Seven Ecumenical Councils
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The continual, effective operation of Grace and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit in the Church is clearly shown in the holy councils of the Church. In these Councils, the Holy Spirit, as the "Conscience of the Church" guided and directed the holy fathers gathered in the truth and faith of Jesus Christ, as the Lord Himself had promised. The consent of the people themselves, both clergy and laity alike formed another link as to what is the "Conscience of the Church" because of the interaction of the Holy Spirit. The "Conscience of the Church" is a transcendent insight of divine force; it evaluates the decisions of the Synods (General Councils) and either places the seal to the formulation of disputed Truths or rejects all of its proceedings. The Church of Christ holds the vision of the entire Church - visible and invisible - which could foresee the errors of the assembly of bishops. Usually the official rejection of a synod is pronounced by another Synod that follows it, although this rejection is already consummated in the hearts and minds of believers universally.

Up to today, there have been eight Ecumenical Synods. The last one, at the time of Patriarch Photius, has not as yet been officially ratified and formally recognized) because no other Ecumenical Synod has since been held, because of the separation of the Undivided Church. However, this eighth Synod is already recognized as such by the "Conscience of the Church" - the consent of the people.

The absurdity of many Protestants (So-Called Fundamentalists, Born Again Christians, etc.) (refer to: The Fundamentalist Cult) today becomes clear when they arrogantly assert that the Holy Spirit failed to guide the "ancient Church," but that it now guides them in their contradictory and disharmonious beliefs (the Protestants). (Also See: What It Means to be a True Christian, and then explore the Creed of Faith)

In the first centuries, those who followed Our Lord Jesus Christ lived like brethren, comprising one Body: the Church, having one Head: Jesus Christ. Thus, when quarrels or misunderstandings arose, they resolved them by common agreement in a council of bishops and presbyters, upon the inspiration of the Holy Spirit (Acts 15:28-29). These meetings are called "Councils" (Acts 15:6-8).

During the time when the Holy Church was heavily persecuted in the Roman Empire, the councils were only local or regional. From the time of Constantine (Emperor), when the Church was freed from persecutions, however, general councils of the whole Church began to be convened, at which the bishops of the whole Christian world participated. Those general councils which were ratified as being truly Orthodox are known as "Ecumenical Councils". The word "Ecumenical" today has been appropriated by Protestants in such ways that the public in general normally think of "Ecumenical" as of Protestant origin when, in fact, it is not at all, but a misguided promotional angle to suit their own needs for what is actually a false church growth scheme. They are neither Canonical, nor even truly Christian; although there are many within them that are, in their hearts, Christian, following misguided contrived falsehoods.


Following the recognition of Christianity by Emperor Constantine, differences of opinion developed regarding the exact and correct doctrines which Christ had given to the church. Discord over these differences developed. Ecumenical Councils preached nothing new. They preached that which our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ and His Apostles taught. They did not compose dogmas, but only gave explanation to those expressed in the Holy Scripture of Jesus Christ's Gospel message. Thus, for example, the Symbol of Faith is drawn entirely from Scripture.

The main reason for convening Ecumenical Councils was to define and correct heresies or disagreements in the faith.

A firm believer in systematic standardization, Emperor Constantine called a meeting of the Bishops and Clergy for the purpose of settling the differences in beliefs and doctrines. Known as the First Ecumenical Council, this meeting was held in Nicea in 325 A.D. sometimes referred to as 1st Nicea. It was attended by three hundred and eighteen men of the clergy including every Eastern Bishop of importance and four Western Bishops. Subsequently, six other Ecumenical councils were convened.

At this First Ecumenical Council, the preeminence of Bishops of the three main centers of the Roman Empire (Rome, Alexandria and Antioch) was approved. As a mark of honor, the Bishop of Jerusalem was added. This council also condemned the heresy of Arius who denied the Divinity of Christ.

This first council proclaimed the true teaching concerning God the Father and God the Son, Jesus Christ. The council formulated canons regulating the church and drew up the first seven articles of the Creed.

At the Second Ecumenical Council, held at Constantinople in 381 A.D. (sometimes referred to as 1st Constantinople), the last five articles of the Creed were composed. The completed creed of twelve articles, which is the symbol of our faith and which is still being used, is called the Nicene Creed. The second council also rejected the teachings of Macedonius, condemning these teachings as a heresy against the Holy Spirit. Macedonius falsely taught that the Holy Spirit was created by God similarly to angels, being a spirit of a higher degree or order than the angels. At this council the words, "and in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of life," were included into the Symbol of Faith. The 150 Bishops who attended also granted preeminence to the Bishop of Constantinople. The reason for the preeminence granted to Rome, Alexandria, Antioch, Jerusalem and Constantinople in the first two councils was due to the fact that the cathedrals of the Bishops in those cities were established by the Apostles themselves. Rome was looked upon as the former capital of the world and Constantinople as the new seat of the empire.

