Voices from Russia

Sunday, 23 April 2017

23 April 2017. A Colloquy with an Acquaintance on the Toll Houses and the Serafim Rose Nutters Who Defend Them

THIS is the centre of our faith… not the goofy Toll House fable spouted by the ungrounded. Need I say more?

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I’m in plain type… my interlocutor is in italics.

BMD

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Your conclusion that they are simply Seraphim Rose cultists who must fanatically defend EVERY word of The Master is sadly the only explanation that makes any sense.

They’re Anglos… that means that they have a superiority complex. They need an Anglo “Elder”… there’s never been such, so they had to make one up. The Rose that they venerate is leagues away from the reality. He was into theosophy, Oriental religions, and thought that UFOs were demonic manifestations. He wasn’t evil… but he was far from holy either. He had no monastic or clerical formation… that is, he simply swanned out into the woods with Podmo.

LOL at “They’re Anglos”… that’s a phrase I use all the time!” I read Not of This World and some of his other things in the 90s, so I know about his preoccupation with things occult. I’ve worked closely with Evangelicals for almost twenty years now and can spot one a block away, even when they’re in Orthodox guise. Unfortunately, when they “convert”, not much changes for many of them. They cling to the Evangelical political and cultural agenda stubbornly:

  • American Exceptionalism
  • Christian Zionism
  • Racism
  • Islamophobia
  • Anti-unionism
  • Homophobia
  • Pro-life-ism
  • Creationism
  • Millennialism
  • Tithing
  • Homeschooling fanaticism

And on and on. Moreover, they’re all hell-bent on improving Orthodoxy, aren’t they? Their attempts at liturgical tinkering often distress me most of all.

I prefer Living Orthodoxy… it’s why I advocate defrocking all former Prod clergy amongst us and sending our young bucks to the homelands for advanced study. They’d find out that it’s just as modern there, and that it’s far from perfect. Besides, they might get to stand in the South Stands with the guys holding the Kenny banner…

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Yes, we have those amongst us who’ve strayed from the common path in pursuit of strange doctrines pushed by phoney pseudo-elders and puffed-up pseudo-experts. Remember what HH said:

If we hear fervent appeals to struggle, for separation, to save Orthodoxy even at the cost of one’s death, when we hear them exclaim and shout, “Orthodoxy or death”… you need to be wary of these preachers. 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.

That’s the Toll House Set. Be wary of them. They’re contemporary Imyaslavtsy and are just as dangerous and false. Have a care… the times aren’t good.

BMD

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Patriarch Kirill: If Love is There, Christ is There! If There’s No Love, There’s No Christ!

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There’s unity where there’s love; where there’s love, God is there. If someone comes up with an idea to say something about our doctrine that diverges from the tradition of the Holy Fathers and the Ecumenical Councils, then, thinking people should ask, “For what, in the name of what purpose, do they offer a particular innovation?” If from the mouth of a man we hear invective, sometimes, we even hear dirt that afflicts the Church and its ministers, if we hear fervent appeals to struggle, for separation, to save Orthodoxy even at the cost of one’s death, when we hear them exclaim and shout, “Orthodoxy or death”… you need to be wary of these preachers.

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.

What we say against heresies, is true of any other division. Sometimes, in our parishes, there are divisions amongst the clergy and believers. Often, these divisions are associated with a struggle for superiority, for a certain power in the parish. We know how sometimes congregations divide, clustering around one or another priest. The veneration of a shepherd and adulation for him… so-called division in the name of love… is sinful, because there can’t be separation where love exists.

We must keep the unity of Universal Orthodoxy not only free from any heresies and schisms, we must keep the unity of our Local Church as our foremost care, as the suffering of the Martyrs of the Church gave us the gift of being one and indivisible. We must maintain the unity of our parishes and monasteries, bearing in mind that the most important criterion for evaluation of any Christian… from the Patriarch to the simplest believer… is love. If Love is there, Christ is there! If there’s no love, there’s no Christ!

