Who are the Modern Day Pharisees and Sadducees who abuse the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ?
Recently... an experience of our Metropolitan Archbishop, who is the Archabbot of the Monastic Community of St. John Maximovitch and the Holy Theotokos said much about the direction that this world of ours is taking. But, it is not just this world as a whole for there are segments or some groups of people who have not necessarily opted to follow that direction, but to fight against it with all their spiritual and, where possible, material force with honorable words of truth.
The cause of this writing is our concern over the extreme negative response by five supposed clergy at two different group lists on which our Vladyka is a member and to which he posted his Lenten 2006 Letter. Some had said they wouldn't listen or read anything he posts. Other responses of the five were filled with such hatred and vileness as clergy, as bishops, that it leaves one to wonder what kind of servants of God they really are? For those who suffer from within with such hate and vengeance without personally knowing our Vladyka, basing their claims on almost 20 year old news accounts, says much about their false belief in the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ, His Commandments for all Christians and clergy alike.
The alarming fact is that the unfortunate direction this world and many jurisdictions are going toward of which we speak as exampled in the last paragraph above is just a sampling that cannot be laid totally at the doorsteps of the Roman Jurisdiction of the Catholic Church itself, so much as being laid at the large political arm of both Romans and Protestants alike, which have caused, and continually causes for such a direction to be taken by various jurisdictions, monastic communities, governments and their politicians, especially those who have converted to a false form of Romanistic Catholicism that is filled with many errors and, for the most part, devoid of understanding or having a “Catholic” mind-set be it Roman or even Orthodox.
The various clergy and leaders of whom we allude to, above, involve those who even call themselves Old Catholic, Independent Catholic, some of those who may even call themselves Benedictine, some of those who are Franciscan, Independent Churches, World Council of Churches, World Bishops Council and many more.
The very term and word "Catholic" is taking on a new meaning in the faith; a meaning that is becoming void of the strengths of the faith and its teachings from ancient times; from the times of the ministry of Jesus Christ, the Holy Apostles and Patristic Fathers with restructuring its basic spiritual core of the heart with a newer understanding through rhetorical art which is the disease of scholasticism, not of the Holy Spirit, even though being called as coming from the Holy Ghost (Holy Spirit) only when it is convenient.
Up until these last several decades, many of those whose religious beliefs encompassed true "Catholicity" stood strong and firm for most of that which is being set aside in these present times. That which they stood strong for involved and included not only the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ which has been handed down through time and history through both the oral and written traditions by successive apostles in a long line of Apostles, but also includes the Seven Oecumenical Councils and Seals of the Confessional; understandings of the Patristic Fathers whereby all things having to do with a clergyman's actions and activities weighed heavily upon his and those of his flock as maintaining to those strong pillars of the Church. This picture, though, has been changing at an alarming rate. History and understandings of historical truth are being re-written to encompass things never before accepted by the ancient Church. Such action and activities are the result of those who want a kind of ‘unity’ that is identified by Holy Writ as an abomination because the words, action and activities were denounced and refuted by the ancient faith as being anathema and heretical.
The Roman Jurisdiction of the Catholic Church which schismed in 1054 A.D. and has used psychological, political and often times militant force in ancient times to bring those opposed to her, under her control. In these present times, she now knows that another approach must be used. Thus its various tangled arms have for several centuries reached out with a twisted noise about history in such a fashion in an attempt to re-write history in order to present herself as the only arbiter of who is or is not "Catholic" - forgetting that history itself shows that she schismed (separated) from that which is the One, Holy, Orthodox, Catholic and Apostolic Church (Church = 'faith'). In doing, so, she has also listened much to what society itself has had to say, responding to those voices of an entertainment mentality without regard for spiritual truth, so much as the political aspects are her important concerns. Thus her politics have taken shape based on those impressions and reactions.
