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Pastor Dr. T. Valson Abraham Founder/President: India Gospel Outreach Director: India Bible College & Seminary When God created man in His image, He mandated him to “subdue” the earth. What does “subdue” mean in today’s world? In India, the Bhopal disaster of 1984 still haunts us more than 30 years after leaks from a pesticide factory emitted toxic gases that spread far over the surrounding area to injure nearly 600,000 people and kill outright many thousands of people. To this day, many people continue to suffer from the criminal negligence of a few who failed to take seriously their responsibilities to others. Everywhere, it seems, human society faces dangers of air and water pollution, destruction of rain forests, animal, fish and plant species, resulting in poverty and disease for millions. A recent National Geographic article describes an ecological horror in Africa where poachers destroy 30,000 African elephants a year to supply their tusks to an illegal ivory market in China. They kill anyone who tries to stop them. From time to time, we hear of great oil tankers that lose their cargoes into the oceans and destroy all manner of sea life and animal life, and permanently destroy the delicately balanced ecosystems over vast areas. Is this what God meant by “subdue”? Nearly fifty years ago, American history Professor Lynn White said, “We shall continue to have a worsening ecological crisis until we reject the Christian [italics mine] axiom that nature has no reason for existence save to serve man.” Dr. White represents many secular ecologists convinced that belief in the Bible caused today’s ecological crisis. God could not... read more



  Psalm 29 ascribes to the Lord all power and authority over nature. The Canaanites worshiped natural forces such as wind and fire as their gods. But Israel worshiped The God of creation, not the creation itself. Thunderstorms, lightning, and floods were but means by which the Lord might express Himself, but they were not themselves divine. Therefore, some believe that environmentalism is not supported by Scripture. The ancient world knew nothing of terms like “global warming” or “going green”. However, the Bible does contain many ideas that can support the environmental awareness of today. What does the Bible speak on environmental protection. The book titled, “The Ultimate A to Z Resource” suggests the following insights. First of all, God created the earth, and everything about creation reflects His handiwork and glory. Psalm 104 begins and ends with a blessing. ‘Bless the Lord all my soul’ (Ps.104:1,35). This is easy to say; but how might we actively bless the Lord, given that His blessings to us are so practical. One way would be to take care of the earth that the Lord has made. Secondly, God gave human beings dominion or authority, over the earth and its creatures, a responsibility that in a sense makes people co-workers with God. One of the first tasks given to the first human beings was to manage and develop the Garden of Eden. Thirdly, the Scriptures clearly say that, creation is an intricate system in which the various parts affect each other. Psalm 65 deals with God’s provision to his people through nature. It reads, “You care for the land and water it,... read more


Dr. Sunil Abraham Ninan Consultant Neonatologist, Travancore Medical College, Kollam. Also functioning as Dec0n and Bible teacher in The Disciples Fellowship Church, Kollam ‘Adulteration’ very simply means, ‘to corrupt, debase, or make impure by the addition of a foreign or inferior substance or element; especially to prepare for sale by replacing more valuable with less valuable or inert ingredients or can also mean ‘ to add a chemical substance to food/beverages etc, which should not be contained within it for legal or other reasons’. The common adulterants are: water (mixed with milk), vanaspati / a hydrogenated vegetable cooking oil (mixed with ghee / clarified butter), chalk powder (with flour), chicory(with coffee), papaya seeds (with pepper), brick powder (with chilly powder), wood powder(with turmeric or coriander powder), etc.Most of these adulterants can cause significant disease to the users of these food stuff. In addition, numerous unapproved coloring agents are used to enhance the looks of food stuff; preservatives are used to prolong shelf lives. All of these can cause serious health issues if used for a prolonged time. In 2008, significant portions of China’s infant milk formulas were found to have been contaminated with melamine (to artificially increase protein content). Thousands of people were believed to be harmed. In 2012, a study in India conducted by FSSAI (Food Safety Standards Authority of India) across 33 states found that milk is adulterated with detergent, fat and even urea, as well as diluted with water. Of the 1791 random samples, only 31.5 % conformed to the FSSAI Standards !!! Food adulteration in India seems to be getting widespread and deadlier by the... read more


