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The Church


The One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Orthodox Christian Church is:

(a) The Body of Christ

(b) The community of believers and followers of Jesus Christ since Pentecost — that point in time at which that community has been guided by The Holy Spirit, as had been promised by Our Lord prior to his Crucifixion and Resurrection [John 16:13: “However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.” Matthew 16:18: “And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My Church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.”]

(c) The same yesterday, today and forever, just as Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever [Hebrews 13:8]

(d) One, as Jesus Christ himself is One and Indivisible

(e) Holy; sacramental; as opposed to being merely some sort of club for social networking, or activism, or community organizing, or debating, or …. whatever is the trend of the week

(f) Catholic; universal; The Church for all of humanity in all places at all times, and also with each “church” — each place of Orthodox worship, and each Autocephalous church — complete in itself as the nexus between time and eternity, between Heaven and Earth.

(g) Apostolic; in continuity — both temporally and in terms of teachings and tradition — with the Apostles, who themselves were guided by Our Lord and Saviour, and who were in continuity with the teachings and traditions of the Jewish people prior to the temporal ministry of Jesus, the Messiah

(h) Orthodox; of correct teachings, correct worship, correct glorification. Lex orandi, lex credendi.

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Timeline of Church History

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This article forms part of the series
Introduction to
Orthodox Christianity
Holy Tradition
Holy Scripture
The Symbol of Faith
Ecumenical Councils
Church Fathers
The Holy Trinity
God the Father
Jesus Christ
The Holy Spirit
The Church
Holy Mysteries
Church Life

The History of the Church is a vital part of the Orthodox Christian faith. Orthodox Christians are defined significantly by their continuity with all those who have gone before, those who first received and preached the truth of Jesus Christ to the world, those who helped to formulate the expression and worship of our faith, and those who continue to move forward in the unchanging yet ever-dynamic Holy Tradition of the Orthodox Church.


New Testament era

Apostolic era (33-100)

Ante-Nicene era (100-325)

Nicene era (325-451)

Byzantine era (451-843)

Late Byzantine era (843-1453)

Post-Imperial era (1453-1821)

Modern era (1821-1917)

Communist era (1917-1991)

Post-Communist era (1991-Present)


See also

Published works

The following are published writings that provide an overview of Church history:

From an Orthodox perspective

From a Heterodox perspective

External links


Alexander Schmemann – The Historical Road of Eastern Orthodoxy [excerpts].pdf

Orthodox New Testament [EOB Patriarchal Text].pdf

What Do You Believe?

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1. 正教会の智 - July 6, 2011

It’s sad to think of all the millions of believers who have sacrificed over the centuries just to see so much corruption today. And not primarily the “material” corruption (perversion, cheating, abuse of authority, greed) that will always happen, but the blatant anti-Christian attitudes and behaviour, while constantly boasting about how “Orthodox” they are.

An example:


Notice these kind of discussions all over, in which people are constantly “baffled” and “bewildered” about how and why bishops and priests and monks are behaving so strangely/badly?

In the old days, they would have said t must be Satan at work, somehow or other. Now it’s all just about “so-and-so is mistaken/arrogant/too old…”

It never seems to occur to these people of today to consider that Bishop/Monk/Priest X is doing what he’s doing on purpose, in order to destroy the Church, in order to drive people away and make them want to just stay in bed on Sunday morning.

And why would they do that? Perhaps because they’re Freemasons? That would be a good place to start. But they don’t dare say the word. And they laugh at anyone who does, even though the Church officially condemns Masons and warns believers to beware of them.

They just go on blindly, thinking that it’s impossible for Orthodox dioceses to end up like Anglican ones with Bishops celebrating queer “marriage”, or Catholic ones crawling with thieves and perverts.

“Oh that can’t happen to us! We have the magic word ‘Orthodox’ on the plaque in front of our church building!”

2. 正教会の智 - July 6, 2011

The EOB New Testament PDF link provided above isn’t working for some reason.

