Sex Offenders In the Pew?

 

Sex Offenders in the Pew
How churches are ministering to society's most despised.

Marian V. Liautaud

The first time Craig read the Bible was two decades ago, when he was in a county jail. "I'm a voracious reader, and after I had read all the paperbacks in the unit, I finally picked up the Bible and devoured it in four days."

When the prison chaplain asked Craig if he was willing to accept Christ as his Savior, he answered with a question: "Would Christ accept me?" Craig (who asked that his real name not be used) was serving a sentence for multiple sexual assault and abuse—crimes he committed against his young daughter and another girl.

Anglican theologian N. T. Wright states in Simply Christian that every society has one unforgiveable sin. Many would argue that the unforgiveable sin today is the sexual abuse of children.

Craig accepted God's pardon for his unforgiveable sin through Christ. He has been living under grace since then, but he still struggles with the consequences of what he did. "No one ever grows up thinking they're going to become a sex offender," he says. "One of God's greatest gifts is a child's innocence. I live with the knowledge that I destroyed this in these girls' lives."

The U.S. Department of Justice's Sex Offender Registry includes the names and locations of 549,000 persons convicted of or charged with sex crimes. The odds are that if you are reading this article, you have come into contact with a sex offender or a victim, whether you know it or not. This in itself may account for the emotionally charged responses to sex offenders.

"Lust, like any addiction, is inherently selfish," Craig says. "It puts walls between you and everyone else because you learn to objectify people. It robs you of the thing that makes you human."

Prison gave Craig time to examine his sin. "In group therapy, I was able to discuss every aspect of my crimes—how I had digressed to committing them and what my cycle of offending was. No more victims—this was my mantra in prison, and it continues today."

Post-prison, Craig has found in the local church support for recovery from what he calls "addiction to lust." For several years, he served as a small group volunteer for a sex addictions ministry at a large church. Today, he and his wife are in the process of changing churches. Before doing so, Craig made an appointment to meet with his new pastor to inform him of his past.

"I never want to blindside church leaders and have them hear from someone else, 'Hey, did you know he is on the sex offender registry?'" Craig said. "I know that not everyone is able to accept me and my past as a sex offender, and I respect their feelings. Rejection is one of the consequences of my sin." Craig awaits the pastor's verdict.

Nationwide, church leaders are facing the same dilemma as Craig's pastor: how to help restore and incorporate into church life persons who have served time for heinous crimes, while keeping the church safe.

Pastor and author Dick Witherow aptly refers to the sex offender as "the modern-day leper" in his 2009 book by the same title. When Florida became one of the first states to pass laws restricting where released sex offenders can live, Witherow expanded his prison ministry to help the shunned population with the re-entry process. He first opened a ranch for sex offenders, but a change in zoning laws forced him to close the facility. Undaunted, Witherow found a set of duplexes surrounded by sugar cane fields in rural Palm Beach County. He renamed it Miracle Village.

Today, a colony of 69 sex offenders and old-time sugar company workers and their families live side by side well "outside the camp" in one of the nation's wealthiest counties. On Sundays they attend the church where Witherow is senior pastor, as well as classes three days a week on anger management, relationships, and life skills.

"Sex offenders can change just as an alcoholic or drug addict can change," contends Witherow. He quotes 2 Corinthians 5:17 to support his belief: "If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!"

He is on a mission to educate people and undo the hysteria that has built up around sex offenders. While the government's focus is on creating laws to restrict those who have been prosecuted, Witherow says, "When you look at recidivism rates for criminals, sex offenders are the least likely to reoffend." That is true if offenders are part of a thoroughgoing accountability system (more about that below).

Beyond Risk Management

A new national survey reveals that most pastors, church staff, and lay leaders endorse Witherow's goals, but not necessarily all of his methods.

