UNCUT MOUNTAUN PRESS – THE RETURN

December 12, 2017

 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

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SOME MODEST PROPOSALS

December 6, 2017

In a piece of journalisme extraordinaireIsrael Shamir outlines the desirability to follow the very creative Saudi solution to national budget problems, instead of the genocidal austerity. A solution hailed and praised by the New York Times, no less!

Sure, there is a much less truculent and much more effective way to permanently eliminate those problems: the reappropriation by the Nations of their monetary sovereignty, to be exerted according to its fundamental postulates.

Alas, for that you need a Resistance that at long last stops fighting according to the rules decided by the Demonocratic Empire, which moreover apply only to those who resist the Empire, never to the Empire itself. Do not hold your breath!

P.S. – In the centenary of the restoration of the Patriarchate in Russia, I’ve thought apt to compliment Mr. Shamir excellent skill with an open letter of St. Tikhon to that horrendous piece of shit he’s so fond of.

COUNCILS

December 5, 2017

“All this raises questions not only about compliance with the pan-Orthodox-approved procedures for the Council of Crete, but about how much the documents adopted by it truly express a genuine consensus in our Orthodox family” the Russian primate observed.

His Holiness cannot say, etiquette oblige, that the “pan-Orthodox” approved procedures for the “Council” of Crete were totally non-Orthodox, an insult to the Holy Spirit. Therefore, I shall say it.

The next Council of the Church (this is the correct name), if there will be one, will be the tenth. As the gates of Hell cannot prevail upon the Church, it will condemn the pan-heresy of ecumenism and put definitely to rest the papist sirens which have bewitched so many Orthodox first hierarchs, by formalizing the Church-wide acceptance of the eight (St. Photios the Great) and ninth (St. Gregory Palamas) Councils.

In fact, also the condemnation of ecumenism will be just a formalizing, as all the heresies which ecumenism gathers and bring forth like one have been already rejected by the Church. There will be left to anathematize only the heresy of scientism and the worshipers of its idols.

Moreover, there will be no heretics in attendance, and neither the organization nor the security will be entrusted to worshipers in pinafore of the beast.

All fathers and teachers of the Church, all of the councils and all the Divine Scriptures teach us to flee from those who believe otherwise, to depart from communion with them. So do I now despise all of these fathers and councils who follow those who under the guise of a false peace call us to unite with those who ruined the sacred and divine Creed… Do not let it happen to me, O Gentle Comforter, that I should ever step away from Thee, the sound mind and sound faith, but let me always keep Thy teaching and that of the blessed men inspired by Thee, and that I may join my Fathers, taking with me from earth to heaven, if nothing else, the true faith.

St. Mark of Ephesus

OVERDRIVEN

December 3, 2017

Q: Do you think that Fr Seraphim Rose will be canonized?

A: Only God can answer that question. What I have noticed, however, is that his popularity has waned over the last ten years, as the newly converted have moved onto more solid fare. I think we may find that interest in his writings for converts will fade further with time.

Father Andrew Phillips

Holy father Seraphim of Platina, pray to the Lord for father Andrew, who looks a little jaded and missing his usual lucidity.

May the Lord, for your prayers, make also him witness that his fellow spiritual child is a schismatic and maybe something worse.

St. Seraphim of Platina

MERTVAYA ZHIZN’

November 23, 2017

Zoya Alexandrovna Krakhmalnikova was maybe a confessor of the Faith. Indeed, it’s hard to find a confessor who calls for the Church to apologize — that is akin to asking the Holy Spirit to repent — and it’s even harder to find a confessor who failed to understand the difference between the Church and Her hierarchies pro-tempore. Maybe she was just a confessor of her pride, as the Saker is. Maybe the Saker is something worse.

The daughter of Zoya Alexandrovna is an apostate for sure.

May the Lord forgive me if I sin, but shouldn’t a bishop find something better to do than conceding interviews to apostates working for CIA’s outfits, that is working for the chief hitmen of the satanists ruling this world?

About the content of the interview, I wish to humbly suggest that our hierarchs would just pray (and a lot) for Metropolitan Sergius, instead of justifying him, glorifying him or erecting statues to him. Perhaps, in this way they would be able the next time they face the inquisition of an apostate to avoid begging pardon for liberal sins, appealing to secular laws and sensibilities.

Perhaps, in this way they would be able to call things by their name: namely, that the daughter of Zoya Alexandrovna is an apostate, just like that Kuraev, and they both serve the beast; that the Church opposes the filthiness produced by their kind just because She cannot but stand by the truth, regardless of secular laws; that if our standing by the Truth offends or disturbs them, it’s their problem not ours.

We have the solution for their problem though, the cure for their illness, if they are willing to be healed, if they turn so that the Lord must heal them.

The sublime virtue of prudence is not found in appeasing the devil. The devil cannot be at peace, neither his servants.

One thing for sure, though: the Soviet patriarchate has been one continuous lie, the lie of Metropolitan Sergius was just its beginning.  Yet, one thing is even more certain: the Lord will judge him, not us.

CELEBRATIONS

November 18, 2017

Today is the ninety-ninth year since the foundation of the Latvian Republic.

Since the restoration of its independence, twenty-six years ago, here we can proudly boast of the following achievements:

  1. Forty percent of Latvian workers get a net salary about 400 euro, with no benefit attached. The gross salary for 70% of them is under 700 euro. The clowns in the media circus will run headlines boasting of an average gross salary in Latvia about 950 euro, but they forget to clarify that it is just because the upper parasitic echelon (5-10% of population) get paid thousands and thousands euro monthly to do their wonderful nothing (when they do something, it is to assure that the exploitation of their fellow countrimen goes on unabated).
  2. Every public service here is available just if you can pay. Median housing cost is about 140 euro monthly (excluding rent); transportation is about 30 euro if you live in the same city where you work (it’s double if you don’t); a car will cost you more than a thousand euro yearly to keep (if you are lucky), most of them in taxes; healthcare…. well, just forget about it (you need to borrow money if you must undergo a normal surgery and if that surgery is life-saving its cost is beyond your borrowing ability – you will simply die under the benevolent sight of the Republic). Most of the counties have no hospitals available for the population, not even for first aid (not so bad…. even if they were, most of people could not afford them). There are plan for an obligatory medical insurance for the future – that means that until now you paid just when you got sick, now you will pay even when you are well.
  3. The retirement age has been raised to 65 years and 60-70% of the population will get a monthly pension (if they reach that age) about 2/3 of their net present salary (see above). They should live fifty years more to get back all that they have paid in social taxes, if they don’t (their bad, of course), their surviving loved ones will get nothing. While they live, they will have to pay 21% VAT upon every purchase they make (food, medicine, electricity and housing included). Paying for electricity, the benevolent republic will take from their pockets also a pseudo-ambiental tax, which increases 27% the cost of one kilowatt.
  4. Their pension will be curtailed at the source by income taxes, just like their salary was. In the corporate world, that would be a tax on revenue. Just imagine: a corporation paying 20-25% of their revenues in taxes. Of course, it does not happen: corporations have the right to deduct all kind of expenses. Persons do not have that privilege; in demonocracy, persons are cattle with the right to choose their gender.
  5. On the bright side, credit is easily available at very demonocratic rates.
  6. Thirty years ago foreign troops were stationed here, a border province of the Soviet Empire. Today foreign troops are stationed here, a border province of the Demonocratic Empire.
  7. Four hundred babies every one thousand allowed to live are killed before their birth here, and I would not be surprised if that killing would be the only free public service granted by the Republic (together with the indoctrinaction system they call “education”). Many clowns here often protest against the inhuman treatment reserved to the animals in the (real) circus, just a little time before they go home to get their succulent steak and praise the very human treatment reserved to those babies. The motto of these amazing idiots is: human treatment for beasts (but not for those of them we like to eat) and bestial treatment for human babies.
  8. The population here has shrunk 25% since the renewed independence. Many clowns in the media and political circus wonder why…..

Therefore, I beg your pardon: could you please be so kind to explain me what exactly are we going to celebrate today?

Holy father and martyr John, archbishop of Riga, pray to the Lord for us!

Icon_St_John_of_Riga

For his prayers, o Lord, have mercy on the Latvian land and the peoples who live here. Protect them from the evil one and his puppets, deliver the peoples of Latvia from their lies and their murderous plans of spiritual and material starvation and perdition. Amen!

THE BOUNDARIES OF THE CHURCH

October 18, 2017

I have liked very much this short essay by Vladyka Athanasius (Yevtich) on the boundaries of the Church, as much as I have disliked this video by the worthy Gregory Decapolite on the martyrdom of the heretics. This looks apparently like a paradox, as both works conclude rightly for the coincidence of the canonic and charismatic boundaries of the Church, but that’s hardly a surprise in Christianity. After all, have you ever seen something more paradoxical than God dying on the Cross? Indeed, the wisdom of the world is foolishness to God!

Both works share an absence too: they quote profusely the holy fathers of the Church, yet not a word from the Lord.

But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Eliah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land; but unto none of them was Eliah sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow. And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian.

The Bride is holy, indeed, and full of grace, but the Sovereign is the Bridegroom.

And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not us.
But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me. For he that is not against us is on our part.
For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.

When you belong to the Church and fall away, then your sin is against the Holy Spirit. Verily there is no salvation outside the Church in that case.