The war of words is being won by the Roman jurisdiction, it would seem, as Old Catholics, Old Roman Catholics, Independent Catholics and many others... even some of the true Orthodox Churches are becoming so-called 'bed' partners with this "Whore of Babylon". Yes, we dare say, "Whore of Babylon" because her actions and words have not kept to that which she had, in ancient times, profoundly stated is right, correct and true belief (faith). Through her Roman Pope, she continues to declare herself as the Universal Pope! A misnomer to be sure, for even the Orthodox Jurisdictions (not Uniates who are under Rome’s control) have “Popes”. But Rome (Vatican) is unique in that she has become a ‘whore’ in that she is prostituting the very faith with altered doctrines and dogmas; for the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ are being reinterpreted in such a fashion that through mass media and centuries of psychological political action, society has been and is more so accepting of her snivel and drivel, even wanting to become a part of her since she has more and more altered those very things to embrace heretics and such, to worship with pagans (Dali Lama), etc.
Those who have been so accepting of her and have themselves become a part of her unofficially, being members both knowingly and unknowingly with the action and activities of the World Council of Churches and other Protestant initiated groups; are those who, for the most part, desire the soft, easy path and to hear such as makes them 'Feel Good' - such is the entertainment mentality and those who suffer the disease of Scholasticism and Synchrestic Ecumenism as the Roman Jurisdiction of the Catholic Church is promoting in tandem with the World Council of Churches.
Now, even that "faith" has been and is being further re-written by her to accommodate not only her own self-interests, but the interests of politicians, governments and some jurisdictions in such a way that the faith itself is being taken away from the roots of its original messengers to accommodate even more than just heretics, blasphemers, but also pagans, Satanists and worse. Rome claims and states she is not a member of the World Council of Churches but pushes much to maintain more than just "dialogue" with them and several other of her bastard Protestant daughters. Did not her former, now reposed, Pope John Paul allow (approved) for the placing of a statute of Buddha on top of one of her Tabernacles when the Dalai Lama visited Pope John Paul; followed by both of them getting down on their knees to worship God under the false and misleading belief that they were worshipping the one and same true God but under different names? Yes... that is exactly what was done and said. Yet, the Buddha and the Triune God of +Father, +Son, and +Holy Ghost are different from each other in both spirit and truth; even given the fact that their names are different. Read the difference in beliefs... and more especially what Jesus Christ has had to say about how one can come to the +Father only through Him (Jesus Christ) and that there is no other way.
It is one thing to be in dialogue with heretics, with blasphemers, Satanists and Pagans for the explicit purpose of attempting to bring them and others to the faith of, and in, Jesus Christ. It is another thing to misuse and abuse the faith by bringing the politics of Caesar (government) into play and to worship and pray with heretics and those of other religions. For again, we are reminded that Jesus Christ had also said that no one can "ride two horses" or "serve two masters" for in serving two masters, you will be giving more of yourself to one master than the other.
The Orthodox attitude of approach, when it is true... is such that there is no need of man's "Politics" whatsoever, for the very fabric and foundation of the faith will, by the action of the Holy Ghost (Holy Spirit) actuate upon those who have a true sincerity of desire to know spiritual truth and maintain their faith accordingly without alteration or adulteration; meaning the Holy Ghost (Spirit) will be with them. As for others who have and are opting for that of which we speak, it surely true that unbeknownst to them, they do have a "spirit" about them, but it is not the Holy Ghost (Holy Spirit). Their spiritual eyes and ears are not opened to God Himself through the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ, but opened to that of the teachings of Anti-Christ!
As for spiritual truth, it is the foundation and fabric of all that Jesus Christ lived, preached or taught. There was nothing political about Him and He did nothing political. The Sanhedrin: Pharisees and Sadducees created an air of political intrigue as regards Jesus Christ for a multitude of selfish reasons. It was this same Sanhedrin's actions that brought about the death of Jesus Christ. One cannot blame the Jewish population as a whole for Jesus' death. For, in truth, it was "politics" and Caesar (government) that brought about His death through the intrigues of the Sanhedrin which is rather similar to that of the Roman Jurisdiction in these present times who have become, and is proving more and more that it is, the whore of Babylon.