In April 2010, Christianity Today International (CTI) conducted a national survey of 2,864 people, including ordained church leaders (15 percent), church staff (20 percent), lay members (43 percent), and other active Christians (22 percent). Respondents were drawn from the readers of CTI publications and websites. The purpose of the "Sex Offenders in the Church" survey was to explore attitudes and beliefs on whether to allow sex offenders to participate in faith communities. The survey explored what practices churches use to keep their congregations safe when sex offenders are welcomed.

Pastors, lay leaders, and churchgoers overwhelmingly agree that sex offenders who have legally paid for their crime should be welcomed into churches. In fact, 8 in 10 respondents indicated that registered offenders should be allowed to attend church under continuous supervision and subject to appropriate limitations.

Ian Thomsen, church administrator for Arvada Covenant Church in Arvada, Colorado, says, "If we can reach out to sex offenders, and through our efforts change their lives for the better and take a significant risk away from society, we see this as a tremendous challenge—but what a wonderful challenge. We want to take it on."

"Jesus said there's no unforgiveable sin except blasphemy of the Holy Spirit," says Mark Tusken, rector of St. Mark's Church in Geneva, Illinois. "Now that doesn't mean we want to condone sexual crimes. We're not out to hang a shingle that says Sex Offenders Not Welcome any more than we want to hang a shingle that says Come, Y'All. But my prayer has always been that St. Mark's would be a safe place—a place where people can come because they sense the refuge of Christ here.

"That means parents can come without even giving a thought about something happening to their kids, but also that somebody with a sex offense in their past ought to be able to come and fit in and not be judged." In the 16 years that Tusken has overseen his congregation, he has known of only one convicted sex offender attending.

According to the survey results, 2 in 10 respondents said they are aware of a church attendee or member who had been convicted of a sex offense. More than half of the time (55 percent), church leaders learned of the offender when he or she directly informed the pastor. Thirty-four percent of respondents said someone from the congregation, often another leader, tipped them off. This was the case for Tusken.

"When I accepted the call to lead St. Mark's, I asked the outgoing rector if there were any skeletons in the church's closet—any pedophiles, embezzlers, anyone I ought to know about. He revealed that there was one man in the congregation who they had learned from a visitor had been convicted for a sex offense."

Equipped with this information, Tusken decided to befriend this person and to establish better accountability. "For the past 16 years, I've had breakfast with this man once a month. Within a year of meeting, he told me what had happened. I took that as a great sign of health on his part, that within a year of us meeting he came to me and told me the problem." The individual also honors the church's policy of never being alone with a child.

Tusken feels good about this person being a part of his church, because of his repentant attitude, the number of offenses he had been convicted of (one), and the years since the offense had occurred (13 years prior to Tusken's tenure at the church).

The vast majority of survey respondents (83 percent) say that signs of a repentant attitude is the number one determining factor in whether an ex-offender should be welcomed into the church.

Trust, But Verify

While church leaders are looking for clues that reveal a broken and contrite heart, sex offenders are notoriously good liars. Anna Salter, a clinical psychologist who consults on sex offenders and victims, offers a word of caution in her 2003 book Predators: Pedophiles, Rapists, and Other Sex Offenders:

"Decades of research have demonstrated that people cannot reliably tell who is lying. Many offenders report that religious people are even easier to fool than most people."

One molester, who was himself a minister, told Salter, "I considered church people easy to fool. They have a trust that comes from being Christians. I think they want to believe in people."

"What makes fooling us so easy is not the worst in us," says Salter. "It is often the best." For too long, church leaders have erred on the side of trust instead of insisting on good boundaries and best practices to expose harmful behavior.

'Sex offenders can change just as an alcoholic or drug addict can change.'—Dick Witherow, pastor and author

"One of the great things that Jesus said is, 'I am the light of the world.' I want to live into that," says Tusken. "I want his light to shine in the dark places of the abuser's heart and in the hearts of the abused."

St. Mark's lets its light shine—in every corner of its building. A recent remodeling project added interior windows to every room. A sign by the front door states the church's safety policies, and more than 300 adults in the church have gone through its child protection training program.