When you do not belong to the Church, when nobody has announced you the Truth, when you have never seen Him as He is but only the fantasies about him of the world, and have been filled by the empty chatters of men lost in the vanity of their minds instead of being nourished by His Grace in the Sacraments, then your sin is not against the Truth.

If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin.
He that hateth me hateth my Father also.
If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father.

A Coptic killed for Christ’s sake or an Armenian massacred because unwilling to deny the Lord are not martyrs? I humbly suggest to avoid being so bold in giving a negative answer.

They do not confess a correct Christology, indeed. Yet I wonder how many of the brethren in my parish would be able to give even a rough resume of the theology of Chalcedon. How many of them would be able to expound the reasons of the terrifying theological consequences of the Filioque? How many Orthodox hold superstitious, i.e. blasphemous, beliefs? How many pious brothers have departed without a correct understanding of the Misteries of God? How many priests of the Most High preaches heresies today? How many did yesterday?

After all, even St. Augustine of Hippo had a flawed understanding of the Holy Trinity. St. Gregory of Nyssa, then, believed that the death on the Cross was a sacrifice to satisfy the devil. I could continue, but I will not, lest I give the impression that a sinner is judging the saints.

The canonic and charismatic boundaries of the Church coincide indeed, but not everything found within the canonic boundaries is charismatic.

If the Lord has guaranteed a reward for a cup of water given in His name, should I listen to zealous brothers who deny that reward for a barrel of blood, one’s own life, given confessing His name? I will not!

Glory be to God, the judgement is of the Lord!

I exhort you, my brethren: do not identify the Church with the sensible, earthly forms and systems of appearance in this world, for it could lead to a sort of idolatry.

And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks? Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe you with the wool, ye kill them that are fed: but ye feed not the flock.

The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them.

And they were scattered, because there is no shepherd: and they became meat to all the beasts of the field, when they were scattered. My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and upon every high hill: yea, my flock was scattered upon all the face of the earth, and none did search or seek after them.

Therefore, ye shepherds, hear the word of the LORD; As I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely because my flock became a prey, and my flock became meat to every beast of the field, because there was no shepherd, neither did my shepherds search for my flock, but the shepherds fed themselves, and fed not my flock;

Therefore, O ye shepherds, hear the word of the LORD; Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against the shepherds; and I will require my flock at their hand, and cause them to cease from feeding the flock; neither shall the shepherds feed themselves any more; for I will deliver my flock from their mouth, that they may not be meat for them.

Only the Sacraments are always charismatic, and there are no Sacraments outside the canonical boundaries of the Church, but mere sacramental forms and ecclesial forms.

The difference between a Sacrament and a sacramental form is the difference between a gun and a toy-gun, roughly speaking. The latter has the form of a gun, but it’s not of much use in a fight, even if it can make a certain impression at first. The ecclesial forms can baptize with water, only the Church baptizes with the Spirit. Therefore, whoever is baptized outside the Church may not be baptized again, provided that the baptism is made with water in the name of the Holy Trinity by a Christian, though in error (this excludes all the ecclesial forms which ordains women or justify the abomination of Sodom or preach that the Eucharist and the Resurrection are just symbolic), but should always be chrismated when in repentance ask to be joined to the Church. There is the form, but only the Body of Christ can liven it.

Anyway, these sacramental and ecclesial forms are deprived of the Spirit, but they are not deprived of the mercy of God.

For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.
So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.

God is not a bureaucrat. His requirements at the Dreadful Seat will not be the right certificate of baptism nor a prolusion about the degree of influence by Evagrius in St. Maximos the Confessor.

Remember that the Lord of Glory was crucified by those who sat in Moses’ seat; and just a few years after St. Constantine the Great did set free the Church, Her hierarchies were for the most part heretics. The present often is not less shameful!

“The road to Hell is paved with the bones of priests and monks, and the skulls of bishops are the lamp posts that light the path.”

St. John Chrysostom

The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

The canonic and charismatic boundaries of the Church coincide indeed, but it’s the Holy Spirit Who fills and leads the Church, not the other way around. The Church does not define nor delimit the Holy Spirit; it’s the other way around!

The Bride does not have authority upon the Bridegroom. It’s the Spirit Who quickens the Body, not the other way around!

IN HOC SIGNO VINCES

September 27, 2017

The Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross.

The Scripture Readings

John 12:28-36 Matins Gospel (The Universal Exaltation)
1 Corinthians 1:18-24 The Universal Exaltation
John 19:6-11, 13-20, 25-28, 30-35 The Universal Exaltation

“O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance.

Grant victory unto Orthodox Christians over their adversaries, and by the virtue of Thy Cross, preserve Thy habitation.”

The Taking Down from the Cross

The Cross and the Resurrection

Resurrection

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. For it is written:“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.”

Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.

For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.

Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

Alas, the Patriarchate of Moscow still fumble in the schizophrenic delusion that it’s possible to venerate both those who embraced the Cross (all the new Martyrs and Confessors of the Rus’) and those who refused their Cross and bowed to the beast (painted red for the occasion).

That’s the reason why the Rus’ is still stuck in the quagmire which entraps all the madmen who thinks it’s possible to follow Christ a little and the world a little more. In that quagmire we will stay, if these are all the fruits of repentance we are able to produce.

You can pray for Metropolitan Sergius, but nothing more. There’s nothing to boast of in his shameful submission to the butchers of Christ’s flock, yet Patriarch Kyrill and many of our hierarchs evidently think that without him the gates of hell would have prevailed against the Church.

Therefore, my worst fears are bitterly confirmed: actually, our hierarchies do really believe they know better than the Lord.

He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.

GOD FORBID THAT WE BOAST IN ANYTHING BUT THE CROSS OF CHRIST

P.S. – PRO MEMORIA

ADDENDUM

“And unto the angel of the Russian Church write: ‘I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast My name, and hast not denied My faith, even in those days wherein Tikhon was My faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth’”

The good Paul Smirnov has forgotten to report the remaining verses that the Lord addressed to the Church in Pergamos, that he has transposed to the Church in the Rus’ lands.

But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of the beast, who taught Sergius to cast a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to despise the blood of the martyrs, and to slander My confessors.

So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Sergianites, which thing I hate.

Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.

I humbly exhorts the Rus’ hierarchies to come to their senses, lest the Lord removes their lampstand and appoints their lot with the hypocrites.

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.
Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous, and say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.
Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.
Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.
Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?

(read online)

This list of prophecies about the Revolution of a century ago and the fate of the Rus’ (and the world, by consequence) is obviously incomplete; there are too many of them. Among many others, it’s missing one of the most striking because of its timing and the minute details. It’s the prophecy uttered by the holy man Gregory Novy (called Rasputin) a few days before his bestial murder:

“I feel that I shall leave life before January 1st. I wish to make known to the Russian people, to Papa (the Tsar), to the Russian Mother (the Tsarina) and to the Children what they must understand. If I am killed by common assassins, and especially by my brothers the Russian peasants, you, the Tsar of Russia, will have nothing to fear for your children, they will reign for hundreds of years. But if I am murdered by boyars, nobles, and if they shed my blood, their hands will remain soiled with my blood for twenty-five years and they will leave Russia. Brothers will kill brothers, and they will kill each other and hate each other, and for twenty-five years there will be no peace in the country. The Tsar of the land of Russia, if you hear the sound of the bell which will tell you that Grigori has been killed, you must know this: if it was your relations who have wrought my death, then none of your children will remain alive for more than two years. And if they do, they will beg for death as they will see the defeat of Russia, see the Antichrist coming, plague, poverty, destroyed churches, and desecrated sanctuaries where everyone is dead. The Russian Tsar, you will be killed by the Russian people and the people will be cursed and will serve as the devil’s weapon killing each other everywhere. Three times for 25 years they will destroy the Russian people and the orthodox faith and the Russian land will die. I shall be killed. I am no longer among the living. Pray, pray, be strong, and think of your blessed family.”

Please note that the first of the New Martyrs was not killed by the Bolsheviks. That’s the reason why the fight of the White Army was not blessed by the Lord and they were defeated by the Red beast: they had their root in the perjury and betrayal of the Tsar and his inprisonment, in those pathetic apostates thinking that they could substitute the Anointed. They were the ones who removed the Christian Emperor, not the Bolsheviks, opening the gates which kept all the Hell’s powers from swarming the earth.

White and Red were two faces of the same coin, the thesis and the antithesis of the devil!

The Rus’ will not be delivered until the first of the New Martyrs will not be glorified and that filthy mummy will not be finally removed from the sacred heart of Rus’ power and buried. Then everything will be clear and the land will be cleansed even from the abominable collective infants’ sacrifice to Baal (calling it abortion does not change what it is), the Lord will finally see a complete repentance and restore the Christian Emperor.

All of this will not happen under a Patriarch who glorifies those who bowed to the beast instead of accepting their cross and allows the publishing of this so-called catechism, nor while still endures the mocking of the saints’ relics, sent by apostate or mortally negligent priests and hierarchs to imaginary trips aboard imaginary space stations orbiting an imaginary ball conceived by imaginary scientists worshipped by imaginative priests.

If the Rus’ will not produce fruits of true repentance, the Christian Empire will not be restored and, in my poor understanding, this world will not last another century.

THE CONCEALED APOSTASY

September 15, 2017

A White Flag in Front of the Aggression of Secularism

—Fr. Raphael, can you point to some concrete features or characteristics of modernism—its distinctive features, so to speak?

