137) Bogus hierarchy / pyramid system
The Eastern Orthodox religion has a definite fixed hierarchy based on Babylonianism, an unbiblical hierarchy contradicting the command of Jesus "Ye are all brethren" and proving they are the Nicolaitan heresy, that in Greek means "higher than the laity" or "lording it over the laity". Here are some of the people
The Major Orders are Sub-Divided into:
1) The Apostles. (and the fake 70 apostles) or so they claim. As far as I know there are no Apostles in Orthodoxy, with which I agree, but other Protestants believe the ministry of being an Apostle is to be "a planter of churches" but I deny that is the meaning.
2) The so called "Church Fathers" - The Church Fathers, Early Church Fathers, Christian Fathers, or Fathers of the Church were ancient and influential theologians and writers who established the intellectual and doctrinal foundations of Eastern Orthodoxy (there is a different Catholic equivalent).
3) The bishops of the Ecumenical Councils who established their false doctrines and the concept of "The process pf salvation".
Fathers: the word "Patriarch" obviously means "Father" not bishop, and the first two titles in this list do not contain the word "bishop". Only the Titular Head of Orthodoxy, and a Patriarchal Bishop, are given the bishop's title "father" or Patriarch.
Really their top two living ministries are "The Fathers" followed by "The Bishops" linking them in a subtle way with the so called Fathers who established their heresies, along with the various ecumenical councils, and with the people the bible refers to as fathers, people like Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. This fake title of "Patriarch" therefore adds a strong layer of deception to the "laity" who are not alert enough to notice calling yourself or being called a Patriarch does not mean God calls you that.
1) The Titular Head of the Church - The Top Bishop, He is The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople. He is disguised under the oxymoronic title "The First Among Equals". He is in other words the Orthodox Pope, as the Pope also foolishly takes the title for himself of "Head of the Church".
2) Patriarch - He is a bishop who heads the ethnic or ancient church.
3) Archbishop - He is the head of the capital city or the Orthodox country.
4) Metropolitan Bishop - He is the head of a large city or a diocese.
5) Bishop - He oversees a special community of Orthodox church followers or a diocese and possesses complete priesthood. He also proclaims clergy and is selected only from the monastic priests.
6) Assistant Bishop - called Titular, and is not in complete charge of a city.
Priests . Fake Presbyters.
In Eastern Orthodoxy the word priest is synonymous with the bible word "Presbyter" but this is disguised by the fact that after 2,000 years the Eastern Orthodox Church have so completely neglected their responsibilities. they have not produced a new testament in English, even though about one billion people speak English. Instead they put a Protestant translation of the new testament into their bibles, usually the NKJV, where the word "Presbyter" is correctly translated "elder". In other words the entire ministry of priests is a man-made invention, found nowhere in the new testament, the only references to which are a few sparse mentions of an entirely different concept "the priesthood of all believers" (accepted by Protestants) who offer up spiritual sacrifices of prayer and worship to God.
To prove this all the following men are called priests in their ministry, yet supposedly occupy the bible ministry of the word "Presbyter". Of course some attempt must be made to disguise this, so some of them in their (so called) ministry are traditionally older men, elderly-priests, rather than younger ones, and the Eastern Orthodox "laity", indoctrinated from toddlers, buy the lie that presbyters are priests. The ministry is non existent in the new testament, but rather:
"By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all." Hebrews 10:10.
1) Archimandrite - The monastic priests are awarded this title of honour. It was originally meant to be a supervisory abbot selected over and above others , but recently that has become an embarrassment, as Evangelicals begin to analyse their hierarchy, so has been changed more to an honorary title. Usually only the archimandrites are eligible to be later chosen as Bishops.
Russian usage - In 1764 the Russian Orthodox Church changed its monasteries and ranked them in one of three classes, awarding only the abbots at the head of monasteries of the second or first class the title of archimandrite. Abbots of third class monasteries were to be styled "hegumen".
The duties of both a hegumen and an archimandrite are the same; however, during the Divine Service a hegumen wears a simple mantle, while the mantle of an archimandrite is decorated with sacral texts; an archimandrite also wears a mitre and bears a pastoral staff (pateritsa).
The Russian Orthodox Church commonly selects its bishops from the ranks of the archimandrites.