In southeast Michigan, Laura Kubenez, child protection program director at Woodside Bible Church, looks at the facts, plus the offender's words and actions, when making decisions about allowing him or her to attend one of the megachurch's six satellite locations.

"We sit down and create a covenant agreement with the offender," says Kubenez. "The terms of this agreement are based on two things: what their offense was, and how we feel they are doing in their journey toward recovery."

Under the Freedom of Information Act, Kubenez is able to examine court documents to learn the facts of an individual's case. "We tell offenders that it's not our place to be the judge and the jury; we base our decisions on what the courts say."

She then enlists the help of lay professionals in the church trained in criminal justice. "We have a defense attorney, a prosecuting attorney, a child court advocate, some child psychologists and psychiatrists, and retired police officers," Kubenez says.

"Cooperation is absolutely mandatory," she adds, "or you won't be allowed to attend our church." For example, Woodside needs to agree on what conditional attendance will look like. According to Arvada's Ian Thomsen, this was his church's biggest sticking point.

"One of our church's ministries had 'adopted' a low-income apartment building and was spending a lot of time tutoring the kids and engaging in all sorts of activities with the residents. We invited these folks to church, and we even provided transportation. Then I found out that a couple of the people who were coming were registered sex offenders."

Although a lot of issues factored into how to handle their attendance, Arvada's council agreed on one thing: "We all wanted to minister to them. We feel that they are probably among the neediest in terms of finding Christ and being coached and mentored by Christians."

Arvada Covenant got bogged down on whether offenders should be chaperoned in church at all times. "Do we have escorts for these people? That was probably the most contentious question," Thomsen says. Half of the church council felt that escorts would be too intrusive. The other half (Thomsen included) insisted on them to protect children and youth.

"We have children and youth all over the place, and a person would have unlimited, unsupervised access to kids. I just couldn't bear the thought of that happening," Thomsen says. In the end, it took about six months for Arvada Covenant to agree on and adopt a sex offender conditional attendance policy.

Redemption Road

Is it worth the effort to include registered sex offenders in local churches? Wouldn't it be easier to exclude them, even though 95 percent of sex offenders are eventually released from prison?

A majority of the CTI survey respondents believe exclusion may be justified, but not for the sake of convenience. Sixty-six percent would consider excluding registered offenders if their victims attend the same church. Sixty-one percent, before permitting an offender to attend church, said they would review the offender's probation terms and criminal record.

In addition, 62 percent of survey respondents say they are either not sure or do not believe a sex offender can be rehabilitated to the point where they no longer pose a threat to others.

The Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, the largest professional organization on treating sex offenders, states on its website that "although many, if not most, sexual abusers are treatable, there is no known 'cure.' Management of sexually abusive behavior is a lifelong task for some sexual abusers." The organization says repeat sexual crimes can be reduced significantly through prevention, assessment, treatment, supervision, and collaboration involving all parties. Based on the survey, church leaders said churches want to be one of the parties in the re-entry and prevention process.

But why do nearly a quarter (24 percent) of surveyed leaders report that they are doing nothing to provide a church-based recovery ministry to people with sexual addictions? Further, nearly half (49 percent) provide referrals to other ministries.

Miracle Village's Witherow says, "Most churches are not equipped to handle the negative environment that has been created in how we perceive sex offenders."

Don Bryant, former pastor of a small congregation outside Boston, has his theories too. "In my 30-plus years as a minister, I have never asked someone to leave the church because their redemptive process was too messy. But what I learned in trying to work with a sex offender at our church is that you need more of a critical mass of people invested in recovery as a ministry."

With only about 75 members in his congregation, Bryant said there were just not enough people to sustain the level of care and attention the sex offender's presence required.

When the church dwindled to 35 people, Bryant went to his church board and suggested they close their doors. Although those who left the church never admitted it, Bryant sensed a diminished energy among them for having to deal with the offender.

"The sex offender is the broken and bruised man," says ex-offender Craig. "He is isolated by the nature of his crimes. To come alongside and reflect Christ through accountability and assistance, to offer mentorship—these would be the most helpful things a church could do. But most churches don't even want to talk about sex, much less sex offenses. And yet to have someone to talk to honestly and openly about their struggles—that's what being a Christian is all about."

