The Orthodox Church in America

           a Puppet of Russia.

Post-reconciliation schism:

Critics of the reunification argue that "the hierarchy in Moscow still has not properly addressed the issue of KGB infiltration of the church hierarchy during the Soviet period."

( so.... you are potentially confessing

your sins to the KGB / FSB or FSS in America,

as Russian rules over the USA church jurisdiction in Orthodoxy!!)

Founded in 1794 — Granted Autocephaly in 1970 by Russia  -  denied autocephaly by the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

see Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia [c]

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47) The meaning of the Greek word

         for "Grace" changed.

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​47) the meaning of the Greek word for GRACE changed :

Protestant - Grace = unmerited favour (Eph 2:6-9 & Romans 11:6) as proven in a rock solid way in scripture. The very word proves Orthodox salvation false.

Orthodox - Grace = the salvific energies of God, which supposedly just happened to be transmitted to mankind through priestcraft via their priests in communion, baptism, chrismation, etc. ( salvation )

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47) Changing the meaning of the Greek expressions "believe on" and "believe in" - this means in Greek "to trust in" or "rely on" Jesus for salvation, obviously this is changed by Orthodoxy, just as the word grace is changed. 

( salvation ) 

GRACE DEFINITIONS:

In the Protestant Faith Jesus Jesus leaves the 99 sheep to rescue the lost sheep by picking him up on his shoulders, in Orthodoxy and Catholicism he gives the sheep a leg up.

PROTESTANTISM;

1) Grace - unmerited favour, as described in Ephesians 2:8-9, and Romans 11:6. Making salvation a gift.

ORTHODOX:

1) Grace is the uncreated energies of God . This can be received through priestcraft or so called "noetic prayer" or perfect prayer, etc. The Orthodox definition therefore an entirely bizarre definition.

CATHOLIC:

The Roman Catholics have a much more sophisticated way of changing the meaning of the word "grace" by half truths. Catholics say there are 2 types of grace, as described in their Parish Catechism:

If you took your parish’s catechism , Sanctifying grace, and actual grace.

 

1) Sanctifying grace stays in the soul. It’s what makes the soul holy; it gives the soul supernatural life. More properly, it is supernatural life.

2) Actual grace, by contrast, is a supernatural push or encouragement. It’s transient. It doesn’t live in the soul, but acts on the soul from the outside, so to speak. It prompts you. It gets the will and intellect moving so we can seek out and keep sanctifying grace.

3) They then cunningly group these two false definitions of grace together under one umbrella term "grace is a supernatural gift" , when they are really describing a combined dual concept of "helping hands toward salvation" not the gift of salvation itself, it is to them "a two part supernatural gift of a leg up toward salvation" not the gift of salvation in Christ alone. 

what catholics are really saying is this:

 

1) God draws all men by an act of grace (true, but the Catholics say God the Father is drawing men toward a process of salvation that involves works, and acts of priestcraft like the mass, infant baptism, confession, rites, rituals, and incantations.)

 

2) God gives the grace to be regenerated (true, but this happens simply by belief, in Catholic doctrine God imparts this gift to babies who go through the rites, rituals and incantations of priests. To complicate this when a proselyte joins Catholicism he/she is supposedly then regenerated (born again) but only through acts of sacerdotalism. The underlying heresy here is that in John 3:5 the water is baptism, but if you read chapter 4 it is a clear second metaphorical reference to the Holy Spirit. Notice here false Catholic grace is tied to priestcraft. You cannot be born again and go to the kingdom without priests.

3) God then helps you to maintain your salvation in a process of salvation.  (false, salvation is entirely a gift accepted by the believer. In Catholic doctrine God is "giving you a leg up toward salvation".)

Why Catholics change the bible.

It says in Romans 11: 6 .

"And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work." KJV.

but the Catholic bible only says:

"And if by grace, it is not now by works: otherwise grace is no more grace." Douay.

 

Amazing! They change the bible!

The bible verse Romans 11:6 so explicitly proves (along with Eph 2:8-9) that grace is the unmerited favour of God and cannot involve works, the Roman Catholics remove half of the verse completely from the bible! (see the Douay version for instance). Then the Douay version adds this footnote, proving Catholic definition "grace is a supernatural gift" means a gift helping you out not saving you:

quote:

"[6] "It is not now by works": If salvation were to come by works, done by nature, without faith and grace, salvation would not be a grace or favour, but a debt; but such dead works are indeed of no value in the sight of God towards salvation. It is not the same with regard to works done with, and by, God's grace; for to such works as these, he has promised eternal salvation." Douay bible footnote to Rom 11:6. 

see this link proving this.....

http://drbo.org/chapter/52011.htm

Catholic grace It is a bit like a person saying "being a vegetarian" is when God gives you vegetables and you eat meat, because "vegetarian" in reality means eating vegetables and meat. Grace to them is God giving you a leg up, along with several priests, and you climbing over a wall into Paradise.

 

The same thing applies to not throwing away your salvation. Because you can throw away salvation, does not mean you are earning it by not discarding it. when not throwing away salvation is entirely different from earning it. If a millionaire gives two people a gold bar in an act of grace, and one keeps it and the other person throws it away into the mud, it does not mean the one who kept it earned it, he simply never threw it away.

Oxford English Dictionary:

definition of grace

grace |greɪs|

noun [ mass noun ]

1 smoothness and elegance of movement: she moved through the water with effortless grace.

2 courteous good will: he had the good grace to apologize to her afterwards.

• (graces) an attractively polite manner of behaving: she has all the social graces.

 

3 (in Christian belief) the free and unmerited favour of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.

• [ count noun ] a divinely given talent or blessing. the scheme has proved to be a great grace for the Church.

• the condition or fact of being favoured by someone: he fell from grace with the tabloids after he was sent off for swearing.

 

4 a period officially allowed for payment of a sum due or for compliance with a law or condition, especially an extended period granted as a special favour: we'll give them 30 days' grace and then we'll be doing checks. [ as modifier ] : a two-month grace period.

5 a short prayer of thanks said before or after a meal.

6 (His, Her, or YourGrace) used as forms of description or address for a duke, duchess, or archbishop: His Grace, the Duke of Atholl.

7 (the Graces or the Three Graces)(in Greek mythology) three beautiful goddesses (Aglaia, Thalia, and Euphrosyne) believed to personify and bestow charm, grace, and beauty.

It seems that the Catholics are grieved that whereas the OED follows their (ironically) heretical definition of heresy, that is that heresy is the contradiction of what amounts to the most numerically commonly held doctrines, not contradiction of new covenant law,  it emphasizes the Protestant and Evangelical definition of grace. If the OED was written more expansively it might read

3 (in Christian belief) the free and unmerited favour of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.

(In Catholic theology) a divinely given blessing contributing toward salvation. 

(In Eastern Orthodox theology) the uncreated energia of God.

• the condition or fact of being favoured by someone: he fell from grace with the tabloids after he was sent off for swearing.

However it rightly states the Protestant / Evangelical  definition of grace is quote "Christian", and as there is only one gospel that would leave the Catholic definition wrong unless you believe in the ecumenical idea of two gospels saving.

A HIDDEN HERESY?

on a tangent from this - I think I may be discovering that the Eastern Orthodox theologists, bishops, priests and their Titular Head over the centuries have struggled with the concept of God Almighty commanding into existence from nothing that which is seen. They seem to hint very often at the heresy that they believe the universe is made out of "God matter" just like the Mormons, and it is linked and betrayed by the concept of "energies of God". I am pursuing this topic......

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