Monday, January 27, 2020

I HAVE JOINED THE EASTERN ORTHODOX FAITH — James Perloff

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On November 18, 2017, I became a baptized, chrismated member of the Orthodox Church.

by James Perloff, JamesPerloff.com:

First, disclaimers. My opinions and words are my own; I am not a spokesman for the Orthodox Church.

Second, this post is not intended to invalidate anyone’s experience in non-Orthodox churches. I attended non-Orthodox churches for more than 30 years, and had very meaningful encounters with God in them. God is sovereign and extends His mercies wherever He wills. As the Apostle Peter said: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.” (Acts 10:34-35)

A quick backgrounder: I grew up in an agnostic home, then spent 10 years (1972-82) in a New Age-style cult before coming to Christ.

For brevity, the following comments on Christianity’s history will necessarily require some generalization and oversimplification.

In America, we basically think Christians have two choices: Catholic or Protestant. I’ve never been a Catholic, but many traditional Catholics whom I know acknowledge the severe issues their church is experiencing, especially since Vatican II in the early 1960s—most notoriously, perhaps, pedophilia, gay scandals, and even reported satanism. A friend of mine has a 90-year-old mother who describes herself as having long been “ex-Catholic.” On the day of her confirmation, she said, the priest had “hand trouble.” You can use your imagination as to what that meant.

In fairness to Catholics, I believe their church has been the victim of infiltration, not inherent evil. As just one example, Bella Dodd, a former high-ranking official in the U.S. Communist Party, stated more than 60 years ago:

In the late 1920s and 1930s, directives were sent from Moscow to all Communist Party organizations. In order to destroy the Roman Catholic Church from within, party members were to be planted in seminaries and within diocesan organizations. . . . In the 1930s, we put eleven hundred men into the priesthood in order to destroy the Church from within. The idea was for these men to be ordained, and then climb the ladder of influence and authority as Monsignors and Bishops. Right now the Communist infiltrators are in the highest places in the Church where they are working to bring about change in order to weaken the Church’s effectiveness against Communism. You will not recognize the Catholic Church.1

I’d guess my friend’s 90-year-old mother very possibly ran into one of those infiltrators.

On the other side of the West’s Christian aisle, there are also two basic divisions within the Protestant church: Modernism and Fundamentalism. In America, this rift erupted during the early 20th century. Modernism (also tagged “Higher Criticism”) denied all the faith’s fundamentals: the authority of the Bible, the reality of miracles (including the Virgin Birth and Resurrection), the Second Coming, and—in cases—even the historical existence of Jesus Christ. It was funded and carefully guided by the Rockefellers and their agencies. I have written an extensive post on it.

The Fundamentalists, on the other hand, asserted their belief in the Bible and in the historicity of Christ. It was churches of this type which I attended for more than 30 years. Unfortunately, the Fundamentalist churches and seminaries were themselves largely hijacked and controlled by the Rothschild/Zionist interests, especially through publication and mass distribution of the Scofield Reference Bible. I have also written an extensive post on this movement’s history. One church I attended became so Zionized that, on one occasion, it celebrated the feast of Purim, passing out noise-makers to the congregation and instructing us to mimic being members of a synagogue.

After over 30 years a Christian, I examined the available options—a degraded Vatican, unbelieving Modernism, and Zionized Fundamentalism—and discovered to my joy the “elephant in the room”; the form of Christianity the West has long forgotten: Eastern Orthodoxy.

Here is a little more history, which (again necessarily) will be informal and oversimplified for brevity.

For the first 1,000 years after the Resurrection, there was essentially one Christian Church. Nobody asked your denomination. There were some disagreements and schisms, but major doctrinal issues and heresies were resolved by Ecumenical Councils, of which seven were convened over the centuries. These were attended by the Patriarchs of Rome, Constantinople, Jerusalem, Antioch and Alexandria, as well as bishops from throughout most, or much, of Christendom. The Patriarch of Rome was traditionally accorded the highest seat of honor, as “the first among equals.” His position could be compared to the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court: foremost in rank, but not an exclusive decision-maker holding the right to nullify the votes of the others.

However, in 1054, the church split. This came after the Patriarch of Rome (the Pope) declared himself to hold authority over the entire church, and also sought to change the ancient Nicene Creed (the “Filioque controversy,” which I will not elaborate on here).

Christianity became broadly divided in two: the Eastern (Orthodox) Church, centered in Constantinople, and the Western (Catholic) Church, centered in Rome. From thereon, Europe’s only exposure to Christianity was through the Vatican; the Eastern Church was virtually forgotten about in the West.

