“Our Lord came to fulfil
the Law and the Prophets
and not to destroy them“.
Even the smallest stroke in a Hebrew letter, a tittle, will not pass from the law
until all is fulfilled.
Jesus teaches us also that we transgress God’s Word in Spirit and Truth [John 4:24],
because Traditions of men are taught as doctrine [Matth.15: 3-9],
thus making the Word of God ineffective [Marc.7: 13].
Finally, the inspired Word of God through the apostle Paul
instructs us to test all things and to only hold fast to that which is good [1Thess.5: 21].
So when are leaders insist of keeping
Bulgarian, Greec, Romanian, Russian, Serbian
language and culture as a key point to their numerous parishes
they break down the Church of Christ, because they sow discord.
Is this the Gospel Truth – is this the New Revelation for our time?
When they continue to proclaim this,
then I believe our Lord will respond them
with His Words:
“…You are mistaken,
not knowing the Scriptures
nor the Power of God“.
All over the Benelux there are groups forming that have isolated themselves from the other orthodox churches.
These people long for contacts with their compatriots, the cosiness of home, with their habits and traditional lifestyles.
In return they dissociate themselves from their new environment and remain
a stranger in a strange country.
Moreover, they are in their original country considered as a foreigner for they have been measured in other habits.
So many times in history is asked to not form any other churches.
We are all asked to remain and suffer for all of the souls upon earth
– suffer, even though you know that the Eternal Father watches what is going on.
Our children require no schism in the Church, they do not wish
that new churches are formed.
Though the meaning is well, this can lead to nothing but destruction and schism.
We hear all names coming forward to our ears of churches being born anew,
called the ‘traditional’ Bulgarian, Greek, Romanian, Russian and Serbian Churches.
We need no more Traditionalists running around and creating new churches.
We have to remain steadfast and firm in our convictions that with
a tight board, enough prayer and also the firm example of holiness
of the leaders this will not happen.
Tight management is possible only when the wind [the Holy Spirit] is blowing on it,
and the leaders indicate a straight direction.
Division, for it is promoted by the opponent, the Satan.
The adage of old remains forever true:
“United you will stand but divided you will fall“.
Our time is the time of imposture, of spiritual fraud and counterfeit
taking the form of an “angel of light” [2Cor.11: 14].
And the main danger , the main deficiency of this whole phenomenon is that too many people today – including
the seemingly most traditional “dispatchers“[managers] of spirituality
seem to view “spirituality” as a kind of entity in itself,
almost totally disconnected from the entire Christian view and
experience of God, world and man, from the totality of Christian Faith.
Thus when disconnected from the totality of faith, even that “spirituality” which has the most traditional, the most Orthodox appearance is always in danger of becoming one-sided, reductionist and in this sense heretical [from the Greek [αϊρεσις”: choice and, therefore, reduction] – of becoming, in other terms, pseudo-spirituality.
The danger of such pseudo- spirituality has always existed.
It is already denounced by Saint John theologian,
who begs Christians not
“to believe every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are from God” and
establishes the fundament rule for such “trying”: “Every spirit“, he writes, “that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God“[1John 4: 1-2].
This means that the criterion for “spirituality” is to be found in
the central doctrine of the Incarnation – central because it implies and contains
the entire Christian faith, all dimensions of the Christian worldview:
creation, fall, redemption, God, world, man.
But then, where is the true spirituality, this total vision of man, of this nature and his vocation, better revealed than in Mystery [lat.= Sacrament]
whose purpose is precisely to restore man in his true nature,
to bestow on him the new life by regenerating him “by water and the Spirit“?
But to regenerate “water and the Spirit”
people have to understand what words are used during a Mystery [lat.= Sacrament].
Even the Apostles were not scientific educated people,
they spoke the words of the people they met
[in those times mostly the Greek, in this time mostly the English language].
Our “dispatchers“[managers] of spirituality, and special those who seek a
joint solution for the diversity in Orthodox expressions of faith,
has to make the choice to get involved with the original language of that region.
The choice for different strange languages will destroy the Christian future of our children.
I have visited several 3rd generation members of our differentiated communities/parishes and found that most of them don’t understand what a priest pronounces during the services. They even don’t understand what’s happening, they visit their churches because of the tradition of their parents. It’s just nice and you can speak your native language and you meet persons with the same background.
The differentiated communities/parishes form isles in the world without any Christian message.