The activities and involvements of many of today’s jurisdictions, especially the Roman Jurisdiction of the Catholic Church along with many of the Protestants (not all of them) which includes the Independent Catholics, Independent movement, Old Catholics, Old Roman Catholics, Benedictines and more; through their World Council of Churches as well as the actions of the World Bishops Council and many others; they are to blame for what is on-going today. For indeed what is now leading us to accept the false and heretical religion of Islam and their so-called Prophet "Mohammed"... is the same kind of involvements already described which is leading and driving us to destruction on a world class scale.
The idea of a One World Church is the end results of this kind of "ECUMENISM" that is on-going through all those agencies, governments and Catholic Jurisdictions, especially that of the Roman Jurisdiction of the Catholic Church with many pseudo-orthodox under the aegis of being "Uniate" (under Roman control) as well as some of the true "Orthodox". Such actions and activities, disguised dialogues and much more that is taking us into a future of oblivion with heretical teachings and ideas, is leading to that which was prophesied in the Holy Bible, the Apocrypha. This includes those who desire for a kind of ‘unity’ which means one will have to fully accept false religions and pagans on the same 'par' as the Christian religion, which they are not!
The kind of Christianity being touted in these times will become worse in times to come. For while such will appear to be "Christian" - it will have little appearance in its true spiritual life and teachings in comparison to that of ancient times, which only a few Orthodox Jurisdictions still have some semblance of maintaining.
In the United States of America and other countries now, the Protestant regime of "Church of Christ," "Mormons (Church of Later Day Saints," "Methodists" of many factions, "Anglicans" of many factions, and many others (only a majority of them but not all of them, yet) who claim to be "Fundamentalists," "Evangelical," “Charismatic,” "Independent Catholic," "Old Catholic," "Old Roman Catholic," "Independent Orthodox," "Autocephalous Orthodox," "Old Catholic Benedictine," "Independent Benedictine," "Celtic Orthodox," "Ukrainian" appellations in their name and some of those who hold to the rule of life of St. Francis of Assisi.... and so very many other nomenclatured groups... are either calling for a "Unity" that is filled with "Synchrestic Ecumenism" or touting themselves with artful words of endearment but have little true spiritual heart to such a degree that what is being passed off, actually calls for the acceptance of those who belong to the religion of Islam (Muslim/Moslem) - - - to pray with them (a heretical action which the Seven Oecumenical Councils of ancient time denounces). This is just the tip of the proverbial ice-berg. Here’s further evidence and an example:
Snippet of E-mail we recently received...
"We must learn to love and respect each other. Jesus told us that we must love our fellow men and women. 'The second great commandment'. There are many differences in our world and people of all sorts of thoughts and ideas and even though we may not agree, we must try to understand their position. I lived with a Muslim/Moslem man for a short time and when I studied the Bible he studied with me and when he studied the Q'uran, I studied with him. If we take the time to understand others, we could get along better with each other."
While the above is good and worthy of praise in part, it shows the limited understanding of the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ. Indeed, we are to ‘Love and Respect’ each other, including our neighbors and enemies. However, the Second Great Commandment did not over-ride or obliterate the teaching that Jesus Christ Himself stated… “I am the way, the truth and the light” and “No one can come to the Father except by me.” This means that we do not study and pray with those of such faiths that are not Christian as handed down to us from ancient times, from the Holy Apostles and Patristic Fathers, nor to pray with heretics, schismatics, and blasphemers. This means we do not do such things by actions which separate us from what it really means to be a Christian. We can appreciate the love we must have for all people, as exampled by the woman at the well when Jesus met her, for she was of another faith, another religion altogether. We do not accept the faith of others that is not in accord with all that Jesus commanded. It does not mean we study and pray with them. Even Saint Francis knew this and did not study with heretics, schismatics, pagans, etc. He had the Holy Spirit with him and that is why he was able to face the Saracens of his time; not because he studied and prayed with them whatsoever! The misapplication of the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ as exampled in the particular snippet of e-mail we received is just an example of what is going on around us. Such actions are very Protestant indeed, for those who are converts to Catholicism who hold to such ideas as “I lived with a Muslim/Moslem man for a short time and when I studied the Bible he studied with me and when he studied the Q'uran, I studied with him,” to heart, then we are all in deep trouble. Our Metropolitan had a Hindu living with him at one time. The Hindu who believed in and practiced a faith foreign to Christianity would often talk of such teachings that he attempted to claim was similar to Jesus’ teachings. Our Metropolitan and the Hindu became and are still very good friends. But, not once did he study with the Hindu or pray with him. Rather, the reverse happened! The Hindu remained Hindu only because of his family and economic ties with the Hindu community. He wanted so much to be accepted into the Christian fold, but feared disenfranchisement from his Hindu family and our Metropolitan would not accept him into the Christian fold until he openly renounced his pagan religion. He did not!
