Dear Brothers and
in the name of our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ.
September 27th our Church is celebrating its 70th formation
day. Formation of the Church of South India is considering as the second
Pentecostal event because different denominations joined together irrespective
of their differences and formed a United Church. Let's praise God for our
beautiful Church. We could see this Unity in Diversity in our Church if you
travel throughout the different areas in our church. Prophet Ezekiel was given
a vision of the backslidden people of God. Nothing but a valley of "very many"
and "very dry" bones could explain their awful condition.
They seemed to have
gone to a point of no return. The people themselves cried, "Our hope is lost!"
(V 11). God asked the prophet, "Can these bones live?" He threw back the
question to God saying, "Lord, You only know!" The situation from a human
viewpoint was i-m-p-o-s-s-i-b-l-e ! The Church is no better today. There is
form but no power. "They will act as if they are religious, but they will
reject the power that could make them godly" (2 Tim 3:5). There is a name but
no life. Christ rebuked the Church in Sardis, "You have reputation for being
alive-but you are dead" (Rev 3:1). There is wealth but no vision (Rev. 3:17).
There are activities but no love (Rev 2:2-4). Instead of multiplication there
are only divisions. In the words of the Preacher, "In the place of justice,
wickedness was there; and in the place righteousness, iniquity was there" (Eccl
3:16). Vance Havner pointed out, "We have comfortable homes to ride in
comfortable cars to sit in comfortable Churches to hear comfortable Churches to
hear comfortable sermons. What do we know about the reproach of Christ?" An
artist once was asked to paint a picture that would portray a dying Church,
hoping if even that might inspire the congregation to realise their need for
revival. The painting showed a grand Church building with tall spires,
magnificently carved-out pulpit stand, exquisite stained glass windows, huge
wooden doors and glittering chandelier lights. Near the huge doors was a small offertory
box, the mouth of which was covered by cobweb. Yes, any Church that does not
send or support missionaries is a dead Church. As Dr. Oswald J. Smith
(1889-1986) put it, "A Church that does not evangelize will fossilize!" But God
has not given up on the Church. The gates of hell will have to ultimately give
in to the Church (Mt 16:18). On our part we must obey like Prophet Ezekiel and
keep on prophesying (Ezek 37). "Cry aloud, spare not. Lift up your voice like
trumpet. Tell my people of their sins! Yet they act so pious!" (Isa 58:1). The
Church will then come back to where it should be. It will stand up "like a
great army" and conquer the world for Christ (Ezek 37:10).
The world at its
worst needs the Church at its best!
O Breath of Life, come sweeping thro'us.
Revive Thy Church with Life and Power;
O Breath of Life, come, cleanse, renew
And fit Thy Church to meet this hour (Bessie P. Head, 1850-1936)
summer vacation our children are going back to their schools for new academic
season. Let's uphold each children to His mighty Hands. The Most High God, who
blessed Joseph with wisdom in Egypt, and exalted Daniel in Babylon bless our
children that they may bring honour to Him. Wish our children all success.
May God bless us all.
With Love and Prayers,
Rev. Pretheesh Babu Kurian