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Saturday, 16 June 2018

Bishop Lazar: What IS Romans 13?

THIS is what the Evangelicals have become… have a care that we don’t follow them into the abyss

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This is another example of the crookedness of Evangelicalism. If one must be subject to the authority without question, then, when the authority permits abortion and the rights of groups you don’t agree with, you must passively accept it. Where were the Romans 13ers during Mr Obama’s government? It’s of no avail to claim that you shouldn’t be subject to corrupt governments (or even perverse governments) since Apostle St Paul spoke these words when Nero was the authority, and one also had Caligula, Heliogabalus, Tiberius and the like in absolute authority. Therefore, one had to be completely subject and obedient to these authorities. However, you see now the American Christian is supposed to be subject and obedient to Mr Trump, perhaps in the same way that the Roman Catholic Church supported Mr Mussolini, and in return, the Vatican received the status of an independent nation. Romans 13 appears to be all or none if one takes it in any way as a literal command, rather than an effort to stave off government persecution of Christians. After all, St Paul had to demonstrate that Christianity wasn’t some subversive organisation. That’s the real meaning of Romans 13… at least, the first half of it.

15 June 2018

Vladika Lazar Puhalo

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Sunday, 10 June 2018

Bishop Lazar: “One Can Make a Lot of Money Peddling Fear”

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One can make a lot of money peddling fear. Perhaps, love isn’t remunerative enough for them. The “love” that they mention is so bound to fear and “only if” that it’s more “control” than love. We find such not only as a hallmark of Evangelicalism but also as a hallmark of parish cultism in our own Orthodox Church.

9 June 2018

Vladika Lazar Puhalo

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Bishop Lazar: “Morality is One of the Most Misused and Misconstrued Words in the English Language”

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Morality is one of the most misused and misconstrued words in the English language. Perhaps, only the word love is more distorted and tormented. It seems that totally amoral Christians in America reduced morality to the external behaviour of the lower classes, and it doesn’t imply to the honesty or dishonesty, the integrity or lack of integrity, truth or lies on the part of the ruling classes in America. These ruling classes turned the American Constitution, surely one of the greatest documents in history, to toast, and the American people don’t even seem to care. Secondly, the evangelical wing of the Christian church is totally indifferent and shows itself to be morally bankrupt.

8 June 2018

Vladika Lazar Puhalo

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Bishop Lazar: “There’s No Reason Why the Taxpayer Should Finance a Religion That They Don’t Belong To”

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Recently, someone asked me if I think the government should in any way, including school vouchers, support sectarian schools. The answer is absolutely not. There’s no reason why the taxpayer should finance a religion that they don’t belong to, or in fact be coerced to support any religion at all. Vouchers or any form of forced taxpayer support is coercive since the taxpayer has no choice.

Most sectarian schools shouldn’t even have accreditation. There’s a separation between church and state and it should be a firewall. There’s absolutely no excuse for the state to be involved in religion at all. If a sectarian school isn’t teaching pure science, genuine science, and unadulterated history, then, it shouldn’t even have accreditation, and we should inspect it regularly to maintain its accreditation. If that sectarian school teaches so-called “creation science” even as if it were an alternative to real science, we should absolutely not even accredit it, and anyone who completed its course should have to take an alternative education before being admitted to higher education.

It’s time to end the fraud of sectarian education and the government absolutely shouldn’t in any way support it. It isn’t education, it’s mental programming, and it’s child abuse when they teach fraudulent science. Betsy De Vos doesn’t even want these schools to be accountable for what they teach. This is mental abuse of children, we commonly call it brainwashing, but it isn’t education, and the government has no business in any form involving itself in religion. Each religion should support its own agencies, and not turn to the government for bailouts. The government is responsible for valid public education and not for some form of religious propaganda. If you want to send your child to a special school you should pay for it yourself, the taxpayer shouldn’t do it for you.

7 June 2018

Vladika Lazar Puhalo

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