An update, and some related material:

New Testament ~ Easter/Greek Orthodox Bible (EOB) 2007 [11 MB PDF]


“The Canon of The Holy Bible”


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When I became Orthodox, I thought at last I found a Church that makes sense (The Church) — after years of thinking, “Well, [Roman] Catholics are right in this criticism of Protestants, and Protestants are right in their criticisms of Catholics…”

I do still believe absolutely that there is only one Church, and it is the Orthodox Church. But I’m not sure where that is now. I’m sure that the OCA, Antiochian, Echumenical Patriarch, and fellow churches are not Orthodox — Many or most of the parishioners and “lower” clergy are in essence Orthodox, but the patriarchs are I am sure Masons or Masonic. And it seems they are beyond “reform” — the rot is so deep. And getting worse all the time.

The real litmus test is the WCC. Many say the calender is the real issue, but I’m not convinced of that. Certain “Old Calender Churches” seem to be run like cults, and I think new calender dioces could be or become genuinely orthodox. I don’t know for sure about such things. But I do know that the WCC is bad. Anti-Christ. Literally set up and run by Satanists? I would guess so. Many so-called “good intentions”? Either way, the result is the same. So I would say any Church connected to the WCC is not really Orthodox. But if they quit the WCC (as The Church of Georgia did), then…? I don’t know. I guess they also have to kick out anyone who brought them into the WCC’s orbit in the first place, and all such collaborators.


I would say that any so-called “orthodox” website (such as Orthodoxwiki) which doesn’t even mention Freemasons/Masonry, or Zionism or “Christian Zionism” is virtually worthless, and must be either run by cowards and toadies, or is involved in a cover-up.

Anyway, a few interesting sites:








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Fr Raphael on Dostoevsky, Luciferianism, Truth:

Highly recommended:

The Orthodox Medievalist: Dostoyevsky (3 Parts)

[audio src="http://reasonradionetwork.com/_archive/MRJ_20090528.mp3" /]

[audio src="http://reasonradionetwork.com/_archive/MRJ_20090604.mp3" /]

[audio src="http://reasonradionetwork.com/_archive/MRJ_20090723.mp3" /]





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I don’t know about these really. I wish I lived near one of their parishes so I could visit and see how they are in person:




Seems more interesting than all of the apparently-fake-“orthodox”-internet-forums:


The Prodigal Son - July 6, 2011

Seems more interesting than all of the apparently-fake-”orthodox”-internet-forums:


Actually, believe it or not – ‘E Cafe’ is run by the exact same person that runs OC.net:

Fr. Anastasios.

3. scheung - July 6, 2011

Actually, believe it or not – ‘E Cafe’ is run by the exact same person that runs OC.net:

Fr. Anastasios.”

Jew-Lovers all of them.

The Prodigal Son - July 6, 2011

Jew-Lovers all of them.

No. Not all of them.

Same thing with OC.net… Not all of them.

4. 正教会の智 - July 7, 2011

Re “E Cafe’ is run by the exact same person that runs OC.net: Fr. Anastasios.”

— Should have known.


I didn’t look closely at it. I just saw that Deacon Joseph Suaiden [ http://www.blogger.com/profile/18158832074971509331 ] posts there, and I’m familiar with him at NFTU.

Well, the truth must be out there somewhere…

5. 正教会の智 - July 7, 2011

Here’s a crowd I find very dodgy:




His Eminence, Archbishop Chrysostomos of Etna (California, U.S.A.)

Archbishop Chrysostomos holds undergraduate degrees in history and psychology from the University of California (B.A.) and the California State University (B.A., honors) and graduate degrees in Orthodox Studies, Byzantine history, and psychology from the Center for Traditionalist Orthodox Studies (Lic. Theol.), the University of California (M.A.), and Princeton University (M.A., Ph.D.), where, as a Preceptor in the department of psychology, he taught psychology and advised in statistics, while completing his doctorate. He held a professorial post, prior to becoming a monk, at the University of California and, after entering the monastic life, was a professor at Ashland University, a visiting lecturer at the ASHLAND THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY and a visiting professor at the Theological Institute of the University of Uppsala (Sweden).