Another reason many churches don't have recovery programs may be that they simply do not have a working model. But one group may have cracked the code.

A New Model

In 1994, the Mennonite Central Committee in Canada created a program that models a simple and effective gateway into society for ex-offenders. Circles of Support and Accountability (COSA) began as a pilot project in Ontario. Its mission: to reduce the risk of re-offense and ease offenders back into society.

A 2007 study of COSA groups across Canada showed that offenders who participated in the program had a significant reduction in recidivism in contrast with a matched comparison group. Today, COSA is being established in all of Canada's provinces, and several U.S. states have also begun implementing the program.

In February 2007, Clare Ann Ruth-Heffelbower, a Mennonite pastor, won a $290,000 grant from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to develop COSA through Fresno Pacific University's Center for Peacemaking and Conflict Studies. Approximately 100,000 sex offenders are registered in California. In Fresno County alone, 250 prisoners are paroled each month. Up to 30 of them may be sex offenders. Like the Canadian original, the Fresno COSA is faith-based and built around volunteers, which, Ruth-Heffelbower says, is the genius of the program.

"When the community takes responsibility for its own safety and for assisting offenders to live productive lives, healing for all involved can occur in powerful ways," she says.

Each COSA circle works with one off ender and begins with weekly meetings, generally at a church.

A COSA circle includes one "core member," a title she says is used to help the offender build a new identity based on something other than his or her criminal past. Three to four volunteers from the community serve as "circle members."

"It doesn't take a particular expertise," Ruth-Heffelbower says. "One circle includes a housewife, a student, and a retired person. But community circle members must be stable, mature, emotionally healthy, and available. They should be … willing to meet regularly and walk with a core member through the ups and downs of life, be ready to confront if necessary, and help him celebrate when good things happen."

Each circle works with one offender and begins with weekly meetings, generally at a church. Circle volunteers provide practical, physical, emotional, and spiritual support for at least one year. Some circles continue for years. Ten are now operating in Fresno, and more are being formed.

The key to COSA's success is simplicity. It follows two guiding principles: no more victims, and no one is disposable. But simple doesn't mean easy. "We get referrals primarily from state parole. We want the offenders who are considered high-risk with physical, emotional, spiritual, or other needs who do not have support from family, friends, or other sources," says Ruth-Heffelbower—"the ones people are scared of."

Initially, a circle group evaluates a core member's parole. "Sex offenders' parole agreements are more extensive than others," she says. "If you don't know what they are, you can't help them stay accountable, or you might inadvertently help them break parole."

COSA is designed to serve as one piece of an offender's successful re-entry into society. The model is based on relationships with individual offenders who want to change their lives. It does not necessarily substitute for a church. "My bias is that ultimately it's better for our core members to be part of a church, but the challenges of this are pretty great," says Ruth-Heffelbower. "Groups like Celebrate Recovery feature worship time and sharing. In many ways, the recovery groups become church for these people."

Competing Interests

What motivates church and ministry leaders to invest in the recovery of sex offenders? In so many words, leaders told CTI that it could be a deeply enriching experience to work with sex offenders committed to church-based recovery.

"God put them on my doorstep when I wasn't looking for them," says Ruth-Heffelbower.

"The experience of sitting in a room with a sex offender and hearing him say how much he appreciates being part of a circle of people who will be his friends is moving. It gives me energy."

Witherow says he is called to minister to everyone, but that he's been given "a special unction for sex offenders, because not many will serve them."

Churches face significant competing interests when dealing with sex offenders in their midst. While Craig understands these challenges, he holds out hope—for himself and all sex offenders who want to be part of a faith community—of finding more people with Witherow's special unction.

"I never will reach the point where I don't identify myself as a sex offender," Craig says. "If I'm not to have any more victims, then I have to remember my past as a lesson for my future, especially from the standpoint of receiving God's grace."

