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Worthy Christian News » Detained for distributing Greek New Testaments in Greece

By Joseph DeCaro

The detainees were part of almost 400 volunteers from 25 countries that had gathered near ancient Philippi to participate in a mass Bible distribution project called Operation Joshua 6.

Although most of the New Testament was originally written in ancient Greek, very few Greeks have their own Bibles because they believe it can only be understood and interpreted by Orthodox priests, theologians or academics.

Yet Greece has its own Bible Society, which has produced a modern Bible translation approved by the Greek State church; this translation — endorsed by four patriarchs of the Orthodox Church — was distributed by Hellenic Ministries during the Operation Joshua campaign.

However, the campaign has been strongly opposed by Greek civic and religious leaders who have condemned Hellenic Ministries as a cult even though there has been no attempt to enlist members into the movement, or to entice Greeks away from the teachings of their Bible and its Patriarchs.

Notwithstanding, some Orthodox priests have instructed their flocks to burn the scriptures being distributed by Hellenic ministries because "it cannot be a holy book if it is distributed by heretics"; others have threatened legal action and even physical force to oppose Operation Joshua.

"We are gathering almost 400 volunteers, who come to join us at their own expense …," said Steve Dutton, International Director of Hellenic Ministries, "yet, the work that they are doing is seemingly opposed at every turn. This sort of attitude is extremely difficult to understand from a country which claims to be a Christian country with ties to the early Apostles, the birthplace of democracy and with a constitution that today guarantees religious freedom."

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  • lifesharer
    5 August 2013 at 2:50 pm - Reply

    CLASSIC STUPIDITY OF THE SO CALLED ORTHODOXY AND A KNEE JERK OVER REACTION TO THE FREEDOM OF RELIGION PRINCIPLES. THEY ARE TERRIFIED THAT OF PEOPLE ACTUALLY READ THE BIBLE . THEY WILL SOON LOSE THE BLINDERS AND SHACKLES OF THE NICOLAITIAN SPIRIT OF RELIGIOUS SLAVERY THEY HAVE BEEN HELD UNDER LO THESE MILLENNIUM BY THESE WICKED HIRELINGS AND MERCHANDISERS OF THE PEOPLE OF GOD..

  • David MacKenzie
    8 August 2013 at 12:00 pm - Reply

    Let's not forget the ridiculous Nazi-era legislation (never removed) that forbids evangelism in places like Crete. Greece absolutely needs to open-up; greater accessibility to the Gospel, whether through priests or without priests, can only help Greece— especially right now.

  • Aaron David
    11 August 2013 at 5:26 am - Reply

    Orthodoxy is DESTROYED when people can read God's words for themselves and learn that THEY are the PRIESTS and the SAINTS and those who keep THIS understanding from them are the CHILDREN OF SATAN. 1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

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