Sola scriptura does not exist

Could you be a Christian without the bible?

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I am currently reading several books written by Orthodox ancient fathers. One of which is; Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives by, Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica. An amazing man of God who details for us how to walk out the love of Christ in our everyday lives, to everyone around us. His words are loving, hard and yet easy. That is one of the beautiful things about Orthodox Christianity, there are multiple truths. It is hard to walk out love if we try to do it in our flesh, but so easy to do when we die to ourselves and let God truly take over and lead us. This is just a tiny blurb about his book which includes a mini biography of this incredible man who was so at peace the little birds would fly to his chest, land, and eat the crumbs out of his beard that ended up there after a meal. I want that kind of peace in my life. His book is a spiritual road map to the land of internal peace according to the word of God. How does this relate to sola scriptura? Keep reading, please.

One of the main (read tired old) arguments that Protestants try to use against Orthodox Christianity is that they believe we all should be able to read the bible without any outside assistance because Holy Spirit will illumine us and help us with anything we do not understand. If that were true for them, there would not exist; Mathew Henry’s Commentary or the myriad of Christian bookstores. Also; Beth Moore, Joyce Meyer, Joel Olsteen and a host of other Christian writers would be out of jobs. Some Protestant writers develop bible studies. Why? If they truely believed in sola scripture (which, ironically, is not actually IN the bible) there would be no need for any Protestant to write anything and yet they too have their own versions of ancient fathers and mothers. Corrie ten Boom, Smith Wigglesworth, Watchman Nee, etc..

The real truth is that, while Protestants have their writers, for some reason they think it is wrong that Orthodox Christians have our own. I believe they do not like it because our writers are not their writers, but also because our writers talk about this life, and the life hereafter in a way that does not line up with the heretical teachings found in Protestantism. The writings of the ancient fathers focus largely on our inner conflict between our flesh & the Spirit of God, which we will submit to and allow to lead us through life. when I read the writings of the lives of those who have gone on this path before me, I receive comfort and guidance knowing that although these people lived in like-minded communities, they still had to struggle through life & many of the same issues we as Christians struggle with outside of monastic life. Struggle with loving those around us, being obedient, living below our means, relying on God to fill our plates, keep us healthy. Some ancient fathers and monastics struggle with severe mental and physical ailments. One father in particular said, ‘if you can live with the pain and suffering, do not pray for God to deliver you from your affliction!’.  Quite different, and more difficult to hear, than the message from Protestant writers.

There is a part of me that wants to open a big orthodox Christian book store here in town. There is already a small one connected to a coffee shop that is also a missions. They serve coffee and ancient wisdom… love it! On Friday nights, our head priest is behind the counter slinging coffee & food. He sets the example for the rest of us on walking out the word of God.

If you are someone who has hopped onto the ‘sola scriptura’ band wagon, I challenge you to look around your house and count how many books about God and Christianity you have that are not the actual bible. Why do you have them and how have they enriched your life? As with anything we read, even the bible, it only works if we do what is written on the page. Love your neighbor, yes even the one that does whatever it is that upsets you. Speak kind words to everyone around you and consider others better than yourself. Forgive, forgive, forgive. I only have to deal with rude, inconsiderate people while some of the Orthodox writers have had to forgive those who tortured them and held them in prison for many years. Do you want God to forgive your sins? Then you must forgive the things other people do to you. True deep forgiveness. None of this, ‘I’ll forgive but I’ll never forget!’ nonsense. Jesus forgives AND forgets!! So too must we do the same.

Sola scriptura does not exist. It is a lie from the enemy to keep those who would become Orthodox Christians from doing so. It is such a feeble excuse. The bible came along 300-500 years after the Orthodox Church was started. Holy tradition, and the stories about those who went before them, was all the early Christians had to guide them on how to live a Christian life. Then, they wrote the bible and now modern churches claim to be based on the bible but they look nothing like the ancient, and original church.

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Lord have mercy.

 

 

Evil called good

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Icon of aborted and miscarried babies.