—You can point to a whole number of such features. It’s not necessarily that the article or lecture of some modernist will present all the points, but even one is enough to understand that we are dealing with reformism. You don’t have to change all the numbers in a complex formula: It’s enough to change one number, and the whole formula won’t work; one deep wound on a man’s body is enough for blood to flow. Therefore, the errors of modernists enumerated can be contained in any composition, or even be limited to one.[2]

1. Modernists deny the transmission of Adam’s sin to his descendants.

2. They deny the atonement or distort its meaning.

3. They are skeptical towards miracles described in the Bible and in the lives of the saints.

4. They deny the transubstantiation of the Holy Gifts celebrated in the Liturgy.

5. They are hostile to the word “mysticism,” consciously confusing Orthodox mysticism with false mysticism.

6. They strive for language reform—replacing the ancient liturgical language for the modern language, which is less responsive to the dynamics of prayer.

7. They consider the love of God in isolation from the justice of God, thus drawing Divine love into the justification of moral permissiveness.

8. They distort the concept of the Church, namely the dogma of “I believe in one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.” They believe that people can be saved in other religious confessions, or even in the absence of any religious faith. They ignore the action of the Holy Spirit Who abides in the Church, and deny the holiness of the Church and the purity of its teachings. They substitute the conciliar consciousness of the Church for their own conjectures and speculations.

9. They try to rationalize theology and worship, generally coldly relating to the services, considering them a secondary matter for salvation.

10. They relate to Holy Tradition, customs, and continuity nihilistically.

11. According to modernists, classical, orthodox theology is nothing more than “spiritual stagnation and boredom.”

12. To hide their anti-Orthodox orientation, modernists affirm in one place that which they deny in another; they deny that which they themselves earlier proved. In this regard, if a modernist is denounced for heretical thoughts, then he refers to another place in his statements and says that his views should be considered not in isolation, but as a whole; but what this whole means is unclear. Modernists resort to such a technique in order to create confusion in the minds of the Orthodox.

13. Many modernists try to rehabilitate the teachings of Origen and almost make him out to be a victim of delusion on the part of Orthodox apologists—the fathers of the Ecumenical Councils. For modernists, Origen is an uncanonized saint.

14. They teach that universalism is pre-determined by God, that is, inevitable. They not only repeat variations of the apokatastasis of Origen, but in some cases go much further. If for Origen the sinner must go through purifying suffering on earth, then some modernists believe it’s enough for a sinner to desire salvation and he will be saved.

15. Modernists downplay the importance of both the angelic and demonic powers in the history of the world and the moral life of every man. They are inclined to write off demonic temptation as emotional effects and mental disorders.

16. Modernists try to discredit Church authorities and religious books.

17. They veer between evolutionary and creationist teachings about the creation of the world and man, and advocate a compromise hypothesis.

18. Modernists use forgery in their critical attacks on Orthodox teaching: Their assumptions are displayed as facts, and their shaky foundations as hard evidence.

19. By assembling quotes and manipulating fragments plucked from Patristic writings, they ascribe to the holy fathers those opinions that suit them, regardless of Church exegesis and the rules of hermeneutics.

20. Modernists, expressing their thoughts, try not to fully reveal them, so as not to betray their anti-Orthodox nature. Therefore, modernists feel the fragmentation and incompleteness of conceptual views.

21. Modernists’ deficiency of faith is disguised as broadmindedness. They speculate with the words “science,” “education,” and “progress.”

[Indeed, they have an unbreakable faith in the idol they call “science”. They question everything, from the Scripture to the words of our Lord to the holy tradition of the Fathers in the Church, but every idiocy uttered by the scientist idol through its pathetic oracles is taken by them at once as sacred dogma. All of them believe firmly to live upon a mad ball, blessed by democratic progress sculpted in unfailing love for the unrepentant, wandering aimlessly in a demential universe. They are the fullest fulfilment of the prophecy of St. Anthony the Great! – ndM]

22. Modernism not only indulges human passions and worldly tastes, but sometimes even comes to a cynical attitude toward sacred objects. They speak about metaphysical problems with jokes and grins that destroy the sense of awe towards faith. Divinity is a fire, to which it is impossible to draw near without repentance and awe. Some theologians act as if they want to borrow the glory of Mullah Nasreddin.[3]

—What is it that propels a Church person to become a modernist?

—What propels him is that which the Gospel warns us about: pride of the mind, lust of the flesh, and the temptations of the world, with its semi-pagan spirit and the cult of pleasure. It’s the desire to combine the incompatible: holiness and sin, love for Christ with the lust of the world, the Church with the Tower of Babel, Divine revelation with limited concepts and ideas stricken with pride, under the influence of the passions and the egotism of human reason. It is the desire not to submit to revelation, but for revelation to submit to you; it is an attitude towards Tradition as to raw material from which you can sculpt any form and which you can interpret in conformance with the voice of your own passions and desires. In the words of the secular poet: “The white rose with the black toad I wanted to marry in the land.” The thrust of modernists’ thinking is directed towards the earth and is subject to history. For them, religion is not a revelation of eternity in time and a path towards it, but one of the guarantees for earthly prosperity.

Our time is an era of social and moral revolutions that stun the world. There is a growing process of revision and reformation in all spheres of social, cultural, and moral life, altering morality, breaking worldview conceptions, breaking human relationships, causing catastrophic family breakdown, and the emotional cooling off of people for one another. There is a defilement of morality and an apology for sin through art, literature, and the media. Morality and chastity are seen as opposed to nature, which avenges them with neuroses and phobias. Television shows are turning into injections of debauchery, cruelty, and pride. People’s consciousness is becoming more and more secularized. The permissiveness of lust develops parallel to the permissiveness of the mind (as the mind is identified with one of its powers—reason). As a result, man’s religious intuition is blunted, and his spirit goes into itself and remains as if in a lethargic dream, in a state that can be called neither life nor death.

But there remains in the soul of man some feeling of the mystery of eternity, which neither positivism nor atheism can grant. Therefore, man does not completely sever himself from religion, but looks for compromises that would give room to his intellectual lawlessness, and not hinder the lusts of his soul and body, and at the same time would, to some degree, satisfy his religious sensibilities. The general decline of spirituality was a breeding ground for modernism, which promises to create a new, lightened for the will, comfortable for the passions, unfettered by dogmas and canons for the pride of mind liberal and humanitarian Christianity. In this case, a person can go to church and say his prayers, and at the same time do yoga and meditations taken from the East, be a regular at rock concerts, participate in the creation of monastic literary and sports clubs, and in all this consider himself an Orthodox Christian, of course calling himself not a slave of God, but a son of God.

The Gospel teaching and high ideals of Christianity seem to such people not native and natural to their souls, but some unattainable, beautiful abstraction, which is impossible to implement in life, and sometimes an assault against human nature, which responds to this coercion with painful complexes and pathologies. Modernists seek to replace asceticism with the pleasures of fallen human nature; in this sense it is an apology for the passions and a means of fitting them under Christianity. Modernists want to create a unified Christianity, where the good peacefully co-exist with the evil, to replace the Logos of Christ with the logos of Heraclitus. One of the most prominent decadents wrote, “I want that my boat sailed everywhere, and the Lord and the devil both I am ready to glorify” (Bryusov).

In our time of moral degradation and the legalization of what was previously considered a perversion and disgrace, to live in a Christian manner is already a podvig. Morality is one of the organic elements of religion. With its fall, religion stops being the inner life of man and moves to the periphery of his consciousness. Here there are several possible paths of outcome. First is the struggle for morality and the opposition to the temptations of the world, as to a concentrate of passions, and an atmosphere electrified by lust, pride, and egocentricity, in which man lives.

The second path is Gnosticism and skepticism, as a system of denial, as a comfortable way to escape his own conscience and reflections about the meaning of human existence, while religious teachings and moral principle are perceived as relativistic concepts.

The third path is the satisfaction of warped mystical feelings through Eastern pantheistic religions and occultism. The fourth path is liberal Christianity—a compromise between Christianity and the world, which removes moral responsibility from man. This Christianity is not spiritual joy, but a good mood. It’s like a medicine that does not heal, but reassures the ill that he is healthy, hiding from him that his innards are decimated by cancer. It’s a Christianity with a goose on the spit in Lent and concerts in Holy Week; a Christianity where Heaven and earth change places.

The Gospel is not from the world, but from Heaven—it is the voice of eternity, which opens to us that man himself is created for eternity. The Gospel convicts the world in its sins, and therefore the world hates Christ and His followers.

Modernism is a workshop for the production of false christs, the stainer’s cauldron, in which you can dye Church robes in any color. Modernism has no academic, cultural, or theological foundations. It’s a white flag, thrown in front of the aggression of secularism. However, it corresponds to the sentiment of a significant part of society and they accept it without reasoning; they accept it because they want, instead of harsh realities, to believe in a rosy utopia.

THE DORMITION OF THE MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS

August 27, 2017

“Magnify O my soul, the honourable Translation of the Mother of God from earth to heaven.”

Dormizione della Madre di Dio

Behold your Mother

Quello che fu sin dal principio, che noi abbiamo udito, che noi abbiamo visto con i nostri occhi, sul quale abbiamo guardato, e le nostre mani hanno toccato, della Parola della Vita – poiche’ la Vita si e’ manifestata, e noi l’abbiamo vista, e portiamo testimonianza, e vi mostriamo quella Vita eterna, che era con il Padre, ed a noi fu manifesta – quello che abbiamo visto e sentito noi vi annunciamo, che anche voi possiate avere sodalizio con noi: e veramente il nostro sodalizio e’ con il Padre, e con suo Figlio Gesu’ Cristo.

