THE EASTERN ORTHODOX "CHURCH"
THE TRUE CHURCH
The Orthodox are so deceived of Hell they have big church buildings stuffed to the brim with idols, with clown bishops wearing golden crowns, golden uniforms, doing hocus pocus rituals left right and centre entirely the invention of men, and then they think that is "the Faith once delivered unto the saints".
From the start get something very clear. Eastern Orthodoxy is not a church. To be a church you must preach the gospel, and they do not. It is a daughter of the Whore of Rome. It is not a daughter of Catholicism - do not get the two mixed up. The Whore of Babylon is a city, the city of Rome, not the Catholic religion. The whore offers the cup of the mass to the world. She is proven to have daughters as she is the mother of harlots. Their idolatry is largely to do with their exaltation of Mary, real saints, pseudo saints, and idols. The corruption of the Christian Faith first started in the Roman Empire, it is obvious, Israel and many other nations were occupied by the Romans and ruled over by Rome. Rome's history in Pre-Christian times was one of idolatry.
There is evidence that the demonic forces of Babylon (Iraq) transmigrated the Earth into Rome (Italy). This is because the same demons that were used to create the Talmudic Pharisees in the captivity in Babylon were used by Hell and Satan to attack Greece via Roman corruption, The sad truth is both Israel and the Greeks have failed God, and perhaps Greece failed God quicker and therefore worse, because the devices used by Satan were almost identical to that used to attack the spirituality of Israel, but by that time the forces of darkness were well practiced in using them. The Pharisees and Orthodox clergy are so similar it is jaw dropping fact that a people as intelligent as the Greeks are they cannot see it, but when a nation is indoctrinated from childhood, and spiritually hypnotized into thinking defending traditions is defending the Faith, it is one of the most difficult frames of mind to snap out of, insomuch that God compares it to being drunk on religion in the Book of Revelation.
Evangelicals unashamedly profess and believe in having a relationship with God, were the Holy Spirit is our teacher. This is opposite to the teaching of Orthodoxy with their hand-me-down long list of false doctrines, by a pseudo church full of man-made rituals, rites, religious trappings and devotion by rote.
The Early Church was a house group movement and do not "do churches" or "do idols" or "do icons" so searching for archaeological evidence of it is pretty fruitless as the centuries go by, but especially as the Empire of Pseudo Christendom (the 2nd Babylonian Captivity) was trying to erase evidence of its existence as well as trying to annihilate them by torture, murder and persecution. As their false religion was based on historical claims of Apostolic succession they actively wanted to erase the evidence of Evangelical history, and were empowered and motivated to do it. The Gates of Hell have not prevailed against the early Evangelical born again Christian church, it is still with us here today, and even when the 666 mark appears, and they are persecuted again, and hunted down, the very existence and prophecy of a late Rapture proves they will not be extinguished until our Lord returns to reign on Earth in Millennium.
I am an Evangelical Christian, or born again Christian. The church to us is usually defined as "all the people in the world who are born again", but others have a different view, which is that heretical and/or backslidden people under the disciplinary action of being "put out from among you" until they gain repentance are in effect put out of "The Church" too. However some people are put out of churches for being right when the pastor is wrong. Critics of this view say it means people who fall into one sin or another for a time drop in and out the church which from their perspective is unrealistic. Ecumenical is defined as: "promoting or relating to unity among the world's Christian Churches:" OED. As the bible says: "have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them." Ecumenicalism is not biblical, even though there may well be born again people scattered throughout the various churches. The orthodox religion likes to say that Evangelical and Protestant churches are all relatively small individual churches, and ignore the most common Evangelical belief that the born again believers within them represent ONE CHURCH together, the real TRUE CHURCH, and that statistically when joined together as THE BODY OF CHRIST there may well be more people in that definition of the church than there are in the entire Eastern Orthodox religion.
