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BLASPHEMIES, DAMNED BLASPHEMIES, AND ASHLEY PURPURA

November 15, 2017

Someone could be tempted to take the spiritual belch of this spiritual freak as simple even though astonishing idiocy, but it is not: these people (he/she/it is not alone) are worse than Judas!

Their abomination is shared by those who still allow them to speak as Orthodox  and from alleged Orthodox pulpits, their priests and their bishops share in their sin and will receive the greater condemnation.

The only real question here is: what it takes today to be excommunicated!???

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THE SUPERSTITION OF DIVORCE

November 9, 2017

The modern man does not see that civilization stands or falls on the ability of people to keep their word and do what they promised, and not merely what they feel like in the moment. 

Apart from the absent-mindedly reference to Einstein, who was a charlatan not a genius (that was Nikola Tesla), these interview contains pearls of wisdom.

The “secular route” allows Chesterton to speak to everyone about things they can’t really deny. And there are those who would deny. Both individuals who want the “freedom” to do whatever they want, even if it is destructive (and they will deny or belittle the destruction), and forces of big business and government, and the powers behind them, who want ever-cheaper labor and to whom the family as a united thing is an obstacle to increased profits from and power over the people. The family is the one thing that commands an older and higher loyalty than that due to an employer or to the State. Break down the family, and the individual is helpless before the State. Marriage, held as a sacred thing, is a mainline defense against tyranny, and we have seen its sanctity destroyed.

“The point of divorce reform, it cannot be too often repeated, is that the rascal should not only be regarded as romantic, but regarded as respectable. He is not to sow his wild oats and settle down; he is merely to settle down to sowing his wild oats. They are to be regarded as tame and inoffensive oats; almost, if one may say so, as Quaker oats.” 

G.K.Chesterton

OVERSIGHTS

November 7, 2017

This list of prophecies about the Revolution of a century ago and the fate of the Rus’ (and the world, by consequence) is obviously incomplete; there are too many of them. Among many others, it’s missing one of the most striking because of its timing and the minute details. It’s the prophecy uttered by the holy man Gregory Novy (called Rasputin) a few days before his bestial murder:

“I feel that I shall leave life before January 1st. I wish to make known to the Russian people, to Papa (the Tsar), to the Russian Mother (the Tsarina) and to the Children what they must understand. If I am killed by common assassins, and especially by my brothers the Russian peasants, you, the Tsar of Russia, will have nothing to fear for your children, they will reign for hundreds of years. But if I am murdered by boyars, nobles, and if they shed my blood, their hands will remain soiled with my blood for twenty-five years and they will leave Russia. Brothers will kill brothers, and they will kill each other and hate each other, and for twenty-five years there will be no peace in the country. The Tsar of the land of Russia, if you hear the sound of the bell which will tell you that Grigori has been killed, you must know this: if it was your relations who have wrought my death, then none of your children will remain alive for more than two years. And if they do, they will beg for death as they will see the defeat of Russia, see the Antichrist coming, plague, poverty, destroyed churches, and desecrated sanctuaries where everyone is dead. The Russian Tsar, you will be killed by the Russian people and the people will be cursed and will serve as the devil’s weapon killing each other everywhere. Three times for 25 years they will destroy the Russian people and the orthodox faith and the Russian land will die. I shall be killed. I am no longer among the living. Pray, pray, be strong, and think of your blessed family.”

The Rus’ will not be delivered until the first of the New Martyrs will not be glorified and that filthy mummy will not be finally removed from the sacred heart of Rus’ power and buried. Then everything will be clear and the land will be cleansed even from the abominable collective infants’ sacrifice to Baal (calling it abortion does not change what it is), the Lord will finally see a complete repentance and restore the Christian Emperor.

All of this will not happen under a Patriarch who glorifies those who bowed to the beast instead of accepting their cross and allows the publishing of this so-called catechism, nor while still endures the mocking of the saints’ relics, sent by apostate or mortally negligent priests and hierarchs to imaginary trips aboard imaginary space stations orbiting an imaginary ball conceived by imaginary scientists worshipped by imaginative priests.

If the Rus’ will not produce fruits of true repentance, the Christian Empire will not be restored and, in my poor understanding, this world will not last another century.

BLIND MEN LEADING…..

October 29, 2017

Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.

It’s really hard to grasp the enormous amount of spiritual delusion necessary to make someone ordained to be a priest of the Most High utter the abysmal idiocy that after death everybody is a Christian, as this conceited imbecile does.

the demons also believe, and tremble.