E vi scriviamo queste cose, che la vostra gioia possa essere piena.

Questo dunque e’ il messaggio che abbiamo udito da Lui, e vi proclamiamo, che Dio e’ luce, e non vi e’ oscurita’ alcuna in Lui. Se noi diciamo che abbiamo comunione con Lui, e camminiamo nella tenebra, noi mentiamo, e non operiamo la verita’: ma se camminiamo nella luce, com’Egli e’ nella luce, noi abbiamo comunione l’uno con l’altro, ed il sangue di Gesu’ Cristo ci purifica da ogni peccato.

Se noi diciamo che non abbiamo peccato, noi inganniamo noi stessi, e la verita’ non e’ in noi. Se noi confessiamo i nostri peccati, Egli e’ degno di fede e giusto da perdonarci i nostri peccati, e mondarci da ogni ingiustizia.

Se noi diciamo che non abbiamo peccato, noi facciamo di Lui un bugiardo, e la Sua parola non e’ in noi.

Figlioli miei, queste cose io vi scrivo, che voi non pecchiate. E se qualche uomo pecca, noi abbiamo un avvocato con il Padre, Gesu’ Cristo il giusto: ed Egli e’ la propiziazione per i nostri peccati: e non solo per i nostri, ma per quelli del mondo intero anche.

E con questo noi sappiamo che Lo conosciamo, se noi osserviamo i Suoi comandamenti. Colui che dice, io lo conosco, e non osserva i Suoi comandamenti, e’ un bugiardo, e la verita’ non e’ in lui. Ma chi osserva la Sua parola, in lui davvero l’amore di Dio e’perfezionato: da questo noi sappiamo che siamo in Lui. Colui che dice di dimorare in Lui deve anch’egli camminare cosi’, proprio come Egli cammino’.

Confratelli, non vi scrivo un nuovo comandamento, ma un vecchio comandamento che voi avevate dall’inizio. Il vecchio comandamento e’ la parola che avete udito sin dall’inizio. Ancora, un nuovo comandamento vi scrivo, che e’ vero in Lui ed in voi: perche’ la tenebra e’ passata, e la vera luce ora risplende. Colui che dice di essere nella luce, e odia suo fratello, e’ nella tenebra proprio fino ad ora. Colui che ama suo fratello dimora nella luce, e non vi e’ occasione in lui di inciampare. Ma colui che odia il fratello e’ nella tenebra, e cammina nell’oscurita’, e non sa dove va, perche’la tenebra ha oscurato i suoi occhi.

Io vi scrivo, figlioli, perche’ i vostri peccati vi son perdonati per amore del Suo nome. Io vi scrivo, padri, perche’ voi avete conosciuto Colui che e’ sin dal principio. Io vi scrivo, giovani uomini, perche’ voi avete sopraffatto il maligno. Io vi scrivo, figlioli, perche’ avete conosciuto il Padre.

Io vi ho scritto, padri, perche’ voi avete conosciuto Colui che e’ sin dal principio, Io vi ho scritto, giovani uomini, perche’ siete forti, e la parola di Dio dimora in voi, e avete sopraffatto il maligno.

Non amate il mondo, e neppure le cose che sono nel mondo. Se qualche uomo ama il mondo, l’amore del Padre non e’ in lui. Poiche’ tutto cio’ che e’ nel mondo, la brama della carne, e il desiderio degli occhi, e la superbia di vivere, non e’ del Padre, ma e’ del mondo. Ed il mondo svanisce, e le sue brame: ma colui che opera la volonta’ di Dio rimane per sempre.

Figlioli, e’ l’ultima ora: e come avete udito che l’anticristo verra’, anche adesso vi sono molti anticristi; per questo sappiamo che e’ l’ultima ora. Essi si separarono da noi, ma non erano dei nostri; poiche’ se fossero stati dei nostri, essi avrebbero senza dubbio continuato con noi: ma si separarono, che potesse essere reso palese che non erano tutti dei nostri.

Ma voi avete una unzione da Colui che e’ Santo, e sapete ogni cosa.

Io non vi ho scritto perche’ non sapete la verita’, ma perche’ la sapete, e che nessuna menzogna e’ della verita’. Chi altri e’ un bugiardo se non colui che nega che Gesu’ e’ il Cristo? Egli e’ l’anticristo, che nega il Padre ed il Figlio. Chiunque neghi il Figlio, quello stesso non ha il Padre: chi riconosce il Figlio ha anche il Padre.

Lasciate pertanto che quello dimori in voi, che avete udito sin dall’inizio. Se quello che avete udito dall’inizio rimarra’ in voi, anche voi continuerete nel Figlio e nel Padre. E questa e’ la promessa che Egli ci ha assicurato, proprio la vita eterna.

Queste cose vi ho scritto riguardo coloro che vi seducono. Ma la Sua unzione che voi avete ricevuto dimora in voi, e non avete bisogno che alcun uomo vi dia insegnamento: ma quella stessa unzione vi istruisce di tutte le cose, ed e’ verita’, e non e’ menzogna, e proprio come vi ha istruito, voi dimorerete in Lui.

Ed ora, figlioli, dimorate in Lui; che, quando apparira’, noi si possa aver fiducia, e non avere vergogna di fronte a Lui alla sua venuta. Se voi sapete che Egli e’ giusto, voi sapete che chiunque operi giustizia e’ nato da Lui.

Ecco, che immenso amore il Padre ci ha concesso, che noi dovremmo essere chiamati i figli di Dio: per questo il mondo non ci conosce, perche’ non ha conosciuto Lui.

Amati, adesso siamo noi i figli di Dio, e ancora non appare quello che saremo: ma noi sappiamo che, quando Lui apparira’, noi saremo come Lui; poiche’ Lo vedremo come Egli e’. Ed ogni uomo che ha questa speranza in Lui si purifica, proprio come Egli e’ puro.

Chiunque commetta peccato trasgredisce anche la legge: poiche’ il peccato e’ la violazione della legge. E voi sapete che Egli fu manifestato per togliere i nostri peccati; ed in Lui non vi e’ peccato. Chiunque dimori in Lui non pecca: chiunque commetta peccato non Lo ha visto, e nemmeno Lo conosce.

Figlioli, non lasciate che alcun uomo vi inganni: colui che opera giustizia e’ giusto, proprio com’Egli e’ giusto. Colui che commette peccato e’ del diavolo; poiche’ il diavolo pecca sin dal principio. Per questo scopo il Figlio di Dio fu manifestato, che Egli potesse distruggere le opere del diavolo. Chiunque sia nato da Dio non commette peccato; poiche’ il Suo seme rimane in lui: ed egli non puo’ peccare, perche’ e’ nato da Dio.

In questo la prole di Dio e’ manifesta, e quella del diavolo: chiunque non operi giustizia non e’ di Dio, e nemmeno colui che odia suo fratello. Poiche’ questo e’ il messaggio che voi udiste dall’inizio, che noi dobbiamo amarci l’un l’altro. Non come Caino, che era del maligno, ed uccise suo fratello. E perche’ lo uccise? Perche’ le sue proprie opere erano malvagie, e quelle di suo fratello giuste.

Non meravigliatevi, miei confratelli, se il mondo vi odia.

Noi sappiamo che siamo passati dalla morte alla vita, perche’ noi amiamo il confratello. Colui che non ama suo fratello rimane nella morte. Chiunque odia suo fratello e’ un assassino: e voi sapete che nessun assassino ha la vita eterna dimorante in lui. Con questo percepiamo noi l’amore di Dio, perche’ Egli depose la sua vita per noi: e noi dovremmo deporre le nostre vite per il confratello.

Ma chiunque abbia i beni di questo mondo, e veda suo fratello nel bisogno, e chiuda le sue condotte di compassione da lui, in che modo l’amore di Dio dimora in lui?

Figlioli miei, che noi non si ami in parole, o in discorsi; ma in opere e verita’. E con questo noi sappiamo che siamo della verita’, e rassicureremo i nostri cuori di fronte a Lui. Poiche’ se il nostro cuore ci condanna, Dio e’ piu’ grande del nostro cuore, e conosce ogni cosa.

Amati, se il nostro cuore non ci condanna, allora abbiamo noi confidenza verso Dio. E qualunque cosa chiediamo, noi la riceviamo da Lui, perche’ osserviamo i Suoi comandamenti, e facciamo quelle cose che sono piacevoli alla Sua vista.

E questo e’ il Suo comandamento, che noi dobbiamo credere nel nome di Suo Figlio Gesu’ Cristo, ed amarci l’un l’altro, come Egli ci comando’. E colui che osserva i Suoi comandamenti dimora in Lui, ed Egli in lui. E con questo noi sappiamo che Egli dimora in noi, dallo Spirito che Egli ci ha dato.

Amati, non credete in ogni spirito, ma controllate gli spiriti se essi siano da Dio: perche’ molti falsi profeti sono andati fuori nel mondo. Con questo voi riconoscete lo Spirito di Dio: ogni spirito che confessa che Gesu’ Cristo e’ venuto nella carne e’ di Dio; ed ogni spirito che non confessa che Gesu’ Cristo e’ venuto nella carne non e’ di Dio; e questo e’ quello spirito dell’anticristo, del quale avete udito che deve venire; e proprio ora e’ gia’ nel mondo.

