And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
Mark 16:15 King James Bible

четвъртък, 11 май 2017 г.

The right decision

One of the strongest (and last resort) of the papists is to extol Mary for the right decision, for her ACCEPTING the message of the angel. Unfortunately this is what the teaching of free will leads to, when brought to its logical conclusion. Bear in mind that the only absolutely free human decision ever made that pertains to God's will is Jesus' approval and submission under the will of God. Jesus didn't need grace, for he was the grace of God itself. Whereas humans can't help grace or willingly receive grace at the beginning, for they are of the flesh. Nowhere in the Bible are we told that grace is involved in a decision making process, it is always a "once done is done" thing.  When Catholics speak of Mary, they always talk about grace, but in the end the determining (and which makes her praise-worthy) factor is her decision. They are directly saying that if Mary said "NO", there would be no Savior. The ONLY reason the Roman Catholic Church teaches something about grace is that if she was fully pelagian, noone would have need of her "grace-giving" sacraments.

"It was not easy to respond with a yes to the angel's announcement."

Pope Francis: I will entrust the destiny of humanity to the Virgin in Fatima

четвъртък, 4 май 2017 г.

Russian anabaptist lies concerning bulgaria

EDIT: I believe much can be learned about martyrdom and suffering from the Russian underground christians. HOWEVER, please read everything with a discerning mind. Not all of the "martyrs" and "confessors" in this book are sound, biblical christians, some are cultic, others are schismatics from the EOC, yet others are prominent EO priests and philosophers!!! The anabaptists of today are very ecumenical, like the modern "waldenses". You must not despise the western doctrinal foothold, but you must reject the western comfort and self-servingness. God bless all who sincerely love the Lord Jesus and may all we give bold witness.

I was surprised to find that in a popular anabaptist book Bulgaria has been left out in order that Moravia and Russia could get more attention and historical facts are manipulated to make Russia seem a counterpart to Byzantium, whereas Russia has always been the lap dog of the Byzantines. Russian revisionists and propagandists want to claim slavic culture and language for Russia. Really poor sources here, or, God forbid, the Russian co-author threw Bulgaria under the bus. There is absolutely no mention of the bogomils, either, only of "pious" orthodox priests and philosophers. Anabaptists like Moravia and Russia for obvious reasons. Their movements flourished there hundreds of years later. I'm not dishonouring the blood of countless Russian martyrs here, but the fact remains, the Russians in general have always had this deceitful face.

