Bad Reasons to Convert and Stay Orthodox (Pencils & Prayer Ropes)

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Hello my siblings in Christ, and thank you
for all the birthday wishes. In this episode, we will cover some of the
bad reasons why people convert to Orthodox Christianity, but also a couple of bad reasons
why they stay Orthodox. Make no mistake – a lot of these are universal
to all religions, but some are more Orthodox-specific than others. Let us begin. Part 1 – Bad Reasons to Convert CASTAWAYS Castaways have fled their previous Church
because of all the scandals. They had it enough and now they’re looking
for a different home, and if the new home looks and feels similar to the one they’ve
left behind, all the better. The issue with castaways is that they let
scandals shape their own faith, and soon, when they find out that their new home is
not scandal-free, as anything human-related isn’t, they’re off to find a new utopia
of grace. HALFCATHOLICS Halfcatholics are similar to castaways in that they have fled their previous denomination,
most commonly the Catholic Church, for different reasons, but unlike castaways, they never
ceased to consider themselves Catholic. They will retain all their Catholic practices
when in private, but will attend an Orthodox church because they like the liturgy, because
the closest Catholic mass isn’t reverent enough, because there are no Catholic churches
around and, besides, Orthodox sacraments are vaild anyway. Due to theological differences, halfcatholics
of denominations other than the Catholic Church are relatively rare. WANDERING SPIRITS Wandering spirits at best think that all Christian Churches lead to God, and at worst think that
all religions lead to God. The reasons why they attend an Orthodox church
can most charitably be described as inane: it’s close, they like the coffee hour after
the Liturgy, they like the food, they really like the baklava, they liked the Greek festial. Few wandering spirits don’t even beleive
in God, but they sure like the choir and the community. As soon as their interest wanes, wandering
spirits will be off to a different worship space du jour. STARGAZERS These sorts of people are simply in love with Orthodoxy. They’re infatuated by it. The Church is always right and always a victim. Stargazers obtain large number of icons and
other religious artefacts; they always listen to spiritual music, they will change their
name on social media to Cyrilic. Their house always smells of lingering incense. When the period of stargazership finally ends,
the faith of the stargazer either becomes much more mature or sustains a deathly blow. TOURISTS Tourists like Orthodoxy because it is exotic – they find it foreign, mystical, otherworldly. These are the Christian version of Wiccans,
neopagans, New Agers and similar adherents to religions that are there just to make you
feel cool, while you are anything but to anyone else. Tourists don’t interest themselves so much
with the essence as much they interest themselves with the aesthetics, with the supernatural
and the mystical. They quickly lose interest when they realize
that not all relics are incorrupt, that not all crazy people in monasteries are clairvoyant
or that Sunday morning is not worth losing just to see a beautifully fuming censer. LOGICIANS and FAKIRS These two convert for very different reasons, but their underyling mindset is the exact
same. Logicians have come to the conclusion
that Christianity must be true, or they simply lost Pascal’s wager. Fakirs have experienced a miracle and nothing
was ever the same… except themselves. Both logicians and fakirs convert to Christianity,
but that is all there is to it – their ideology changes but not their heart. Their mind has adapted to the next data set
that they cannot go against, but there’s no fire of the Holy Spirit in them, just differently
colored ashes. SHADOWS Faith of these people has nothing substantial apart from someone else. They become Orthodox because their spouse,
girlfriend, boyfriend or crush is, and, especially in the Orthodox countries, because they need
to be a godparent during a baptism or best man / maid of honor during a wedding. Once the big event is over, or once their
significant other loses interest in religion, they too stop taking any part in the life
that Christ offers. ACTIVISTS Activists come to the Orthodox Church with an honest heart… mostly. However, they have an agenda – an agenda to
conform the Church to their own liking. They are willing to give 80% of their heart
to Christ, but in return, Christ’s gotta give something back, you know? Say, start marrying gays or baptizing cats
or protesting this or that dictator or policy or whatever. In activists’ opinion, there is always something
that the Church isn’t doing right, and if activist’s ideal does not exactly match
up to the Gospel, well, we know better now that people and God did 2000 years ago. Activists will generally abandon the Orthodox
Church for a more liberal denomination, unless they morph into a full blown disease vector,
