Russian Orthodox Church Severs Ties with Constantinople

16 Oct 2018

This is probably a much bigger deal than we realize.

Russian Orthodox Church severs links with Constantinople – BBC, 2018/10/16

The break came after the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople recognised the independence of the Ukrainian Church from Moscow.

The row is being described as the greatest Orthodox split since the schism with Catholicism in 1054.

Relations soured after Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014.

The Russian Orthodox Church has traditionally seen parishes in Ukraine as under its jurisdiction. It has now said it is impossible to continue being in “Eucharistic communion” with the Istanbul-based Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.

This means that priests from the two patriarchates cannot serve – and worshippers cannot take communion – together, wherever Orthodox Christianity is practised.

In practical terms, the concern now is over what happens to the thousands of sites in Ukraine where services by the Moscow Patriarchate are held.

Moscow has voiced fears over possible clashes during any dispute over control.


Mosques Springing Up in Italy

10 Apr 2012

This is for information to illustrate the process of the plans of the Muslim Brotherhood and Liberals (see last paragraph).

Italy: “Mosques Springing Up like Mushrooms”

More than 250 mosques across Italy have reached an agreement to create a new umbrella organization, the Italian Islamic Confederation (CII).

The CII will be controlled by Morocco, and will compete with an existing Muslim umbrella organization, the Union of Islamic Communities and Organizations in Italy (UCOII).

The UCOII, which is estimated to control 60% of the mosques in Italy, is closely tied to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Since its founding in 1990, the UCOII has used its virtual monopoly over the mosques in Italy to spread its Islamist ideology over the 1.5 million Muslims in the country. The UCOII has also worked to become the main interlocutor between the Muslim community and the Italian state.

So Italy, realizing that this group is linked to the Muslim Brotherhood has put a moratorium on new Mosque construction. The CII is a front group to interact w/ the government and put a “peaceful” face on Islam with the goal of getting the moratorium rescinded. Also…

With the creation of the CII, Morocco is attempting to export to Italy a religious control strategy that is working very well in neighboring Spain, where the Moroccan government has been using an umbrella organization called the Spanish Federation of Islamic Religious Entities (FEERI), to exert control over the religious and cultural beliefs and practices of the nearly one million Moroccan immigrants who reside in Spain.

The last exerpt seems to be the goal of liberalism around the globe.

Many of the mosque projects in Italy are being promoted by leftwing politicians, who are waging an ideological war with the Roman Catholic Church. As in many other European countries, multiculturalists in Italy hope that by promoting Islam, they will eventually succeed in destroying the country’s Judeo-Christian heritage.

Hezbollah Inside of U.S.

27 Mar 2012

‘Hundreds’ of ‘Soldiers of Hezbollah’ Inside the U.S., Says Homeland Security Chairman [CNS News]

At a Wednesday hearing, House Homeland Security Chairman Pete King (R.-N.Y.) said that “at a minimum” there are hundreds of “soldiers of Hezbollah” inside the United States.

“Now, how many Iranian and Hezbollah terrorists are here already?” said King. “The highly-disciplined soldiers of Hezbollah are trained to lie low for years, or for decades. Those who have gone up against this enemy for our government estimate the number to be at a minimum–at a minimum–in the hundreds.”

At the same hearing, the former chief of operations for the Drug Enforcement Administration testified that Mexican drug cartels are in “very close contact” with Hezbollah, Hamas and al Qaeda.

God’s judgment is at the door. Judgment for what? The rampant sin of this country – both individually and institutionally… by the rich and the poor… by all races and classes… by saved and unsaved people. Sin is supported by law in this country. At some point, God will have enough and the U.S. will be judged using foreign invasions as has happened in the past. If God allowed His chosen people (Israel) to be judged, He will have no problem punishing the U.S. for its sin.

However, there is still time for mass prayer and repentance to take place similar to what happened to Nineveh in Jonah’s day.

The Tebow Effect

6 Dec 2011

I am enjoying Tebow’s success in that it crosses the wires of many in the media. I ran across the article…

Column: The anti-Tebow bias isn’t about football [USA Today]

This is an excellent article as to why Tim Tebow may be the focus of the football world right now. This is the end of the article that builds on ex-NFL quarterback Jake Plummer’s suggestion that Tebow “shut up” about his faith in Jesus Christ.

Plummer said what the commentators wouldn’t say. Their dislike for Tim Tebow is not, as they would have us believe, about his throwing motion or his completion percentage; it’s all about his open professions of faith and his goody-two shoes image. When it comes right down to it, we don’t want heroes who are truly good. We want them to fail the occasional drug test or start a bar fight from time to time. It makes us feel better about ourselves. Tebow, however, doesn’t make us feel better about ourselves. People like him make us feel a little convicted about the things we say and do. So we find a reason to dislike them. Or, when Tebow says that glory goes to God and the credit for a victory goes to his teammates, coaches, and family, we are suspicious. An increasingly jaded culture, we don’t believe that anyone can say such things and really mean them.

So we wait.

We wait for evidence that he really isn’t that good. We hope to see him kick a player on the ground, drop an F-bomb on television, or Tweet pictures of his privates. In the meantime, we always have Penn State’s Jerry Sandusky to make us feel better about ourselves.

What I made bold above is right on the money. People are afraid to look at themselves and see imperfection – and when they see someone who seems to have it all, they are torn down. Why? Why would we not want the people with the best character, and the best track record to succeed? Because they are threatening to people’s self-worth. It’s hard to look at yourself and realize you could have done better. It’s hard to look at yourself and all of the bad decisions you have made in the past and how those decisions have affected your status today.

And then there is the added animosity because he is a Christian, and proclaims it continuously. Many say we don’t want his religion crammed down our throat. ‘This is football, not church.’ This is one player out of 500-600 players. How is a proclamation of faith an act of cramming his religion down someone else’s throat? He is not suggesting anyone become a Christian. You never her this sentiment among the Islamic religion…  or Buddism… or Hinduism.

Tebow is smoking out people who hate Jesus Christ. There are plenty of bad quarterbacks to talk about in the league. The are plenty of success stories in the league. He is the only one actively proclaiming Jesus Christ, and somehow he is getting all of the attention.

Cross Remains in Mojave

29 Apr 2010

OneNewsNow – Supreme Court rules in favor of Mojave cross

The Supreme Court has said a federal court went too far in ordering the removal of a congressionally endorsed war memorial cross from its longtime home in California.

In ruling the cross could stay, the justices said federal judges in California did not take sufficient notice of the government’s decision to transfer the land in a remote area of California to private ownership. The move was designed to eliminate any constitutional concern about a religious symbol on public land. The ruling was 5-4, with the court’s conservatives in the majority. “The Constitution,” wrote the majority, “does not oblige government to avoid any public acknowledgment of religion’s role in society.”

Any victory is a good victory. The last statement needs to be remembered for future reference.