Voi siete di Dio, figlioli, e li avete sopraffatti: perche’ piu’ grande e’ Colui che e’ in voi, di colui che e’ nel mondo. Essi sono del mondo: pertanto parlano del mondo, ed il mondo li ascolta. Noi siamo di Dio: colui che conosce Dio ascolta noi; colui che non e’ di Dio non ci ascolta. Con questo noi conosciamo lo Spirito di verita’, e lo spirito dell’errore.

Diletti, amiamoci l’un l’altro: poiche’ l’amore e’ di Dio; e chiunque ami e’ nato da Dio, e conosce Dio. Colui che non ama non conosce Dio; poiche’ Dio e’ amore. In questo fu manifestato l’amore di Dio verso di noi, perche’ Dio invio’ il Suo unigenito Figlio nel mondo, che noi potessimo vivere per mezzo Suo. Qui e’ l’amore, non che noi amammo Dio, ma che Egli amo’ noi, ed invio’ Suo Figlio per essere la propiziazione per i nostri peccati.

Diletti, se Dio ci ha cosi’ amati, anche noi dovremmo amarci l’un l’altro. Nessun uomo ha mai visto Dio. Se noi ci amiamo l’un l’altro, Dio dimora in noi, ed il Suo amore e’ perfezionato in noi. Con questo noi sappiamo che noi dimoriamo in Lui, e Lui in noi, perche’ Egli ci ha dato del Suo Spirito. E noi abbiamo visto e testimoniamo che il Padre invio’ il Figlio per essere il Salvatore del mondo.

Chiunque confessera’ che Gesu’ e’ il Figlio di Dio, Dio dimora in lui, ed egli in Dio. E noi abbiamo saputo e creduto nell’amore che Dio ha per noi. Dio e’ amore; e colui che dimora nell’amore dimora in Dio, e Dio in lui. Qui e’ il nostro amore reso perfetto, che noi si possa avere confidenza nel giorno del giudizio: perche’ come Egli e’, cosi’ siamo noi nel mondo. Non vi e’ paura nell’amore; ma l’amore perfetto scaccia la paura: perche’ la paura ha tormento. Colui che ha paura non e’ reso perfetto nell’amore. Noi Lo amiamo, perche’ Egli per primo ha amato noi.

Se un uomo dice, io amo Dio, e odia suo fratello, egli e’ un bugiardo: poiche’ colui che non ama suo fratello che ha visto, come puo’ amare Dio che non ha visto?

E questo comandamento noi abbiamo da lui, che chi ama Dio ama anche suo fratello.

Chiunque creda che Gesu’ e’ il Cristo e’ nato da Dio: e chiunque ami Colui che ha generato ama anche Colui che da Lui e’ generato. Da questo noi sappiamo che amiamo la prole di Dio, quando noi amiamo Dio, ed osserviamo i Suoi comandamenti. Poiche’ questo e’ l’amore di Dio, che noi osserviamo i Suoi comandamenti: ed i Suoi comandamenti non sono pesanti. Poiche’ qualsiasi nasca da Dio vince il mondo: e questa e’ la vittoria che sconfigge il mondo, proprio la nostra fede.

Chi e’ colui che vince il mondo, se non colui che crede che Gesu’ e’ il Figlio di Dio?

Egli e’ Colui che venne con acqua e sangue, proprio Gesu’ Cristo; non solo con acqua, ma con acqua e sangue. Ed e’ lo Spirito che porta testimonianza, perche’ lo Spirito e’ verita’.

Poiche’ ci sono Tre che reggono la supremazia in Cielo, il Padre, la Parola, e lo Spirito Santo: e questi Tre sono Uno. E ci sono tre che portano testimonianza in terra, lo spirito, e l’acqua, ed il sangue: e questi tre concordano in uno.

Se noi accettiamo la testimonianza degli uomini, la testimonianza di Dio e’ piu’ grande: poiche’ questa e’ la testimonianza di Dio che Egli ha dato di Suo Figlio. Colui che crede nel Figlio di Dio ha la testimonianza in se’ stesso: colui che non crede in Dio ha fatto di Lui un bugiardo; perche’ egli non crede la testimonianza che Dio diede di Suo Figlio. E questa e’ la testimonianza, che Dio ci ha dato la vita eterna, e questa vita e’ in Suo Figlio. Colui che ha il Figlio ha vita; e colui che non ha il Figlio di Dio non ha vita.

Queste cose ho scritto a voi che credete nel nome del Figlio di Dio; che voi possiate sapere che avete vita eterna, e che possiate credere nel nome del Figlio di Dio. E questa e’ la fiducia che noi abbiamo in Lui, che, se chiediamo qualsiasi cosa secondo il Suo volere, Egli ci ascolta: e se noi sappiamo che ci ascolta, qualsiasi cosa chiediamo, noi sappiamo che avremo le petizioni che da Lui desideriamo.

Se qualche uomo vede suo fratello commettere un peccato che non e’ mortale, chiedera’, ed Egli gli concedera’ vita per coloro che peccano non mortalmente. C’e’ un peccato che conduce alla morte: io non dico che lui preghera’ per quello.

Ogni ingiustizia e’ peccato: e c’e’ un peccato che non conduce alla morte.

Noi sappiamo che chiunque sia nato da Dio non pecca; ma colui che e’ nato da Dio controlla se’ stesso, ed il maligno non puo’ toccarlo. E sappiamo che noi siamo da Dio, ed il mondo intero giace nel male. E sappiamo che il Figlio di Dio e’ venuto, e ci ha dato comprensione, che noi si possa conoscere Colui che e’ vero, e noi siamo in Colui che e’ vero, proprio in Suo Figlio Gesu’ Cristo. Questo e’ il vero Dio, e la vita eterna.

Figlioli, guardatevi dagli idoli. Amen.

P.S. – Dialogue between an Orthodox and a cretin.

GLOBE-HEADS IN PRIESTLY ATTIRES

August 16, 2017

NOTA BENE – The videos I’ve linked here and elsewhere are very useful and full of important information; however, about their authors, you must always remember what I’ve written here.

Eric Dubay, for instance, is not less spiritually deluded than those whose lies he exposes. His oddments of truth will be good for nothing if he keeps on denying the Truth. As long as he does it, he shares with his opponents in the big lie; his efforts will not overcome the perennial curse of this world: the fake struggle of thesis and antithesis, all of them produced and managed by the the prince of this world always towards a further step for men away from God and nearer their perdition.

Who is a liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son.

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For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

If certain priests of the Most High revered the Word of God with the same zeal with which they defend the scientific narrative that has hypnotized men in recent centuries, the whole Italy would become Orthodox within a decade.

Alas, zeal without knowledge brings no fruits, never, not even when it is put to the service of the enemy. The few paragraphs produced by our priest are a blaze of nonsense and apodictic statements, such as the one claiming that the theory of the mad ball wandering in a demential universe is supported by “millions of empirical evidence”.

The reality is that every verifiable experience tells us exactly the opposite. Anyone who is free from conditioning or bondage can easily check it by himself.

This is not the case for our priest, who will even refuse to give a glimpse to the world around him, in fear of annoying the idol possessing him. An idol that is pompously called “science,” but that’s actually a big, fat lie tied to the most formidable propaganda machine that ever existed.

An idol whose ridiculous oracles are unable to present a single empirical evidence in favor of their whirlgig, apart from assertions like “there are elves in my garden but they become invisible whenever someone else wants to see them”, or with the attribution of magical creative power to mathematical formulas.

Just so! The world has been filled with idiots who think that if a mathematical formula (a mere language) can describe something, then it can also create it or, at least, that something it desribes must be real. In short, it’s like pretending that Gandalf was created or is real just because Tolkien perfectly describes him.

The thing is not surprising, since their master has spent his entire existence aping God, whose Word is the only One who creates!

So much so that our priest doesn’t let us know a single one of those millions of evidences supporting his crazy ball. He just mentions “photographs and movies of all kinds”. Photographs and movies that anyone who has not sacrificed his brain (or his soul) to that idol knows very well to be nothing but computer graphics, “artist impressions”, photoshop and movie products (these last are of very poor quality; real movies, like “Gravity”, are much more likely).

The solemn defender of the scientific faith also throws in a heartfelt appeal to avoid subverting society. Wow! Indeed, telling the truth has always caused contortions and spasms to this world, which is based and maintained upon a systematic lying. However, it would have been better he had used more suitable words, such as “do not disturb the prince (of this world)”.

The Lord said He had not come to bring peace to the world, but a sword. It would be interesting to know what reaction our priest would have had to His Word, if he had lived when the Son of God walked among men. I hope he would not have ripped up his attires.

And when the Apostle teaches that the whole world lies in evil, what is the reaction of our priest? Has even the Apostle perhaps developed a “pathological dependence on conspiracy theories”?

And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.

Finally, our priest runs to seek relief for his beloved ball to John Sanidopoulos, about whose strange logic we have already had the occasion to wonder.

Even this time the character does not deny his role as guardian of worldly orthodoxy; he delights us with another superb show of rabbit logic. If you listen to his humbugs, you get the impression that the holy Fathers of the Church were all believers of the ball in never-ending top spin inside a demential universe, with the exception of Lattanzio and another I have never heard of (both are not holy Fathers, anyway). Not only that, he disputes that until a few centuries ago the belief in a flat earth, immovable, at the center of the universe, was almost universal.

