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Monday, 28 May 2018

28 May 2018. A Point to Ponder From Bishop Lazar Puhalo

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Morality is a condition of the heart, not conformity with the law. To become moral, one must undergo a transformation of the inner person into the realisation of Christ’s moral imperatives. Moralism is to demand obedience to laws which may themselves be arbitrary and ideological, often without comprehension or knowledge of reality. Moralism is often subversive and practised with feigned compassion, but with an underlying absolutism which can’t yield when proved wrong or contrary to reality.

You can’t share the faith politically, but only through living examples of compassion and love, and even a willingness to endure persecution and to suffer with no desire for vengeance or earthly recompense. We need to seek to live the faith, not to coerce others to obey its doctrines.

24 May 2018

Vladika Lazar Puhalo

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Saturday, 26 May 2018

26 May 2018. Bishop Lazar On Allowing Politics to Trump Faith (Pun Intended)

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As followers of Christ, we shouldn’t expect the secular authorities to do for us what we can’t accomplish through our faith and moral leadership. Too often, instead of being moral leaders, we Christians become nagging moralists, with a skewed concept of what constitutes true morality, as we compartmentalise our moral concepts and precepts into “people we’re for” and “people we’re against” without stopping to think that we’re against no one and for everyone. We don’t recall that the only people Jesus spoke harshly to and about where the political moralists of His day. We also forget that the moral leaders of the secular world and the religious leaders compromised themselves with the secular world who finally crucified Christ. The religious leaders used the political leaders and system in order to accomplish the execution of Christ.

Apostle St Paul wished to make it clear that one can’t do evil hoping that good will come of it. Yet, that’s precisely what so many Christians in America are doing today. Primarily, the Evangelicals and Fundamentalists support wickedness and immorality, hoping that thereby the American Supreme Court will be loaded with fanatical rightwing people who’d place religious ideology above the rule of law and the US Constitution. They’re willing to fall into a political idea and political idolatry for the purpose of accomplishing an agenda that has itself become idolatry. This idolatry is surely based in the heresies of raptureism, chiliasm, and apocalypticism. These heresies are based in egotism.

Christ redeemed us as members of the Bride of Christ, the Church, which is in the world, but not of the world. We’re saved by faith, not by political power. As the Desert Fathers said, ”One Christian is no Christian”. We’re a community, but we’re not a community which is here to persecute other people. We aren’t here to support one nation against another, as is done in the Middle East, but there are Christians willing to sell their souls in order to accomplish this. It isn’t a moral act or a Christian act to sell your soul to wickedness in order to accomplish an agenda. We’re here to proclaim the Gospel to those who’d hear it and to continue to love those who won’t hear it and to desire even their salvation. We aren’t here to load the political system with our doctrines. We must remember that when you dance with Caesar, Caesar always leads. Let’s not partake of evil hoping that some good would come of it.

24 May 2018

Vladika Lazar Puhalo

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Saturday, 28 April 2018

28 April 2018. A Point to Ponder From Vladyki Lazar

The animals can get on in peace… why not we?

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If you have no curiosity, no scepticism, and no interest in gaining a more complete understanding of the things you oppose and the people you fear, no pressing desire to learn and grow, then, a robot needn’t replace you… you are one.

Bishop Lazar Puhalo

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.

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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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