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Tuesday, 7 July 2015

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

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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

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Sunday, 5 July 2015

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

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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

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Vox Pop from Facebook on “Conservative” Outing of Gays in the Church

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I saw this on Facebook… good stuff…

BMD

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Within my faith community there are some who’ve decided that “outing” other individuals is a Christian way of dealing with differences in sexual orientation. These messages are a response to that disturbing development, however, these quotes show Orthodox Christianity at its best and most authentic:

Enemies have driven me into Thine embrace more than friends have.

Friends have bound me to earth; enemies have loosed me from earth and have demolished all my aspirations in the world.

Enemies have made me a stranger in worldly realms and an extraneous inhabitant of the world. Just as a hunted animal finds safer shelter than an unhunted animal does, so have I, persecuted by enemies, found the safest sanctuary, having ensconced myself beneath Thy tabernacle, where neither friends nor enemies can slay my soul.

Bless my enemies, O Lord. Even I bless them and do not curse them.

They, rather than I, have confessed my sins before the world.

They’ve punished me, whenever I’ve hesitated to punish myself.

They’ve tormented me, whenever I’ve tried to flee torments.

They’ve scolded me, whenever I’ve flattered myself.

They’ve spat upon me, whenever I’ve filled myself with arrogance.

Bless my enemies, O Lord, Even I bless them and don’t curse them.

Whenever I’ve made myself wise, they’ve called me foolish.

Whenever I’ve made myself mighty, they have mocked me as though I were a dwarf.

Whenever I’ve wanted to lead people, they’ve shoved me into the background.

Whenever I’ve rushed to enrich myself, they’ve prevented me with an iron hand.

Whenever I thought that I’d sleep peacefully, they’ve wakened me from sleep.

Whenever I’ve tried to build a home for a long and tranquil life, they’ve demolished it and driven me out.

Truly, enemies have cut me loose from the world and have stretched out my hands to the hem of Thine garment.

Bless my enemies, O Lord. Even I bless them and don’t curse them.

Bless them and multiply them; multiply them and make them even more bitterly against me:

so that my fleeing to Thee may have no return;

so that all hope in men may be scattered like cobwebs;

so that absolute serenity may begin to reign in my soul;

so that my heart may become the grave of my two evil twins, arrogance and anger;

so that I might amass all my treasure in heaven;

ah, so that I may for once be freed from self-deception, which has entangled me in the dreadful web of illusory life.

Enemies have taught me to know what hardly anyone knows, that a person has no enemies in the world except himself.

One hates his enemies only when he fails to realise that they aren’t enemies, but cruel friends.

It’s truly difficult for me to say who has done me more good and who has done me more evil in the world… friends or enemies.

Therefore, bless, O Lord, both my friends and enemies.

A slave curses enemies, for he doesn’t understand, but a son blesses them, for he understands.

For a son knows that his enemies can’t touch his life.

Therefore, he freely steps amongst them and prays to God for them.

St Nikolaj Velimirović of Ohrid and Žiča

Prayers By the Lake (A Treasury of Serbian Orthodox Spirituality, Volume 5)

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I posted this as a comment to the above:

Alex… are you ready to rumble? They want to take over the Church. Paffso, Whiteford, and Reardon… the Unholy Trinity… there’s more, but they’re the “Godfathers”. Shall we swallow a kopeck’s worth? I fear that we’ll down a rouble’s worth before it’s over.

There be dragons abroad… they mean what they say. I know this from personal experience. No one who doesn’t fit their idiosyncratic and Pretendodox criteria is fit for communion or even attendance at the Liturgy. Beware ALL who say, “I speak the truth in love”. Such people NEVER speak the truth nor do they EVER show any love (beyond their family circles and friends, that is, as our Lord Christ said, “Even the Pharisees do as much”). We live in perilous times. Have a care… I’m handing out the AKs, RPGs, axe handles, and dynamite at the back door…

BMD

Sunday, 26 April 2015

26 April 2015. Rightwing Slimers Climb Out of Their Holes on Marriage… Politicising the Sacraments Yet Again!

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In the Rodina, the Church requires a civil marriage before a religious ceremony. HH supports that… so should we… without fanfare and without juvenile posturing as Reardon just did.

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Reardon and Mattingly crawled out of their ratholes again to politicise the sacraments yet again (click here for the full article). Firstly, civil and sacramental marriage are two separate things, and have always been. I asked a friend at the MDA about this, and he said, “If someone wishes to get married in the Church, they must have a valid civil marriage. State and Church are separate, but we aren’t going to cause any controversy either”. That’s all that Reardon had to say, “As of today, no one without a valid civil marriage can ask for a sacramental marriage”… and leave it at that. That’s the policy in EVERY diocese in the Rodina. However, this loudmouthed semi-heretic wanted to make a political splash in his Far Right circles (he was a supporter of the dubious deposed Moriak… he was also one of those who supported the deposed Paffhausen). After all, Reardon considers the notorious heretic Florensky a saint (yeah, the guy was a genius… he was also one of the greatest heretics in Church History); hey, Pat’s one of those semi-converted konvertsy influenced by the sodomite heretic Gleb Podmoshensky. Reardon has NO Orthodox clerical formation and he teaches at a so-called “Continuing Anglican” seminary. Don’t forget, Sir Pat left the OCA because Feodosy Lazor refused to ordain him, as he had no Orthodox seminary formation (a wise move). In short, the guy’s hardly Orthodox in his heart-of-hearts. I won’t judge his eternal destination, for that’s God’s place, but it’s clear that Reardon’s a raving ignoranus (as his lack of Orthodox clerical formation shows); no decent and true Orthodox Christian can stand with him in anything. After all, he’s part of that crowd of lunatics that believe that people “excommunicate themselves”… nothing more barmy can be imagined!

His pal Mattingly’s part of that dubious claque around Freddie M-G and Potapov in the District. He works for an Antichristian Sectarian pressure group, which shows that his commitment to the Church is rather shaky, too. He’s one of those who refuses to stand publicly for Suffering Novorossiya, as that wouldn’t go down well with his Far Right Sectarian colleagues. Remember, Freddie M-G colludes with the ravening Uniate enemies of Christ’s Church, and her circle does likewise. At a time when Holy Orthodoxy is fighting a “battle of civilisations” with the Uniate papist imposters, such indifferentism isn’t only wrongheaded, it’s criminal! Reflect well that all the konvertsy go gaga over Freddie… most of them are like her (and Mattingly and Reardon)… they gleefully associate with the Uniate and Sectarian enemies of the Church.

In short, this is rubbish all the way around. All that Reardon need have done is quietly acted… AFTER CONSULTING WITH HIS BISHOP! I think that this Rightwing Piece of Shit didn’t do that. He has no right to set ANY policy… he’s only a priest! Our theology makes it clear that priests are only delegates of the bishop, they’re only priests insofar as they share in the bishop’s fullness of the priesthood, they have NO right to act independently. We commemorate the bishop at every service… NOT THE PRIEST! We’re a hierarchical Church… the bishops sitting as Holy Synod make such policies, not prideful jumped-up konvertsy “priests!” In short, Reardon merits deposition for his action. He overstepped his bounds, did it publicly, and courted public notoriety in the media. God willing, the AOCANA will do just that. Whatever the merits of his position, he had no right to arrogate to himself a prerogative that Church Law and Tradition leaves to the Holy Synod sitting en banc. Snotty arrogant ignorant Anglo bastard… the sooner that we slap him down, the better.

BMD

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