To my utter horror, persons masquerading as ‘faith leaders’ have created an ad campaign in support of Planned Parenthood and abortion. This has all been done under the deception of supporting marginalized women in need of health-care. What a load of lies, deceit and non-sense. Here in my city, we have an organization that helps unwed mothers deal with an unwanted pregnancy without abortion. Do I hear the same kind of support for that organization? NO. ANYONE who claims to be a ‘faith leader’ who supports abortion is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. ANYONE. Yes, my words are strong and they are intended to be so. No one who calls themselves a follower of Christ could support abortion. We as Christians must acknowledge the sanctity of the soul and respect for life. We are not the ones who give life, God is and only God can determine when it is time for a soul to return to heaven.

The ‘faith leaders’ who spoke out in this advertisement did so while spouting the lie of women in need of health-care need Planned Parenthood. Abortion is not health-care. I’ll say it again… ABORTION IS NOT HEALTH-CARE. People who support abortion and claim to be ‘of faith’ rarely come right out and say they support baby-murder. Some part of them deep down knows that this is wrong so they skirt the issue and make it sound like there is a noble purpose to their madness and if the rest of us do not join up in the false crusade, we’re the evil ones not those who support Planned Parenthood. Do not be fooled. You are NOT evil for not supporting Planned Parenthood.

Stick to your convictions. support those who oppose Planned Parenthood. Speak out for those who have no voice, the unborn babies. Do not allow yourselves to be hoodwinked into supporting the mass murder of unborn children. Not just in America, but in other nations as well. Oh yes… Planned Parenthood has their evil, blood-stained claws in the wombs of women in other nations as well.

The above photo is of an icon representing the innocents who have died. Not just aborted babies but also babies lost to miscarriage or infant deaths for any reason. Jesus is there looking over them… and offering comfort. Comfort for the babies and for the mothers. Yes, comfort for the mothers. We must remember that as Christians, God also loves the mothers who, under the spirit of deception, aborted their babies. These women are suffering, and will most likely continue to suffer until the day they die, for what they have done. The act of abortion creates two victims, not just one. This is what PP and others who support it do not tell you. This is why it is especially heinous that so called ‘faith leaders’ are supporting such an insidious, and evil organization. Have none of these people ever counseled a woman post-abortion and seen the horror she goes through?

I strongly believe that anyone, anyone at all, who calls themselves a ‘faith leader’ who verbally supports or gives money to Planned Parenthood should immediately be removed from their position on grounds of abuse of power/authority. Any organization that calls itself a church or synagogue that receives tax exempt status should have that status removed. See, there is a certain criteria that should be met and followed before an organization should be allowed to classify itself as being linked to Christ. The major one should be NOT advocating the murder of unborn children.

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We must no allow ourselves to be drawn into the culture of death that has grown in our society. The beginning and end of life is when we are the weakest and most vulnerable. This is where evil lies in wait for those unable to defend themselves. When murder is advocated from the pulpit… who will protect them from harm? Lord have mercy.

Hank Hanegraaff’s religious persecution by former employer; Bott Radio

Hank Hanegraaff, ‘The Bible Answer Man’ has faced swift retribution for converting to Orthodox Christianity on Palm Sunday. The owner of the radio station that hosted his program has removed Mr. Hanegraaff’s program from their roster. You can read the full story HERE.

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Orthodox Church facing persecution.

I’m not at all surprised. Kind of saw this coming a mile away. I wonder if it bothers these people to be so transparent in their intolerance and bigotry? ALL MODERN CHURCHES CAME FROM THE ORTHODOX CHURCH. The bible you read has its roots in the Orthodox church because the Orthodox Church wrote the first bible. Hanegraaff is THE BIBLE ANSWER MAN. He had been exploring Orthodoxy for  TWO YEARS before converting and not once did he say anything unbiblical but suddenly when he is transparent about joining THE CHURCH, his biblical accuracy is called  into question. I’d like to know who all put pressure on Bott Radio Network owner, Richard P. Bott, II to drop Hanegraaff’s show.  Just as those in the crowd were, ‘encouraged’ to scream for Jesus’ blood, so too do individuals today face pressure from their peers to tow the line or lose sponsorship. Money talks, but it also silences. In this case, people professing to be Christians showed the world their true colors by demanding the termination of a radio show that has aired for decades because the man hosting it does not subscribe to their party line.

May the retribution of the Lord fall upon those who have shown Mr. Hanegraaff religious intolerance and persecution in the name of Christianity. Shame on you.

