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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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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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