financed by a liberal NGO. DEUSVULTISTS Like the activists, deusvultists bring their own collection of passions to the Church,
but unlike them, deusvultists use the teachings and traditions of the Church to justify their
passions. They are generally young men who dislike or
outright hate the Jews, gays, migrants; on occasion you can meet a full blown racist. Monarchy is the best system that ever was,
according to deusvultists, and they’re particularly inspired by crusader imagery, which is ironic
since the Orthodox Church does not have a fond memory of them. Their mindset is a simple one: a nasty sentance
a 19th century Russian saint wrote on a bad day will always take precedence over the Sermon
on the Mount. Deusvultists can be nice enough in person,
but online they can be extremely toxic towards anyone who disagrees with their views. The dark inspiration this type rides upon
is easily revealed when you ask them about their perfect society – a Byzantium that never
was, and a true nightmare for anyone but the most insane. WIFEHUNTERS Is there any place better to find a wife than the Church? Not according to wifehunters. Because going to church makes someone a good
person, every woman in the Church will want to subjegate herself to a strong male and
give birth to his 5+ children at the expense of her career which was never meant for a
woman anyway. Sadly, they generally find out that even among
the most conservative of circles it is difficult to find a woman who is willing to marry a
budding wifebeater who sees children solely as a way to fight the unstoppable tide of
Islam. Deusvultists are overrepresented among the
wifehunters. There is an occasional report of a husbandhunter,
but these are rare as veggies on my plate. PART 2 – Bad Reasons to Stay Orthodox MAFIOSOS There is only one reason Mafiosos go to church…
okay, maybe two. One is to clear up their public image. Nothing says ‘I’m a good person’ like
participating in the sacraments of the Church once you’ve strangled the father of a pregnant
woman because they owed you some money. The second reason is that these types, maybe
just a little bit, truly believe that God will forgive them their wrongdoings without
anything resembling heartfelt repentence. In the end, they earn themselves nothing but
scorn from the ordinary people, and hellfire from God. Politicians are usually within this type. LEECHES Leeches are Christians for one purpose: to suck blood from the Church. When I say blood, I mean money. They are generally priests who look upon their
ministry as a source of income, but also a source of income for their entire extended
family. They will charge for weddings, baptisms and
funerals, and God forbid you ask a leech to bless you something. They are first to call their parishioners
when their patron saint day is close, but their church services are rushed and borderline
scandalous. Leeches generally don’t deceive themselves
and others with appearances. They will aim for central parishes in big
cities, and only these will sate the thirst of an ever hungry leech. Once they die, they will end up in hell. Leech larvas usually have some concern for
the poor and are usually convinced by demons that all the money they gather will be used
for charity, but that pretense is very soon lost when the leech finds out that they have
always hated the poor in the first place. FALSE SAINTS False saints are an opposite extremes to leeches – they strive hard to gain the virtues, their
services appear angelic to an undiscerning eye, misusing money is an anathema to them. However, all of this is for show – false saints
are only concerned with their own vanity, power and popularity. Whereas leeches aim for big parishes in big
cities, false saints are perfectly happy in remote monasteries – after all, saints live
in those places, right? False saints love wearing robes, having their
hands kissed, preaching sermons, the censer. They adore claiming how sinful they are whenever
they are presented with admiration and praise, but what they love the most is to claim how
unwrothy they are as they are being consecrated a bishop. Once a false saint dies, he will boil much
further down than leeches. DISEASE VECTORS Disease vectors are in the Church only for one and only reason – to destroy it. They are very well aware of this fact. Less often, they are deluded members of other
religions who want to destroy the Church from inside; much more common, however, are members
of secret police who need to subjugate Church members to state authority. They will spread their propaganda, turn Christians
against each other, blackmail persons in power. Like false saints, disease vectors will aim
for the places of power, and like leeches, they are not too concerned with sainty appearances. While disease vectors are very damaging to
the Church, an occasional saintly bishop has managed to come from their ranks. MYRRHBEARERS To put it plainly, myrrhbearers are in love with their priest. They will deny it, of course, for even they
are not aware of the fact. They will be first in front of the iconostasis,
