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    03-23-2019, 09:44 PM
    Massie is the closest to Ron Paul in DC.
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    03-23-2019, 03:38 PM
    That interesting. I could have sworn a certain single letter ‘LARP’ who the shills keep attacking mentioned that was the case a very long time ago. Maybe it’s just my imagination... after all, those shills are hardly ever wrong about anything.
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    03-23-2019, 03:33 PM
    Oh happy day
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    03-19-2019, 10:19 PM
    I don’t believe disrespect for authorities is a given here in this nation, nor codified. What the Freemason Deist founding fathers of America did (note their spiritual affiliation and philosophical and theological understanding of the nature of God, which is completely antithetical and foreign to the apostolic Christian understanding) was replace one primal authority with another, namely the Crown was replaced by a Constitution. Respect for the Constitution and the laws of this nation are what is now codified. Respect for these institutions and the civil authorities in this republic are a given and necessary, if we are ‘to keep the Republic’ as Benjamin Franklin said. So your point that “by respecting the civil authorities here you are disrespecting the primal authority by which they got into power” does not make sense to me. They did not destroy civil or state power, they simply replaced it, and while they did demonstrate disrespect to the ordained authorities by their revolution, what they insisted upon and expected was respect and allegiance to the Constitution and other charters of the early Republic. Now we can argue the merits of the Constitution and a democratically elected Constitutional Republic versus other forms of governments (all have their own advantageous and disadvantages, and most definitely some are better at producing lasting peace and justice than others), but as a Christian, our main goal as I know you would agree is seeking and entering the Kingdom of Heaven, even as we struggle in this fallen world, in whatever circumstance we find ourselves, freeman or slave. No one should believe for a second that an American citizen living with many civil freedoms and liberties and living a prosperous American dream has an advantage in getting into Heaven over, say, a persecuted, poor citizen suffering under a tyrannical authoritative regime. Indeed, I would say it will be much easier for the latter than the former before the judgment seat of God. (this is probably straying from our topic however). What no Church Father ever taught however was anarchy, which is antithetical to the will of God. Nor constant rebellion cause of muh’ rights, as if the state is what will lead us to the fulfillment of life which is found not in this world but in a much higher realm. That doesn’t mean we should necessarily be passive sheep and silently take unjustified abuse (even though that is in fact the divine way as demonstrated by the Suffering Servant and Innocent Lamb of God Jesus Christ). But it is not easy being a Saint and to follow this higher path, especially when our egos and pride constantly seeks self-serving satisfaction and human justice. But God knows we are weak, and, thankfully, He is merciful, and oppossing tyrannical regimes and occupiers can of course blessed by God when done for righteous and selfless reasons, such as protecting the faithful and the innocent. Government is a force, a tool, which can be used for good or for bad. It is not de facto an enemy of the people nor the Church, and can very well be an ally in the protection of the faithful and in fulfilling the admonition of Christ to spread the gospel and baptize the world in the Name of the Holy Trinity. We pray every Divine Liturgy that God enlightens our civil authorities to make good use of such worldly power and authority, for peaceful and just purposes. All the Church Fathers exalted the good aspects of civil governing forces, while castigating the particular bad aspects, especially those which were unjust or idolatrous.
