Orthodoxy has a “Pope”, too: the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, “first among equal (bishops)”, who by that claim “represents” three hundred million Orthodox Christians (not me!) and who affirms the new-Catholic robbers’ Vatican II council, and who is heretical in other ways. He believes, for example, “God is but one, independently of the name we give him: Allah or Yahweh and so on. … “.
How similar is that to the recent musings of another heretical “Pope”, Pope Francis?, who taught in a recent homily, “The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! ‘Father, the atheists?’ Even the atheists. Everyone!”
The ecumenists are uniting to produce a world religion: one in which the Christian claim to uniqueness is dissolved. It is a new religion in which the faith and teaching of Jesus Christ is so dis-assembled and re-arranged as to be obliterated, but the name Christianity is retained.
Below is the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew on the Charlie Rose show:
The above interview is presented in youtube in six parts.
Part IV (at 7:36):
Bartholomew: “We have the same heavenly father, whatever we call him. …”
Rose (interrupting): “We of all religions have the same heavenly father.”
Bartholomew: “Of course God is but one, independently of the name we give him: Allah or Yahweh and so on. God is one; and we are his children … .”
So Bartholomew believes that Allah refers to the same God that Yahweh does. Nevermind that Allah is vehemently defended by his adherents as not being triune and Yahweh is rigorously upheld as being triune. Nevermind that adherents of Allah are taught in his name to require a type of conversion at the point of the sword suitable to the subjugation of dumb beasts; whereas the adherents of Yahweh are called upon to offer a voluntary conversion by the appeal of love to a free and rational mind.
These are the same God? No, they are not; and the same logical exercise can be applied to the various deities of the major religions around the world. There are many spirit entities that claim deity (See Acts 17:23 where Paul did not offer the Athenians any of their gods, but passing them all by explained that he was preaching another God). Is each of the gods of the Athenians God? Great is Diana of the Athenians? No. There is only one that truly is God. What Bartholomew, would say if he were not a heretic, is, “Allah is an imposter,” and an evil angelic entity masquerading as righteous and good. (Those doubting this, can review the remarkable parallels between the Christian antichrist and the Islamic messiah here.) Here is Isaiah (Chapter 44):
Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I [am] the first, and I [am] the last; and beside me [there is] no God.
And who, as I, shall call, and shall declare it, and set it in order for me, since I appointed the ancient people? and the things that are coming, and shall come, let them shew unto them.
… Is there a God beside me? yea, [there is] no God; I know not [any].
They that make a graven image [are] all of them vanity; … they [are] their own witnesses; they see not, nor know; that they may be ashamed.
Who hath formed a god, or molten a graven image [that] is profitable for nothing? Behold, all his fellows shall be ashamed …
Does that sound like the Ecumenical Patriarch? No, it does not.
When we contemplate calling out the greats of the world – the leaders of the vast majority of “christians” – and contemplate declaring them heretical while we are in a very small minority that would say so; we are reminded of a snippet from the life of Saint Stephen the New (715-764 A.D.).
Kopronymos (the emperor) thereupon assembled all the heresiarchs (heretical hierarchs) and proponents of Iconoclasm … . They were dispatched by the emperor and the patriarch in order to debate with the holy man; peradventure, it was thought, they might succeed in overcoming Stephen and bringing him to their ungodly and foul heresy which as stained with blood.
When they arrived at the Monastery of Philippikos, the saint (Stephen) needed assistance to be brought out before them, since, being fettered in heavy irons, he was unable to walk on his own. Bishop Theodosios of Ephesus asked him, “Why, O man of God, dost thou pervert the people, calling all of us heretics and saying that thou alone art Orthodox? Dost thou consider thyself better than the emporer, the partriarchs, the bishops, and all the christians? Dost thou think we wish to suffer everlasting punishment?” The saint, with a meek and calm voice, answered, “Thou knowest, dost thou not, what the Prophet Elias said to Ahab? ‘I do not pervert Israel; but it is thou and they father’s house [3 Kgs. (1Kgs.) 18:18].’ thus I also say to thee that I do not pervert the people, but you who have left the early tradition of the fathers and make your own new doctrines which are unsound and fallacious. For this reason the saying of the prophet fits you, ‘the kings of the earth were aroused, and the rulers were assembled together, against the Lord, and against his Christ [Ps. 2:2].’ Thou art hirelings and traitors of the flock. You have meditated empty things [Ps. 2:1].” … ” (The Great Synaxaristes of the Orthodox Church, November. Dormition Skete, Buena Vista, CO; 2002. p.985)
Really, if we think we are in the end times, we should not be surprised. The Christian scripture teaches that Jesus Christ will not return until a time when the Church is in great apostasy. Still, rejecting the World Church, and taking the side of a tiny minority gives one pause when viewed from inside contemporary events. It is a difficult position to take. Hopefully, the evidence put forward above strengthens the resolve.