The move toward apostasy among many Orthodox in our day grows out of an incorrect understanding of the Church. Political ecumenism itself, the clearest expression of this misunderstanding, rests on the ignorance of our modernist theologians of the nature of the Church. This ignorance is not an academic one alone—an ignorance of the Fathers; it is also the result of a decline in spirituality. For to understand the Church, one must first understand the spiritual life which the Church serves.
Many of today’s modernists have covered over their ignorance of Orthodox ecclesiology by the creation of an "official" Orthodoxy. The idea of an official Orthodoxy is especially popular in America, where Greek Catholics returning to Orthodoxy have brought with them a neo-Papal view of the Church, which they adopted from the Latins. Many of the Protestant fundamentalists who have joined the modernist Antiochian Church also seek a definition of the Church which rests on "officialdom," partly in reaction to their correct misgivings about the self-styled church organization which they created in the name of Orthodoxy, the so-called Evangelical Orthodox Church.
In reality, officialdom has no place in Christianity or Orthodoxy. The Church of Christ did not become valid because it was recognized by the Roman Empire. Nor is an Orthodox Christian authentic because he belongs to a "Patriarch." We are not a Church built on political principles or on papal assumptions. Officialdom in Orthodoxy is based on Apostolic Succession and on an adherence to Holy Tradition. It is a spiritual and charismatic thing, since Apostolic Succession and Holy Tradition describe the passing on of charismatic and spiritual power from Christ to the Apostles to the Church's, Hierarchs. Officialdom is not simply a statement of an historical and legal dimension.
In America, where adherence to Holy Tradition is practically non-existent and where spiritual maturity is indeed lacking, there is a frantic attempt by modernists to be official. Thus the old Metropolia, now the Orthodox Church in America, rushed off to the communist-dominated Patriarchate of Russia several decades ago to remove from itself the accusation of being uncanonical. The Evangelical Orthodox Church, a purely bogus Protestant sect, likewise entered into the Antiochian Church several years ago, also hoping to make itself an official Orthodox Church.
In the case of the old Metropolia, it was before these moves an Orthodox Church, and its clergy were clearly in Apostolic Succession. It had a number of traditional communities, spiritual leaders with solid experience, and a tie to authentic Church tradition. When it joined Moscow, somehow thinking it was then official, the Church was besieged by modernism. The calendar was changed. Innovation became the order of the day. A Church which I can remember as having old Priests who honored their cassocks and who took seriously their roles as imitators of the Patriarchs suddenly became a Church with clergy who can hardly be distinguished in appearance, and often in belief, from Roman Catholic clergy. This Church gained so-called officialdom at the cost of much of its Orthodoxy.
The Evangelical Orthodox Church was accepted by the Antiochian Archdiocese—an excessively modernist jurisdiction—by every innovation, even reaching to the irregular ordination of the EOC clergy. Its Faithful are largely uncatechized. Many of the clergy and Faithful have had no exposure to Orthodox traditions and have been taught to revile them as "ethnic" or "foreign." In the name of officialdom, the body of Orthodoxy has absorbed a foreign element which still accepts and teaches ideas which are wholly inconsistent with the experience of the Church. Officialdom has created a kind of Protestant Orthodoxy. Arid the sad victims of this false creation are the sincere EOC clergy and Faithful.
The official Churches here in America use their officialdom to try to silence us traditionalists, who stand in protest to the innovation, apostasy, and political ecumenism which assault the Orthodox Church. In a country where an "official" religion is non-existent, they even use the media to attack us True Orthodox as "not part of an official Patriarchate" or "separated from the official Church."
Let us examine this phenomenon for what it is. Recently I read a publication by "Orthodox People Together," a group which promotes unity among Orthodox. This is an admirable thing. But the publication reads like a Bible tract from a fundamentalist Church. It is filled with talk about pastors, ministry, social concerns, and the like, but is rather short on references to traditional monasticism, fasting, the ascetic traditions of the Church, self-transformation, and the like. An editorial letter about the female diaconate, in fact, makes a strong and very important plea for the restoration of this vital service for women in the Church. But in so doing, it suggests that a liturgical role for the female deacon is not an important issue, as long as hospital calls and service to the Faithful are made her official duties. Can we imagine an Orthodoxy in which service to the Church relegates the liturgical life to a secondary position and social service to a primary one?
