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Tuesday, 14 July 2015

14 July 2015. Is it Lawful to Give Tribute unto Caesar, or Not?

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There’s been much kerfuffle amongst the konvertsy about the so-called “gay marriage” issue. I think that the bishops should step in and STOP THE DISCUSSION NOW (and their obsession with the Jenner Affair). It isn’t building up the Church nor is it helping anyone’s salvation. This is the same set of asshats that beat the tollhouses to death thirty years ago and the ROCOR SOBs had to say… “Stop! There’s not much revealed on this and this discussion isn’t helping the Church. We order it to cease”. I wish that they’d do the same thing today. It’d do wonders for my old bones (and for many others, too) to see people like Dreher, Reardon, Elijah Borek, and Jesse Dominick shut up. The Church stated its position recently, the best expression being that of the ROCOR Diocese of Eastern America. There’s truly nothing further of use to say. I think that it’s time for the bishops to sit on all idiots who want to keep this pseudo-issue alive. The Church isn’t going to “do” gay marriages, that’s that, and there’s nothing further to say. Perhaps, the loud asshats could try doing good works… I’ve heard that they help one win salvation… which pointless discussion on the internet does not.

Them’s my two cents…

BMD

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

7 July 2015. A Thought from the Righteous Elder Amvrosy Grenkov of the Optina Pustyn

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7 July 2015. A Thought from Righteous Elder St Amvrosy Grenkov of the Optina Pustyn (+1891)

00 orthodox church in russia. st amvrosy optina. 070715

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For more information on Righteous Elder St Amvrosy Grenkov of the Optina Pustyn click here.

At present, the Convertodox are all agog over the “gay marriage” thing and about how it’s such a big threat to us. That isn’t so (the Church has its position, it hasn’t changed, nor has the state threatened even the slightest of actions in response, either now or later). DO NOT ARGUE WITH RIGHTWING ASSHATS. NEVER EVER. Do NOT frequent their websites… do NOT take part in their fora… do NOT argue with them in person. Trust me, you’d have better luck talking to the wall. They’re going to parade this or that “spokesman” and tell you that they’re giving the “Teaching of the Church”. That isn’t so… there’s diversity of opinion in the Church on how best to implement its teachings… do have a care with people like Patrick Reardon or Victor Potapov. The former lacks Orthodox seminary formation (but does have heterodox formation) and the latter lacks an Orthodox graduate degree (he has seminary, that’s it… he lacks a kandidatura from an established institution such as the MDA, Thessaloniki, or Belgrade). That is, neither one is an authoritative voice. DO NOT LOG ONTO A SITE CALLED MONOMAKHOS… the idiots all hang out there… all that it’d do is rile you to no end. If a priest shoves his opinion as the “teaching of the Church”, complain to your bishop… if that doesn’t work, you can go further, to the SOBs (Synod of Bishops). In most cases, that’s the charm. DON’T FEED THE TROLLS! That’s not only good secular advice, St Amvrosy makes it clear that it’s the Church’s REAL teaching, too. Have a care, the times are perilous…

BMD

Sunday, 5 July 2015

5 July 2015. Christ’s Church Does NOT Shun Homosexuals… Or Anyone Else for that Matter

00 gods doors are open to all. 020715

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I wrote a friend:

An asshat send out e-mails claiming that they’d out “Orthodox-in-name-only” homosexuals. Now, an e-mail’s surfaced claiming that they were only spoofing… all anonymous, of course. Sorry shit all round. I researched it… it’s a nasty little action that appears to come from Seraphim Rose rightwing crowd. I’d like to see the bishops shut down any discussion of other people’s sexuality the way that they shut down the tollhouse kerfuffle in the 80s. My own take? I stand with St Serafim… “Save your own soul and thousands will be saved about you”. I find this all sickening and disedifying. The Church isn’t going to perform “gay marriages”… the state won’t force them to, either. The Church isn’t under persecution… it survived the catacombs, the Ottomans, and the early commissars. This is nowhere near that. Crazy shit.

Right now, we’re seeing batshit crazy konvertsy running around ranting that the Church is under persecution and that the state will force us to officiate at “gay weddings”. Firstly, there’s no “persecution” in the cards, in either the long or the short-term. NO WAY… NO HOW. Secondly, the state isn’t going to force religious bodies to officiate at “gay weddings”. NO WAY… NO HOW. No persecution of any sort is in the offing… the worst that MIGHT happen is that churches might lose their tax exemption… that isn’t nothing, but it isn’t persecution. That’s harassment… not the same thing at all. Persecution means that they come out at zero-dark-thirty, drag you out of bed, and either shoot you or throw your ass in the slam for serious time. Losing your tax exemption is a pain-in-the-ass, a major problem, but it isn’t persecution. In any case, there’s no sign of that happening any time soon (or later).

You can’t listen to asshats such as Hannes Jacobses, Patrick Reardon, John Whiteford, Josiah Trenham, Odd Rod Dreher, and Paffso. It’s time for the Church to recollect itself, let the bishops sort out the response (for it’s their responsibility, not that of hubristical priests and laypeople), and go from there. Patrick Reardon, of course, merits deposition for his action, as he presumed to take action without explicit permission from his bishop. Loudmouths should shut the fuck up. Full stop. We don’t have responsibility for Christ’s Church… the bishops do. They’ll decide based on Church Tradition mixed with prudence… do note that the loudmouths don’t act prudently. They want to rush into the Coliseum to face the lions. The Church condemns such action… always has… always will.

The Church doesn’t shun anyone… it shows mercy to many people. The zealots don’t like that. Well, it’s time that the decent people shut up these loud morons. The Church gives communion to all sorts of “sinners”… do note that it teaches us that GREED, the LOVE OF MONEY, is the root of all evil. Why don’t the asshats focus on that? Well, it’s because they’re teabagger Republicans with an inordinate love of money, that’s why! That’s how Satan works… he gets people to focus on other people’s sins and not their own. He’s been SUCCESSFUL amongst the konvertsy, as the “gay marriage” affair showed us. The Church doesn’t shun homosexuals (or drunkards or greedsters or murderers). Everyone in the Church deals with one or another sin. I’d hope that the bishops would shut down discussion on “gay marriage” and homosexuals in the Church… it’s not edifying and much rubbish is circulating amongst the believers.

That’s what I’d like to see. That all of us would concentrate on saving ourselves… if we don’t do that, all the rest is in vain. Think on that.

BMD

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