Double-faced AB Elpidophoros Does It Again, This Time On Abortion!
EDITOR’S NOTE (Nick Stamatakis): Not one month goes by without one more serious mistake by the Archbishop… This time he had no problem at all, as the double-faced Phanariot that he is, to speak both sides of the issue of abortion in just a few sentences… As we hear, the telephones at the headquarters are quite busy from the phone calls of the disgusted faithful who cannot take his faithless positions anymore. The same with the dissenting comments on his Twitter account… His time is up. We have seen enough. Time for him to go… In America he is and will always be a “foreign body”… For the rest enjoy the thoughts of Jackie Morfesis...
By Jackie Morfesis
I am a cradle Orthodox Christian. I was born into a lineage of Greek Orthodox Christians that have gone back for generations. This is said not to diminish the personal choice or veracity of my faith walk, but to show that I have been a member of and involved in the life of my church since my first breath.
And because of this, I am invested in not only the life but the health of my church and the protection and honor of my church, the clergy, those who work for the church, the early church of the apostles. Yet, there are times, when we must be bold in our faith and stand against all that seeks to distort, misconstrue, and harm the very foundation of our faith. And if that means voicing our concerns in the face of ecclesiastical power, then so be it.
On more than one occasion, I have been witness to the words and actions of His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros, the Greek Orthodox Archbishop of America, with complete and utter bewilderment. Yet, in truth, it is not so much bewilderment as spiritual discernment.
However, the latest proclamation that was shared, recently posted on January 21, 2022, on the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese website has taken the notion of harm and hypocrisy to a new and unprecedented level. He clearly stated that he (on behalf of our church) supports the sanctity of life and at the same time, in the same breath, the autonomy of women to have the “freedom” to choose life just as our God gave the Holy Theotokos the “freedom” to choose to give life to our Lord and Savior.
This is problematic on many levels. Firstly, because His Eminence is speaking literally out of both sides of his mouth at once. Secondly, because his words are not only inconsistent with our faith but in blatant violation and distortion of our faith. And thirdly, because he is purposely subverting scripture and the account of the announcement to Mary that she is “with child” to imply that God gave her a choice to be “with child”. She was chosen by God for His Holy purpose and for the birth of our Lord and for our salvation.
“For you formed my inward parts; you knit me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret. And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance being yet unformed. And in our book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.” Psalm 139:13-16.
And this is not the only time that His Eminence Archbishop Elpidophoros has “missed the mark”. In fact, his repeated amartia against our faith are adding up and building upon each other like the mighty mountain he referenced to in another slur against our faith by claiming there are many paths to climb to the mountaintop and it is only the boulders of our personal prejudice that leads us to believe there is one path. “When you elevate one religion above all others, it is as if you decide there is only one path leading to the top of the mountain.” Archbishop Elpidophoros. The scripture where we are told the way to the Father is in order here.
“Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6.
And in response to the months if not years of civil unrest, wherein His Eminence, Archbishop Elpidophoros felt it necessary to march for Black Lives Matter, he did not feel it was simultaneously necessary to give one public and official word of encouragement, empathy, and mercy for the millions who were unjustly affected by the destruction, arson, vandalism, terror, assault, and murder against citizens and public officials and servants that ensued when the peaceful protests morphed into violent rioting.
Is this the leader we seek and deserve as Greek Orthodox Christians? A “man of God” who at every opportunity seeks to water down our faith? Distort God’s Holy Word to meet his political and social agenda? And who decides not only whose life but whose soul matters, including the souls of the unborn?
We are at a critical crisis point in the life and history, indeed the future of the Greek Orthodox Church. We have succumbed to the glorification and acceptance of the secular world and living the values of the secular world, forgetting that we are instead a child of God, ambassadors for Christ, and workers in building His kingdom on earth.
Instead of being led like sheep to the slaughter, blindly being pushed forward in ways that are against our faith, we need to be bold in our faith and stand not only for the unborn, but for the very foundational truths of the Early Church, of which we are the disciples. And we must be unafraid to speak truth to power and voice our concerns to not only our local parishes, but directly to the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese headquarters in New York City. “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.” 1 Corinthians 16:13.
If we think that for one moment, our faith is based upon living however we choose in our secular, worldly lives, in the six days of the week and then being “Christian” on Sunday, then we have sorely, like our leadership, missed the mark. If we do not take seriously our core identity, Child of God, and live the life that God has mandated us to live, then we are nothing more than someone to take up a space in our pews but not someone, who like our predecessors in God’s kingdom on earth would give their life for our Lord.
Giving our life for our Lord? We even hesitate to speak up when the most gross inaccuracies are hurled at our Church in the name of progress and political correctness. And this is a clear chink in our armor that begs for correction.
Jesus was not ashamed to live and be crucified at Calgary on our behalf. Yet, every single day, we are ashamed to stand for Him and His Holy Church by having the courage, the boldness, and indeed the integrity to say wrong is wrong. And right now, wrong is wrong, and it is embedded in our very leadership who is seeking inch by inch and day by day to undermine the very rock on which our Holy Church has stood for thousands of years.
We can do better. We must do better. Not only the Greek Orthodox Church but our very souls and future lives in eternity depends upon a call to action at this very time. This critical juncture where we choose God or choose the world. Our choice.