How to behave at a monastery

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Unless they make a study of it, most protestants have no clue about what goes on inside the walls of a monastery. As our society becomes more and more casual in everyday encounters; people wearing their pajamas out in public, or wearing sweat pants to the opera and calling strangers by their first names instead of, ‘Mr.’ and ‘Mrs.’ visits to holy places (and this includes your local Orthodox temple) can easily become places where etiquette faux pas abound and flat out rude behavior may be acknowledge, by the offender themselves although not corrected, while the offender is in the midst of said behavior.

Before you head out to the local monastery, here are some things to keep in mind that will make your intrusion into the quiet lives of those within the hollowed walls easier for the monks and nuns you visit to endure. If you are not in a place in your Orthodox journey to where you can submit yourself to all of these rules, please refrain from visiting any monastery until you can be respectful enough to fully submit.

  1. Dress appropriately. Long skirts and closed toed shoes, ladies. Also, headcoverings are mandatory as are long sleeves and high necks on your collars. Men, wear slacks not shorts and closed toed shoes. Long sleeve shirts, please. also for men and women, please no printed t-shirts with offensive words. Remember, just because it doesn’t offend you doesn’t necessarily mean it is not offensive to those around you.
  2. BE QUIET! Speak in low tones. Think golf tournament announcer and then try to speak in softer tones than they do. 2b. SILENCE YOUR CELL PHONE. There is nothing more important going on in your life than what is going on around you when you are in the presence of God.
  3. Call before you go to the monastery to see if your visit is coming at a good time for the residents of the monastic community.
  4. Bring gifts; leave money. Monasteries run on outside support as well as what they can sell. many raise and grow their own food but they still need cash to pay their utility bills just like you do. On a side note; in December of 2016, I wrote an article; Leave Your Protestantism at the Door.  It was originally intended for the protestant convert new to Orthodoxy but after a conversation with the Mother at the monastery, I’m addressing it to former protestants who find themselves in leadership and or priestly roles in Orthodox Churches. When I was a protestant, I sat through MANY sermons on tithing. One main themes was’ give bread where you’re fed’. Okay… for an Orthodox Christian, that can also mean tithing to a monastery, not just to church. You see, the bible never states to which institution one is to tithe, only that we are to tithe. The Lord may, and often does, move a perosn to tithe to a monastery. Monasteries, as I said, are a foreign concept to protestants so we may not always understand how important of a role they play in the development of a Christian’s spiritual life. IT IS VITALLY IMPORTANT THAT PARISHIONERS SUPPORT THEIR LOCAL MONASTERY AS MUCH AS THEY CAN!! Go to the monastery on work days and help out. Go when it’s not a work day and help however you’re asked. But whenever you go to the monastery, LEAVE SOME MONEY WITH THEM WHEN YOU LEAVE! Go with the intent to give a financial blessing. If there is a bookstore, buy something. You don’t always have to buy books off the internet. Call ahead and ask if you can bring any food or supplies. Be a blessing, not a burden.
  5. Be obedient. Do what your told and ask permission always.
  6. make sure your children are well behaved enough to be in a monastic setting. Many children are not taught to be quiet and respectful these days. parents let them get away with much too much. Churches and monasteries are holy places. Children learn how to behave in special settings from their parents. it begins by praying at home and making sure children understand that this is something different… something special. Children want to please those around them, especially their parents and they are eager to learn. Help them fit in a to be welcomed in new settings by teaching them how to behave properly right at home. Set a side a prayer time with your children where they must be quiet. In crease the time they must be quiet and SIT STILL. Reward and punish as appropriate.
  7. Do not touch the monks or nuns. (I did this today and learned it’s a MAJOR no-no to hug a nun!) oops!
  8. Don’t stay too long. Remember, monks and nuns live where they live to serve God, live in peace and quiet and to pray (they are even praying for you!). So make sure you do not take up too much of their time when you visit.

You may have come from a protestant background but that doesn’t mean your mind must stay there. Lay people as well as priests must put aside their protestant ways and fully embrace Orthodoxy if it is to work in their lives as it is intended. If you became an Orthodox Christian to ‘fix’ the Orthodox system, you’ve come into it for all the wrong reasons. You will most likely fail as an Orthodox Christian and if you’re in leadership, you will also fail your parishioners, as well as the monastery your church is supposed to be supporting.

