ISBN: 014198063X

The first book I read when I received God’s grace in early 2019 was The Orthodox Church by Timothy Ware, which gives a brief overview of Orthodoxy along with its history. In hindsight, this was not the best book for me to read because of its dry, academic tone, but I received spiritual value from it nonetheless.

The importance of monks

The monks with their austerities were martyrs in an age when martyrdom of blood no longer existed; they formed the counterbalance to an established Christendom. People in Byzantine society were in danger of forgetting that Byzantium was an image and symbol, not the reality; they ran the risk of identifying the kingdom of God with an earthly kingdom. The monks by their withdrawal from society into the desert fulfilled a prophetic and eschatological ministry in the life of the Church. They reminded Christians that the kingdom of God is not of this world.

If you need “evidence” that God exists, simply visit an Orthodox monastery or convent. You will see firsthand how people discarded their worldly lives, making vows of chastity in the process, to serve the Lord for the remainder of their time on this earth. Most people can’t even quit coffee on their own strength; to successfully turn away from the world and all its benefits and rewards takes nothing less than divine grace.

A bygone Christian era

Not without reason has Byzantium been called ‘the image of the heavenly Jerusalem’. Religion entered into every aspect of Byzantine life. Byzantine holidays were religious festivals; the races which took place in the Circus began with the singing of hymns; and trade contracts invoked the Trinity and were marked with the sign of the Cross. Today, in an untheological age, it is all but impossible to realize how burning an interest was felt in religious questions by every part of society, by laity as well as clergy, by the poor and uneducated as well as the Court and the scholars. Gregory of Nyssa [in 557] describes the unending theological arguments in Constantinople at the time of the second generous council: The whole city is full of it, the squares, the market places, the crossroads, the alleyways; old-clothes men, money changers, food sellers: they are all busy arguing. If you ask someone to give you change, he philosophizes about the Begotten and the Unbegotten; if you inquire about the price of a loaf, you are told by way of reply that the Father is greater and the son inferior; if you ask ‘Is my bath ready?’ the attendant answers that the Son was made out of nothing.

We have more important matters to discuss today. Did you see the sportsball game yesterday? That hulking man really ran well with the leather ball. Did you see the TV show with the gay characters? Their idea of relationships seems so normal and fun. Did you hear about that woman who said something offensive on the internet and lost her job? Wow the world sure is getting crazy.

These days, it’s as if we’re trained to talk about everything but God. No triviality is too small for us to fixate on.

We were made for fellowship with God

Humans were made for fellowship with God: this is the first and primary affirmation in the Christian doctrine of the human person. But humans, made for fellowship with God, everywhere repudiate that fellowship…

[…]

If we are to achieve full fellowship with God, we cannot do so without God’s help, yet we must also play our own part: we humans as well as God must make our contribution to the common work, although what God does is of immeasurably greater importance than what we do. ‘The incorporation of humans into Christ and our union with God require the cooperation of two unequal, but equally necessary forces: divine grace and human will.’

You’re an antenna meant to receive and send messages to God. Unfortunately, many people wrap themselves up in aluminium foil to block out God’s signal, thinking that they can make it on their own.

God gave us free will

While it is true that God loves us with an infinite love, it is also true that He has given us free will; and since we have free will, it is possible for us to reject God. Since free will exists, hell exists; for hell is nothing else than the rejection of God. If we deny hell, we deny free will. ‘No one is so good and full of pity as God,’ wrote Mark the Monk or Hermit (early fifth century); ‘but even He does not forgive those who do not repent.’ God will not force us to love Him, for love is no longer love if it is not free; how then can God reconcile to Himself those who refuse all reconciliation?”

A lot of the evil that exists in this world is from other men (and fallen angels) using their free will for evil ends. We’re victims of their decisions, though such evil does not come from God directly, since he is not capable of evil. Of course God knew that his creatures would use free will to commit evil, but He must’ve decided that His love for us, in the form of granting us free will and eternal life, would overcome any evil we would have to endure from others. The fact that I was even able to develop faith in spite of the innumerable mistakes I’ve made and rebukes I’ve suffered is a testament to His divine wisdom in making the world the way it is.

