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« on: May 05, 2012, 04:58:51 PM »

Think about the ranks of angels and saints. None of them could ever conceive of tucking in their shirts or wearing neck ties. Nor will they help those who offend the righteous order of dress on earth. Those are things of the Satan's regime to make men look like docile servants of the apostate corporate state. We must dress like the saints to gain any rank in the celestial Kingdom.
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« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2012, 05:08:55 PM »

I tend to agree with this.
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« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2012, 05:09:42 PM »

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« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2012, 05:32:15 PM »

8 seconds I'll never have back.

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« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2012, 05:36:25 PM »

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« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2012, 05:43:04 PM »

I never wear suits to Church. I'd rather go naked, let God see me as I am.
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« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2012, 05:44:02 PM »

laugh

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 Grin At least I'm giving him credit by assuming he's just a wind up merchant.  If he's not...  angel
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« Reply #7 on: May 05, 2012, 05:44:29 PM »

A bit too dogmatically  expressed, but there may be some legitimacy behind the statement of the OP. Modest and humble attire certainly can't hurt our spiritual progress. I personally agree that it is better to have the lower waist region covered rather than tucking in the shirt. Nothing wrong with that I don't think. But I don't agree with the dogmatic attitude of the OP. Just my opinion.


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« Reply #8 on: May 05, 2012, 06:06:05 PM »

Well, stick around, amartin.  Some people seem to enjoy playing this game.

...there may be some legitimacy behind the statement of the OP.
Nope, it was a stupid, as are the rest of his comments.

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But I don't agree with the dogmatic attitude of the OP.

Other than that, brilliant and profound observations from Elder amartin.  Keep 'em coming for our salvation!
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« Reply #9 on: May 05, 2012, 06:08:28 PM »

i feel guilty sometimes being the only guy in choir without a tie or jacket
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« Reply #10 on: May 05, 2012, 06:09:51 PM »

Think about the ranks of angels and saints. None of them could ever conceive of tucking in their shirts or wearing neck ties. Nor will they help those who offend the righteous order of dress on earth. Those are things of the Satan's regime to make men look like docile servants of the apostate corporate state. We must dress like the saints to gain any rank in the celestial Kingdom.

I kind of agree with this.
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« Reply #11 on: May 05, 2012, 06:17:09 PM »

We must dress like the saints to gain any rank in the celestial Kingdom.
Let's see- many of the saints wore hair shirts because the discomfort helped keep a constant sense of asceticism. More of the saints wore robes, tunics, and other mid-Roman Empire clothing. Some of the saints wore armor and kept themselves kempt as befit their service in the army.

You are either advocating everyone return to wearing robes, armor, and other mid-Roman Empire dress, along with hair shirts or heavy chains, or some such similar attire, or you are speaking nonsense.

That, or you could be telling me I actually should wear a tie, as it is the most uncomfortable piece of clothing in Western attire, and thus will help me keep a constant sense of asceticism.

Make up your mind, dude.
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« Reply #12 on: May 05, 2012, 06:21:01 PM »

Do angels wear shirts and ties?  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #13 on: May 05, 2012, 06:26:12 PM »

I wear a button-up shirt with a clean white t-shirt underneath it, and yes, I tuck it in. This is fairly standard, respectful but understated dress in the Western world, which is where I attend liturgy. Deal with it.

Incidentally, I've had Coptic friends tell me that I am being too formal because I button up the shirt rather than leaving the first few buttons unbuttoned, but I think that style looks sloppy and it makes me feel uncomfortable, like my shirt is moving around too much/falling off, especially during prostrations that we frequently do. They too can deal with it.

