Voices from Russia

Thursday, 15 February 2018

15 February 2018. A Thought from Vladyki Lazar

“Everyone needs to carry their cross”… this reminds me of puffed-up clergy such as Trenham, Paffhausen, Damick, and Reardon… they turn more people away from Christ and His Church than they attract to it… those that they do attract are nutters we’re better off without.

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It isn’t that atheists in the West don’t believe in God; rather, many of them believe in Him, but hate Him. This is because they see the Western God as being “out to get them”. He’s preached as vain and vindictive, looking for an excuse to punish you, while claiming to love you.

Photios Kontoglou

Indeed, God is preached, not only in the West, but by some Orthodox clergy, as being the supreme child-abusing father who pretends to forgive, but actually punishes his own Son in the most hideous manner on behalf of mankind for his own satisfaction. However, punishment and forgiveness are mutually exclusive. You can have one or the other, but not both. Who actually would want to spend eternity in the house of an abusive father?

13 February 2018

Bishop Lazar Puhalo

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Tuesday, 13 February 2018

13 February 2018. A Picture IS Worth a Thousand Words… HH Shows the Way! The Church Is NOT “Conservative”… It Never Was… It Isn’t… It Never Will Be, Thank God!

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You hear much from “conservative” ignoranuses like Rod Dreher, Steven Damick, and James Jatras (and those like them) that the Church is “conservative”. Nothing could be further from the truth. Look at the above image. It’s HH with one of his dearest friends. Comandante Fidel wasn’t a “conservative”… well, neither is HH and the Church isn’t either!

HH believes that the state has an activist role to play in society. He believes in single-payer healthcare. He believes that the state should mandate that all workers receive a minimum of paid vacation per year. HH believes that the “Free Market” is evil and believes that the ordinary worker will pay the cost after the current stock market bubble bursts. HH believes that women should receive maternity benefits and paid leave after childbirth. HH believes that Cuba is “The Island of Freedom”. My, my, my… not very “conservative”, is he?

Damick, Dreher, and Jatras lie. Dreher is allied with Patrick Buchanan. Buchanan is the author of the Republican Party’s racist “Southern Strategy”… ergo, Dreher must agree with that. Damick is allied with a hate site known as Russian Insider. Russian Insider is full of anti-Semitic rubbish and publishes the rants of the unbalanced “Brother Nathanael”… ergo, Damick must agree with that. Jatras is a long-time GOP activist… the GOP is anti-family, anti-life, pro-bankster, pro-war, pro-imprisonment, and anti-worker… ergo, Jatras must agree with that.

You can see that HH and the named worthies aren’t similar in the least. The rightwing slimers are trying to take over the Church. Shall we let them? They can do it if we’re supine and listless. It’s your choice… the pro-life pro-state attitude of HH… the anti-life anti-state attitude of the rightwing slimers.

Choose wisely…

Good birds of a feather flock together… Shitbirds of a feather flock together. I stand with the good birds… I’m not alone…

BMD

Saturday, 10 February 2018

10 February 2018. Some Thoughts from Vladyki Lazar

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Frankly, I’m not so certain why the existence of evil should be an enigma. Evil is primarily “the absence of empathy”, which is why the two prime commands of Christ are to love God will all your being and to have empathy for your neighbour (which is the only way that you could love your neighbour as yourself). Loss of empathy is evident in the “Fall” story because it chronicles the birth of ego, egoism, and self-love. Those characteristics are at the very essence of Satan and the root of the demonic. Perhaps, this is why Romanides insisted that the way to defeat Satan was through growth in unselfish love.

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Please, please, people of faith, don’t assert what “Jesus would do” or what “Jesus wouldn’t do”. Nobody knows the answer to that, and it’s such a tired formula. Moreover, it really is important to remember that we follow the Christ, and it isn’t painful to refer to Him as Jesus Christ or Christ Jesus (I realise that’s primarily the Orthodox Christian practice, but I’d like to encourage our fellow Christians to practise it also). Salvation really does consists in the restoration of the human nature to unity with God in the person of Christ Jesus, who has saved us, not by being a human sacrifice to God, but by ransoming us from the power of death, thus redeeming us from the bondage to “him who held the power of death”. He’s the recapitulation (as Apostle Paul says) of the human nature. He accomplished this because He is the Christ, Who is fully God become also, at the same time, without dilution or admixture, fully wholly human… ending, in Himself, the alienation of the human nature from the Divine, and making our Theosis possible. Jesus is never “just Jesus”… He’s always and inseparably the Christ, the Son of the Living God. Remember… we follow Him… He doesn’t follow us.

Saturday, 3 February 2018

3 February 2018. Damick Still Allied With Anti-Semitic Alt-Right Website… The Bishops Should Act to Right That Wrong

The above is an editorial cartoon of a GOP politician who hobnobs with Alt-Right scumbags. Damick et al are in cahoots with the same sort of slumticket. Our bishops have to slap Damick and his pals down hard.

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Stephen Damick launched a website called Russian Faith. It’s linked to a site called Russian Insider. That site published anti-Semitic and Alt-Right articles… it’s posted material by the crankish “Brother Nathanael”. Therefore, our bishops have the duty to discipline Damick et al for their association with an anti-Semitic hate site and demand that he repudiate the Alt-Right scummers publicly. As for politics, the bishops have no warrant… however, anti-Semitism is an affront to all real Christians and against everything that we believe in. The bishops have the duty to rein in these scumbag konvertsy and their ignorant rightwing rants… now that they’ve allied themselves openly with active anti-Semites. If the bishops don’t act, it means that they endorse anti-Semitism. That’s the long and the short of it all. A Greek country pappas said it all during the Holocaust… “Our Lord Christ lived and died a believing Jew”. We may stand with the country pappas or we may stand with the Alt-Right anti-Semites. One is Christian… the other is demonic. Need I really tell you which one is which?

BMD

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