In 431 A.D. the Third Ecumenical Council was held in Ephesus. This council condemned the heresy of Nestorius who taught that our Lord was only a man with the divinity abiding in Him like in a temple. Nestorius called the Virgin Mary the Mother of Christ and not the Mother of God. Nestorius refused to acknowledge Mary as "Theotokos" (bearer of God), but would call her only "Christotokos". Two hundred Holy Fathers attended this council.

The Fourth Ecumenical Council was held 451 A.D. in Chalcedon with 630 Holy Fathers attending. This council's great work was its definition of Jesus Christ as the Second Person in the Trinity as True God and True Man with His divine and human natures distinct without confusion and inseparably united in One Person. This council condemned the Eutychius party who taught that Jesus was God only and that His divine nature absorbed the human one. This council also decreed that the Patriarch of Constantinople was the single head of the church in Eastern Europe

In 553 A.D. the Fifth Ecumenical Council (sometimes referred to as 2nd Constantinople) convened at Constantinople with 160 church leaders attending. At this meeting the followers of Nestorius were excommunicated and their writings condemned. Nestorius taught that the Virgin Mary's title as Mother of God was erroneous. At this time, not only Nestorius, but Eutychius, Arius, Origen and others were reaffirmed as condemned for their errant teachings.

The Sixth Ecumenical Council, with 170 Holy Fathers attending, also met in Constantinople, in the year 680 A.D. (sometimes called the Council of Trullo). This council condemned the teachings of the Monotheists who acknowledged only the divine will of Christ while denying the human one. Also, this council dealt with moral questions, confirmed the canons of the various councils and the 85 Apostolic Canons, decreed that bishops shall not be married and that deacons and priests may not marry after their ordination. This council adjourned and reconvened in 691 A.D. at the Trula Palace. The council approved the canons of preceding councils.

The Seventh and last Ecumenical Council was convened by Empress Irene and was held at the site of the first council, Nicaea. This council took a stand against iconoclasm and defined the doctrine concerning images and their veneration (not worship) and ordered the images restored in churches; affirming and defined the veneration of holy ikons (icons). The personnel at this council was composed almost entirely of Byzantine representatives but Papal legates were also present. This council met in 787 (788 by some reckoning) A.D. with 367 attending. In the seven council meetings, about 2000 representatives of the undivided Christian church participated.

There was growing disagreement between Rome (Seat of the Roman Jurisdiction of the undivided Catholic Church) and the other Patriarchates.  But the separation of the Roman Jurisdiction of the Catholic Church did not take place until 1054 A.D. with the final break due to a breach over Filioque dogma.

There were other local councils convened since those times and which are also canonical, such as the famous "Palamite Councils" of 1341 and 1351, the Council of Jerusalem of 1583 and the Councils of Constantinople of 1583 and 1593, are examples.

Sectarians who claim to follow the Bible, while denying Christ's Church and its councils, are blasphemers of Sacred Tradition as originated in the Holy Bible (Scripture). These present day sectarians (Most, but not all who are Protestants) are like people who steal another person's passport, not considering that the validity of the passport rests upon the actual identity of the person to whom it was given, and that behind the passport, there is a birth certificate.  Some Protestants who are not a part of the cultic and heretical churches include, but not limited to those of the Anglican Orthodox, some Lutherans, etc.  One has to truly discern through study and evaluating each of the Protestant groups in order to discern who is and who is not truly "Christian" for those that are not true Christians include but are not limited to those known as: Church of Christ, Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons (known and called Church of Later Day Saints), Pentecostal, etc.  We must admit that with a sincerity of faith, their followers are not apprised of the reality (both spiritual and material) to which they have been cut off from being a part of that which was established by Jesus Christ and the Holy Apostles because their ministers or pastors are either uneducated themselves, and those that are have become more like the 'money changers' Jesus chased out of the temple.  Those they chased out are either after silver and gold or self-image as well as many things never before accepted by the ancient church.

The right of the Apostles and their descendants, the Apostles (or bishops) to order the Church, define its teachings and set the Divine Services, is quite clearly shown in the Book of the Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 15.

The authoritative body of the Orthodox Catholic Church from the East to the West remains the Ecumenical Synods of the One Undivided Church of the first thousand years, whose decisions have been preserved without change throughout its life, from the beginning of the Christian Church. The decisions of these Ecumenical Synods of the One Undivided Ecumenical Church have not been altered, changed or added to by the Orthodox Church.

