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No Other Gospel | Galaitians 1


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Now available at Patristic, Niter, DadOrg, patristic nectar publications is pleased to present a four part lectureseries by father, Josiah Trinum, entitled Male and Female Reflections Ontransgender ISM. These lectures directly address this latest iterationof the sexual revolution and the sexual anarchy unlease by a cultural rejectionof the Christian theological foundations of creation, anthropologysexuality and the traditional therapeutic paths of the church. Theselectures explain why Christians cannot reasonably avoid studying transgenderideology in today's cultural climate, how this new world view on sexualityfinds itself deficient in explaining and healing our fall in human conditionand how love must compel believers to open their arms to persons seeking gonefrom a transgendered background for these and other available titles.Please visit our website a patristic, nectar, donard and now the arena with Father JosiahTrenta, the name of the father and of the sonand of the Holy Spirit, a blessed Lord say to all of you,brothers and sisters. I've entitled My Gospel To Day No other Gospel, myhomily rather no other Gospel. It comes from the epistle lesson on which I wishto preach, which is found in Saint Paul's first chapter to the Galatians.This is one of his earliest texts. Maybe First Esalan was written beforeit we're not exactly sure, but this is early Paul and this first chapter isabsolutely marvellous. The context is that the Galatian churchis being led away from their fidelity to Christ. They started well, but through theinfluence of false teachers in the church, these false apostles, who are trying to convince them that,in order to be Christians, if you're going to accept the Pagans, if you'regoing to accept the gentiles like us, the gentiles have to become Jews firstand then Christians. They have to be circumcised, they have to follow Mosesand then they can become Christians too. This is the context, of course, whichis exactly not the freedom that Christ came to give togive to us and Paul said something very shocking just before the epistles onthis morning that you heard just in the verses preceding this Paul says. Ifanyone preaches to you a gospel other than that which I preach to you, lethim be accursed yea. I say to you: If any one preaches,even an angel from Heaven Preaches to a Gospel other than that which you havebeen hearing from me. Let him be a curse. Can you imagine this is thebackground. This is the context for what's going on for why you heard Pauljust now explain the nature of his call as an apostle, the fact that he didn'tget his message from men. His message came directly from Jesusbreaking into his life in the most drastic way. When he was inflamedagainst the Church, he was persecuting us. He was having our people arrested, breaking upour prayer services, hauling us off, and then he met Christ. This is the background. Don't have the idea that is common, that the early Church- Oh, if only welived, then when things were so good. If only we live, then when...

...the church was so strong and the riverwas so pure, evidently not evidently not. Of course, it would have been a thrillto be living in the early community to know the apostles. Can you imaginehaving Saint Paul's your pastor, wow I've told you the story of some of mypilgrimage stories of visiting churches that were founded by Saint Paul thatare still here two thousand years later and how zealously his his memory iskept alive by our brothers and sisters in those parts of the world that Paulliterally founded their churches. But no, the church, as our saviour hastold us, is always been a mixed bag, and we can thank God for that as muchas we hate false teaching as much as we hate heresy were glad that the churchdoesn't demand perfection from members or none of us would be inside thechurch right now, we'd be out there begging to be let in false gospels have to be very carefullyavoided. You have to be very careful, dear ones, who you listen to, whatvoices you let into your head, who you let mould your deepestconvictions of faith. You have to be very careful from the beginning untilto day, I might even say that we AmericanOrthodox, have to be especially careful because this land is a land ofreligious invention. Some of you may remember the seriesthat I gave on American holiness some years ago. I don't know eight orten years ago, probably no. We went through the American Saints Oneby one, but we also went through unique American religious movements. I used a fascinating text by a scholarnamed Paul conking and he he wrote a text called the American originals andwhat he means are the religions that were literally made up in America. They are almost innumerable. We studied the humanistic forms ofChristianity like unitarianism and universalism American creations.Apocalyptic Christianity, like the seventh, a advent is movement and theJehovah's Witnesses both mid nineteen century inventions, GNOSTIC forms ofChristianity, like Christian Science, estatic forms like traditionalpentecostal ISM. We spend a lot of time studyingmormonism and I shared stories with you of my interactions with the Mormons avery uniquely American religion, the I had the the honor one time beinginvited by the head of the Religion Department atB Y. U it's a very, very large department over thirty full time, faculty members and I was asked to come in to lectureon Orthodox Christianity in Mormonism, especially on the subject of fesis andwhat it means. What's De what the Orthodox teaching on Deification was,and while I was there, I had the opportunity I found out later that itwas a coveted. If I had been a Mormon, I would have been really excited. I hadthe opportunity to go to something they called Temple Square to go to thebuilding that they, the Mormons built for their Holy Apostles. They actuallybelieve that the twelve apostles are a continuous office and that the twelveapostles are alive to day in their latest iteration, and I got go to go meet with number three. I guess he wasn't Peterand Paul. He was the next one. I don't know, maybe John...