THE BOUNDARIES OF THE CHURCH

October 18, 2017

I have liked very much this short essay by Vladyka Athanasius (Yevtich) on the boundaries of the Church, as much as I have disliked this video by the worthy Gregory Decapolite on the martyrdom of the heretics. This looks apparently like a paradox, as both works conclude rightly for the coincidence of the canonic and charismatic boundaries of the Church, but that’s hardly a surprise in Christianity. After all, have you ever seen something more paradoxical than God dying on the Cross? Indeed, the wisdom of the world is foolishness to God!

Both works share an absence too: they quote profusely the holy fathers of the Church, yet not a word from the Lord.

But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Eliah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land; but unto none of them was Eliah sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow. And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian.

The Bride is holy, indeed, and full of grace, but the Sovereign is the Bridegroom.

And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not us.
But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me. For he that is not against us is on our part.
For whosoever shall give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, he shall not lose his reward.

When you belong to the Church and fall away, then your sin is against the Holy Spirit. Verily there is no salvation outside the Church in that case.

When you do not belong to the Church, when nobody has announced you the Truth, when you have never seen Him as He is but only the fantasies about him of the world, and have been filled by the empty chatters of men lost in the vanity of their minds instead of being nourished by His Grace in the Sacraments, then your sin is not against the Truth.

If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin.
He that hateth me hateth my Father also.
If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father.

A Coptic killed for Christ’s sake or an Armenian massacred because unwilling to deny the Lord are not martyrs? I humbly suggest to avoid being so bold in giving a negative answer.

They do not confess a correct Christology, indeed. Yet I wonder how many of the brethren in my parish would be able to give even a rough resume of the theology of Chalcedon. How many of them would be able to expound the reasons of the terrifying theological consequences of the Filioque? How many Orthodox hold superstitious, i.e. blasphemous, beliefs? How many pious brothers have departed without a correct understanding of the Misteries of God? How many priests of the Most High preaches heresies today? How many did yesterday?

After all, even St. Augustine of Hippo had a flawed understanding of the Holy Trinity. St. Gregory of Nyssa, then, believed that the death on the Cross was a sacrifice to satisfy the devil. I could continue, but I will not, lest I give the impression that a sinner is judging the saints.

The canonic and charismatic boundaries of the Church coincide indeed, but not everything found within the canonic boundaries is charismatic.

If the Lord has guaranteed a reward for a cup of water given in His name, should I listen to zealous brothers who deny that reward for a barrel of blood, one’s own life, given confessing His name? I will not!

Glory be to God, the judgement is of the Lord!

I exhort you, my brethren: do not identify the Church with the sensible, earthly forms and systems of appearance in this world, for it could lead to a sort of idolatry. Only the Sacraments are always charismatic, and there are no Sacraments outside the canonical boundaries of the Church, but mere sacramental forms and ecclesial forms.

The difference between a Sacrament and a sacramental form is the difference between a gun and a toy-gun, roughly speaking. The latter has the form of a gun, but it’s not of much use in a fight, even if it can make a certain impression at first. The ecclesial forms can baptize with water, only the Church baptizes with the Spirit. Therefore, whoever is baptized outside the Church may not be baptized again, provided that the baptism is made with water in the name of the Holy Trinity by a Christian, though in error (this excludes all the ecclesial forms which ordains women or justify the abomination of Sodom or preach that the Eucharist and the Resurrection are just symbolic), but should always be chrismated when in repentance ask to be joined to the Church. There is the form, but only the Body of Christ can liven it.

Anyway, these sacramental and ecclesial forms are deprived of the Spirit, but they are not deprived of the mercy of God.

For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.
So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.

God is not a bureaucrat. His requirements at the Dreadful Seat will not be the right certificate of baptism nor a prolusion about the degree of influence by Evagrius in St. Maximos the Confessor.

Remember that the Lord of Glory was crucified by those who sat in Moses’ seat; and just a few years after St. Constantine the Great did set free the Church, Her hierarchies were for the most part heretics. The present often is not less shameful!

“The road to Hell is paved with the bones of priests and monks, and the skulls of bishops are the lamp posts that light the path.”

St. John Chrysostom

The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

The canonic and charismatic boundaries of the Church coincide indeed, but it’s the Holy Spirit Who fills and leads the Church, not the other way around. The Church does not define nor delimit the Holy Spirit; it’s the other way around!

The Bride does not have authority upon the Bridegroom. It’s the Spirit Who quickens the Body, not the other way around!