When converting from Protestantism to Orthodoxy,  I decided I would be, ‘in for a penny, in for a pound’. I would embrace it fully or not even bother. You cannot serve two masters. Trying to be a Protestant Orthodox Christian will not work. Your attempts at ‘kicking at the goads’  is not going to change a system that is over two thousand years old. They have come across tougher opposition than American Protestants… and won. Time and again they have won.

Visit the monasteries, tithe where the LORD tells you to tithe and be at peace with your decision no matter what opposition you face.

Escaping the gospel of Pollyanna

One of the reasons why I ran away from contemporary (read: heretical) church, was to escape the fakey-happy-happy Pollyanna gospel. If you’ll recall, Pollyanna is a fictional girl who saw the sunbeams & rainbows in every situation, and if there were none to be had, she’d make them up. That’s not necessarily a terrible thing to do unless it creates within the person, and those around them, a total disconnect from reality.

Case-in-point. In the Pollyanna gospel, you cannot risk saying anything negative or you might curse yourself. This is NO WHERE in the bible. In fact, that sort of thinking is narcissistic and stinks of witchcraft. Jesus came to help us overcome our superstitions, and said not to practice magic and yet, here it is being taught right from the pulpit as a, ‘name it and claim it’ gospel. Or as I like to refer to it; The Pollyanna Gospel. In the Pollyanna Gospel, no one is ever sick (if they are they cannot tell anyone or they curse themselves and possibly the person to whom they are speaking) really? Is the holy spirit so weak within them that they cannot say, ‘oh, this is what is really going on in my life and I need help’ for fear of being completely overcome by their words? That is so deadly. It binds people and keeps them in prisons which is exactly what the enemy wants. He wants people to be isolated and afraid to talk about what is going on in their lives. This keeps people from praying for one another, and lifting one another up which is the true way to overcome any situation.

In this fakey-Pollyanna gospel church, no one is open and honest with each other. Everyone puts on their fake smile, lies to everyone around them for fear of condemnation & judgment, then goes home to battle their demons alone, and greatly diminished. If they had felt free to talk about their trials they could have received the help they need… with greater speed and efficiency.

The church is supposed to be a hospital, not a courthouse. Can you imagine walking into a hospital emergency room for help but then you are told by the staff that you cannot talk about your symptoms? Or, you do some how manage to talk about what is going on but then you are blamed for your medical situation because you dared to speak about it instead of keeping quiet because, ‘words have power’. Some hoe by speaking about your problems, you are laying claim to them, adopting them, and allowing them to become your demonic pets. You feed them with your words of acknowledgment. This Pollyanna gospel says that just telling someone you have a pain in your shoulder manifests it more and gives it a deeper foothold into your shoulder making it worse. Really? No, not really. This is a great example of just a taste of the heretical thinking and twisting of scripture that has occurred in modern churches over the last 2000 years. Unfortunately, this crap is preferred by many over the truth.

Galations 6:2 Bear one another’s burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of, Christ.

How can we bear each other’s burdens if we’re not allowed to talk about our burdens? I feel as though I cannot be myself around such people. If I did have a burden, how could I tell anyone? How would someone who does not understand suffering, and its purpose in the life of Christians pray for one who is suffering?

There are at least 100 verses in the bible about suffering. Not one of them says ‘don’t talk about suffering because we are not here to suffer’. No, not one.

Therefore, I continue to withdraw form the Pollyanna’s. I cannot offer them comfort by explain the purpose suffering has in their life because they are clinging to false teachings that have made them weak. They cannot help me because, I’m supposed to constantly have a smile on my face no matter what sort of trial or tribulation is going on in my life. I can’t be like that. I’m not talking about wallowing in suffering. I’m talking about being a real Christian. One who has dark days and does not have all the answers. One who does not lean on their own understanding, or that of heretical teachings.

If you have burdens that you cannot talk about with those around you, let me know. If you want to go into details you may but if you don’t that’s ok too. I’m letting you know, I’ll pray for you if you would like me to. Just put in comments, ‘pray for me’. If you want to pour out your heart, you may email me. blessings house of prayer at g mail dot com

Lord have mercy.

The Way, The Truth, and The Life

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Jesus ‘Divine Mercy’ icon.

Jesus said; ‘I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through ME!’ (Emphasis mine.