James. Maybe it's a very gracious man he's sincereposed his name was l Tom Perry, Holy Apostle, Perry and I sat in his office for an hour andwe talked about Orthodoxy and his background in his history, and he toldme you know father. This is all I'm asking for. He said I know about OrthodoxChristianity, and I know about Roman CatholicChristianity, and I know about Protestant Christianity. All I'm askingis that you accept Mormon Christianity. I was nice. I was nice but clear clear that there is no such thing. Don't listen to made up religion dearonce, especially to false gospels that you don't see thechurch upholding and teaching and confessing carge your ears from suchthings and help people who are twisted up in these made up. Religions helppeople to find the faith once deliberate to the saints help them tofind the gospel that offers true freedom that actually produces andhasn't been turned through. The Free Market of American religion into just anew self improvement program for the soul. Paul showed that what he was preachingwasn't from men. He describes his conversion many placesin his letters. Saint Luke three times in the act, gives long extendedaccounts of Paul discatd describing his conversion. It was exceedinglyimportant to know that when you hear Paul, you hear Christ that what Paulsays he got directly from a revelation of Jesus Christ. This is what Paul saysin to day's Gospel. He describes his conversion. Rememberthat it took place drastically while he was going on a persecution mission. He was on the road to Damascus, becausea lot of believers had gathered there and he was going to capture us. He wasgoing to arrest us and to throw us in prison to beat some more up just likehe supported the murder of Stephen Sitting there holding the coats of hismurderers on his way there. The Lord Jesusintervened in his great love for man and his great love for the world,because Paul would become. Jesus is agent to bring the Gospel to the wholeworld. Jesus intervened in Paul's life andthough it was noon and though the sun was at its full strength, something much brighter than the sunappeared in the sky. The Glory of Christ and Paul was blinded. He fell to the ground and he heardthose words from Marseveen. Why are you persecuting me and Paul repented? You know that spot is marked andhonored by the Church and has been since that time. We have a beautiful church on the veryspot that Saint Paul was knocked off his horse, we've never forgotten, andwe never will there's a beautiful new, magnificentstatue that the Russians gave to the Syrian church. Our Patriarch received it and put itthere right on outside. In that you would you walk out the doors of thismagnificent Church temple and there is this marvellous statue of Paul havingfallen off his horse having met Christ, he was brought by the Bishop ofDamascus and Annius into the...

Baptismal Font and we have a churchthere built over the place where Paul was baptized and Damascus at the handsof Saint anone. You heard him refer to his time inDamascus, which he would tell more about laterns in his writings how, in his early ministry, hewas doing so much work in Damascus that the governor tried to murder him and he had to literally be let out of awindow in a basket down the ancient demising wall, so he could escape. Wehave a church there, literally in the wall. The ancient wall meets the main freewayin Damascus, which I would not recommend driving on Syrians, do not believe in lanes. They have stripes, but they don'tfollow them. Four lanes, eight cars. Yes, but yes, just as you drive by you canlook up and you can see the church build right into the demising wall. We love him. We've wrapped our lives around the HolyApostle fall. You have the opportunity every time youcome into the church to kiss his feet. We priest in deacons in the holy place,look at his feet because he's just there receiving the gifts from Christ. Hands on theeastern wall. Pall means a lot to us. Dear ones, he'sthe one. You should open your ears to he's the one you should build your lifearound his teaching. If you listened carefully to theepistle lesson just now, you would have heard him say some very unique language. He described his calling in languagethat would have made his listeners immediately. Think of the Prophet Eliasand of the Prophet Jeremiah Paul said that Christ appeared to him when he wasquote extremely zealous for my ancestral traditions. That should makeyou think of some one else. who was some other great prophet, who describedhimself to God as being extremely zealous the Holy Prophet Elias on Mount Carmel. He showed his great zeal exhausted by the constant harassmentand persecution he was receiving. He pleaded to God. He said Lord. I havebeen extremely zealous for you and on the only one left, they'vekilled all the profits. This is the language Paul uses to describe his owncalling. Then he says these words that crist appeared to me. Having set me apart from my mother'swomb, that should make you think of Jeremiahchapter one one. He describes his own calling as a prophet as being set apartby God from his mother's womb. Paul saying: Look I didn't make this UPI.I've been called as an apostle, just like the prophet Jeremi was just likethe Prophet Elias was. This is the word of the Lord given to me. I know so many of you love Saint Paul. You know my dear Saint John, Cris Astonloved him more than any one's ever loved him, and that's not just my opinion. That'sthe opinion of most patrologia and church history. There's a beautiful description, Paulwrote, put Rod tongs out. Saint Pluton rather wrote tons of things about Paulall the time he would write in his commentaries on on Paul's letters. Hewould write things about Paul's personality about Paul's convictionabout pulse sacrifice about his idyllic virtue, but he devoted an entire sevensermons. Just to the praise of Paul they're entitled on the praise of Paul...