Craig notes that most sex offenders commit crimes against a family member. The vast majority of sexual abuse is committed within homes, not by strangers lurking in bushes. About 5 percent of sex offenders suffer from significant mental illness. Cognitive behavioral techniques can teach the offender to control his thoughts and behaviors to prevent future crimes.

Based on Craig's interaction with other sex offenders in prison, he says their crimes are less frequently part of a larger pattern of committing crimes. "We don't want to do it again. We're looking for redemption—hope—that we will be able to successfully interact in society."

Craig experienced Christian redemption and salvation within the walls of a prison. To find it in the real world? That's the grace the church is powerfully able to offer.


N.C. Court Upholds Sex Offenders' Right to Worship | When extending grace and protecting 'little ones' clash. (January 6, 2010)

Modern-Day Lepers | Churches try to balance grace and accountability toward sex offenders. (December 3, 2009)


Blessings to all of you who are my Spiritual Children in the Vineyard

and to all of you who view this message…

 

    Like soaring eagles we can rise above ourselves and do good or bad for God the +Father, the +Son, and the +Holy Ghost (Spirit) Who gave each one of us FREE WILL. 

 

    In as much as we are born with original sin, it does not mean that even after baptism we need to give in to the Evil One who corrupted our first parents, Adam and Eve.  Yet, as human beings, we are prone (in this life) to err by our thoughts, our very words, even our actions or deeds.

 

    As we grow to adulthood we are imbued with many things appropriate to our individuality, our beliefs and what we were provided by our earthly parents.  Sometimes this is a very good thing, sometimes it is not... For instance... If there was abuse in the home where the father beat up on the mother in front of the child(ren) there will be obvious consequences later on in each child's life for the memory, no matter how hard one attempts to blot it out, such will have an affect on the child in their adult life's parenting skills.  It is actually up to the child who has reached adulthood as to whether they will or will not be purposefully on guard to keep them from doing what was done by the offending parent.  Remember the biblical injunction that the sins of the father is visited on the child?  Well, in inimical ways, that is a very true statement no matter how hard one really tries to be ON GUARD!  The "sins" will show up in other ways, not necessarily the way in which it was manifested in the child.

 

    That too will have an affect on the way a child, who has reached adulthood, will process thoughts, ideas, their own actions in child rearing.  Another example of these many things, although not detailed because of lack of time and space on these pages to delve into the psychological reasoning is that of how a child who, in adulthood is now married and both spouses decide that they came from a home (not necessarily "house" for the words "home" and "house" actually have different meanings although society has opted to abuse the words...) life, upbringing where their parent(s) were too strict in keeping the house clean.  They oft times refer to their parent(s) as having been "Clean freaks".  In this example we can revisit their upbringing and see that while the parent(s) were not necessarily "clean freaks" but more concerned in using that as a tool to aid the child in mental processing of information (an unconscious action by the parents)... and as a tool to aid the child to ensure that in adulthood there will be concern for health issues in maintaining a clean environment as well as a happy home.  These are just some examples and are not extensive in themselves. 

 

    So, the children, now married, both decide they will not let their children be controlled by them or have them think of themselves in the same way that they thought of their parents.  Therefore they do not keep or maintain a clean environment or use those tools that their parents used to teach them and help them.  What happens?  One thing leads to another and another, etc.

 

    Now we come to where some of those children who have reached adulthood have memories of an abusive home and themselves have set up in their unconsciousness a thought that rides and hides in the recesses of their minds.   They do not marry!  They actually stay single although having many partners along the way and, in some instances, having many children whether known or unknown...