The very errors of the Roman Jurisdiction of the Catholic Church is another example, especially that of the now reposed former Roman Pope, John Paul, who did more than just pray with the Dalai Lama, but allowed and approved for the statute of Buddha to be placed atop the Holy consecrated Tabernacle wherein the Body of Christ was contained; then the roman pope got down on his knees and worshipped with the Dalai Lama as though they were worshipping the one and same God. Buddha is not Jesus Christ and never was! There is an error going around that all religions worship the same God under different names. This is so false and misleading altogether that those who fall for this error are damning themselves to hell for they blaspheme the Holy Ghost! For to do so denounces Jesus Christ by placing him on the same par as all other false Gods.
In all those instances and nomenclatured groups or churches thus far related above; all call for a kind of "unity" that is wholly and truly unacceptable if one follows and practices the faith handed down to us from Jesus Christ, the Holy Apostles, and which involve the "Seven Oecumenical Councils".
Because many of those so far named, several of them in fact, approach their "Catholicity" in both a "CAFETERIA" style, and also in a style that is very Pharisaic, where things they do not like, using the same approach to history as the Roman Jurisdiction does, they reject... and thus they fail to accept the fullness of that which has come down through time and history as being fully One, Holy, Orthodox, Catholic and Apostolic in spirit and truth! While many of them may be truly Bishops only insofar as they were consecrated by true bishops [having proper lines of succession] in the Church, and they may be, from a legalistic and ecclesiastical standpoint “Bishops” – they are actually wolves in sheep’s clothing by their having abandoned the faith as well as the commission and charge they accepted (if they were truly consecrated according to the norms and liturgical requirements) at the time of the consecration.
We know of several valid groups and clergy (Bishops) who have this stunted approach. They also reject the Seals of the Confessional as a part of the Church, yet it is grounded in Biblical truth (even though hidden but ascertainable). These are the very ones who we alluded to at the beginning of this missive.
One of those clergymen is well known in the Chicago, Illinois area where he is given reasonable acceptance and invitation for speaking engagements, even (sometimes) television and other news media coverage for his honorable and zealous works. However, he has an issue in him that is depriving him from being fully of, and in, Jesus Christ. That issue is rather similar to the issues many hold in one form or another these days, given the media hype and anti-“Catholic” war-of-words by so-called (false) fundamentalists, evangelicals, Charismatics, and others of Protestantism who are predominate in North America. These are the ones who have, for the most part, intentionally used psychological manipulation to convince many that they had been sexually abused and therefore have economic right to sue the Roman Jurisdiction of the Catholic Church. But, in part, while there is truth in many of the sex abuse scandals of the Roman and some Orthodox Churches, those who have done so, refuse and reject anything appertaining to the Seals of the Confessional. Many a priest quietly took a course of accepting ‘defeat’ or a form of martyrdom for the sake saving face for the Roman Jurisdiction.
The Chicago, Illinois, clergyman of whom we speak, deprives himself from being in and with Jesus Christ in spirit and truth by his very failure and refusal to accept all that the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ commands of each of us. He is one of many, along with a majority of Protestants and very scared or frightened Romans [faithful and clergy alike] of the Catholic Church, to stand firm in the faith that encompasses the very requirements of the Seals of the Confessional.