their confessions will take extra long, they will pay special attention to the priest’s
sermons and will consider each of his services to be a major outpouring of visible grace. They like nothing better than to spend time
with the priest during the post-liturgical coffee hour, seated right next to him, saying
nothing as long as the priest’s talking. If a myrrhbearer falls for a false saint,
a vicious circle of unchecked pride and snivelling obedience forms. Absolute majority of myrrhbearers are female,
though a fringe male specimen is known to emerge. FLOTSAM This sort is Christian only because everyone around them is. They go to church because their family and
friends do, and they fast because it is how things were done since they were born. Flotsams were baptized when they were little,
but baptism didn’t take firm hold. Religion still plays a powerful indirect influence
in shaping flotsam’s worldview, but as soon as external circumstances that make them “religious”
are removed, they stop going to services. At best, they will go to church of Christmas
and Easter. This type of people, if they were born in
a Muslim country, would go to Muslim church on Muslim Christmas and Muslim Easter, and
if they were born on Eastern Island they would go to Easter Island church on Easter Island
Christmas and Easter Island Easter Mister Sister Blister Easter. They never question their faith, for better
or worse, they never seek to deepen their knowledge of it, and are simply left to the
currents. THE LIVING DEAD The living dead have two faces. On one side, they are nice people, they are
kind. They might as well be very religious and devoted
to their community. They fast, they pray, they help the poor. This is where they get you. For you see, these spiritual undead are very
dangerous indeed, for they will maul and mutilate any attempt by the priest to do missionary
work… assuming he’s not one of them. The living dead see their church community
as part of the homeland they have left behind, and new people who speak foreign language
just break the illusion. At best, the living dead are just not motivated
to help the newcomers, and at worst, they will be unfriendly, snide and snappy. Introducing the local language to the masuoleum
of the living dead is simply out of the question, and expect it to be ripe with political conflicts
that were in vogue in their homeland some 50 years ago, just after the last world war. Unless they accept the propmpts of the Holy
Spirit, the living dead doom their community, and as soon as new batches of zombies stop
coming from overseas, within a generation, the living dead and their progeny will be
scattered ti the four winds and 28 denominations. SOLE REMAINING BASTION OF ORTHODOXY The sole purpose in life of sole remaining bastion of Orthodoxy is to defend Orthodoxy
from any threats, real or imagined. They will defend the old way of making
the sign of the cross, that old calendar that’s not in sync with anything really, they will
defend the Church from ecumenism, they will accuse people of being disease vectors with
alarming frequency (and be right, on occasion), but what sole remaining bastions of Orthodoxy
like the most is to argue and cast anathemas at other sole remaning bastions of Orthodoxy
because they’re not Orthodox enough, not bastion enough, not sole enough. Apocalyptic literature is their meat and drink. Sole remaining bastions of Orthodoxy usually
end up in small Orthodox cults with many adjectives like ‘True’ and ‘Genuine’,
having left the Church long ago and thinking they truly belong to it. TEXTBOOK ECUMENIST You’ve met these guys. They are Orthodox simply because they like
it or, perhaps, because they have a nagging feeling that they might not be right after
all. What sets them apart from the wandering spirits
is that they consider themselves completely Orthodox – the issue is that they consider
everyone else completely Orthodox as well. For them, there are no theological differences,
just historical contexts and political upheavals. They will pray with the non-Orthodox and,
why the heck not, take communion in non-Orthodox churches. For them, Eucharist is not the crown of unity
but a means to an end. The textbook ecumenist will see what is best
in other denominations, but will be continually dissatisfied with their own Church. Hope you liked the video or that, at the very
least, you weren’t too offended by it. One important note – all of these reasons
may be bad reasons to convert or to stay Orthodox – but they’re great reasons to spark your
life in Christ. Our growth in Christ is, after all, a process,
and we are bound to make mistakes – those mistakes are usually what makes us grow. You want a good reason to convert and stay
Orthodox? Christ is the only reason. If you like good doctrine, reverent worship,
teaching and practice that leads you to love God and fellow man, and centuries of good
tried methods of fighting our own vices, sins and passions, you should feel right at home. Please remember to subscribe and pardon the
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100 Responses