OVERSIGHTS

October 9, 2017

“And unto the angel of the Russian Church write: ‘I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast My name, and hast not denied My faith, even in those days wherein Tikhon was My faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth’”

The good Paul Smirnov has forgotten to report the remaining verses that the Lord addressed to the Church in Pergamos, that he has transposed to the Church in the Rus’ lands.

But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of the beast, who taught Sergius to cast a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to despise the blood of the martyrs, and to slander My confessors.

So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Sergianites, which thing I hate.

Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.

I humbly exhorts the Rus’ hierarchies to come to their senses, lest the Lord removes their lampstand and appoints their lot with the hypocrites.

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.
Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous, and say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.
Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.
Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.
Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?

IN HOC SIGNO VINCES

September 27, 2017

The Universal Exaltation of the Precious and Life-giving Cross.

The Scripture Readings

John 12:28-36 Matins Gospel (The Universal Exaltation)
1 Corinthians 1:18-24 The Universal Exaltation
John 19:6-11, 13-20, 25-28, 30-35 The Universal Exaltation

“O Lord, save Thy people and bless Thine inheritance.

Grant victory unto Orthodox Christians over their adversaries, and by the virtue of Thy Cross, preserve Thy habitation.”

The Taking Down from the Cross

The Cross and the Resurrection

Resurrection

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written:“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, And bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.”

Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.

For Jews request a sign, and Greeks seek after wisdom; but we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.

Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

Alas, the Patriarchate of Moscow still fumble in the schizophrenic delusion that it’s possible to venerate both those who embraced the Cross (all the new Martyrs and Confessors of the Rus’) and those who refused their Cross and bowed to the beast (painted red for the occasion).

That’s the reason why the Rus’ is still stuck in the quagmire which entraps all the madmen who thinks it’s possible to follow Christ a little and the world a little more. In that quagmire we will stay, if these are all the fruits of repentance we are able to produce.

You can pray for Metropolitan Sergius, but nothing more. There’s nothing to boast of in his shameful submission to the butchers of Christ’s flock, yet Patriarch Kyrill and many of our hierarchs evidently think that without him the gates of hell would have prevailed against the Church.

Therefore, my worst fears are bitterly confirmed: actually, our hierarchies do really believe they know better than the Lord.

He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.

GOD FORBID THAT WE BOAST IN ANYTHING BUT THE CROSS OF CHRIST

P.S. – PRO MEMORIA

ADDENDUM

“And unto the angel of the Russian Church write: ‘I know thy works, and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is: and thou holdest fast My name, and hast not denied My faith, even in those days wherein Tikhon was My faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth’”

The good Paul Smirnov has forgotten to report the remaining verses that the Lord addressed to the Church in Pergamos, that he has transposed to the Church in the Rus’ lands.

But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of the beast, who taught Sergius to cast a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to despise the blood of the martyrs, and to slander My confessors.

So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Sergianites, which thing I hate.

Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.

I humbly exhorts the Rus’ hierarchies to come to their senses, lest the Lord removes their lampstand and appoints their lot with the hypocrites.

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.
Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous, and say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.
Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.
Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.
Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?

This list of prophecies about the Revolution of a century ago and the fate of the Rus’ (and the world, by consequence) is obviously incomplete; there are too many of them. Among many others, it’s missing one of the most striking because of its timing and the minute details. It’s the prophecy uttered by the holy man Gregory Novy (called Rasputin) a few days before his bestial murder:

“I feel that I shall leave life before January 1st. I wish to make known to the Russian people, to Papa (the Tsar), to the Russian Mother (the Tsarina) and to the Children what they must understand. If I am killed by common assassins, and especially by my brothers the Russian peasants, you, the Tsar of Russia, will have nothing to fear for your children, they will reign for hundreds of years. But if I am murdered by boyars, nobles, and if they shed my blood, their hands will remain soiled with my blood for twenty-five years and they will leave Russia. Brothers will kill brothers, and they will kill each other and hate each other, and for twenty-five years there will be no peace in the country. The Tsar of the land of Russia, if you hear the sound of the bell which will tell you that Grigori has been killed, you must know this: if it was your relations who have wrought my death, then none of your children will remain alive for more than two years. And if they do, they will beg for death as they will see the defeat of Russia, see the Antichrist coming, plague, poverty, destroyed churches, and desecrated sanctuaries where everyone is dead. The Russian Tsar, you will be killed by the Russian people and the people will be cursed and will serve as the devil’s weapon killing each other everywhere. Three times for 25 years they will destroy the Russian people and the orthodox faith and the Russian land will die. I shall be killed. I am no longer among the living. Pray, pray, be strong, and think of your blessed family.”

