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RE: Todd Lewis on Hyphenated Christianity

November 20, 2015 in Commentary

The latest subscriber to our affiliate marketing program where we link to bloggers with less traffic than ourselves when they make wild and personal accusations against our project is Todd Lewis. His winning entry, “Contra Traditionalist Youth Network: Christianity Cannot Be Hyphenated,” goes for a straightforward Category C smear of our project.

Category A: Matthew Heimbach is Fat

Category B: TradYouth is too Christian

Category C: TradYouth isn’t Christian

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The Question of Unity

July 27, 2015 in Commentary

white_unity1-600x402A question has been taking shape inside of my mind lately and that question has everything to do with the future of western civilization. We have at this point in time a great division among those who would call themselves Nationalist or Identitarians.  The division is on the topic of religion and more importantly what religion should serve our folk as we face a future that with every passing day grows ever more hostile to our continued existence this question cannot be ignored. I personally believe that this is the most pressing question. That from it all other questions arise.

The values and virtues we should hold high, how we conduct our actions, even the things that we should call wrong and intolerable are all to my mind religious questions. A Large section of the Nationalist community then has come to call it self “Christian”. Some of these people see Christianity as a matter of western European civilization and for others not only is it a matter of civilization but also of deeply held faith. Another section of our community has come to identify with the pre-Christian religious tradition native to Europe that finds its expression mostly commonly in the modern religious movement called Asatru. Both lay claim to Europe and the sons and daughters of Europe. Who is right then? Read the rest of this entry →

Intro to Orthodoxy Reading List

July 23, 2015 in Commentary

I find myself being asked the same question over and over, “What books should I start with to understand Orthodoxy?” This question is a logical one given that those in the West have been cut off from Orthodoxy for over a thousand years. The Traditions of our ancestors and the historical Church have been kept away from Westerners for too long, and now as the Vatican II Catholic Church and various Protestant denominations are falling over themselves to jump on the Modernism bandwagon and forgo Sacred Tradition for what is popular with the secular popular culture, we must work to reconnect ourselves to True Christianity that is found inside the walls of the Orthodox Church.

"Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle." -2 Thessalonians 2:15

“Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.” -2 Thessalonians 2:15 [Original Artwork Copyright Ann Chapin]

The first step to understanding Orthodoxy is to understand the history of the first thousand years of Christianity. When one looks at the earliest records of Christian dogma and style of worship, it’s startling how little contemporary American Christianity has in common historical Christendom.

The heretical “Prosperity Gospel” of acquiring wealth as a way to salvation and the equally heretical “Christian Zionism” that are so popular within the Evangelical and low Church Protestant movement in America are found nowhere within the words of the Saints, pronouncements of the Councils, or Scripture. We must detoxify ourselves from American Christianity and instead find our way back to the path of the Faith of the glorious martyrs, confessors, and Saints of the Church.

Orthodoxy–meaning “Right Belief” in Greek–is the Faith that has been unchanged for over two thousand years. Throughout centuries of attack by both political and religious enemies, the rising of various heresies, and attempts at oppression and subversion by those who hate Truth, the Orthodox Church has stood firm in the dedication to following the Church of Christ and the principles, dogmas, and values of Christianity established by Christ and His Apostles from the earliest days of the Faith until the Second Coming of our Savior.

With all of this in mind, this is my “Top Five” list for those interested in Orthodoxy to reconnect with the living and Apostolic Church of our forefathers.

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Upcoming Event: No Gay Agenda in the Bible Belt

June 18, 2015 in Commentary

Knoxville Tennessee, June 20th , 12pm-3pm

Support Traditional Values

The Traditionalist Youth Network will be assembling on the intersection of Wall Avenue and Gay Street in Knoxville Tennessee at noon to demand that Traditional Biblical values be enforced in our community.

The current homosexual agenda is promoting a worldview that is against the moral worldview of the majority of citizens of the Volunteer State. This agenda to attack the sanctity of Christian churches by promoting “homosexual marriage” and to influence young people with a deviant lifestyle must be opposed by all honorable means.

This protest will be demanding that our State and local government stop granting permits to homosexual pride events and to stop any government funds from being spent to support this attack on Christian morality.

The Traditionalist Youth Network is a Traditionalist organization that seeks to mobilize young people in the defense of Western civilization both on college campuses and on the streets of our cities and towns. We are actively recruiting in Tennessee and excited to bring our message to the people of Knoxville.

Local organizer Matthew Heimbach can be reached through the Traditionalist Youth Network website and would be happy to address the media about our message.

Becoming a Legionnaire: The Role of Divine Services

April 12, 2015 in Commentary

"If you want to attain salvation, learn and keep in your heart all that the holy Church teaches and, receiving heavenly power from the mysteries of the Church, walk the path of Christ's commandments, under the direction of lawful pastors, and you will undoubtedly attain the Heavenly Kingdom and be saved. All of this is naturally necessary in the matter of salvation, necessary in it entirety and for all. Whoever rejects or neglects any part of it has no salvation. "-St. Theophan the Recluse

“If you want to attain salvation, learn and keep in your heart all that the holy Church teaches and, receiving heavenly power from the mysteries of the Church, walk the path of Christ’s commandments, under the direction of lawful pastors, and you will undoubtedly attain the Heavenly Kingdom and be saved. All of this is naturally necessary in the matter of salvation, necessary in it entirety and for all. Whoever rejects or neglects any part of it has no salvation. “-St. Theophan the Recluse

As we enter into Pascha I thought that it would be important to discuss the importance of attending Divine Services to the spiritual life of the Legionnaire. The road to becoming a Legionnaire is one that no one can complete until they take their final breath. The journey through life is one where all Orthodox believers must work through their salvation with “fear and trembling,” as Scripture tells us. The Orthodox believer must choose to live a life of humility, love, service, duty and repentance that begins inside each of us. Daily prayer and good works are the stepping stones to greater connection with God and a life more aligned with His will, not our own.

The role of attending and participating in the Liturgy and the Mysteries of the Church cannot be understated as being a crucial part of our spiritual growth. One cannot be a Legionnaire without being an active participant in the liturgical life of the Orthodox Church. From baptism and chrismation to the final funeral prayers our life, hope, health, peace and salvation begins and ends inside the walls of an Orthodox Church alongside our brothers and sisters in Christ.

There are many privileges found in life when it comes to job or society, but the greatest privilege is being able to enter into a small piece of Heaven during the Divine Liturgy. The liturgy engages all of the senses to break you out of being in the world and transports you a realm that is both in the world and outside of it. The icons, incense, the lesson from the priest, the chants, and especially the Divine Mysteries engage the believer into the realm of the supernatural.

Saint John of Kronstadt famously said that the “Church, through the temple and Divine service, acts upon the entire man, educates him wholly; acts upon his sight, hearing, smelling, feeling, taste, imagination, mind, and will, by the splendor of the icons and of the whole temple, by the ringing of bells, by the singing of the choir, by the fragrance of the incense, the kissing of the Gospel, of the cross and the holy icons, by the prosphoras, the singing, and sweet sound of the readings of the Scriptures.”  Read the rest of this entry →

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