Sikhism | John Ankerberg Show


By: Dr. John Weldon
By: Dr. John Ankerberg, Dr. John Weldon; ©1999
Sikhism claims to represent the teachings of the ten historic Sikh Gurus, and to foster universal brotherhood.


Info at a Glance

Name: Sikhism.

Purpose: To foster universal brotherhood.

Founder: Guru Nanak.

Source of authority: The Adi Granth (“the original book”), the Sikh Bible.

Revealed teachings: Guru Nanak was the recipient of visions and claimed divine inspiration, as did many of the principal Sikh Gurus.

Claim: To represent the teachings of the ten historic Sikh Gurus.

Examples of occult potential: General psychic abilities, revelation by the founders.

Key literature: The Adi Granth—compiled writings of most of the Sikh Gurus. Gobind Singh compiled the final version and also wrote the Dasm Granth, the Granth (Book) of the Tenth Guru, which varies in importance among Sikhs.

Attitude toward Christianity: Rejecting.


“To know thyself, is to know God. God is what? God is a totality, and when One knows the totality of one’s personality, one is God” (The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan, p. 136.)

“But there is only one way and there is only one God and there is only one way to reach Him and there is only one truth to know and there is only one humanity to practice one-pointedness of mind—that is righteousness [righteous consciousness]. Whether you are a Christian, a Jew, a Buddhist, or anything, it doesn’t make any difference” (The Teachings of Yogi Bhajan, p. 112).

Doctrinal Summary

God: Ineffable; One.

Jesus: A human teacher.

Salvation: Achieved by works through the guru’s grace.

Man: Inwardly divine.

Sin: Ignorance; one primarily sins against the Nam (holy name of God) or against the gurus.

Satan: A Christian myth.

Scripture: The Adi Granth.

Death: Ultimately inconsequential.

Heaven and Hell: Temporal states or places.

Dr. John Weldon

Dr. John Weldon

Dr. John Weldon (born February 6, 1948) went to be with the Lord on August 30, 2014 following a long-time battle with cancer. John served for more than 20 years as a researcher for The John Ankerberg Show. During his tenure, he authored or coauthored more than 100 books, including the best-selling Facts On Series of books that has sold more than 2.5 million copies in 16 languages. His final book, published in July 2014 with Harvest House Publishers (coauthored with John Ankerberg), is especially fitting. How to Know You’re Going to Heaven offers a biblical and personal look at the way God has provided salvation through Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12) and the confidence the believer can have of eternity with Him in heaven (1 John 5:13). John’s life and work have touched countless others seeking to grow spiritually and better understand the Bible. His friends describe him as genuine, humble, and passionate to share the hope of eternal life with everyone he met. His work will continue through his many books, his online writings at The John Ankerberg Show website (, as well as through the many people John has personally influenced through his ministry.
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