  1. Eduardo Valentin-Morales

    November 11, 2019 11:28 pm

    My friend who I showed this video to: "Do you know any people like this?"

    Me: "Well of course… they're me"

    Reply
  2. Tara Miller

    November 15, 2019 4:36 pm

    This is my new favorite channel. I just found it and subscribed. I am in the process of converting to Orthodox Christianity and this video has helped tremendously.

    Reply
  3. Juliusius

    November 15, 2019 6:24 pm

    Rightyo lets make a check list
    which of these apply to me (though catholic, still, like he said, some of these apply to all religions)

    -Refugee(coming from protestantism and not being happy with the weak liberal stance of the larger church there)
    -Stargazer in the sense of infatuation and at first glance always assuming that whoever critisizes the church is wrong
    -False Saint: this one is the worst temptation. just the pride getting to you.
    -Textbook Ecumenist:…yeah i just cant deny this one. During holidays i visit syriac orthodox services because i have some friends there, and i have a hard time accepting that other denominations that properly believe in the sacraments would be denied them.

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  4. Benedek Horváth

    November 15, 2019 6:25 pm

    Two of these descriptions – the stargazer and the false saint – gave me an unexpected and heavy blow. Thanks!

    Reply
  5. Daughter of Tryggvi

    November 18, 2019 3:09 am

    Wow this one is so amazingly well scripted and drawn. Much truth has been spoken here. LOVE the Spy VS Spy reference. Very clever!

    Reply
  6. Mike Tacos

    November 18, 2019 8:41 am

    Wow, I've met a lot of Deusvultists in my time, and it really made me uncomfortable about being Orthodox. It's refreshing to have someone else acknowledge that they're not the end-all-be-all of Orthodoxy. And all of these examples are useful no matter who you are — we all have periods of each in our lives, I believe.

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  7. John McGuire

    November 18, 2019 12:41 pm

    Most rigid religious forms have been rubber-stamped (and when necessary updated) by rulers, meaning they're approved as experiences that condition subjects to be joyfully subordinate, a fancy trick. The difference in America – the reason we have so much "religious freedom" – is because that fits with the Freemasons' (and to some extent Zionists') crypto-hegemonic strategy. But the new elite aren't that concerned with maintaining the false appearance of philosophical diversity anymore, hence suddenly oecumenism is all the rage. Faith, at the end of the day, seems to be about letting yourself be jerked around with minimal resistance.

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  8. Fr. David Wooten

    November 18, 2019 2:50 pm

    “[Deus Vultists’] philosophy is a simple one: A nasty sentence written by a 19th-century Saint on a bad day will always take precedence over the sermon on the mount.“ Rarely have I ever had to pause a video, my jaw hanging open, so that I could really take in such a perfect burn. While there is much in this video that I do relate to (the temptations for priests that you list here are real!), the above really is one of my pet peeves in the church, and I’m glad you called it out.

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  9. daVincian Diversity

    November 18, 2019 7:38 pm

    This is the best video you have made. I say this for 2 reasons.