Don’t try to understand God’s plan

When St Antony of Egypt was one worrying about divine providence, a voice came to him, saying: ‘Antony, attend to yourself; for these are the judgements of God, and it is not for you to know them.’

I’ve spent many nights trying to understand God and His creations. I was like a dog trying to understand the thoughts, dreams, and desires of its human master, but the distance between a dog and human is infinitely smaller than between man and God. I resist questioning the things that happen in this world, even if they appear random. It has to be this way, and I trust God to offer a path to salvation for me and everyone else.

Female priesthood is forbidden

If Christ had wished women to be priests, so they argue, He would have taught His Apostles accordingly, and the latter would have obeyed. The ordination of women to the priesthood lacks all basis in Scripture and Tradition, and after two thousand years we have no right to innovate in a matter of such importance.

It’s frustrating that Christians attend churches with female pastors and leaders, especially when those churches claim to be based explicitly on the Bible.

Sex outside of marriage is forbidden

Sexual intercourse is a gift from God, but a gift given for use between man and woman only within the sacrament of marriage. The Orthodox Church for this reason cannot approve of sexual intercourse outside marriage, even when a couple has the firm intention of eventually getting married; the marriage blessing is not to be anticipated. Still less can the Church give its approval to sexual unions between persons of the same sex. But in all specific cases of homosexuality we should of course seek to show the utmost pastoral sensitivity and generous compassion. ‘A brother who had committed a sin was driven out from the church by the priest. But Abba Bessarion rose up and went out with him, saying: ‘I too am a sinner.’

I’ve met many Christian men who want to have sex before marriage. They want the benefit of God’s grace and eternal salvation, but don’t want to follow His rules against sexual immortality, and misinterpret the Bible in all sorts of ways to justify their sexual passions.

Orthodoxy is old and unchanging

Orthodoxy stands outside the circle of ideas in which western Christians have moved for the past eight centuries; it has undergone no scholastic revolution, no Reformation and Counter-Reformation, but still lives in that older Tradition of the Fathers which so many in the west not desire to recover.

I can’t express how fortunate I am to have been baptized into Orthodoxy. My church has no female pastors, no gay flags, no church leaders flying in private jets or attending Black Lives Matter marches, no sex scandals, and no pagan idol worship. I don’t have to worry about fixing my church, and can instead devote all my time into developing the faith, which is hard enough on its own.

Overall, I wouldn’t recommend this book to new believers, since it offers more in the way of historical facts than direct teachings of the Church Fathers. It would be better suited for those who are in a different branch of Christianity and want to know the big picture of Orthodoxy. Overall, it was a slog to get through, but it could be somewhat useful if you’re thinking of becoming an Orthodox Christian.

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Max Bernier
Max Bernier
10 days ago

The medical profession is being destroyed due to thots:
https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/doctors-posting-bikini-photos-being-162156929.html

Iain Baunoch
Iain Baunoch
10 days ago
Reply to  Max Bernier

rofl, I wonder how much these women would hesitate before telling me to kick rocks if I walked up to them in basket ball shorts and crocs and asked for a date.

Max Bernier
Max Bernier
10 days ago
Reply to  Iain Baunoch

Dress does not equal consent, but if a man comes to work wearing a brown shirt from the 1930s, he is accused of a hate crime!

Max Bernier
Max Bernier
10 days ago
Reply to  Max Bernier

The screws have flagged my comments that I can’t post.

Thomas
Thomas
10 days ago
Derek
Derek
10 days ago

Roosh, I don’t believe I’ve heard you mention Hesychasm, the Orthodox monastic tradition that leads one to mystical union with God. Of all the things that Christianity has lost, this emphasis on Depth of transformation and direct (rather than doctrinal) knowledge of God is hardly spoken of.
There are some historical Christian mystics like Meister Eckhart and Saint John of the Cross that are worth looking into. I’ve heard you mention your past interest in Daoism but I suspect there is a connection between these two very different ways of looking at things that could be reconciled once one gets to the deepest levels of realization of the nature of what we call God.

yomismo
yomismo
10 days ago
Reply to  Derek

you can talk to God by depriving your senses of stimulus.. actually you go crazy and become schizophrenic, like prisoners in solitary confinement.

