Gates of the Heretics

Why Heretics: Time to Change Names

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Therefore will I number you to the sword, and ye shall all bow down to the slaughter: because when I called, ye did not answer; when I spake, ye did not hear; but did evil before mine eyes, and did choose that wherein I delighted not.

Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, my servants shall eat, but ye shall be hungry: behold, my servants shall drink, but ye shall be thirsty: behold, my servants shall rejoice, but ye shall be ashamed:

Behold, my servants shall sing for joy of heart, but ye shall cry for sorrow of heart, and shall howl for vexation of spirit.

And ye shall leave your name for a curse unto my chosen: for the Lord GOD shall slay thee, and call his servants by another name:

That he who blesseth himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he that sweareth in the earth shall swear by the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from mine eyes.

For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.

Isaiah, 65:12-17

"Another" - Hebrew 'AHER', Greek 'HAIRETIKOS', English 'HERETIC'


The word 'heretic' is obviously' quite unlucky. Originally it bore no negative meaning and meant simply 'other', 'different'. Academic Strong lexicon of Bible Hebrew and Greek defined 'hairesis' - 'a herecy' as:

139 hairesis {hah'-ee-res-is}, from "haireomai" (to choose) - 1) act of taking, capture: e.g. storming a city; 2) choosing, choice; 3) that which is chosen; 4) a body of men following their own tenets (sect or party); 5) dissensions arising from diversity of opinions and aims

The first party whom the Scripture named heretics were… Christians themselves. (Acts 24:14). Subsequently Apostle Paul wrote ‘For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.’ (Cor 1 11:19), using the word ‘heresies’ in a complimentary sense. On the two occasions (Galatians and Second Petri) when the apostles used ‘hasiresis’ as a substitute for false teaching, they specified it. In general, the use of this word was not pejorative.

Yet, beginning from the first centuries AD, it was also started being used to mean schismatics that denied obvious truths about Christ. It did not took long for the secondary meaning of this word to become predominant, gain more and more ominous connotations and finally come to mean ‘foe’. Further, the Western Church extended the term to mean all dissenters – and since the theology kept growing, the ranks of the heretics were ever-expanding. Closer to the Modern Ages the secular rulers realized that the label of a ‘heretic’ is also an excellent way of dealing with the political opponents who can barely recite the Lord’s Prayer. Such was, for example, the fall of the Knights Templars, whose treasures were envied by Philip the Handsome), and the term was finally completely devalued. Furthermore, in our days pagans of all kinds flaunt this phrase, happy to be able to shock the public and church opinion. By our days the original meaning of the word has been long forgotten.

One more thing was forgotten too. One can only be ‘different’ only relative to something else. In the years of the debates about Christ the ‘heretics’ – Arians, Nestorians, Monophysits et al. were, in fact, revisionists of the evangelical truths. But in our days the situation has fundamentally changed –revisionism now more and more often comes from the top of the denominations. The shepherds’s staff in the hands of the archpastors that speak on behalf of the churches at a close inspection very frequently turns out to be a rolled-up wolf hide.

Christian churches in many countries started turning into the hostages of the public opinion – possibly the most sinister of all tyrants. The desire to keep up with the times gradually leads to creeping apostasy. The moderator of the United Church of Canada denied resurrection of Christ with the full support of his Synod, a Finnish priest called God ‘an abstract idea’, and Anglicans decided to remove from Lord’s Prayer the word ‘temptation’ as contradictory to contemporary attitudes. Finally, ecumenical congresses manage to pass resolution that contain not a single reference to ‘God’ and have instead some abstract euphemisms called to not offend anyone. Without noticing it, Liberals keep slipping on the Sadducean road of compromises and simplifications that ends with apostasy.

