Saturday, July 23, 2016


“Judah and Israel have defiled the land, and
have committed adultery with stone and with wood.”
(Jer. 3:9)

     The adultery committed by Judah and Israel accomplished by using stone and wood is the  idolatry or worshiping of God by use of man made idols.  But before turning away from God in order to worship idols they first turned away from worshiping the true God the Creator of heaven and earth who is the only living God. Why is idolatry called adultery? Because they worshiped idols were first linked in love of the true and living God whom they abandoned in their adultery, for they indulged in the worship of man-made gods or idols made of stone and wood.

     Sadly today there is persistent adultery and the unfaithfulness persists and abounds among men, for the true God is either recognized and ignored or His very existence is denied.  Many of the reigning gods of today are man himself, followed by money and other material things.

     Idolatry of our days exalts man above God and the world, for man is now hailed as the greatest of all. There are many other forms of idolatry but man is the focus, for men are superiorly exalted with much knowledge which they have accumulated, yet they lack any knowledge of God.

     They cast the laws of God aside as useless and meaningless and the result is that this society kills its own babies, and impure and sodomic sins they now recognized as being marriage. Thus they greatly insult the nature of the sacramental institution of marriage established by God to be between one man and one woman. But this is the terrible sin of Sodom and Gomorah which God completely destroyed with the rain of fire and brimstone. The killing of infants and and of homoesexual marriage will be the cause of the great punishment. They also brazenly commit every form of adultery, nor do they believe or accept any of the divine laws, nor of their originator, who is the Lawmaker; they also ignore the dire consequences of their violation.

     In earlier times the idolaters formed their idols out of stone and wood and worshiped them offering worship as though they were gods. It didn.t bother them that there were many different gods among them, for they replaced true worship of God with false worship. What type of god is worshiped today in this country? Many do not make believe and form gods of stone and wood, but, among other things they proclaim that they recognize true God but fail to recognize His divine laws. 

     Although among men there is this lone voice loudly  crying out the warning– danger! For God is true to Himself and will severely punish all those who deny Him and who ignore His commandments, and by their actions they invite the greatest of evils upon themselves. To escape these evils men must turn from following the wayward ideas of other men and return to the living and true God, the God of Orthodoxy who will joyously embrace them upon their repentance accepting them as His own children as He saves them from the terrible evils which are scheduled to come. Those who respond will quickly feel the benefit of all those who choose to live under God’s authority for they will experience true happiness and the joy of the angels. 

     God’s reproach was very strong in days of old,  but today even after the appearance and divine teaching of the Son of God Jesus Christ, God’s reproach will be even more severe and much stronger, for after Christ’s coming and divine teaching man still continues in every form of fornication and adultery. These have spread over the entire earth and continues  increasing in darkness and few are those who respond and turn away. So we must all unite against the many who surround us, and devote our lives to the glory of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and forever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

                       TRUSTS IN MAN                                                              

“Thus says the Lord; cursed be the man 
who trusts in man, and makes flesh his arm, 
and whose heart departs from the Lord” 
(Jer. 17:5).       

     If a man turns away from God after placing all his trust in Him, as he turns away he will then place his trust in himself or in some other persons, for whom else can he go or to whom shall he turn? For when he fails to turn to God or turns away from him, he places himself in a very dangerous and hazardous position and he has few choices after abandoning his trust in the Lord.   He brings curses upon himself and confuses his stability and his whole purpose in life. So he turns to neighbors and friends who only lead him further astray from his goal into their own sickness. Previously he was under the protection of God’s benevolent care which he abandoned and he suffered a great loss.

     Faith in God and putting our trust in Him is one of the greatest blessings, but placing our trust in man separates us from God and leads us far astray. We ought to love the Lord our God, worship Him and keep all His commandments.  For when we lose our faith in God and only hope in ourselves or in some other men, we will be far away from our entire purpose in life.

     But why do we turn away from the Lord and fail to follow His commandments?  It is because the desires of our hearts are not firmly established in love for Him. Above it is written: “Cursed be the man . . . whose heart departs from the Lord.” It is the desire of our  hearts which diminishes resulting  in our turning from the Lord. We do not love Him completely with all our minds and hearts. There are only two ways to go  in this present life; we either love the Lord and follow Him or we submit to the world and its desires and follow after them. When we have chosen to follow the Lord we enter the good path and abandon all evil thoughts, desires and deeds.                     .   

     In Holy Scripture the Lord commands that we love the Lord our God with all our minds and hearts and with all our souls and this love will grow increasingly stronger. Let us not love anyone as much as we love God for in His love we also partake of His divinity which leads to the perfection of man.
For we are all images of God and with His grace will also become His likeness. The first man in the image and likeness of God is Jesus Christ and He is the perfect example of what we must become, as it is written: Let us create man in our own image and likeness.”

     There are many that reject the teaching of the Lord in Scriptures and fail to accept that we are created  to become like God. They go far away from their noble destination and become the opposite causing evil to dwell among men. They take on the nature of evil one and doing evil they become his image and are being led by him into eternal perdition. It is our most fervent desire that many will change their ways and become the image and likeness of God which is the most noble destination. 

     The man wh trusts in man is called cursed, but the man who trusts in God is indeed most blessed, for he spreads joy, exultation  and gladness throughout the world. Knowledge of God and of His plans for us is most valuable and brings joy to all heed His call to eternal life.

     Jesus Christ, being the first man in the image and likeness of God, by His own example of life and teaching shows us the way to salvation and everlasting life.  Blessed is he who puts His confidence and faith in the Lord and who spreads knowledge of salvation to all.