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    03-18-2019, 08:39 PM
    As with many things related to Christianity, we have profound differences in opinion, especially on what the Church Fathers taught and the role they play in handing down the deposit of the faith of the Apostles through the power of the Holy Spirit. A quick internet search led me to this blog which I thought you might find interesting. It is a review by an Evangelical of a book written by a Baptist who actually read and studied the writings of the Church Fathers. To summarize: In his response in the final chapter Gordon Heath looks at the attitude of the early church fathers towards empire. He approaches the issue not as a biblical scholar but as a historian—and I would suggest, on reflection, that a major part of the problem with New Testament interpretation at the moment is that it is being done by theologians and not by historians. Heath thinks not only that the anti-imperial orientation of the New Testament has been overstated but also that there is a strong element of support for the empire in the writings of the early fathers that must call into question the view that Constantine was a massive aberration. The typical “decline paradigm” in church history is that the church lost its pristine purity after Emperor Constantine’s profession of faith and the subsequent Christianization of the Roman Empire in the fourth century. As noted above, contemporary scholars assume and claim that the New Testament writers were opposed to empire. But were the earliest Christians as anti-empire as recent scholars claim? And was the supportive posture towards the empire after Constantine that much of a shift from the attitudes of the earliest church fathers about the empire? This response argues that, if the church fathers are any indication, in both cases the answer is no. (262)
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    03-18-2019, 08:16 PM
    Greeting my brother, I hope your fast is going well. I prefer not to get into a debate at this time, but there are many resources available within the writings of the Church which touch upon this particular matter. I would simply respond by pasting below a writing of a contemporary martyr of the Church, Father Alexander Men, in his patristic elaboration regarding Romans 13. This is from a man who lived under the yoke of communist USSR and its severe persecution’s of Christians. https://www.fatheralexander.org/booklets/english/romans_e.htm#n24 My only personal points I would bring up at this time is that, unlike what Superflous Man has posted, the Apostles themselves understood and taught that the state (or the reality of civil rulers in a society) is a given in this world, and that anarchy is not the solution. Both Sts. Paul and Peter write to this effect, as well as the Apostolic Fathers St. Clement and St. Ignatius, who were both martyred for the faith along the two great Apostles mentioned before. Not one of the Apostles, nor any of the Church Fathers, promoted Christians to seek the dissolution of the State or to promote anarchy. The Christian is a sourjouner in this world, of course, and must live in the world, even as they are apart of the world. But living in the world means to respect the civil structures which society has adopted, even as they are full of worldly problems. The State (nation, etc), like many things in this world, is a necessary evil this side of heaven, and the Apostolic way, as expressed by the Church Fathers and Saints who continue the Apostolic preaching (kerygma) and shepherding of Christ’s flock, have always seen that although a monarchy is the closest to what the Kingdom of Heaven is, no State structure is perfect and is rather a pale imitation of what awaits in the age to come. But nevertheless, it is our goal as Christians, and especially with regards to the Church rulers, to work with the State whenever possible in order to allow the fullness of the faith to flourish amongst the believers to the extent possible. Not at the expense of the doctrines, of course, which are unassailable, but in symphonia and cooperation in order to bring peace and justice in whatever degree possible by the will of God. If you prefer more sources aside from the what I have pasted below, please pm me. There are many writings, including from Saints who themselves were persecuted or martyred by a tyrannical State, which express the same apostolic belief. :
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    03-14-2019, 11:51 AM
    We have different ideas then what Christianity is and the relationship between the Church and the State. I’m okay with that. I hold to the ancient and traditional view that they are indeed separate but work together for the good of the faithful and the state.
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    03-14-2019, 11:40 AM
    Yes, cults are outlawed in Russia. The nation and its people have decided to have stricter rules than America regarding cults they deem may be dangerous to the nation. I am not under any illusion this isn’t the case. I also notice that Russia is one of the last remaining powerful nations which can be called ‘Christian’.
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    03-14-2019, 10:11 AM
    Source? The vast majority of Christianity (denominations) are not ‘outlawed’. The only ones I am aware of are Jehovah Wintess and Scientology being listed as cults (they are not Christian religions, btw). Not sure how ‘illegal’ it is to practice privately, if at all.
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    03-14-2019, 10:09 AM
    I agree. Many people feel that way, especially people living outside of the US corrupt media propaganda machine.
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    03-13-2019, 10:53 PM
    The Glory of the Lord in Creation A Psalm of David. PSALM 8 O Lord, our Lord, How excellent is Your name in all the earth, Who have set Your glory above the heavens! Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants
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    03-13-2019, 09:30 PM
    The purest prayer is not asking for anything at all, but of being in a state of eucharistic(thankful, grateful) love. That is theosis.
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    03-13-2019, 04:47 PM
    Part 3 https://orthodoxhistory.org/2019/03/11/the-nine-years-that-almost-destroyed-the-orthodox-church-1919/
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    03-13-2019, 04:46 PM
    Part 2 https://orthodoxhistory.org/2019/03/07/the-nine-years-that-almost-destroyed-the-orthodox-church-1918/
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    03-13-2019, 04:46 PM
    Excellent and informative articles about the very tumultuous times early in the 20th century and how it affected the Eastern Orthodox Church. A great read for the Orthodox faithful as well as anyone interested in history. https://orthodoxhistory.org/2019/03/05/the-nine-years-that-almost-destroyed-the-orthodox-church-1917/
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    03-13-2019, 10:23 AM
    Bump for Lent.
