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Saturday, July 04, 2015

IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776.

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America,

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only. 
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures. 
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice, by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For Quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial, from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent: 
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies:
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws, and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands. 
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our Brittish brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Humility and Struggle: The Fundamental Virtues

A Homily of Saint John Maximovitch

(20 May / 2 June 1953)

God's grace always assists a struggler, but this does not mean that a struggler is always in the position of a victor; sometimes the beasts did not touch the righteous ones, but by no means did they not touch them always. What is important is not victory or the position of a victor, but rather the labor of striving towards God and devotion to Him. Great is the Apostle Paul, but he asks the Lord many times (‘thrice" means not once, but many times) that the messenger of Satan depart from him, for he "buffets" him, making some sort of attacks that are difficult and averse to his spirit. But the Lord leaves him in such a position: "My grace is sufficient for thee" (2 Cor. 12:7-9) — enough assistance of grace and gifts are provided for him. The Lord wants from the apostle the striving which cleanses his soul.

What is important is the state of the soul, the striving towards God, and not the stature of a victor. "Strength is made perfect in weakness"(2 Cor. 12:9). Though a man may be found in a weak state, that does not at all mean that he has been abandoned by God. The Lord Jesus Christ, according to the worldly view, was in trouble, but when the sinful world considered Him to be completely destroyed, in actuality He was victorious over death and hades. The Lord did not promise us positions as victors as a reward for righteousness, but told us, "In the world we shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world" (Jn. 16:33). The power of God is effective when a person asks for the help of God, acknowledging the weakness and sinfulness of his nature. This is why humility and the striving towards God are the fundamental virtues of a Christian.

A Balance To The Pride Of Man

Just about the time you think yourself all significant, WATCH THIS:



Just about the time you think yourself all insignificant, READ THIS:

To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm of David.} O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.

Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.

When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;

What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?

For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.

Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet:

All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field;

The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.

O LORD our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Pro-Life Feature Film in Pre-Development

I am encouraged by the nature of the most recent public attack on me by the Jezebel, Joanna Higginbotham, of Oregon. In the six years that she has been attacking me in public I have never answered one of her accusations--until now. I am encouraged because the nature of the attack is indication of the presence of God in my activities surrounding the pro-life movement and the sanctity of the life of the unborn. Higginbotham joined her partner-attacker, Minas Michael Christie, on his blog in inferring that I am pro-choice and was an Obama supporter. Higginbotham posted a sermonette in the comment section apparently designed to correct me. Although the content of her words are true, the context in which they appear is deceptively misleading and defamatory. Anyone seeing the post and the comment would get a false understanding of who I am. Anyone seeing the post title alone,  "Busted Again", would have no doubt as to the intentions of both Higginbotham and Christie to discredit me.

Christie's Stolen & Doctored Photo of Lewis


Higginbotham's Comment

I supported, and even campaigned for Mike Huckabee in the 2008 election, primarily for his pro-life views, and posted a JTO article at the time to that effect. I actively ran the Tennessee For Huckabee blog which was listed on the official Mike Huckabee For President website. I later voted for John McCain who won the nomination. The Republicans still have a pro-life platform which is worthy of consideration when deciding for whom to vote. I have never nor would I ever vote for a candidate that was not pro-life. During the same 2008 election cycle, I operated a blog called "O-bortion" which highlighted the then-candidate Obama's extreme abortion views.

When Obama won the election in 2008, I posted an article asking all to pray for our new president as we are commanded to do, because he was, in fact, to become the President of all Americans. Here is the short JTO post in entirety:
"I invite all JTO readers to pray for President-Elect Barack Obama as he leads the United States in this most difficult time in our history. I echo President-Elect Obama's words to those who did not support him during the election. He will be the president of all Americans. Choose prayer rather than criticism and allow our sovereign God to work his will and way in this nation. Prophesy if you must and criticize if it is warranted, but remember, the Kingdom of God will prevail and all nations and leaders will one day bow before the throne of God. God is still in control and Christ will come again."
I myself, did, in fact, later criticize with an article called The Usurper, but I also have prayed every week at the altar for "The President of the United States and all those in civil authority."  But Christie and Higginbotham have skewed these facts.

So why have Higginbotham and Christie borne false witness against me in this matter?  I believe this scripture explains it:
"For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places."
The spirits of darkness that influence both of them would have them present me as the very opposite of who I am and the very opposite of what I am equipped by our Lord to do, so as to thwart the purpose of God in protecting the innocent unborn. But why attack me in particular, and to what purpose?

