Tonight James lead us through an inspirational sermon on Depression, and how God, Church and Fellowship can help heal the soul. Thank you James!

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Passages in the Bible referenced tonight on the topic of Depression:

 James 5:13 - 20 

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  1. James Wiliams

    Depression and anxiety are psychosomatic illnesses experienced that are initiated from the violation or the ignoring or trespassing of self-conscience. The mind is described to work normally only when coinciding with a person’s divine given conscience. The nature of conscience is described by the Holy Fathers of the Greek Orthodox Church to be Christ centered and to also be ~the mind of our minds~. In [Romans 2:14] we are informed that the conscience will be the law by which each and every person is going to be judged at His Second Coming who never in their lives got to know the commandments and WILL of God as to the Salvation of man! [Romans 2:14] “For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves”.
    Violating the conscience on a frequent basis will eventually cause a chemical reaction to the brain (because of un natural conditions present) known to psychiatry as depression or other illnesses that are usually taking care of with psychiatric medicine. The conditions (passions) however that bring on the illness of the brain (depression) do not spring from the mind are given birth to by the ill begotten heart/soul. [Matthew 15-19] “FOR OUT OF THE HEART PROCEED EVIL THOUGHTS MURDERS ADULTERIES FORNICATIONS THEFTS FALSE WITNESS BLASPHEMIES” Furthermore vainglory, ego, envy, hatred, lustiness stinginess and greed are equally strong passions that siege the heart (self-will) and force the mind (body) in the un natural act of sin. The illnesses of the heart (as described in Mathew 15:19) are brought on to the heart by passions. Passions (like vainglory) not only hamper the normal functioning of the mind by captivating it they also deny it to work naturally and they can eventually cause the chemical un balance known as psychiatric illness.
    A -Passion- according to Saint John of the Ladder (the book the ladder of Virtues 6th century), is a -mischievous thought- that becomes nested in the soul (heart) that becomes a routine (habit) over a period of time, making the soul to be attracted to it, in a manner where the soul runs to it willingly (on her own accord) and not by enforcement. The ill begotten soul/mind willingly down falls to the somatic act of sin.
    According to Saint Nicodimos, a mischievous thought are the “words/wispers of demons” and the forerunners of passions”. These demonic urgings/successions (logismoi in Greek) can only be recognized as harmful by the Baptized Orthodox Christian person who knows he needs to acquire the morality of Christ (all virtues} and overcome all passions in order to acquire the type morality that will lead him to the Heavenly Kingdom. To the person who was not Baptized as delivered by the Holy Spirit 2000 years ago, they do not know that Salvation is all about SIN and not KNOWLEDGE and so they are not aware of the fact that the sustaining of the purity of the heart begotten at Baptism is the main precondition for Salvation/theosis…there by a logismos (an evil succession) is received just like another common thought and not something that needs to be eliminated from the heart and the mind! [Mathew5:8] “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God”.
    A Psychiatric illness is an illness of the body/mind that is a gift from philanthropist God letting us know that “there is something wrong…there is something we need to take care of!
    Lord Jesus did not come to teach philosophically buy THERAPEUTICALLY : (to cure man and enable him back to the presence of God.
    The role of the soul in Psychiatry and Psycology

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