A former FELLOW OF THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES, His Eminence has been awarded, over the last several decades, visiting research appointments at the HARVARD DIVINITY School, at Oxford University (as a Marsden Fellow), at the University of Washington, and at the [* ALERT! ALERT! ALERT! *],GRADUATE THEOLOGICAL UNION [* ALERT! ALERT! ALERT! *], Berkeley. He was also a FULBRIGHT and Visiting Professor in Romania, where he taught Byzantine history, business administration and consumer psychology, and the theology of Orthodox Church art and architecture at the University of Bucharest, the Al. I. Cuza University in Iași, and the Ion Mincu University of Architecture and Urbanism in Bucharest. From 2002-2003, he was EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR of the U.S. FULBRIGHT COMMISSION IN ROMANIA for the U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE.


6. 正教会の智 - July 7, 2011

About last comment:

Note the absurdity of how at their website they rail against “Ecumenism”, while their clergy and monks boast of their “theology” degrees from “Seminaries” that award “theology” degrees to witches, Jews, Muslims, Mormons….

7. 正教会の智 - July 7, 2011
8. 正教会の智 - July 7, 2011

If you search for “jew” “freemasons” “masonry” “jew-masonic” etc. here, I think you’ll see they’re not shy about such things:


The Prodigal Son - July 7, 2011

Re “E Cafe’ is run by the exact same person that runs OC.net: Fr. Anastasios.”

– Should have known.

To be fair… I’m not confident that just because he runs the websites that means he agrees with everything on them and should automatically be lumped in w/ the rest.

He once started a thread saying that he was awaiting arrival of Douglas Reed’s book ‘The Controversy of Zion’… so I have to wonder. He probably just doesn’t really want to get into it publicly.

He seems to post quite infrequently and (at least at OC.net) others are in charge of ‘administration’. He is a priest too – so his time is limited I am sure.

Oh and Fr. Siluan is actually part of the ‘Staff’ at ECafe:



Had to Google that one.

Excerpts from Wiki:

On April 1, 2003, in Sturgis, Michigan, seven people aged 17 to 20 placed signs all over town that read, “All your base are belong to us. You have no chance to survive make your time.” They claimed to be playing an April Fool’s joke but most people who saw the signs were unfamiliar with the phrase. Many residents were upset that the signs appeared while the U.S. was at war with Iraq and police chief Eugene Alli said the signs could be “a borderline terrorist threat depending on what someone interprets it to mean.”

Terrorists! Waterboard ’em!

On June 1, 2006, the video hosting website YouTube was taken down temporarily for maintenance. The phrase “ALL YOUR VIDEO ARE BELONG TO US” appeared below the YouTube logo as a placeholder while the site was down. Some users believed the site had been hacked, leading the host to add the message “No, we haven’t been hacked. Get a sense of humor.”

Yeah, because you were just joking right? All of our videos DO belong to them.

Well, the truth must be out there somewhere…

Yes… He sits at the right hand of the Father.

The Prodigal Son - July 7, 2011

If you search for “jew” “freemasons” “masonry” “jew-masonic” etc. (at ECafe), I think you’ll see they’re not shy about such things

Yes, I have posted there a few times… and that seems to be true. It’s pretty quiet there though I think… It’s certainly less ‘worldly’ than OC.net.

I think the situation at OC.net has more to do w/ the attitudes of the (largely ex-Protestant) membership than those of its founder.

9. 正教会の智 - July 7, 2011



10. 正教会の智 - July 7, 2011

“the truth must be out there somewhere…”

“Yes… He sits at the right hand of the Father.”

— I meant in more concrete terms, a Church,a diocese, a parish…

11. 正教会の智 - July 7, 2011

Re: “Terrorists!”

— I’m sure they were. Like the “War of The World radio hoax” and the Jew Kokesh’s “Freedom Dances” and Charlie Veitch’s “Love Police” — they are forms of psychological experimentation.

The Prodigal Son - July 7, 2011

– I meant in more concrete terms, a Church,a diocese, a parish…

Yeah, I know… Just a lame attempt at being clever.

What mother Church exactly does Fr. Matthew Raphael Johnson belong to? Do you know?

He seems to know what’s up…

12. 正教会の智 - July 8, 2011

Fr. Matthew Raphael Johnson? Same as Deacon Joseph Suaiden.

“The Autonomous Orthodox Metropolia of North and South America and the British Isles”, which has such an unwieldy name because it used to be “Milan Synod USA”, until the Milan Synod split up, or imploded, or … whatever has happened, with all sorts of complications.


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