Max Bernier
Max Bernier
10 days ago
Reply to  yomismo

DMT and shrooms could work, but you get to talk to aliens and elves. The modern woman has created hell on earth for men

DelMar
DelMar
9 days ago
Reply to  Max Bernier

Stop with the spam.

Max Bernier
Max Bernier
9 days ago
Reply to  DelMar

Who the 4uck are you beta?

Nate
Nate
10 days ago

Roosh, which book would you recommend for new believers in Orthodox Christianity?

Nate
Nate
9 days ago
Reply to  Roosh

Thanks brother, God bless.

yomismo
yomismo
10 days ago

The Armenian Patriarch welcomed the conversion of Hagia Sophia back into a mosque: https://www.persecution.org/2020/06/17/armenian-patriarch-endorses-reopening-hagia-sophia/
Eastern patriarchs are petty tyrants, the Armenian church broke with the Orthodox one because of politics and power.

Max Bernier
Max Bernier
10 days ago
Reply to  yomismo

Is Armenia a Moslem country or no?

anonymous
anonymous
10 days ago
Reply to  yomismo

Simply disregard anything the Armenian patriarch in Istanbul says. The Armenian patriarch in istanbul is a known joke among armenian themselves. They regularly say stupid things and back Turkish interests

yomismo
yomismo
10 days ago

Absolutetly 100% correct. They are taught they are untouchable and irreproachable, they’ve been made to believe that their actions bring no consequences, have destroyed millions of lives, and no one can call out their lies else they cancel you. Just look at Angela Merkel she did what the allies and the Soviets couldn’t destroy Germany, persecute the patriots and the holocaust questioners, 90 year old grandmothers are hunted and throw into prison because they dare question the biggest Jewish lie. I’m sick of the hypocrisy and the lies

Mari R.
Mari R.
3 days ago
Reply to  yomismo

“Jewish lie?” No. JEWISH TRUTH!
The evidence is overwhelming. Hitler and his evil Third Reich brutally and wrongfully imprisoned, abused, and murdered 6 million Jews and millions of other human beings.
Yours and other fringe conservatives’ absurd denials of the reality of the Holocaust and other heinous Nazi activities reminds me of the equally absurd denialism of the O.J. Simpson jury!

Yikes
Yikes
2 days ago
Reply to  Mari R.

The truth doesn’t need defending with prison time. Let people bring forth their evidence on both sides and everybody can believe what they want. Even if it was all true, that doesn’t mean you and I who had nothing to do with it owe these people anything.

yomismo
yomismo
10 days ago

“It was always the women, and above all the young ones, who were the most bigoted adherents of the Party, the swallowers of slogans, the amateur spies and nosers-out of unorthodoxy.”-Orwell’s 1984

Max Bernier
Max Bernier
10 days ago

If you’re gonna tell me to become celibate while the modern woman is taking belfies and nude pics for her OnlyFans, then you are not abiding by the rules of G*d.

Max Bernier
Max Bernier
10 days ago
Reply to  Max Bernier

The modern woman has more notch counts than an oil tanker at sea. They shag from young. Jeffrey Epstein and his crew would pop the cherry of the modern woman as young as age 1 and 2, while at the same time, funding advocacy movements to demonize men.

