Friday, April 15, 2016
Orthodox Pomp and Circumstance
The vain traditions are obvious, can you imagine the apostles in the book of Acts doing any of this stuff? I sure can't. Catholicism in America actually dumbed down some of the advanced rituals and pomp and circumstance to please the Protestants during Vatican II. I went to some Latin Masses as a child, and definitely back then Catholicism was closer to Orthodoxy in the endless rituals. One gets the feeling these are gung-ho Orthodox posting these videos to show that their rituals, and dress are "fancier" then the Catholics. Don't miss the 9:00 minute mark on the second one to see the rituals of their Eucharist and the biggest golden chalice you'll ever see in your life. Warning the idolatry shown is unsettling as they worship the "bread and wine". How much silver and gold are in these places when Peter himself said, "Silver and gold I have none." The audiences look miserable being forced to stand for the rituals.
This is the reality of the churches Franklin Graham has aligned with for the promotion of the one world religion. Most evangelicals have no idea even what the Orthodox church is about or even what their rituals look like. The Orthodox church definitely has a more overt connection with Eastern Mysticism and Gnosticism.
Jesus Himself, warned of the wide borders of the dress you see right in this video. All those endless processions, and religious show-time, it's supposed to bring people in with all the mystery and pomp and circumstance but there's no truth to it all. As I was rescued from a false religious system with dead rituals, I pray more Orthodox people are too.
Matt 23:5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments.