PETER THE ROCK OF THE CHURCH

As has always been understood by Orthodox Catholic Jurisdictions

Edited by: Metropolitan Archbishop Joseph Thaddeus

Also See: YOU ARE PETER

The Chief of the Apostles

    At the beginning, the Church of Christ needed personalities destined to lead it to a triumphant end. It is important to note that Jesus Christ used the human element as an indis­pensable factor in the progress of His Church. He selected 12 Apostles as the nucleus for His mission. One of the Twelve became the chief — the most outstanding among them. He was among the first to be called and the first to be named in the list of the Twelve. He acted and spoke for the group. This chosen Apostle was Simon, named "Cephas, which means Peter", a name bestowed on him by Christ (John 1:42). The names, "Cephas" (Aramaic) and "Peter" (Greek), are identical in meaning: "rock", which means the faith in Christ.

    This name given by Christ, consistent with Jewish cus­tom, had special significance. Peter was not an Aramaic-speaking Jew, but bilingual, possessing timely preparation for later missionary preaching. The fact that the name, Simon, was his alternate original name and in common use during Jesus' ministry hints of some Greek background in Peter's pre-Christian life. Peter, called Simon, the son of Jonah, was in partnership with his other brother, Andrew, and the two sons of Zebeedee in the fishing business on the Sea of Galilee (read: Lk. 5:10). Jonah was a native of Bethsaida, residing in Capernaum in Galilee. Peter was married. Christ heals his mother-in-law of fever (read: Mt. 8:14; Mk. 1:30; Lk. 4:38). Paul records that Peter took his wife with him on journeys to various churches (read: 1 Cor. 9:5).

    It is probable that Peter was a disciple of John the Baptist. It is certain that Peter's brother, Andrew, the first-called, was a disciple of the Baptist. Andrew was the first to spend much time with Christ. He became convinced that He was the expected Messiah, and ran to tell his brother Peter that "We have found the Messiah", and "brought him to Jesus" (John 1:41, 42). Jesus looked at him, and said, "So you are Simon,  the son of Jonah?  You shall be  called 'Cephas' ", which means Peter (John 1:42).

    Peter received three separate "calls" from Christ: first, to become His disciple (read: Mt. 4:19; Mk. 1:7; Lk. 5:10); second, to be His constant companion (read: Mt. 4:19; Mk. 1:17; Lk. 5:10), and third, to be His apostle (read: Mt. 10:2; Mk. 3:14; Lk. 6:13-14). Peter was recognized as the leader of the Apostles through his vigor, courage, ardor, earnestness and impetuous nature. His name appears first in the list of the Apostles (read: Mt. 10:2; Mk. 3:16; Lk. 6:14). Peter also is first within the intimate circle of the three most favored disciples: Peter, John and James. He was the natural spokes­man for the Apostolic group. He was the first to confess Jesus as the Son of God, but was equally quick to deny Him (read: Mt. 16:16-23; Mk. 8:29-33).

    The life of Peter is marked by three well-defined periods: training, leadership and humble work. The period of training developed his personal association with Christ, as Peter learned to know both Christ and himself. This period ended in three denials of Christ, whom he had boasted he would never forsake (read: Mt. 26:69-75; Mk. 14:66; Lk. 22:54).

    During the period of leadership in the Church, Peter justified his surname (rock) and fulfilled the prophecy that on his confession of faith in Christ the foundation of the Church would be raised: "I (Christ) tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock (on his confession in Christ) I will build my church" (Mt. 16:18). The Church was lead in every step by the bold, stalwart guidance of Peter. He was the strong leader of the Church in its earliest years. He brought together and solidified the broken group of disciples (read: Acts 1:15) and proclaimed the meaning of the unrestrained Pentecostal utterances to the gathered multitudes (read: Acts 2:14ff). Peter was the leader in healing the lame man and it was he who addressed the "Men of Israel" (read: Acts 3:2ff, 12). It was Peter who opened the way to salvation for Jews and Gentiles in his sermon at Pentecost (Acts 2:38ff; Acts ch. 10).

    During the third period, Peter's humble work in the Church took on a subordinate role, and his humble labors to spread afar the message of Christ disappear from history.

