The above warning was given to me when I first met Orthodoxy in 1986. Today [2009] it is even more perilous, even more difficult to find the Royal Path. For one thing there is a far greater abundance of misinformation. And many materials are missing, and other materials are being rapidly rewritten. For another thing there are fewer than ever guides remaining on the Royal Path, especially who speak English. Hopefully this website will be a place where Newcomers to the Faith can keep at least one foot on solid ground, while they are "exploring."

blog owner: Joanna Higginbotham


jurisdiction: ROCA under Vladyka Agafangel

who did not submit to the RocorMP union in 2007


02 May 2020

The Saker

Website Review

Notice concerning The Saker blog

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Joanna Higginbotham

Sat, May 2, 2020 at 9:06 AM
To: vineyardsaker@gmail.com

Christ is risen!
Dear Andrei,

I am an Orthodox Christian in the ROCOR under Vl. Agafangel, a Sister Church to the GOC.  I am very disturbed by the idea reflected on your blog, https://thesaker.is, that Moslems and Christians have the same God.  Your relationships with Moslems is inappropriate.   A true Orthodox Christian should not closely associate with a Moslem except to convert him.

Neither does a true Orthodox Christian hobnob with blasphemers of Christ.  To name one: your featured blog contributor: Eric Zuesse, author of Christ's Ventriloquists.

Everyone is allowed their opinion, so this is not the cause of my writing to you today.   What concerns me is that it is known you are a member of the GOC, and your opinions/associations are made public.  Your indifference to the truth is offensive to the Church, and those who love the Church should be offended.  Apparently though, you are permitted to continue unimpeded.

It is too late for you to be anonymous on your blog.  The only solution I see is for your blog to close; or else, for you to disassociate yourself from the Sister Churches.  If Andrei Raevsky were in the MP or the ROCOR-MP, then The Saker could publish as he pleases without offending my Church.

I am also a blogger, owner of http://remnantrocor.blogspot.com.  And I am transparent about my Church.  I have pointed a good number of potential catechumens to the GOC, some of whom have made it to the baptismal font, and some with monastic leanings.  My readers come to me with questions, and I give them open and honest answers best as I can.  That includes being honest about The Saker blog.

This note is to let you know that on my blog I will speak out against The Saker blog.  This is not to debate with you about specific things you post or allow others to post.  Rather, it is only in general, to warn my readers that the owner of The Saker blogis not a representative or example of true Orthodox Christianity, despite his membership in the GOC.

In Christ,

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