There are modernist monasteries in this (these) countries where monastic traditions are almost wholly unknown—though made-up practices are touted as "ancient" and "Athonite." Indeed, one monastery in the OCA (Apostle1.com's Ed Note: "...and here in the U.S.") is so marked by innovation that it even mocks many traditional Orthodox practices. While True Orthodox monastics spend their days in services, refrain from ever eating meat, have no personal money or bank accounts, practice strict obedience, and pray for the world, many of the modernists seek to create the kind of social monasticism in Orthodoxy which has destroyed this institution in the Latin Church. One wonders how official this modernist monasticism is.
As Old Calendarist resisters, we are constantly assaulted as "uncanonical" and unofficial by the errant Mother Church of Greece and the Patriarchate of Constantinople and its Exarchates in the diaspora. Shaved Bishops, dressed like Roman Catholic clerics, sitting down to meals of steak and wine on fast days, turn to us and accuse us of being uncanonical. Embracing the heterodox with ecumenical love and violating the Church's canons by praying and even communing with them, they turn to us and spit, calling us people without love.
Indeed, can these people be canonical just because the Greek State recognizes them? Or because the White House door is open to the representatives of the Greek Archdiocese in North and South America? Certainly not. Officialdom comes from spiritual commitment to the Church. And in this sense it is we True Orthodox who are the official believers. Were this not so, moreover, who would cover the sins of these New Calendarists and modernists? Who would provide them refuge when they come to their senses and seek Christianity, and not the world? Who would add to their rightful claims to Apostolic Succession the complement which accrues to that state: spiritual achievement?
The goal of Orthodoxy is not unity in officialdom or recognition by the power of this world. It is the union of man with God. And where this is the one goal of Christians, they are by nature united. They come together in their strict adherence to the path towards salvation which has been set before us by Holy Tradition. They need no worldly gimmicks such as tracts, organizations, and public recognition to know who they are. They are known by their deeds. And they need no redefinitions of their Faith or of spiritual life, since they maintain communion with the myriad of Saints who have walked the tried and true path of Holy Tradition to sanctity.
The official Orthodox whom we see in this country look like the heterodox and are fast coming to believe what the heterodox believe. They are becoming part of a world religion which will one day demand that they reject True Orthodoxy. We traditionalists have tasted of the first step towards that rejection in the unbelievable hatred that these preachers of ecumenical love have for us. Their own actions are a sign to us.
True Orthodoxy is official. It is official because its contains spiritual authenticity. All one need do is walk in our Churches, visit our monasteries, or live with our people to know that, despite our imperfections the spirit of authenticity rests with us. All one need do is visit the Churches and monasteries of the modernists—the few that have any monasteries—and see the compromise, violations and ignorance of tradition, innovation, and priorities of the social Gospel, to know their spiritual state. The lack of authenticity bursts forth clearly, cutting through even the sincerity that underlies some of this ignorance of and deviation from Orthodox practice.
Once one of our monks, a convert, recited from memory Small Compline in Greek. A visiting modernist monk, who had earlier expressed his admiration for us traditionalists but his misgivings about our separation from the official Church, was then asked to say the service in English. He was silent. He did not know the service. Nor could he properly bless a meal. Nor did he know the proper way to fast. Nor did he know any of the many unwritten practices of monastic tradition. I always, remember this young man when I think of officialdom and wonder if he knew how loudly his silence spoke.
From Orthodox Tradition, Vol. VIII, No. 2, p. 7
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Those who do such unscrupulous things, HATE some of the news, quotes, and such as to inform the general public. Some of them pose as clergy, while a few are actually clergy from various "other" offshoot AMERICAN ORTHODOX CHURCH or other jurisdiction(s) of the same or similar name of which we are, in some instances, their former MOTHER CHURCH (as is the same named Toledo, Ohio based, an offshoot, who had once been a part of us and unknowingly to our unworthy selves, were once a part of the clergy but they did not obtain permission to leave the jurisdiction they were under, according to Canon, and thus obtained for themselves re-ordination and consecrations, several times... and then using a variety of church names, including our own after they were defrocked and excommunicated, having more than three (3) times being excommunicated by other legitimate apostles/bishops); having joined in and with "Independent" churches who have nothing to do with us or even true Orthodoxy.
