A response to the hit piece on Hank Hanegraaf’s Greek Orthodox temple

A response to the hit piece on Hank Hanegraaf’s Greek Orthodox temple April 19, 2017

 

 The sanctuary of Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, looking towards the altar. Located at 25 Friar John Sarantos Way, Lowell, Massachusetts - by EMW, 19 May 2012 ( Sanctuary_of_Transfiguration_Greek_Orthodox_Church_Lowell_MA_2012-05-19.jpg) (CC BY-SA 3.0 [https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en]), via Wikimedia Commons

The sanctuary of Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, looking towards the altar. Located at 25 Friar John Sarantos Way, Lowell, Massachusetts – by EMW, 19 May 2012 (
Sanctuary_of_Transfiguration_Greek_Orthodox_Church_Lowell_MA_2012-05-19.jpg) (CC BY-SA 3.0 [https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en]), via Wikimedia Commons
Christ is risen!

Dear Mr Maples,

I have read your piece describing your attempt to ‘confront’ Hank Hanegraaf at a Pascha service at his new Greek Orthodox Church in light of you thinking that he has left the Christian faith. I have read some responses to you about this, especially the ones by James Deagle, Rod Dreher, Orthodoxidation, and Craig Tugilia.

The above writers take your propositions about the Orthodox Church quite seriously; unfortunately, I do not share their seriousness because I am not convinced that you are at all a serious writer. This is because in reading your piece, I found it adorable how much you go out of your way to protest all the various trappings of the Byzantine liturgy, forcing yourself to dislike that to which you are secretly and mysteriously drawn. This is of course my projection into your psyche, and unlike Deagle above, I am not above tit for tat. Even for a Protestant, you do protest a bit much.

When you decide to be received by chrismation into the Holy Orthodox Church (or perhaps, since you have ‘sat through Catholic masses,’ you might join me in being part of a Greek Catholic Church if you wish to be in communion with the Bishop of Rome), please feel free to write me. Barring the event that you are unable to produce a valid baptismal certificate, your baptism would most likely be valid. Especially if you can sing, you should consider converting; we are not above taking you in only for your evangelical voice – no longer on the blogosphere, we would hope, but mystically representing the seraphim in the Divine Liturgy.

Christ is risen!
Justin Tse
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  • David

    I am indeed praying for Mr. Maples . Anyone with eyes to see and ears to hear understands that he “doth protest too much” . I’d give him 2 – 3 years before he leaves protestantism and joins the Church. Jeff, we’ll keep a candle lit for you .

    • P. McCoy

      Oh, perhaps Jeff already knows despite my OWN fondness for ritual and decorations that important lesson:” all that glitters is NOT gold.”

      I experienced as a Black Woman in both the ROCOR and the OCA in Berkeley, CA the racism against BLACKS – in the late 70s in the former, in the late 80s and early 90s in the latter. In the former it was the 20 somethings my AGE group telling ME how racially inferior Blacks were and how marriage was impossible- NO pure Russian could corrupt his blood with “inferior Negro” blood. Those off spring of such unions I heard of one 6 year old and one adolescent were derided, scorned and seen as outcasts . Now the adolescent, a male, who had been raised by Father Seraphim Rose HIMSELF-( he was instructing ME when I pilgrimaged to Platina!) was so racially harassed by his Co religionists in SF when he went there that he had a COMPLETE NERVOUS BREAKDOWN!

      Now, even the White English speakers were tired of being treated poorly. So they went to the OCA in Berkeley. Now I met an elderly lady there who didn’t drive , had no car and as I did, I felt it my duty to offer to take her a ride home after Liturgy. I got to know her but I began to see her begin to act a bit mental. Then I met her son, a young adolescent who never went to church with her.

      Finally I asked why and tearfully it all came out- one: she herself was barely tolerated by the parish because as a Russian Orthodox Woman she had fallen in love and married a Black Man. The subsequent hostility shown them resulted in a divorce. Now her son was shunned like a leper, for possessing “inferior Negro” blood and she didn’t want that for him and so one was going to change it there, so she allowed him not to go to church!

      I pondered on this and decided it was best to leave. God had made me a Black Woman and it was NOT a podvig or cross I needed to bear and continue going to church, their racism is Their problem not mine.

      Fast forward today, I am 62 and no longer a religious Conservative as I had been from childhood going from rebelling against Vatican II, going into: Conservative Protestantism, rad trad Catholicism- the SSPX and Society of St. Pius V and Eastern Orthodoxy.

      As I see a connection and similarity to anti Feminism, anti LGBT ism and White Supremacy all running side by side in “Traditional Christianity” with the Russian Orthodox Church in Russia as its vanguard replete with misogyny, violence against Gays and taking up the mantle as an Aryan White Nation (Hitler would Vomit at the notion of Slavs being considered as Aryans!) and the great White Hope vanguard Nation against “White Genocide”, I have to let my conscience Trump over my fancies.

      Thus the American Episcopal Church, pro choice, pro LGBT and anti White Supremacy, anti Racism is for ME at 62 no matter how bare and plain the exterior and the service is.

      Can’t give up following the Julian Calendar though, but I won’t forget that there’s no faith in finery and is beauty worth the racism and dehumanization of others.

  • Hello! I am a Latin with great respect for Eastern Catholic liturgy and traditions. Could you give me some background to this? I have just discovered your blow. God bless!