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Friday, July 31, 2015

Do Not Destroy

A Michtam of David Set to the tune of 
"Do Not Destroy" 
From Psalm 59

Deliver me from my enemies, O my God;
Defend me from those who rise up against me.
Deliver me from the workers of iniquity,
And save me from bloodthirsty men.

For look, they lie in wait for my life;
The mighty gather against me,
Not for my transgression nor for my sin, O Lord.
They run and prepare themselves through no fault of mine.

Awake to help me, and behold!
You therefore, O Lord God of hosts, the God of Israel,
Awake to punish all the nations;
Do not be merciful to any wicked transgressors. Selah

At evening they return,
They growl like a dog,
And go all around the city.
Indeed, they belch with their mouth;
Swords are in their lips;
For they say, “Who hears?”

But You, O Lord, shall laugh at them;
You shall have all the nations in derision.
I will wait for You, O You his Strength;
For God is my defense.
My God of mercy shall come to meet me;
God shall let me see my desire on my enemies.

Do not slay them, lest my people forget;
Scatter them by Your power,
And bring them down,
O Lord our shield.
For the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips,
Let them even be taken in their pride,
And for the cursing and lying which they speak.
Consume them in wrath, consume them,
That they may not be;
And let them know that God rules in Jacob
To the ends of the earth. Selah

And at evening they return,
They growl like a dog,
And go all around the city.
They wander up and down for food,
And howl if they are not satisfied.

But I will sing of Your power;
Yes, I will sing aloud of Your mercy in the morning;
For You have been my defense
And refuge in the day of my trouble.
To You, O my Strength, I will sing praises;
For God is my defense,
My God of mercy.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Save The Lions, Kill The Babies


Do you remember the slogan, "Save the seals, Kill the babies"? We have a new animal to value over human life. "Save the Lions, Kill the babies." Same folks who practice this twisted morality are even calling for the death and torture of the American dentist who mistakenly killed with an arrow a protected lion in Africa. 

A while back, some pro-life Christians were peacefully protesting outside an abortion clinic. A pro-choice woman was screaming out, "Bring back the lions! Bring back the lions!" Apparently it is okay to use lions to kill undesirable humans for sport. Abortion is murder and those who advocate it are either uninformed or have a seared conscience.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Mother Helena Needs A Place To Sleep

Please give with a grateful heart.
GO FUND ME (Click for more info)
"My hope is to find Mother Helena a place to sleep before the winter sets in. "
The need that is driving this campaign for funds is for the purchase of a used camping trailer that will be used as a place for an elderly nun, Mother Helena, to sleep. Mother Helena has been an Eastern Orthodox nun for over 14 years. She came to our Abbey of the Holy Name in New Jersey to practice a life of ascetical discipline and prayer. Since the abbey is a community of elderly monks, Mother was given a small camping trailer next to the Abbey to use as her cell. By day, she participates in the communal life of the monastery - prayer in the abbey church, work and meals in silence. But by night, she must leave the abbey and retire to her cell for solitude.

During the past year, the small 18 ft. trailer she has used for her place of rest has deteriorated. My assistant, Brother Anthony, and I have fixed the leaking roof with tarps and plastic bags, but the the racoons and rodents have gnawed their way in and have made it no longer habitable. She has been forced to sleep on the sofa in the common room of the abbey, a situation that is unacceptable by virtue of the respect that should be given to her and the monks who pass by from their cells to the abbey church.

We are a small archdiocese of the Traditional Eastern Orthodox Christian Church with only a handful of parishes in the States that are both small and poor. Our Metropolitan lives in simplicity and poverty, a life chosen to emulate the call of the Lord Jesus to sell all, give to the poor and follow Him. 

I am a married priest living in Orrtanna, Pa, pastoring a small congregation of the archdiocese in Emmitsburg, MD. I have put put out a call to the handful of people who practice our Traditional Orthodox Christian faith and will add all donations to this campaign. My hope is to find Mother Helena a place to sleep before the winter sets in. 

What is Mother Helena like? Sincere and good natured. faithful and smart. She prays for us every day, takes care of her three cats and does what she can to clean and cook for the elderly monks of the community. I know she will pray for you who are able to help!

Fr. Elias                  GO FUND ME (Click for more information)

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Companies That Fund PLANNED PARENTHOOD - Which Of These Do You Fund?