Through my Rocky Top Pictures, LLC, I have been producing a feature film designed to be the definitive pro-life film. The Rocky Top Pictures website has been cryptic as to the nature of the film, and the title is still undisclosed, because it is a true story whose subjects are still alive. You, the JTO Readers, are the first to be privy as to the nature of this film. The adapted screenplay is ready and meetings are talking place to produce it and bring the film to the theaters.



JTO readers, do you want to see this film made? Then pray. Pray that the Jezebelian voices like Higginbotham and Christie will be silenced and that those of us who are given a voice in the film industry are allowed to speak for the sake of the unborn.

JTO readers, do you want to see this film made? Then leave an encouraging comment in the comment section or by e-mail journeytorothodoxy@gmail.com.


Jezebel Despises True Authority

Here are selected quotes on how the spirit of Jezebel is an enemy of the Orthodox Church. These quotes highlight her independence and opposition to all authority, especially spiritual authority. The spirit of Jezebel can influence or control men, but it is most often the strongest in women. Her goal is to disrupt, destroy (especially the clergy), cause disunity, control, and to exhibit her own authority. She is rebellious, curses from an evil spirit, and with arrogance.
"For rebellion (from marah- rebellion, perverseness, bitterness) is like the sin of divination (from quasem- to divine- to curse- false visions, idolatries, delusions of their own minds), and arrogance like the evil of idolatry (Terapim- family idols, images, cultic masks -[evil generational strongholds])." 1 Sam 15:23
A WARNING FOR THE CLERGY
Discern the spirit of any woman woman, who, independent of a husband, mingles with or converses. on a regular basis with or to the clergy or the church, if she has not been recognized by a Bishop as having a particular grace (charism) which would warrant such a relationship. Take greatest caution in the arena of Social Media, where it is easiest to set up a platform of pseudo-authority and speak to the masses.

QUOTES: 
“Jezebel demands recognition for herself while serving as the enemy of the true prophetic ministry. Jezebel was the greatest enemy of one of the Old Covenant’s most powerful prophets, Elijah, whose ministry especially represents preparing of the way for the Lord. The Jezebel spirit is one of the most potent forms of the religious spirit which seeks to keep the church and the world from being prepared for the return of the Lord. This spirit especially attacks the prophetic ministry because that ministry has an important place in preparing the way of the Lord. That is why John the Baptist was persecuted by a personification of Jezebel in the wife of Herod. The prophetic ministry is the primary vehicle through which the Lord gives timely, strategic direction to His people. Jezebel knows that removing the true prophets will make the people vulnerable to her false prophets, which always leads to idolatry and spiritual adultery.” 2 (Epic Battles of the Last Days, pg.137) Mental Disorder and Jezebel
Jezebel’s greatest enemy is true spiritual authority. As Jezebel opposed Elijah and Herodias opposed John the Baptist, so Jezebel today opposes righteous authority. In her heart, she despises all moral authority. jonhamilton.com
Jezebels love to project a sense of power they do not have. It is based on fear and intimidation, in order to cloud the minds of those they desire to oppress. Steve Sampson (p 14)
Jezebels revile (despise and show no respect for) authority over her. Building on “dislike of authority” (especially of men since they are frequently the authority figure) coupled with rebellion, she hates anyone placed in authority over her (particularly men), and seeks to destroy them and take their power. Jezebel sees herself as the “goddess on the pedestal”. albatrus.org
Jezebel is like a shark; she is most vicious and dangerous. She circles the lives of others looking for teachable, seducible, controllable, “disciples” of her own. Jezebel likes to birth spiritual children of her own as she looks for disciples to eat from her own table. She will look for those that are in rebellion, who are weak, wounded, or those who are contending, bucking, and fighting any established spiritual authority. albatrus.org
Jezebel hates men and majors in destroying them. She cannot have a true Godly relationship with men; because her desire is to strip them of all their perceived power and then destroy them, to emasculate them emotionally and spiritually. albatrus.org
Another very obvious thing with this kind of spirit is its absolute hatred and disdain for anything to do with spiritual warfare, prayer, and anything to do with God’s true prophets. This spirit hates all of God’s prophets just like Queen Jezebel did back in the OT. And it also hates anyone who is actively involved with spiritual warfare in the Lord. The reason it hates these two types of people is because prophets and those well trained in the area of spiritual warfare are its greatest threat. Prophets and those who are trained in the area of spiritual warfare can easily spot and pick up when they come across this kind of spirit, and they will then know how to get rid of it if the person is open to receiving an actual deliverance. If you want to test a person to see if they have a Jezebel spirit on them, just bring up the subject of prophets and spiritual warfare and watch how this spirit will well up with anger and disgust, and from there, will try and change the conversation to something else. You will hit a nerve every time you do this with this kind of spirit. bible-knowledge.com