After about another 500 years came the Catholic-Protestant split. However legitimate Martin Luther’s grievances may have been, there is no denying that, for the long haul, the ultimate outcome was to splinter Western Christianity into hundreds of pieces. Denominations kept spinning off from one another over doctrinal disagreements. Henry VIII even started the Church of England because the Pope wouldn’t grant him a divorce. The process of continuous fragmentation had to be pleasing to Satan, for whom “divide and conquer” has long been a signature strategy. Today, after so many churches have been founded upon the divergent opinions of men, Christianity is increasingly unrecognizable from its original form.

That “original form,” however, remains visible in Eastern Orthodoxy, which has not given over to corruption, nor Modernism, nor Zionism.

My first “heads up” on Orthodoxy came from a YouTuber whom I normally follow for his geopolitical insights: Brother Nathanael, a Jewish convert to the Russian Orthodox Church.

But it wasn’t until I was invited to be a guest on Global Storyline by Dean Arnold that I ran head-on into Orthodoxy. I like to get to know a host before I go on a podcast, and I happened to select an interview Dean did with Jay Dyer. Both men are converts to Orthodoxy, from Catholic and Protestant backgrounds. I learned quite a bit about Orthodoxy and its place within Christianity. What perhaps impacted me most was learning that Orthodoxy continues to hold true to the original practices of the early Church. And who knew better how to run a church than the first Christians, who were taught by the Apostles, or by direct disciples of the Apostles?

Read More @ JamesPerloff.com

JUSTIN TRUDEAU IN CANADA MOVES TO BAN CHRISTIANS FROM DEMONSTRATING IN PUBLIC UNDER NEW PRO-ISLAM AND PRO-LGBTQ+ ANTI-HATE SPEECH PROPOSAL

by Geoffrey Grinder, Now The End Begins:

As Canada becomes more restrictive toward Christianity, they open their arms for the LGBTQ agenda and Islam to take a foothold in their culture. The bill, “Prohibiting Hate-Promoting Demonstrations at Queen’s Park Act, 2019,” bans any demonstration, rally or other activity that is deemed hateful by the Speaker from being permissible on legislative grounds – effectively insulating the government from Christian speech.

The Pope Encourages Those Attending “The World Government Summit” To Enthusiastically Embrace Sustainable Development

by Michael Snyder, End Of The American Dream:

Just days after the Pope signed the most important interfaith document in history, he had the opportunity to address global political leaders by video at the World Government Summit in Dubai.  During his remarks he once again stressed the need for global unity, and he encouraged those attending to embrace “sustainable development”, but he also stressed that sustainable development will never succeed without “solidarity”.  Of course most Americans don’t even know that a “World Government Summit” even exists because the mainstream media in the U.S. doesn’t really talk about it, but it is actually a very big deal.  And obviously the Pope feels very strongly about what they are trying to do, because he took time out of his very busy schedule to record a video message for them

Italian Bishop: I Would ‘Turn All Churches into Mosques’ to Save Migrants

by Thomas D. Williams Ph.D., Breitbart:

ROME — An Italian bishop has said that he would be willing to see an end to Christianity and the dominion of Islam if it meant saving migrants’ lives, Italian media reported Monday.

“Morally and as a man of faith I would be willing to turn all churches into mosques if it were useful to the cause and if it helped to save the lives of poor and unhappy men and women, because Christ did not come to earth to build churches but to help men regardless of race, religion, or nationality,” said the former bishop of Caserta, Raffaele Nogaro, earlier this month.

CBS LAUNCHES NEW SHOW COMEDY ‘LIVING BIBLICALLY’ TO MOCK CHRISTIANITY AND MAKE CHRISTIANS LOOK LIKE IDIOTS

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by Geoffrey Grider, Now The End Begins:

IT SEEMS WITH EVERY NEW TELEVISION SEASON A SHOW THAT MOCKS JESUS CHRIST AND THE CHRISTIAN FAITH GETS A PILOT.

“Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.” 2 Peter 3:3,4 (KJV)

On a regular basis, television studios in Hollywood release pilots that either glorify the Devil, as in the show Lucifer, or mock and belittle Christians and the Bible like we see in this new show, Living Biblically, just released by CBS on February 26, 2018. And of course, the “christian” in the show who goes on a quest to ‘live biblically’ is a New Age, ecumenical, embracing all religions mashup cartoon-like character who is hyper-judgmental and attempts to enact Old Testament justice.

What you do not see in this show, and will not see in this piece of trash, is salvation through the shed blood of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins as the only way to Heaven. But if you read all the way through to the end, we will be happy to show that to you.