    1) You demonstrate real threats and problems that are posed to the church through our sinfulness and vanity.
    2) You have made me consider my own shortcomings and how I may be part of some of these archetypes.

    I’m sure you are aware of these two goals but I just wanted to express my appreciation for the presented opportunity of introspection. Thank you for the effort you put forth in making this video. I’m very grateful for it.

    Numbers 6: 24-26

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  10. Kaylah Elizabeth

    November 19, 2019 3:58 am

    My parents raised me and my siblings as, Roman Catholic. Recently over the past three, four years my parents converted to Byzantine Orthodox. Honestly, I haven’t been part of the church for years. But I see how happy and accepted my parents are with the church. I’ve gone to service with them twice and I was impressed. The church people are incredibly kind. When the priest does service he preaches “by the grace of god”. No politics, calling people out, or shoving their beliefs down anyone’s throat. All are welcome and accepted….I’m happy there are peaceful churches like this, it’s truly a beautiful experience!

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  11. zarathustravideo

    November 19, 2019 9:42 pm

    Anyone who live by revelation, and take up his cross is a Christian for the right reason. If we would have been perfect, we wouldn't need a saviour.

    Reply
  12. Христо Мартунков, граф Лозенски

    November 20, 2019 12:48 am

    Star-gazer and deus vultist. And somewhat textbook-oecumenist-ey (if that's a word). Yay.

    Reply
  13. Jacob Borregaard

    November 20, 2019 7:46 am

    You know what we need, Bojan? We need a book review… Orthodox books of course (Not Harry Potter).

    Reply
  14. Rhyddid Rose Louw

    November 20, 2019 3:59 pm

    You put a smile on this old Asatruar/Heathen's face. Well done!

    Baptising cats? Not a good idea, unless you like being clawed/bitten.

    Reply
  15. the red death

    November 21, 2019 12:14 am

    I agree with everyone of these except the Deus vult. Deus vult is one of the the turning points in western culture where men (and some women) are turing away from their own henositic pleasure and asking the important questions in life…

    Orthodoxy should be out there trying to help them discern the answers to those questions.

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  16. Com. Gordon

    November 21, 2019 4:53 pm

    Castaways – define a scandal. The filioque was a scandal. People fleeing chaos Frank in Rome should not be turned away for ’converting for the wrong reasons’.

    Half (Roman) catholics – this is a problem with any convert. People have ideas from their previous faith. But most ex-Latin converts I meet have a humble heart and have a lot of stress already leaving their family’s faith. Also how would you know that they are still RC in secret? That sounds like paranoia to be honest.

    Stargazers – people who love Orthodoxy are converting for the wrong reasons? Some people are just idealistic and defensive about the true church. Same with bastions of Orthodoxy. Some just think about God a lot and understand how subversion happens within a faith – even unintentionally.

    Deus vultusists – having ‘reactionary’ ideas is not a sin.

    But the other ones made me laugh. Most people convert for a combination of good and bad reasons. Being orthodox Christian in this world is hard enough. Now we have to convert for the right reasons???

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  17. Com. Gordon

    November 21, 2019 5:02 pm

    Also beware saying people will go to hell. That is what it literally means to judge them, which only God can do. A better thing to say would be “this leads one to hell”. Even if you could possibly know that person is going to hell, why say it? A better thing is to say repent. Christ told us to look inwardly when we condemn others.

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  18. Eli Egbert

    November 22, 2019 3:53 am

    Q: What does one do if an Orthodox Priest is preaching heretical messages? (Besides leaving that church of course) is there anything else one can do? Such as report him to a higher authority?

    Q: Can one choose what fasts to do, or is it, accept all of it or none of it. And more on that, is it possible to not fast and still be a good [Orthodox] Christian

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  19. James Clawson

    November 23, 2019 11:04 am

    Discouraging people from converting and remaining in the true faith seems sorta wrong. And a lot of this is very cynical, and mired in its creators own pride. Some of it is funny yes, and some true…but this isn't helpful. Its negative.

