List of Orthodox Heresies
THE HERETICAL DOCTRINES, TRADITIONS and PRACTICES
1) They believe Jesus is a Semi Saviour who only helps you to be saved. You have Three Saviours, 1) Jesus, 2) Priests through the sacraments (sacerdotalism), 3) Yourself - by your own good deeds, and participation in the so called "7 Sacraments".
note: The real gospel is Jesus Saves (see 1 Cor 15:1-4, Luke 24:44-48, and John 3:16). The rejection of this gospel in Greece renders the following verse a prophecy: "To the Greeks that seek after wisdom, foolishess!"
2) Believe Orthodoxy is the original church Christ founded,
when its doctrines and traditions prove the opposite, and by denying Christ as Saviour they are not even a church at all.
The Roman Catholics have a giant disagreement over their split with Orthodoxy in the "Schism of 1054", both insisting there came first, so the other split from them. The bible answers which is true. The Catholics came first, as they are THE MOTHER of HARLOTS, MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT. This shows THE MOTHER has Rebel Daughters, who wanted their own autonomy, and they are the various branches of Orthodoxy, Like Greek Orthodox, Russian Orthodoxy, Coptic Orthodox, etc.
3) Deny the bible is the final authority on salvation and formation of doctrine - adding traditions that are clearly contrary to God's word, as so called verified by councils of their bishops (who dress like Pharisees). Therefore oral tradition, and the teachings of their Pharisee Bishops in councils, goes against the clear written word of the bible. This is often described as Two Pillars of Authority, the bible and tradition (as ratified by little more than Pharisees).
comment: This is very similar to how Judaism was formed. In the "gainsaying of Korah" was a demonstration that the 70 elders proudly thought they could estamblish Gods Law just as Moses had. Later after Jesus died the Pharisees sat down and wrote the Talmud, effectively forming an entirely new religion where they do not even claim to keep the old law of Moses. In a similar way the false bishops of Orthodoxy, have sat down and (like the Pharisees before them) rewritten the faith by picking and chosing which false traditions to add onto the Faith.
note: "For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do. And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition." Mark 7:9
4) Add to the canon of scripture apocryphal Old Testament Books. These books have been proven historically inaccurate, friviolus (e.g. Bell and the Dragon) and supportive of heresies such as Purgatory, and are no more scripture than the New Testament Apocrypha rejected by Orthodoxy themselves. Their Bible adds 3 more apocryphal books than the Roman Catholic Bible does and has 49 OT Books.
5) Salvation through the Sacraments (more than the usually quoted 7):
Salvation is achieved by performing 7 Sacraments during one's lifetime. These are 'Channels' in which we receive God's Grace. quote - "The Mysteries convey grace to those who participate in them worthily."
i) The Holy Eucharist - Orthodoxy claims that the bread turns into the body of Christ, and the wine turns into only the blood of Christ in "the Holy Eucharist" (their version of the mass) as distinct from the Roman Catholic belief that each drop of wine and each crumb of bread turns into "the body, blood, soul and divinity of Christ". Metousiosis / Commonly termed the 'Mystic Supper' or 'Divine Liturgy' This makes present Christ's sacrifice and therefore forgiveness of sins is obtained through it. It is also an encounter with the Risen Christ. During the Eucharist, the Priest calls down the Holy Spirit (in Greek: epiklesis) upon the gifts (the bread and the wine). They then change into the actual body and blood of Christ. The precise way in which this supposedly happens is a divine mystery.
They do not even know if the mass bread has his soul and divinity, meaning they eat "the corpse of Christ"..... discuss the mass
I wrote to the officials of Orthodoxy who say in every drop or crumb is Christs entire body and blood, soul and divinty.
1a) infant communion - refers to the practice of giving the Eucharist, often in the form of consecrated wine, to infants and children.
ii) Infant Baptism - heretical as the bible says "believe and be baptized" which an infant has not. This baptism is repeated 3 times. They believe baptism is necessary to salvation (the salvation of infants?) when 1 Cor 1:17 distinctly says that baptism is not part of the gospel that saves. This begs the questions surrounding the Catholic "Limbo" controversy. I think after much delving into this subject you will find infant damnation without baptism is so embarrassing as a doctrine the Orthodox scholars will probably eventually reply as the Pharisees did on subjects that refuted ther beliefs "We cannot tell".
iii) Chrismation - definition "a rite in the Orthodox and Eastern Catholic churches that is comparable and similar to confirmation in the Roman Catholic Church". Performing a rite in order to obtain or secure salvation is sacerdotalism, or salvation by priestcraft, and salvation by the participants own obedience.
iv) Confession - that forgiveness of sins is obtained by confessing to a priest. A priest or priests knowing all the otherwise secret sins, mistakes and misdemeanors of confessors is a kind of spirit of blackmail not to leave their religion.
v) Marriage -
vi) Holy Orders -
vii) Holy Unction -
viii) Penance - this is different from confession to priests, but linked to it.
