07 May 2011

Holy man or fraud. Whom can we trust?

Reported in the UK Telegraph by Bonnie Malkin, Sydney
A self-styled Greek Orthodox "holy man" was jailed in Australia for 15 years after he was found guilty of tricking two women into having sex with him by claiming it would lift black magic curses placed on their families. Tony Golossian went to trial last year in Sydney. The court heard that he used his respected position in the Greek community to "brainwash" two women, repeatedly raping them during "prayer sessions" over the course of seven years and telling them that if they resisted one of their family members would fall ill or die.

During the rapes, which his co-accused Arthur Psichogios also took part, he would blindfold the women and tell them that they were dreaming.

Despite maintaining his innocence throughout the trial, Golossian, 63, was found guilty of 24 charges relating to rape of the two women in December and was yesterday sentenced to a minimum of 15 years. Psichogios, 41, was jailed for at least 12 years and his wife Frances Psichogios, 38, who was convicted over the drugging and assault of one victim, was sent to prison for five years.

Judge Penelope Hock said the men had carried out a calculated plan to take advantage of the women's vulnerability, causing them both "substantial" harm, the Australian Associated Press reported.

VICTIMS reported: "I am continually haunted by what has happened and what seems like a never-ending nightmare," one of the women said in her victim impact statement.
Another said: "Bit by bit, day by day, month by month, year by year, they chipped away at my soul and broke me down."

Wow, shame upon shame. Shame because of the hoax. Shame because it was done in the name of religion and an alleged Christian situation. You have to look back at the original version, at the Founder of the religion, to see how it was done.

This from the Apostle Paul, a Turkish born Jew, from Tarsus, who studied under a famous rabbi Gamaliel, and became a follower of Y’shua: “Messiah redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree” in order that in Y’shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” (in his letter to the Galatians chapter 3, verses 13 and 14)

This matches the activities of the Messiah in his public ministry. “A woman who had been suffering from a hemorrhage for twelve years, came up behind Him and touched the fringe of His cloak; for she was saying to herself, “If I only touch His garment, I shall get well.” But Y’shua turning and seeing her said, “Daughter, take courage; your faith has made you well.” And at once the woman was made well.” (recorded by the biographer Matthew, a former tax collector, and follower of Y’shua, in his book, chapter 9, verses 20-22)

This sounds like Y’shua cares about people, wants to break the curse for them and didn’t need drugs to coax them into a brainwash, no need for false prayers, no need for trickery and lies.

Whom can we trust? A phony holy man (Golossian) and his accomplices or a former carpenter (Y’shua) turned preacher who ended up dying for our sins and rising from the dead. The choice is ever yours.

3 comments:

christopher.haas said...

Very sad. Many, many news articles online related to this sordid affair. For me, the tip-off in the posted article was the phrase "self-styled Greek Orthodox holy man." Every holy person I've every encountered denies the label vehemently and flees from recognition. A ground-breaking article on sexual abuse within Orthodoxy (and a great resource for any concerned Christian) is the article, "Spiritual Parenthood in the Church Family" by Mother Raphaela of the Holy Myrrhbearers Monastery in Otego, NY. The article may be found at Pokrov.org (a website concerned with abuse issues within Orthodoxy). Mother Raphaela's article is at:
http://pokrov.org/display.asp?ds=Person&id=777

Bob said...

Thanks Chris. Good points. May we be guarded and guard others from such self-declarations. Our God alone is the Holy One.

Richard Maffeo said...

As St. Paul once wrote: For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. (2 Cor 11:13-14).

Thus, as for me and my house, we will follow Jesus.