Yes, may the Lord help all of us to keep the unity of our Church, to keep it as our foremost care, taking heed of chilling and dangerous examples from the past, but at the same time being inspired by the podvigs* of the Holy Fathers of the Seven Ecumenical Councils, who protected and maintained the unity of the Church of Christ, asserting that Church life is based only on the tangible Law of God… only the law of love saves.

  • Podvig: Should NEVER be “Englished”… one of the most powerful words in the Russian language. There are literally no English equivalents strong enough. Podvig has overtones of “epic”, “heroic”, “bravery”, “self-sacrifice”, “victory”, “effort”, and “triumph”. It’s best to leave it as is, and admit that English lacks the necessary material to give meaning to this word.

Sunday of Orthodoxy 2009

His Holiness Kirill Gundyaev

Patriarch of Moscow and all the Russias

8 March 2009

Patriarchia.ru

MP official website

http://www.patriarchia.ru/db/print/577278.html

Wednesday, 13 July 2016

13 July 2016. Real Church Holds Cross Procession to Pochaev Lavra With Thousands of Participants

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To show their solidarity with the brave monks of the Pochaev Lavra who are defying Uniate and schismatic attempts to take over the monastery, thousands of UPTs/MP believers held a cross procession. Beware all Orthodox who collaborate with Uniate slimers… especially, Freddie M-G, Victor Potapov, Vassa Larina, and Jonas Paffhausen. These people snuggle up to those who want to suck out our interior life and replace it with heterodox papist goo. They nod their heads at the heretical notion of a fanciful “Eastern Church” that unites Orthodox with schismatic papists (Vassa Larina is a paid minion of the papists and Victor Potapov as a paid CIA propagandist has to toe the Uniate line). They also support the illegitimate American-installed puppet terrorist junta in Kiev (one can see this in the ROCOR, where Potapov and his minions have undue influence (as they have access to Langley money)) and they support the candidacy of the demonic Donald Trump (a more committed votary of Mammon can’t be found… except for, perhaps, Hillary Clinton).

You may support the brave monks of Pochaev or you may support those I named (and those like them). Choose wisely… I have…

BMD

Monday, 1 February 2016

EP Apologised to the UPTs/MP for the Unauthorised Interference of its Bishops in the Ukraine

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On 29 January, Metropolitan Onufry Berezovsky of Kiev and all the Ukraine said in a speech at a local Archpastoral Sobor that the EP promised not to send any emissaries to the Ukraine without consent from the UPTs/MP Holy Synod. He noted that the MP delegation raised the issue of unauthorised visits by EP elements raised during the Synaxis of First Hierarchs of the Local Churches at Chambésy. EP representatives promised that there’d be no more unauthorised visits to the Ukraine by their clergy and that there’d be no further concelebration with schismatics.

31 January 2016

SPZh Union of Orthodox Journalists

http://uoj.org.ua/novosti/sobytiya/konstantinopolskiy-patriarkhat-izvinilsya-pered-upts-za-samovolnyy-priezd-ego-arkhiereev-v-ukrainu

Editor:

Interesting, this… a victory for the MP. Indeed, the EP had to retreat on all fronts to get its notional “Sobor”. The meeting will be in Crete, NOT Istanbul. My sources told me that the MP didn’t want a meeting in a venue bugged by Langley (“Bart kisses Biden’s ass”, as one source at the Centre told me). No doubt, the pro-Russian Greek government will vet the venue, which means that the SVR, NOT THE CIA, will bug the premises. The calendar is OFF the agenda. The date of Easter is OFF the agenda. Sources tell me that autocephaly and autonomy are also effectively off the agenda. Now, the real rumpus will start… the MP will demand the seating of the OCA. Is it a bargaining chip or is it a dealbreaker? Perspirin’ minds wanna know…

As for me, I believe that a bootless meeting will take place… empty platitudes and windy bullshit. HO-HUM…

BMD

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