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  20. Justin Marbury

    November 23, 2019 10:05 pm

    Ngl, my son made me seek god, but chrysostoms homilies were woke and helped me understand a lot. Stayed for Jesus.

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  21. Justin Marbury

    November 23, 2019 10:06 pm

    Oh, and the old calendar really is kinda off putting but 🤷‍♂️ when in Rome, you do as the ROCOR does lol

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  22. Alisha Siddikii

    November 24, 2019 12:53 pm

    I’m sure that even if it seems that bad, we are the common body of Church and Jesus Christ came to save the sinners not the saints, so we need to love Him first and then we will love others

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  23. bazzalove99

    November 26, 2019 12:54 am

    Hello Brother, I love what you are doing: educating and entertaining me. I have a question for you. I am Greek Orthodox, living in Cyprus. I love the Church, however, when I see our Archbishop and senior holymen wearing so much gold, gold hats, gold cloaks etc, it makes me feel very uncomfortable. Jesus spoke up for the poor, and I'm sure He or His disciples didn't wear any gold. Why do our Church leaders wear so much gold?

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  24. Beli Svet

    November 29, 2019 8:54 pm

    Ja sam prosao kroz vise stadijuma… U prvom sam samo naravno isao tamo kad je vaskrs i bozic, da bih posle postao Ravnogorac pa sam morao da se ponasam u skladu sa time. Car Lazar, Njegos i to… Tako da sam se vec malo priblizio gospodu i cak poceo i da postim i da se pricescujem i salavu da slavim jer sam pre svega Srbin pa jeli ne mogu biti nista drugo do pravoslavan i isticati to kao deo nacionalnog identiteta dok je Hristos tu ipak imao za mene sporednu ulogu u celoj prici. Poslae sam postao Ljoticevac i poceo vec ozbiljnije da se bavim pitanjima vere i da polako sve vise i vise postajem Pravoslavan. To je bio jeli jos jedan level up. Damas sam ekstremni antiekumenista koji na sluzbu odlazi u katakombe Eparhije Raskoprizrenske u egzilu.

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  25. Real G for life

    November 30, 2019 8:36 pm

    You should debunk the infidel (telltale atheist) on YouTube because he says the trinity is a “lie” lol.

    Reply
  26. Sarah Dawn

    December 1, 2019 9:53 pm

    I'm a wandering spirit in so many ways… I have never known what to do with my life, career wise, community wise, or spiritually. As a child I was not encouraged in any direction, for better and for worse. I have tried lots of different careers each a little bit. I have a handful of friends but I am always a loose end, on the outskirts. I read about all kinds of faith, desperately searching for comfort, inspiration, structure, something that will feel like home. I respect Jesus very much, so here I am watching these videos and hoping for this agony of isolation to end. I just want to belong.

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  27. MPOLSLAV

    December 6, 2019 6:25 pm

    Well pray for me as I feel like I'm a logician but I'm trying to get closer to God and have a relationship with jesus, I have been a Catholic but I want to be fully with God, Amen brothers and sisters

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  28. Amanda Martin

    December 7, 2019 1:56 am

    Being a member of an OCA church, I see some, but interestingly, not many of these. The activist and the ecumenism stood out a lot.

    Also, parable of the sower!

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  29. Richard B

    December 8, 2019 1:09 pm

    Great summary of false believers. I considered Orthodox but could not accept some of the theological differences. But I respect the Orthodox Church.

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  30. Joshua Arroyo

    December 8, 2019 2:18 pm

    I think most of us has had some bad part of joining the Orthodox church but we still try improve ourselves to become better than before. I wanna be a monk or priest but I still have a bad habit of day dreaming of things that shouldn't be a matter of importance. Oh little me.