A real and current example of the Jezebel Spirit at work is found in a woman named Joanna Higginbotham of Oregon who operates Remnantrocor.blogspot.com. Ms Higginbotham's conduct was profiled in the August 7, 2014 JTO article Blogger Troll Confesses to Criminal Record-"Big Deal". The Remnant ROCOR blog contains the name of Bishop Agafangel and the ROCOR jurisdiction to which Higginbotham is a part, however, in a recent direct conversation between JTO Administrator Nathan Lee Lewis and Bishop Agafangel, the Bishop stated that he did not know who Higginbotham was nor was he aware of her blog activities.  He deferred the matter to Higginbotham's priest, Father Gregory Williams, of Holy Annunciation in Liberty, Tennessee. Father Gregory Williams has previously stated that he would issue Higginbotham a "cease and desist" order if he thought it would do any good. 

"I've known Joanna for a very long time. She lived here for quite a while (maybe more than a year; I've forgotten), had me up on a pedestal within a few weeks, left in a rage when I wouldn't take her orders to baptize her future son-in-law while he was living "without benefit of clergy" with her pregnant daughter, then marry them. For several years I was public enemy #1 so far as she was concerned, with endless letters to bishops, other clergy, you name it. After a few years of getting no "satisfactory" response, she went on to someone else. After the marriage (accomplished quite uncanonically; resulting in a reprimand to the offending priest from the bishop) collapsed in disaster and the defection of most of our brethren to the MP, she changed her mind. I have little or no control over her activities, either by e-mail or blog (of which she also has many). Before setting her sights on you, she engaged in a war with [another parishioner]... If I thought it would do any good, I would issue a "cease and desist" order." Father Gregory Williams

For Higginbotham's own priest to confess the futility of dealing with her is telling. Even though Father Gregory has the authority to rebuke, discipline, withhold the sacraments until repentance or deliverance, he has seemingly abdicated his responsibility in the matter. This is the classic and documented rebellious Jezebel spirit at work. She has gained a foothold of control over her priest while her Bishop, who does not speak English, has, until recently, been ignorant of the fact that the spirit of Jezebel is publicly representing his church. Father Gregory cannot claim the same ignorance. In fact, curiously, Father Gregory currently lists himself on his Google Profile as an administrator of the ROCOR Refuges blog. the original blog that now links to Remnant ROCOR.

Higginbotham's operates up to 17 blogs, and participation on several others. Several of these blogs typically include the personal destruction of individuals and the defamation and libel of individual clergy whom she targets, with rumors, gossip, name-calling, innuendo, doctored photos, false accusations, and fabricated stories. She is vehemently opposed to any unity with other jurisdictions and promotes her own jurisdiction as the only legitimate Russian Church while vilifying anyone who disagrees with her by publicly calling them, among other things, psychopaths or cultists. She does not speak for nor is she recognized by her Bishop or jurisdiction, although her blogs are designed to appear so. She, in fact, is under no one's authority- Bishop or Priest - Jezebel never is. Unfortunately, her bishop, priest and jurisdiction are credited for her conduct.

Exhortation: Take time to click on the links after each quote. Study up on the activity of this evil spirit in the church today. Be aware of the tactics and methods it uses. Like a Trojan Horse, a wolf in sheep's clothing, or a lion roaming to and fro, Jezebel seeks whom she may devour toward the destruction of men's souls. If you are a bishop or a priest and are unable to curtail the activities of a Jezebel in your midst, you might at least do what Bishop Agafangel recommended Father Gregory do regarding Joanna Higginbotham:
"We can make a statement that this source does not belong to our church."  
One might also demand the removal of any link or reference to your jurisdiction and, certainty, do not participate as an administrator on a blog influenced by a Jezebel Spirit. The key is to isolate them and cut them off from direct influence over the flock you shepherd. Do not give them a platform of credibility from which to operate. Most of all, PRAY and FAST and STAND FIRM in the face of evil--

"For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places."