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    03-10-2019, 04:18 PM
    Hi all, Today is Forgiveness Sunday in the Orthodox Church which is held the day before the beginning of Great Lent. Although we should seek forgiveness and we should forgive others everyday, today is a special day to do so as we enter into the Lenten journey. I wish to ask forgiveness to all for my lack of patience, restraint, understanding and compassion. It is too easy to lose ones composure and allow passions to get in the way, especially on topics like politics which can touch on a person’s convictions. Some are better at controlling their passions than others, and I have a long way to go. I will try my best to be better in how I behave and debate issues. I also forgive all who may have hurt me or treated me badly. As the Lord’s prayers says and as the Lord taught, we will be forgiven according and by the same measure of how we have forgiven others. In this spirit, I hold no past grudges and pray that the Lord gives me the strength to forgive all people, especially those who fight against me. Anyway, I hope this didn’t come out too cheesy sounding!
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    03-09-2019, 11:41 PM
    I hear that Covington kid is suing CNN for $250 million as well. That young man may be a billionaire before his 21st birthday.
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    03-09-2019, 11:37 PM
    Hahahahaha!!!!! Their ammunition is spent!!!! They think by pushing the Green New Deal, open boarders, non-citizen voting rights, full-term abortion/infanticide, sexual deviancy, and failed witch hunt after failed witch hunt, they are going to win over the American people! It is hilarious and also pretty pitiful at the same time. I think we are witnessing the final throes of the Democratic Party.
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    03-08-2019, 09:00 PM
    That’s true for a minority percentage, and for a few litmus test issues. For the rest, it’s whatever Team Blue and their media affiliates tell them to think. Look how quick a party’s members go from anti-war to pro-war, for example, with the left and against the debt to adding more debt with the right. People often just follow wherever the herd is going. The cattle herders are the real conductors. And in this instance, the corrupt media are all contributing in directing the cattle where to go.
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    03-08-2019, 07:19 PM
    Meh, I think the majority hate Trump because 90+% of the media stories are attack pieces and dismiss the good things he has done. The sheep follow whatever the talking heads on the tv screen tells them to think.
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    03-08-2019, 07:11 PM
    Right but it is the compromised news media which is fanning the flames of TDS. If the plan is to restore accountability to the news media (like the lawsuit by the Covington kid), then public sentiment can change.
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    03-08-2019, 07:06 PM
    I don’t know. I’m still hopeful that massive unrest and civil conflict can be avoided. Maybe I am overly optimistic. The problem is the media. Trump calling the corrupt fake media the enemy of the people is something I have believed since the media blackout during Ron Paul’s first presidential run. If the media can be held accountable for its obvious bias and corruption, then there is a real chance that massive unrest can be avoided. That’s the key I think and why I am encouraged by what Justice Thomas said recently. If the media really reflected the concerns of the majority and presented the news in an unbiased, fair way, this country could quickly steer back on a civil Constitutional course.
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    03-08-2019, 05:53 PM
    First you secure the borders.
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    03-08-2019, 12:57 PM
    This goes to the point several here have been making. The sense that we are indeed in an emergency and at an existential crossroads for this nation. The opposition party has become radicalized socialists who want to fundamentally change this nation. The rules have been to follow the Constitution. The problem is, they don’t care about the Constitution. The want open boarders and give non citizens voting rights. There has never been as great a political divide on the direction of this nation since the Civil War. This ship is sinking fast and while debate is happening about the arraignment of the deck chairs, there may soon not be a ship left floating. Is this being too alarmist? Maybe, but it’s how several people here (and I think a growing number of people) are seeing it. There is a coup that’s being going on against the elected President involving the upper levels of government and their propaganda media outlets for two years and this is a political war and I don’t blame the President for assuming an emergency/war path footing in order to secure the nation. I think in the end the courts will say the same thing.
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    03-08-2019, 09:24 AM
    TER replied to a thread Lent 2019 in Peace Through Religion
    We (me first of all) sometimes forget that it’s not just a matter of staying away from evil and evil acts, but just as important is to do good acts. Like Christ said ‘I was cold, I was hungry, I was naked’ (cf). When we don’t do good during those opportunities which God presents to us, then we fail. It is an energized and active golden rule. The OT and all the other religions teach ‘Don’t do unto others what you don’t want done to you’, but Christ, the Light of the world, comes and gives the greater teaching: DO unto otherwise what you would want them to do to you.’ This is the divine way which leads to peace, love and joy (that is, to salvation and fulfillment)
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    03-08-2019, 07:23 AM
    Great post! +rep
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