I began reading Russian Authors as a child. It was somewhat unusual during the Cold War. But I worked through Tolstoy, and some of the moderns, particularly Solzhenitsyn. What I like in those authors is their bleak, relentless honesty. They don’t claim innocence. They say where you need to have reformation. And when I followed the links to this, I thought (yet again) Thank God for the Russians.
Black Lives Matter is a terrorist, Marxist organization which promotes abortion and homosexuality. This wicked group was founded by lesbian feminists, and has received tens of millions of dollars in funding from the atheist George Soros.
To support Black Lives Matter is to turn away from Christ, and rejection of Christ makes a person unworthy to take Holy Communion.
Therefore, as a priest in the Orthodox Church, it is my duty to ban all members of Black Lives Matter from receiving Communion. I will not desecrate the precious Body and Blood of Christ, by allowing it to touch the unclean lips of those who are members of that satanic organization.
If you are willing to renounce that organization, and to cancel your membership in that group, then you can come to confession. You can be absolved of the sin you committed by joining Black Lives Matter. After that, you can take Holy Communion. After — not before. Until you demonstrate repentance, you will not receive the Eucharist.
(Hat tip Adam)
Before we turn to Christ, we must turn away. Turning to the Lord is a turning away from the actions of this world. At times this involves ignoring the traditions of previous generations, or the current accepted goodthink.
But truth always trumps goodthink.
1 In the eighth month, in the second year of Darius, the word of the Lord came to the prophet Zechariah, the son of Berechiah, son of Iddo, saying, 2 “The Lord was very angry with your fathers. 3 Therefore say to them, Thus declares the Lord of hosts: Return to me, says the Lord of hosts, and I will return to you, says the Lord of hosts. 4 Do not be like your fathers, to whom the former prophets cried out, ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, Return from your evil ways and from your evil deeds.’ But they did not hear or pay attention to me, declares the Lord. 5 Your fathers, where are they? And the prophets, do they live for ever? 6 But my words and my statutes, which I commanded my servants the prophets, did they not overtake your fathers? So they repented and said, As the Lord of hosts purposed to deal with us for our ways and deeds, so has he dealt with us.”
In our turning to Christ we need to recall this: our actions have disqualified us from God. If we confess our sins and repent, Christ waits. But we are not talking about Law, but what is behind the Law. Paul said that the glory of this covenant makes that of Moses look pale. We are commanded not to grieve the Spirit of God, for in it is our life.
7 Or do you not know, brothers—for I am speaking to those who know the law—that the law is binding on a person only as long as he lives? 2 For a married woman is bound by law to her husband while he lives, but if her husband dies she is released from the law of marriage. 3 Accordingly, she will be called an adulteress if she lives with another man while her husband is alive. But if her husband dies, she is free from that law, and if she marries another man she is not an adulteress.
4 Likewise, my brothers, you also have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead, in order that we may bear fruit for God. 5 For while we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death. 6 But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code.
This world denies the Law of God, saying that can reform s, make us better, and that we should follow our own will. But this world wants another people elected: they know that Christ chose us and they hate tall that is of Christ.
They judge according to the law they think they are creating, not understanding that the very sense of justice that (very imperfectly) drives them comes from God. Nor do they understand that by the measure they use they will be judges.
It is only through Christ that we stand not condemned. Do not let anyone micro regulate you to appease the spirit of this time, and grieve the spirit of God.