 

RELIGION AND HERETICAL THEOLOGIES IN CHILD RAISING

 

    We now come to the crux of parents in these present times.  For there are many of them, especially those of the backwoods whose mentality has grown abysmally ignorant for the lazy ways of life.  They pass this on to their own children.  They go to the groups or so-called churches that give them the "feel good" sensations about their so-called faith.  Who are these groups or so-called churches?  They are the the ones we've talked about before: Pentecostals, Jehovah's Witness, Assemblies of God, Mormons (not so bad, but pathetically ignorant of spiritual and historical truth with no reasoning of true import as to their heretical theology) for there too is mammon, self image with such to enliven their congregations to believe a lie as truth and truth as lie while using the many churches and worship areas of the Roman Jurisdiction of the Catholic Church in many prison settings (California Prisons are one of them), for their use; all having one common trait; falsehood, error, unbelief in the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ, more often than not, teaching their people that which is an 'entertainment' and 'feel good' approach without requiring them to learn what true spiritual struggle out of pain of heart for the faith will bring to those who hold fast.  This has become true of the Roman Jurisdiction of the present day 'Roman Catholics' who, unknowing to themselves, have been errantly lead to believe that the only "Catholic" is a Roman Catholic without knowing true historical truth.  Thus, many of the back-wood types such as those coming out the prison system share much in common with the Pentecostal and Assemblies of God types of so-called churches for they do not want truth to be known thus systematically through verbal assaults, beat up on those who do teach truth, as a means to show the numerous errors or lies of their heretical theologies that are not based, root, ground, and branch in that which is today known and called "Orthodox Catholic Christianity" especially as regards the Pillars of the Church which are centered and based in Holy Scripture such as the Seals of the Confessional that many Roman clergy are more and more departing from upholding in spirit and in truth.  They cannot see the allegorical because their eyes have been blinded by God as Jesus Christ has said would be done to them in His time and time to come, which is continuing even in these days...

 

    As a result we have those of the Pentecostal and Assemblies of God congregational members sometimes going out of their way to besmirch and defame even more so those who have taken prison sentences and/or gone to their death to uphold the true Pillars of the Church.  They have bitten into and accepted the disease of Synchrestic Ecumenism of which the very Bishop of Rome has accepted (both them and their heretical bags and baggage) as has the Pope before him when John Paul bent down on his knee to worship with the Dali Lama before the Statute of Buddha which was allowed to be placed on top of the Holy Tabernacle in which the Consecrated elements of Christ's Body and Blood were contained in... as though Buddha was above Jesus Christ and equal to or more than being true God in the +Father, the +Son, and the +Holy Ghost! 

 

   Thus the back wood types we have so far referenced and especially those of the Pentecostal and Assemblies of God Church ministers have gone out of their way to continue with the shrill sound of negativity in their television and radio programs to shout loudly against all things "Catholic" without regard (for many are unaware of the differences) of what constitutes "Orthodox Catholic Christianity" versus "Roman Catholic Christianity". 

 

    The Pentecostals do not want you to  recognize and realize that theirs is NOT a true Christian Faith but a faith based on 85% Old Testament beliefs that have little to no commonality with the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ (Remember, Pentecostals do not have to 'ordain' as it is commonly accepted, so much as have someone acceptable to the congregation to start their church to become a so-called 'minister' and believe in the tenets of Pentecostalism.  Their power operates similarly as the Imams of the Satanic religion of Islam (Muslim)).  They squint and squirm when the very subject of Jesus Christ chasing the money changers out of the Temple (His Father's House) which is proof, by action, of the mammon and greed associated with worship in those times.  Has it changed today? Not really... take a look at the Roman Jurisdiction of the Catholic Church!  Take a look at the pockets full of wealth of both Pentecostals and Romans... Just take a darn good look!  Be ashamed, very ashamed!  They are, spiritually speaking, in league with the religion of Islam (Muslims who have, here in the USA used our very Prison and Jail Systems to promote themselves much like the Pentecostals, Assemblies of God and worse!)...

 

"HEARSAY" LAWS KILL TRUTH!