Of course, the truth is exactly the opposite. Men have always believed, from the beginning of time and everywhere, in a flat earth, fixed and immovable at the center of the universe, with a few exceptions (Eratosthenes, Pythagoras and some other eccentrics), until a few centuries ago, when the mystery of iniquity began to embody and with implacable efforts succeeded in developing in men the abysmal idiocy necessary to believe in the nonsense so dear to our zealous guardian of scientific orthodoxy.

Incidentally, Colombo’s journey, just like Magellan’s circumnavigation, is perfectly feasible on a flat earth, whose map you can see below. In fact, they are feasible only upon a flat earth. Try navigating upon a ball, if you do not believe it.

Map of the World

Oh crap! I forgot the gravity …… that magical force that keeps attached to the mad ball trillions tons of rock and earth, gazillions liters of water (curved moreover, something never seen in nature) and a billions square miles of air (also kept neatly in layers), and billions of people and buildings upside down, everything rotating about it at a thousand miles an hour, but which benevolently lets itself be won by the fragile wings of a sparrow and also allows us to take a few hops now and then.

Well, simple idiocy is not enough to believe such a thing. It takes a flaming idiocy! An idiocy burning with devotion for the idol that requires such a belief.

At least when such belief has been pondered analytically a few days, instead of simply taking it for granted, as all of us have done, following the programming and mental hypnotism that today are called education and information. In fact, every man get a globe almost together with maternal milk.

With regard to the holy Fathers of the Church, not one of them has ever believed the nonsense that the orthodox guardians of the world’s spirit defend at the sword. There are not many of them who have dealt with the issue, but for the simple reason that it was not an issue.

These were all things taken for granted, considered obvious, self-evident, not necessitous of analysis, also because they are not immediately relevant to Christian faith and soteriology (while not lying, not deceiving, not being ashamed of the Word of God, not falling into the delusion that it’s possible to believe a little in God and a little in His enemies, are extremely relevant to them).

Nor have they ever felt the need to dogmatize the matter. It would have been like dogmatizing that hot water burns. The Holy Church dogmatizes when there are controversial matters, this has never been controversial until the (rather recent) advent of the scientific idol.

In any case, all the holy Fathers of the Church who have explicitly dealt with this matter have univocally taught the literal meaning of the biblical narrative of Genesis and of the world’s chronology. All of them have affirmed the earth as the immovable center of the universe, perhaps without using the word “flat”, for the simple reason that there was no need to do it. At that time, men had not yet been sufficiently deprived of the Logos to be able to believe that they lived on a mad ball.

Also, all of them who have examined the even more recent bullshit known as “Darwinian evolution”, have condemned it as heretical.

I challenge anyone to present evidence of the contrary!

Of course, there is no war between faith and science. The faith of Christians is in the Truth and the legitimate science can do nothing but to experience and confirm what is true. The war against Truth has been declared by the scientist idol erected by the enemy upon fables for feeble-minded adults and served also by those who should serve instead the altar of the Most High.

The only true thing said in the mental swoon of our priest is that idiots, like the poor, will be always with us, until the Day of Judgment. Some of them, in the inscrutable good pleasure of the Lord, are dressed in priestly attire.

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

ADDENDUM

As the lack of repentance leads men to be cut to their heart and to gnash their teeth at the truth, seeing that our good priest still bask in the strong delusion of understanding the Scripture, it’s a Christian duty to remind him a good lot of Scripture’s quotes , in order for him to turn back from the mermaids of this world and avoid its fate of destruction.

I have tried to regain my brother in private, I have been forced to rebuke him in front of witnesses too. Now I do it again, telling to the Church.

If he persists in taking easy comfort from the oracles of the scientist idol, lulling him with obscure language to rest in its worshipping and to keep on teaching that up is down and that black is white (and even red, if you want….) to Christ’s flock, he will be like a heathen to me.

Thus the Lord command, thus I do. The Lord will judge!

And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. – Genesis 1:6

And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years. – Genesis 1:14

Which alone spreadeth out the heavens, and treadeth upon the waves of the sea. – Job 9:8

Hast thou with him spread out the sky, which is strong, and as a molten looking glass? – Job 37:18

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. – Psalms 19:1

Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands. – Psalms 102:25

Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain. – Psalms 104:2

Thus saith the LORD, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the LORD that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself. – Isaiah 44:24

I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded. – Isaiah 45:12

Mine hand also hath laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand hath spanned the heavens: when I call unto them, they stand up together. – Isaiah 48:13

He hath made the earth by his power, he hath established the world by his wisdom, and hath stretched out the heavens by his discretion. – Jeremiah 10:12

The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him. – Zechariah 12:1

Behold, the heaven and the heaven of heavens is the LORD’s thy God, the earth also, with all that therein is. – Deuteronomy 10:14

Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens. – Psalms 148:4

For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water. – 2 Peter 3:5

Revelation 4:6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.

Revelation 15:2 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.

And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day. – Joshua 10:13

Fear before him, all the earth: the world also shall be stable, that it be not moved. – 1 Chronicles 16:30

The LORD reigneth, he is clothed with majesty; the LORD is clothed with strength, wherewith he hath girded himself: the world also is stablished, that it cannot be moved. – Psalms 93:1

Say among the heathen that the LORD reigneth: the world also shall be established that it shall not be moved: he shall judge the people righteously. – Psalms 96:10

Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever. – Psalms 104:5

Behold, I will bring again the shadow of the degrees, which is gone down in the sun dial of Ahaz, ten degrees backward. So the sun returned ten degrees, by which degrees it was gone down. – Isaiah 38:8

For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else. – Isaiah 45:18

The tree grew, and was strong, and the height thereof reached unto heaven, and the sight thereof to the end of all the earth. – Daniel 4:11

It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in. – Isaiah 40:22

Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them. – Matthew 4:8

And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. – Revelation 7:1

And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog, and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. – Revelation 20:8

When he prepared the heavens, I was there: when he set a compass upon the face of the depth: When he established the clouds above: when he strengthened the fountains of the deep: When he gave to the sea his decree, that the waters should not pass his commandment: when he appointed the foundations of the earth: – Proverbs 8:27-29

Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen. – Revelation 1:7

Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever. Thou coveredst it with the deep as with a garment: the waters stood above the mountains. At thy rebuke they fled; at the voice of thy thunder they hasted away. They go up by the mountains; they go down by the valleys unto the place which thou hast founded for them. Thou hast set a bound that they may not pass over; that they turn not again to cover the earth. – Psalm 104:5-9

And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all their host shall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the vine, and as a falling fig from the fig tree. – Isaiah 34:4

I stop here, but I could go on much longer.

On the other side, what is the number of verses in the Scripture that teach the earth is a mad spinning ball orbiting the sun, wandering meaninglessly in an infinite vacuum? Zero! However, perhaps you will find some in the Kabbalah…..

To all my brethren: you stand by the Word of God, lest you fall. If you take the Scripture as a footnote to the false and ludicrous teaching of this world, you have already fallen.

For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before.
Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.

Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

FEED MY SHEEP

July 12, 2017

The Holy, Glorious and All-praised Leaders of the Apostles, Peter and Paul.

John 21:15-25 Matins Gospel
2 Corinthians 11:21-12:9 Epistle, Apostles
Matthew 16:13-19 Gospel, Apostles

San Pietro e sanPaolo

Simone Pietro, un servo ed apostolo di Gesu’ Cristo, a coloro che hanno ottenuto la stessa preziosa fede insieme a noi attraverso la giustizia di Dio e del nostro salvatore Gesu’ Cristo: pace e grazia siano moltiplicate in voi attraverso la conoscenza di Dio, e di Gesu’ nostro Signore, nella misura in cui il Suo potere divino ci ha dato ogni cosa che pertiene alla vita e devozione, attraverso la conoscenza di Colui che ci ha chiamati alla virtu’ ed alla gloria.

Per mezzo del quale ci sono date promesse grandi e preziose all’estremo: che tramite queste voi possiate essere partecipanti della natura divina, avendo scampato la corruzione che e’ nel mondo a causa della concupiscenza.

Ed accanto a cio’, prestando ogni diligenza, aggiungete virtu’ alla vostra fede; ed alla virtu’ conoscenza; ed alla conoscenza temperanza; ed alla temperanza pazienza; ed alla pazienza devozione; ed alla devozione bonta’ fraterna; ed alla bonta’ fraterna carita’.

Poiche’ se queste cose sono in voi, e abbondano, esse fanno che voi non sarete ne’ sterili ne’ infruttuosi nella conoscenza di nostro Signore Gesu’ Cristo. Ma colui che manca di queste cose e’ cieco, e non puo’ vedere lontano, e ha dimenticato che egli fu purificato dai suoi vecchi peccati.

Per questo, confratelli, ponete piuttosto diligenza nel rendere la vostra chiamata ed elezione sicure; poiche’ se voi fate queste cose, non cadrete mai. Poiche’ in tal modo un’entrata vi sara’ servita abbondantemente nel regno eterno del nostro Signore e Salvatore Gesu’ Cristo.

Per questo io non avro’ la negligenza di non porre sempre queste cose al vostro ricordo, sebbene voi le sappiate, e siate ben fondati nella presente verita’. Si’, credo che sia opportuno, fino a quando saro’ in questo tabernacolo, di scuotervi ricordandovele; sapendo che tra non molto devo rimandare questo mio tabernacolo, proprio come nostro Signore Gesu’ Cristo mi ha mostrato.