Christian Cool
Christian Cool
9 days ago
Reply to  Max Bernier

As disgusting as this may sound, I know a guy who sadly abandoned the faith after his divorce and all he does is high-end h00kers, he says notch count is all about the same. 😮

This good guy, I knew him somewhat, but no one ever said anything bad about him, seemed like a clean-cut beta Type to me. But then right before she filed for frivorce, she had him arrested for domestic abuse despite the day she claims he attacked her, he not even being home, he was at work, a perfect alibi. Later charges were dropped, but arrest record is now with him forever)… no one in church supported him and I did not even know this was happening until much later. 🙁 He became seriously depressed after his wife crossed State lines (despite court case already being filed). He was denied visitation by wife and he could no longer afford a lawyer. I know all this as he came to “small group counseling” thing we have in our church.

It has been many years, but I have been told by a Deacon in my church, all he wants is high-end callgirls, he says they are cleaner than the women he meets out there anyway.

It is extremely sad to see this. Bad things will happen in life, to take it to this extreme is terrible.

Max Bernier
Max Bernier
9 days ago
Reply to  Christian Cool

Terrible how law-abiding men get vilified as the criminal, while the thugs and drug dealers get free poon.

Christian Cool
Christian Cool
9 days ago
Reply to  Max Bernier

No doubt, we live in a Clown-world where everything is inverted. Portland and Seattle are being burned to the ground by “heroic protestors” and the cops are the villains.

This is part of the Brazilification of America. I cannot think of a single country in the world where criminals are better treated and more protected than in Brazil.

Soros and his minions have been “testing out” policies in Brazil since the 1986 and once they test it out there, it comes here. I am not kidding, I will later link a post here on this very issue (was on Heartiste before it was taken down).

Brazilification of America is not only economic and demographic. It is also the laws, the thinking of the women, teh rise of radical feminist laws, and more. And of course the lovely crime, banning of guns, and ending self-defense.

Mari R.
Mari R.
3 days ago
Reply to  Christian Cool

The “thinking of the women?” Well… let me guess… you’re one of those return-to-patriarchy guys.
So you likely want to believe that a mystical unreal metaphysical three-in-one being gave males carte blanch to rule over females, regardless of their abilities and aspirations, and strip them of their natural rights?
Friend, you should try reading some Ayn Rand for a fresh perspective. I don’t agree with all of her economic and size/role/function of government stances, but I do think she has much of value to say about every individual’s inherent rights– rights that people have by virtue of their existence.

Christian Cool
Christian Cool
3 days ago
Reply to  Mari R.

Mari, where do you get the “carte blanche” to rule over women? That is not Christianity at all. I never said that or suggested that.

The mindset of women in America today is absolutely terrible. The KimKardashificatiin of American female culture has been beyond toxic. Other “demands” by modern women cannot even be rationally explained.

For example, where did millions of American women get in their heads they can ONLY date a guy who is over 6’2” when the average American woman is 5’5”?? Why 6’2”, exactly? Ahhh… that is right. Some dumb celebrity said that is he r”minimum for a guy”, so instantly, the million of zombie followers began making that dumb demand, that all men be over 6’2”.

Look at National US statistics. The average man is like 5’7” (I am 5’11”, BTW). Height is one thing I cannot change about myself. I can change my wealth, education, manners, physical shape, taste in clothes, etc… but not my height or race (heck, race you can even tan non-stop and become hispanic, I suppose!) LOL But height… nope.

Last time I saw the stats, men over 6’2” is less than 10% of the population. If then the woman demands he be college-educated, single/divorced, who make 6-figures, then narrow that 10% into about 1% of male population, possibly. 100% of the single women are making demands that narrow it down to about 1% of total population.

The math is just not there. Millenial women in America grow up demanding their man be college educated, if they are. Look at the stats for college educated women and men. It is 7 female college grads to every 3 male college grads. In a few years, you will have women either stay single, pinning away for a college man who will be unavailable unless he gets DivorceRaped (DR) and is “single again” or you will need to town down the minimum standards.

This clip here tells it all:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=DBIhnT0aMAc

I know math and statistics are boring, but the male-reality-female-demands math is just not conducive to the mindset of the women in America today. I hate to break it to you, unless you look like Amber Heard, Margot Robbie, or Candice Swaneopol, you are NOT going to marry a man over 6’2” with a 15-incher, body-builder, driving a Lamborghini to his yatch, who will “accept you just the way you are”. It is not gonna happen.