(I'm such a rebel...me and my button up church attire...haha...  Grin Cool)
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« Reply #14 on: May 05, 2012, 06:26:55 PM »

Do angels wear shirts and ties?  Roll Eyes

*sigh* LBK, you are so up on iconography, but apparently have never seen any Anime. The correct answer is "all the time, at least in Japan".
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« Reply #15 on: May 05, 2012, 06:48:05 PM »

Well we could always go naked like we were meant to be but I would cause too much of a distraction.
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« Reply #16 on: May 05, 2012, 06:52:14 PM »

Think about the ranks of angels and saints. None of them could ever conceive of tucking in their shirts or wearing neck ties. Nor will they help those who offend the righteous order of dress on earth. Those are things of the Satan's regime to make men look like docile servants of the apostate corporate state. We must dress like the saints to gain any rank in the celestial Kingdom.

I say we open a poll on which one of the big wiseasses on this board he really is.
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wear a tie, as it is the most uncomfortable piece of clothing in Western attire, and thus will help me keep a constant sense of asceticism.


so true  laugh laugh
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« Reply #18 on: May 05, 2012, 07:05:53 PM »

I wear a button-up shirt with a clean white t-shirt underneath it, and yes, I tuck it in. This is fairly standard, respectful but understated dress in the Western world, which is where I attend liturgy. Deal with it.

Incidentally, I've had Coptic friends tell me that I am being too formal because I button up the shirt rather than leaving the first few buttons unbuttoned, but I think that style looks sloppy and it makes me feel uncomfortable, like my shirt is moving around too much/falling off, especially during prostrations that we frequently do. They too can deal with it.

(I'm such a rebel...me and my button up church attire...haha...  Grin Cool)

 Tongue laugh laugh laugh
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« Reply #19 on: May 05, 2012, 07:11:15 PM »

If you don't wear a tie, how will you disguise it when sweat goes through your shirt collar? How will amartin know who does and doesn't have grace? And what will you have to slap someone with when they make too much noise in church?

I think this guy may be Stickman.
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« Reply #20 on: May 05, 2012, 07:13:17 PM »

Biro, you are a very violent person, you want to slap people, and you keep cussing at me and calling me names. Please stop the harassment.
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« Reply #21 on: May 05, 2012, 07:14:13 PM »

Biro, you are a very violent person, you want to slap people, and you keep cussing at me and calling me names. Please stop the harassment.

Thanks, Sticky, now go throw a toaster in the bathtub.
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« Reply #22 on: May 05, 2012, 07:15:53 PM »

Biro, you are a very violent person, you want to slap people, and you keep cussing at me and calling me names. Please stop the harassment.

I'm pretty sure the slapping thing was a joke.
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« Reply #23 on: May 05, 2012, 07:51:14 PM »

Biro, you are a very violent person, you want to slap people, and you keep cussing at me and calling me names. Please stop the harassment.

I'm pretty sure the slapping thing was a joke.

The righteous do not joke like that. There is not much exemplar behavior on this message board.
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« Reply #24 on: May 05, 2012, 08:00:09 PM »

Do you people not know who amartin IS?!  Shocked
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« Reply #25 on: May 05, 2012, 08:08:12 PM »

Biro, you are a very violent person, you want to slap people, and you keep cussing at me and calling me names. Please stop the harassment.

I'm pretty sure the slapping thing was a joke.

The righteous do not joke like that. There is not much exemplar behavior on this message board.
then please, get the hell out of here if you dont like it, and dont let the door hit your butt on the way out




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« Reply #26 on: May 05, 2012, 08:16:09 PM »

Biro, you are a very violent person, you want to slap people, and you keep cussing at me and calling me names. Please stop the harassment.

I'm pretty sure the slapping thing was a joke.

The righteous do not joke like that. There is not much exemplar behavior on this message board.

Well, if you're the standard of what is righteous, I'd rather be unrighteous any day of the week.
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« Reply #27 on: May 05, 2012, 08:26:18 PM »

Biro, you are a very violent person, you want to slap people, and you keep cussing at me and calling me names. Please stop the harassment.

I'm pretty sure the slapping thing was a joke.

The righteous do not joke like that. There is not much exemplar behavior on this message board.
then please, get the hell out of here if you dont like it, and dont let the door hit your butt on the way out




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« Reply #28 on: May 05, 2012, 08:28:00 PM »

Biro, you are a very violent person, you want to slap people, and you keep cussing at me and calling me names. Please stop the harassment.

I'm pretty sure the slapping thing was a joke.

The righteous do not joke like that. There is not much exemplar behavior on this message board.
then please, get the hell out of here if you dont like it, and dont let the door hit your butt on the way out




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More cussing...

more dodging the point of what is being said....


see, two can play at this game
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« Reply #29 on: May 05, 2012, 08:36:09 PM »

amartin, I must admit, I have failed to see the purpose of all this. You have made several threads over the last days in which you have made a statement about different theological or ethical subjects. That have been done many times before, but in all those other cases, I could always see a meaning with it. Many of them have let to very interesting discussions, but in this case I am confused. Maybe I just can't see it. So I am asking you(and please don't take this as an attack) what is your intention with all these posts? Are you trying to convince us of something, or do you just wish to discuss these subjects? (If the latter is the case, I think that maybe, we should all try a different approach).

I am merely curious.
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« Reply #30 on: May 05, 2012, 08:41:13 PM »

amartin, I must admit, I have failed to see the purpose of all this. You have made several threads over the last days in which you have made a statement about different theological or ethical subjects. That have been done many times before, but in all those other cases, I could always see a meaning with it. Many of them have let to very interesting discussions, but in this case I am confused. Maybe I just can't see it. So I am asking you(and please don't take this as an attack) what is your intention with all these posts? Are you trying to convince us of something, or do you just wish to discuss these subjects? (If the latter is the case, I think that maybe, we should all try a different approach).

I am merely curious.

Thank you for the non-hostility.

In actuality, I am trying to get a feel for how mainline Eastern Orthodox people feel about these issues. It is an education process for me as I learn about the psychology of spiritual apostasy. And others get the benefit of perhaps hearing righteousness for the first time.
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lol  Roll Eyes

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« Reply #32 on: May 05, 2012, 08:46:06 PM »

Biro, you are a very violent person, you want to slap people, and you keep cussing at me and calling me names. Please stop the harassment.

I'm pretty sure the slapping thing was a joke.

The righteous do not joke like that. There is not much exemplar behavior on this message board.

You're right:

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« Reply #33 on: May 05, 2012, 08:46:59 PM »

Do you people not know who amartin IS?!  Shocked

Ricky Martin?
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« Reply #35 on: May 05, 2012, 08:59:08 PM »

Do you people not know who amartin IS?!  Shocked

Ricky Martin?

A Martian?
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« Reply #36 on: May 05, 2012, 09:15:28 PM »

i always walk up in the church stuntin hard in my gucci suit.  everyone watches me as i walk in, with my alligator boots, and venerate the icons.  then, i go stand in MY spot. better hope no ones standing in my spot. 
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« Reply #37 on: May 05, 2012, 09:16:56 PM »

I tend to agree with this.
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« Reply #38 on: May 05, 2012, 09:45:21 PM »

It is an education process for me as I learn about the psychology of spiritual apostasy. And others get the benefit of perhaps hearing righteousness for the first time.

Sigline material.

I tend to agree with this.
when two or three agree on an idiocy, lo! stupidity is in the midst of them.

Actual sig-line material.  Well played!

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« Reply #39 on: May 05, 2012, 10:02:42 PM »

Amartin is the greatest thinker this forum has ever seen.  The Great Platypus has spoken and he approves of the prophesies of his servant, the martin:


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« Reply #41 on: May 05, 2012, 10:09:04 PM »

I tend to agree with this.
when two or three agree on an idiocy, lo! stupidity is in the midst of them.
We need to build a large anti-bourgeois front . I detect some potential towards that in the op's statement.
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Think about the ranks of angels and saints. None of them could ever conceive of tucking in their shirts or wearing neck ties. Nor will they help those who offend the righteous order of dress on earth. Those are things of the Satan's regime to make men look like docile servants of the apostate corporate state. We must dress like the saints to gain any rank in the celestial Kingdom.