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Blogger Troll Receives Notice Of Pending Litigation - Federal Crime

[JTO Editor's Note: I write this article in the Third Person, hoping that it not be perceived as a personal defense of myself or anything that has occurred to me. For my part, I am content to allow God to use persecution to buffet my soul and have posted my view on such HERE. But, for the cause of Christ and His Holy Church I come to the defense of God's people who are the targets of an enemy who "roams to and fro, seeking whom he may devour."]


Minas Michael Christie, of Saint Petersburg, Florida, has received a cease and desist letter from a Nashville, Tennessee attorney, representing Nathan Lee Lewis, the author of the JTO blog and Executive Producer of Rocky Top Pictures, LLC. Sighting numerous infractions, the letter warns Christie of Copyright Infringement, which is a federal crime, punishable by fines and/or imprisonment and "demands that you immediately cease and desist all use of the infringing photographs and provide an accounting of all uses of the photographs..."


The letter focuses on Christie's activity on a Google blog he operates under the name Journey To Knuckleheads From The Underworld. The blog, operated under the Google name, MRXRISTIDIS, contains numerous copyrighted photos, used multiple times, and belonging to several owners, including Nathan Lee Lewis.  JTO has learned that at least one other attorney, representing a copyright owner, is preparing action against Christie.
"The blog appeared about a year ago", Lewis said. "I was mortified to see personal and copyrighted photos of my wife, daughters, grandchildren and myself displayed with vitriolic and mocking captions. My copyrighted photos from my business, blog, FaceBook, and church websites were also used as defamatory memes. Christie's blatancy and disregard for the law is astounding." Lewis said.
Although Christie's Knucklehead blog is his own, he is also co-administrator of an orthodox blog, Remnant ROCOR, operated by Joanna Higginbotham of Oregon and her priest Father Gregory Williams of Liberty, Tennessee. Ms. Higgingbotham is quoted heavily on Christie's blog and she is very active in the comment section. She also endorses Christie's Knucklehead blog via a link on the Remnant ROCOR blog, with this warning: "Caution-satire." Recently the "caution-satire" was changed to simply, "humor." Both Christie and Higginbotham's internet conduct were the focus of the August 7, 2014 JTO article, Blogger Troll Confesses To Criminal Record- Big Deal,  

In recent days, the Remnant ROCOR vitriolic posts, some of which also included copyrighted photos, have lessened, but Higginbotham's activity on Christie's blog have increased. Along with the link on Remnant ROCOR, Higginbotham has also posted an article specifically endorsing Christie's blog.

Lewis has confirmed that more than one legal course of action is being prepared against Christie,
"The copyright infringement issue is only the first stage in holding Mr. Christie accountable for his illegal actions," Lewis said. "There are also numerous documented accounts of his blatant lies regarding my character and business activities. His obvious intent to do me personal and financial harm through defamation and libel will not go unanswered. I am not only confronting this for my sake but for the sake of the other good and godly people, including clergy and their families, whom Christie continues to target."
On at least five occasions, Mr. Christie deliberately obscured Lewis' copyright mark, © 2014 Nathan Lee Lewis, from the photos by using a Paint or Photoshop feature or with a black bar. The U.S. Copyright Act. 17 U.S.C. 101 et seq, entitles a plaintiff to seek statutory damages of as much as $150,000 per act of infringement, but the intentional removal or manipulation of a copyright notice constitutes an additional, specific violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, 17 U.S.C. 1202(b), stating,
No person shall, without the authority of the copyright owner or the law, intentionally remove or alter any copyright management information knowing, or. with respect to civil remedies under section 1203, having reasonable grounds to know, that it will induce, enable, facilitate, or conceal an infringement of any right under title.


















The damages for violating 17 U.S.C. 1202 alone range from $2500 to $25,000 per violation, in addition to any damages for copyright infringement.