(Heck, even if you are Candice Swanoepol, he probably would not marry you either, he has too much money to risk in our unfair court system.)

Again, this high-demands mindset today is simply absurd. The demands being made on men given what these women are they are offering is simply not compatible, reasonable, or logical.

Christian Cool
Christian Cool
3 days ago
Reply to  Max Bernier

Funny you mentioned Epstein’s island and all that. If modern women were not so damaged by KimKardashianism (an entire female sub-culture of America) and leftist feminism, most of these girls would RUN when offered to “get on a plane” with some unknown man to go to some island.

I get the argument “but Chris, they were 15 and did not know better”. Really? A 15-year old today is an adult in every way possible.

The “easy money” culture of KimK and our corrupt media is what entices young women to take such dumb risks This is what led to the easy recruiting of girls to esc0rt sites and InstaGram “modeling”.

https://www.rooshv.com/the-documentary-hot-girls-wanted-shows-the-destructiveness-of-porn

Like the move Roosh reviewed “Hot Girls Wanted”, how middle and upper middle class girls from Midwest go off to get pounded on camera for $1,000 and free airfare and hotel in Miami. It is ridiculous.

If you meet a decent woman in the West today, you better latch on for dear life, she will be very hard to replace.

Christian Cool
Christian Cool
9 days ago

I have a lot of people tell me I should drop real Evangelical (Bible-based) and check out Eastern Orthodox churches…

Honestly, as a single windowed man in my late 30s, is there even an opening? How does it work… do you go in and visit and ask to meet with the Patriarch? Are there smaller groups after services? is there Sunday School?

I am a serious Christian… but an Orthodox church (be it Greek or Russian) is almost alien to me. And that is saying a lot, since I grew up Catholic.

But I would not even know what to do or say in an Orthodox setting…

Any suggestion for a first-time visitor.

Max Bernier
Max Bernier
9 days ago
Reply to  Christian Cool

Evangelicals want you to wife up them modern hoes who post booty pics on their Instagram or TikTok, but Orthodox Christianity is fighting a losing battle because every woman on this planet will be brainwashed by the tractor and his 6 nose scheme.

Christian Cool
Christian Cool
9 days ago
Reply to  Max Bernier

I hear ya, traditional, Bible-based Christianity is under assault all over the world, but in America more intensely than in Western Europe (where Christianity and churches are considered archaic and museums).

I actually go to a traditional, Bible-based Evangelical (for lack of better term) church.

No doubt the Evangelical churches put undue pressure on men like me to marry “Reformed sloots”. I know because I fit the “good husband” archetype, widowed, no kids, life well-together, so I should be an easy one to marry again.

Problem is not marrying again… problem is finding a woman I can trust and love again.

And the issue is same as most guys have: I have to take on 100% of the risk of getting married. In my case, everything me and my late wife built could be stolen and I be sent to prison on a whim. The risk is simply huge.

At same time, I have no kids and I am still fairly young (not even at 38 yet), so… do I just go through life occasionally in sin to fill the needs of the flesh sometimes or do I try and marry again?

This is not as easy to decide as it seems. I am very happy with my life now as is, but will I regret it later? And am I failing Christianity’s goal to pass on the legacy of our faith to the next generation?

This is why I am considering at least checking it out some Orthodox churches. Issue is, how do I even get started? Do I just attend a service and see how it goes type thing?

Gone Baltic
Gone Baltic
9 days ago
Reply to  Christian Cool

Try again. You were catholic… So look for traditional catholic mass.

Prophecy
Prophecy
8 days ago
Reply to  Gone Baltic

Most ‘catholic’ thots are hoes

Christian Cool
Christian Cool
7 days ago
Reply to  Prophecy

It is not limited to Catholic churches, Prophecy, sadly. This is a society-wide problem now, and it has infected the churches too.