I kind of agree with this.

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I tend to agree with this.
when two or three agree on an idiocy, lo! stupidity is in the midst of them.
We need to build a large anti-bourgeois front . I detect some potential towards that in the op's statement.
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Think about the ranks of angels and saints. None of them could ever conceive of tucking in their shirts or wearing neck ties. Nor will they help those who offend the righteous order of dress on earth. Those are things of the Satan's regime to make men look like docile servants of the apostate corporate state. We must dress like the saints to gain any rank in the celestial Kingdom.

I kind of agree with this.

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When the "dress for success" stuff was going on a few years back, I was asked why I refused to wear a tie.  I told the gathering of managers and supervisor that I saw a tie as a man's version of a tampon string.  When their heads got too far up their rear, someone could grab their tie and pull it back out.  For some reason, fewer and fewer people wore ties over the next few months.
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« Reply #46 on: May 05, 2012, 10:56:53 PM »

Quick show of hands- how many of us here actually do wear ties to church on a regular basis?

How many of us attend a parish where the people our age normally wear ties as regular Sunday attire?

How many us attend parishes where those wearing ties are of that "you wear a tie to church" cross-denominational generation?

I'm just wondering where this epidemic of pants-tucking tie-wearing is, 'cause I sure as spit don't see it, and I currently attend a Greek Country Club parish.
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Think about the ranks of angels and saints. None of them could ever conceive of tucking in their shirts or wearing neck ties. Nor will they help those who offend the righteous order of dress on earth. Those are things of the Satan's regime to make men look like docile servants of the apostate corporate state. We must dress like the saints to gain any rank in the celestial Kingdom.

think about the ranks of angels and saints none of them could ever conceive of using periods or other punctuation nor will they help those who offend the righteous order of scribing on earth those are things of the satans regime to make men look like docile servants of the apostate corporate state we must scribe like the saints to gain any rank in the celestial kingdom
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Think about the ranks of angels and saints. None of them could ever conceive of tucking in their shirts or wearing neck ties. Nor will they help those who offend the righteous order of dress on earth. Those are things of the Satan's regime to make men look like docile servants of the apostate corporate state. We must dress like the saints to gain any rank in the celestial Kingdom.

think about the ranks of angels and saints none of them could ever conceive of using periods or other punctuation nor will they help those who offend the righteous order of scribing on earth those are things of the satans regime to make men look like docile servants of the apostate corporate state we must scribe like the saints to gain any rank in the celestial kingdom

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When the Bible was written, NO ONE wore pants.

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« Reply #50 on: May 06, 2012, 12:23:31 AM »

I think a necktie can look very nice. Some of you hippies need to grow up and get a job. Stupid boomers...
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There's a surprise. I was wondering where you were.

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« Reply #52 on: May 06, 2012, 02:51:56 AM »

I personally agree that it is better to have the lower waist region covered rather than tucking in the shirt.
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« Reply #53 on: May 06, 2012, 02:57:43 AM »

I personally agree that it is better to have the lower waist region covered rather than tucking in the shirt.
What do you think pants do?


A lot of pants don't cover much up these days. Even loose dress slacks can still reveal the form of the posterior. I think it would be nice if men and women could all wear robes to Church. But we don't want to look too different from the world, otherwise people might think we actually are different from the world.

That being said, I have much bigger issues to worry about regarding my salvation than what people wear.


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« Reply #54 on: May 06, 2012, 03:03:17 AM »

I personally agree that it is better to have the lower waist region covered rather than tucking in the shirt.
What do you think pants do?


A lot of pants don't cover much up these days. Even loose dress slacks can still reveal the form of the posterior. I think it would be nice if men and women could all wear robes to Church. But we don't want to look too different from the world, otherwise people might think we actually are different from the world.