2) Protopriest (Protopresbyter) - meaning "first priest", it is then ridiculously claimed the word priest is equivalent to the word "presbyter" thus protopriest means "first elder" which it clearly does not it means "first priest", do not accept their lies. They are trying to disguise the non existence of the ministry of priests in the new testament.
3) Archpriest - This is again a title of honour given to the non-monastic priests and is placed over many parishes.Distinguished married clergy may receive the title of archpriest. but they cannot become an archimandrite (possible bishop).
4) Priest-monk - also called less commonly an Hieromonk - he can be either a monk who has been ordained to the priesthood or a priest who has received monastic tonsure. When a married priest's wife dies, it is not uncommon for him to become a monk, since the Church forbids clergy to enter into a second marriage after ordination..
5) Priests - (called presbyters by the Orthodox as if the words are synonymous) these are the ordinary Joe priests, 5th rate (as you see from the chart) who manage the sacraments (older men in theory, to disguise that the word Presbyter does not mean a priest, but in reality younger men handle the sacraments.)
Lunatic Fringe ministries :
1) Holy Fools
2) Fake healers.
(list under construction)
1) Protodeacon - a titular honour awarded to non-monastic deacons.
2) Archdeacon - He is a senior deacon in a diocese and is in charge of serving the hierarchical services. Normally he is always with the bishop.
3) Hierodeacon - He is a deacon monk and who has been ordained as a deacon.
4) Deacon - an ordinary Joe deacon, a 4th Class Deacon (as you see from this list) . He is an ordained servant and one who assists the priests to administer the sacraments.
(etc - under construction)
The Minor Orders .
A subdeacon is by definition below a deacon, so it is a matter of semantics as to whether they are a minor kind of deacon, or below deacons altogether.
aids the bishop or the priest in multiple ways but never with the administration of the sacraments. He is not ordained during Divine Liturgy but is allotted other roles like the Reader. The subdeacons can be married and are not enforced by the canon laws. It is totally up to them to maintain celibacy or not.
Ordained by the bishop a reader is asked to read in the religious services of the church and the Divine Liturgy. The role was developed in the earlier days when there was low literacy rates to promote learning.
The people. The sheep and cows to be fleeced and milked of their cash to build the Orthodox Empire. They even bleed them dry in Greece over burying their dead, then buy up the land with the money they defraud the public of. The Laity are the last on the list, treated like servants, slaves or second class human beings in comparison to their priests etc. A class of spiritual surfs over which the above list of fake ministries rule with a cruel hand, for instance the Orthodox say that if a proselyte does not convince them he is enough of an Orthodox clone, they are empowered to refuse him baptism and chrismation, and thus (to them) the born again experience. Anyone stepping out of line can be called anathema after a voodoo "anathema ceremony" has been performed. The final definitive proof that Eastern Orthodoxy, along with the Roman Catholics, as the Nicolaitan heresy. literally translated "Power over the Laity".
It will be probably over complicating this if I actually insert the following list of people recognized in the Eastern Orthodox church.
Chanter or cantor.
Confessor. (of which there are 17 types)
Deaconess. A pious lay woman assisting in the church as a caretaker or
Dean: senior priest or head of the faculty in a theological seminary.
Ecclesia. (the people)
Equal to the Apostles:
Eremite. hermit or recluse or contemplator.
Fool-for-Christ: a saint known for his apparent, yet holy insanity. Rasputin realised that "holy fools" in the Orthodox religion were thought to have direct access to God in order to help people. This was how he had such a devastating impact on Russian history, from a ministry created out of twisting scriptures into "a ministry".
Hermit. (see Anchorite).
Hierarchy. (college of Bishops)
Hieroconfessor: a confessor who is also a clergyman
Hierodeacon. A monk who is also a deacon.
Hieromartyr. A martyr who was a member of the clergy.
Hieromonk. A monk who is also a priest.
Honorifics: given as a mark of respect but having few or no duties:
Hosiomartyr. see righteous martyr.
Igumen. Archimandrites name in the Slavic traditions,
Koumbaros. (best man)
Lampadarios, also Lambadarios.
Martyr. one who has died for the faith. see also:
Great-Martyr. Hieromartyr. New-Martyr. Righteous Martyr. Venerable-martyr. Virgin-martyr:
Merciful: one known for charitable work, especially toward the poor.
Miracle-worker saint, Thaumatourgos.
