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This website is named Keralabrethren inorder to find a slot in the webworld, so that brethren all over the world can come to this forum interact thier spiritual ideas, It is a wrong concept it is for brethren in Kerala.It is the name of a website where we brethren all over the world come to gether. Br.John Miller is not of kerala, or even India, but still the active pariticipation of his in this forum is self explanatory.
Dear brethren, I wanted to ask a question. I didn't know if there was any point starting a new thread, since this thread seemed left out, so I thought I would use this. My question is, how is there that there are still so many places, where there are no evangelsits? When to us the Lord had spoken, and shown us the need of His word to be preached out tot he world, I see places like Sikkim, where there are no evangelsits? It really amazes me. sincerely in Christ, Tinka
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the Brethren movement in India had a unique origin in Kerala. It was not the direct work of non Indians. On the contrary, it came up within the context of the five decades or so of revivals that touched Kerala before the Brethren movement came up.
Thus the Brethren assemblies in Kerala have a unique historical position within the wider Brethren Movement. This is why Kerala Brethren are sometimes identified with a special name. The same cannot be said of the Brethren in other states of India.
The name does not in any way express any kind of superiority or separation from Brethren in other states of India
I don't know how "Keral Brethren' be 'Marthomites?' Many of the early believers, known as VERPADUKAR (To our non-Malayalee brothers and sisters: VERPADUKAR means 'those who are separated.'), came out of Jacobite Church and St Marthoma Church on doctrinal issues. They included men like K.V. Simon, K.E. Abraham, and so on. If we are to consider the origin of their journey in faith, then one could say what they were before they started that journey. The first step they took was unique as Dr. Johnson C. Philip wrote.
If we study history, we should also say that Marthomites were once Jacobites; the Jacobites were Catholics before they revolted at the Battle of Koonan Kurishu; the Catholics were those who made so by Portughese from the Syryan Orthodix Church, and the Syryan Orthodox Church was founded by more than 400 emissaries who came from Syrya to overtake the Nestorian's work in Malabar.
The beginning of the group that we know as VERPADUKAR was unique in the history of Christianity and it was similar to what took place under Martin Luther. We call that Reformation. The coming out of the VERPADUKAR from the Jacobite Church and Marthoma Church was not similar to what took place in other states in India. Those VERPADUKAR were persecuted by both jacobites and marthomitess. Many were forced to be baptized in water mixed with cowdung. Thanks to the Marthomites and Jacobites, for it was a small price to pay in obeying the Word of God.
"How is the Kerala Brethren unique. Were they not Marthomites, influenced by the Brethren and Baptist missionaries? Then took on the Brethren doctrines?"
As to their uniqueness, I did mention the reason in my post. Dr. George P. Koshy has posted additional observations to that, and I am sure I no longer need to touch that subject.
Also, they were not simply Marthomites "influenced" by others. They were -- as Dr. Koshy pointed out -- men who "quit" traditional churches to embrace what they found to be closer to the Bible.
Also, this movement in Kerala was definitely not the result of the preaching of "Brethren" missionaries. Non Indian Brethren missionaries came to Kerala many years after the Brethren movement started here.
Johnson C. Philip www.ApologeticsWiki.Com
Reply by : puthusseriyathu
5 Jan 2007 12:13:46 AM
Many thanks for Dr. Johnson C Philip and Dr. George P Koshy for your valued reply. Actually, I started this thread to know that; this forum is only for Kerala Brethren or all of us around the world.
Sometimes back I e-mailed the List of our Brethren Assemblies in Delhi / New Delhi to the web master of this forum to add in the Net Address Book. But I never get a reply from them, I have written four more times, unfortunately I never get a reply from them. Then I thought this forum is only for Kerala Brethren.
Though this website has been started by a Kerala Brethren [owner of www.Sansnet.Com] and though it bears the name Kerala Brethren, the forums are open to all. Even non Christians are welcome to ask questions.
The webmaster may not have replied you, but he uses every piece of information sent to him. He has been too busy of late as he into software programming.