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Sunday, October 10, 2010
Your Excellency, The Days of Your Mar Thoma Cross Are Numbered, Unless …
By Tom Varkey
If the Bible is any indication, I strongly believe that God has started punishing our Bishop Mar Jacob Angadiath and his misguided advisers like Archbishop Powathil along with their supporters. Their crime: Abomination in the eyes of God. To illustrate the horror of their crime, let me take you to 1 Sam. Chapter 5.
Here in 1 Sam. 5, we read about the Philistines capturing the Ark of the Covenant from the Israelites and what they did with it. They carried it to Ashdod and set the Ark beside Dagon, their idol god. Next morning, when the people rose early, to their surprise they saw Dagon their god fallen on his face on the ground before the Ark of the LORD. They took Dagon and put him back in his place. But the following morning when they rose, Dagon had again fallen on the ground. This time his head and hands had broken. What followed was a series of plagues among the Philistines who desecrated the Ark of the LORD by placing it side by side with their idol god, Dagon.
Our Bishop and his cohorts have done something very similar. In some churches, they have put side by side with the Holy Crucifix their man-made idol, the so-called ‘Mar Thoma Cross’ which has by the way, nothing to do with St. Thomas. Ever since devastations of various kind have started and continue to ravage the entire Syro-Malabar Church unabatedly. Humiliation, absence of peace, group fighting, public rallies, fist-fighting, cussing other church members, bad mouthing of church elders, burning the Mar Thoma Cross in the streets of Changanacherry … and the like continue to plague the Syro-Malabar Church. If you are not convinced just look at the syromalabarvoice.blogspot.com, the blog of the Syro Malabar Church. Dear Bishop Powathil and your Excellency Mar Jacob Angadiath, I have bad news for you. You haven’t seen anything yet.
In Jn. 3:14 Jesus himself described how his Cross should be: “Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man MUST be lifted up.” Which part of MUST don’t you understand? The snake was erected on a pole. Now, where is the Son of Man on your cross? Even a child knows that is wrong with your Mar Thoma Cross – on it, the Savior is missing! But you have placed it side by side with the Crucifix as though they had equal value and status. What utter nonsense? What you have done is no different from what the Philistines did with the Ark of the Covenant. And therefore you must pay the price now. And the price to be paid is going to be extremely heavy as the people of the Savior on the Cross will be taking to the streets, taking to the courts and above all taking it to their Savior on the Cross to demonstrate to the world the horror of what you people have done. You have desecrated the temple of the living God with your idols!
So here is my advice to your Excellency: Read Dan. 6:26-28. Know for yourself that your days are numbered – both for you and your idol, the Mar Thoma Cross. Fortunately though, no matter how unbelievable it may seem, our Savior on the Crucifix is a merciful God who is always compassionate (Lam. 3:22). He will forgive and show mercy even though time is running out on you. To show your repentance, you must get the Mar Thoma Cross from all the Syro-Malabar churches at the earliest. Keep only the Crucifix in the Syro-Malabar churches. If you are not willing, you may want to read Dan. 5:27-28. It says that you have been weighed on the scales and found wanting and therefore your kingdom will be crumbling in a matter of only a few days! Praise be to the merciful Savior on the Crucifix now and always!