"If Christie honestly believes that he has the right of  "Fair Use" of the photos", Lewis said, "then why would he take the time to obscure the copyright marks on the photos? His position certainly will not stand a legal test."
Since Mr. Christie has reportedly published upwards to 100 copyrighted photos, he may have much for which to answer, particularly if other plaintiffs take action. A legal answer from Christie has been demanded by Lewis' attorney,
"If you fail to comply with the demands in this letter on or before (omitted), (omitted) reserves the right to take all necessary action to protect its rights without further notice to you."
According to Lewis, Christie missed the deadline and has yet to respond to the attorney's letter through legal channels, but initially confirmed that he received and read the letter, with a seemingly sarcastic and mocking comment he attempted to post on the JTO blog:
"Hi Nathan. I'm trying to get the [settlement offer omitted] together but I may need more time, my blood type isn't rare so they won't pay much for it at the blood bank. Also be assured that I'm working on putting everything on my hard drive on flash drives to send to you for review. I do need to be careful though as that damn Jezebel is keeping close tabs on me and may not approve of my action to settle up with you. I have a feeling she doesn't like you as much as I do and may punish me for cooperating with your requests. Please have mercy on me. Maybe you could pray for me, I could used a mediator like you between God and myself."
As of this post, Mr. Christie has failed to voluntarily remove the copyrighted photos from his blog and, in fact, has defiantly posted a new round of copyrighted photos belonging to Lewis, followed by a posting of the attorney's letter. In the post, Christie claims his right to use the photos and his refusal to remove them.
"It doesn't surprise me that Christie has pushed back," Lewis said, "but his arrogance is obscuring clear thinking. The letter contains his home address and he posted it for all to see. A very unsafe action in today's world. With the issue now being a legal matter and with Christie's obvious defiance", Lewis said, "my attorney is preparing the first of two law suits."
It is yet to be determined if Mr. Christie will continue to defy the law and ignore the Cease and Desist demand. Time will tell, but if it doesn't, litigation certainly will.

See Related JTO Articles:
Remnant ROCOR Co-Administrator Discovered In Gay On-line Chat
State Of Florida vs. Christie, Minas Michael

Saturday, June 20, 2015

State Of Florida vs. Christie, Minas Michael


JTO has confirmed that Minas Michael Christie co-administrator of the Remnant ROCOR and administrator of the KFTU blog, has an extensive history of unlawful civil infractions. The numerous citations include 5 speeding tickets, one in a School Zone, 3 other infractions, and a small claims lawsuit brought against him. Records show that Christie either paid the full fines, made payments, or paid reduced fines by performing Community Service. The records on the Pinellas County, Florida Circuit Court Website, date between 2001 and 2013. 

Many can relate to having received a single or even a couple of traffic citations, but fewer can relate to Christie's total of nine citations. To some, such infractions may seem a trivial matter to highlight, however, combined with his multiple criminal arrest records, his illegal copyright infringement, his vulgar sexual public internet chats, and his malevolent public attacks on Orthodox Christians, one can get a clear picture of his rebellious, out of control life, void of submission to any spiritual authority. The initial JTO article, Blogger Troll Confesses To Criminal Record- "Big Deal" exposed Christie's multiple criminal arrest records for Criminal Trespass, Possession of Marijuana and failure to comply with the orders of a police officer during a domestic dispute. Another article, "Remnant ROCOR Blog Co-Administrator Discovered in Gay On-Line Chat" exposed his dual conduct on his blogs and his public participation in a vile on-line gay chat.

JTO has confirmed that at least two priests have attempted to curtail Christie's on-line conduct over the years, one priest stating that Christie has no ecclesiastical blessing to be involved in any on-line activity. Christie has admitted to publicly referring to his former parish's church counsel as the Mafia. Recently, another priest asked Christie to remove his KFTU blog, but said that Christie is "truly under no one's authority." Christie refused to heed the priest's counsel. Christie was recently served a Cease and Desist letter by a Nashville attorney for his use of copyrighted photos on his KFTU blog and was issued a warning of a pending lawsuit. Christie posted the attorney's letter on his blog with mocking and taunting captions. Most recently, Christie has posted another copyrighted photo mocking JTO for exposing his dual life and his vulgar gay chat.

JTO has raised the question in previous articles as to why the Remnant ROCOR blog and its co-administrators, Father Gregory Williams and Joanna Higginbotham, continue to associate with Christie. The greater question, however, is will Christie's current bishop, priest and parish allow him to remain in good standing without an official ecclesiastical rebuke for his ongoing, immoral, illegal, and malevolent conduct in the world and in the Body of Christ. JTO has confirmed that Christie is a member of a Genuine Orthodox Church in Florida.