The Chicago, Illinois, clergyman is a victim of his own making. He is like many who rant and rave about the faults of others and thus deprives himself of being a worthy counselor in the faith when it comes to these very issues involving sex scandals, sex abuse and child molestation. If anything, he has become a man of self-image for the adulation he is being adorned with for his appearing as though he is a proponent against the very thing he was a victim of. While that, in itself, is not bad but somewhat praiseworthy… it is significantly interesting that he suffers from a psychological problem for which he needs help in spirit and truth. He believes that once a man (or woman) is convicted, they are factually guilty without further ado. Even when it is proven that the Seals of the Confessional were being protected by any other clergy who accepted a plea bargain to protect innocent persons and to maintain the Seals of the Confessional… he obstinately refuses to accept truth but relies on wholly and totally on Caesar (Government) as regards the ‘conviction’ and news accounts as bona-fide truth! He knows that both Caesar and the media is often the political arm of other agencies and people, but when it comes to sex abuse… he believes once convicted, they are guilty. It is the same as those who are convicted with a death sentence but after being killed, evidence proves that the death sentence should not have been carried out and the murdered innocent should have been released. But he is not alone in this false Christian approach to the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ. We know of a man much like him in Chicago, who lives in Missouri as a sex abuse counselor. He comes up with every conceivable cause and reason he can think up as a politician would, to deprive any clergyman who may have been convicted of this horrible crime falsely, believing they are guilty because society through Caesar has convicted them. Yet, he calls himself something of a "Catholic" in part and belongs to a Benedictine group which requires and demands complete and total forgiveness, of which he fails and refuses to do.
The Chicago clergyman’s hatred, like the Missouri sex abuse counselor, is so great that it is difficult how he can truly be a true shepherd of a flock because the very vengeance and hatred he holds, he spreads. While we know of other clergy who have indeed been victims too, yet, their ability to overcome the fear, the hatred and vengeance says much about their ability to weigh in their spirit what fact is from fiction, truth from error and be good shepherds. But yet, there are far too many who do not and cannot be of this approach and thus they are spiritually “wolves in sheep’s clothing” because they have not inculcated the admonitions of the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ. They infect the hearts, the very souls and minds of those whom they lead by their own hatred and vengeance no matter how unspoken it may be. It is a spiritual thing, a false chrism under guise of being of and in the Lord, when it is not! As a result they are not only bad shepherds, but should, when it becomes known, be avoided for they are unworthy ones to hear anyone's confession by a potential penitent seeking forgiveness of the Lord our God. The Seals of the Confessional are no longer sacred with these wolves in sheep’s clothing.
Many there are who do not accept Seals of the Confessional while calling themselves "Catholic" because the Holy Bible does not spell out in plain easy to see words and phrases that the Seals of the Confessional exist. This is similar to the approach by most (but not all) Protestants. In fact, most of these types of "c"atholic clergy and groups are “Catholic” converts from Protestantism, and many of them have brought the bag and baggage of many of their former heretical Protestant ideas and heretical beliefs with them, including their being “evangelical,” “Charismatic,” “Fundamentalist,” erroneous dogma/doctrine and more. They are not Evangelical as the Apostles understood and practiced such; nor are they Charismatic as such was practiced in ancient times. As to being “Fundamentalist” – most of them have no idea of what it really means except as to apply it to the Holy Bible by which they claim to live by… Yet, the very understanding and practice of one’s life in the times of the Holy Apostles was Fundamental then, but the belief and practice is much differently now and thus has no comparison whatsoever. Most of those of today’s “Catholic” clergy and other people have become the modern day Pharisees in scope and depth, in spirit and truth, thus they have become blasphemers and heretics.
As a result, many a clergy man who, over decades (if not centuries) has gone to his/their death to protect the Seals of the Confessional, and those who have gone to prison, are castigated and rebuked in part or whole.