There is no official formulated system or any authorized catechism of the Church which encompasses all the Truths.

Theologians and teachers have the freedom to study further and explore the various aspects of these Truths, thus achieving a greater perspective form which to express anew the Revealed Truths for the steadfastness of the faithful. The importance here is that these findings of the theologians and teachers are not new Truths, but one and the same Truths of Scripture and Sacred Tradition interpreted with greater simplicity and clarity. The gradual unfolding of a reveled is the result of devoted research and profound clarity in faith and practice which should not be isolated from the entire body of Revealed Truths.

In the Orthodox Church the "golden rule" OF INQUIRY into the Truths of Scripture and Tradition consists of two principles for research and life in which the theologian and scholar move. Not only do they have the authority of the Fathers of the Church and especially from the Ecumenical Synods of the Church; they have the freedom to explore further the mysteries of the Revelation of God to makes these Truths more clear. This freedom is a continuing opportunity for the clergy and laity of the Orthodox Church. With these rules in mind, the "authority with freedom" of the Church makes it the true Church which bears the Ecumenical character. The Orthodox Church (be it Russian Orthodox, Greek Orthodox, Armenian Orthodox, Serbian Orthodox, Ukrainian Orthodox, or even American Orthodox) is in fact the Apostolic and Ecumenical Church.

Thus, while there have been heated debates, and often vilification, as regards the study and teaching of some of the so-called "Lost Gospels" (i.e. - according to "Thomas," etc.); it is an exploration and attempt toward understanding of what exists through archeological findings in comparison with the primary Gospels of Jesus Christ according to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.  Such study or research is embodied in the "authority with freedom" of the church and her members to do so without fear of vilification or disenfranchisement.

Thus, we cannot reject those who follow the primary Ecumenical Councils in faith and practice as regards various decisions; and who come from a different Christian practice and teaching that is rather similar to, and incorporated in itself by divine action of the Holy Spirit through the Apostle Thomas (St. Thomas - one of the first 12 Apostles of our Lord), the Orthodox understandings as first coming from Jesus Christ and the Apostles. They received the Truths as they were handed down to it by the Apostles without altering their roots and meaning. Those St. Thomas Christian churches who adhere to the Seven Ecumenical Councils are indeed a part of the Orthodox Church, and American Orthodoxy.

It is the rule of "authority with freedom" by which the fathers and preachers spoke and handed down the same Truths, and also the formulated Truths by the infallible Synods during the time when the Church was One.

The fundamental principle of "authority with freedom" for the clergy and laity, the infallibility of the Church and of the General Assembly of Bishops, have been replaced by the Roman Catholic Jurisdiction of the West who make claim as being the only "Catholic" Church when, in fact, it is a branch of that which is the CATHOLIC Church that gave it birth from the times of the first Apostles of Jesus Christ.  It is for this reason that We, along with others, often refer to the "Vatican" or "Roman Catholic"  and such that is often and errantly defined and called "Catholic" by the news media as well as many secular politicians as the "ROMAN JURISDICTION OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH" for indeed, that is all that it is, even though it has been and continues to be, heading toward a downward spiral into Synchrestic Ecumenism, the One World Church and One World Government warned about by Holy Writ in the Apocrypha (Book of Revelation).

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Daily News is very important to those who are true Orthodox Catholic Christians.  For without knowing or gaining information for understanding about what is happening in one's local area and around the world, you could  find yourself faced with denied services in the secular area, lack of income, even (although it sounds far-fetched) ability to worship openly for the time is not far off when all will have to decide if they wish to follow the Anti-Christ through the One World Church and One World Government as prophesied by the Apocalypse, the Book of Revelation of St. John or follow the faith delivered once and for all which will cause for many to be denied the abilities to survive under those kind of conditions, causing for one to consider other options. 


Many of those who subscribe to, and some who have caused or are the cause for, these things to happen are involved in or with the Roman Jurisdiction of the Catholic Church (which is not the seat of all things "Catholic") as well as its protestant daughters such as the cultic Jehovah's Witnesses, the Pentecostal Churches, the Church of Latter Day Saints also known as the Mormon Church and far too many more to list. 


Yet, at this web site we do provide some of the reasons about why they are opined to be the harbingers of that which is prophesied in Holy Scripture for the bringing about of the End Times which we have already entered.  It is not necessarily their individual members or parishioners that should be blamed since they are only the "Sheep" and not the Shepherds... So do not think we castigate individual people of themselves as we castigate those "money changers" who Jesus Christ chased out of His Father's House as the Bible Describes; for they exist in these present times too.


