Begin with Yourself, Then the World

{Edited by: The Most Rev. +Joseph Thaddeus (Stanford), OSB, SSJt. }

As long as man has lived he has dreamed of other pastures that are greener. This reflects the folly and weakness of desiring something beyond one's reach. An example is wanting to be a teacher without first being a pupil expecting to reach the top without first making the effort. Excessive caution comes to those who refuse to take hold of certain things in their own lives, choosing instead to seek escape to some far place beyond their reach. It is not possible to live this life without hopes and dreams; but their realization belongs to tomorrow. Our hopes may revolve around where we hope to be some day; but it is necessary to begin with today. Everyone should realize the hard fact that to arrive at the end of the road one must begin where he or she is. One must first achieve something within oneself in order to then do something good for others. No one can start with the final accomplishment, but must start wherever one happens to be. Only then can you reach out toward whatever goal you seek. You cannot learn how far you can reach without starting within yourself.

Many persons seek to make a place for themselves in this world. Many seek to be like successful, famous persons. How often we hear that one wishes eventually to be like some famous person. This urge some feel is to really achieve something; others are motivated merely by the love of money and reputation; at times it is simply envy. But one must seriously begin with self in order to achieve something notable. One must, however, be able to learn the discipline of fairness and justice. Most important, it must be understood that a person will be only what he can be, never anything beyond that.

Greatness cannot be achieved by imitating others, for it is not possible to take another person's talents, although one may follow another's words and methods. Several persons may play the same masterful piano concerto, but none will present the same rendition. This is because each is a unique individual, using the same notes to create a distinct version of the concerto. The key to our success is to find the talents which lie within ourselves, examining and exhausting our own capabilities. Each individual must try to find such talents within himself: "Do not neglect the talent you have" (1 Tim. 4:14). How to be oneself totally is the only accomplishment any one will ever have to be whatever you can really be. The ideals, especially of youth, are to make changes for a better world now; to sacrifice one's life for the noble cause of the world. But herein is the danger of the zealot reformer who may forget to begin with himself.

Is not his neighbor around the corner suffering with misery and injustice, needing just as much as those "of the world?" This is pointed out clearly by Christ, Who told His disciples to "stay there" (Jn. 4:40), in Samari; work first in Samari, then go to the far parts of the world. At another time Christ said: "You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye" (Mt. 7:5). Christ exhorts the zealots to do works of justice and help the suffering throughout the world after first doing so in one's own life. While recognizing universal injustices, you must begin with yourself and practice the virtues which eventually become the virtues of people everywhere. One must first look at a neighbor's life to see if there is need for good will, friendship and tolerance before inspecting the furthest parts of the world. Take action in your own life first.

This truth is seen most clearly in the essence of prayer, reflecting the whole meaning of prayer. How easy it is to pray for forgiveness, virtues and the kindling of the fire of the spirit within the soul and heart; how easy it is in prayer to ask people to give of themselves in total devotion to God and to pray that all peoples become moved by Christ. It is also not difficult to pray for all parts of the world. Here, as well, we must begin with ourselves. Prayer must become an intimate part of our lives; when we pray "forgive us our debts" (Mt. 6:12), the words come out so easily. But when we think about our debts, shortcomings and wrongdoings, it no longer is easy. The words of the prayer are not difficult to say, until we remember we are called upon to forgive; then we falter. When we pray for good will for all the peoples of the earth, it is not difficult; the words come easy, until good will is asked of us. It is not easy to let go of long-held harsh feelings and thoughts, overcome prejudices and discard pettiness.

Let's look in another direction. Christ said: "As you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to me" (Mt. 25:45). Again, why go to the ends of the world before you have served and helped at your own doorstep, at your neighbor's house, at places you can reach within walking distance, where you can reach out and touch the needy within your own city? Here also, in the quest to serve Christ, one had best begin with oneself, remembering we can see Christ in the things about us when our sight is not diverted to ends of the world. What we achieve close about us can strengthen and quiet our hearts.

