The church seance

All of this is NOT MY OPINION — But — This Is The TEACHING of the Orthodox Christian Church. We do NOT assert our “own” opinions BUT abide by the teachings of the Holy Fathers of the Church.

Now, we move to the matter of malicious ghosts, the nasty type which pop up in horror movies and novels. Saint Thomas clearly states that the souls of the dead, who are not in heaven , can never appear to the living without God’s consent. But why would God ever allow ghosts to “haunt” people?

The Bible directs us to invoke those in heaven and ask them to pray with us. Thus in Psalms 103, we pray, "Bless the Lord, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, hearkening to the voice of his word! Bless the Lord, all his hosts, his ministers that do his will!" (Ps. 103:20-21). And in Psalms 148 we pray, "Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise him in the heights! Praise him, all his angels, praise him, all his host!" (Ps. 148:1-2). 

Not only do those in heaven pray with us, they also pray for us. In the book of Revelation, we read: "[An] angel came and stood at the altar [in heaven] with a golden censer; and he was given much incense to mingle with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar before the throne; and the smoke of the incense rose with the prayers of the saints from the hand of the angel before God" (Rev. 8:3-4). 

And those in heaven who offer to God our prayers aren’t just angels, but humans as well. John sees that "the twenty-four elders [the leaders of the people of God in heaven] fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and with golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints" (Rev. 5:8). The simple fact is, as this passage shows: The saints in heaven offer to God the prayers of the saints on earth. 

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Produced and engineered by Peter Walsh
Additional Engineering by Guy 'De Vox' Gray
Strings and Horns arranged by Steve Kilbey ("Night Of Light", "Youth Worshipper") and Peter Walsh ("Night Of Light", "Happy Hunting Ground")
Orchestrated by Tony Ansell
1st Violin: Philip Hartl
Keyboards: Rick Chadwick (courtesy CBS Records )
Choir ("Already Yesterday"): Mark Williams, Mark Punch (courtesy CBS Records), Shauna Jensen, Maggie McKinney
Sound Effects: Leon
Cover photography: Caught 'n Framed (Wendy McDougall)

Founding members are Steve Kilbey on lead vocals and bass guitar, and Peter Koppes and Marty Willson-Piper on guitars. Drummer Nick Ward played only on their first album; through the 1980s the band's stable drummer for eight years (1982-1990) was Richard Ploog, who left the band after Gold Afternoon Fix. Jay Dee Daugherty (ex-Patti Smith Band) played drums for the band 1990-1994, after which Tim Powles became the longest-serving drummer; having played with the band, since 1996 he has now been a member for 18 years. Three of the members recorded material as The Refo:mation in 1997.

In 2010, Second Motion Records released a single disc remaster, including the two bonus tracks, as part of their 30th Anniversary Series .

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