Myrrhbearers: the first witnesses of the Resurrection of Jesus.
Myrrh-streaming: the relics of the saint exude holy and sweet-smelling (and often miraculous) oil
Neophyte. A newly baptized individual or convert of the early Church.
Nounos. (see godparents).
Novice. An individual who accepted the monastic life, undergoing a period of probation in preparation for taking his vows.
Passion-bearer: one who faced his death in a Christ-like manner
Patriarchs. first 5
The People: Ecclesia. Laity.
Pillarist. see Stylite.
Pope of Rome:
Prelate. (specifically a bishop of an autonomous church?)
Presbyter. (Greek = elders) - 3 essential types? types. Bishops, Priests, Deacons.
Presvytera. priest wife.
Presbytide, Greek: πρεσβύτιδε, is a term that was used in the earlier Church for which the meaning has been lost, but may have been related to the functions performed by a deaconess.
Presbytides appear as the subject of Canon XI issued by the Synod of Laodicea in Phrygia Pacatiana of c. 365 that reads, Presbytides, as they are called, or female presidents, are not to be appointed in the Church. As a description for the functions of
Presbytides has not survived the era of the synod, the meaning and intent of the canon have been the subject of many interpretations and controversy ever since.
Priests: (called "Reverend" or "father")
(Greek - Presbyter) The second of the major orders. A priest may give blessings, hear Confessions, and preside over the Divine Liturgy (q.v.) or any other service, except for Ordinations or the Consecration of Holy Chrism. In the Orthodox Church a married man may be ordained a priest, but a priest may not marry following ordination.
Primus inter pares: The first among heretics. Mr Big. The Top Pharisees.
(called: "Your All-Holiness" or "His All-Holiness")
1) Prophet: an Old Testament saint who anticipated Christ.
2) Prophet mentioned in the new testament.
3) One of the many false prophets of Orthodoxy, ancient.
4) One of the many false prophets of Orthodoxy, modern.
1) St Stephen - the first ever martyr.
2) the first true Christian martyr in a given region.
3) The first martyr accused of being in Orthodoxy.
4) the first martyr in a given region accused of being in Orthodoxy.
Protopresbyter: (honorary title)
Pyramid System. The bogus man made hierarchy of Eastern Orthodoxy
Right-believing: an epithet used for sainted secular rulers who were wrong believing because they were deceived by Orthodoxy.
1) An Old Testament Saint.
2) A monastic saint.
3) A saint who does not fall into the category of martyr, apostle, prophet, etc.
4) married saints of the New Covenant
Righteous Martyr. (Hosiomartyr): A monastic martyr.
Starets / startsy (Russian: стáрец, IPA: [ˈstarʲɪt͡s]; fem. стáрица) - is an elder of a Russian Orthodox monastery who functions as venerated adviser and teacher. Elders or spiritual fathers are charismatic spiritual leaders whose wisdom stems from God as obtained from ascetic experience. It is believed that through ascetic struggle, prayer and Hesychasm (seclusion or withdrawal), the Holy Spirit (supposedly) bestows special gifts onto the elder including the ability to heal, prophesy, and most importantly, give effective spiritual guidance and direction. Elders are looked upon as being an inspiration to believers and an example of saintly virtue, steadfast faith, and spiritual peace. This person is often referred to as one's "spiritual father".
A spiritual adviser, often a monk or religious hermit, in the Eastern Orthodox Church. Some claim to give prophecy, but this seldom seems to affect their title as far as I know.
Spiritual guide. the person whom one confesses sins before on a regular basis, usually a priest or a starets.
Stylite. an ascetic living on top of a pillar, especially in ancient or medieval Syria, Turkey, and Greece in the 5th century ad .
e.g. Saint Daniel the Stylite (c. 409 – 493), Saint Simeon Stylites or Symeon the Stylite.
Suffragan bishop. see auxilliary bishop.
Thaumatourgos. "miracle-worker saint"
Unmercenary Healer: a saint who used the power of God to heal maladies and injuries without charge. Why add the prefix? Were or are some charging money for bogus healings?
Venerable: a monastic saint.
Venerable-martyr: a martyred monastic.
Vicar bishop. see auxilliary bishop.
Virgin-martyr: an unmarried, non-monastic, chaste female martyr.
Wonder-worker: a saint renowned for performing miracles.
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