Is Orthodox Bible Reading a Harbinger to U.S. from God?
By Jeff West
The following article appeared in the July 10, 2013 issue of The Times Examiner
A friend of mine is a member of the Greek Orthodox Church, and he just pointed out an incredible "coincidence" to me. The Greek Orthodox Church posts daily Bible passages for the entire calendar year on their website (see http://www.goarch.org/). These passages are made public in January, and are posted for the entire Greek Orthodox congregation in America to read everyday, not simply for a local church in South Carolina.
Of course, in recent news, on Wednesday, June 26 the Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act, barring the Federal government from recognizing same-sex "marriages" is unconstitutional. It seems that America will not stop blatantly spitting in the face of God. But my friend pointed out that the Greek Orthodox Bible passage selected last year for this very date, June 26, was Romans 1:18-27, which says:
"BRETHREN, the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and wickedness of men who by their wickedness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. Ever since the creation of the world his invisible nature, namely, his eternal power and deity, has been clearly perceived in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse; for although they knew God they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking and their senseless minds were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man or birds or animals or reptiles.
"Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed for ever! Amen. For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. Their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural, and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in their own persons the due penalty for their error."
This entire passage applies to America, of course, and could be analyzed in much further detail (e.g. the first sentence describes how the media is suppressing the truth from the American people). But most incredibly, on the very day of this vile Supreme Court decision endorsing homosexuality, the apostle Paul's condemnation of homosexuality was preached to the entire Greek Orthodox congregation of America, scheduled over half a year in advance! And another observation should also be made: was this minor denomination the only one in the American Church to point out this blasphemy to their congregation? While these evil behaviors spread with the endorsement of the government, will the majority Church in America continue to remain silent? Perhaps their silence is why evil is flourishing, for nature abhors a vacuum. And is this "coincidence" yet another sign from God?