Also Evangelicals are just more honest about their differences than the Orthodox. The fact is millions of people in the Orthodox religion differ in their religious views, but are not as upfront and open about it, as their self identity is stifled. The Orthodox are like the Japanese, who have a proverb: "The nail that sticks up too much must be hammered down". I dare say some people in the Orthodox Church are pacifist, but wont start a pacifist church because it would be considered heterodox and divisive to think war and killing is sin. Yet they had plenty of divisions absurdly over things like Calendars.
The Orthodox community do not remain ignorant about the true vision of what the SINGLE EVANGELICAL CHURCH is for nothing. One way they continue to hide the enormous size of this one true church from the Greek and Russian people (among others) is the subject of Antinomian type heresy. Rasputin preached the most demonic form of Antinomianism, described as a heresy in Romans 3:8, that is "The more we sin, the more grace we get, so commit as many fleshly sins as you can, and the more you do, the more grace you get, and the more blessed you are!" A quite staggeringly lustful and evil heresy! But there are less extreme forms of this heresy, which might actually be more deadly in their capacity to deceive more souls because they seem more reasonable. One is the heresy "Once Saved Always Saved (with the deadly clause added) even if you do not repent!" That this heresy has crept into Evangelical churches is unfortunately true, but tarring everyone with the same brush is an evil thing to do, the true Evangelicals in general do not believe that kind of Antinomian style falsity. The almost universal view of Evangelical or Born Again Christians is "Every tree is KNOWN by his fruit but not SAVED by his fruit" thus real true believers will both keep inside repentance and produce good works. That Good News or gospel is distinct from Orthodoxy, which has a Semi Saviour and two co-saviours, the priest and the convert and his own good works, a totally different gospel from the Evangelical "Jesus Saves" one Saviour only gospel. The idea is for the Roman Catholics and Orthodox Religion to defile or hide the "born again body of Christ" definition of the church by saying: "The Evangelicals say everyone who accepts Christ is born again, thus saved, thus they can sin with impunity, thus that is an unholy false church!".
Millions are saved today in the TRUE CHURCH of born again Christians world wide, it is just not as enormous as the Roman Catholic or Orthodox Churches, who seem to think "narrow is the way and few there be who find it" is fulfilled by being a broad road to destruction.
The Same Deception
THE ORIGIN OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH
The idea and notion of the Orthodox religion being like the early church, is so far detached from reality, it is enough to make even God laugh. The early church (the church was the people not the buildings) met in houses, or in Acts by a river. It was distinguished by Christian marriage for life, and Peace, Love and nonviolence, both of which Orthodoxy contradicts, doing war, killer Christian saints, capital punishment and divorce and remarriage. Peter said he had no silver and gold, Orthodox bishops parade around in gold like Pharisees and peacocks. There is no history or record of idols renamed icons. There is no evidence of the clockwork observance of liturgical
calendars, and even if there had been, it would not be the one they use now, that would be an anachronism. The whole idea that the pompous Orthodox Religion and its sacerdotalist salvation, and salvation by works, had anything whatsoever to do with the early church. However on the contrary the home journey of the merchant men in Acts chapter 2 shows that the evangelical churches' "Jesus Saves" gospel of salvation was the true one, and perhaps the most biblical of all of them is the born again Christian Evangelical (Good news preaching) house church movement.
The original church was non violent, and preached marriage for life, unlike Orthodox Christianity. The fact that the merchant men of Acts chapter 2 returned home to find no Orthodox church buildings, priests, bishops done up in fine gold garments, sacerdotalism, bogus traditions, swinging bags of incense, etc etc proves the evangelical gospel of "Jesus saves" is the true Faith and the true gospel, not the priestcraft plus works false salvation of Orthodoxy. It is as simple as that. Their claim to be the first church is a complete fiction. Eastern Orthodoxy is a sex cult that, like Jezebel, openly sanctions adulterous second marriages, which even the Roman Catholics can see is a sin.
What is the Orthodox Church? And what is its origin?