Events are already rushing toward that time in which this is beginning to happen and will become more fully wide-spread. In these present times all you need to really do is look around both your local and larger areas as to what is really on-going through.  Things so very little or miniscule that they are barely noticeable except to the more informed observer may become apparent. 

Those little things are the laws of the land, economics, politics, the degrading and erosion of those rights and liberties afforded by the Constitution of these United States of America and many other things such as the manner with which entertainments have taken over much of the populace, entering into and becoming a major focus in worship, and more. 

We ask you, if you don't want to believe us... Have you heard, seen or found what is termed (of the many terms being used) that there are "holding areas" or "camps" or "Closed/Fenced communities" being built by GOVERNMENT? 

Here in North America, especially in the United States of America, we must admit that what Russia has come out of (a communistic, atheist country) we are entering into.  And one last thing that needs also to be understood... Something very important to those of you who are "Catholic" in the Roman sense of its jurisdiction....   And, we believe this also holds true for many who are "Orthodox" whether "Eastern" or "Western"....

[ * Non-Denominational = Synchrestic Ecumenism, Disease of Scholasticism, altering the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ to accommodate the disease of Political Correctness and CULTIC PROTESTANTISM, and the Roman Jurisdiction (Latin Church = Vatican) of the Catholic Church) breaking of - or failure and refusal to respect and abide by  - the ancient Seven Ecumenical "Do Not" Canons which leaves everything else open to God's gift of creativity... failure & refusal to abide by and have respect for those who diligently protect one of the other Pillars of the Church, the Seals of the Confessional, but "Non-Denominational" also includes worshiping Satan's religion of Muslim, Islam by praying with them and other heretics such as 'Pentecostalism,' 'Jehovah's Witnesses,' 'Mormons,' 'Church of Christ,' any so-called church with "Community Church" in their nomenclature and others who by their false and misleading dogmas and doctrines are actually against the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ upon whom and for exacting reason we are called "Christian" in both spirit and truth from which non-denominational protestant sectarian claimants have departed from as being so-called Christian] Only a skilled spiritual father can help you!

Remember: You cannot ride two horses or serve two masters for one of them will be harmed by your thoughts, your very words and your actions which is to blaspheme the Holy Ghost (Spirit) who will depart from you.  And when the Holy Spirit departs, the great deceiver (unbeknownst to you) will rush in to fill the void under disguise of being the Holy Spirit!  Testing of the Holy Spirit to insure it is the Holy Spirit does not, for many a Sectarian Protestant and Roman, work because the Great Deceiver (Satan) is most skilled in worming and snaking his charms around your mind and heart to feign being the Holy Spirit.  Remember, Satan has the same gifts similar to the Holy Spirit but Satan's gifts are UN-HOLY and lead all who accept him (unbeknownst to you) to perdition.


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"I understand the idea of sodomy and homosexuality, but to say that homosexuality is not a sin is incorrect and not just in my mind but all of Orthodoxy and again, not just in Orthodoxy but all of Catholicism and again, not simply all of Catholicism but all of Christianity with the exception of those who have this in their personal life as sin or are very close to someone who does. Celibacy or Married Life is the ultimate ideal.  For both Homosexuality and Heterosexuality are truly sinful if... and below is the hard part of this understanding..." (Ed. Note: We have never said "homosexuality is not a sin or okay... however, there are those who, being homosexual, are that way for a variety of reasons.  Jesus Christ talked of these kinds as referring to Eunuchs.  The conversion tactics employed by many other groups, bespeaks of a "politics" that is not wholly honest either spiritually or even materially.  For, in their endeavors they have failed to show forth the truth that one is driven into a "closet" style of life.  It is better, we believe, to become wholly celibate, be it a homosexual or even heterosexual... and to learn what "celibacy" really means and requires).


If a man looks on a woman who is not his wife with lust, he has sinned. If he and she are married to other people he has committed adultery. If a man looks at a man with lust he has sinned the same as a man who looks at a woman. Sodomy does not have to enter into it, lust for someone is a sin by itself and must be removed. But people do this all day long to be sure but it is still a sin. To say that homosexuality and heterosexuality are not a sin due to their lusting, allows both heterosexuals and homosexuals to live in sin without repentance and this is wrong to do to them spiritually.


It is for the sake of their own soul that one has to recognize sin that is in them and not to excuse it regardless of the sin or the preference of the sinner. Sodomy is indeed a sin regardless of what any one may tell you, the act of attraction or the lust is a sin even without action and simply must be repented of by both heterosexuals and homosexuals. I must also add this; woe to all who misguide others into sin and especially those who are of the clergy who do this. For the sake of your own soul and others, you must recognize this and repent. I know that it is not easy to overcome and if it is never overcome then one must live a life of constant repentance, that is the only choice.

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