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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KGB, CIA, and the Deconstruction of Orthodoxy

“Put not your trust in princes, in the sons of men, in whom there is no salvation” Ps. 145/146:3 It is vital to understand that the current spiritual sickness in the Ecumenical Patriarchate (EP) has been festering for well over a century now. Understanding at least to some degree historical context is of utmost importance. …

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Unrepentant Reconciliation: the EP’s Novel Path to “Unity”

Peace, peace, they say when there is no peace (Jer. 6:14). One of the sad misconceptions promoted by supporters of the Ecumenical Patriarchate's actions in Ukraine is that the EP was simply reconciling those who were estranged from the Church. It was only goodwill and a desire to heal schism that motivated the EP. They …

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An Epiphany of Dark Intentions

“False prophets also arose among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you … And many will follow their sensuality, and because of them the way of truth will be blasphemed. And in their greed they will exploit you with false words. Their condemnation is not idle, and their destruction is not …

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The Night of no Return

“What you are going to do, do quickly” Jn. 13:27 The above words were spoken to Judas on the night he betrayed his Lord. Earlier in the Gospel of John, it was revealed that Judas was a thief and would steal money from the moneybag (Cf. Jn. 12:6ff). Our Lord long-suffered with Judas. The Lord …

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The Geopolitics of a Fading Kingdom

"The kings of the earth stood up, and the rulers gathered together, against the Lord, and against His Christ" (Ps. 2:2). The whole of earthly history is in the hands of God. Even those who strove to wrest history from God's governance, such as the Communists in Russia as a radical example, have ultimately only …

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Growing Cold in Lawlessness

With great sadness, I read that, in an Orwellian like manner, the Church in Greece has recommended to recognized as valid the schismatics in Ukraine. It seems Orwellian because of the propaganda ploy: “if you repeat a lie often enough, people will believe it. If you repeat a lie often enough it becomes truth. If …

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Of What Unity Do You Speak?

The executive committee for what is called the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America (that's a mouth full!) met recently and issued a statement which reaffirmed their commitment to Orthodox unity in the U.S. - The Executive Committee of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of …

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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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A Courageous Voice in a time of False Peace

Bishop Theophan of Poltava, of blessed memory, writes, "All has been put to disorder and is worsening. And I grieve over this, but I also rejoice. I grieve because we have no peace, but I rejoice because peace will come! And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds …

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