Filioque Refuted

Another Filioque video, this time a response against Catholic Answers. This video refutes Tim Staples’ article on the Filioque and the Filioque quote mine to illustrate that not only is Catholic Answers wrong on the Filioque, they in fact reject Roman Catholic dogma on the Filioque!

Of course there will be people very angry at the fact that I even dared to defend my faith and critiqued an article that stated many factually wrong things, but those who can see through the matrix I think will genuinely appreciate to see the genuine eastern patristic tradition being used to understand the Filioque controversy which is exactly what’s needed.

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Filioque Leads to Modal Collapse: Refuting Roman Catholicism

I am addressing a particular Roman Catholic pseudo apologist today. He attempted to stop the bleed of Roman Catholics converting to Orthodoxy due to Roman Catholicism’s anti-patristic doctrine of Filioque but utterly failed in his defense. He went as far as to vindicate the thesis that the filioque doctrine has an inherent arianism applied to the Holy Spirit to it. I will be going through various patristic sources on the filioque and statements to prove my case.

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The Gate Is Narrow, Few Will Enter

We can have lofty thoughts about God. We can have feelings and believe that these feelings somehow represent faith. BUT Do not put your trust in feelings. They are things of psychology and emotion. They are generated within ourselves. That is not faith. Our feelings are not to be trusted. Our faith is a matter of obedience to the commands of Christ. It is about turning and receiving His grace to be part of His Church. To be a living part of his body through baptism and chrismation. To be a living part of the authentic Church of Christ. So, let us not be fooled by the teachings of man and the philosophies of our age. Protestantism is of the age. It is a recent invention of man. Let us not be fooled. Let us not be taken away by these Protestant philosophies. For the gate is narrow and few will enter.

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An Orthodox Analysis of the “Sacred Heart” Worship

The Roman Catholic devotion of the Sacred Heart worship which was popularized in the 17th century has become one of the most popular devotions in the west, documents from the Vatican describing the theology behind the sacred heart worship such as Haurietis Aquas currently exist but have not received much of an analysis from the Orthodox perspective that is accessible today, aside from off-hand comments by Fr. Michael Pomazansky, there hasn’t been much said regarding sacred heart worship. This article looks at the sacred heart devotion from a Cyrillian-Chalcedonian paradigm which differentiates between the object of adoration, which is proper to hypostasis, and what pertains to adoration which is proper to nature. As such, the human heart of Christ becomes treated as a hypostasis, moreover, the implications of the sacred heart devotion is that one worships Christ dually according to His natures, which is the position of not only Nestorius but also Diodore of Tarsus. The Cyrillian condemnation of two worships in his 8th anathema is evaluated along with his response which is that we worship the hypostasis of Christ, not the natures of Christ.

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Filioque: It’s History and Refutation

Is the filioque an addition or a clarification to the creed? What does it mean that the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father and the Son? How do we make sense of scripture and the Fathers in some cases speaking of a double procession? Is this merely a semantical issue lead by problems in translation and why is this issue so important anyway? All of these questions are answered in this stream in detail with academic and patristic sources and deep theological analysis of the western view of the Trinity in contrast to Orthodox view of the Trinity.

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Fruitless Discussions

Bishop Nikolai Velimirovic tells us in The Prologue from Ochrid that we are better off if we do not engage others in lengthy debates and fruitless discussions, but that we can better change their hearts by our love and good deeds. Arguing with others, even over matters of faith, is usually a fruitless venture, rarely leading the other to ponder the truth of your words. Better to demonstrate truth by holiness of life, patience, and kindness in our response. Entering into heated words most often leads to a standoff, where only the demons win in the end.

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Trinity According to St. Gregory the Theologian’s Orations

In this stream I look at St. Gregory the Theologian’s Five Theological Orations and his letters to Cledonius. Although these orations aren’t exclusively exhaustive of his theological thought, they demonstrate his views against the heresies of his time. St. Gregory the Theologian’s response is uniquely Orthodox and contains refutations of Roman Catholicism, Oriental Orthodoxy, Protestantism, and Islam as well.

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St. Mark of Ephesus Against the Filioque

St. Mark of Ephesus Against the Filioque

St. Mark of Ephesus was a defender of Orthodoxy in the Council of Florence where he rebutted the Latin view of theological issues such as purgatory and Filioque. This video shortly examines some of his prominent arguments against the Filioque such as John 15:26, the patristic witness of the Nicene and Constantinopolitan fathers, and the 3rd Ecumenical Council rejecting the Filioque!

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