1) False allegations of Antinomianism - are integral to the deception of Orthodoxy.
7) Born again is changed - A
1) Divorce heresy - it is often hidden by Orthodox believers that one of the subjects that their split with Rome is over, is on the subject of the misinterpretation of the Greek word "porneia" in Matthew 5:32 and Matthew 19:9. That the Orthodox church has misinterpreted this word as including postmarital adultery is a staggeringly serious and embarrassing error (embarrassing as they the Greeks are of all scholars the ones who should get this right) as they failed to see that in context it is totally impossible to include postmarital adultery. They therefore allow for divorce and remarriage for the cause of adultery, which second marriage is adultery in itself. They also on occassion allow for other divorce and remarriages. This misinterpretation of porneia as adultery renders the Orthodox church a cult that teaches adultery.
1) Sacerdotalism - is based on big churches with priests, but this system was not possibly set up in early times, ironically leading many Greek Orthodox believers in Greece itself whom I talked to on holiday there, to say: "Jesus was Saviour to the first generation of Christians, but after that when the church was established salvation through the sacraments began."
1) Who sent the Holy Spirit? - The doctrine of the Filioque centers around the word inserted in the Western version of the Nicene Creed, to assert the doctrine of the procession of the Holy Ghost from the Son as well as from the Father, which is not admitted by the Eastern Orthodox Church, and is linked to their concept of "perichoresis". It was one of the central issues in the Great Schism of 1054 with Roman Catholics. The Orthodox believers say the Holy Spirit was sent by God the Father only. This definitely is of some relevance, as it deals with the relationships within the Godhead, however I include it as part of the list of heresies not because I denounce the Orthodox view, but because I consider the issue as entirely not necessary for eternal salvation to hold one or the other views upon it, and that this matter is exalted to such a position of importance to be a diversion from the clear errors of Orthodoxy.
5) The Titular Head of the Orthodox Church is the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, who is presently, quote: "His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew Ist". He in effect is a kind of Orthodox Pope with far less exalted powers, and to hide this fact is entitled with a clever Greek sophism Primus Inter Pares which means "first among equals", and is as much a contradiction as "a vegetarian meat eater". The phrase from George Orwell's Animal Farm immediately springs to mind: "All animals are equal, but some are more equal than others!". He is given this pseudo official title via the following traditional false strain of logic - Constantinople
is one of the fourteen so called autocephalous churches (or "jurisdictions") that together compose the Eastern Orthodox Church, but because of Constantinople's historical location as the capital of the former Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire, and its role as "the Mother Church" of most modern Orthodox churches, its bishop therefore holds a special place of honor within Orthodoxy.
Peter was in fact never given any more power than the other disciples, or exaltation, as is proven by the plurality of Matthew 18:18. Further, "the keys of the kingdom of heaven" are - Christ crucified, Christ buried, Christ resurrected (the gospel, given to all eleven of the disciples later on). Also in Greek the conversation of Matthew 16 runs:
PETER: "You are the Christ!" (the subject)
JESUS: "You are a stone (petros) and on this rock (petra) (that is Himself, Christ, the subject) I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it." If Peter was the Rock why is he immediately rebuked "Get thee behnd me Satan!". He also said "Silver and gold have I none."
Thus there is entirely nothing to support a Pope or a Primus Inter Pares in scripture.
6) Claim the royal priesthood is similar to the Mosaic Law priesthood, with churches replacing the temple, and their priests giving the body and blood of Christ.
5) They dig up the dead, and throw them into mass graves, if the families of people buried on concecrated ground no longer have the money to pay the extortionate amount of cash demanded to keep them there.
1) Salvation - Salvation is "faith working through love" and should be seen as a life long process. The Ultimate aim of every Orthodox Christian is to obtain Theosis or union with God. This is done through living a holy life and seeking to draw closer to God.
1) Theosis - "God became a human so human beings might be deified." Quote: "Theosis is the understanding that human beings can have real union with God, and so become like God to such a degree that we participate in the divine nature. Primarily a term found in Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox theology, from the Greek meaning deification or making divine, theosis is a concept derived from the New Testament regarding the goal of our relationship with the Triune God. The terms theosis and deification may therefore be used interchangeably in this context.