I am not defending Catholicism, I am just saying having been Catholic growing up,Bible-based Baptist Most of my life, now attending an “Evangelical” church (since Baptist churches are rare in my area now), I can say sadly most “church girls” today may not meet the bare qualifications for halfway decent wife, if you know what I mean.

And by definition a THOT = Hoe! LOL 😀

Christian Cool
Christian Cool
7 days ago
Reply to  Gone Baltic

I could not go back to being Catholic due to the current Pope. I hate Social Justice (Marxism) and radical environmentalism he is pushing.

And besides, I am not a huge fan of the Catholic Church’s statues. It has always bothered me. And the candles smell weird too and seems like a lot of the churches have this weird “candle smell”, always gave me a headache growing up.

I hear Orthodox churches use a lot of incense too, huh? And have a lot of mosaic paintings… but no statues, right?

Maybe I need a “Orthodox Christianity for Dummies” book 😀 LOL

David Porter
David Porter
8 days ago
Reply to  Christian Cool

I don’t think you’ll regret not getting married, maybe not having children, I don’t see the point of getting married without having kids

Christian Cool
Christian Cool
7 days ago
Reply to  David Porter

Agreed, David. I do not see point in re-marrying if not for kids. The risk and costs are simply not worthy in today’s America. I am NOT afraid of “dying alone”, that is a silly concept anyway.

My issue is whether or not I even want to have kid(s) anymore. I am pushing 40 in 2 years. If I have a kid, I will need to a) re-marry and b) take the insane risk, cost, and legal liability upon myself; and c) work until I am half-dead.

I am NOT a black-piller or MGTOW. I think my hesitation comes from looking at this country and seeing how bad it has become. Do I wanna raise up a daughter (who would be white, since that is all I would be willing to mary and have kids with) or God-forbid a hated “white man” son in this toxic environment?

I am not so sure. That is what at I am trying to figure out now, while blocking out the noise/demands from family, church friends, and personal friends. Not easy… and a decision I have to make soon too, next year or so tops.

That is why I was asking if maybe I need to consider orthodox Christianity and see if there are even decent women there to consider wifing up to begin with….

Christian Cool
Christian Cool
7 days ago
Reply to  David Porter

It is like I explain to people.. getting finding a woman in her 30s in America and then getting married is the easy part. The hard part is marrying someone of decent quality, Christian, and future good mother (if kids are in the cards for me someday).

This vid here is a perfect example of the type of women I meet these days, especially in Christian settings:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GzORUkVZY80

Basically, they wanna get married right away, I am talking they bring this stuff up 2nd or 3rd date, because once a Carrousel Rider wants to have a kid, marry, and “settle down”, she becomes focused like a laser. -_-

Look at that vid, it is like story of my life these days.

And then they cry or get pissed off if I freak out when this talk happens right away. It has happened so much that I have started to take it in strike lately, as insane as that is.

Bottom line: this is why I advise Christian men NOT to date within their own church. If the woman gets mad at you for whatever reason (including freaking out about a conversation about marriage on dates 1-3), then they go back to church members and defame you as a player or bad to women.

Doowrags
Doowrags
3 days ago
Reply to  Christian Cool

Have you involved God in your decision about marrying? Pray to God to become a good and holy spouse and to prepare you for a wife and ask Him to prepare a good and holy wife for you. Put the outcome in His hands, follow His way and obey Him and He will provide. Only way it’ll happen in the right way.

Christian Cool
Christian Cool
3 days ago
Reply to  Doowrags

Door, I actually agree with you, I need a miracle to have a good wife again (I am widowed, by the way, after 12 years married and very happy). I know the ODDS are heavily against me to find a new, decent wife.

Lately, I have not even been doing any more approaches or trying to do some online dating. For Christian women, the pickings are so slim that unless you do online Christian dating sites, it is virtually impossible to meet locally.

I am just someone who is honest about his odds and realistic about the type of woman I can potentially meet, regardless of my top physical shape, good financial situation, college education, and fact I have no ex-wife and no kids and I am still under 40.

