ANSWERS TO PRACTICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT THE ORTHODOX WAY OF LIFE
WHO ARE THE GENUINE ORTHODOX ?
The Genuine Orthodox Christians are those who reject every form of modernism in the Church, who cling to a pure confession of faith in Christ, and who do not have communion with bishops or priests who teach heresies or pray with heretics.
When did the Genuine Orthodox separate from the modernist bishops?
The distinction between the “Genuine” Orthodox and the Ecumenist “Orthodox” dates to 1924, when the Patriarchate of Constantinople and the state Church of Greece uncanonically changed from the Church calendar to the civil calendar. Many of the faithful did not accept this change and separated from the modernist bishops in order to keep pure their confession of faith.
Why did the modernist bishops change to the New Calendar?
In their encyclical of 1920, the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople stated specifically that they planned to change the calendar in order to have feast days together with the Catholics and Protestants. THIS, and not any reason of “astronomical accuracy,” was their reason for changing. The new calendar was the first step in pursuing the agenda of Ecumenism.
What is “Ecumenism”?
Ecumenism is the teaching that there is no such thing as the Truth clearly revealed by God, that all religions are equally man-made.
Within Christianity - Ecumenism teaches that no church is The True Church, but that the true Church was lost and all the different groups, including all the various heresies and sects, have to unite in order to “re-create” the true Church.
In the world at large - Ecumenism teaches that the Christian gospel is only “a truth,” not “THE truth.” All other religions are as equally valid as the Christian faith.
What do Ecumenists do?
The main thing Ecumenists do is get together to “pray” to a fictional, generic “god” in phony prayer services. Thus you will see supposedly Orthodox patriarchs, bishops, and priests “praying,” performing weddings, etc. with Roman Catholic priests, Jewish rabbis, Moslem mullahs, Hindu priests, and even witch doctors.
Why don’t the Genuine Orthodox Christians participate in this?
Because we won’t do anything that denies the Truth: that the Holy Trinity is the ONLY GOD and that Christ is THE ONLY SAVIOR FOR ALL MEN.
Is it enough simply to have the Old Calendar?
No! There are many today outside of Greece who follow the Old Calendar but still participate in Ecumenism! The Old Calendar is necessary to being Genuine Orthodox, but it is not enough: To be a true Orthodox Christian, one must not only be following the Old Calendar, but also:
1. Have no communion with the Ecumenist bishops and priests.
2. Strive as hard as possible to be under a bishop who is truly Orthodox and who himself does not commune with or depend on the Ecumenists.
3. Try as hard as possible to keep the Holy Tradition in one’s own life: the Church’s unchanging life of prayer, fasting, and striving for salvation.