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  31. Olaf Haraldsson

    December 9, 2019 10:58 pm

    One critique I’d make is that this video can scare people into thinking that their faith isn’t genuine just because they like Orthodoxy for some of the reasons that those archetypes do. You may have some of these traits, but don’t embody any of these characters. Make sure that Jesus Christ is the focus of everything you do. Also, with the textbook ecumenist, I abhor ecumenism but when you said “prays with the non-Orthodox” I wondered if saying grace with my Roman Catholic family at the dinner table could be considered ecumenism? Any thoughts?

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  32. Dr. Thomas Rasberry

    December 10, 2019 6:40 am

    You forgot the ex-atheist, who is a mix between the logician, convertskii and the tourist, who left antitheism after realizing its self-sustainability with pride alone but forgot to turn that part off in himself, who came to Christ after watching too much William Lane Craig, who "battled for a year deciding between the Eastern and Coptic Orthodox, ACotE, Catholics, and the OPC/PCA" after finally tossing out all his Ayn Rand novels, and who picked Orthodoxy because ultimately the Catholic hymnals and Pope Francis would have returned him "back to Atheism in a heartbeat."

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  33. Никита Баранов

    December 10, 2019 11:14 am

    Greetings from Russia, Serbian brother! I can say that this video surprised me because I can be called Deusvultist to some extent. It has been almost 1.5 years since I returned to the Church. I was inspired by guys like the Templars, Teutonic Knights, Hospitallers and Lazarits. I wanted to be as pious and strong as they and their images helped me very much the first time. Now I have right or traditional views on life, but I study in one of the most liberal university in Russia and have good relationships with other students, Even I have fundamental or radical views, Im not toxic). But now I consider that our orthodox faith is the most important thing which we have. Of course despite our race or other things that not dependent
    from us we all brothers and sisters, ideologies are the filthy man's thing. And the last word. You are good at preaching and draw very well. God bless you!

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  34. Steven Walden

    December 16, 2019 3:26 am

    Pretty much described the whole human race.

    “None is righteous, no, not one;

    no one understands;

    no one seeks for God.

    All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;

    no one does good,

    not even one.”

    “Their throat is an open grave;

    they use their tongues to deceive.”

    “The venom of asps is under their lips.”

    “Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.”

    “Their feet are swift to shed blood;

    in their paths are ruin and misery,

    and the way of peace they have not known.”

    “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

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  35. Alan Cortez

    December 29, 2019 9:00 pm

    One reason I’m considering converting to Orthodox Christianity is because their theology on Salvation seems most logical to me.

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  36. Marinko

    January 1, 2020 2:33 pm

    Katolici su iskvarili veru, jeste da imamo neke paganske obicaje mi pravoslavci ali katolici vec… kipovi, papa i mnostvo ostalih stvari koje biblija zabranjuje.

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  37. stevensonrf

    January 2, 2020 2:38 pm

    An interesting video, but it begs the question? “What does a true “Orthodox” believer look and act like”?

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  38. Flavius Belisarius

    January 4, 2020 2:14 am

    I don't understand how people call themselves any kind of Christian also being a racist. Isn't the whole point that we are all equal under God?
    I know I sound like a social activist but I don't see how you can hold those two views at the same time.

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  39. Andrue Klements

    January 4, 2020 2:25 am

    I guess admitting it is the first step towards rectifying it.

    After reflecting on my own thoughts, since before I began my pursuit of Orthodoxy to now, I fear that I have had many aspects of the mindset of a False Saint. Any help on how I can break this mindset?

