The Purpose of the Church

There has been much discussion around the internet these days on the purpose of the church.  The Roman Catholic bishop of Worcester, Massachusetts recently told one of the Roman Catholic colleges in his diocese to disinvite a speaker who is known to be pro-abortion.  His actions have come under harsh criticism from those who hate that the church would dare to speak on such issues, but dear readers, that is exactly what the church is supposed to do.  I have said in other places that the church is not to conform to the ways of the world; it is the church that is supposed to influence the world and act as the moral compass of society.

So what is the definition of the church? For the purpose of this essay the church will be the local parish, the visible presence in the local community. The parish that I serve is part of the Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese and as such we have statutes that cover the working of the church.  Chapter 22 Article 2 of the Statutes of the Archdiocese defines the aims and purposes of the parish with these words:
“The aims and purposes of the Parish are to preserve, practice and proclaim the Orthodox Christian Faith pure and undefiled.”
The Orthodox Christian Faith is that which has been handed down to us from the Apostles in an unbroken line and as confirmed in the Seven Ecumenical Councils of blessed memory.  The bishops of the church are the authentic teachers of this faith and the local clergy are their representatives.  God reveals Himself to and through the church by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Her ministers do not interpret the teachings of the church based on their own knowledge but upon the teaching of the church as revealed through the church and tradition.  That’s it in a nutshell.  Just because some opinion poll says we should believe one thing does not mean that is what the church is going to believe.  That attitude is what lead to the heresy of the so called reformers and is what has splintered Christ’s Holy Church.

The Statutes further define the work of the local parish in Article 22.04:
“The ministry of the parish will include proclaiming and teaching the Gospel in accordance with the Orthodox Christian faith; sanctifying the faithful through... God's grace in worship, the Divine Liturgy and the other sacraments; enhancing the parishioners' spiritual life, and adding to the numbers of the faithful by receiving persons into the church through instruction, baptism and/or chrismation.”
It is the roll of the church to preach and teach the faithful in season and out of season in all situations. 
 
Human beings, created in the image and likeness of God, have been given free will.  God desires nothing more than that we love Him and we love our neighbor and to love Him is to obey His Word as has been revealed to us, through the power of the Holy Spirit, in His church.  Free will enables us to choose which path we wish to follow.
 
If the bishops and by delegation priests, did not speak up when the faithful are being led a stray then they are not fulfilling their role as shepherds of their communities.  God has entrusted the care of these communities to us and it is an awesome responsibility to care for them.  The shepherd’s role is to protect the flock from the predators that will attempt to take their lives.  The shepherd’s role is guide the flock when they are being led in the wrong direction and to keep them on the right path.  Far too many people believe the church should do what they want, and believe the way they want to believe, and not what God wants.  This is just not possible!
 
Orthodoxy, unlike other faiths, is a lifestyle.  Orthodox Christianity should pulse through the veins of the faithful as blood courses through.  When an Orthodox Christian receives the Body and Blood of Our Lord and God and Saviour Jesus Christ through the Sacrament of the Eucharist, this is more than just food.  Jesus Christ becomes part of us through this taking and He dwells in us and strengthens us.  This is not something that we can discard the moment we step outside of the Church.
 
For me, it is incomprehensible for the church to remain silent on issues that so directly affect the spirit of the faithful, and so clearly led the faithful toward sin and away from God.  We need to stand as the soldiers of Christ that we are called to be to defeat evil in this world.  That is the task of the church and I so one will not be silent!

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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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