He said this in response to the many, false, eastern religions… the PAGAN religions that had infiltrated His culture and community much as they have today. I’m bringing this up today because you don’t have to look at pagan religions to be deceived these days. You can get that sitting right in church or going to Christian book stores who carry the latest ‘trendy’ book without using discernment (asking God) if they should put it on their shelves to sell). One such trendy book that was super popular a few years ago was, ‘The Shack’. Unfortunately this heretical book has been made into a heretical movie. Shake my head.

I’d say, ‘prayerfully consult the Lord on whether or not you should see it’ but people say God tells them to do all kinds of crazy things all the time (Because they don’t consult the Lord. They talk themselves into doing whatever they want to do.) so I’m just going to say, ‘DON’T go see this movie!’. It’s messed up and you could very well walk out of the theater messed up and in need of deliverance. Seriously. Don’t waste your money on this movie. Buy a bible instead and start attending your local, Orthodox Church. This will help you to build a relationship with God. In developing a personal relationship with God, you will see His true nature instead of someone misleading you about His identity and character. Can you imagine dating your spouse and all you get to aid you in making your decision pf whether or not to marry that person was what other people told you about them? No! So why do this with these kinds of books and movies?

That’s all for now. God bless.

Lord have mercy

Orthodox Christianity for Absolute Beginners

Someone near and dear to me has been diagnosed with a very invasive and aggressive cancer. They go to their first chemo appointment on Thursday.

It’s been a theological as well as physical struggle for them due to the false teachings of many modern churches that what Jesus did on the cross canceled out sickness, poverty, suffering and death. This is NOT biblical and yet these theological lies continue to permeate Christianity destroying people when they come against hard times because they have not learned the truth about such things.

For now, there is a great deal of hand holding, prayer, and tears in my life. It’s all ok because even better than all of that is the comfort and joy we receive through the Spirit of God. God walks us through the valley of the shadow of death, and we fear no evil for He is with us. Amen.

Lord have mercy.

Doing what you THINK is right

Whenever I read, or hear, people say the ‘just do what you think is right and I’ll respect you’ routine I cringe. Judges 21:25 is a cautionary tale about NOT doing whatever we think is right. The ways of people are wicked. Only God’s ways are just.
Matthew Henry Commentary- Judges
17:7-13 Micah thought it was a sign of God’s favor to him and his images, (pagan idols/gods-added by me) that a Levite should come to his door. Thus those who please themselves with their own delusions, if Providence unexpectedly bring any thing to their hands that further them in their evil way, are apt from thence to think that God is pleased with them.
Look around you. The world is in terrible shape from people doing what they think is right instead of following the examples put forth to them from God. No one is good. Only God can claim that. Jesus didn’t even claim that for himself. If Jesus didn’t think He was good, what makes you think you are so good? Our ways are not God’s ways. Many Christians claim that God cannot use, Trump. Really? Who are they to put boundaries on The One Who Created EVERYTHING?? This is a classic example of the clay telling the potter how things are going to be instead of listening to the potter.
Isaiah 45:9
Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands?
Matthew Henry Commentary
45:5-10 There is no God beside Jehovah. There is nothing done without him. He makes peace, put here for all good; and creates evil, not the evil of sin, but the evil of punishment. He is the Author of all that is true, holy, good, or happy; and evil, error, and misery, came into the world by his permission, through the wilful apostacy of his creatures, but are restrained and overruled to his righteous purpose. This doctrine is applied, for the comfort of those that earnestly longed, yet quietly waited, for the redemption of Israel. The redemption of sinners by the Son of God, and the pouring out the Spirit, to give success to the gospel, are chiefly here intended. We must not expect salvation without righteousness; together the Lord hath created them. Let not oppressors oppose God’s designs for his people. Let not the poor oppressed murmur, as if God dealt unkindly with them. Men are but earthen pots; they are broken potsherds, and are very much made so by mutual contentions. To contend with Him is as senseless as for clay to find fault with the potter. Let us turn God’s promises into prayers, beseeching him that salvation may abound among us, and let us rest assured that the Judge of all the earth will do right.
So I beseech you brothers and sister not to do what you think is right, but to do what you see in scripture. Do not just settle for being familiar with God, but rather develop a deep intimacy with Him and discover His true character.
Lord have mercy.