Many have dreams of a better world. But why do they not begin in the little world around them? People want a happier life, to experience real joy, to share in laughter. This can come by giving a little gentleness and joy to someone who is nearby and in need of care. If you want a more godly country and a more pious society, begin with self, giving of self before God. You must bring every element within yourself to a level of dignity and place it in the hands of God for the service of the human race. A person who would want to go to the ends of the world with goodness, loyalty and courage to labor for good must first achieve this within one's own mind and heart. Only when this is done can attention be directed to the ends of the world.

FAITH TESTED

There is another perspective to consider. Everyone at one time or another faces the test of faith. Faith remains in the background when everything is well and peaceful, when faith is hardly ever tested, as concern about tomorrow has not yet come. But time seems to quietly change the events of tomorrow, over which we have little control or choice. It then becomes the testing period of our faith. But trouble is not always profitless. Whatever troubles may occur, these events can help prove our faith. The question is: how will it be in our time of testing, when we are almost swamped by troubled waves? What one believes then must become reality, or be proven false. What we may have publicly told others must now be restated to ourselves quietly. In bright and happy days, one says Christ is real and near, as is the love of God. Is this still believed and said when troubled and difficult times come? It is during troubled times that faith must be proved.

It becomes clear in time of testing when values take on a new light, what really matters and what does not, what things are relevant and what are not. All of a sudden, some things do not matter any more; we learn they really did not matter even when we thought they did. They are simply not important, even though they may have brought some passing pleasures. But they are not important as far as life is concerned. It is at these moments of testing that one senses what lies at the root of life and what does not. At these times, things fall into their proper place. We recognize that some things are inherently right, and not because we say so or others have said it.

In times of testing, there is more than quiet proof and new perspective. Thoughts and words repeated over the years take on a more realistic meaning. Some have repeated words from the Bible from youth or phrases spoken by parents. Can these words really bear the burden of life, sustaining one in times of trouble and pain? Can one live by these words? The answer lies in their being truths which are part of one's soul. How often have we recited the Lord's Prayer, the 23rd Psalm and other verses from Scripture?

In the Holy Order of St. Jude Thaddeus, there is a way in which the Lord's Prayer is brought into more fruition for the more serious minded monastic who work with others outside of their Skete, Monastic Community. Sometimes those people with whom they work with have serious psychological and spiritual problems.  So the following is often offered as a means to help them in their struggles.

Our Father...

You Who are in Heaven, the Source of all life and abundance...

Let Your name be hallowed...

Let Your Kingdom come...

Let Your Will be done, here on earth as it is in Heaven.

 

We thank You for this day...

And Our Spiritual and Material Daily Bread...

 

We pray Thee, have mercy on us and forgive us our transgressions as we forgive those who have transgressed against us...

Be they who are of the past, those of the present, Those living and those reposed...

Whether it was for right or wrong, real or imagined...

Have Mercy on them, on us, and my unworthy self...

 

Help us to not to be lead into further temptation, but deliver us from evil...

For Yours is truly the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory

of Thee  +O'Father, and thy +Son, and thy +Holy Ghost.

Amen! Amen! Amen!

For many there comes a time when these repeated words become rays of light which have made it possible to pass through the darkness of trouble and sorrow. At these times, one realizes these words often are words of truth. They possess a dimension equal to the fullness of life seen in the fullness of God's presence. When one experiences this, one has come a long way. Even though the trouble and darkness persist, one's heart grows steadier.

When trouble engulfs one and such Scriptural words are repeated, suddenly becoming words of truth, one's thoughts become sure and trembling ceases. There is no longer doubt, and one feels the hand of God and understands that the testing time of faith is really a time of blessedness. All of life's elements are involved, not just some things that work together for good: "We know that in everything God works for good with those who love him" (Rom. 8:28). At times life seems fearful, and the future seems too difficult to deal with. It is at these times when one can realize it is really God's hand which we feel, and know all will be well. The most gratifying finding in times of testing of faith is that we are not alone. We may feel isolated in our suffering, yet we are not alone. At times one chooses to be isolated, having to resolve what is to be done, what one is to be, yet one need not be alone. This is the most important thing one can learn as the events of life seen to speed by. so rapidly.