Long before Prince Vladimir with his seven wives and wooden idols overcame his
brother and made himself ruler of Russia in Kiev, a young man in Thessalonika
overcame himself and decided not to rule, but to serve Christ. His name was Cyril.
He spoke Greek. Like other Christians in Thessalonika Cyril kept to the way of
Christ even though many had grown careless and worldly. He prepared to serve
Christ by studying at the Imperial University at Constantinople.
In the capitol of the Byzantine Empire—a glorious city where the Emperor, the
Patriarch of the Orthodox Church, numberless merchants, prelates, and military
officials lived in splendour—Cyril felt tiny but not lost. He studied to graduate as
soon as possible and gained a commission to travel on official business to Arabic
and Khazar tribes in the east.
During his stay with the Khazars, to whom he told stories from the Bible, Cyril
learned all he could about wide steppes and forested lands to the north. He learned
about other tribes—Russian Slavs among them—who lived in settled villages,
who farmed and raised fruits, but who served wooden idols. After he came to
know some of them Cyril sensed what Christ wanted him to do.
Back in Constantinople Cyril learned that Ratislav, a leader of a Slavic tribe north
of the Danube River had called for Christian teachers. With his brother Methodius
he set out in 863 A. D. to answer that call. 
Up the rivers and through the forested wilderness where Ratislav’s people lived
(in what is now the Czech Republic) Cyril and Methodius worked their way,
learning Slavonic while teach-ing Christ.
From the beginning Cyril determined to
teach the Slavs what Christ himself taught. But a serious obstacle stood in the
way. Very few Slavs could read and write. Those who could, used a disorderly
collection of letters to portray Slavonic sounds. Cyril purposed at once to teach
them a better way.
With Methodius’ help Cyril gathered a circle of Slavic youths about him, and
began to write in charcoal, big black letters on birch bark, while making sounds. It
did not take long. The boys hurried home, thrilled with their discovery that “birch
bark speaks” and told their parents about a great teacher whom their Greek
instructors said had taught them. 
As their knowledge of Slavonic increased, Cyril and Methodius discovered that
their Greek alphabet did not have let-ters to match all its sounds. Also, writing
with crude materials did not produce nice looking Greek. But Cyril did not
despair. With the help of another Christian who came to Moravia, Clem-ent of
Ohrid, he borrowed bold, easy shapes from Hebrew and Greek and invented
others. “We can use other alphabets as a pat-tern,” he decided, “and if we find
nothing suitable we will simply have to make our own.”
That alphabet, now used by several hundred million Slavs,
is called Cyrillic andCyril did not die until he had taught people how to use it, written for them
numerous books, and overseen for them the translation of the entire Bible,
including the Apocrypha.
By the time Cyril and Methodius died a large number of Western Slavs knew of
Christ and the Scriptures. Many had gotten baptised. But few Eastern Slavs
(Russians) heard about Christ until Basil II, the “Christian” emperor of
Byzantium,asked Prince Vladimir to help him fight the Bulgars.
Russians and Byzantines, fighting together, won the battle. They celebrated their
victory and were happy together until the emperor learned what Prince Vladimir
wanted for his wage: Basil’s sister Anna in marriage.
Basil and his sister were shocked. Vladimir already had seven wives. Anna was an
educated Byzantine woman and a “Christian.” To think of her living in pagan
Russia filled them with horror. But Vladimir would not change his mind. When
Anna refused to come to Kiev, he called his troops together and over-ran the
Crimean peninsula (Byzantine territory), taking the city of Kherson (later
Sevastopol) and all its people as hostages.
Then Basil made a proposition: If Prince Vladimir and the Russians would convert
to Christianity, Anna would come. Vladimir happily agreed. 
In Byzantium, drowning thieves or apostates was not enough. “Christian”
authorities drowned people in bags with live pigs, roosters, snakes, and monkeys.
Lawbreakers paid fines by having a hand or foot cut off, or perhaps an ear.
Standard pun-ishments included the splitting of noses, the cutting out of tongues,
and setting people onto pointed stakes. 

Whole armies were regularly blinded and
castrated. In the very battle Prince Vladimir fought with the Byzantines, they took fifteen thousand young men as prisoners of war. Out of every hundred they left one with eyes to guide them home. So dreadful was the sight that when their ruler saw them come—wailing, clutching one another, and trailing blood as they stumbled along—he went into shock and died

This was NOT Vladimir, the vain drunkard, it was Bulgarian TSAR SAMUIL, who fought the Byzantines for 40 years!!!!

Later on the bogomils would participate in the re-establishment of the Bulgarian Tsardom with the Asenev dynasty!!!! Folks, this is why you can't trust the Russians for anything!!!!

Here and there in the Byzantine empire, often hidden but resting firm on Christ,
remnants of true faith and holiness re-mained. Here and there, especially in religious orders, honest men and women loved Christ and lived in communion with him. 

Excuse me, in religious orders? What about the thousands upon thousands of babuns/bogomils? How does this "anabaptist" writer reconcile orthodoxy and christianity so easily? Later on in the book he gives examples of russian orthodox saints and schismatic movements as christians...

They treasured the teachings of Christ and obeyed him. Speaking and
reading Greek, they still used early Christian writings. They sang early Christian
songs. Even in Russia, where missionaries had come to Greek colonies along the
Black Sea (perhaps already in Paul’s time) some knew there was more to
Christianity than what Prince Vladimir had found.