Please note that the first of the New Martyrs was not killed by the Bolsheviks. That’s the reason why the fight of the White Army was not blessed by the Lord and they were defeated by the Red beast: they had their root in the perjury and betrayal of the Tsar and his inprisonment, in those pathetic apostates thinking that they could substitute the Anointed. They were the ones who removed the Christian Emperor, not the Bolsheviks, opening the gates which kept all the Hell’s powers from swarming the earth.

White and Red were two faces of the same coin, the thesis and the antithesis of the devil!

The Rus’ will not be delivered until the first of the New Martyrs will not be glorified and that filthy mummy will not be finally removed from the sacred heart of Rus’ power and buried. Then everything will be clear and the land will be cleansed even from the abominable collective infants’ sacrifice to Baal (calling it abortion does not change what it is), the Lord will finally see a complete repentance and restore the Christian Emperor.

All of this will not happen under a Patriarch who glorifies those who bowed to the beast instead of accepting their cross and allows the publishing of this so-called catechism, nor while still endures the mocking of the saints’ relics, sent by apostate or mortally negligent priests and hierarchs to imaginary trips aboard imaginary space stations orbiting an imaginary ball conceived by imaginary scientists worshipped by imaginative priests.

If the Rus’ will not produce fruits of true repentance, the Christian Empire will not be restored and, in my poor understanding, this world will not last another century.

Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars

September 21, 2017

Thursday of the 16th week after Pentecost; Tone VI

Nativity of Our Most Holy Lady Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary

THE CONCEALED APOSTASY

September 15, 2017

A White Flag in Front of the Aggression of Secularism

—Fr. Raphael, can you point to some concrete features or characteristics of modernism—its distinctive features, so to speak?

—You can point to a whole number of such features. It’s not necessarily that the article or lecture of some modernist will present all the points, but even one is enough to understand that we are dealing with reformism. You don’t have to change all the numbers in a complex formula: It’s enough to change one number, and the whole formula won’t work; one deep wound on a man’s body is enough for blood to flow. Therefore, the errors of modernists enumerated can be contained in any composition, or even be limited to one.[2]

1. Modernists deny the transmission of Adam’s sin to his descendants.

2. They deny the atonement or distort its meaning.

3. They are skeptical towards miracles described in the Bible and in the lives of the saints.

4. They deny the transubstantiation of the Holy Gifts celebrated in the Liturgy.

5. They are hostile to the word “mysticism,” consciously confusing Orthodox mysticism with false mysticism.

6. They strive for language reform—replacing the ancient liturgical language for the modern language, which is less responsive to the dynamics of prayer.

7. They consider the love of God in isolation from the justice of God, thus drawing Divine love into the justification of moral permissiveness.

8. They distort the concept of the Church, namely the dogma of “I believe in one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.” They believe that people can be saved in other religious confessions, or even in the absence of any religious faith. They ignore the action of the Holy Spirit Who abides in the Church, and deny the holiness of the Church and the purity of its teachings. They substitute the conciliar consciousness of the Church for their own conjectures and speculations.

9. They try to rationalize theology and worship, generally coldly relating to the services, considering them a secondary matter for salvation.

10. They relate to Holy Tradition, customs, and continuity nihilistically.

11. According to modernists, classical, orthodox theology is nothing more than “spiritual stagnation and boredom.”

12. To hide their anti-Orthodox orientation, modernists affirm in one place that which they deny in another; they deny that which they themselves earlier proved. In this regard, if a modernist is denounced for heretical thoughts, then he refers to another place in his statements and says that his views should be considered not in isolation, but as a whole; but what this whole means is unclear. Modernists resort to such a technique in order to create confusion in the minds of the Orthodox.

13. Many modernists try to rehabilitate the teachings of Origen and almost make him out to be a victim of delusion on the part of Orthodox apologists—the fathers of the Ecumenical Councils. For modernists, Origen is an uncanonized saint.

14. They teach that universalism is pre-determined by God, that is, inevitable. They not only repeat variations of the apokatastasis of Origen, but in some cases go much further. If for Origen the sinner must go through purifying suffering on earth, then some modernists believe it’s enough for a sinner to desire salvation and he will be saved.

15. Modernists downplay the importance of both the angelic and demonic powers in the history of the world and the moral life of every man. They are inclined to write off demonic temptation as emotional effects and mental disorders.