The knowledge that there is not one difficulty which has not been experienced by others should strengthen one's own resolve. One learns that in all situations you can rely upon God and upon friends He has provided to support you. Even when experiencing darkness, facing difficult problems and choices that probe the heart, a beam of light can fall across one's path. One knows there is something that has lifted the heart so that you can and must go on. Most important is the realization that we are not alone. The testing time of faith should be a time of joy and happiness of a soul knowing that He in Whom we believe sustains that which we have committed to God against that day of trail. The question is, why wait for that day? Why not now, at this time, for if it is not true now, it will not be true then. The testing of faith must begin with oneself.

LOOKING AT ONESELF

It can probably be said of everyone that when criticism is leveled at you, it is resented, even though you know you deserve it. Many feel it is their right to criticize others, but to be criticized by others is considered impudent and an invasion of their rights. Anger emerges against critics. When confronted with some of our weaknesses or failings, we usually respond by focusing on our critics' weaknesses. This, of course, settles nothing, and arouses emotions. So many relationships among friends, relatives, husbands and wives have come to anguish and distress because of such foolish reactions. Emotional maturity is required in order to accept criticism as a source of grace. Even more is required when one looks inwardly with honesty, admitting here is the personal failure that lost the battle. It is very difficult to be one's own critic; it is easier to be honest with others than with one's self. It is easy to be indifferent to one's own faults, but difficult to look honestly within oneself, acknowledging faults of our own doing. This attitude discourages improvement and growth.

Self-criticism that rationalizes shortcomings evades stern discipline. It is easy to fabricate excuses, suggesting similar weaknesses by others in the same situation. That is a failure to be honest with oneself or with others. Often one tries to explain differences between others and oneself by suggesting the world is out of step. Many, especially among the young, place fault with their superiors, suggesting that lack of understanding among others has brought on their problems. This shifts blame to the weaknesses of those around us, never on ourselves. Within every person there is the possibility of failing as there is within every person the possibility of surmounting difficulties. We should believe that: "I can do all things in Him (Jesus Christ) who strengthens me" (Phil. 4:13). Without self-criticism, there can be no confidence of progress in one's life.

In business, science, industry in all fields of endeavor without self-criticism, there can be no growth, no correcting of mistaken conclusions or practices. But when self-criticism is used, it can lead to great advancement and growth. Honest self-criticism is the only way that one can get a clear vision of oneself. Recognizing our weaknesses and faults brings the knowledge of our potential. It has been claimed that only a small amount of our energies, emotional capabilities, intelligence and spiritual force is used. In viewing ourselves more deeply, the extent to which we must go toward our potential becomes clearer, and we can perceive the path which must be taken to become what God meant us to be. We can let God work through us only if we recognize and acknowledge our weaknesses as well as our strengths. Such honest introspection enables us to put to the advantage and use of those we love and those around us some of the abilities we possess.

JUDGE NOT OTHERS

If we look clearly at ourselves, we can better understand what Christ said: "First take the log out of your own eye, then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye" (Mt. 7:5). By these words, we can look at ourselves as in a mirror and see us as we really are. The mirror comes into focus through this commandment: "Judge not, that you be not judged" (Mt. 7:1). One really knows the answer in one's own mind and heart: too often, what is objectionable in someone else is an innocent mannerism in oneself or one's loved ones; what is bad temper of a neighbor, is only righteous anger when one's temper is aroused; another's stubbornness becomes valid conviction for oneself. These are but a few examples. Apply the words of Christ to not judge others to see where you stand in these situations. For instance, should one condemn another when one does not know? Should one judge when one understands? Does one know all the factors involved? In becoming the judge of others, one may forget that we stand in judgment, as well!

