Courts of Apostasy and the Temple of the Faithful

“I was given a measuring rod like a staff, and I was told: 'Rise and measure the temple of God and the altar and those who worship there, but do not measure the court outside the temple; leave that out, for it is given over to the nations, and they will trample over the holy …

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On the Antichrist: Great will be the Contest

“Many prayer and tears are necessary for us, beloved ones, in order that some of us should prove firm in temptations” St. Ephraim the Syrian. To discern the times around us we must be somewhat (at least) proficient in discerning underlying spirits. To do so, the Christian must be reading the Holy Scriptures and the …

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To the Church of Laodicea: The Fallen Must Arise

“To the Angel of the Church in Laodicea write: These things saith the the Amen, the Martyr, the Faithful One and True One, the Beginning of the creation of God” (Rev. 3:14). The final and True Word has spoken, the final Amen. After Whom there is no other Amen. The Lord Jesus is the the …

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To The Church of Sardis: Living with the Spiritually Dead

“To the angel of the Church of Sardis write: 'These things says the One Who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars: I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and are dead” (Rev. 3:1). In his monumental commentary on the book of Revelation, Archimandrite Athanasios makes clear …

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Gracious Evil and Apostasy

“Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith, prove your own selves” (2 Cor. 13:5). The Scriptures are replete with the call to self-examination. For the believer, this includes the examination of “whether ye be in the faith.” That is are we striving to hold fast to sound doctrine and teaching? St. Paul even gives …

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The Power that Pulls the Strings of Anti-Orthodox Intrigue

True Christianity is concerned with true underlying principles and reality, that is, what are the real factors, the real movers behind a situation? In the book of Revelation when the Lord speaks to the seven churches, He reveals to them the real force behind the immediate physical manifestation of persecution that some were suffering. He …

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Go to Sleep, Everything is Just Fine

"Until the last decade or so the development of what it is perhaps still too early to call 'American Orthodoxy' had been largely unconscious, as it indeed remains in the majority of those who call themselves "Orthodox" today.  But, as the history of Orthodoxy in America has made abundantly clear, "unconscious" Orthodoxy is but a …

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Constantinople and Alexandria: Dollar-bearing Hierarchs and the Service of Mammon

The news that The Patriarch of Alexandria has commemorated Epiphany of Apostasy and the schismatic group in Ukraine brings great sadness.  Contrary to the stated intent, such an action will only further the flames of schism which the Ecumenical Patriarch is fanning throughout the Orthodox world. No matter how one dresses it up, the betrayal of …

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