Adobe
American Cancer Society
American Express
AT&T
Avon
Bank of America
Bath & Body Works
Ben & Jerry’s
Clorox
Converse
Deutsche Bank
Dockers
Energizer
Expedia
ExxonMobil
Fannie Mae
Ford
Groupon
Intuit
Johnson & Johnson
La Senza
Levi Strauss
Liberty Mutual
Macy’s
March of Dimes
Microsoft
Morgan Stanley
Nike
Oracle
PepsiCo
Pfizer
Progressive
Starbucks
Susan G. Komen
Tostitos
Unilever
United Way
Verizon
Wells Fargo
Xerox

And from the United States taxpayer? $528.4 million... a year...

Friday, July 10, 2015

Remnant ROCOR Blog Co-Administrator Commits Act of False Impersonation


JTO has confirmed that Minas Michael Christie, co-administrator with Father Gregory Williams and Joanna Higginbotham of the Remnant ROCOR blog, has falsely impersonated an Orthodox Clergyman on-line. Christie, who has been the subject of several recent JTO articles exposing his criminal background, multiple civil infractions, copyright infringement, and vile on-line gay chat, created a false Google ID using the initials and last name of Deacon Joseph Suaiden. Suaiden, a deacon in the Autonomous Orthodox Metropolia of North and South America and the British Isles, is the administrator of NFTU.net, an Orthodox news source that lists itself as "True Orthodox and Ecumenical News".

JTO first learned of Christie's deceitful act when he used the false Google ID in an attempt to post a comment on the JTO blog. 


The comment, that was not published, was from a D.J. Suaiden read: 
"Greetings Reader Nathan. Please visit my brand new blog and let me know what you think. I hope you will consider providing a link to it on JTO. I think it's important to get this information out to all True Orthodox. That said, I'd like you to know that I'm working on a JTO posting for it pending your approval. Perhaps you'll consider co-authoring the article with me. Thanks. http://nf-tu.blogspot.com."
The comment was not from Deacon Joseph Suaiden. It was from Minas Michael Christie posing as the deacon. The fake "D.J. Suaiden" was designed by Christie to falsely impersonate the deacon.  The comment, apparently intended for JTO administrator Nathan Lee Lewis, led Lewis to believe it was from the actual deacon. This caused Lewis to click on the link. The nf-tu blog or Nates From The Underground, contained mocking memes and other derogatory content. The nf-tu.blogspot.com address was a blog created by Christie to mislead by mimicking the NFTU.net that Deacon Suaiden operates. However, it is Christie's criminal use of the false personal ID that most clearly meets the following definition:

"False personation is the crime of falsely assuming the personal identity of another person to gain a benefit or to cause harm to the other person. Hence, the offense of false personation requires a deliberate effort to pass oneself off as another. It is also called false impersonation. “False personation is punishable as either a felony or a misdemeanor.”[ People v. Chardon, 77 Cal. App. 4th 205 (Cal. Ct. App. 1999)]."

Christie's potentially felonious act prompted the real Deacon Joseph Suaiden to issue a warning:
"Anything coming from this Google account:
https://plus.google.com/103770769386703450234/
It’s not me. It’s Minas Christie with a fake Google account (I have no personal Google account, or email.)"

As of this posting, the false Google ID is still active, and has been since at least August of 2014.

Christie's nf-tu blog, using the actual logo of the NFTU.net, disappeared within a few days of its creation, but was replaced soon after by a new blog called KFTU or Journey To Knuckleheads From The Underworld. Christie's use of stolen photos on the KFTU blog has prompted pending legal action for copyright infringement.

Christie's nf-tu blog was briefly linked on the Remnant ROCOR blog. His KFTU blog is currently linked on Remnant ROCOR as a "Member Blog". Father Gregory Williams and Joanna Higginbotham who co-administer the Remnant ROCOR blog with Christie, are members of the Russian Church Abroad under Bishop Agafangel of Odessa, Ukraine. Minas Michael Christie, who also uses the on-line alias, MRXRISTIDIS, and the name Michael M Christie, is a member of a Genuine Orthodox Church in Florida.

JTO has confirmed that Christie's GOC priest is aware of his on-line conduct but has been unable to curtail Christie's illegal activity. It is unclear as to whether or not any official ecclesiastical action has occurred or is planned regarding Christie. What is clear, however, is that Father Gregory Williams and Joanna Higginbotham, co-administrators with Christie on the Remnant ROCOR blog, are aware of Christie's past and present criminal conduct but have yet to disassociate themselves from him. 

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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.