The stupid anachronism of the "original Catholic Apostolic church" fragmenting into the Orthodox and Roman Catholic church, is first of all that ALL the bible evidence is that the original church was identical to the Evangelical born again house group movement today, and, secondly, when asked to define the beliefs of the "original Catholic Apostolic church" the Roman Catholics describe it as doctrinally identical to them, and the Orthodox doctrinally identical to them, yet both claim ALL the historical evidence supports their two contradictory stances.
Essentially Satan has used the identical same deception to destroy the Greeks as he used on Israel. Israel had the honour of having the Old Testament scriptures written in their language, Hebrew, and Greece had the New Testament written in their language, Greek. Satan deceived Israel with the Pharisees, and then used the same deception, Orthodox priests and bishops, modern day Pharisees, to deceive Greece. The way this happened is as follows.
At the time of Moses there was a rebellion against him. In "The Gainsaying of Core" (also spelt Korah) the authority of Moses was challenged as the only person through whom God was establishing law. Moses separated Core or Korah from himself and God opened up the ground and swallowed the rebels into a pit or crevasse, destroying them all in an earthquake. After Moses died the 70 Elders still judged in Israel. These elders became corrupted over the centuries, and the ultimate corruption came when the kingdom of Israel was divided in two, Israel the Northern Kingdom and Judah (and Benjamin) the Southern Kingdom. The Northern Kingdom of Israel became scattered, leading to what is called "the lost tribes of Israel" as they mingled among the Gentiles. The Southern Kingdom Tribe of Judah was taken captive in Babylon, where the elders became very corrupted, and part of their corruption was thinking they could establish law by tradition, just as Moses had done, but they also introduced the terrible corruptions of Babylon, even adopting their Pagan calendar.
The origin of Judaism, which has deceived israel is this. When Jesus the Messiah arrived we see many confrontations between him and the Pharisees over them putting their traditions (that had in effect become laws) above the reveal word of God. After Jesus died the new covenant law was written down, and a new Faith, the Christian Faith, brought by the Messiah, began to rapidly spread. The Pharisees then revealed the true nature of their corrupt belief that the 70 elders could establish law, sat down and wrote out the Talmud, that had before this mostly been a verbal tradition of laws, but this was now done in great detail, showing the jaw dropping corruption of their cabalistic religion that is now called Judaism. Judaism does not claim to be the religion Moses taught. please be clear about this. It is a religion that claims they have established new law alongside the old law. They no longer stone people to death in Israel because the new religion of Judaism does not command it. There are new modern cults (predicted in a prophecy in 1 Timothy 4:1-4) who do claim to keep the old law of Moses (unlike Judaism) but these cults have become very varied in a short period of time, as the old law was so draconian they are embarrassed to actually claim to keep it.
The origin of Orthodoxy which deceived Greece is this. Essentially Orthodox Christianity is a clone of the attack of the Pharisees. The early church obeyed the teachings of Jesus, that were written down in that generation, and verbally and orally transmitted to the believers or early Christians. However new testament law was not only established through Jesus. Some of the Christian law we follow today was revealed by inspiration of the Holy Ghost through the writings of the Apostles and disciples of Jesus, just as scripture was written by King David in the Psalms, and law established through Moses . In a similar way to the Pharisees of old, early heretics began to depart from the Faith by supposing themselves able to establish law not written in the gospels, epistles and book of Revelation. The great division ( call it schism if you will ) happened at the time of Constantine. Constantine, who has been made a saint "equal to the Apostles" by Orthodoxy and its preposterous practice of canonisation (all are called to be saints - Romans 1) was a very evil, violent and warlike man. The true teachings of Jesus are "Love and Peace" not war and violence. He brought the heresy called "the scarlet and purple" heresy in the Book of Revelation chapter 17. Those deceived by war, murder and violence, and the Faith being melded with the State, then began to develop further the sacerdotalist style of religion that now underpins both the Catholic and Orthodox forms of fake Christianity.
