Voices from Russia

Sunday, 14 August 2011

14 August 2011. A Point of Unity. Faces of the Christian Faith: Ethiopia… the Light from Africa

******

Editor’s Foreword:

To forestall any criticism from nit-picking konvertsy… yes, “Eastern Orthodoxy” isn’t in communion with “Oriental Orthodoxy” (nor are we in communion with the Church of Rome or with Classical Reformation Protestants either). That being said, we’re CHRISTIANS… we aren’t Sectarians… such as the American Radical “Evangelicals” and “Pentecostalists” are. The latter are, in a Russian Orthodox bishop’s scathing words, “Christian atheists”. They don’t have the Eucharist, the Saints, the Holy Mother of God, iconography, or the complete text of Holy Scripture… they don’t hold anything distinctively Christian, they’re closest to Radical Islamocist Muslims, in fact (although they hate Muslims passionately, oddly enough… the group that they’re closest to). Sectarians are anti-Incarnational, which means that they deny Our Lord Christ in the most basic ways. Those misguided Orthodox who think that we have ANYTHING to learn from such self-worshipping God-deniers are all wet (how can anyone be a Christian and deny icons? Ridiculous!). I don’t care how much they holler about “Jayzuss” and their “personal relationship with the ‘Lord'”… they’re not Christians, and that’s that. To put it another way, Rick Perry and Michelle Bachmann aren’t Christians in the least, they’re posturing blasphemers of the worst possible sort. Bear that in mind as you hear their self-centred rants over the coming months…

Here are the faces of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church, the face of the Christian Faith in Ethiopia… which has been the State Church since the Fourth Century AD. THESE are our brethren and “neighbours”, indeed, much more so than the Hardshell Baptists, Holy Rollers, and Smug “Evangelical” Anglicans down the block…

BMD

******

******

******

******

******

******

******

******

******

******

******

******

******

******

******

******

******

******

******

******

Blog at WordPress.com.

%d bloggers like this: