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« on: February 07, 2007, 02:26:29 PM »

NOW IS NOT THE TIME TO KEEP SILENT!
by Hieromonk Theodosius, Caucasian desert-dweller

An open appeal to the hierarchs of the Moscow Patriarchate
In the previous issue of our church bulletin we
printed a timely article by monk Vsevolod (Filipyev) on the Moscow
summit of religious leaders. Now we are presenting an article
reflecting the view of the majority of religious people in Russia
on this issue. Of special value is the fact that the author of the
article is a clergyman of the Moscow Patriarchate.


In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy
Spirit!

It was my Christian conscience which prompted me to write
this appeal to you, hierarchs of the Russian Orthodox Church. I
was forced by a heartfelt pain for my native Church, which does
not allow me to keep silent.

The decisive reason for composing this appeal was
the scandalous lack of any negative reaction on the part of the MP
hierarchy to the so-called World Summit of Religious Leaders,
which took place in Moscow on 3-5 July 2006. In the months that
passed since that time (almost half-a-year), as far as we know not
a single bishop came out with a public rejection of the
blasphemous Declaration of the summit or in any
way openly denounced this abomination of iniquity.

Before our eyes and before the eyes of the entire
Orthodox world there gathered in the very heart of Moscow this
universal witches Sabbath, for there is no other way to
call it.Our; apostate hierarchs, who make up the modern
Sanhedrin, together with heretics, the godless, and villains of all kinds
publicly trampled upon the Holy Orthodox Faith. Thus, in essence,
in the final summit Declaration the religious leaders of the MP
acknowledge that they have the same god as the
Jews, the Catholics, the Moslems, and the pagans. And this actually means an
open and conscious renunciation of Christ, and support for the
world policy of integrating peoples and religions for the coming
Antichrist.

Some of the hierarchs participated in this disgrace,
others kept silent for fear of the Jews (John20:19), while
still others remained totally indifferent to whatever was
happening, as long as no one bothered them.

According to the Scriptures and the Holy Fathers,
Christians are called upon to denounce evil in this world
to denounce and not to condone evil or participate in it. For, as the
holy apostle Paul said, what fellowship hath righteousness
with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness? And
what concord hath Christ with Belial? Or what part hath he that
believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of
God with idols? For ye are the temple of the living
God (2 Cor. 6:14-16). And Apostle John says: If there come any unto
you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither
bid him Godspeed. For he that biddeth him Godspeed is partaker of
his evil deeds (2 John:10-11).

St. Ephraim the Syrian teaches: Non-communion with
heretics is the beauty of the Church and an expression of her
vitality, i.e. a sign that the Church has not become benumbed, but
is spiritually alive. However, if the Church does not keep
God’s commandment about non-communion, this means that the Church has
become spiritually benumbed. Yes, a terrible time is now
being experienced by our homeland, our God-bearing people. It appears as
though all the hosts of hell are up in arms against Holy Russia,
and there is no one to defend it. There is no leader in Holy
Russia, there is no Father-Tsar the Lord has taken him
away for our sins. The heart is bleeding Why are you keeping
silent, hierarchs? Do you not see how our Church is being torn apart by
rapacious wolves, thieves, and brigands? And there is no one to
stop the cunning wolves in sheep’s clothing,
who have penetrated Christ’s flock. Is there not a single zealous hierarch left
in Russia?!

I humbly appeal to those loyal hierarchs, who still
have a conscience and the fear of God. You have been granted
apostolic power from our Lord Jesus Christ. You have been granted
the word filled with the grace of spiritual power. The flock of
Christ has been entrusted to you, and for each lost sheep you will
be required to answer at the Last Judgment. Now is a unique time

a time for the trial of loyalty. Now is definitely not the time to
keep silent! St. Maxim the Confessor said: To keep silent
about truth is the same as to reject it. How topical are these
words in our times! Especially in recent times, taking advantage of the
fearful silence of church pastors, all manner of filth is
penetrating into our Church. This year the world counsel
of the ungodly did not meet with your denunciation. What will
happen next? For example, for November 2007 the MP Synod has scheduled a
theological conference on the subject of The Orthodox
teaching on church sacraments; which also cannot but alert the people
of God. Even more so since Church history attests to the fact that,
as a rule, the issue of the sacraments crops up during periods of
Church crises.

If the summary documents of this theological
conference, just like the documents of the world
religious summit, should contradict the teaching of the Orthodox
Church (for example, the grace of all Catholic sacraments were to be
 acknowledged)  will you again traitorously keep silent?
But donot forget what is said in the Apocalypse of John the Theologian:
But the fearful and all liars shall have their part
in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone (Rev. 21:Cool.

I am not calling upon anyone to run into the
catacombs or to go away into other jurisdictions; let the
heretics, the apostates, and the traitors depart. This is our
Church, and we have no right to abandon our suffering Mother. I am
not calling for a church schism or for ceasing to commemorate the
patriarch at the Divine liturgy. But I am calling upon you to
serve the Holy Church through preaching, to serve it with prayer
and holy combat against the forces of evil. I am calling upon you
to denounce the betrayal of faith, to let the people know what is
happening now, without any fear or craftiness. And afterwards the
Lord will find the means to cleanse His Church of heretics and
apostates in vestments (and often with insignia under the
vestments).

Raise your voices, hierarchs of God, as St. Gennadiy
of Novgorod and the venerable Joseph of Volotsk once raised their
voices against the heresy of the Hebraites. Raise your voices, as
the holy Patriarch Tikhon raised his in the terrible years of the
revolution. The word of truth, uttered by these righteous ones of
God, became the major weapon of victory, primarily a spiritual
one.

And even today your Word, filled with apostolic grace, could perform a miracle.
As once the apostles with their word resurrected people from the dead, so even now your Word and
the power of your prayer could resurrect the soul of the Russian
people.

The flock of Christ thirsts for the living
water, the living Word, which will disperse with its light the darkness
of the most sophisticated lie, which will force all slyness to
dissipate. Such a Word will become our most effective weapon in
the struggle both against open godlessness and against the
internal apostate spirit of lukewarmness within the Church. Yet if
you, our hierarchs, will not utter this life-giving Word of Truth,
the Lord will let this Word be uttered by the common Russian
church people the laymen and plain clergy  those
valiant, God-loving, and brotherly keepers of piety, in whose lips
there is no guile. And to whom the Lord said in the Apocalypse:
I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man
can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept My
word, and hast not denied My name And as thou hast kept the
word of My patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation,
which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon
the earth. Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou
hast (Rev. 3:8-11).

But look, ye hierarchs, in case of your rejection of
this mission, are you not those very same lukewarm false
Christians to whom applies the following thunderous denunciation
by God: I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor
hot; I would thou were cold or hot! But, because thou art lukewarm, and
neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of My mouth. Because
thou sayest: I am rich, and increased with goods, and have
need of nothing and knowest not thou that thou art wretched,
and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked Be zealous
therefore, and repent (Rev. 3:15-19).

To demand from you a zealous defense of the purity
of Orthodoxy is the duty of your flock, otherwise the flock will
bear the same responsibility for negligence in defending the holy
faith as do the clergymen. Before your eyes the Church canons,
apostolic rules, and the decrees of the Ecumenical Councils are
being openly flouted, while you look upon all this with
indifference. The people of God are being led like mute sheep to
sacrifice, while you keep silent. The Russian; government has
declared the courageous Orthodox fighters against the globalism of
Antichrist and the yoke of the world forces that is oppressing
Russia to be extremists, and subjects them to
persecution and even repression, fabricating criminal cases on the
incitement of international and inter-religious differences, which you
obsequiously support, disowning your brothers in Christ and
denouncing them as rebels and schismatics.

This is not how our holy forefathers acted. They
stood up for their holy Orthodox faith, their beloved homeland,
and their people in word and deed, and even, when necessary, they
did not regret their very lives.

The Lord said: ;Be thou faithful unto death,and I
will give thee a crown of life; (Rev. 2:10). Amen.

Hieromonk Theodosius,
Caucasian desert-dweller
16 November 2006



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