...and in those seven sermons, hedescribes how important Paul is to the faith, the Great Roman Catholic Patrologia ofthe twentieth century, Johannes Guasto. He writes a littledescription of Saint John, cris Osten's homilies. I want to read it to aboutPaul and the praise of Paul. He says: CHRYSIS EM delivered a great number ofpanegyrics on the saints of the Old Testament like job and Eliezer, and themaccabees and their mother, and on also some martyrs like Romanos Julian Barlan,Palaea, Bernice Prostki, and on martyrs in general. Of special interest are hisencomiums on the holy bishops of Antioch, Ignacios, Babili, Philipon usof Statius and Meletius, and also that on his own teacher Deodor of Tarsus,which was delivered in three ninety two in the latter's presence. But none ofhis encomia has won a greater reputation than his seven hall ofhomilies and Prase of Paul, in which he gives enthusiastic expression to hisunbounded. Admiration of the apostle of the gentiles, the Niana of Salida, who translatedthese into Latin between four fifteen and four nineteen, says that the GreatApostle is not only portrayed but in a certain sense awakened from the dead sothat he becomes once more a living pattern of Christian perfection in theopening panegyric. Chris Istam praises Paul as the synthesis of all virtuesand compares him to the Great Figures of the Old Testament from able to Johnthe Baptist only to conclude that he surpasses each in his peculiarexcellence in the second homily. He demonstrates that Saint Paul has shownby his example to what extraordinary height frail human nature can rise. The third Pomlakrai the obstacles whichthe apostle overcame by his boundless courage and his inexhaustible charity.The fourth homily deals with his conversion on the road to Damascus.Chris System Compares Paul's reaction to God's calling with that of the Jewsas a people who have remained obdurate in their unbelief, though they havewitnessed many miracles. The fifth homily describes the apostles frailtiesover which he triumphed so gloriously, and the sixth discusses his fear ofdeath, in which apparently, some had seen the defect. Chris esten explainsthat symptoms of physical aversion do not dim the lustre of true courage. Theresolution of the soul is what counts and the last panegyric contract thestandard bearer of an ordinary army with Saint Paul, The Standard Bearer ofthe crucified Lord and the heaven the King, who carried the cross emblazonedon his banner throughout the entire world. These are the thoughts of Saint Jon, Cras, SasTam on Saint Paul and how wonderful he is and how important is he is in asmuch brothers and sisters as we don't listen to false gospels. We are absolutely devoted to the GreatApostle Paul when we hear his words read we open ourhearts to them. When we look at his life, we adore it. We imitate it. We praise him. You know he says something at the endof the epistle. That's marvellous epistole sent today. It's verymysterious comment and there isn't a lot of explanation ofwhat it means, but he says that after he saw Christ and after he was baptized, he laughed everything he knew. He went away for three years intoArabia and then he returned and to catch thatat the end of the epistle he went away into Arabia for three years and then hereturned. He doesn't say what he did in Arabia. What do you do...

