I like PRAVDA.Ru publications on scientology very much and thank you for the invitation to say what readers think on the problem. Let me introduce myself: my name is Mikhail Romanov, I was born in the Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod, lived in Ukraine for some time, then worked on probation in Germany and Scotland; currently live in the USA. I would like to share my personal impressions and ideas with PRAVDA.Ru readers.
Recently I carried on polemics with a colleague from Ukraine, who still doesn’t understand and adopt Orthodoxy, but all the same attends a subsidiary of the American Full Gospel Church (and a stumper for you immediately: is there a Gospel which isn’t full?) in the Ukrainian city of Zaporozhje, which is also called the charismatic church.
So, every man follows his own way of experiencing the life, spiritual one if you wish. Some people come across some phenomena earlier and some later. I would like to say for my own part that since the time of perestroika, I had to study lots of things, the same way pupils do at school. I took interest in neo-protestant manifestations: in theosophy, the Rerichs’ teaching for example; in pseudo-Christian studies, Iegova Witnesses, even esoteric, and so on. However, each of the inclinations passed with the course of time. For instance, I lost my interest in esotericism when I learnt from the Brokgauz-Efron dictionary that the secret study was the same as occultism. (It is strange but the online version of the Brokgauz-Efron dictionary is based upon its minor edition issued in 1907 in St.Petersburg, where unfortunately we can’t find all information published in the major edition). Another interesting thing I learnt was that Shambala was the abode of evil spirits, which completely changed my view upon the Rerichs’ teaching. I got information from different sources which helped me in making my own view on the things.
I have been living abroad for five years already, you understand the period is great enough. There is notable difference between being a tourist or living in some place for a long period. You start realizing things differently: what is amazing at the first glance, wans at the second.
I don’t mean that the USA, Great Britain or other highly developed capitalist powers are bad countries or that people living there are not good enough. But policies realized in these countries are baneful not only for themselves, but also for the rest of the world. It is the struggle for subjection of human minds and souls. For instance, a grand-scale system of information propaganda was set up in the USA to zombie and control the US population; and what is more, a network of thousands of so-called churches is created. Here is the list of churches situated in Lancing (Michigan) and in the district:
Churches-African Methodist Episcopal (3)
Churches-Apostolic Faith (2)
Churches-Assemblies Of God (12)
Churches-Baptist-Conservative Baptist Association (1)
Churches-Baptist-General Association Of Regular Baptist (1)
Churches-Baptist-General Conference (1)
Churches-Baptist-National Convention-USA (2)
Churches-Baptist-North American (1)
Churches-Christian Methodist Episcopal (1)
Churches-Christian Science (2)
Churches-Christian-Disciples Of Christ (1)
Churches-Church Of Christ (6)
Churches-Church Of Christ-Christian (6)
Churches-Church Of God (5)
Churches-Church Of God In Christ (10)
Churches-Church Of God-Anderson (3)
Churches-Church Of God-Cleveland (2)
Churches-Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-day Saints (9)
Churches-Church Of The Brethren (1)
Churches-Church Of The Nazarene (18)
Churches-Community Of Christ (3)
Churches-Eastern Catholic (2)
Churches-Evangelical Covenant (1)
Churches-Evangelical Free (1)
Churches-Free Methodist (6)
Churches-Full Gospel (7)
Churches-Full Gospel Non-Denominational (2)
Churches-Independent Fundamental (1)
Churches-Jehovah's Witnesses (10)
Churches-Lutheran-Evangelical Lutheran Church In America (11)
Churches-Lutheran-Missouri Synod (11)
Churches-Lutheran-Wisconsin Synod (7)
Churches-Pentecostal Church Of God (3)
Churches-Reformed Church In America (2)
Churches-Sabbath Observing (1)
Churches-Seventh-day Adventist (6)
Churches-Unitarian Universalist (1)
Churches-United Brethren In Christ (4)
Churches-United Church Of Christ (9)
Churches-United Methodist (43)
Churches-Various Denominations (1)
Churches-Word Of Faith (1)
Convents & Monasteries (2)
Masonic Temples (11)
Isn’t it too much? Figures in brackets mean the number of temples and chapels in each of the denominations. If the brackets are opened, you will get amazed at the variety of churches; you never know to what denomination each church may belong. At that, churches mentioned in the first line as Churches (114) are not included in the following categories. So, there are 568 churches, or institutions of this kind, in the city which population makes up 127,000 people.
The list of churches isn’t a complete one, as there are no synagogues mentioned on it. And it’s not clear which church is to be attended. Why the number of churches in the city is so great? The same can be observed in any other city or state. There are lots of round-the-clock TV channels broadcasting programs of an allegedly religious, Christian nature. What are the programs about? They demonstrate gatherings of people which look very much like brainwashing hypnotist performances or pop-concerts. What can they teach the people? What do they want to say to the people living thousands kilometers from the US borders. It is said: “Beware of pseudo-prophets in sheep’s clothing who visit you, as they are predatory wolves under the clothing.” Another problem: where is financing for the churches coming from, and for what purpose?
There is only one Russian church on the list of Orthodox churches, which supposedly won’t live long. An undeclared war has been waged against it. There are enmity and distemper in the parish: priest Mikhail Bondar has been practically driven out of the parish. You already know perfectly well what is going on toward the American Catholic church.
Against this background, I realize one thing: the churches which history makes up over 1,000 years, I mean the Orthodox and Catholic ones, are not only unpopular in the USA, but are even victimized there. What is more, nobody among those who rule America actually need religion; the society is permeated with anti-religious and immoral principles. And the great number of churches was opened in the USA only with the view of befogging people’s minds.
I would venture to say that main objective of the US policy is to gain the universal domination, thrust its American pseudo-culture and its standards, including even religious ones upon the rest of the world. It also aims at breaking people’s morals and national dignity. People carrying the policy on artfully use the creed of ancient conquerors: Divide and Empera! Americans also strongly believe that to capture some other nation you shouldn’t destroy it physically, it is quite enough to beat it in an ideological struggle. Although, American uranium-filled bombs are also good enough to drop on Orthodox Serbs or Serbian churches. And the Soviet Union or Yugoslavian federation fell victims to this policy. Benny Hinn wasn’t mistaken when he called his mission a crusade. Indeed, a real ideological intervention has been launched. As is known, much is seen from far away, especially when looking at Russia or Ukraine from the USA.
Why did all these missionaries-millionaires come? Do they want to turn Russians into ivans who don’t feel their kinship and blindfold worship the golden calf. Introduction of the neo-Gospel teaching in Russia is in fact Americanization of the Slavic nation.
Doctor of Biology
Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA
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