This does not imply that we become gods, but rather, that we are to become the fullness of the "divine image" in which we were created (Gen. 1:26), i.e. a perfect reflection of our God, and become partakers of the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4). It may be related to the Protestant concept of sanctification but goes further with what may be expected in this life, emphasizing the element of our mystical union with God in Christ. It may also be seen as something akin to the Wesleyan idea of "entire sanctification". However, Theosis remains a mystical concept not easily grasped and subject to various interpretations." This doctrine explains the extreme vanity of their clergymen I experienced when visiting Greece. Their priests are quite incredibly vain.
1) Apostolic Succession - hand-me-down power is rejected by Evangelical Christians, continuity of teaching with that of the apostles is taught.
1) Saints - A special group of holy people, who are venerated. They may act as intercessors between God and Man and may be invoked in prayer.
1) Monks, nuns and monasteries - A
1) Bishops must be celibate, and priests and deacons cannot be married after ordination, only before. The unusual application of this even to a deacon is the belief in Metousiosis. The The born again Christian usually believes in a spiritual priesthood that offers up spiritual sacrfices of prayer and praise, not feeding people on the body and blood of Jesus. Thus a priest is never ordained.
*) vain repetitions in prayer
*) Monks, nuns, and monasteries
*) Praying to Mary - a heresy that attributes an attribute of God to Mary, viz the ability to hear and respond to millions of prayers simultaneously, and as Christ directed us to pray only to God (Jesus also is God) the very act of praying to Mary is a blasphemy.
*) Mary - Mary is venerated as Theotokos (Greek: 'God-bearer'). It has to be said that to "bear God" and be the "Mother of God" (Catholic) are two different things. I would say therefore it appears to me at present the title "Theotokos" is not a heresy, but making it into a title rather than a theological point is inappropriate. Incidentally the Greeks will argue furiously to defend the doctrine of the Holy Trinity, but by calling Mary "God bearer" it is incomplete as Christ was also fully man.
2) The Dormition of Mary - the Greek Orthodox Church has a similar heresy as Rome about the Assupmtion of Mary, quote "The Holy Virgin underwent, as did her Son, a physical death, but her body – like His – was afterwards raised from the dead and she was taken up into heaven, in her body as well as in her soul. She has passed beyond death and judgement, and lives wholly in the Age to Come. The Resurrection of the Body ... has in her case been anticipated and is already an accomplished fact." The feast is held on 15 August in honour of the Dormition, corresponding to the Assumption in the Western Church. This heresy is to
3) The invention of unbiblical Feast Days, such as "The Feast of the Dormition: which is a different issue of heresy than the doctrine of the Dormition itself, and other such man made "feast days", that in effect celibrate heresies as a Feast Day. Another example being
Triumph of Orthodoxy—1st Sunday of Lent — commemoration of the restoration of icons after the defeat of the iconoclast heresy in 843: 6th Sunday before Pascha (42 days).
*) Praying to saints
*) Praying for the dead
*) Icons - idols in the Greek Orthodox church are renamed (with typical Greek sophistry) "icons", supposedly rendering them no more idols. The Roman Catholic religion has rewritten the 10 Commandments, by removing the second commandment "Thou shalt not make a graven image" and spliting the 10th into two. The Greeks have a less transparent, more sophisticated, less traceable way of hiding their idols, they just rename them icons. Laughably they see the Apostles as encouraging the adorning of the churches with icons, and perhaps wearing them hung around their necks.
Icons are considered by Orthodox Christians to have a sacramental character, making present to the believer the person or event depicted on them. However, the Orthodox always make a clear doctrinal distinction between the veneration (proskynesis) paid to icons and the worship (latria) which is due to God alone.
*) ritualistic candle lighting
*) ritualistic incense burning
*) relics - the Catholics are the same. I think on the last count the Catholics had 13 bodies of Saint Peter!
1) Liturgical worship - The 'Divine Liturgy' is the centre of Orthodox spirituality. Worship is usually in the vernacular, though Greek is also used. It is elaborately ritualistic.
1) Divorce - Divorce is generally only allowed in cases of adultery, though there are exceptions.
discuss the issue of........ The third person of the Trinity, proceeding from the Father alone as in the original Nicene Creed. The Father sends the Spirit at the intercession of the Son. The Son is therefore an agent only in the procession of the Spirit.
discuss "original sin" = but the Immaculate conception is rejected. Orthodox belief is that the guilt of original sin is not transmitted from one generation to the next, thus obviating the need for Mary to be sinless.
