a very superficial understanding. However, when we look into the Bible we find that the heart of Christian holiness is, primarily the holiness of the heart. Of course, this holiness of the heart is manifested in our external behavior – words, actions, reactions, relationships, etc. Therefore, in this study we will try to understand our holiness in all its aspects or dimensions in a biblically balanced manner.