This fake form of Christianity, empowered by the state for violence, began to persecute the real Christians, who were similar to pacifist evangelical Christians today. However as this violent fake form of Christianity grew, there was a giant schism, this time not between true peaceful believes and scarlet and purple heretics, but a schism between the two fake forms of Christianity that had become to diversify from each other because they were based in different regions. Rome wanted to make a giant bid for power, and essentially make Rome the new Jerusalem, and the Pope based in Rome the "Holy Father" or Pope, even though Jesus made it plain only God is the Holy Father, and he is the only leader of the Faith. So the Greeks and others split away from Rome, which is the Whore of Babylon, ruled by Catholicism, and the Greeks and others in the schism, became the daughters of this harlot, both committing adultery against God with idols and idolatry toward the mass or communion.
Essentially the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Oriental Orthodox churches are the product of men (Pharisees similar to Core) who all think they can establish traditions that in effect become law BUT as they come from different regions, they all establish bogus laws more acceptable to where they live, and in so doing blow apart as a fraud the underlying false idea. To this day the two types of Eastern Orthodoxy see either the pagan Julian calendar, or the pagan Gregorian Calendar, as part of their religion, just as Jews and the Pharisees see the pagan Babylonian calendar with Tammuz in it, as part of their religion, whereas Evangelical type Christians just see the secular calendar as here in society and not part of their actual religion.
HISTORY BOOKS OR THE BIBLE?
Essentially the Orthodox religion is a clone of Satan's spiritual attack on Israel using the Pharisees. The Orthodox clergy actually look identical to the Pharisees at the time of Jesus, they dress like them, wear the same unkempt beards as them, and use the same tactics as them. Both love to use diversion, to keep you from the word of God, and not just by vain repetition of prayers. According to the Parable of the Sower the devil does not want you to be rooted and grounded in the bible, and your relationship with God. Something must be done by him to stop this.
The way the Jewish Pharisees did this 200 years after the death of Jesus was to write out the massive volumes of the Talmud, and they told the Jewish people to go read all that stuff and nonsense instead of the holy bible. This tactic they continue to use to this day. They believed the same thing as Korah did who withstood Moses to his face, that is that the Seventy Elders were just as capable to receive laws or traditions from God as Moses was, and thus, as they were their anncestors, they invented their own catalogue of human traditions. Jesus bore witness to this going on before the Talmud was written out.
The same cloned tactics are used by the Orthodox religion as the Pharisees used. Instead of reading and knowing the bible, a definte source of infallible revelation and teachings from God, they expect you to spend your time reading a bookcase full of history books, that all supposedly tell you that the early Christians after the death of the Apostles all believed the identical same things as the Pope, and about 20 different Orthodox religions that all contradict each other! Even if their claim was true that most early Christians between the second century and the Emperor Constantine had started to quote "reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition." it would prove precisely nothing to those who know the bible except that the Apostasy had started earlier than they might have presumed, culminating in the lowest of the low, Emperor Constantine himself, who was an evil monster, but whom the Orthodox religion think was quote "equal-to-the-apostles" they are so spiritually blind. When you think about it clearly, what the Orthodox religion is saying is, that after the Apostles died, very early in the history of the church, self-styled Christian Pharisees sat down and invented a myriad of bogus traditions and heresies just like the Pharisees did, that contradict the Word of God, and they were the ancestors of the Eastern Orthodox Church.
The bottom line of all of this, is that Protestant scholars of history, Evangelical scholars of history, and Eastern Orthodox scholars of history, all paint very different pictures of how quickly the early church descended into the Apostasy of Constantine. Satan would like nothing better than for every believer in Jesus on Earth to spend 10 or 20 years pawing their way through history books instead of the bible, or alternatively spend the same amount of time with their noses pressed inside the pages of the Talmud, or a glut of dusty tomes of Orthodox hermits. And the reason is if you know the bible well enough, you will see that Orthodoxy is in a state of utter and complete apostasy, and it really does not matter at what speed the First Century Church descended towards it all, all that matters is the new testament writings that predate it tell us what our true practices and beliefs should be, and ironically the Orthodox religion's own belief is that those gospels and epistles are inspired word for word and are entirely infallible. So when Evangelicals and Protestant see Roman Catholics and Orthodoxy contradicting the word of God to keep their own traditions, they know what's going on already, as Jesus fought the self same battle in his own life time.