1) - Church government - Episcopal
1) The history book deception - it is time born again Christians realised more widely that the most successful religious deception of all time is to indoctrinated from infancy, and lure people out of the bible into history books, and to add to this the defense of traditions (thus using the strong impulse to be patriotic) to keep people in a counterfeit form of Christianity. The sheer numbers of those ensnared in the Roman Catholic religion and Orthodoxy prove this, who ignore "narrow is the way". This 3 fold deception of indoctrination, patriotism and diversion from the bible into obscure history, causes people to become (as it says in Revelation 17) drunk on religion, and draws a veil over their eyes.
Most evangelical Christians have the common sense to simply look at Orthodoxy and Catholicism, check if it fits scripture, and reject them when they do not. If they are then asked about the Apostasy, most might simply look at Constantine the Great, as a sure and certain point of proven Apostasy, and then not entangle themselves in proving the exact speed and route the Apostasy of the church took to get there. However the Catholics and Greek Orthodox priests lure people into the foggy area of history that precedes this, into the study of complex and obscure writings, insisting that "the gates of Hell not prevailing against the church" means there must be a clear paper trail in history of a big single church never persecuted until it is for a time underground, rather than the fact the born again Christian church is still here today, with unknown numbers murdered in the dark ages.
They ignore also the fact that a second Babylonian captivity is predicted in Revelation (and that prophecy is fulfilled in them!). Ironically the Greek acronym ICHTHUS proves those hidden persecuted Christians believed Jesus was Saviour, not a Semi Saviour like Orthodoxy believes, thus the first church was Evangelical. The average person is then lured away from the simple fact that it does not matter if the Apostasy was immediate after the death of the Apostles, or progressive up to the time of Constantine. What matters is that both Orthodoxy and Catholicism are clearly unbiblical, and the Book of Revelation reveals that true Christians were historically murdered by the Whore of Rome for over 1,000 years, who to this day hide the facts of the Inquisition (Rev 18:24).
An almost laughably simplistic part of the Orthodox deception is to say Evangelical Christians like those murdered in Foxes Book of Martyrs, and before that in the Lollards, were not born again Christians, they were Protestants, ignoring that the word simply means "For a testimony" (Pro....testimony) and essentially many were simply born again Christians whom, when death was threatened for standing for the truth, stood for the truth of making a testimony. Thus they chant the lying mantra "Evangelical Christianity only began in the 18th Century!".
In the time between the butcher Constantine, and the Apostles, there are essentially two types of writings, pure, and those tending toward Apostasy. It is therefore simply false to pretend all the writings back up Orthodoxy, as the presence of both means the perception of who is heretical and who is pure by Orthodoxy is therefore preconceived without proof from the bible itself.
1) Killing in wars - A
2) Capital punishment - A
1) The Greek "Holy Inquisition" - there are various historical references that people say prove the Greek Orthodox Church had its own form of the Inquisition throughout history. A few quotes "Saint Emperor Justinian slaughtered 30,000 civilians on a racecourse for threatening his power". "Theodosius I persecuted homosexuals and had them burned alive, as some kind of penance for atrocities he had committed against the citizens of Thessalonika which had earned him excommunication." quote "The Emperor Constantine wiped out his entire family to remain Emperor and He's a Saint." etc. I must research these statements and others more. A history of bloodshed and killing would alone prove Greek Orthodoxy false, as Jesus contrary to popular heretical belief taught a new way of "Peace and Love" and it is the little flock who recognize this who are his true followers. (note, Russian research -- Gennady of Novgorod, and a list of so called "saints" involved in bloodshed.)
1) Greek Orthodoxy and the Crusades - quote: "I did more research, and found out that the Byzantine Empire was involved in the First Crusade and the Second Crusade. The Fourth Crusade is where things went downhill between the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church due to the Sack of Constantinople"
1) Orthodox Church Infallibility (not Papal Infallibility) The Truth needed for Salvation without error - , but must be interpreted within the Tradition of the Church and its 7 Ecumenical Councils from 325AD to 787AD.
1) They deny eternal security -
!) Purgatory - An intermediate state between earth and heaven is recognised, but cleansing and purification occur in this life, not the next.
1) They are ecumenical - A
1) the dead may and do pray for those on earth. - a
1) "The Holy Eucharist" is performed in the Greek language - even in English speaking countries?