I not sure I agree with the above statement, since I'm not really sure what anyone could gain by looking at my butt, but I certainly agree with the below, so I'll just leave it at this. Wink

That being said, I have much bigger issues to worry about regarding my salvation than what people wear.
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« Reply #55 on: May 06, 2012, 03:59:07 AM »

so according to the title of this thread I should have grace as I usually don't tuck in my shirt or wear a neck tie when I go to church
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« Reply #56 on: May 06, 2012, 04:17:08 AM »

...otherwise people might think we actually are different from the world.

But we are. John 15:18-19

On a more personal note, I wish that I did not have to tuck my shirt in at Church for 'male reasons'. Most slacks are rather tight nowadays and can show your manly parts if you get 'excited' during Liturgy. In normal circumstances, your shirt can be used to hide it. But when it is tucked in at Liturgy, there is nothing to hide it.
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amartin, I must admit, I have failed to see the purpose of all this. You have made several threads over the last days in which you have made a statement about different theological or ethical subjects. That have been done many times before, but in all those other cases, I could always see a meaning with it. Many of them have let to very interesting discussions, but in this case I am confused. Maybe I just can't see it. So I am asking you(and please don't take this as an attack) what is your intention with all these posts? Are you trying to convince us of something, or do you just wish to discuss these subjects? (If the latter is the case, I think that maybe, we should all try a different approach).

I am merely curious.

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« Reply #58 on: May 06, 2012, 08:02:31 AM »

Do angels wear shirts and ties?  Roll Eyes
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I think a necktie can look very nice. Some of you hippies need to grow up and get a job. Stupid boomers...

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« Reply #60 on: May 06, 2012, 08:10:51 AM »

"Grace does not come to those who tuck in their shirts and wear neck ties"
So Grace likes guys who dress down a little? Well that's her perogative.
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and yes, orthonorm approve of this message (sorta).

There's a surprise. I was wondering where you were.
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Lighten up.

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I never wear suits to Church. I'd rather go naked, let God see me as I am.
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« Reply #63 on: May 06, 2012, 12:59:36 PM »

"Grace does not come to those who tuck in their shirts and wear neck ties"
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« Reply #64 on: May 06, 2012, 01:17:21 PM »

"Grace does not come to those who tuck in their shirts and wear neck ties"
So Grace likes guys who dress down a little? Well that's her perogative.

If this is the Grace the OP is referring to, then I can certainly understand. She's worth the suit and tie.

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« Reply #65 on: May 06, 2012, 02:53:49 PM »

On a more personal note, I wish that I did not have to tuck my shirt in at Church for 'male reasons'. Most slacks are rather tight nowadays and can show your manly parts if you get 'excited' during Liturgy. In normal circumstances, your shirt can be used to hide it. But when it is tucked in at Liturgy, there is nothing to hide it.

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On a more personal note, I wish that I did not have to tuck my shirt in at Church for 'male reasons'. Most slacks are rather tight nowadays and can show your manly parts if you get 'excited' during Liturgy. In normal circumstances, your shirt can be used to hide it. But when it is tucked in at Liturgy, there is nothing to hide it.

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« Reply #67 on: May 06, 2012, 03:10:08 PM »

On a more personal note, I wish that I did not have to tuck my shirt in at Church for 'male reasons'. Most slacks are rather tight nowadays and can show your manly parts if you get 'excited' during Liturgy. In normal circumstances, your shirt can be used to hide it. But when it is tucked in at Liturgy, there is nothing to hide it.

Someone needs to help you with proper technique. Especially since you're staring at all the pretty girl during liturgy.
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...otherwise people might think we actually are different from the world.

But we are. John 15:18-19

On a more personal note, I wish that I did not have to tuck my shirt in at Church for 'male reasons'. Most slacks are rather tight nowadays and can show your manly parts if you get 'excited' during Liturgy. In normal circumstances, your shirt can be used to hide it. But when it is tucked in at Liturgy, there is nothing to hide it.