Many people face implications about their humility. Some rebel against circumstances of life before using their resources and possibilities; others rebel against life before making the most of life; some are jealous of the achievements of friends without investing similar effort for their own achievements. These attitudes are common among the young. But have they put in the time, given the energy, contributed in study? This can reflect resentment against those in authority over them, with little concern for the merit of their own recognition and reward! The real test is whether or not we could be content to let our work, our accomplishments speak for themselves! Here is the measure of one's dignity and nobleness. What do we see when we look into the mirror Christ holds before us? More important, what will we do about it?

Another mirror held before us by Christ reflects the verse: "Pray without ceasing" (I Th. 5:17). Although these words do not have to do with one's character, they reach into one's spiritual realm, one's secret life. Prayer is part of the essence of the life one lives. Do people search the secrets of their spiritual strength and energy? Do they know where their moral power comes from? Do they seek it? When people experience times of stress and strain, what do they do? Do they let stressful times of darkness and storm destroy them, or do they seek a power to help them? There are times of sorrow and also times of joy. When these are experienced, do some people turn to God as anything more than an after thought? Do some wait for sorrow or some tragedy that will drive them to God, or do they seek Him, knowing that they will need His strength at all time's? No matter how few minutes are devoted to prayer, they will surely strengthen, comfort and bring peace of the heart and soul in facing everyday challenges and problems.

How can people manage the difficulties they face in life, and what are they willing to do to overcome them? How can they overcome their fears in every facet of everyday living and anxieties which are constant concerns of the heart and mind? These answers cannot be found outside; nor from others. The answer to these problems are to be found within the hearts of people. One must look into the mirror to see what is there. When looking with purpose, searching within for the truth, weighing the wins and losses, we seek to see where God uplifts us, gives strength to our hearts and a meaningful purpose to our everyday living. When we look at ourselves in the mirror, we should not see only our weaknesses, but also our strengths through the grace of God. When we look in the mirror, we should see the whole person, realizing that with God's grace we can manage the difficulties in life and bring peace and joy to our hearts. Here again, one begins with oneself.

WHAT MAKES A PERSON

A great deal of depth, wisdom, sympathy and character goes into making a human being. Our society has desperate need of Christians. American society has great energy, covers more space, deals with more activities within the day and functions with more commissions and committees than any other nation. But the world will not be saved from calamity nor other unhappy experiences just because the people are so energetic. Although knowledge is vast and learning is widespread, it can be of little benefit. The greater our knowledge, the more protection is needed from this knowledge. Our nation of gracious living for most people cannot assume its rightful place in the world on material achievement alone. Although ability is in abundance, there is a lack of character paramount to the human being. How does one mold this "character", and where are the elements to be found? Where do we go, to whom do we turn?

The answer is there. Some will say it is too easy a solution. Some impatiently will say it too pious.

The answer is in Jesus Christ.

It may be pious, but it is not easy, for Christ did not claim an easy approach. Christ did not say that being a Christian would be easy, but that the tasks of life could be met and overcome with His message, His Gospel. The road would not be easy. Obstacles would be encountered, especially the resistance to repentance, though in the end, we are better for it. It was not easy for even the Apostles, who had to face the difficulties of the road they followed, knowing that road would be life threatening.

Many people have thought of the Christian religion as being a negative one. Many of the young characterize it in terms of attending church services, restrictive morals codes, ethical restraints and telling them where they must not go and what they must not do. They see Christianity as an injunction to refrain from evil practices; that goodness means not doing something bad, peace is an absence of war; being virtuous is being without sins. To most of the young this is the totality of religion. But this ignores a Christianity that is positive, decisive and creative in one's life. Christ said: "If you do these things, you shall be my disciples."

There are many "things" that make a person, many decisions and many judgments. For one thing, admit when you are wrong. At times things go wrong and one must admit it. Unfortunately our judgments at times bring grief and misfortunes as we are led astray. It is not easy for most to acknowledge mistakes, even though they were sincere and honest, perhaps caused by hastiness or being ill-informed. It is not easy to admit faults; but this goes into the making of a person.