They seek to go out of their way to character assassinate and disparage religious web sites who do not meet their own brand of standardization which is evidence of their being not "Orthodox" "Christian" or even "Catholic" no matter what their nomenclature corporate name may be. The Toldeo, Ohio based same name group under their so-called leader has been deposed, defrocked and excommunicated more than three different times by various bishops/apostles. He, and several others, have become just as bad as the modern day Ecumenists of the National Council of Churches, World Council of Churches, the World Council of Bishops and more. Their ultimate aim and goal is destruction to those from whom they had either originated from or gone through to obtain the same named "church" they claim to hold to by the state's civil law in which they reside alone. They are not a "Schema-monk" or even a true "monk" for they were deposed and excommunicated for violations of the Holy Rule they claim to subscribe to, giving and openly providing false misleading and inaccurate information about other more honorable clergy. These 'wolves in sheep's clothing attract other nefarious and questionable persons whose aims are similar: for fame, image, power and glory.
Remember, anything that is a HALF TRUTH is not truth but a lie! Many there are that you may know who fit those descriptions... pray for them. Pray that God will send his Spirit of Truth upon them and lead them to Salvation through tears of Repentance, conversion of their cold and calculating hearts toward seeking forgiveness from God and those whom they attempt to harm.
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We have learned that the organization we subscribe to, whose members come from various legal and law enforcement backgrounds amongst other areas of society, are committed to the faith even though they may hold different theologies. Yet, in their monitoring of electronic communications of various persons or people, they do not always make haste to bring perpetrators to justice until after enough evidence has been gained in order to build a solid case. We do not always know what information they have gained, but we do know the organization, whom we've been asked not to name, has had a 97% success rate in bringing to justice and obtaining a conviction against individuals, people, and sometimes even religious organizations of a persona that gives the appearance of both secular and religious bearing but who abuse and misuse technology. The organization views those who abuse and misuse the internet and other technologies as nothing more than a form of "domestic terrorism" - - - - and, it would seem to appear that the courts are in agreement!
Those kinds of people, organizations, etc. who misuse and abuse communication technologies are no different than those who attempt to use coercive measures, and in some instance, even blackmail for the same idea is involved... to cause havoc and wreckage, to destroy the spirit and activity of those who struggle in the faith out of pain of heart for the Orthodox Church which is TRUTH. The degree that some have been known to go to, as seen by other jurisdictions, is to take advantage of questionably mentally challenged or those who have a lack of education and understanding to get them to make statements, even outright lies, in writing, in order to destroy. Such persons or groups are spiritual terrorists for unholy and un-Orthodox causes, aims and goals.
Yes, our Metropolitan Archbishop, +Joseph Thaddeus, SSJt., Ph.D. strongly defends the Seals of the Confessional for such leads to true Repentance in thought, word and deed whereby the penitent is required to make amends, where possible, to seek forgiveness of those harmed by his actions whether real or imagined, and to give his forgiveness to those who have harmed him before taking the Holy Body and Blood in the Eucharist, Jesus the Christ. The reality of this understanding is bound up in and with the findings for which cause he, himself, had been character assassinated by his detractors who claim the courts prevented him from breaking the Seals of the Confessional which is not the truth at all.... Click here to see what another bishop's findings are...
The workings of Holy Spirit will not be daunted by those who attempt to cause disruption! It is for these and other reasons that you are urged to read what true repentance and forgiveness means for real "Christians".
"It would be better to have ten (10) true repentant X-felons who ask for and give true forgiveness than it would be to have one (1) non-x-felon or common person whose self-righteousness exceeds even the Pharisees, Sadducees, the gossip mongers, slanderers and un-repentant; for the repentant x-felon understands the true meaning of the Church's purpose as being the spiritual hospital." (siq) +Joseph Thaddeus, OSB, SSJt., Ph.D., Metropolitan Archbishop, Archabbot, Primate
Yes... "Prejudice Makes Prisoners of the Hated and the Hater..." (1992-Fr. Alan Stanford)
One can ask, "What part of 'Prejudice' and 'hate' do you not understand? Are you a complacent person? In light of the saying, examine yourself! You may be surprised if you are honest with yourself for your soul may convict you before Jesus Christ convicts you in the times to come!
tested by some trial you should try to find out not why or through whom it came,
but only how to endure it gratefully, without distress or rancor."
St. Mark the Ascetic.
"Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no deceit." Psalms 32:1-2
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