But the women I have met that want to get married (mostly intro by other church members I know), are way, way substandard for me. As a solid 8, I would have to date down to a 5 woman. That is too far down for me. I am willing to take a solid 6 woman if she is exception like my late wife. To even consider wifing up a 5 or below is out of the question.

I just stopped dating for a while, I am simply sickened when I see dating profiles by loser fat women (3s and 4s) saying crap like “you must be at least 6’2”, no exceptions – all in caps). I am almost 6 feet tall, close to 6’1” with thicker dress shoes on. I was getting so ticked off, I started sending nastygrams, so I stopped to take a break and did some in-person approaches, which I actually enjoy doing, but my find-ration with Christian women in-person approach has been 0%, unless you consider the married Christian one (who were not interested). LOL 😀 That is what sucks about living in a secularized suburb, your odds of a random find of a Christian woman you like is very low.

My grandma is praying so much for me to marry again urgently and give her a grand-grandchild, she is not even sleeping well anymore and gets up 2am, 4am, etc to pray goes back to sleep and is desperate praying all day. My mom too…. I feel bad.

John Beeler
John Beeler
9 days ago

I’ve read this book too. You’re in an understandable honeymoon phase as a new Christian. As for Orthodoxy, some balance: http://www.angelfire.com/pa3/OldWorldBasic/MyTripThroughOrthodoxy.html

Christian Cool
Christian Cool
9 days ago
Reply to  John Beeler

I second that feeling, John. I always worry for new Christians, who may be over-earger, and take on more than they can bear.

They make vows they cannot possibly comply with long term or they give up so many things they enjoy (not necessarily sins) for the sake of their new faith. They cut off “problem friends” all at the same time. It is so much so fast, it becomes difficult to continue on.

Luke 8 is a perfect example of what I am saying here…. Jesus Christ explains the Parable of the Seeds… trust me on this, fellow new believers, this is from someone who is now coming up on 38, a lifelong Christian who counsels a lot of young men (and a few women) on their newfound faith on Christ.

Christianity is a daily journey, one that will go on for years. It is a slow-and-steady approach. While one should give up their most obvious and egregious sins (whoring, alcoholism, drugs, theft, etc), the “minor stuff” (like giving up food they enjoy or fasting every single week, etc) should be engaged on slowly, and much more nuanced.

Consider the daily applications of our faith: how does it apply to everyday life. Do not “bite more than you can chew”. Focus on the big picture and the smaller imperfections from your sinful nature will become obvious and easier to rid of as you walk along Christ.

One tool I recommend for new Christians is a daily devotional of sorts. It can even be a “page-a-day” pull down calendar with Christian messages on it. Spend 5 to 10 minutes each morning meditating on whatever passage the calendar (or devotional book) has for that day. These little bits of Bible study are easy to do and create real growth over time. Like building up to a marathon, you take slow walks until you get better each day. 😉

Following Christ is a marathon, not a sprint. If you try to sprint towards Christ, you may never truly get to Him as you will be out of breath on the way and give up. That is why Paul said “ I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7.

You see, Paul, who dedicated his entire life to Christ understood this was a long race, which he, at an old age and after a world-altering ministry, finish it and was ready for Christ.

Remember: slow and steady. Take your faith in Christ one day at a time. 🙂 Follow Christ, accepting your flaws and working to better yourself as you grow in your newfound faith, day by day.

Gazella
9 days ago

Hi Roosh,

I’m a Hungarian Catholic woman. If you remember, I’ve translated your conversion story to my mother tongue.

The reason I’m writing now that I totally love the non-SJW-ness of orthodoxy but there are 3 things which make it an unacceptable choice for me.

1. Every institution has one leader like family, states, schools etc. For me it’s agains logics that the Orthodox Church doesn’t have a leader like the pope.

2. The acceptance of contraception.

3. The acceptance of divorce.

What do you think about these, Roosh?

