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Are you Saved? Part 2

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  • Mathew B
    How to answer the question: ARE YOU SAVED? (part 2) -I WAS SAVED: Ephesians 2: 8 ����� �����For it is by grace that you are saved through faith; not of your
    Message 1 of 41 , Aug 20, 2002
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      How to answer the question: ARE YOU SAVED? (part 2)

      -I WAS SAVED:
      Ephesians 2: 8 � �For it is by grace that you are
      saved through faith; not of your doing; it is the gift
      of God:�

      - I AM BEING SAVED:
      ** Philippians 2: 12 ��but now much more in my
      absence, work out your own salvation with fear and
      trembling:�

      ** 1 Corinthians 1:18: �For the message of the cross
      is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us
      who are being saved, it is the power of God� (NOTE: In
      King James Version it says �Who are saved�. In the
      Good News Bible (1927), The Gideon's International
      Bible, New International Version and in New King James
      Version it is �Who are being saved.�)

      - I WILL BE SAVED:
      **Mark 13:13 � �And ye shall be hated of all men for
      my name sake: but he that shall endure unto the end,
      the same shall be saved.�

      **Hebrews 9:28 ��So Christ was once offered to bear
      the sins of many; so that at his second coming he
      shall appear without our sins for the salvation of
      those who look for him.�
    • SOCM
      IANS [ SATURDAY, AUGUST 24, 2002 9:45:22 PM ] THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A row between two groups of the Malankara Syrian Church in Kerala could snowball into
      Message 41 of 41 , Aug 24, 2002
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        IANS [ SATURDAY, AUGUST 24, 2002 9:45:22 PM ]

        THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A row between two groups of the Malankara Syrian
        Church in Kerala could snowball into violence, with one planning to
        forcefully enter a church synonymous with the rival faction.

        The Orthodox faction is set to enter the famous St. Mary's Church at
        Manarcaud, seven km from Kottayam on August 31. The church, however,
        is considered a prestigious symbol of the Patriarch faction.

        This was decided at a diocesan level meeting held at the headquarters
        of the Orthodox church in Kottayam Friday.

        The faithful belonging to the Orthodox faction are to give a mammoth
        reception to Baselios Mar Thoma II, the supreme head of the church,
        at Kottayam and then lead him and other bishops in a vehicle
        procession to Manarcaud.

        The metropolitan is to offer prayers at the St. Mary's Church in the
        evening.

        St. Mary's Church has always been the citadel of the Patriarch
        faction and never has a priest from the Orthodox faction been able to
        officially enter it.

        "We will not allow such a thing to happen and this act is meant to
        destroy whatever little peace is left between the two factions. If
        they try to enter the church, there will be severe law and order
        problems," said a staunch member of the Patriarch faction.

        The newly ordained supreme head of the Patriarch faction Baselios
        Thomas I has gone on record to say that if anyone tries encroach upon
        churches under its control, the move will be dealt with accordingly.

        But hardliners in the Orthodox faction are determined that unless
        some "action" is taken, the government will not act.

        "The Patriarch faction wants the state government to act according to
        a Supreme Court verdict that says the supreme head of the church is
        Baselios Mar Thoma II and all the properties belong to him," said an
        Orthodox faction devotee.

        Trouble has already broken out in Ernakulam and in some parts of
        Trissur where the Patriarch faction has an edge and controls most
        churches.

        Ugly scenes were witnessed on two occasions in the last week when the
        Patriarch faction followers objected to the last rites of two people
        belonging to the Orthodox faction. Finally police had to intervene.

        The funeral of Fr. Joseph Vendrapally, an Orthodox priest at St
        Mary's church Vadvacode in Ernakulam district, Friday took place
        after several rounds of discussion between the district
        administration, the police and the two factions.

        The church is fully under the control of the Patriarch faction.

        Senior bishops of the Orthodox faction were not allowed to enter the
        church and they performed the last rites at another place even before
        the body was brought to the church at Vadvacode for burial.

        Despite the presence of several churches in the state for different
        sections of Christians, none has made efforts to broker peace between
        the Orthodox and Patriarch factions.

        When asked about the feud and the damage it could do to Christians in
        Kerala, the supreme head of the Mar Thoma Church, Phillipose Mar
        Chrysostom, evaded an answer.

        In February this year, the Supreme Court had asked the Malankara
        Association to elect the Malankara metropolitan to facilitate
        reconciliation between the factions. Until 1970, the two groups were
        united.

        The Patriarch faction, constituting around 35 percent of the
        Malankara Syrian Church, did not find the Supreme Court judgment to
        its liking and did not take part in preparing the electoral rolls for
        the association.

        In March the association meeting held at Parumala saw the election of
        Baselios Mar Thoma II as the catholicos and the new metropolitan.

        But the last vestiges of unity ended in June when the Patriarch of
        Antioch in Damascus ordained Thomas Mar Dinonysius as Catholicos
        Baselios Thomas I, the supreme head of the new church.

        THE TIMES OF INDIA
        SUNDAY, AUGUST 25, 2002
        http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow.asp?art_id=20088942
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