Fr. Barnabas Powell is the priest of Sts. Raphael, Nicholas, and Irene Greek Orthodox Church. Fr. Barnabas is married to the former Connie Demas, and they have two daughters, Alexandra and Katerina. They live in the Cumming, GA area.
In this episode, Fr. Barnabas Powell discusses how modern Christians live in a world that bombards us with constant advertisements based on sensuality. This “Intoxication of Sensuality” in our culture has been made possible, in part, by the rejection by some modern Christians of the teaching that Mary was Ever-Virgin and that she can serve as a model for not indulging all carnal desires.
Fr. Barnabas explains how the scriptural witness actually supports the Church’s ancient teaching that the so-called “Brothers and Sisters of Jesus” are not the biological children of Mary and Joseph. Jesus made arrangements for the care of His mother while on the cross precisely because she did not have any other natural children. The consistent historical declaration of the Christian Church has been that Mary was a Virgin her entire life. Protestants may be surprised to learn that the earliest so-called Reformers, such as Martin Luther and John Calvin, still taught the Ever-Virginity of Mary. We are reminded that this teaching underscores Mary’s mission to be the singular instrument that allowed God to enter our World.
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