Despite the fact that the Greek Orthodox church and Freemasonry are not the same religion, there are still some disputes between the two religions. These are discussed in this article. These disputes are related to Modernism and Syncretism.
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Disputes between the two religions
Disputes between the Greek Orthodox Church and Freemasonry have been going on since the beginning of the seventeenth century. The most prominent is the question of whether Freemasonry is compatible with Christianity. Freemasonry is a mystery-religion and a syncretistic one at that. The Catholic Church is not alone in prohibiting Masonic Lodges.
Freemasonry is not opposed to Catholic religion, but it presents itself as an ancient Order dedicated to the Brotherhood of Man. It has its own rituals and ceremonies, and a hierarchical order. It also has its own temples.
The Masonic principle of “Humanity” places dogma on a back burner. It precludes the belief in any supernatural truth. It also argues that Christianity is superfluous and spurious.
Freemasonry is not atheistic, but its principles and practices are. The founders of Freemasonry were Christians. In fact, the Constitution of Freemasonry was prepared by a Protestant clergyman.
Patriarch Meletios was a mason
Patriarch Meletios was a mason in the Greek orthodox church. In 1909, he was consecrated in Cyprus. He was a mason for life. He also had good relations with Protestant bishops in America and England. He was given $100,000 for the Patriarchate.
He was elected Patriarch of the Greek Orthodox Church in 1921. His election was due to the international interests and pressures of the Greek government. The Greek Ambassador in Washington, D.C., reported that Meletios venerated the Holy Table. The Prime Minister of Greece also requested Meletios.
Patriarch Meletios adopted a new calendar. This was done in a way that is unknown to canons. The Patriarch did not recognize the “deposition” of Patriarch Tikhon by the “Living Church”. The new calendar was accepted by all Orthodox Churches, but Meletios was not convinced that it was an official ecclesiastical act. He also stated that Tikhon was a confessor. He also placed Arizona under the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.
Modernism dislikes prayer life
Despite its name, modernism is actually an intellectual movement. It’s more of an ecumenical movement that tries to subvert Orthodoxy by watering it down through syncretistic ecumenical efforts.
It was introduced in the Greek Church under Masonic influence. It’s not just the Greek Church; many of the senior members of the EU government are freemasons. They have their own theology, rituals, and symbols, which have crossed over into the mainstream culture.
One of the best examples of modernism is Paris, the capital of exile. It was home to many French-speaking aristocrats from Saint Petersburg, and they had an interest in hypnotism and the occult.
Modernism is an attempt to blend Orthodoxy with Western culture. It’s also an attempt to hypnotize ordinary people into accepting a false Orthodoxy. They’re also pushing for the introduction of homosexual marriage into the Church.
Syncretism in the Greek Orthodox Church and Freemasonry is the process of combining different religious beliefs. During the Hellenistic period, religious syncretism was prevalent. The conquest of Alexander the Great brought together diverse religious views.
The Syncretistic ecumenical movement tries to water down Orthodoxy. They introduce a new calendarism and new calendars for fixed feasts. It is a revival of the old current of Syncretism. These movements rely on Masonic teachings.
Orthodox Christianity generally looked down upon syncretistic movements. It was believed that these movements undermined confidence in other religions. In the 19th century, Freemasons infiltrated the Greek Church. During the 1930s, the Church of Greece condemned Freemasonry. It was then that a commission of four bishops was appointed by the Holy Synod of Greece to study Freemasonry. They heard reports from the Theological Faculty of the University of Athens and discussed publications on this topic. They unanimously adopted several conclusions.
Incompatible with Christianity
Considering all the hype surrounding President Trump, one can’t help but wonder how much of his presidency has been devoted to religious zealotry. As a church goer, I have seen a lot of the misplaced best practices that my fellow Christians have embraced at the altar of bigotry. One can only imagine the havoc such practices wreak on the body politic as a whole. Sadly, my diocese is no exception. We have been hit with the wrath of the dragon a few times over the past few years.
The best way to combat such practices is to arm yourself with the Bible. In the end, I am a Christian and I believe that my faith has led me to stand up for what is right, not what is wrong.