Within their selves they are dying and form a preparation for death.
Between each other they try to be the best in number and success, with the most beautiful entourage.
They have to know better and to join their efforts, a Greek person has to feel comfortable in Russian and Serbian circumstances and vice versa,
the different communities have to lose their territoriality.
They are Orthodox Christian and they have a message to their surroundings;
the same as the region in which they live give them comfort.
Orthodox Christians have to teach the Benelux, how Christianity original was.
Before the Organisation of Orthodox people [VvO, most Dutch people] tried to intervene between the differences in several communities,
it was not accepted by the “dispatchers“[managers] of Orthodox spirituality.
Similarly, the number of Dutch Orthodox disappear – they dissociate themselves from this nationalism.
They become tired, tired of the incessant just struggle.
When the joint Orthodox bishops do not intend to intervene here,
come down from their thrones time will make clear
that a 6th or 7th generation of will have to re-invent the wheel,
in order to enter an understandable language in Holy Services for their children again.
“I shall bow down and worship toward Your Holy Temple
and I will give thanks to Your Name
for Your Mercy and Your Truth;
for You magnified Your teaching
above every name.
On the day I shall call to You,
hear me speedily;
You shall treat my soul
with great care
in Your Power“.
Psalm 137: 2,3
When someone is in bed
because of an accident or sickness,
his or her condition is often described as
The person has been hurt but is now at rest.
When we look in to check
on our children or grandchildren,
we are glad when they are sleeping
quietly or resting comfortably.
When we are “resting relaxed”:
– our praise has to go towards God [Psalm 137: 1-2].
– our strength we rejoice is from God [Psalm 137: 3-5].
– our obedience is to God [Psalm 137: 6].
– and our security is in God [Psalm 137: 7-8].
As Christians we should be resting
Not that we are asleep,
but we are not panicked, troubled or concerned
because our self-assurance is in our God.
In psalm 22 the Church is speaking about the Lord Jesus [1-3] and to the Lord Jesus [4-6], the Church identifies Him as my shepherd [John 10: 14], thus indicating a close relationship with Him.
And because He had nothing, now we have no lack!
One of the last words of David , ,
Although my house be not so with God;
yet He hath made with me an everlasting covenant,
He ordered in all things and sure”[2Sam.23: 5].
We are travelers ,
our Shepherd delivered us from all possible strangers and dangers.
“In accordance with His own sweet promise when he puts forth his own sheep,
he goes before them and the sheep follow him: for they know His voice“.
John 10: 4
” ….. the wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad,
the desert shall blossom …..
the parched ground shall become a pool,
… will be a highway , called the holy way,
there is no unclean shall not pass,
but it will only be for them.
Not for travellers , nor fools will wander.
There will be no lions , nor any ravenous beast …..
but the redeemed shall walk there ..
the ransomed of the Lord ….. ”
Both we, as we may say,
The Lord is my Shepherd.
“The Lord who delivered me from the claws lion and bear,
He will also save me from the hand of this Philistine“.
It will lack nothing to me:
– Because the lack Shepherd had everything;
– Because he had nothing to rest His head;
– Because there was no room in the Inn for Him;
– Because he was thirsty on the Source;
– Because he was taken just as He was in the ship;
– Because He hungered in the wilderness, so will our lack nothing.
“How He who did not spare His own Son,
but delivered Him up for us,
also freely give us all things with Him?
– He gives us His Body,
– He gives us His soul ,
– He gives us holiness,
– He would deny us bread?”
In understandable words:
“The Lord is my Shepherd,
I shall, therefore, not lacks! ”
The rich and the good-clothed will fall into poverty,
those who put their trust in temporal goods,
possession today, lost tomorrow:
but the simple who entrust themselves to the Lord,
who is Lord of all creation.
“Rich men turned poor and went hungry,
but those who seek the Lord
will not lack any good thing,
in the day when I cried“.
Especially in a country as the Netherlands,
where Orthodoxy is made up of a small Dutch count.
“Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow,
for tomorrow will worry about its own things.
Sufficient for the day is its own trouble“.
“Have no anxiety about anything,
but by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving,
let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding
will keep your hearts
and minds in Christ Jesus“.
“For the word of God is quick and powerful
and sharper than any two-edged sword,
piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit
and of the joints and marrow
and is a discerner of the thoughts
and intents of the heart“.
You answered me
and strengthened me
with strength in my soul.