Believers who is a person of Goan origins should be careful when you use certain words downgrading a certain group of people who have migrated to Goa .
Words such lamani, Ghatis, biknakar etc etc. remember the certain majority of radical unbelievers use the word ‘ BELIEVERS’ the same way downgrading, insulting and defaming , as many residents or people of Goan orgin who is a believer use against those who migrated to Goa many years ago in search of job and better life and have settled and are active In both upper class and other class jobs and businesses etc.
The word Lamani or Labani comes from their forefather Laban the great nephew of Abraham. Don’t forget the country called Labanon and it’s people as Lebanese.
Laban’s father, Bethuel, was the son of Nachor, Abraham’s older brother. In addition, Laban was thrice related by marriage to Abraham’s family: his sister Rebecca married Isaac, and his two daughters, Leah and Rachel, both married Jacob. Thus Laban was Abraham’s great-nephew, Isaac’s cousin and brother-in-law, and Jacob’s uncle and father-in-law.
Man was created in Gods image
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”
Genesis 1:27 KJV
Adam was created in the image of God and all man after fall was begotten in image of Adam.
“And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth:”
Genesis 5:3 KJV
Everyone who is now Born again ( BELIEVER ) is created in the image of God
“And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;”
Ephesians 2:1 KJV
Today man has his origin from the Noah’s ark and not a particular land
“And God spake unto Noah, saying, Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons’ wives with thee.”
Genesis 8:15-16 KJV
God did not promise a land on earth for Believers but to the twelve tribes of Israel.
Believers should not be involved in such a fight of words and hatred but rather to win souls , for Christ Jesus loves them all and died for them all just as He does to us.
The unbelievers do not know this truth, for majority believe in evolution. But believers know that our ancestors didn’t just show up form a rock or tree or from feni but certainly from Noah’s ark , Noah’s descendants . It is a sin if believers call other believers with degrading and Mocking and insulting names.
Ones upon a time those names such a Lamanis, Ghatis and Biknakars etc were used with highest respect and in recognition of geographical locations . The ancestors knew very well and held these Lamanis and Ghatis with honour because these group of people came from the royal bloodline from Hydrabad ( Banjara) and from Bijapur Karnataka who even ruled all over India and offcourse in Goa as a whole before the British and the Portuguese came in , plundered their wealth and colonised Goa as their territory for trade. Many of these group of people may be poor today doing simple job in Goa due to their nomadic or migrating nature and life style , while many are holding highest positions in the state due to hard work and never give up attitude.
You will be shocked and be surprised to know if you will do some biblical historical studies that these people have Jewish blood in them and many have Jewish influences in their lives.
A historical study will clearly prove of Jewish settlements in Goa before the Portuguese arrived and also in Kerala and Maharashtra and Manipur before the British arrived.
Apostle Thomas with a Jewish team who were believers came to India but landed in Goa first and than went to Kerala and Tamil Nadu bringing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ to the Land of Goa, Tamil Nadu and Kerala and that is how Believers spread all over India and then through the missionary work of the Baptist missionaries from England spread all over North India and bringing godly Civilizations to the Indus land by abolishing many social evil practices.
“But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
Acts 1:8 KJV
Have you wandered why these Nomadic people Migrate and pitch their tent?
The people of Israel were nomadic people , they kept migrating and pitching their tents everywhere they went. Even today you will find many Lamanis and Ghatis living in tents wherever they settle for job and then take off and pitch their tent on the next place of job.
They do succeed in their business, no matter what they do , it is simply because of the business blessings they have and they are certainly hard workers, who wake up early and go to bed late, work for less and make more money.
“And the children of Israel shall pitch their tents, every man by his own camp, and every man by his own standard, throughout their hosts.”
Numbers 1:52 KJV
Abraham Was a Nomadic who migrated and became rich wherever he went
“Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom.”
Genesis 13:12 KJV
Laban Pitched his tent
“Then Laban overtook Jacob. Now Jacob had pitched his tent in the mount: and Laban with his brethren pitched in the mount of Gilead.”
Genesis 31:25 KJV
Remember that the Jewish Christians who are in the body of Christ has scattered all over the world due to persecution and many of their children were born in those kingdoms and many saved and many unsaved .
“Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,”
1 Peter 1:1 KJV
“James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.”
James 1:1 KJV
Are you Ok with calling Jesus as Lamani or Ghati ? Jesus is not a person of a Goan origin but from the ghat and desert of Israel with connection with Lamani or Labani . Will you kick him out or is he already out of your church and still knocking at your church door ?
“As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”
Revelation 3:19-20 KJV
There are many born again believers who are not of Goan origin but they attend your church in Goa and worship with you and they pray for you and win souls and contribute financially with their tithes and offerings and extras and many even do your paper work in the legal government departments and yet many call the believers who came from outside Goa with many degrading name .
“Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;”
Ephesians 2:19 KJV
This name calling In a very defaming and degrading and Inappropriate way must be stopped for Christ sake among the believers .
This earth doesn’t belong to us , we are to set our affection above.
“Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.”
Colossians 3:2 KJV
We are here to win all of them to the saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Are you showing them the love of Christ or are you pushing them far away?
Does the political germ and worm fascinates you more than Jesus Christ and soul winning and the church of Our Lord Jesus Christ ?
Is the brethren in your church who are not of Goan origin comfortable worshiping with you?
Do you make them accepted, loved and welcomed ?
Do you speak behind them the same way how you speak on their face ?
Brethren we don’t play politics , we are here to serve , to preach and make disciples .
Remember Jesus is not a person of Goan origin. Hope he can stay in your heart, hope he can stay in your life, hope he can take control of your business and job and hope He can stay in the state of Goa?
Or do you want him to leave the state and all that is related to it?
Could it be possible that He left your local church already and standing outside knocking at the church door ?
Spread love and share this with believers in Goa everywhere.
Grace & Truth Baptist Church