I would like to add something to the ongoing discussion about this. Please, do see that we do not voice our differences publicly through this forum. If anybody has to say anything , please do it personally through their mail. Please do write respectfully when anybody address any clergy on this forum.
The CRF issue
Now, coming to the core Christian Revival Fellowship issue. As far as I know, our Holy church has banned its faithful from attending or associating with this organization. The leader of this organization is of the I"O" faction which was excommunicated from the Holy Church for following Vattaserian schism. Some of the second rung leaders , unfortunately , are from the Holy Syriac Orthodox Church. Its meetings are held with the help of I"O"C, SOC and Protestant people ( please do note that Protestants are an excommunicated group which the true Christians should not associate with (please read the bull (kalpana) of St Gregorios of Parumala available in the book Sathyavisvasa Padanangal)I do not know whether any clergy of our Holy Church , I”O” faction or Protestant are involved in this. I"O" faction has also banned their people from associating with this organization. It is another thing that they do not care about the Holy canons and canonical bulls of their head. It is their own internal matter. There is no use commenting on that.
It is high time that Jacobites (Syriac Orthodox Christians) understand that the Holy Syriac Orthodox Church of the Oriental Orthodox communion is the repository of the Holy Spirit. The True God , the Holy Trinity speaks through the Holy Church which is the mystical body of our Lord Jesus Christ. Decisions of the Holy Church are the commands of the Holy Trinity. Anyone who acts against this is acting against God .Innocent people who don't know this fall into these kind of excommunicated groups trap. A true faithful should always depend on the Holy Church for its spritual needs.
The said organization has adopted the praying techniques of the Pentecostal (which according to Parumala thirumeni cannot even be considered Christians). We should understand that Holy Spirit will only descend down on people only if a Syriac Orthodox kasheesho calls it during the Holy Sacraments by using the written prayers of the Book canonically permitted by the Holy Church . It is not going about trying to descend on people whenever a Pentecostal preacher or any preacher (who speaks against the faith and decision of the holy Church) calls. The Holy Spirit has already filled in the faithful during the Holy Baptism and the Holy Muron.The born again experience of SO faithful ends there .He is born again of spirit at the time of his Baptism and Chrism (Muron).There may be sometime when he starts becoming serious about his faith but that is not born again experience. Only thing to be done is we should renew it through Holy Confession and Holy Qurbono. So the songs like "Parishuda atmavey ennil vannu nirayanamay"(Holy Spirit come and fill inside me ) is against the Holy faith . These and many other songs sung by excommunicated groups are hidden spiritual traps which lead people to heresy. A lay man doesn't have the right or the ability to call the Holy Spirit. If anybody is feeling like he is getting filled with Holy Spirit, he is terribly mistaken. It may be some other spirit which prompts people to act against the Holy Church established by our Lord Jesus Christ.
Many of the faithful who go to these groups say that they do not deny any of the tenets of the Holy Church like Holy Qurbono , prayers for the departed , intercession of the saints etc . But, it may be observed that adopting Pentecostal techniques of prayer makes people addicted to such sort of prayer. As time moves on they come to enjoy these prayers more than the Holy Qurbono . They ultimately start moving away from the glorious Holy Sacraments established by our Lord Jesus Christ. They whole Church revolves around these sacraments especially the Holy Qurbono .If that is lost then it is not a Church at all . In Shimo prayers of Friday , it is said that in the end times Holy Sacrifice (Holy Qurbono) will end. I guess it will happen by true faithful getting attracted to these excommunicated groups (which either do not give much importance to Holy Qurbono or do not even have Holy Qurbono).
Another thing I have observed is the practice of many preachers to give absolution (paapa mochanum ) during their speeches . Many of them start their speech very well and move the people towards awareness of their sin and repentance. Till that it is good. Then they ask the people to bow their heads and pray directly to God for forgiveness. Then they assure the people that their sins are forgiven. Innocent people think that this is enough and there is no need for the Holy Confession. Then they go and take the Holy Communion, which is really a wrong practice. As instituted by our Lord Jesus Christ in His Holy Body i.e. Holy church, sins can be forgiven by only a properly ordained Syriac Orthodox priest through Holy Confession. This is to be conducted privately by the priest inside a Church. Now, the Question arises can a priest absolve faithful's sins through a speech. The answer is NO. It has to be done on an individual basis privately in a Church. Ideally the speech should bring the people to repentance and then ask them to go for Holy Confession and Holy Qurbono.
Please do feel free to comment on this write up. I am stopping now. I wanted to write more but it is becoming too lengthy. Will write in the future. If anybody knows anything which goes against the Holy faith of our Church in this passage, please let me know through this forum.
With prayers and intercessions of St Gregorios (Parumala thirumeni)who worked hard for saving our Church members from the Protestant and Pentecostal heresy.