Voices from Russia

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

30 March 2016. The Revival Will NOT be Televised… The Revival Will be Live… Kid’s Choir at the Khram Spasitelya

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Children’s Choir of Moscow and Moscow Oblast at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow

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Many people think of “revival” in Born-Again Proddie terms. Sober observation soon convinces all grounded people that such emotionalism rarely lasts, and hardly ever leads to real reformation and conversion. Real revival is the work of years… even generations. If one looks at Russia today, a solid foundation is there. More people go to church on a given Sunday than they do in the contemporary West. Let’s keep it simple… in the West (including the USA!) church buildings are falling vacant and finding new use as clubs, restaurants, or even private homes. In Russia, new churches pop up… most are rarely empty and operate seven days a week (if you want a pannikhida any day of the week, the priest and dirigent are normally there). People go in and light candles… they confess… they pray… it’s not like American parishes, where the church building stands locked most of the time.

The konvertsy want us to follow “Evangelical” models. I say that’s evil. If we want revival… let’s follow the Mother Church. It may take years… I certainly wouldn’t see the full fruit of it… but it’d be real, unlike Born-Again ersatz spiritualism. It’s time to take the first step… by denouncing ALL forms of “Evangelical” sectarianism (it isn’t Christian in the least) and all those who want to bring such rubbish into Christ’s Church. Let’s be REAL Christians, following the traditions given us by the Saints and our forefathers (not Antichristian “Evangelical” notions)… after all, the Church DID exist before the Born-Agains popped up, didn’t it?

BMD

Thursday, 5 September 2013

Patriarch Kirill Urged Russians to Learn from the Spiritual Experience of the Shaolin Monks

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The patriarchal press service announced that Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias discussed with Buddhist Abbot Shi Yongxin, Rector of the Shaolin Monastery, issues of inter-religious cooperation. A delegation of Chinese monks arrived in Moscow to participate in the Spasskaya Tower International Military Music Festival. His Holiness observed, “Great martial arts originated within the brotherhood of your monastery, a most wonderful illustration of the concept that human strength depends on the strength of the spirit”. Patriarch Kirill pointed up that the most-well-armed and the richest side doesn’t necessarily win a war, rather, those who’re capable of a podvig win them, that is, those who’re spiritually strong. He lamented that modern civilisation has “as one of its idols, the idea of comfort”, saying that comfort enervates a person, it makes one weaker. Vladyki Kirill believed, rather, spiritual growth occurs in those who’re able to bridle their appetites, expressing his deep conviction that “the 21st Century, which looks for ever more comfort, should focus on spiritual education, that is, we should accompany material progress with an internal and spiritual progress of humanity”. In turn, Abbot Shi Yongxin spoke on the way of life of the Shaolin Temple.

5 September 2013

InterfaxReligion

http://www.interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=52546

Editor’s Note:

Read this:

The most-well-armed and the richest side doesn’t necessarily win a war, rather, those who’re capable of a podvig win them, that is, those who’re spiritually strong.

And this:

Modern civilisation has “as one of its idols, the idea of comfort”, saying that comfort enervates a person, it makes one weaker. Vladyki Kirill believed, rather, spiritual growth occurs in those who’re able to bridle their appetites, expressing his deep conviction that “the 21st Century, which looks for ever more comfort, should focus on spiritual education, that is, we should accompany material progress with an internal and spiritual progress of humanity”.

With these, HH rebuked the USA and its hubristical drive for hegemony. Elements in the American ruling class hold the rest of the world (and, indeed, most of the American population) in contempt. I think that they’re in for a rude awakening…

BMD

 

Monday, 1 October 2012

1 October 2012. This is Why I Keep the Faith…

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I may only be one (unimportant) person, but I know that if I’m to be “honest to God”. I must speak the Truth as I see it. One may be alone, one may be in a crowd, yet, the obligation remains. You see, we’re all going to die and meet our Maker… I intend to be able to walk straight up and say, “I did my duty… the Truth was my lodestar, my point of reference”… that’s why I do what I do, any road…

BMD

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

4 January 2012. You Can’t Make Shit Like This Up… Pat Robertson Claims God “Showed” Him Who the Next President Will Be

Christ and Anti-Christ

Ilya Glazunov

1999

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You can have the Truth of Christ or you can have Pat Robertson and his unhinged maunderings… guess who he serves?

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No, I’m NOT joking. Read this. Isn’t that just disgusting blasphemy of the worst sort, especially this:

Your country will be torn apart by internal stress. A house divided cannot stand. Your president holds a radical view of the direction of your country which is at odds with the majority. Expect chaos and paralysis. Your president holds a view which is at the odds with the majority… it’s a radical view of the future of this country, and so that‘s why we’re having this division. This is a spiritual battle which can only be won by overwhelming prayer. The future of the world is at stake because if America falls, there’s no longer a strong champion of freedom and a champion of the oppressed of the world. There must be an urgent call to prayer.

Such arrant rubbish speaks for itself. It’s utterly vacuous, untrue, and without warrant. If you take ANY stock in this, you serve Satan, full stop. Orthodox Christians should stop and reflect that Paffhausen, Potapov, Lyonyo, and others want to ally Christ‘s Holy Church with such slimy Sectarian nonsense. America’s NOT the champion of freedom and the champion of the oppressed… it’s a ravening beast, stomping on everyone weaker than it is, fit only to be shot between the eyes. You have a choice… Christ the Saviour, or, American Sectarianism and Anti-Christ. Yes… the choice IS that stark and clear.

BMD

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