2) Believe Orthodoxy is the infallible original church (when its doctrines and traditions prove the opposite, and by denying Christ as Saviour they are not even a church at all.) - and to "prove" this lure people out of the bible into researching obscure early church history. They deny their "Primus Inter Pares" (or Titular Head) is infallible however, or their bishops, just the church, interpreted within the Tradition of the Church and its 7 Ecumenical Councils from 325AD to 787AD.
The definition of doublethink is: "the acceptance of contrary opinions or beliefs at the same time". The contradiction Orthodoxy tries to put on people is to say that they are linked back to the original church, yet when compared to the original church described in the bible they are almost nothing like it. This requires doublethink to believe it, unless they make the preposterous assertion, that they do not resemble the original church, because they and others have had the apostle-like authority to add onto the traditions and doctrines of the church. And the crowning glory of their heresy? The cherry on the cake is therefore the assertion "And therefore the church that most resembles the early church, viz-a-viz the born again Evangelical house group movement, are deceivers because they are too close to the early church to be the early church!" Of course they would never phrase it like that, but that is the underpinning tragic logic of their falsity. They would perhaps assert that converts have ways been saved by having 3 Co-Saviours, Jesus, the convert, and the priests, etc. And if you fill the shops in Greece and Russia with books about pseudo saints instead of the bible you can successfully trick people into that assertion. And that has been the very effective tactic they have used, and the people indoctrinated from childhood have submitted to. So Now their version of "valiant for the truth" is defending their man made traditions, that are oxymoronically different from nation to nation, and not the sure foundations of The Word of God.
Comparison with Catholics
As the Catholics and Orthodox churches preach two different things on divorce, if they have both been identcal from the time of Christ (as both claims) where are the great divisions over this doctrine in early church history?
a naivety akin to believing Reformation nativity pictures from Holland, where everyone in Israel wore contemporary Dutch clothing, were historically accurate, or Chinese pictures of Jesus as a Chinee
1) St Mark Liturgy
2) "heterodox" and "schismatic" and other anachronisms, even Justin Martyr saying "transubstantiation"
3) St Luke made the first icon
4) St Paul "had" long hair, as it mentions hair bands
5) "And this food is called among us Eucharistia [the Eucharist], of which no one is allowed to partake but the man who believes that the things which we teach are true, and who has been washed with the washing that is for the remission of sins, and unto regeneration, and who is so living as Christ has enjoined.,,,,//......For not as common bread and common drink do we receive these; but in like manner as Jesus Christ our Saviour, having been made flesh by the Word of God, had both flesh and blood for our salvation, so likewise have we been taught that the food which is blessed by the prayer of His word, and from which our blood and flesh by transmutation are nourished, is the flesh and blood of that Jesus who was made flesh." - (First Apology, 66)
2) Believe Orthodoxy is the original church Christ founded,
The Roman Catholics have a giant disagreement over their split with Orthodoxy in the "Schism of 1054", both insisting there came first, so the other split from them. The bible answers which is true. The Catholics came first, as they are THE MOTHER of HARLOTS, MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT. This shows THE MOTHER has Rebel Daughters, who wanted their own autonomy, and they are the various branches of Orthodoxy, Like Greek Orthodox, Russian Orthodoxy, Coptic Orthodox, etc. Some might argue that the "Mother" of Harlots is a reference to her huge size, not that she was first, such as in the expression "mother of all battles" and that the Greeks were the first to introduce priest craft salvation and works salvation into the Faith, thus in effect departing from the Fath.
The Eastern Orthodox ChurchesThe nominal head of the Eastern Orthodox Churches is the Patriarch of Constantinople. However, he is only first among equals and has no real authority over Churches other than his own.
There are 15 'autocephalous Churches', listed in order of precedence.