The advent of Caesar's (government’s) "HEARSAY" laws in these present times as relating to the conviction of child molesters is become a boondoggle for those of various religions, especially those of the Christian Church who are either Roman or Orthodox Catholic. Both Political and Religious fervor of the heretics and blasphemers, false wolves in sheep’s clothing are at the core for this abominable law being used in many states of North America. While there are many predators in the public, and most are relatives and neighbors alike… the manner with which the law is being used is just as bad and on an equal par with those molesters and predators.
Remember, 'hearsay' requires little to no physical evidence anymore. It only requires someone telling a police officer or social worker who then testifies on the witness stand in place of the so-called 'victim' or person telling him (police officer) and it is accepted as though it were factually true without regard for the validity of fact or fiction. And, while many say that such an allegation has been investigated, it is has become one of the most alarming pieces of ammunition for lawyers of cities, counties and states to use as a means to raise the political stakes for their gaining a boost up the ladder to some higher office. And, for those who have aided in the so-called investigation, the same applies to many of them too. For in the doing, they have the weight of their public office with the electronic news media which will listen to them more than any other source. Many a time has it been shown where the so-called "investigation" was a sham. Especially when the so-called "victim" realizes that they were being used by the D. A. The so-called "Victim" finally tells, just before trial, that they are going to tell the truth because an injustice is about take place... but the D.A. threatens the "victim" or the family of the "victim" with perjury and its serious consequences, or threatens the so-called victim that his or her loved ones could face serious consequences, including jail or prison... So, the so-called victim testifies out of fear by stating un-truth to protect loved one(s) and thus sending an innocent one to jail or prison in order to safeguard other loved ones. There are many other variations on this theme, but "hearsay" laws should be rescinded and physical proof required, which it is not anymore. Thus, the news media's hype concerning an alleged perpetrator sets the benchmark for a "guilty" before trial and during the trial, whether or not the trial is by a single person, the judge, or a jury, motivated by electronic news media in these present times.
The Lenten 2006 Letter is a reminder to all of them and more about what is required of us who consider ourselves to be "Christian" in spirit and truth. But there are far too many who are failing the very One whom we Worship by their failure and refusal to abide by all that it means.
There is some hope though. Of the three to five individuals at one group list we initially talked about at the beginning of this missive, those who responded with vindictiveness and even 'hate' because they relied on newspaper accounts; brought forward over a dozen and more private e-mails from members of that one group with apologies for the unchristian way in which the few treated our Vladyka, +Joseph Thaddeus (Stanford), OSB, SSJt., Ph.D.
What of those types of nefarious Christians whose Pharisaic attitude and response is negative to the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ? While many have already crossed the border in spirit, there are still many of them who only border on being blasphemous of the Holy Spirit! Those who abandon their faith for the belief in "An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth" are become anti-christian, that is to say against the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ. They have within themselves the conceit which negates humble-mindedness... such as the ones we allude to who live in Chicago, Illinois and Missouri.
They are abandoning their faith. They are converting, in their hearts and souls to the faith being led by the Evil One toward a false Christianity with twisted doctrines and dogmas, ideals and beliefs not grounded in Truth, although there may be an appearance of truth.... They are living a lie as truth and denouncing truth as a lie.
There are many others of them who are converting (if they haven’t already) to the false religion of Islam. They are becoming Moslems or Muslims. Many of these converts were or presently are Jehovah's Witnesses, they are Mormons (Church of Later Day Saints), they are Protestants of various cults and denominations calling themselves “Evangelical” or “Charismatic” or “Fundamentalist”, they are Catholics, they are Orthodox, they are Old Catholics and Old Roman Catholics, they are Independent Catholics, they are of various kinds of Christianity.... They are Greek Orthodox Catholics, they are Russian Orthodox Catholics and many more. They are becoming an abomination unto the Lord Thy God!