PETER'S LEADERSHIP AND HUMBLE WORK

    The door had been opened by Peter. Following his humble, quiet work, leadership is transferred to Apostle James in Jerusalem and Apostle Paul, who becomes the Apostle of the Gentiles (read: Gal. 2:7f). Peter confines him­self to circumcising the Jews wherever they were to be found, especially in Palestine and Syria, leaving the work among the Gentiles to James in Jerusalem and to Paul elsewhere in the world. Peter is mentioned in Acts (read: ch. 15) in a concluding account of his missionary work, as his policy of breaking down the barriers for the Gentiles meets with uni­versal acceptance. Peter is later heard from in Antioch (read: Gal. 2:11), possibly at Corinth (read: 1 Cor. 1:12) and in clear references to his work on missionary journeys, ac­companied by his wife (read: 1 Cor. 9:5). Finally, Peter glorified God by suffering a martyr's death (Jn. 21:18-19).

    Beyond this, nothing is recorded in Scripture of Peter's fortunes, sufferings or successes except what can be learned from his two Epistles. They reveal his singularly beautiful humility, with no emphasis on personal claims to leadership. In his Epistles Peter stands before the reader with great, abiding humbleness. Peter's humble work in the Church is manifested in his exhorting his readers to hold fast to the common faith. The three well defined periods in Peter's life (training, leadership and humble work) exemplify his apostleship, bequeathing to all Christians a legacy of Christian life.

    There are few personalities in Scripture or history whose character is presented to us more clearly or strongly than that of Apostle Peter. No matter where Peter is mentioned — Gospels, Acts or Epistles — it is the same man who stands out dramatically and with distinction. He is eager, ardent and impulsive — a man of action in the Apostolic circle. Peter's excellent qualities and his weaknesses are never hidden. His virtues as well as faults were rooted in his enthusiastic disposition. Along with his impulsiveness, there grew in Peter's personality a strong, burning love and a readiness to receive truth. Christ treated Peter with honor by giving him the power to perform miracles, and he performed three in the Lord's name. Christ appeared to Peter alone after the Resur­rection. The life of Peter is especially rich in instruction from Christ Himself, and is a comfort for all Christians. His two Epistles reach out and touch every depth of Christian life, ascending to the utmost heights of Christian hope.

    Very little is recorded of Peter's life outside of the New Testament. The description of his martyrdom reveals clearly that he died by crucifixion around the tune of Paul's death in 68 A.D. The claim to the place of his death and burial in Rome is widely and strongly disputed. Many legends have grown around his life, especially the claim of his episcopate in Rome, but with no supportive evidence.

The First Epistle of Peter

     The first Epistle of Peter is clearly a fulfillment of the charge and authority given to him by Christ Himself (read: Lk. 22:31-32). In summary, the Epistle is written to a group of exiles who were being treated badly. Peter tells them they must endure the persecutions, reminding them that Christ, too, had suffered; that they must withstand their persecutors through patience and holiness, as Christ withstood His persecutors. They must do this in order to receive, as Christ did, glory from God, the Father. They must love and help one another, work and pray together. Thus the strength of God, through Christ, would be with them during this time of trial. The letter is addressed to the elect Christian Jews who were dispersed, living outside the Holy Land, among the Gentiles in various places. The Epistle is written from Babylon (5:13) in excellent Greek style. Its date is unknown. Some place it before 64 A.D., while others believe it was written later. It was written by Peter to hearten the early Christians in a time of affliction among hostile Gentiles. This meaning of Peter's has become one of the world's greatest expressions for courage in enduring the hardships of life. The central theme is the victory over sufferings, and clearly reveals that Peter is an apostle of hope. The problem of suffering is basic to the field of religion. One of the explanations of this problem of suffering is given in the Book of Job, that God lets His people be afflicted to prove their faith in the fjice of suffering. The problem of man's suffering is resolved by the conviction that suffering finds its glorification in service to others, as stated by Isaiah in the Suffering Servant (read: ch. 53).

    The suffering of Christ Himself justifies the sufferings of His followers. Christ suffered because of the sins and weak­nesses of others. Since Christ suffered, should we not suffer? Peter offers many solutions to the problems of suffering. Fore­most that suffering is a means of purifying and elevating the soul. According to Peter, suffering brings us into closer fel­lowship with Christ, thereby helping us to attain the higher life, "Since, therefore, Christ, suffered in the flesh, arm your­selves with the same thought, for whoever has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, so as to live for the rest of the time in the flesh no longer by human passions, but by the will of God" (4:1-2).

AN OUTLINE OF THE FIRST EPISTLE

     Apostle Peter, a messenger of Jesus, sends his greetings to the Christian Jews in the provinces of Asia. Peter offers thanks to God for the many blessings from Christ and for the reward and glory soon to be for all, promising that their persecutions and trials are temporary. The purpose of their sufferings is to purify, as fire purifies gold. Jesus, Who is without sin, instills a joy in their hearts, for through Him their souls are saved (read 1:3-12).