Inoltre faro’ in modo che voi possiate sempre ricordarle dopo la mia dipartita. Poiche’ noi non abbiamo seguito favole astutamente concepite, quando vi abbiamo fatto sapere il potere e la venuta di nostro Signore Gesu’ Cristo, ma fummo testimoni oculari della Sua maesta’. Poiche’ Egli ricevette da Dio Padre onore e gloria, quando venne a Lui questa voce dall’eccellente Gloria, “Questo e’ il mio Figlio diletto, nel quale son compiaciuto”.

E questa voce che venne dal Cielo noi la udimmo, quando eravamo con Lui sul sacro monte. Noi abbiamo anche una piu’ sicura parola di profezia; alla quale voi farete bene a prestare attenzione, come ad una luce che rispende in un posto oscuro, fino a quando il giorno arrivi, e la stella del mattino sorga nei vostri cuori: sapendo innanzitutto questo, che nessuna profezia della Scrittura e’ di privata interpretazione.

Poiche’ la profezia non venne nei tempi antichi dal volere dell’uomo; ma santi uomini di Dio parlarono perche’ mossi dallo Spirito Santo.

Ma ci furono anche falsi profeti tra il popolo, proprio come ci saranno falsi maestri tra di voi, che segretamente introdurranno dannabili eresie, perfino negando il Signore che li ha riscattati, e porteranno una rapida distruzione su loro stessi. E molti seguiranno le loro perniciose vie; a causa loro la via della verita’ sara’ mal parlata. Ed attraverso la cupidigia essi con parole finte faranno mercanzia di voi: il cui giudizio ora da lungo tempo non indugia, e la loro dannazione non sonnecchia.

Poiche’ se Dio non risparmio’ gli angeli che peccarono, ma li scaravento’ all’inferno, e li consegno’ in catene di tenebra, da riservare per il giudizio; e non risparmio’ il mondo antico, ma salvo’ Noe’ l’ottava persona, un predicatore di giustizia, portando il diluvio sopra il mondo degli empi; e riducendo le citta’ di Sodoma e Gomorra in cenere le condanno’ in una caduta, facendo di loro un esempio per quelli che dopo dovessero vivere empiamente; e salvo’ solo Lot, vessato dai luridi discorsi dei malvagi: (poiche’ quell’uomo giusto dimorando in mezzo a loro, nel vedere e nel sentire, aveva la sua anima virtuosa oppressa ogni giorno dalle loro illecite opere); il Signore sa come liberare il devoto dalle tentazioni, e riservare l’ingiusto per la punizione nel giorno del giudizio; ma principalmente coloro che vanno dietro alla carne nella brama per l’impuro, e disprezzano l’autorita’. Presuntuosi essi sono, testardi, non hanno timore di parlar male delle dignita’.

Laddove gli angeli, che son piu’ grandi in forza e potenza, non portano inveendo accuse contro di loro di fronte al Signore. Ma costoro, come brute bestie in natura, fatte per essere prese e distrutte, parlano male di cose che non capiscono, e periranno completamente nella loro stessa corruzione; e riceveranno il compenso degli ingiusti, come coloro che hanno piacere nel gozzovigliare durante il giorno.

Macchie essi sono ed imperfezioni, dilettandosi nei loro stessi inganni mentre fanno banchetto con voi; avendo occhi pieni di adulterio, e che non possono fermarsi dal peccare; seducendo anime instabili: hanno un cuore esercitato con avide pratiche; figli maledetti: che hanno abbandonato la retta via, e sono andati alla deriva, seguendo la via di Balaam il figlio di Bosor, che amo’ il salario dell’ingiustizia; ma fu redarguito per la sua iniquita’: l’asino senza parola parlando con voce d’uomo proibi’ la pazzia del profeta.

Costoro sono pozzi senz’acqua, nuvole che sono trasportate con una tempesta; ai quali la caligine della tenebra e’ riservata per sempre. Poiche’ quando loro parlano grandi parole rigonfie di vanita’, loro allettano attraverso le brame della carne, attraverso tanta licenziosita’, coloro che erano puri scampati da quelli che vivono nell’errore. Mentre promettono loro liberta’, loro stessi sono i servi della corruzione: poiche’ da chi un uomo e’ vinto, dallo stesso egli e’ posto in servitu’.

Poiche’ se dopo essere scampati alla contaminazione del mondo attraverso la conoscenza del Signore e Salvatore Gesu’ Cristo, essi vi rimangono di nuovo impigliati, e vinti, la loro fine e’ peggiore di quanto fosse per loro l’inizio. Poiche’ sarebbe stato meglio per loro non aver conosciuto la via della giustizia, piuttosto che, dopo averla conosciuta, voltarsi dal santo comandamento consegnato loro. Ma e’ accaduto loro secondo il vero proverbio, “Il cane torna di nuovo al proprio vomito; e la scrofa che fu lavata al suo sguazzare nel fango”.

Questa seconda epistola, amati, ora io vi scrivo; come nella prima incito le vostre menti pure per mezzo del ricordo: che voi possiate ricordare le parole che furono in passato parlate dai santi profeti, ed i comandamenti di noi apostoli del Signore e Salvatore: sapendo innanzitutto questo, che negli ultimi giorni verranno dei beffeggiatori, camminando dietro le loro proprie brame, e dicendo, “Dove e’ la promessa della Sua venuta? Poiche’ da quando i padri si addormentarono, tutte le cose continuano come son sempre state dall’inizio della creazione”.

Per questo essi sono volutamente ignoranti del fatto che per la Parola di Dio furono i cieli all’inizio, e la terra sostenuta fuori dall’acqua e dentro l’acqua; per cui il mondo che allora era peri’, essendo sommerso dall’acqua: ma i cieli e la terra che sono adesso, da quella stessa Parola sono conservati, riservati per il fuoco nel giorno del giudizio e della perdizione degli uomini empi.

Ma, amati, non siate ignoranti di questa cosa, che un giorno e’ con il Signore come mille anni e mille anni come un giorno. Il Signore non e’ negligente riguardo la Sua promessa,  come alcuni uomini considerano la negligenza; ma e’ paziente verso di noi, non desiderando che alcuno perisca, ma che tutti vengano al pentimento.

Ma il giorno del Signore verra’ come un ladro nella notte, quando i cieli si dissolveranno con gran frastuono, e gli elementi si fonderanno con ardente fiamma, anche la terra e le opere che essa contiene bruceranno. Vedendo allora che tutte queste cose si dissolveranno, che tipo di persone dovreste voi essere in conversazioni tutte sante e devozione, cercando ed affrettandovi nella venuta del giorno di Dio, dove i cieli infiammati si dissolveranno e gli elementi si fonderanno con ardente fiamma?

Tuttavia noi, secondo la Sua promessa, attendiamo nuovi cieli ed una nuova terra, dove dimorera’ giustizia. Pertanto, diletti, vedendo che voi attendete tali cose, siate diligenti che possiate essere trovati da Lui in pace, senza macchia, e senza colpa.

E considerate che la gran pazienza del nostro Signore e’ salvezza; proprio come anche il nostro amato fratello Paolo nella saggezza che gli e’ stata data vi ha scritto; come pure in tutte le sue epistole, parlando in esse di queste cose; nelle quali vi sono alcune cose difficili da capire, che coloro che sono dimentichi ed instabili contorcono, come fanno anche con le altre scritture, verso la loro propria distruzione.

Pertanto voi, diletti, vedendo che sapete queste cose in anticipo, fate attenzione per evitare che anche voi, essendo trascinati dall’errore dei malvagi, cadiate dalla vostra propria perseveranza. Ma crescete nella grazia, e nella conoscenza del nostro Signore e Salvatore Gesu’ Cristo. A Lui sia gloria sia oggi che sempre. Amen.

THOU SHALT NOT MAKE AN IDOL UNTO YOURSELVES

July 3, 2017

Just recently someone wrote to me that he believed that the earth was flat and that dinosaurs never existed because their fossils had only recently been discovered. Yet the Psalms say that: ‘He hath made the round world so sure, that it cannot be moved’. To be very old-fashioned is not the same as following the Tradition, which is much more radical than being old-fashioned. Such extreme conservatism also has to be repented for.

Father Andrew Phillips has graciously conceded an interview to himself where he has stated the bizarre sentences quoted above.

The Psalms say the truth, of course. In fact, the world is round. It’s not a ball gone crazy though, the earth is a flat circle.

Map of the World

This is affirmed in countless other excerpts of the Scriptures, all of them the good father has forgotten to mention. The video below reports an extensive sample of them.

 

Apart from the unequivocal scriptural affirmation (the Word of God, you know), there is the univocal teaching of all the holy Fathers of the Church. All of them, I repeat, all of them teach that the earth is the flat and immovable center of the universe.

As for the dinosaurs, the current reported narrative about them is most certainly a hoax. Anyway, the Scripture mentions the Leviathan, so that gigantic animals can very well have existed (in fact, they exist even today), but for sure not hundreds of millions years before man. Before the good father thunders his indignation, I must warn him that the cronology of the world is unequivocally affirmed in the Scripture, Gospels included, and univocally teached by all the holy Fathers of the Church. All of them!

Evidently, the man of the correspondence believes as every single holy Father of the Church has believed.

We must therefore sadly conclude that this feminist priest who dared to ask repentance from the Holy Spirit is not the only one able to make such blasphemous demands.