Churches 1-9 are led by Patriarchs, while the others are led by Archbishops or Metropolitans:
Church of Constantinople (ancient)
Church of Alexandria (ancient)
Church of Antioch (ancient)
Church of Jerusalem (ancient)
Church of Russia (established in 1589)
Church of Serbia (1219)
Church of Romania (1925)
Church of Bulgaria (927)
Church of Georgia (466)
Church of Cyprus (434)
Church of Greece (1850)
Church of Poland (1924)
Church of Albania (1937)
Church of Czech and Slovak lands (1951)
The Orthodox Church in America (1970)
The Orthodox communion also includes a number of 'autonomous Churches':
Church of Sinai
Church of Finland
Church of Estonia*
Church of Japan*
Church of China*
Church of Ukraine*
Archdiocese of Ohrid*
* indicates a Church whose autonomy is recognised by only some of the other Churches
Eastern Orthodox Church Orthodox Churches Orthodox prayer rope ©The Orthodox Church is one of the three main Christian groups (the others being Roman Catholic and Protestant). Around 200 million people follow the Orthodox tradition.
It is made up of a number of self-governing Churches which are either 'autocephalous' (meaning having their own head) or 'autonomous' (meaning self-governing).
The Orthodox Churches are united in faith and by a common approach to theology, tradition, and worship. They draw on elements of Greek, Middle-Eastern, Russian and Slav culture.
Each Church has its own geographical (rather than a national) title that usually reflects the cultural traditions of its believers.
The word 'Orthodox' takes its meaning from the Greek words orthos ('right') and doxa ('belief'). Hence the word Orthodox means correct belief or right thinking.
The Orthodox tradition developed from the Christianity of the Eastern Roman Empire and was shaped by the pressures, politics and peoples of that geographical area. Since the Eastern capital of the Roman Empire was Byzantium, this style of Christianity is sometimes called 'Byzantine Christianity'.
The Orthodox Churches share with the other Christian Churches the belief that God revealed himself in Jesus Christ, and a belief in the incarnation of Christ, his crucifixion and resurrection. The Orthodox Church differs substantially from the other Churches in the way of life and worship, and in certain aspects of theology.
The Holy Spirit is seen as present in and as the guide to the Church working through the whole body of the Church, as well as through priests and bishops.
Are Orthodox Churches the same as Eastern Orthodox Churches?Not all Orthodox Churches are 'Eastern Orthodox'. The 'Oriental Orthodox Churches' have theological differences with the Eastern Orthodox and form a separate group, while a few Orthodox Churches are not 'in communion' with the others.
Not all Churches in the Eastern tradition are Orthodox - Eastern Churches that are not included in the Orthodox group include the Eastern Catholic Churches.
The Catholics love to quote that the "the gates of Hell will not prevail" against the true church. One thing this means is people like Evangelical Christians are still here today, despite the butchery and murders of the "Holy Mother Church" or Mother of Harlots, that is Rome.
The Roman Catholics say the evidence of the first century after the Apostles all proves their doctrines and traditions are correct. Trouble is so do Eastern and Oriental Orthodoxy. So do the new Hebrew Roots Movement. Both swear blind the manuscripts all show the sabbath was still law in the early church, or conversely it positively was not, or that Sunday wa kept as a strict sabbath, or alternatively the sabbath "a day of rigorous rest not obligatory on Christians". The Protestants and Evangelical scholars of history all have different angles on this. Could it be by any chance it was a very complex picture of diverse heresy and truth, just as the very early church was? Why did Jesus repudiate several churches in Revelation? Because of heresy and sin, even then very early. Why was the entire Book of Galatians written? To combat the Judaization heresy. The fact is as so many churches all positively confirm the evidence is the first century church scene completely supports them as the original church, when their practices openly contradict the early churches commandments and laws, just goes to show that the underpinning tactic of the Catholics and Orthodoxy, to draw you out the bible into history books, is the obvious diversion tactic it appears as, and the "proof" of early first century churches having some of the traditions like icons masquerading as idols, is just as much proof as the slide into the Apostasy as it can be argued "evidence" their church traditions are supported by so called archaeological facts.