 

    The "hearsay" laws are the very things promoted by cultic Protestants as a means to destroy (thanks to Satan) those things which are the ground, root and base of all things CHRISTIAN that they departed from.  Therefore if you were a convicted clergyman, you may seem to feel that you have no means to regain any dignity or any spiritual strength for right or wrong, real or imagined.  And you will be the hunted, continually serving your sentence even after prison and parole!  You are supposed to have been reformed and rehabilitated, but that isn't the Pentecostal and Assemblies of God way of thinking, unless its one of their own which is based on the Old Testament, Not Jesus Christ  ... whether for right, wrong, real or imagined... you will be the very ones who they will loudly shout against and use as a weapon against the very true Church you came out of.  This is one of the major reasons why the Bishop of Rome (Pope) has opened his arms to the heretics with all their bags and baggage... as a means to squelch the tide leaving their jurisdiction, as are some of the Orthodox Churches who have sided up to the Roman Whore... who allowed for much of these things to happen... Satan, the deceiver, liar and Angel of Light who was cast out... is leading them astray...

 

TRUE SPIRITUAL PURSUITS

 

    What can be done?  There are many things that can and must be done.  But the most important is maintaining the true faith in spirit and in truth!  For without that one primary ingredient, your struggles out of pain of heart will become oppressive and futile.  Check out our Pascha pages at this web site in order to begin the journey that leads to the fount of truth which is in the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ!

 

    As to the remainder of you who squint at the subjects raised, you should be ashamed of yourselves!  You should be doing all things according to the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ!  True repentance, forgiveness (giving and receiving) is a must and going to your father confessors more often and thence taking your penance and seeking the ones out who are affected and by whom you may have been affected by; then to receive the ultimate healing balm and spiritual nourishment through the Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist!

 

    If you are not an Orthodox Catholic Christian in either spirit or truth... Get out of the domain of the Evil One, Satan, the Deceiver and learn both spiritual and material truth! Become a True Christian while there is still time remaining in your life!!!  The glory is to God: +Father, +Son, and +Holy Ghost (Spirit).

Tens of millions of sincere church-goers are being led astray by celebrity pastors and teachers in both small and mega churches who present false gospels of grace & salvation nowhere to be found in scripture.  These false teachers are actually no different in spreading a form of Jihadist (Islamic) rhetoric… Don’t get me wrong, they are not Islamic but follow their lead indeed! As Jihadists are against Jews and Christians, so also are the Fundamentalists and many Evangelicals (or those who call themselves "Evangelical," have become or are anti-catholic be it Orthodox or Roman, Lutheran, etc.   And, their words and fear mongering is to incite Christians against those who are a part of the true Church established by Jesus Christ and His Holy Apostles through the Lines of Succession as we have them.  Yet, no all who are true “apostles” in these modern times are true to the faith in either spirit or truth even though they have the documentation to prove themselves.  More on this later.

We who are Orthodox Catholic Christians exist today to help make sure that when Jesus says, "Depart from Me, I never knew you," He's not talking to you! But this too is dependent upon you according to your very nature and degree of ability to struggle out of pain of heart for the faith.

+Thaddeus the Unworthy repentant one and fool for Jesus Christ!

 

+Joseph Thaddeus, OSB, SSJt., Ph.D.

             Metropolitan Archbishop, Archabbot, Primate

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"Never, never, never let anyone tell you that, in order to be Orthodox, you must also be eastern. The West was Orthodox for a thousand years, and her venerable liturgy is far older than any of her heresies."

- Blessed St. John Maximovitch of Shanghai and San Francisco

 

The purpose for presenting this Daily News section:

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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The lives of monks consist of a podvig [(spiritual struggle) exploit] of repentance and of withdrawal from the world. They flee from judging their neighbor in his moral falls, considering themselves to be sinners and the worst of all men.

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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." (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.  The conversion tactics employed by many other groups, bespeaks of a "politics" that is not wholly honest.  For, in their endeavors they have failed to show forth the truth that one is driven into a "closet" styled of life.  It is better, we believe, to become wholly celibate, be it a homosexual and 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 and must be removed, now people do this all day long to be sure but it is still a sin. To say that homosexuality is not a sin allows 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. Homosexuality is indeed a sin regardless of sodomy, the act of attraction or the lust is a sin even without action and simply must be repented. 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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