Soon Coming Related Posts:
Blogger Troll Receives Notice of Pending Litigation- Federal Crime
When Parishioners Attack- "The Responsibility of Priests in Matters Of Church Discipline"



Thursday, June 18, 2015

Remnant ROCOR Blog Co-Administrator Discovered in Gay On-line Chat

WARNING: The matter discussed in this article includes documented references of an individual's public internet chat conversation related to homosexuality and other sexual acts. While JTO would agree that such a matter is better dealt with in private, this post confronts a matter that is already an on-going public scourge on the Body of Christ. 


A simple Google Search has revealed that Minas Michael Christie, co-administrator of the Remnant Rocor blog, has participated in a public chat forum using vile jokes, perverse humor, vulgar homosexual references, perverted sexual acts, and profanity. Christie, who has a multiple arrest record, and was recently served a Cease and Desist letter by a Nashville Attorney for copyright infringement, is co-administrator on the Remnant ROCOR blog along with Joanna Higginbotham of Oregon and Father Gregory Williams of Tennessee. Both Christie and Higginbotham were the focus of an August 2014 JTO expose' that exposed Christie's criminal record and both he and Higginbotham's vitriolic internet conduct. Father Gregory Williams, who is an ArchPriest under Bishop Agafangel, is the priest of Holy Annunciation Orthodox Church and is the publisher of Saint John of Krondstadt Press in Liberty, Tennessee. Gregory currently lists himself on his Google profile as a co-administrator on the ROCOR Refuges blog, the original name of the Remnant ROCOR blog that now links to the new site. When asked about his relationship with Christie and the blog, Father Gregory offered this comment: 


"There is NO relationship between me and Minas Michael Christie. He's bought a few books over the years, and that's it... I am not a "co-administrator" of ANY blog anywhere, though I believe in the distant past Joanna listed me as a "contributor" or something of the sort on at least one of hers. I'm not even that (though once in a while she asks permission to post something I've written)...If you know of something on Google which I don't, I'd certainly like to find it, know how it got there -- and destroy it. If it's there, it obviously has wrong, if not outright forged, information..."



Although Father Gregory claims "NO" relationship with Christie and suggests the only knowledge he has of Christie is that he bought a few books- "that's it", he issued a subsequent, seemingly contradictory comment. In the comment he says, "I don't know him and have never had any meaningful association with him... I've seen a fair amount of stuff he's written & don't much like any of it."


JTO provided Father Gregory with the link to his Blogger Profile and a screen capture showing that he is currently an administrator of the blog. The Blogger Profile allows Father Gregory to directly contribute articles, edit, delete, and in other ways manipulate the particular blog, without the permission of another, the same administrative ability as that of  Minas Christie and Higginbotham. Both Gregory and Higginbotham's Blogger Profiles and the original blog were established in the same year, 2008. Christie's was created in 2009. Whether or not Father Gregory created the Blogger Profile, or it was forged as he suggests, or he simply forgot that he established the Blogger profile, a 2012 e-mail exchange between JTO and Father Gregory, confirms that Father Gregory has been aware for years that his name and the name of his bishop, Agafangel, of the Russian Church Abroad, has been prominently displayed on the Remnant ROCOR blog, along side Minas Christie's name. Apparently, Father Gregory had forgotten about the 2012 e-mail when he issued his recent comment to JTO, attempting to distance himself from involvement in the Remnant ROCOR Blog. Even though Father Gregory's "though I believe in the distance past" comment (above) seems to suggest he was ignorant of the matter and had no role in the blog, Gregory's 2012 e-mail contained a copy of a letter he was sending to Higginbotham indicating his direct involvement. In the letter, Gregory recommends removing Christie's name as an administrator, (only) because he was not under Agafangel, but allowing him to contribute articles. The letter also mentions rewording (but not removing) the use of Bishop Agafangel's name so the blog does not appear to have an "episcopal blessing." Gregory's letter does not contain a request for his own name to be removed. In a recent written exchange between JTO and the Russian-speaking Bishop Agafangel, the bishop indicated that he was unaware of the Remnant ROCOR and had never heard of Higginbotham.

Whatever Father Gregory's official role in the Remnant ROCOR blog may be or may have been, evidence shows that both he and Higginbotham, who, although she lives in Oregon, is one of the parishioners in Gregory's Tennessee church, are today both fully aware of the on-going character issues that surround Christie, but have yet to publicly denounce his activities or disassociate themselves from him. With the revelation of Christie's vulgar, gay on-line chat, anyone can readily assess just who this man is and get a clearer picture of the perverse and ungodly conduct that he publicly presents to the world as a whole.