A counter-reaction to it was an outburst of Fundamentalism that in a most Pharisaical fashion centered itself on opposition to all things modern and on scrupulous following of the commandments that were twisted in a way rejecting all modern novelties without discrimination. Following the commandment is nothing if the heart is silent, but Fundamentalists have readily forgotten about this. The Pharisaity made a principle soon bore fruit: Fundamentalist groups started turning into the breeders of hate and racism. Vocal abortion fighters keep silence when the leaders of their countries send people to death in stupid wars. Leader of Religious Right in the U.S. expatiates about the Jewish-Masonic conspiracy with the silent approval of his flock, Catholicism became obsessed with the issue of contraception, and the Russian Orthodox church is almost officially assigned a subordinate role in the ideology of state nationalism. Is it an accident that a seemingly God-fearing teenager from a quite town in the Bible Belt turned out to be an clandestine Satanist and shot dead his unarmed classmates? No, because where hypocrisy flourishes, Love dies.

And while modern Sadducean Liberals and modern Pharisaic Fundamentalists clashed in a mortal fight, the society readily falls into the arms of occultists and neo-pagans. The concoct of superstitions known as the ‘New Age’ – a melting pot of simplified for international use oriental religions, mystified ecological crazes, bits of mythologies worldwide from Celts to Navajo, science-flavored tales from spiritism to ‘cosmic energy’ and what-not – has creatively redesigned his precursors’ achievements in exploiting the overseas exotic ideas, keeps on living and does not plan to perish from lack of attention any time soon. Desperate for bizarre inhabitants of the modern world are readily to believe any quack merchandise, but dash away from Christianity like from hot iron, fearing to hear a mocking phrase from their firends: ‘Such an educated person – and believes in God!’

This situation owes a lot to the contemporary culture in whole that quietly ostracizes sincerity and independent opinion, and holds not being up with the current fashion for the gravest sin (is it an accident that one of the prime synonyms for ‘fashion’ is ‘conformity’?). Standing out of the crowd is a taboo.

But those who call themselves Christian but keep talking less about ‘Christ’ or ‘God’ than about ‘family values’, ‘minority rights’, ‘dignity of the state’ or ‘progress’are no less to blame for the state of affairs. Renounce this rhetorics – and any of these groups will shoot to kill immediately. Renounce their views – and be branded a heretic.

But why should Christian care for the opinion of the people? The faithful fears only to fall in the eyes of the God. In the days when the yardstick of faith is apostasy, one can remain loyal to Lord only by becoming a heretic.

Should we then fear to be called a heretic in our days? Yes, it is difficult to keep faith in our days – but had it been any different before? Look back, and you will see that those labeled heretics have glorious allies! All prophets of the Bible were called heretics in their lifetime. Jews called Christians heretics. On various occasions princes of the Church and secular rulers branded heretics Francis of Assisi, Inigo Loyola, Gregory Palama, Sergi of Radonezh, Seraphim of Sarova, Meister Eckhardt and many others – not for being apostates but for doing and speaking things unheard of in their days. It should certainly not surprise that Talmud called Christ himself a heretic:

‘Said Rabbi Ula: Had he been a rebel, then (reasons) for defence can be sought, but he instigated (a herecy), and Torah says ‘Do not excuse him or have mercy upon him.’ Jesus is a different matter…’ (Sanh., 43a)

Arians and Pelagians of the days past are a minority in this company. Furthermore, a lot of their misleading postulates contemporary theologians rise back on their banners (for example, the so-called charismatic revival of the last decades is nothing but a slightly renovated Montanism of 3-6 cent. AD). A heretic is no longer a disgraceful seal but a sign of distinction.

So we redefine the word ‘heretic’. A heretic is the one who is jealous about God and is prepared to challenge both the apostacy disguised as sanctimony and hypocirisy that pose as true faith, and the secret and open paganism thast the society tolerates or welcomes.

The webmaster of this site who speaks under the pen-name 'Heresiarch', dedicates it to the apology of Christianity as commanded by Lord. This site is an experimental project attempting to put forth the confession of the present-day herecy. A herecy that equally rejects the New Age from Pisces to Ram and from Rat to Pig, the attempts to throw God out of the Church, make is all-inclusive and undiscriminating, or ill desires to replace Love with hate, universality with racism and nationalism and sincerity with formalism. The herecy that is centered only on God Which is always the same.

God has another name for those who stand by Him in the hour of infidelity and lies. This name is HERETICS.

Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes? Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder. (Matthew 21:42-45)

 

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