Who’s ‘Godless’ Now? Russia Says It’s U.S.

Russia under President Vladimir Putin (right) has grown closer to Patriarch Kirill and the church.

Moscow — At the height of the Cold War, it was common for American conservatives to label the officially atheist Soviet Union a “godless nation.”

More than two decades on, history has come full circle, as the Kremlin and its allies in the Russian Orthodox Church hurl the same allegation at the West.

Do read on in The Washington Post here.

 

6 thoughts on “Who’s ‘Godless’ Now? Russia Says It’s U.S.

  1. Let us remind ourselves, that Putin was the head of the KGB, and weaned there! And back in the cold war and communism the Russian and other Orthodox Churches were quiet, very quiet to the gospel as good news, almost silent. Certainly unobtrusive to the ills of communism!

    But, yes, most certainly America is becoming more and more godless everyday, and every year it seems. Just as the majority in the so-called Free West!

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  3. A pathetic response. The official US policy promotes homosexuality, pornography, violence, abortion of babies and forbids any Christian values or public reference to Christ. It is certainly not a Christian nation anymore.

    The Russian Church was devestated, tied up and duct-taped (virtually destroyed) during communism. It has resurrected! Its perplexing when “irishanglican” blames the victim for being persecuted.

    Russia is a Christian nation, and not afraid to display it. Fake Christians hate Russia. Real Christians love everyone and hate evil deeds, not nations and peoples. God bless and save America!

  4. Yes, indeed whatever “Russia” is? It is certainly not “a Christian nation”! And during Russia’s darkest days of communism, there were of course believers who were persecuted, but I would say that as a collective body, the EO were not that confessional sadly. Nor of course is America looking Christian these days! Btw, strictly speaking the USA has never been a “Christian” nation either, but more of a nation of Deism – belief in God more on purely rational grounds without the reliance on revelation or authority, which is seen in Holy Scripture, “alone”! Note, the US Constitution does not quote one line of Scripture! And it is now from here, that the American Constitution suffers! There is not one line of God’s absolute character from God’s Law & Gospel! True its a beautiful piece of human desire and freedom, but it simply does not mention God’s written Word directly. The true biblical God is actually a theocracy and theocratic in its pristine or prime nature, and not until “Jesus Christ Comes Again”, as Lord and His Lordship of complete power and glory, on earth, will we see the true and full “Thy Kingdom Come”! This great Kingdom is actually held now in abeyance, note all the biblical and also NT expressions for “Kingdom”. “The Kingdom of God” is the sovereignty of God which is moral and universal. It existed from the beginning , and will know no end. It is over all, and embraces all. But, “The Kingdom of His dear Son”, or the “Kingdom of the Son of His love, or the beloved Son” (Col. 1: 13), has regard to quite another sphere, above all heavens, and refers to the sovereignty of God’s beloved Son as made “Head over all things to HIS “ekklesia,” which is His body, the fulness of Him that fills all, i.e. His Church, which alone has “a heavenly calling” (Heb. 3: 1). We see this in the so-called Pauline Prison Epistles, (Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians). Here it is revealed the great “great secret” of the Dispensation or Administration of Grace, that individual sinners among Jews & Gentiles are being “called out” and formed into “the church which his His body”, which there is neither Jew nor Gentile. This Church and Body will one day reign with Christ “over” the earthly Kingdom,” whereas that Kingdom will be “under the whole of heaven” (Dan. 7: 27 / Matt. 19: 28).

    Indeed lots to cover here! Thankfully God’s redemptive people are in reality NOT a people of human “denominations”! (1 Cor. 1: 2) It’s hard to find fault with God’s Word here, indeed there is no human perfection in God’s Church or Body, but it and they are “alone” HIS, “In Christ”! Yes, “In Christ” is the “Biblical” warrant! (Again, no fault here!)

  5. And btw, my criticism of the Orthodox and especially the Russian Orthodox Church, is more well into the Cold War of the 1950’s and 60’s! WE all know many EO and other Christians were killed in the early days of communism especially. Have any read the book about the life of the Lutheran, Richard Wurmbrand, under the communists? A great man of God and read here!

  6. And again, it is not “fake” Christians who question what the Church is called to be, for “being” must precede doing! The best of course of the more modern Russian Orthodox, (20th century) Christians went and were in the so-called Paris school… Sergius Bulgakov, Georges Florovsky, Vladimir Lossky, Alexander Schmemann, etc.

    *I cannot follow of course Bulgakov everywhere, but his theological depth is often quite profound. But I personally love Florovsky, and Lossky’s book on The Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church is simply classic like. Would that we could get Western pastors and Christians to read Lossky’s book here!

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