One of the biggest problems, out of many, that exists in these last few decades is the degree to which those we mention have taken hate and vengeance which is growing at an alarming rate against almost all kinds of non-violent people, especially those of ethnicity and culture. We are not singling out just the negro (sorry, the politically correct term is "Afro-American" or “Black”) or even the Mexican (sorry again, "Latin American" or “Latino”) and others of oriental heritage; those who are single parents (less hated of most) and then we have those who are bi-sexual, lesbian or gay men amongst many who are being equated to those of child molesters, etc. We are singling out those who live with an entertainment mentality, are lazy in their faith and practice, are seekers of things they really have no right to, for these are the drunkards of self-conceit! They are, after all, false Christians in part, unbeknownst to themselves for they were trained no better by those before them! We pray for them!
The understandings that may be obtained from reading the Gospels according to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John especially... concerning what our Lord and Savior has said about His commandments are pretty much clear in our mind. "Love" must overcome "hate"... There is no two ways about it! "Love" is the predominate factor! But, in these times, the “Love” many wolves in sheep’s clothing is speaking about, is a limited form of love which rules out all that it implies as regards “repentance” and “forgiveness” in spirit and truth.
Running into the bigots, the White Racists, Separatists, Aryans, Nazis, and many other of those who feel that only the "White" people are the inheritors of this land we live in are sadly mistaken altogether for the American Indians were the first on this continent and they are the ones who had been displaced more than any other people of ethnic heritage. These racists, Separatists, Aryans, Nazis, and many others are predominantly those whom we identified as Protestants who are self-proclaimed Evangelicals, Fundamentalists, Charismatics, etc.
The American Indian is hated by many "red-neck" people whose main "hatred" is toward those whose skin coloring is "Black"...
It must be admitted that with the dominance of the electronic news media and entertainment modes of disseminating their messages, the black people along with the Mexicans or Hispanic speaking people are growing faster in North America while the White population is receding more and more.
The bottom line for this alarming change is the fact that economics, low cost of labor, biological drive of the human being of many ethnic backgrounds and heritage make for a lesson as to the why. This is also true as regards what is happening in so-called religious circles, groups and jurisdictions…
All these things are being used by the Evil One to promote a false Christianity which leads to the One World Church. Many there are, both high and low, clergy and faithful whose path is being set by their false beliefs and actions.
As for Lent… and Pascha… if you are true to God, to your faith and belief in the Commandments of Jesus Christ, the Lenten 2006 Letter is a guide based on spiritual and material truth that our Vladyka has been traveling for a very long time! If you are true to the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ, then you too must also travel that path or road and read what is required in your spirit and in your conduct with all others no matter whom they may be.
Who are we who write this missive?
We are brothers and sisters who are Benedictine, Franciscan, Thaddean Companions, priests and nuns, Roman Catholic, Orthodox Catholic (a Greek, a Russian, a Syrian, a Jacobite, two Ukrainians, a Slav, a Palestinian; for some of us, we are a part of the Independent movement, a few of us belong to other main-line jurisdictions; we live or reside in North American, a few in Mexico and South America, in various parts of Europe and Asia... we shall not name ourselves for it would only serve the purposes of those who suffer from the disease of being a religious politician of sorts who love to stir trouble and cause harm for us and our ecclesiastical superiors for we've seen the trouble that was caused a year ago by another already against Vladyka +Joseph... we are faithful parishioners and families... we are represented in several others of society and life, but one thing we are truly represented in collectively, is the faith "Church" of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, the Holy Apostles in heaven and those who are their true successors in their spirit and in truth on earth who hold to the roots of the commandments of our very Lord and Savior.
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From Our Metropolitan Archbishop, Archabbot and Primate, +Joseph Thaddeus (Stanford), OSB, SSJt., Ph.D.
A Fool For Christ who believes
"Prejudice Makes Prisoners of the Hated and the Hater"
(Why the Photo Image as seen above? See Quotes for September-October-November 2005 from "Franklin")
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We, at apostle1.com do cause for "Point" and "Counterpoint" discussions at our web site. This is sometimes the same way in which authors and writers do in order to bring about both sides or arguments in discussions or about some issues affecting the Church as a whole. Abbot +Gregori and our Metropolitan Archbishop do this from time to time. What part of celibacy does one not understand?