In all truth, father Andrew is not so bold like another priest of the Most High, to whom also that corrispondence was addressed, a priest who’s dared to oppose to the Word of God and the Holy Tradition of His Church some freemasons, comparing moreover one of them, one of the most despicable, to the Holy and Glorious Prophet John the Baptist (the greatest of all born from a woman, according to our Lord). Father Andrew at least cited (vainly) a quote from the Scripture.

It must be said that, apart from the biblical and patristic guidance, common sense alone should be sufficient to dismiss ludicrous claims like men living upon a spinning ball, et similia. I’m sure that corrispondence provided plenty of resources to consider and analize, but to no avail. Priests of the Most High will not even look unto them, in fear to anger the universal idol to whom they reverently bow, pompously called science, but in fact a gross, crass lie united to the most formidable propaganda machine ever conceived to hide God and steal His creatures.

They will unquestionably worship the gravity, for instance, that magical  gigantic force able to keep attached to their beloved ball thousands of trillions tons of rock and earth, gazillions liters of water (curved moreover, something never seen in nature) and a billion square miles of air (also kept neatly in layers), and billions of people upside down, all rotating about it at a thousand miles an hour, but which benevolently lets it be won by the fragile wings of a mosquito and even allows us some little hop every now and then.

Idiocy is not enough to believe something like that, at least when you stop to take it for granted, as everyone of us has done (they give us a globe almost together with maternal milk), and start thinking about it.

A flaming idiocy is necessary to believe such a thing, an idiocy burning with devotion for the idol which requires such belief through its clownesque oracles.

Therefore, I am left with a question: are priests of the Most High God able to repent?

LET THERE BE LIGHT

June 3, 2017

Again and again on bended knees let us pray to the Lord.

Pentecost

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. 

But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. Therefore He says:

“Awake, you who sleep,
Arise from the dead,
And Christ will give you light.”

Refuse the Light, and you will end up in the outer darkness.

Se sia giusto di fronte a Dio dare ascolto a loro piuttosto che a Dio, giudicatelo voi!

 Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus

THE CROSS AND THE RESURRECTION

May 13, 2017

“Why did Jesus have to die?”

Presbytera Jeannie tries here to answer the question above from one of her students.

However, I would not say that simply stating that Christ had to die to destroy death answers satisfactorily the question of that student.

He could now ask: “Ok, but why God could not simply destroy death without Christ dying?”
He is the Almighty, after all.

Exactly, the answer is just that: He is the Almighty.  The Almighty has no use for slaves. What good slaves can be to Him Who may whatever He wishes?

The answer is in the fact that God cannot deny Himself. He made men in His image, and this means above all that He made us free, free to choose, and this freedom must be preserved at any cost.

Man must be free to choose life eternal, and life eternal is the voluntary submission to the will of God, out of love for Him and His statutes. It is the faith in God and His Word!

This willing submission, in spirit and truth, means the Cross in this world, which men have willingly delivered to the evil one. He died for our sins!

The Cross, that death, meant the destruction of death, because the perfect man (as Adam was called to be) is immune to its clutches.

The fallen man must die in order to avoid the perpetuation of evil and his perennial abode in sin. Death is a decree of mercy and imperium at the same time by God.

The perfect man had to die in order to be resurrected.

Christ, though sinless, had to die as a man in order to be resurrected, in the body, and free us from the bondage which subjects this world, because of the Fall, to the evil one, a bondage aptly summed up in a few words: the fear of death!

And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.

A sacrifice was necessary, indeed, a sacrifice for us, but to the satisfaction of nobody but us, our needs, and only in the measure that this satisfaction of our vital (in the true sense) needs is the good pleasure of God, then, to the satisfaction of God.

Death ought to be destroyed, but only in a way preserving our free choice, to join the Way (and this means the Cross in this world), teached by the Truth, to Life everlasting.

The perfect man was also the perfect God, because only the Son incarnated could accomplish that complete, voluntary and self-denying obedience.
No man after the Fall could do it.

As you know, the fall of logical beings, both angels and people, occurred through rebellion. When Christ came to bring back into balance that which had fallen, he did not deign, nor provide nor attempt nor decide to make that return by any other gate but that of obedience.

When Christ came, He had the power, as Lord of all to alter even the law of creation, because “He spoke and they were born, He commanded and they were made”. He is the craftsman. And yet, to prove the perfection of His Godly magnificence, He indicated that there should be a return to where the fall occurred. He was forced, therefore, to take on our own nature, to undergo a kind of selflessness that’s inconceivable for the thought process of logical beings and to persuade us, in practice, that our restitution could only succeed in this way.

Venerable Joseph of Vatopaidi

The perfect God had to become a man, because it was man who did need His salvation.

Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!

That glorification, in absolute humility, obedience and submission (to God, not to men), restored to mankind the Way shown by the Truth to Life, a hope of salvation.

Just a hope, as man must still choose, every man. God cannot deny Himself.

Life eternal is the Faith in a faithful God and His Son, His Word, the Conveyor of His Holy Spirit: our Lord Jesus Christ!

And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

Kristus ir Augšāmcēlies! Patiesi ir Augšāmcēlies!

April 15, 2017

The Holy Pascha of the Lord

Resurrection

Let God arise and let His enemies be scattered, and let them that hate Him flee from before His face. As smoke vanisheth, so let them vanish, as wax melteth before the fire. So let the sinners perish at the presence of God, and let the righteous be glad. This is the day which the Lord hath made; let us rejoice and be glad therein. 

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. Both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life

Kristus ir Augšāmcēlies! Patiesi ir Augšāmcēlies!

ХРИСТОС ВОСКРЕСЕ! ВОИСТИННУ ВОСКРЕСЕ!

CRIST’ E’ RESUSCITAT’! O’VERAMENT E’ RESUSCITAT’!

CRISTO È RISORTO! VERAMENTE È RISORTO!

ქრისტე აღსდგა! ჭეშმარიტად აღსდგა!

Holy Fire

LORD, REMEMBER ME IN YOUR KINGDOM

April 14, 2017

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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. For it is written:

“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.”

Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. 

For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.

Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

“He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.”

 For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.

AMERICAMINATION

December 7, 2017

In this article, which at OrthoChristian have published unedited, to their shame, the so-called Orthodox Church in America refers to the Christian Empire as “the Czarist Regime”.

We little ones of Christ are left wondering if the so-called Orthodox Church in America will ever learn to speak like a Christian does. For their sake, indeed, as if you don’t speak like a Christian you cannot possibly act like a Christian.

In case you wonder, Christians speak the truth!

THE ENTRY OF THE MOST HOLY THEOTOKOS INTO THE TEMPLE

December 4, 2017

Do we not see that a man becomes either a co-worker with God, or a destroyer of that which the Lord creates? Look, my dears, how dangerously we walk. You can be in the Church but not have God, and God punishes people for dishonoring Him and rejecting the Church. God’s salvific punishments last decades, intended to return their human hearts to God. And as a final warning to us the words of the parable of the vinedressers sounds out: Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof (Mt. 21:43).

Let us be especially attentive, my dears, creating and restoring now in great quantity man-made churches, and not forget the most important New Testament church of God—our hearts, called to serve God in Spirit and in truth. Do not forget that we are returning from captivity amongst foreigners, and do not forget our countrymen who fight for us and our Orthodox faith, sick, lame, and spiritually depleted. We were without God for a long, long time and now stand but at the threshold of the Church, which will sanctify us, but under one condition: if we want it.

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My dears! The grace of God gives us the present time for repentance. The love of God endures the disease of our unbelief. The Lord waits to gather us under His wings. Let us desire salvation, return to the Church of God with love and desire for Him, and return to God the temple of our hearts, that the bounties of the grace of God, imprisoned by our sins, and Heaven may be opened.

The Most Holy Virgin, the God-chosen maiden, the daughter of man, the first to open Heaven to us, becoming the mother of suffering and ailing mankind, is always ready to support, strengthen and guide in life, along the path of salvation, by her grace all who flee to her with faith and love.

“We magnify thee, O most holy Virgin, God-chosen Maiden, and we honor thine entry into the temple of the Lord.” Amen.

Father John Krestiankin

WAR CRIMINALS HAVE MADE ANOTHER VICTIM IN HAGUE

December 3, 2017

General Slobodan Praljak

General Ratko Mladic fell also victim, a few days before, of the kangaroo court based in Hague.

THE STRUGGLE OF RUSYN FOR CHRIST

December 2, 2017

This unique island of the Russian Orthodox Tradition in Europe, which has survived through the feats of blood and prayer cannot be overlooked. After the catastrophes of Hungarian Catholicism and Tartar Islam, Austro-Hungarian Uniatism and Czechoslovak-Constantinopolitan Modernism, Germano-Hungarian Fascism and Soviet-Ukrainian Communism, a window of opportunity has opened for the Rusin people to find their path. Their spiritual leader on that path will always be their Apostle, the twentieth-century saint, Schema-Archimandrite Alexis, and the holy confessors who struggled and suffered with him. This canonization surely marks the beginning of the glorification of the host of Carpatho-Russian saints and has broken through the wall of silence about Carpatho-Russia.

AMEN! AMEN!

December 1, 2017

Pocheav Lavra calls on Russian Council of Bishops to reject Crete Council.

Pochaev Lavra call on Russian Council of Bishops to reject the new catechism.

Photo: pochaev.org.ua

The Catechism of St. Philaret, Metropolitan of Moscow.