...after you meet Christ on the road toDamascus? What do you do when your whole life is turned upside down, when everything that you've been doingeverything you've been invested in you found out was erroneous. It was upsidedown because of your improper opinion ofJesus. It skewed everything. What do you do? Well Paul says you leavesociety, you go away into Arabia for three years.I think he did three things. I think he did. Three things in Arabia. First is a is a suggestion based upon theProphet of Lias Reference, what the profit alien do when his own world wasupside down, he went to Arabia. The exact same place.Paul was going to to the Arabian trompet province. This is just southand east of Damascus and it includes at its southernextremity, Mount Sinai, which is where the Prophet Elias went.He went to be with God. He went to escape the chaos of those who wereseeking his life and trying to kill him Paul, I think, went to be with God. He loved God, He loved God when he was persecuting us.What he was doing he said was in ignorance, which is why God toleratedit. It was doing it in ignorance in his fairest ignorance. He went to Arabia, I think, in order tohave his own three years. You know all the other apostles got their threeyears in the presence of Christ. Paul meets him. He goes away intoArabia, to do business with God to lay a foundation to recalibrate. Obviously,he's just changed his mind about the most important person in the world. He's just accepted Christ, or I shouldsay, Christ has accepted him and he goes to Arabia. Saint Jeromesays a second thing is that he went there with all of his books. You know we findPaul constantly wanting his books to be with him everywhere he went even whenhe's about to be killed. He writes and says make sure that you tell Zenas an Apollo. My messages and bring my books bring my parchments. He was dying for them. I had a anunfortunate spiritual experience with myself in my office recently when Iwent to find a very precious book that I needed desperately for a lecture and I put my hand and what the handjust went into the bookshop where the book was supposed to be. It was gone.It was gone. All of us have a light switch that opens the flood gates ofterrible thoughts. That's mine, that's mine. All I could think at thatmoment was the flashes of young men and women'sfaces that went through my mind of different wonderful persions, who asked to borrow my books with the sincere promise that they'regoing to bring them back. I've always resisted a tactic that one of my fellowseminarians took when he was ordained. He got a stamp that he would stamp onthe inside of his books that that read a curse be upon the man who borrows anddoes not return, who no thank you. I've resisted that. I think Paul SaintJerome suggested Paul took his books. He took the manuscripts of the law, hetook the Torah and he went into Arabia... reread everything he thought he knewin light of Christ. You know Jesus told the Pharisees. Yourproblem is not you search the scriptures. Your problem is that youdon't see me in what you search. You say he said to them. You search thescriptures because you think in them you have life, but it is these thatbear witness. To me. Paul was a blind pharisee. He hadlearned to read God's Word Wrong. Forgive me, but many you many of yourconverts, you can relate, can't you, you convert, you find Christ in theChurch and then you have to unwind your mind. You have to read the Scriptures and new.This is why you promise, on the day of your conversion, that you will read theScriptures according to the church accoding to the mind of the church,while the greatest teacher of the church had to do that himself. JEROMsuggests, and lastly went to be with God to fix his relationship with the one God that he adored, who had ason. He went to re. Read the Scriptures andto understand them because he would spend the rest of his ministry teachingfrom the Old Testament about Christ, all the things he missed and then lastly, Chris System says thathe went there to start his preaching amongst thebarbarians, where no other apostles were at that time. This is what saying John did Saint Pauldid. Rather what a man I am encouraging. All of you all of you,thirsty believers to listen to this man and to listen to a hatless man by giving him your full heart when youlisten in the church, dear one when you listen to the words of Paul, which is what youusually listen to, and an epistles every single liturgy take a good stance when the deacon comes out, and he tellsyou wisdom believe you're about to get it when he says stand upright at thatmoment, really fix yourself. You know people who are trying to reacha target. If you have an Arrow and you're going to draw that the firstthing you do, if you want that target, is you fix your feet? Then you pull thestirring so that you can hit the target. This is what the church is asking youto do when the Gospel and the Epistle a read, stand upright, set yourselfstraight for the target receive the words that are therebecause they're true and saving and they change your life. They change yourlife. What a gift this man is, what a modeland everything we want to be praise the Lord who has given to us such a teacher to conveythe Gospel to the gentiles like us in the distant world, make his name bepraised on them. We hope that you have enjoyed and havebeen edified by this presentation offered to you by patristic nectar,publications, a non profit organization committed to nourishing the spirituallythirsty with the sweet teachings of the Holy Fathers. 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