However, it has come to our attention that un-named individual(s) think it wise and not harmful to start attacking by taking copyrighted materials to use in their own web site without permission, per se: as for an example, the subjects pertaining to "Homosexuals" and "Homosexuality in the Church," etc. for the purpose of advancing their own causes to start their attacking of other(s) which is not bound in and with the Church, but with a personal agenda of self-image because of anger, hate, fear and worse. They are Roman in attitude and practice, but not Orthodox, although calling themselves "Orthodox" even "Celtic".
It is understood, according to information and belief, that three of his/her/their websites may have been closed by former service providers due to complaints against him/them for internet terrorism, spewing "hate" and causing for an individual whom he/they discuss, to be exposed to potential physical harm which happened in the early part of the 2005 when they thought themselves wise in their own conceit, for things of more than 13 years in the past. What part of "Hate" - "Exposing another to threats of losing life" - "Internet Terrorism" does he/they not understand? Now, under other domain names, the same/similar hate messages re-occur against the same individual.
We find them to be un-orthodox and un-Christian in spirit and truth for they continue to argue things of the past that is not a part of the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ, and (in fact) go against the very commandments of Jesus Christ! And those who do such are, it is opined upon investigation and in most instances, the very one(s) who had been or are under ban as excommunicated individuals posing as duly ordained clergy who had been a part of this jurisdiction (and so many numerous others) in times past.
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While the answer and question above is not sufficient for some to understand, we take the view (which we believe is ORTHODOX) that all things pertinent to life and living affects, and has an effect, upon not just our belief (Orthodox), but (for many) the way in which we act in accordance with our belief, our very faith.
Because this is a highly Protestant Country in which we live, having an effect upon the laws of the land, we should know something of what is on-going and where efforts by those denominations may affect and have a intrinsic effect on our very laws, for such does have an effect upon our daily lives as Orthodox Catholic Christians.
If one is not cognizant of the real events happening both locally and in the world, although many are removed from the world... one will not know what to expect or what to do, or how one can or cannot act which might betray one's faith and accrue the wrath of civil authorities as laws change. Yet, we are also reminded that these things must happen and it was for that which there exists many early Christian Martyrs and Saints.
While we can remove ourselves from the world, we still live in it. And for the faithful, theirs is a struggle for knowledge and understanding. All things are pertinent to the Orthodox Catholic Christian Faith which is the very foundation of Christianity. As such, we can not abandon them and leave them blind to events and happenings.
What we post as related to those things similar to various articles which might have a political theme or non-Orthodox Catholic Christian content, of sorts, does not mean or imply that we are supportive of, or against something articulated in an article, so much as it is NEWS and our faithful should be made aware, for such may be the very thing that will impact their day-to-day life.
Remember, not all Protestants, especially hard core cultic groups such as "Charismatic" - "Evangelical" and other people are not so generous in their viciousness toward anyone and anything that appears "Catholic" whether of the Roman or Orthodox jurisdictions, for they do not know or want to learn that which makes them "different" in their walk and talk as being far from the roots of Christianity.
Remember, it is the Roman jurisdiction which has more outwardly shown that it can be one of the most vicious toward those who are not Roman but are very much "Catholic" - for the sun and moon does not rise and set on the Vatican (Latin or Roman) jurisdiction as to who is or is not "Catholic" for the Roman jurisdiction split (schismed) from the roots of "Catholicism" which is founded in what is termed and called today as "Orthodoxy".
Any good article or piece of information will be considered so long as it is not defamatory or slanderous toward an individual when not based on TRUTH or FACT, or which is altered out of context from its original publishing by recognized sources.
+Joseph Thaddeus (Stanford), OSB, SSJt., Ph.D.
“I prefer a defeat accompanied by humility to a victory accompanied by pride.”
A Curse or a Blessing? Depending on to whom it may...
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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