    Peter tells them to keep their hearts on a higher level by obeying the commandments of Christ, not giving in to their former weaknesses. They are exhorted to live like Jesus in the holiness of the Father, remembering that Jesus shed His blood for them. Peter encourages them by telling them that since Christ triumphs over death, so shall they, with Him, rise above their desires and sufferings (read: 1:13-21).

    Peter writes them to add to the purity of their souls a deep spirit of love and service to others, remembering that J they are living a higher kind of life, above the realm of lust­ful desires (read: 1-21-25). He emphasizes to them that they have been born into a new life, drinking of spiritual milk for rapid, healthy growth. They are like stones of a new build­ing, a living temple, Christ being the cornerstone. Peter refers to them as a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices. He tells them that they are God's chosen people, called out of darkness into His incredible light (read: 2:1-10). He urges them to continue honoring the name of Christ in all their living, performing their duty in public and in private. They are told to endure persecution with fortitude, for Christ is their example. Christ died that all might live (read: 2:11-25).

    Peter writes that they should live in peace with their husbands and wives, and that they should be sympathetic toward all, not returning evil for evil, keeping their lips from unclean and violent words (read: 3:1-12). He said that if they suffer for their uprightness, they should not be afraid, but venerate Christ (read 3:13-22).

    Peter goes on to remind them that they had spent much of the past in non-Christian behavior. Others are surprised that they no longer associate with them in these things, and that is the reason that evil is thought of them (read: 4:1-6). Then Peter comforts them by saying that the end of suffering is not far away, telling them to be serious and to take time for prayer. He urges them to keep their spirit of love vigorous, for love can overcome a host of shortcomings. He exhorts them to serve one another with all the power of God's spirit (read: 4:7-11). He then says that they should not think it strange that a fiery test is upon them, for this makes partners with Christ's sufferings (read 4:12-19).

        Peter describes himself as a fellow elder, and exhorts those elders among them to serve the flock of God, not for money, but in the spirit of the Great Shepherd. Peter appeals to others to be loyal to the elders and to put their worries and anxiety in God's hands, so that after their brief suffering, He can make them perfect (read: 5:1-11). He ends his Epistle by telling them that the letter is written for him by Silvanus, closing with greetings from the Church in Babylon.

The Second Epistle of Peter

    In summary, this second Epistle deals with conditions in #the Church when false teachers were causing the people great disappointment. Peter encourages them to believe that it was futile to hope for better conditions when Christ had not yet returned as they had expected Him to. He tells Chris­tians to ignore false teachers, to be patient and brave, that God will keep His promise of a new heaven and a new earth. In the meantime, they should be careful to lead the virtuous and peaceful life of true Christians.

    This Epistle is addressed to the Church at large. Its central theme is a warning to Christians against corrupt and false teachers. The Epistle was written probably between 64 and 70 A.D. In order to counteract the influence of false teachings, Peter places great emphasis upon the word of God and on the certainty of the fulfillment of His divine promises. Peter's thrust in this Epistle is one of eloquent and extensive condemnation of false teachings in doctrine and life. Other important points of this Epistle are Peter's demand that Christians practice virtues to make valid their calling and election, his personal remembrance of Christ's transfiguration, his teaching about the prophecy's genuineness, the Coming of Christ and his exhortations to spiritual perseverance.

AN OUTLINE OF THE SECOND EPISTLE

    The Epistle begins with the usual words of formal intro­duction to all Christians (read 1:1-2). Peter affirms the divine nature and character, the great Christian virtues, the Christian life (read: 1:3-4). But, he says, even though Christian salvation imparts to all a divine nature, the struggle for perfection of moral life must be active and constant (read: 1:5-11). Peter refers to the Transfiguration of Christ (read: 1:15-18). His use of the pronoun "we" in verse 16 emphasizes that the authority of the Twelve Apostles stands behind the message and teaching of the Church. This authority is found in the fact that the Apostles were "eyewitnesses" at the Trans­figuration. This event has special importance for Peter in that the Transfiguration of Christ is an earthly anticipation of His heavenly glory, making the Second Coming of Christ — the fulfillment of the Parousia (Oral Tradition) — a cer­tainty. The Transfiguration is not only an earthly event, but historical fact witnessed by Peter. The voice on the mountain carried divine authority when God the Father said: "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased" (v. 17). So the voice of the "eyewitnesses" must also be heard. The messianic prophecies of the Old Testament have been justi­fied by the Transfiguration of Christ. Peter tries to impress upon his readers the authority of his message (read 1:12-21).