This season it is the CBS show ‘Living Biblically’ – a comedic take on the real life quest of a journalist to live his life “according to the Bible” for one year. From the preview scenes alone, it seems obvious that this show has no intention of representing the Bible accurately or bringing any actual serious discussion about the Christian faith. Instead it seeks cheap laughs and gags all the while mocking The Lord Jesus Christ and those who try their best to follow Him.

“CHIP CURRY IS A MODERN DAY MAN AT A CROSSROADS IN HIS LIFE, WHO DECIDES TO LIVE STRICTLY IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE BIBLE. A FILM CRITIC FOR A NEW YORK NEWSPAPER AND A SOON-TO-BE FATHER, CHIP WANTS TO BE A BETTER MAN FOLLOWING THE LOSS OF HIS BEST FRIEND. HE DECIDES TO PUT HIS SLIGHTLY OBSESSIVE TEMPERAMENT TO USE AND START LIVING HIS LIFE 100% BY THE BIBLE TO FIND DIRECTION. HIS SMART, PREGNANT WIFE, LESLIE, WHILE BOTH SKEPTICAL AND ENTERTAINED BY HER HUSBAND’S NEW PASSION, SUPPORTS HIM COMPLETELY. KNOWING HE’LL NEED SOME PRACTICAL ADVICE, CHIP FORMS A “GOD SQUAD” WITH FATHER GENE, A CATHOLIC PRIEST WHO HELPS CHIP TRANSLATE THE RULES OF THE BIBLE TO A MODERN WORLD; AND FATHER GENE’S BEST FRIEND, EASYGOING RABBI GIL ABLEMAN, WHO RESPECTS CHIP’S CHUTZPAH AND IS GLAD TO SERVE AS A SOUNDING BOARD WHEN THEY MEET AT THEIR LOCAL BAR.

AT CHIP’S NEWSPAPER, HE FINDS SUPPORT FROM HIS NO-NONSENSE BOSS, MS. MEADOWS, WHO KNOWS CHIP’S SELF-PENNED STORY WILL SELL NEWSPAPERS, AND HIS CO-WORKER AND FRIEND, VINCE, WHO IS QUICK WITH A REALITY CHECK AND LIKES TO WIND CHIP UP FOR HIS OWN AMUSEMENT. AS HE BEGINS HIS SINCERE SPIRITUAL JOURNEY TOWARD A MORE MORAL LIFE WITH THE HELP OF HIS WIFE AND FRIENDS, CHIP WONDERS IF HE’LL BE ABLE TO TAKE A PAGE – OR EVERY PAGE – OUT OF THE GOOD BOOK, AND IF THE EFFECT WILL BE OF BIBLICAL PROPORTIONS.” (SOURCE).

From the preview clips alone, the show seems intent on turning the lead character Chip into a walking, breathing negative Christian stereotype. He is judgmental, hyper-critical and even violent, because “the Bible says so.” This attempt to highlight the view of the Old Testament revealing a God who is harsh, violent and lacking compassion is a common argument for critics of the Christian faith.  Living Biblically seeks to make this argument in a more subversive manner by having its lead act out these negative traits all in the name of seeking to live a righteous, holy “Biblical lifestyle.”

When Chip seeks counsel from a Roman Catholic priest and tells him of his plan, the priest laughs in his face – clearly mocking the fact that anyone would take the Bible literally.

“People need to start talking about religion again,” producer Patrick Walsh said. “I don’t buy the idea that we live in a ‘godless society.’ Eighty-four percent of the world aligns themselves with religion, and 9 out of 10 people believe in God, yet religion is never discussed because everyone is too scared to offend. In talking about it, you can erase so many misconceptions about it on either side.” source

JESUS CHRIST IS THE ONLY WAY TO HEAVEN AND TO HAVE FORGIVENESS OF YOUR SIN DEBT, EVERY OTHER WAY IS 100% WRONG

The anti-Christian clowns in Hollywood will never, ever give you the truth about the Bible, salvation or Jesus Christ. But we here at NTEB exist to do just that. Want to know how to become born again, and have a home in Heaven? Here it is, share it with a friend.

Read More @ NowTheEndBegins.com

Jordan Peterson: the Bible is the foundational document for Western civilisation

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from The Burning Platform:

Although there is a Gnostic element to his thinking, Peterson’s work is permeated with biblical references

It is safe to say that Dr Jordan B Peterson’s new book, 12 Rules for Life: an Antidote to Chaos (Random House) will occupy international bestseller lists for some time. That is because our restless western intelligentsia is always on the lookout for a new guru and eager to ingest a new self-help manual. I should now add that Peterson, a psychology professor (as well as a practising clinical psychologist) at Toronto University, does not set out to be a guru and his book is much richer, more diverse in its cultural references and thoughtful than the phrase “a self-help manual” would suggest.

