Voices from Russia

Thursday, 26 November 2015

How Putin Taught Me a Lesson in Being Christ-like

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On Tuesday, when Turkey ambushed and shot down a Russian Su-24, the world held its breath. Would this “stab in the back by the accomplices of terrorists”, as Putin stated it, trigger World War III? Despite Turkey’s insane act of war, Putin had no plans for starting a war against Turkey and its NATO accomplices. No doubt, Putin’s decision not to retaliate with military force sprang from political strategy. Yet, nevertheless, one can also see it as a self-sacrificial act. Putin and Russia received a major blow and chose to turn the other cheek, but not because Russia is weak, fearful, or incapable of responding with deadly force. However, Putin chose to defeat the greater evil of terrorism instead of taking revenge. Now, Putin invites his foes to coöperate to defeat the menace of terrorism. This is similar to Christ enduring the pain and shame of the cross to save the world. Russia seems to follow the same path. Putin’s political decision shows a moral superiority and a meekness that springs from being poor in spirit, the first step of following Christ, and an ultimately spiritual Christian virtue. The society that he leads possesses the Christian foundation from which such stature springs. Putin not only taught me what it means to be Christ-like… his Christ-like response saved the entire world from war on Tuesday.

Thank God for Mr Putin.

26 November 2015

Iben Thranholm

Russia Insider



Unlike loudmouthed ”Christian” politicians in the USA (Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin, and Rick Perry are the worst offenders here), VVP does NOT wear his religion on his sleeve. Indeed, he stated, “I won’t do a spiritual strip-tease”. However, he goes to Valaam on otpust every year without fanfare, and the fathers on the Mountain always greet him with great enthusiasm. Observers note that he “got religion” after his wife was in a near-fatal auto accident. Many people do likewise in similar straits, so that’s believable. No doubt, he consulted an elder (there are such in Russia, although we don’t have any here, sad to say… my money is on Archimandrite Ilya Nozdrin, HH’s starets)… one can see the result.

God bless Vladimir Vladimirovich and keep him. The world needs him… is this why God suspends His wrath? One does wonder (especially, after seeing the spectacle of American Republicans with their grasping and narcissistic Me First foolishness and greed)…


Wednesday, 25 November 2015

25 November 2015. A Point of Unity… This is What the REAL Church Teaches…

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There is much warmongering rubbish coming out of the USA and its vassals… echoed by “Evangelical” sectarians (abetted by Born-Again shake n’ bakes in Orthodoxy). That isn’t what Christians believe. Patriarch Kirill and Pope Francisco agree that war isn’t the way to go. Real Christians agree with them. “Evangelical” phonies clamour and slobber for war… that proves to all comers that they’re nihilistic atheists, not Christians at all (their approval of the promiscuous use of the death penalty and their blessing of unlimited guns for all comers further nails down their non-Christian status).

Look at the above. Christians agree with that. Sectarians do not. In your heart-of-hearts… you can be a Christian… you can be a Sectarian. It’s up to you. One leads to the Heavenly Kingdom… the other to Hell. Do ponder it well before choosing…


25 November 2015. A Picture IS Worth a Thousand Words… Those Who Call the Church “Conservative” are Liars

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There are many loud voices on the internet claiming that the Church is “conservative”. Simply put, they’re all liars of the worst possible sort. Look at the image above. That should settle it for good and all. Socialism is good… the Church says so by its First Hierarch’s choice of associates. He chooses to associate with Comrade Fidel, Comrade Zyuganov, and Comrade Tsipras, NOT godless posturing rightwing filth like Rush Limbaugh, Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, or Rod Dreher. You can follow His Holiness or you can follow self-centred grasping rightwing nihilists. That be your choice… there isn’t any other. As always, choose wisely.


Sunday, 22 November 2015

22 November 2015. Translated Russian Demot… Beware Sects and Sectarians!

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Beware all those in so-called “Evangelical” sects… they are NOT Christians, only members of quasi-Christian sects that use Christian verbiage and bowdlerised versions of Holy Scripture. If you walk into their conventicles, the lack of holiness and sanctity overwhelms you. There are no holy things… no icons… no smell of incense… no altar… just seats and a podium. That isn’t a church, that’s a cinema. Trust me, there’s no way that one can worship truly in such a blasphemous setting. There are NO points of resemblance whatsoever between Christians (Orthodox, Catholics, Reformation Prods (both high and low)) and “Evangelicals” (including Pentecostalists, Mormons, and JWs). All those trying to bring in “Evangelical” practices and opinions into Orthodoxy (including tithing) are guilty of “returning to their vomit like dogs”, as Scripture tells us.

Do NOT hate. Simply keep your contacts with “Evangelicals” to a minimum and don’t argue with them. You can never win any argument with a fanatic. Only some 15 percent of Orthodox come from general Prod or “Evangelical” backgrounds according to Pew… albeit, their loud bleats on the internet inflate their seeming numbers and influence. Most Orthodox still come from “traditional” backgrounds and we shouldn’t allow this loud and narcissistic minority to distort and pervert our Faith in an “Evangelical” direction. You’ve read them… you’ve met them. Reflect on this… many of the former “Evangelicals” in our priesthood are “shake n’ bakes” without proper seminary formation. Yet, they prance all over the Net, pushing their fancies as Holy Writ.

DO NOT ARGUE WITH THEM OR LINK TO THEIR SITES. Let them be. Pray for them. If needs must, oppose them. However, NEVER argue with them. They’re pigheaded rightwing fanatics, which means that they enjoy disputation. Have a care, the times are evil; alien nastiness has crept into the Church. Many of the former “Evangelicals” have capitulated to the zeitgeist… they’ve never really abandoned their heretical notions. Treat them like the Born Agains that they are. If we pray for them, some of them may find their way to the Last Homely Home… if we argue with them, they’ll remain in the Outer Darkness…


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