    Then Peter turns his attention to those who by their wrongdoing are perverting Christian values and ideals with lower moral standards. In chapter 2, Peter passionately at­tacks the Gnostics, giving a general description of heretics. He gives three examples from the Old Testament: the fall of the angels, Noah and the Flood and Sodom and Gomorrah, dealing with sins against flesh and authorities, illustrated by Old Testament examples of licentiousness and spiritual pride. This chapter reveals the hard line taken against the heretics for sexual offenses and greed. In verse 18, Peter addresses recent converts who have or who are about to slip away from Christian teachings. He accuses the heretics.

    It then becomes clear that Peter's purpose for his Epistle is to lay the groundwork for a defense of Christian eschatology (read: 3:1-13). Peter reaffirms the certainty of the Christian teaching about an early end of the world and of Christ's return in Judgment. The prophets of Old had prophesied it; it had been preached by Christ Himself and had been reaffirmed by the Apostles. Therefore, he stated, it is ridiculous for believers to deny the expectation of Christ's Second Coming, for with God, even "a thousand years" might be as a single day (read: v.8). Peter gives a vivid portrayal of the end of the world. But his main concern is for the upholding and practicing of high moral standards of Christianity.

    In his final exhortation for righteous living. Peter tells his readers of the certainty of coming judgment, emphasizing the value of a blameless life. He reminds them what Christ had suffered for their salvation, which is a certain indication of God's favor toward man. Then Peter refers to Paul, who had said similar things to strengthen the Apostolic witness (read: Rom. 2:4; Phil l:10ff; 1 Thess. 3:13). The reader should maintain the traditional knowledge of Christ as Lord and Savior, as taught by the Apostolic Tradition of the Church.

PETER, THE MAN AND THE APOSTLE

     Peter left his fish nets to become a fisher of men. His faith in Christ became the rock, the foundation on which the Church of Christ was built. He was an extra-ordinary man. Scripture describes Peter as brave and cowardly, wise and foolish, fearless and fearful, accepting and rejecting, doubtful and faithful. He was a man with an impulsive nature ruled by his emotions. As an impulsive man, he often talked and acted before he thought. Peter remained changeable in nature. Yet, Christ gave him the name, Rock. When Christ asked His disciples, Who He was, some suggested the names of prophets. Then He turned to Simon Peter: "But who do you say that I am?" Simon answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God". This was the first time a public confession was made that Jesus was the Christ. Christ ans­wered: "Blessed are you Simon . . . I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock (his faith) I will build my church" (Mt. 16:15, 16, 18). Henceforth, Simon was known as Peter, Rock. Although a rock is solid, unmovable and silent, Peter was anything but that, for he shifted readily and was seldom silent. His words often got him into trouble. He was later called "the mouthpiece of the disciples", by St. Chrysostom.

    Peter not only was outspoken, but was always doing something. He walked on the sea; fell down to put his arms around the knees of Jesus; wanted to build tabernacles for Moses, Elijah and Jesus; ran to the Tomb to verify Christ's Resurrection, rushing into it first; impulsively threw off his cloak and swam ashore while fishing, when John exclaimed, "It is the Lord!" He had to rush to his Lord, while the others rowed ashore. In Gethsemane, while Jesus sought strength in prayer, Peter, along with John and James, fell sleep. Aroused from sleep .by the soldiers coming to arrest Jesus, he drew his sword and cut off the ear of the slave of the High Priest. Once again he showed his impetuous disposition. Jesus showed His disapproval by quickly healing the servant's ear.

    These are some events that show that Peter was always going into action, whether wise or foolish. However, there came to Peter a moment of exaltation that has not come to any other person in history, when Christ said to him, "Blessed are you Simon Bar-Jona! For flesh and blood have not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven". Then, moments later, Peter is rebuked by Christ. So within moments, Peter is commended as God-inspired and then con­demned; from a high point to a low point.

    Peter's nature came out most revealingly when Christ showed His humility by washing the disciples' feet. When He came to Peter, Simon protested. But when Christ told him that if He did not wash his feet he would have nothing to do with him, Peter quickly said the opposite, asking Him to wash not only his feet, but his hands and head as well. Again he shows his reversible nature. But Peter's most bitter ex­perience is when Christ tells him that he will deny Him three times. Peter insists he won't. But then he does, and is stricken with remorse and goes away, weeping bitterly. He once again experiences the high and low state.

