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A Great "Antiecumenist": Holy Prophet Elijah the Tishbite

A Great "Antiecumenist": Holy Prophet Elijah the Tishbite

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Article by romanian priest Dan Bădulescu
Article by romanian priest Dan Bădulescu

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A great "antiecumenist" Holy Prophet Elijah the Tishbite
Fr. Dan Bădulescu"And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, Art
 
thou he thattroubleth Israel?" And he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy father's house, in thatye have forsaken the commandments of the Lord, and thou hast followed Baalim."(1 Kings 18:17-18)We can understand from the above fragment how the "antiecumenists" are accused by the"ecumenist" leadership of the state that, by their attitude, they are causing harm and rebel the peopleagainst authority. This creates an "enemy of the people", just as later did the French masonrevolutionaries and the Eastern Communists. The action of the "rebel" antiecumenist would led todisastrous economic consequences for the state and nation.In fact, today as yesterday we see that things are exactly opposite: the plagues fall on people just because of the attitude of ecumenical apostasy in which the leaders attract them under the pretextof "twinning", of "reconciliation", of the humanist "peace", which ensure the welfare and happiness onearth!"Now therefore send,
and 
gather to me all Israel unto mount Carmel, and the prophets of Baalfour hundred and fifty, and the prophets of the groves four hundred, which eat at Jezebel's table. So1
 
Ahab sent unto all the children of Israel, and gathered the prophets together unto mount Carmel. AndElijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? If the Lord be
 
God,follow him: but if Baal, then
 
follow him. And the people answered him not a word." (1 Kings 18:19-21)The "halt between two opinions" shows doubt in faith of the Orthodox faithful (here theIsraelites). At this time of spiritual confusion they are not anchored in any of the two antagonistic
 
religions (faiths): the Church of God (here mosaism, Judaism) and the heretical, heterodox (hereBaalism), but walk towards losing path of syncretistic "ecumenism". The "antiecumenist" (here the prophet) trenchantly asks them to choose one of them, but the lack of faith of believers paralyzes their 
 
option and they prefer to remain in expectation, to see "Whose justice" and even "who is stronger"."Then said Elijah unto the people, I, even
 
I only, remain a prophet of the Lord; but Baal's prophets
are
four hundred and fifty men.
 
'" (1 Kings 18:22)The Scripture shows us as a terrible example over centuries, a close to the edge situation when
 
the Orthodox people (here the Israelites), the Orthodox faith has
only one important representative
onthe spot (we will see later that there were in the "catacombs", meaning hidden, other authenticOrthodox, which were not known). Precedent existed and was repeated in the history of the Church(see St. Athanasius the Great or St. Maximus the Confessor)"And he said, I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts: because the children of Israelhave forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I,
even I only, am lef
; and they seek my life, to take it away."..."Yet I have left me
seven thousan
inIsrael,
all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.' 
" (1Kings 19:14, 22)Since - as often happens – the spiritual, theological, rational arguments, common sense etc. areno longer of any use in softening of hardened hearts and opening of ears deaf to the truth, The HolyProphet was forced to use an overwhelming demonstration of supernatural power, i.e. a miracle of Godthat shows no right of appeal where the justice is:"Let them therefore give us two bullocks; and let them choose one bullock for themselves, andcut it in pieces, and lay it
 
on wood, and put no fire
under 
: and I will dress the other bullock, and lay iton wood, and put no fire under: And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the Lord: and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God. And all the people answered and said, Itis well spoken. And Elijah said unto the prophets of Baal, Choose you one bullock for yourselves, anddress
it 
first; for ye
are
many; and call on the name of your gods, but put no fire under." (1 Kings18:22-25) The wonder of fire ignition in the Old Testament may have as equivalent Holy the light (fire)that lights and proves each year which is the Orthodox Easter, it comes down to the
Orthodox
prayer of the
Orthodox
Patriarch of Jerusalem on the date of the
Orthodox
P
 
aschalion. The other 
heterodox
 bishops, not to speak about Hebrew and Muslim, are completely
unable
of this miracle, because theHoly Spirit has
left them
long time ago and does not listen to them, as they
do not call 
the
true
God!2
 
 "And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed it, and called on the nameof Baal from morning even until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was
 
no voice, nor any thatanswered. And they leaped upon the altar which was made. And it came to pass at noon,
that Elijahmocked them
, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or 
 
 peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked. And they cried aloud,
and cut themselvesafter their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them.
" (1 Kings 18:26-28) The Prophet of God does not prevent the scruples "diplomatic" and "humanitarian", but he
 
whipped the enemies of the true God as one must do, mocking an ridiculing them.Self mutilation scenes are seen nowadays at the papists who are whipping or hammeringthemselves, or are injured by broken glass. In the Philippines they perform even real crucifixions on thecross! All these things
 
 betray rituals of 
bodily
people whose
 spiritual 
understanding is entirely lost,their practices, having, of course, as much effect as they had on St. Elijah time."And it came to pass, when midday was past, and they prophesied until the time
 
of the offeringof the evening
 
sacrifice, that there was
 
neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded." (3Kings, 18:29) Nowadays at the Christian Church vespers, "the evening sacrifice" is a bloodless one, spiritual,it is praise and prayer. But at that dreadful moment the Holy Spirit choosed the path of the divine wrathand zeal (endeavour)."Burnt sacrifice" (Greek 
ολ ο κ α υ , τ ω µ α 
 ,
Latin
holocaust 
), was the supremesacrifice in the Old Testament made to the true God by his worshipers. Initially it was literally so, inthis case the bullock was sacrificed."And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me. And all the people came near untohim. And he repaired the altar of the Lord that was
 
 broken down. And Elijah took twelve stones,according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the Lord came,saying, Israel shall be thy name: And with the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD: and hemade a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two measures of seed. And he put the wood inorder, and cut the bullock in pieces, and laid him
 
on the wood, and said, Fill four barrels with water,and pour it
 
on the burnt sacrifice, and on the wood. And he said, Do it
 
the second time. And they did it3

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