The Veneration of Men

On March 9th of 2010, President Barack Obama of the United States of America held a ceremony honoring the Greek Independence Day. Among the guests invited to the White House was Archbishop Demetrios of America of the Greek Orthodox Church. At the very beginning of his speech after being introduced by Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou, Demetrios said the following about Barack Obama: “we are deeply grateful for your kindness and for your commitment to pursue what St.Paul in his letter to the Philippians describes as “whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, and whatever is gracious.” It is exactly in the spirit of these words of St.Paul that we experience this celebration at the White House today.” The passage Demetrios refered to is Phillipians 4:8, NASB. Which first of all is taken completely out of context, but for the sake of the nature of this entry, I will not discuss the context of the passage, but something that really caught my attention, not only from this particular speech but from a pattern salient to the overwhelming praise given to men rather than God, in this case Barack Obama.

What’s my point with this entry? Well, first we must know what the Orthodox Church is. I invite you to please visit the link and read that very interesting piece of knowledge regarding the origins and nature of this church, which in my opinion is nothing more than another face of the Roman Catholic Church. Much like the Roman Catholic system with their so-called “Vicarius Filius Dei” (the vicar/substitute/representative of the Son of God), the Orthodox church has a supreme leader, the bishop of Constantinople is known as “Primus Inter Pares” (the first amongst equals). They share most if not practically all of the false doctrine of Roman Catholicism, and so, it does not surprise me to hear from man-worshippers this veneration of the U.S President, Barack Obama.

One of the points that we must consider when approaching this statement made by Demetrios is Obama’s agenda and rationale. One point of his agenda that he holds to very adamantly is his support for “Planned Parenthood” or in simpler words “Planned Murder” of unborn “American citizens.” He claims to be a Christian (see link), and yet he also supports Ecumenism, which can be translated as follows: “A movement promoting worldwide unity among religions through greater cooperation and improved understanding.”

Many would argue with me that a President of a multi-cultural society cannot alienate himself from the creed held by different individuals that conform the American political culture (the beliefs, attitudes, traditions, etc., of a society that guide the way government makes policy and conducts politics), that he must reach out to all in order to maintain civil order and be “fair” to a humanist, individualist, and materialist society. Well, I have no answer for you other than this: a Christian cannot compromise. Yes, if he is involved in politics then he will engage in secular activities, but that will not gauge his faith. In other words, a Christian will be firm when he must be firm, or die in the process, as bluntly as that, you know that is true, and that is what the apostles suffered merely for holding to the truth of the Bible.

Not only Obama, but many of the U.S presidents have presumed to fetter and enslave God to the “ideals” and thinking of one of the most selfish nations in this world. As a result, the church of Christ in the United States has also been affected severely, more than many would want to admit.

Is Mr.Obama advocating “whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, and whatever is gracious”? Absolutely not. This nation bowed, cheered, wept, revered and venerated the inauguration of the first African-American president of the United States, reaching the point of considering him a “messiah” or a savior. Fooled under the banner of “change” and “Yes we can” (which is the ultimate statement of individualism and hedonism), myriads of people all over the world have flocked to this “savior” that people expect to work miracles for. Certainly he is not advocating those things that Paul urged the persecuted church in Philippi to pursue. Let’s wake up brethren, and be aware of our surroundings, let’s arise and realize how all of these things are attempting to creep in (and many have, unfortunately, already crept in) into the mainstream of church discipline, doctrine, creed, and lifestyle.

We will bow to no man. We will compromise no dot in Scripture. We will bow to one God. We will hold to every single dot in Scripture against this rising tide of rebellion against God manifested through the veneration of men.

“Through your own fault you will lose the inheritance I gave you. I will enslave you to your enemies in a land you do not know, for you have kindled my anger, and it will burn forever.” This is what the LORD says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the LORD. He will be like a bush in the wastelands; he will not see prosperity when it comes. He will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives. “But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” (Jeremiah 17: 4-8).

“I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve.” (Jeremiah 17:10).

“O LORD, the hope of Israel, all who forsake you will be put to shame. Those who turn away from you will be written in the dust because they have forsaken the LORD, the spring of living water” (Jeremiah 17: 13)

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