We must be able to rise above the situation, say that we are sorry and ask for forgiveness. It is hard to ask for forgiveness and admit that others have been hurt. But this difficult honesty has saved many families, many friendships; it is the making of a person. When you find yourself on the wrong path, start over again; to find the right answer, begin again. The Christian religion encourages us to begin again, to start anew. One must find the courage and strength to put ideals into action. It is hard to lift oneself from defeats, bitter experiences and tragedies. Reliance on Christian belief can help one through these constant struggles.

To be Christian is to be able to grow, become strong and act. To have a good life one must have a purpose, a vision; relief from stress and tension; quietness within; time for prayer within the soul. When this is done, one can face life. To be a Christian, then, is to move from saying that something is good to actually doing it; from thinking that something is courageous to being courageous; to think like a Christian and then to be and live like a true Christian. This is not easy, but it is the making of a person. The achieving of Christian norms of living comes from the asking of God's grace to provide the strength and power to reach these goals. This making of a person begins with oneself.

WHAT POSSIBILITIES ARE PRESENT IN TIME OF NEED

It is important to realize that we are what we have decided to be. Every decision goes into making us what we are and what we become. All the opportunities available to us test our resources, and our lives are what we make of all the possibilities before us. Our lives become what we do with the abilities and powers that are within us. One cannot point to achievements as being life, for has a person ever really reached down to all the unused possibilities in life? Many people live on wishful hopes and dreams. How many times have we heard people say, "If only I had the opportunity for this or for that;" "If only I were this person or that, in that position or this?" Some people live from one desire to another. By doing this, one becomes discontented, disappointed and miserable. If we realize that we are what we are, with great possibilities for growth, we can face life and make more of our life.

However, one must realize that he or she has limitations and restrictions, and that there is an end to possibilities. It would be more painless if we recognized that we cannot go beyond our limitations and what lies within us, nor beyond our intellectual potential. We cannot become brilliant or illustrious when we are not. We cannot go beyond our capabilities or talents. If we recognize our limitations, we will recognize our possibilities. One's dreams, ideals and hopes are the measure of one's possibilities, for it is possible to reach as high as your ideals and hopes. At times people have been driven, forced to over-exert themselves to live from this deep source. That is the measure of one's possibilities. Such beautiful moments show the measure of one's possibilities; when we discover a faith we never thought we had, a great courage we did not know we had, or a generosity we did not know was within us all these make us aware of our possibilities. This points out vividly how far we might go to use our possibilities!

With the necessities of life, our problems become real when we come face to face with them. It is at this time that our possibilities can be of daily help. At one time or another everyone is confronted with trouble and sorrow. No one can avoid sickness, anxiety and eventually death. Whether we overcome these problems or not or fail in our attempt, is a matter of using our inner strength. Some problems, tragedies and heartaches may never come our way. But if we do have to endure them, we shall depend upon these inner strengths to sustain us. It is inevitable that we meet some of these experiences. When the inevitable come, will we succumb, or will we see it through? To see it through we must reach within us for the possibilities that lie deep. For some it depends on using every possible element of faith within them. This is how our potential of inner strength should be used.

At times one is challenged to go beyond the call of duty, confronted with unexpected duties. Some things are expected of us, and must be done. These, however, are not enough. One who does only what is expected of him or her does not rise to spiritual heights. Those who do only their duty are probably living shallow lives. It has been said that people are always smaller then they seem. Christ knows people are always better than they seem. This is seen when people rise above the call of duty through the possible strengths within them. Christ said: "If anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also; and if any one would sue you and take your coat, let him have your cloak as well; and if any one forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles" (Mt. 5:39-42). This is in the realm of a person's possibilities: to do more than is demanded in life, give more freely than conditions demand and be more understanding than justified.