Dr. Mariamma Stephen Faculty, IPC Theological Seminary Kottayam ‘Care’ was the core word in God’s first commission to man. God took time and created a world that he saw was good and then he made man and put him in charge of it all. “Replenish the earth, subdue it and have dominion on every living thing…..” Utmost care had to be taken in executing the task given to the created one by the creator. The opening chapters in the Bible give us a clear idea about God’s plan in creating ‘man’. Man was entrusted with the responsibility to dress the garden and keep it (Gen 2:15). God realized the gravity of the task given to him and came up with an appropriate solution by making him a ‘help meet for him’ (Gen 2:18). The great advantage for the first ‘peasant couple’ was that the garden was already there and it saved their hard work of planting or sowing. The only task was to dress it and keep it and the reward was great ‘freely eat of all the trees as except the ‘tree of life’. Protecting the garden and enjoying the fruit was the example/or rather demonstration of what God intended as a pattern for the rest of the earth. As man multiplied and gained dominion over the rest of the vast land mass, probably this could have been expected of them as well, with an added responsibility of protecting it and handing it over to their progeny. Adam and Eve had the joint responsibility of tending and keeping the garden. The following chapters in the family narratives of... read more

HOLISTIC HEALTH-An Integrated Approach in Healing

Registrar (on leave) India Bible College & Seminary, Kumbanad The holistic concept in the healing ministry which is distinct from the concept in the alternative medicine, upholds that all aspects of people’s needs including psychological, physical and social should be taken into account and seen as a whole. In the ecological concern of the modern physical and psychological caregivers they now give special importance to holistic healing. Not surprisingly, recent trends in the field of psychology have paralleled developments in the field of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) in the following way: The methods used to heal patients both physically and psychologically are increasingly holistic in their approaches. Research suggests that holistic techniques used to reduce stress, anxiety and depression are being utilized by patients and clients more than ever; subsequently replacing what used to be the exclusive purview of pharmaceutical remedies. Even the United States military has showed a marked increase in the use of methods such as hypnosis, relaxation exercise, meditation, spiritual healing and energy healing-according to a study done by the Samuel Institute in Alexandria, Virginia. Their leading-edge research reported that of the study’s 16,000 active duty participants, 45% had used at least one means of holistic healing in the year preceding the study. Well known pastoral counsellor Howard Clinebellhas presented a holistic health model for persons lacking growth in their personality. He speaks about six important aspects of a person’s life. They are 1. Mind, 2. Body, 3. Soul, 4. Intimate Relationships,5. Nature and the Biosphere, 6. Significant institutions in one’s life. We human beings are open systems. Our growth takes place in relationships, the... read more


Maj. V.I. Luke Vice President, India Bible College and Seminary, Kumbanad Nature and our environment are God’s gifts to us. When we care for our environment, we honor God, acknowledging His gifts to us with grateful hearts. After he created Adam and Eve, God placed them in the Garden of Eden to care for the garden (Gen 2:15) as His stewards. Similarly, He has entrusted us as stewards of the environment He has created for us. Ecology is the science of ecosystems. Ecological balance has been defined by various dictionaries as “a state of dynamic equilibrium within a community of organisms in which genetic, species and ecosystem diversity remain relatively stable, subject to gradual changes through natural succession.” Or simply, “A stable balance in the numbers of each species in an ecosystem.” Planting trees and afforestation benefit the environment, something in which every citizen and especially Bible-believing Christians can engage because that pleases God. On the other hand, such things as uncontrolled and ruthless felling of trees, air pollution by burning plastic wastes and discarding untreated effluents into the streams and rivers destroy environmental balance and destabilizes the ecosystem. The Indian Army, the most disciplined of the three armed services, pays particular attention to afforestation of the cantonments in the country. As a result, all Army cantonments are typically neat and clean, with the flora and fauna in harmonious co-existence with each other. Many Army units in the Territories have become known as ecological battalions. Their only job is to systematically plant saplings and other things to beautify the countryside. Such battalions are stationed in the Rajasthan Thar desert... read more

