Know Thyself

Know thyself.  The Christian understanding of self-knowledge is substantially different from that of the world.  The Christian call is not one of egocentric self-fulfillment or self-gratification. The danger of a quest to “know thyself” outside the bounds of revealed truth manifested in Christ Jesus is that, to some degree or another, it has elements of …

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The Protocol of the Court Case between Western Society and Christ

The West is not failing but has failed. All its promises of freedom, happiness, rights, equality and so forth have been found to be but lies and falsehood. I live in one of the golden experiments of European “values” – America. The festering wounds of “freedom” from God begin to bear more and more fruit, …

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With Whom Will I be Left?

Of great relevance to contemporary issues is the following incident from the life of Archbishop Theophan of Poltava of blessed memory. Such an incident gives guidance to lovers of truth in the midst of certain unstable situations. An evident example is the situation in Ukraine (which affects America too) and the establishment of a pseudo-church …

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New Martyrs of Russia: An All American Feast Day

“Christianity must remain eternally unchanging, in no way being dependent on or guided by the spirit of each age. Instead, Christianity is meant to govern and direct the spirit of the age for anyone who obeys its teachings.” St Theophan the Recluse Millions upon millions of martyrs; a concrete number is hard to ascertain. Indeed, …

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Moral Heresy

In true Christianity, Orthodoxy, right faith and living go hand in hand. For instance, a person cannot confess that Jesus Christ is not God and be an Orthodox Christian, in confessing something contrary to the revelation of God in His Church such a one is setting himself at odds with that revelation. Of course, one …

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A Conflict of Wills

“They stumble at the word, being disobedient, in regard to that which they were appointed.” 1 Peter 2:8. Humanity is appointed to know God and, by grace, have fellowship with Him. Humanity was created for communion with God, this is its natural state. This state was corrupted by sin, which entered through the free choice …

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A Sacrifice for Apostasy

“We must stand bravely.” Ss. Juventius and Maximinus. The essential truth and reality of Christian revelation are in no way dependent upon quantitativeness. The revelation of Christ Jesus, given once for all (cf. Jude 3), is itself the fullness of the Faith. It remains so, whether a vast multitude believes in it, or scantily few. …

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The Religious Phenomenon of LGBTQ-ism

Every person has a worldview - principles, beliefs, and a school of thought by which one encounters and experiences the surrounding world and its events. Most of the time, at least in “Western” societies, this worldview is self-chosen. A worldview forms and encompasses the process by which a person relates to general questions of life, …

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A Millstone is Better

True Christianity is timeless and eternal because it has its source in the Eternal and Timeless God. The revelation of Christ Jesus does not come in and out of fashion. True, it may wane in popularity because it does not substantiate and justify every fleeting whim of humanity, most of all modernity. The issue is not …

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