Peterson rejected the Christian religion in which he was raised in a small, remote town of north-west Canada. Yet unlike other highly intelligent figures who come to dominate the media, such as Richard Dawkins or the late Christopher Hitchens, he is in no way hostile to Christianity. Indeed, his very wide reading of great literary figures, such as Dostoyevsky, Dante and Goethe, alongside Carl Jung, Freud, the critic Northrop Frye and many others, have given him respect – even reverence – for the part religion has played in the evolution of human consciousness.

Although there is a Gnostic element to his thinking and he sometimes appears to equate “the Way, the Taoist path of life [as] the same Way as that referred to by Christ in John 14:6”, his book is permeated with biblical references and it is clear that he is fascinated by the enigmatic and mysterious person of Christ. If he is not (yet) willing to nail his colours to the Christian mast, Peterson acknowledges both explicitly and implicitly in his precepts for right living that the wisdom of the Gospels is the way to healthy human, psychological and emotional fulfilment.

He writes, “The Bible is, for better or worse, the foundational document of western civilization…Its careful, respectful study can reveal things to us about what we believe and how we do and should act that can be discovered in almost no other manner.”

Peterson’s antithesis between “rules” and “chaos” is interpreted by him in different ways. “Rules”, he notes, can be rigid and inflexible and “chaos” can be creative; nonetheless, the unwinding thread of his argument is that man needs “order” to achieve a meaningful life and “chaos” – i.e. a life lived without structure or purpose (which he witnesses often in his clinical patients’ unhappy lives) – will cause unhappiness and self-destruction.

To give readers an idea of the language Peterson uses, he writes in his Overture, “The soul of the individual eternally hungers for the wisdom of genuine Being” (“Being” is the word he uses where Christians would write “Personhood”.) On its own this might sound like woolly secular mysticism, but the author constantly refines “Being” so that his Rules often seem a secular paraphrase of Christian moral teachings. For instance, Rule 1, “Stand up Straight with Your Shoulders Back”, is interpreted by Peterson thus: “It means acting to please God in the ancient language…It is to accept the terrible responsibility of life, with eyes wide open.”

Later on he observes, “Only man will inflict suffering for the sake of suffering”, adding “And with this realization we have…full legitimization of the idea …of Original Sin.”

One of the things I like about this book is that the author, without preaching at all from a religious standpoint, sets his face firmly against the politically correct ideology put out by the Establishment. He repudiates the idea that gender is “a social construct” with the incisive response, “It isn’t. This isn’t a debate. The data are in.” (This, incidentally, is why he came over as more authoritative, wiser and knowledgeable than Cathy Newman in the now notorious Channel 4 interview; he has spent years reading and reflecting on “the data.”)

He also asks, “Was it a really good thing, for example, to so drastically liberalise the divorce laws in the 1960s?” and for “the child who is pushing the limits” he comments that “a swat on the backside can indicate requisite seriousness.” You can see why those who advocate a Left-wing liberal agenda and ideology are baffled by him, dislike him yet also fear him. He is a man of integrity and courage, simply refusing to bow to the current fad or ideology and prepared to go to prison for what he deeply believes.

Read More @ TheBurningPlatform.com

The New ‘Tower Of Babel’ Is Now Being Globally Unveiled: Rush To A ‘One World Religion’ Is All Part And Parcel Of The Move Towards A ‘One World Government’

by Stefan Stanford, All News Pipeline:

– It May Soon Be Undeniable We Are Coming To The End Of An Age – Will Prophetic Judgement Follow?

In this new story over at Breitbart that Steve Quayle had linked to on his website Sunday morning, they reported that Pope Francis had just conducted a completely unprecedented and closed-door meeting with the head of the Mormon Church, a meeting that many long believed could never happen.

The first head-to-head discussions ever held by leaders of the two global churches, Francis’s meeting with ‘prophet‘ Russell M. Nelson of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints came soon after Francis had also met with a top Islamic leader, the grand imam of al-Azhar, to sign a ‘universal peace document‘ though as this story over at Now The End Begins pointed out, the document made no reference to Jesus Christ nor the Bible.  

Tulsi: Trump, Pence Hiding Saudi Role In Terrorist Attacks Against Christians Worldwide

by Chris Menahan, Information Liberation:

Democratic 2020 presidential candidate Rep Tulsi Gabbard said Wednesday that President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are continuing to “hide the truth from their Christian supporters” that terrorist attacks like the one in Sri Lanka are “inspired by the extremist Saudi ideology that Saudi Arabia spends billions propagating worldwide.”