EXPERIENCE OF CREATION: An Ecological Reading of Rom. 8:19-23

Rev. Shiju M. George Faculty, India Bible College & Seminary The world is going through a grave ecological crisis. Technological advancement and economic growth, better living standards and changed life style of people is taking a heavy toll on nature. “Mother Earth” is sick due to human’s immature lifestyle. In such a context it is worthwhile to study the passage in Rom 8:19-23 where Paul reveals the present state of creation. The word ‘creation’ appears four times here. Although this can refer to all that is created, its accurate meaning is determined only in its immediate context. In this passage several aspects of the created order are not in agreement with the context. The Un-fallen angels have not been subjected to corruption (vv.20-21), either due to human sin or their own actions. Demons will not be redeemed (v.21) and they do not long for the revealing of the sons of God (v.19). Heaven has not been subjected to corruption or decay (vv.20-21). Unbelievers do not eagerly wait for the revealing of the children of God (v.19) nor will all unbelievers be delivered from the consequences of the sin (v.21). While verses (vv.17-18) discuss the suffering and glory of Christians and Paul sometimes uses “creation” to refer to believers, Rom 18:19-23 frequently contrasts believers and “creation”.V.23 contrasts believers with “creation” (Not only so, but we ourselves also”). Believers groan (v.23) in a similar way to the rest of the creation (v.22). The creation eagerly awaits the revealing of the sons of God (v.19) and will benefit from the eschatological glory of the believers (v.21). While these categories of created things... read more


Bible Teacher and Preacher, based in Mumbai.   INTRODUCTION Some years ago a warden of a reputed Christian institution was seeking an explanation from a brother for intentionally throwing the waste materials into his neighbour’s backyard. The response of the highly qualified believing brother was shocking; “I merely did the same what my neighbour has been doing.” If the people around us are going to respond like this, what will be the future of the ecosystem we are living in? An ecosystem is a community of living organisms in combination with the non living components of their environment (things like air, water and mineral soil), interacting as a system.Genesis chapter two verses fifteen is a significant passage to understand our ecosystem from a biblical point of view. This passage is part of the six days creation account found in Genesis chapter 1 and 2. After the creation of Adam in Gen 2:7, God places him in the Garden of Eden (v.8). The story continues after a gap of six verses. Verse 15 states the very purpose of placing Adam in the Garden of Eden. The Hebrew word for Garden of Eden suggests that it was an enclosed garden of delight and pleasure. It definitely was a beautiful place distinct from the rest of the earth. The following exposition will focus on few important words, their meanings,various lessons and implications that can be drawn out of the given text (Gen 2:15) related to our ecosystem. I. IMPORTANT HEBREW VERBS AND THEIR MEANINGS Genesis chapter two contains a parallel account of creation, adding details to certain parts of the narrative of... read more

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PKEAbrahamPastor K.E. Abraham, founder of Indian Pentecostal Church of God, was born in 1st March 1899, in Puthencav, near Chenganoor, in Kerala, India. His parents were members of the Syrian Orthodox Jacobite Church. At the age of 7 he was sent to a Marthomite Sunday School. From his young age he was saved and lived as a Son of God. In 1914, he dedicated his life to gospel work in a meeting conducted by Moothamplackal Kochukunju Upadesi. In 1915 after he passed his 7th class, he was appointed as a schoolteacher. He also began his gospel work at the same time. He was baptized in water on 27 February 1916 at the age of 17, and separated from the Jacobite Church. That same year, K.E. Abraham and later Mrs. K.E. Abraham resigned their teaching jobs.

As he understood the doctrine of the baptism of the Holy Spirit, he tarried for this and was baptized in the Spirit on 22 April 1923. Many dependent local churches were started in Kerala through the ministry of Pastor K.E.Abraham. In the beginning, they had no special name. When they faced the need for marriage registration, they chose the name “South Indian Pentecostal Church of God.”

Monthly fellowship meetings began in 1924. The first General Convention of the Church took place at Ranni, April 1-5, 1925. On 1 May 1930, Pastor K.E.Abraham and his family moved their residence from Mulakuzha to Kumbanad. Obeying the inspiration God gave him, K.E. Abraham started Hebron Bible School in June 1930.The work of the church began to spread in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and North India. In 194, the name of the church was changed to “India Pentecostal Church of God”

Pastor K.E. Abraham and his co-workers began to travel into other Indian States, and finally outside India. He visited Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Germany, Belgium, France, England, Egypt, Israel, Lebanon, Syria, and the United States, among others, witnessing the gospel of Christ. His two sons Pastor T.S.Abraham and Pastor Oommen Abraham followed the footsteps of their father. During January 6-13, 1974, the 50th General Convention of the Church took place at Hebron, Kumbanad. Pastor K.E.Abraham was promoted to glory on 9 December 1974.