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RLCC comments follow this quoted material. ACIM Lesson 110 Ah! Well this fits quite nicely with Goddess’s comments on Lesson 109. She asked if I "believe" there is a God. What I know to be true is that you can’t … Continue reading
From the Christian Science Monitor comes this interesting opinion piece:
A short quote:
Western suspicion of Eastern Orthodoxy can be traced back to before the Great Schism that divided the Christian Church in 1054. One hundred and fifty years later, it fueled the Crusaders’ zeal for the sacking of. In the 18th century, it became a main theme of ’s influential interpretation of the Roman Empire, which was later echoed in the writings of Oswald Spengler and Arnold Toynbee. And in modern times, Samuel Huntington, among others, has warned direly of the potential for clashes between “Slavic-Orthodox” civilization and the Catholic-Protestant West.
With the exception of, this sad legacy has made Western Europeans notoriously slow to accept countries with large Orthodox populations into pan-European institutions. In the current expansion eastward, however, it is inevitable that the values and mores of European institutions and alliances will be shaped more and more by the traditionalist views of Orthodox Christian believers and less and less by the modern, secularized Protestant assumptions of Western European democracies. Orthodox believers already far outnumber Protestants across Europe, and by some estimates they may eventually even surpass Roman Catholics. If 21st-century Europe ever develops a religious complexion, it will be predominantly Eastern Orthodox.
The entire article is worth a read.
RLCC Comment: This represents a mirror image of Church as Empire--The Romans were selfishly imperialistic and the Orthodox have fallen into that before as well. While the author of the Christian Science Monitor article downplays the dangers, we say the real Church has no part in the worldly state and it has no place in the Church. We remind our readers that the real Church and real state are one and not of the current false state of this world. The current state is upside down. It lords it over the people, which is antichrist, per Jesus himself.
by Mike Ratliff
Much of the conflict we are seeing in our time between those who are seeking a return to Biblical values in the Church and those seeking “relevance” in every aspect has resulted in a standoff over “freedom.” Those who seek to remain Biblical understand what genuine freedom is while those seeking alternative forms of church are demanding freedom that is anything but. Martin Luther addressed this in his day as well. (more…)
RLCC Comment: While we don't agree with everything Martin Luther said, Mike's point here is in sync with our own.
Medellin is a Mexican national on death row in Texas. The Mexican government wasn't informed when he was arrested and faced a hearing. The U.S. government ratified an international obligation that it would notify governments when their citizens are arrested … Continue reading
The Isaiah/Jesus-Liberal Theology of the Real Liberal Christian Church is new, but it was in the beginning. It was there with God in the beginning. The summation of the law of God is the New Commandment. It too was there … Continue reading