So I was listening to Legend by Bob Marley the other day (yeah, yeah... I know).
Anyone got an opinion on what this song is about? In particular, the bit that mentions Jesus.
what did our Lord say about the wolves with a sheep clothing? those who say they are speaking in the Holy Spirit and prophesying in His Name, when they are not?
All heresies for the most part, have preached peace, love and brotherhood, and many have done it in the Name of Jesus, but at the heart what propels their distortion of Scripture and lies against the Orthodox Faith and the Orthodox Church has always been that they were serving their ego that has gotten inflated by the Devil and not God. thus their teachings has been referred by the Savior as " the gates of hell" for instance in this thread, you can see the Rastafarian's rushing to defend this heretical and blasphemous song, and go far as far as to elevate it as equal to the call of the Deacon in the Divine Liturgy, and the singer equal to the man who has been called like the heart of God, the Prophet of the Lord, King David.
we are told by them that rastafarianisim is really not a political movement, rather one that preaches the Gospel as the need for liberation from sin and Satan's domination, they without shame will us to ignore all the facts that make this ' pseudospiritual political movement" and regard it as a spiritual movement of repentance and reconciliation with GOD. how is that for distortion?
I want you to know that the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church will call all men into repentance and salvation that is found in Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Thus to combat and correct the erroneous and heretical teaching of the Rastafarian's the Orthodox Church has sent messangers of the Gospel of The Lord, into the Caribbeans, and have baptised those who have renounced their former ways and heretical beliefs and distortions, however like the apostle says many have returned to their former vomits. and many still sit on their idols like Jacob's wife Rachel did on the way to Betel. thinking they can enter the kingdom while embracing their idols in their bosom and giving this reason or that as to why they are not casting it away. the ETOC will baptise those who confess Christ and vow to keep their baptismal vows, but has no association with those who like pigs return to their former filth or like dogs swallow their vomit.
yet these people continue to lie against the Faith, the Church and her Holy Tradition, and take glory in their shame.Rest assured they will account to the Lord for their lies.
In the Liturgy, the priest washes his hands and says if any one of you partakes this communion in unworthy manner then I am free of your blood. thus says the entire church to those that approach to commune in an unworthy manner, if you do not listen your blood is upon you. they will continue to ignore the truth and hold on to their idols and passions of their flesh, then they have no real communion with the Church the Body of Christ, they have anathematised themselves with their own mouth in their baptismal vow they have rejected. They claim communion in unworthy manner, without Communion in the Orthodox Faith there is No Communion. no matter what they wish to tell themselves or others in their inherent deception.
as to you , run from such demonic attachments, work out your salvation with fear and trembling in the Orthodox Faith and the Orthodox Communion of the Faithful you are in. Glorify Christ above all things, and crucify the world and its lusts within you. let No One deceive you.
I will leave you with the advise of the ApostleEphesians 5:1-20
1Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children 2and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
3But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. 4Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. 5For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a man is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.a 6Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. 7Therefore do not be partners with them.
8For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light 9(for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10and find out what pleases the Lord. 11Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. 12For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. 13But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, 14for it is light that makes everything visible. This is why it is said:
“Wake up, O sleeper,
rise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”
15Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. 19Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, 20always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
With Love in Christ,