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« Reply #69 on: May 06, 2012, 05:48:54 PM »

On a more personal note, I wish that I did not have to tuck my shirt in at Church for 'male reasons'. Most slacks are rather tight nowadays and can show your manly parts if you get 'excited' during Liturgy. In normal circumstances, your shirt can be used to hide it. But when it is tucked in at Liturgy, there is nothing to hide it.

Someone needs to help you with proper technique. Especially since you're staring at all the pretty girl during liturgy.
Or watching a hot guy doing prostrations. Wink
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amartin, I must admit, I have failed to see the purpose of all this. You have made several threads over the last days in which you have made a statement about different theological or ethical subjects. That have been done many times before, but in all those other cases, I could always see a meaning with it. Many of them have let to very interesting discussions, but in this case I am confused. Maybe I just can't see it. So I am asking you(and please don't take this as an attack) what is your intention with all these posts? Are you trying to convince us of something, or do you just wish to discuss these subjects? (If the latter is the case, I think that maybe, we should all try a different approach).

I am merely curious.

Thank you for the non-hostility.

In actuality, I am trying to get a feel for how mainline Eastern Orthodox people feel about these issues. It is an education process for me as I learn about the psychology of spiritual apostasy. And others get the benefit of perhaps hearing righteousness for the first time.

I think this is where the problem lies. Righteousness in the Orthodox Church is seen as an entirely different thing than what you have described. Righteousness doesn't necessarily belong to the one who is able to pray the longest or the one who appear as the most pious. It belongs to he who seeks God with all his heart, he who humble himself before the Lord and who tries to follow the commandmensts of Christ. You asked us in another thread if we saw ourselves as righteous. If I look into myself and I see that I have sinned, that I have not done all I could to change myself,  should I then lie to myself by calling myself righteous, or should I acknowledge that I need to work harder.

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« Reply #71 on: May 07, 2012, 10:58:55 AM »

amartin, I must admit, I have failed to see the purpose of all this. You have made several threads over the last days in which you have made a statement about different theological or ethical subjects. That have been done many times before, but in all those other cases, I could always see a meaning with it. Many of them have let to very interesting discussions, but in this case I am confused. Maybe I just can't see it. So I am asking you(and please don't take this as an attack) what is your intention with all these posts? Are you trying to convince us of something, or do you just wish to discuss these subjects? (If the latter is the case, I think that maybe, we should all try a different approach).

I am merely curious.

Thank you for the non-hostility.

In actuality, I am trying to get a feel for how mainline Eastern Orthodox people feel about these issues. It is an education process for me as I learn about the psychology of spiritual apostasy. And others get the benefit of perhaps hearing righteousness for the first time.

Thank you for being forthright. It seems to me that your postings are not designed to stimulate a conversation but to satisfy pre-formed conclusions about "the psychology of spiritual apostasy." Of course. we all get to benefit from "hearing righteousness for the first time." Have I gotten this right so far?

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« Reply #72 on: May 07, 2012, 03:02:15 PM »

On a more personal note, I wish that I did not have to tuck my shirt in at Church for 'male reasons'. Most slacks are rather tight nowadays and can show your manly parts if you get 'excited' during Liturgy. In normal circumstances, your shirt can be used to hide it. But when it is tucked in at Liturgy, there is nothing to hide it.

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So bowties are cool?
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On a more personal note, I wish that I did not have to tuck my shirt in at Church for 'male reasons'. Most slacks are rather tight nowadays and can show your manly parts if you get 'excited' during Liturgy. In normal circumstances, your shirt can be used to hide it. But when it is tucked in at Liturgy, there is nothing to hide it.

Someone needs to help you with proper technique. Especially since you're staring at all the pretty girl during liturgy.

The old flip and tuck?
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