Truth stands on its own without props or support. An improbable funny story DOES NOT VITIATE THE TRUTH of spiritual tenets enunciated in the above-said message.
Our "help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth." (Ps. 121:2) Jesus Christ is the Lord Who made heaven and earth. And He is the sole Protector of our Church and its property - tangible and intangible; NOT Aana Pappy. Incidentally, [ICON] has in its archives messages identifying Aana Pappy as Vattasseril Thirumeni's bodyguard. Furthermore, every Apostolic Church has its appointed guardian angel, as taught in the Holy Bible. For instance, St. Gabriel is the guardian angel of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.
We are the MOSC. Our dispassionate objective self-examination for the common good of the MOSC is NOT to be misconstrued as unfair criticism mounted against the MOSC. WRONG it was to have engaged the services of Aana Pappy IN BREACH OF the precept in Ps. 146:3&4. "Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no help. When his breath departs he returns to his earth; on that very day his plans perish." If we had become wiser from that mistake, our clergy and laity would not have been chased and caned along the Statue Road and the Spencer Lane in TVM. We need to take heed of what Luca Pacioli, the Father of Modern Accounting, says: "He who does nothing makes no mistakes; he who makes no mistakes learns nothing." Mistakes are BENEFICIAL to the extent we humbly admit them, and learn therefrom. A mistake admitted is a lesson learnt.
Mr. Philip's confession, "We don't know how the angels of God work," is disturbing and unfortunate; for the Bible declares the reality of THE EXISTENCE OF THE SPIRIT WORLD. In Eph. 6:12 Apostle Paul writes: "For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places."
Also, consider the following:
1. Abraham (entertains angels)
2. Moses (and the burning bush)
3. Joshua (and the captain of the LORD's hosts)
4. Ezekiel's spiritual visions
5. Daniel (is visited by angels)
6. Peter (an angel leads him out of prison)
7. Paul (an angel stands by him in storm)
Again, Elisha's servant cries IN DESPAIR, "ALAS!", when he sees that the Syrian army has surrounded the city. To him, the situation looks hopeless. Elisha tells him NOT to be afraid since the Syrians have been outnumbered. Then he prays to God to open the servant's eyes. The servant, then, sees innumerable horses and chariots of FIRE flooding the mountain.
How differently things look when our inner eyes are opened. Gazing at the physical, we feel overwhelmed and surrounded with NO chance for escape. But
when we discern spiritually, we realize that in fact, our adversaries have been vulnerably positioned. Fear not; the Mighty One of Israel is with us. We don't have to imitate the CPI and the CPM, and indulge in slogan shouting.
Apostle Paul states in 2 Cor. 10:4&5: "For the weapons of our warfare are not worldly but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every proud obstacle to the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ." That should be our philosophy too.
Finally, let us glory in the fact that He Who is in us is GREATER THAN he who is in the world.
Nakkolackal V. L. Eapen, St. Gregorios Orthodox Church, Austin, TX.
P.S. During this Centenary Year of the Catholicate, we should be rejoicing and celebrating the Lordship of Jesus Christ for the glory of God the Father.