Christie's own blog, Journey To Knuckleheads From The Underworld,  makes predominant use of mocking memes from copyrighted photos he has illegally used. In one instance, he posts a copyrighted photo of a Bishop tonsuring a Reader, with captions suggesting the Bishop is looking for lice. In another post he uses a stolen photo of a dark-skin priest with racist captions in the form of Ebonics so as to mock the man's ethnicity. He has posted a photo of a nine-year-old Orthodox boy, mocking his masculinity, saying, "he looks like a little girl." One photo is that of a clergy's face Photoshopped in a toilet bowl full of feces. In other photos Christie has given the clergy red "demon eyes" or has placed Nazi-swastika looking symbols on their cassocks. He also mocks individuals using photos of their sacrament of marriage, their chrismation, and of them chanting during Liturgies. He also makes use of stolen family photos of clergy's wives, their children, and their grandchildren mocking their appearance or otherwise denigrating them. Christie's blog contains 100's of such examples, is laced with profanity, and contains fabricated accusations about Orthodox clergy, which Christie calls "parody." And, in a most threatening act, Christie posted photos of what he thought was the house of an orthodox clergy, with instructions on how to find the clergy's address. With this, Christie's character seems clear, but what is not clear is why the Remnant ROCOR blog, Father Gregory Williams and Joanna Higginbotham, continue to endorse and, in some instances, even participate with this man in his conduct.

An article that Joanna Higginbotham wrote to recommend Christie's KFTU blog still remains on the Remnant ROCOR blog, as does a permanent link, under the heading, "Member Blogs". The link previously had the disclaimer, "caution: satire", but that has been replaced with the word "humor". Ironically, Christie also mocks a fellow member on the Remnant ROCOR Member Blogs list, Anastasios Hudson, using the same method of stealing a copyrighted photo and placing derogatory captions on it. Remnant ROCOR blog also publishes periodic links to individual posts of Christie's blog. and continues to publish comments by Christie on various Remnant ROCOR articles. Higginbotham also participates on Christie's libelous and defamatory blog, calling out clergy by name as being demon-influenced, or as being narcissists or psychopaths. On his blog, Christie states that he gets assessments about posts from, "my friend Joanna Higginbotham." Higginbotham has, at least once, re-posted one of Christie's stolen, altered, and mocking photo's on the Remnant ROCOR blog.

Although Father Gregory denies any prior active administrative duties with the Remnant ROCOR blog, he cannot now deny being fully aware of the very public connection of both his and his Bishop's name to that of Minas Michael Christie, and the activity of his parishioner, Joanna Higginbotham. In any case, it would be unconscionable for either Father Gregory Williams or Higginbotham to continue to associate with Christie in any way, especially on a public, Orthodox-related forum, and particularity in light of the new revelation of Christie's public, perverse, gay chat.

After Father Gregory was given the opportunity to comment and was provided documentation that he had requested, JTO offered to send him a link once this article was posted. Father Gregory responded:

"No further comment. I'm not interested and will not pursue any link."

THE GAY CHAT - "MRXRISTIDIS"
Christie's internet gay chat took place on the website called Greek City Cafe in mid-2014. The website bills itself as "Australia's Greek Website". The Remnant ROCOR co-administrator's vulgar and lewd exchange, which took place on one of the site's chat forums, was under the name MRXRISTIDIS, which JTO has confirmed is Minas Michael Christie's Google ID. (Some of his chat exchange can be found starting HERE, extending three pages on the forum). Here are some examples of Christie's vile exchange. Some words are redacted for propriety's sake: 

"***hole. I'd say it to your face and you wouldn't do a d**n thing about it. Go s**k your p***s you d**k."

"Whooshka (aka Malaka). isn't that you starring in this film, or is it just your life story? loser..." [Christie posts link to a gay film]
"Whooshka doesn't need mechanical sperm extractions as he does a great job at it manually...."

"I'm assuming your not. Why not come out, it's 2014 after all and you have lots of friends that have. We all know you hate the taste of fish and prefer cucumber."

"I hear you an Whooshka go out on the boat nights catching blowfish"

"Just testosterone having fun and games... nothing serious... I hope... I'm getting set 2 love..."

"The Whopper is still flame(ing) broiled however I hear it has extra special secret sauce... the annual Fag Fest was just held last weekend..."
"...because he's a little f****t b***h..."

"...He quickly graduated from novice to master baiter. He's now teaching his trade to his little buddy Whoooshka."