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  40. stevensonrf

    January 4, 2020 7:24 pm

    Great video. As I was watching this video, I couldn’t help but think that all these types of people make up the temporal church today. 🙂

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  41. Emmanouil Savvidis

    January 9, 2020 1:16 pm

    Hello my friend I agree 100% what you say about the scandals of the church, Personally I am 30y.o , I am orthodox from Greece, consider my self as a sinner , I am homosexual this is my sexual orientation and it's really impossible for me to change my sexual orientation, but I consider myself as a sinner because I am changing many other Male partners, but it's really a sinner a person that is also homosexual, and he have probably only one, partner in his life???
    What can we the homosexuals do? Personally I am not interested at all for any women, and I feel that I can't become a monk, is the hell my destiny??,

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  42. Ксения Альфаевна

    January 12, 2020 8:20 pm

    My maternal great grandpa ×3 was a Priest in St. Paul island (Alaska), a great uncle also was also a priest, and my paternal grandpa was a sub deacon. Both sides of my family were raised in the Russian orthodox religion. My parents met at the St. Innocent cathedral in Anchorage, and were married there. Dad had a lot of pride for that church, and would always volunteer to clean up after service.

    As a kid I loved listening to the choir, I even tried singing along even though i didn't understand russian/slavonic/Unangan/etc. language.

    I don't think I ever thought much about god, going to church was just something my family did weekly. Though, when my dad died, I hated god.

    Why couldn't you help him? Why did you take him away? He could've been a better person, why didn't you help him?!

    Dad died of heart failure, second to alcoholism. Dad also had a history of domestic violence against mom, I've tried to stop him multiple times as a kid. I even called the police. My dad became homeless. Grandpa and grandma tried to help him, but he stole from others to buy more alcohol. Dad had a heart condition, he even had marks on his chest from a defibrillator.

    He passed away when I turned 11 (2001). I just told myself he was gone. Some where else to get better. But I'd never see or hear from him again. At least mom won't be hurt anymore.

    After I graduated high school and got my first job, I never went back to church. There's nothing there for me. In social matters, I'll say I grew up Orthodox but don't believe in anything anymore.

    I like your videos, thank you for the humor.

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  43. branko djuric

    January 14, 2020 6:58 am

    My extended family is orthodox. And i was baptised in an orthodox church.
    I haven't been religious in my life ever. Nor has anyone in my family.
    Im flirting with the idea of Christianity, because i feel empty inside sometimes. But i find it so hard to believe in god. I cannot humbly and honestly pray. I always feel ridiculous when i try.

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  44. MrSpaceOrange

    January 28, 2020 5:56 am

    i believe in orthodoxy but i'm not a sworn christian in my country "Bulgaria" the priests are at least 90% corrupt so i don't go to church and i am not one of the people who pray every day even vice versa but i know there are some who keep me and i had a leg situations in which I might die, it makes me believe strongly in God. nevertheless I know that I'm going to die in hell I have too many sins for which I regret and try to be a better person.

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  45. Michael Juarbe

    February 5, 2020 4:53 pm

    This video is a big reflexion, we converts need to understand this. Jesus is the only reason and focus on him and his teachings and very important by HUMBLE ALL THE TIME and Orthopraxis. Very good video.

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  46. Pentex

    February 5, 2020 8:27 pm

    Deusvultist here 100% Jeremiah 51:20-24 This is the way, Deus Vault.
    Me – Hand pics up hops9 oil and puts on a rag, vigorously cleans firearm.

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  47. Sissy Brooks

    February 7, 2020 1:06 pm

    Okay, you had me going for a while, in spite of the snarky tone. but, when you started bashing young men looking for a wife and talked about how awful it is sacrificing a career for children, I realized you are full of it. How does spiritual pride, and worldliness bring about God in someone"s soul? One thing you and some others have taught me. If you are looking for God don't go looking on social media. It will bring the ruin of most of us. That is one thing you were dead on rites about. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  48. llluminatixx7

    February 9, 2020 6:16 am

    I had a Catholic friend tell me people only convert to Orthodoxy because of "Political reasons" (I guess cause Russia is arguably the last Christian stronghold?) What's your thoughts on this?

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  49. Héctor Daniel Sánchez Cobo

    February 15, 2020 2:37 am

    2:26 I could make up Jones (or Johns) as the surname, but I still don't understand the first name

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