THE WAY ONE OUGHT TO LIVE

Temptations are faced by everyone, and choices which involve one's future cannot be avoided. How are these temptations to be faced? The answer of course is to reach deep within oneself into the possibilities within. All should realize they are better than they think they are, for people have more courage and are more capable of goodness than they suspect. Here lies the secret of dynamic energy and motive power, capabilities and talents which lie within the soul. This is the mystery of truly living life. Many wish they could live this way. This awareness and a willingness to use the possibilities within when the time comes is the key to really living.

How many people waste their lives by not making an effort to use their possibilities, without first beginning with themselves! What a difference it would make to one's family and friends, let alone oneself. With these thoughts and ideals, the learning about and knowing of ourselves, our lives would be richer, for nothing would go to waste. So all must reach deep within themselves to draw from the well of possibilities that lie within each human being on this earth. What a wonderful world would emerge if everyone would live this kind of life. Christ refers to this potential of possibilities within each individual saying: "Nothing will be impossible to you;" "All things are possible to him who believes." St. Paul exhorts: "I know how to abound; in any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and want. I can do all things in him (Christ) who strengthens me" (Mt. 17:20; Mk. 9:23; Ph. 4:13).

This particular article is posted because of some have taken offense to the various Orthodox Catholic Patristic writings and teachings of Holy Orthodoxy (the root and branch of Catholicism itself) that are found at this web site.  These people who have taken offense have called us "Blasphemers" and worse...

It is that these people who have taken offense do not know the root and branch of Christianity itself as they have opted for the easy paths which leads to the gates of hell itself unbeknownst to many of them.  Often times these very same people who take offense are so caught up in their misbegotten ways of understanding Christianity that their own arrogance gets in the way of a true spiritual climb up the ladder of divine ascent that leads to Jesus Christ.  We know of some of these people who belong to the Jehovah's Witnesses, the Mormons (Church of Ladder Day Saints), Church of Christ groups, some who claim they are non-denominational such as Victory Outreach who teach a brand of Christianity wholly devoid of true spiritual growth for an individual who need to learn what it really means to be a spiritual struggler, Pentecostalism is the root and branch of many a cultic out-growth seen in these times. 

Yet, in talking about the Pentecostals, and other so-called churches... we have to admit that their followers are kept in the dark and thus not knowing the root and branch in a more full light, they know no better than those who teach them errant theologies, practices and ideas.  Many of them are very much against anything "Catholic" to begin with.  They do not know the difference between Roman Catholicism and Orthodox Catholicism, believing instead that anything "Catholic" is of the Roman or Vatican "Pope"...

We should provide you with a clearer understanding of what we are talking about by directing you to the following observances and differences in what we are speaking about.

We make no apology for the lengthy articles.  If you believe, you take the time to read and digest within what is said and examine all the data offered. If you are the lazy type of person who fails or refuses to read lengthy articles, then your faith is weak for all true spiritual strugglers in the faith digest all things offered without any hesitations whatsoever!

This Special Note (10-01-2012) added:  There will come a time in which both Orthodox Catholics, Roman Catholics and many of the various Protestants will be fighting, both spiritually and materially, against the ONE WORLD CHURCH and ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT ideals... for those of the ONE WORLD ideals are false and misleading.  Many there are who will not be able to buy, sell, pay bills, find safe haven and worse.  Yet, those who fight the good fight, both spiritually and materially, will pray and call on the sacred name of JESUS CHRIST in spirit and truth!

For our own survival and theirs who call upon the Holy name of +JESUS CHRIST; many will be tortured and killed, often unbeknownst to the public... Yet, in order for us to survive, we will need to depend on each other... that does not mean we violate the true and ancient canons of the Church, as we continue to worship accordingly, but we will need to accept them and they us... in order to survive... For it is true that many are called and few are chosen!  Yet, we must extend our hand to help them and hopefully they too will endeavor to do the same without infringing upon our total and solid belief in the ways we do today according to our nature and degree of ability. 

Be alert!  Be faithful! Stay alive in your heart and soul!

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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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