"nope... but it is interesting to know you that you are interested to meet me hahahahahahahah... I'm sure your interested but please don't get too excited and have a premature ejaculation..."

"You never got your jaw jacked? Oh forgot, you only had your butt jacked, that explains your confusion"
..."f**k all of you...at least I have the "b**ls to use my real name...f**k you phoney b*****s..."



In 2014, at the same time Christie was co-administrator of the Remnant ROCOR blog, and having conversations on his own blog with Higginbotham, Christie was engaging in his lewd sexual conduct on the very public Greek City Cafe. Christie is married, with a young daughter, and JTO has confirmed that they are parishioners of a Genuine Orthodox Church in Florida. JTO can also confirm that Christie's priest recently asked him to take down his offensive KFTU blog. Christie refused to do so and continued posting within hours of that request.

More recently, Christie's internet conduct has produced legal action against him. JTO has confirmed that at least two attorneys, representing two clients, are in various stages of legal action against Christie for both copyright infringement and defamation and libel that he has published on his KFTU blog. Christie has even gone so far as to commit false impersonation by posing as a living Orthodox Deacon via a fraudulent Google ID. This possibly felonious act caused the real deacon to issue a Warning Notice as to Christie's conduct. In one instance, Christie attempted to post a comment on this JTO blog, posing as that deacon, using that false ID, to lure JTO Administrator, Nathan Lee Lewis into clicking on a link.

It seems that both Higginbotham and Father Gregory Williams would be wise to act now to assure that, by association, their names do not appear in any legal actions. But more importantly, for the cause of Christ and His Holy Church, Father Gregory Williams and Joanna Higginbotham, who serve Bishop Agafangel of the Russian Church Abroad, should flee the very appearance of evil and heed the words of Saint Paul:


"I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. 

But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. 

Do not even eat with such people. What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside. 


Expel the wicked person from among you.”

Friday, June 12, 2015

Have We Forgotten The Gospel?

So many churches...
so many jurisdictions...
so much diatribe... 
ecumenism this... 
heretic that...
blogs...
websites...
open letters...
gossip...
rumors...
libel...
defamation...
slander...
anger...
denouncements...
he's an apostate...
she's an apostate...
they are apostate...
you're uncanonical...
no, you are!...

AND THE WORLD LOOKS ON...

Have we forgotten that people are lost and dying and in need of The Savior?  
Have we forgotten the Gospel? 
We have been commissioned to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature... 

THIS IS THE CORE OF THE ORTHODOX FAITH.
LET THIS BE OUR MESSAGE AND OUR HOPE:

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.


Romans 5:8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God. who loved me and gave himself for me.

Ephesians 2:4-5 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved—

1 John 4:9-11 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.



Friday, June 05, 2015

You Never Know...

I was raised in a pastor's family and later I was ordained a pastor. I watched my father officiate at funerals and lead the processions in cars to the cemetery. Later I did the same thing in my role as pastor. 

In America it is tradition and, in fact, a law in most states, to pull over and stop as a funeral procession passes. When the last car in the procession passes, then you can go on your way. It seems not too much to ask to give up a minute or two of your time while family members are traveling to lay their loved-ones to rest. I have also been in such a procession as a family member, having laid my Father and Mother to rest. You look outside the window and wonder if anyone you see cares or knows the grief you are enduring. It is difficult to watch life going on as usual while in such an emotional state.

Yesterday, I was mowing our property. A funeral procession was passing right as I was at the road. I immediately stopped, turned off the mower, stood up and put my hat over my heart, until the procession passed. I knew what it was like to be a grieving family member in one of those cars. I only hoped that the family would get a quick glimpse of the respect they were due- that someone understood and cared.

Today, I went to the road to retrieve our garbage can. I saw a vehicle pass and stop on the side of the road. By the time I got to the back of the house, the car had pulled into our driveway. A woman got out and made a beeline for me. She intermediate said, 

"Please, forgive me. I will try to keep from crying. Yesterday as we went to bury my mamma you stood at the side of the road and showed such respect for us. I want to thank you. That meant so much to us. We had to dodge other cars along the way who didn't stop. But then we saw you. God bless you." 

I asked her how she and her family were doing, asked her name and that of her mamma. I embraced her, cried with her, and I told her we would be praying for them. With that, she got in her car and left. 

Jesus said,
'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me."
You never know... but sometimes you do...