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Saturday, 30 September 2017

30 September 2017. A Thought from Bishop Lazar Puhalo

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The only way you can help to make the world a better place is by starting with the person you see in your mirror. If you can’t make yourself kinder, more compassionate, more open-hearted, accepting, and loving, you have little to offer to the rest of humanity and no hope of helping to make the world a better place.

Bishop Lazar Puhalo

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Monday, 29 May 2017

“Beware the Virtuous”

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Few people are as dangerous to humanity as those who consider themselves righteous defenders of virtue. Far too often, they have been the authors of state terrorism. Look at Cromwell, Robespierre, Ayatollah Khomeini, Stalin and Mao (who claimed to guard the purity of Communist virtues), and Wahhabism, which spawned ISIS and most of the other virtue-spouting terrorists of our own day. By the way, does anyone question the US leadership’s assertion that Iran is behind much of the world’s Islamist terrorism, even though Sunni, and not Shi’ite, Muslims carry out that terrorism? Why aren’t Christians making a real defence of the poor and downtrodden? Because the leading and loudest voices in American “Christianity” want to see “virtue” enforced by law, and they don’t care at all for those for whom Christ cared. “Enforcing virtue” consumes them, even though they have little respect for the virtues that Christ taught. They fancy themselves “righteous defenders of virtue”, but have no use for the teachings and example of Christ. American Evangelicalism is merely a rightwing political movement that uses Christ as a cheap frontman for their extreme politics and displays little that would commend them as followers of Christ.

28 May 2017

Lazar Puhalo

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Editor:

HH offered a similar viewpoint on the Sunday of Orthodoxy in 2009:

Never did the Lord say, “My teaching or death”. None of the Apostles said, “Orthodoxy or Death”. Because Orthodoxy is life eternal, it’s joy in the Holy Spirit, it’s the joy of life, but death is decay that came because of the Fall and the devil’s action. Now, we see, from time to time, false teachers who seduce people by calling to save Christianity, to save its purity, who repeat this dangerous, sinful, and self-contradictory slogan “Orthodoxy or death”. In the eyes of these people, you won’t find love; there burns a fire of demonic pride, a desire for power, which destroys the Church’s unity. Of course, they put on a good show, they hide behind pious visages, and they enjoy adulation from a certain set of people.

If one needed to describe all-too-many konvertsy, the above says it all. Beware the “pure” and the “crusader”… all too often, they’ve allied themselves with and sold out to evil.

BMD

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Wisdom from the Great Metropolitan Antony Khrapovitsky

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A student (who later became Metropolitan of North America) asked Metropolitan Antony Khrapovitsky about writing a book. Metropolitan Antony advised him, “Write for ordinary people. They’ll read to learn. Academics only read to criticise”.

Now, that’s the ticket… write for those who’d benefit from your words, not those who’d pick it apart, for no good reason, to inflate their egos. That sounds like the konvertsy “experts” who bloviate on the web, doesn’t it? As for me, I’ve benefitted from the good example and the good sense shown by the likes of Metropolitan Antony Khrapovitsky and Archbishop Antony Bartoshevich (arguably, the best hierarchs the ROCOR ever had). Be careful with those who follow this-or-that guru… you can’t talk reasonably with such sorts and all that it does is to rile you to no good end. Learn from the REAL lights of the Church and ignore the rest. Life is too short for anything else…

BMD

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Christian is as Christian Does… Words Mean NOTHING

I’d observe that Vladyki Lazar’s opponents are mostly Pharisees… they do love to tell us how “holy” and “religious” they are…

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Editor:

“Conservatives” hate Vladyki Lazar… he shows them up to be the hypocrites, liars, and deceivers that they are. They think themselves “Christians” because they hate “queers” and they hate Planned Parenthood. Christianity’s foundations are Love and Thanksgiving… not Hate and Fear. One of these things is not like the other.

BMD

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There’s no Christ in a Christianity that allows children in the wealthiest nation on earth to go to bed hungry, and go to school the next day hungry. Surely, Satan triumphs when someone commits this sin (in large measure) to give more to the wealthiest citizens in that nation. How is it that a national programme [of feeding the hungry] began in Hindu and Sikh temples and the Federal Government in primarily Hindu India took it up, but no such nationwide movement has arisen in America, with Christian Churches pressuring the Federal Government to fulfil this most basic Christian obligation, this most fundamental commandment of Christ? Individual congregations here and there certainly do undertake this task in local areas, but if a Third World essentially Hindu nation can fulfil what should be a basic obligation of humanity, how is it that a very wealthy nation, one that boasts of its “Christianity”, is unable to do so?

Bishop Lazar Puhalo

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