    Peter was a man who not only admitted his faults, but accepted the rebukes as well. He knew his weaknesses, and was able to take the rebuke. The natural question is: how could Christ characterize Peter as the Rock? He did because he saw beneath his weaknesses and changeable nature a firm­ness of conviction and loyalty that remained unshaken. His love and deep faith were the spiritual foundation that caused Christ to give him his new name. He never recanted from his Great Confession that Christ was the Son of the living God. This Confession of faith in Christ overpowered his human weaknesses, for it was Peter who first preached Christ, bap­tizing 3,000 persons on the Day of Pentecost, the beginning of the Church. Before Pentecost, his nature was weak and impetuous. But after the Day of Pentecost, he became a great preacher of Christ. Peter truly became the "Rock", after Pentecost.

    Peter, who was the leader of the Apostles during Christ's lifetime, remained the central figure in the early Christian Church. He played a vital role in fostering the growth of Christianity from a Jewish sect to a religion of world-wide acceptance. Apostle Peter's qualities make him stand out and live today, after many centuries. His love for Christ is deeply rooted and abiding, reflected in his final reply to Christ's thrice-repeated question: "Lord, you know that I love you". Apostle Peter remains a shining example for all Christians of every generation. Apostle Peter is the Apostle of hope and admonishes his readers; "that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold which though perishable is tested by fire, may redound to praise and glory and honor at the reve­lation of Jesus Christ" (1 Peter 1:7).

In seven different articles you are presented information concerning the Apostle Peter and the great schism of 1054. 

Some of the information comes from the Nag Hammadhi library which are considered Gnostic.  However, we are encouraged by the Holy Patristic Fathers to read and study all writings published so as to help us in standing firm in our Faith (Right thinking, Right understanding, Right Worship, and Right Living = ORTHODOXY) ... 

You are presented with what is believed the most important article first...

Thus, the following is presented:

1. YOU ARE PETER

2. PETER THE ROCK OF THE CHURCH

3. THE ACTS OF PETER AND THE TWELVE APOSTLES

4. THE APOCALYPSE OF PETER

5. THE LOST GOSPEL ACCORDING TO PETER

6. THE LETTER OF PETER TO PHILIP

Now... go back and re-read YOU ARE PETER! and PETER THE ROCK OF THE CHURCH

7. Placing into context: Peter and The Great schism of the Ecumenical Church by the Roman Catholic Jurisdiction

Return to: About Peter the Apostle

 


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{ Apostle1.com's Note, Commentary & Opinion:  What does this have to do with prophecy?

It goes right back to Genesis and God's pledge to bless those who bless the children of Israel and curse those who curse them.

That is a prophecy that has seen every empire of the world come and go – yet Israel remains. It may be chastened by God. It may be dispersed. It may be divided according to His will [not man's]. But God has punished every nation that has come against Israel. Each one has been judged.

You can choose to believe it or not. It won't make any difference.

But he that touches the apple of God's eye will pay a price: "For thus saith the LORD of hosts; After the glory hath he sent me unto the nations which spoiled you: for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye." – Zechariah 2:8

As Zechariah 12:8-10 reveals: "In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the LORD before them.

"And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.

"And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn."

And one shall ask Him, "What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends" (Zechariah 13:6).

In short... any THING we do against Israel, will and has caused for this country to face such as has never before been seen... ie: environmental changes and worse that is coming... Why do think God is doing nothing concerning the incursion of Islamic Sharia Law of the Muslim's Satanic Koran (Quoran) bible?  Think about it!  Our nation is being prepared for the worse things possible that our American way of life has never before seen and most of you aren't willing to accept the truth when it is very much before your eyes... Our congress and the closeted, disguised Muslim in the White House is but a glimpse of the Satanic horror that is to come! Disclaimer Notice below and what are you doing to put the brakes on them and him?  Absolutely Nothing from what many of us have seen thus far! Nothing!  Stay warm, do nothing and it will eventually happen to you or those who you leave behind to carry on your legacy! And, there is one more thing to remember:

"And He said to them, When I sent you out without purses and without bags and shoes, did you lack anything? They said to him, Not a thing. He said to them, from now on he who has purses, let him take them, and the bag likewise; and he who has no sword, let him sell his robe and buy for himself a sword. And they said to him, Our Lord, behold here are two swords. He said to them, That is enough...." Luke: 22: 35-38  }

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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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