I know that the Catholic Church has some huge problems nowdays but it’s because most of our leaders are modernist heretics. The teaching is unchangeable. When you change it you become a heretic and go to hell. I think it will happen with lots of bishops if they don’t repent before their death.

In the 4th century the 80% of the Catholic bishops became the followers of Arius (heretics) but true faith won. I hope and pray for this in our age, too.

God bless you Roosh and keep up the good work. I pray for you and hope for a conversion to the one true Catholic Church.

Radu
Radu
7 days ago
Reply to  Gazella

not sure where you got the idea that the Orthodox church allows contraception. for the 2nd issue chech out this http://www.stgeorgegoc.org/pastors-corner/divorce/divorce-in-church-history
for the 1st, there is no need of a single pope, Jesus sent out all his apostles, not only one. the head of the church is Jesus, not the pope or the patriarch.

Gazella
7 days ago
Reply to  Radu

Thanks, Radu.

For example: https://restlesspilgrim.net/blog/2016/02/25/orthodoxy-and-contraception/

Marriage is the mirror of the bond between Jesus and the Church. Divorce should be never an opinion. You can’t have an other “Jesus” (husband) or “Church” (wife) if he/she lives. Even if it means suffering.

If the Church has only a spiritual head, Jesus, that means chaos and confusion. And then why can’t we say that the family or other institutions can have only a spiritual head? The pope is a bishop too (an apostle) but has the leader role like Saint Peter had.

Radu
Radu
6 days ago
Reply to  Gazella

Regarding the book of fr. Ware, since it has been edited through out the years, all I can say is what Fr. Josiah Trenahm recommends, read only books whose authors have St. (Saint) before their names. Divorce is allowed for sexual immorality as stated in Mathew 19:9. I do not see how the Church with only Jesus as its head can lead to confusion. A church with several heads looks like a creature with several heads and that is a monster.

Gazella
5 days ago
Reply to  Radu

Catholics have a different view on that verse. https://www.catholic.com/magazine/print-edition/did-jesus-say-adultery-is-grounds-for-divorce

God never “divorces” us. When we are “adulterous” towards Him, He waits for us to repent. In the Catholic Church when your spouse leaves you and be with an other man/woman, you can’t remarry. You suffers and prays for him/her till death. For me it shows God’s love. Remarriage is a shame in Christian circles.

Radu
Radu
4 days ago
Reply to  Gazella

Of course God never divorces us, but God knows our weak nature. Not all people who are left by their spouses have the strength to live alone till they die, imposing celibate on them is a cross not many can carry, therefore, instead of letting them sin by having sex outside marriage, the church accepts a second marriage for their weakness.

Gazella
3 days ago
Reply to  Radu

You can carry this cross (and all crosses) with God’s grace.

James Bale
James Bale
9 days ago

Reading and listening about christianity, the path you are on, is very inspiring and helps to empower my own enlightenment.
I admire your writing, and the way your handle words. A pleasue to learn from you.

Prophecy
Prophecy
8 days ago

Letting women into Orthodox churches is like letting termites eat your home, or the 63w into your country destruction

Christian Cool
Christian Cool
7 days ago
Reply to  Prophecy

Come on, prophecy. Women have always, since Christ’s time allowed to join in “church” (gathering) services. Always. That is Biblically based and totally fine. 😉

The issue is allowing women to set policy and leadership in the church. That is the issue.

David Porter
David Porter
8 days ago

interesting an orthodox priest just gave me that book to tead

DelMar
DelMar
8 days ago

God’s Perfect Knowledge of Man
Pslam 138 (139) – For the End; a psalm by David from the Orthodox Study Bible

andy14
andy14
6 days ago

Thanks for the review.

DelMar
DelMar
5 days ago

Good video from Father Spyridon on the struggle with lust. See below:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43tv5fAMVCU

David
David
2 days ago

His rules against sexual immortality, and misinterpret the Bible in all sorts of ways to justify their sexual passions.”

Immorality. I am not usually the typo guy, but that’s a pretty big one and I want your writing to convey exactly what you want it to. God bless.