16. Modernists try to discredit Church authorities and religious books.

17. They veer between evolutionary and creationist teachings about the creation of the world and man, and advocate a compromise hypothesis.

18. Modernists use forgery in their critical attacks on Orthodox teaching: Their assumptions are displayed as facts, and their shaky foundations as hard evidence.

19. By assembling quotes and manipulating fragments plucked from Patristic writings, they ascribe to the holy fathers those opinions that suit them, regardless of Church exegesis and the rules of hermeneutics.

20. Modernists, expressing their thoughts, try not to fully reveal them, so as not to betray their anti-Orthodox nature. Therefore, modernists feel the fragmentation and incompleteness of conceptual views.

21. Modernists’ deficiency of faith is disguised as broadmindedness. They speculate with the words “science,” “education,” and “progress.”

[Indeed, they have an unbreakable faith in the idol they call “science”. They question everything, from the Scripture to the words of our Lord to the holy tradition of the Fathers in the Church, but every idiocy uttered by the scientist idol through its pathetic oracles is taken by them at once as sacred dogma. All of them believe firmly to live upon a mad ball, blessed by democratic progress sculpted in unfailing love for the unrepentant, wandering aimlessly in a demential universe. They are the fullest fulfilment of the prophecy of St. Anthony the Great! – ndM]

22. Modernism not only indulges human passions and worldly tastes, but sometimes even comes to a cynical attitude toward sacred objects. They speak about metaphysical problems with jokes and grins that destroy the sense of awe towards faith. Divinity is a fire, to which it is impossible to draw near without repentance and awe. Some theologians act as if they want to borrow the glory of Mullah Nasreddin.[3]

—What is it that propels a Church person to become a modernist?

—What propels him is that which the Gospel warns us about: pride of the mind, lust of the flesh, and the temptations of the world, with its semi-pagan spirit and the cult of pleasure. It’s the desire to combine the incompatible: holiness and sin, love for Christ with the lust of the world, the Church with the Tower of Babel, Divine revelation with limited concepts and ideas stricken with pride, under the influence of the passions and the egotism of human reason. It is the desire not to submit to revelation, but for revelation to submit to you; it is an attitude towards Tradition as to raw material from which you can sculpt any form and which you can interpret in conformance with the voice of your own passions and desires. In the words of the secular poet: “The white rose with the black toad I wanted to marry in the land.” The thrust of modernists’ thinking is directed towards the earth and is subject to history. For them, religion is not a revelation of eternity in time and a path towards it, but one of the guarantees for earthly prosperity.

Our time is an era of social and moral revolutions that stun the world. There is a growing process of revision and reformation in all spheres of social, cultural, and moral life, altering morality, breaking worldview conceptions, breaking human relationships, causing catastrophic family breakdown, and the emotional cooling off of people for one another. There is a defilement of morality and an apology for sin through art, literature, and the media. Morality and chastity are seen as opposed to nature, which avenges them with neuroses and phobias. Television shows are turning into injections of debauchery, cruelty, and pride. People’s consciousness is becoming more and more secularized. The permissiveness of lust develops parallel to the permissiveness of the mind (as the mind is identified with one of its powers—reason). As a result, man’s religious intuition is blunted, and his spirit goes into itself and remains as if in a lethargic dream, in a state that can be called neither life nor death.

But there remains in the soul of man some feeling of the mystery of eternity, which neither positivism nor atheism can grant. Therefore, man does not completely sever himself from religion, but looks for compromises that would give room to his intellectual lawlessness, and not hinder the lusts of his soul and body, and at the same time would, to some degree, satisfy his religious sensibilities. The general decline of spirituality was a breeding ground for modernism, which promises to create a new, lightened for the will, comfortable for the passions, unfettered by dogmas and canons for the pride of mind liberal and humanitarian Christianity. In this case, a person can go to church and say his prayers, and at the same time do yoga and meditations taken from the East, be a regular at rock concerts, participate in the creation of monastic literary and sports clubs, and in all this consider himself an Orthodox Christian, of course calling himself not a slave of God, but a son of God.

The Gospel teaching and high ideals of Christianity seem to such people not native and natural to their souls, but some unattainable, beautiful abstraction, which is impossible to implement in life, and sometimes an assault against human nature, which responds to this coercion with painful complexes and pathologies. Modernists seek to replace asceticism with the pleasures of fallen human nature; in this sense it is an apology for the passions and a means of fitting them under Christianity. Modernists want to create a unified Christianity, where the good peacefully co-exist with the evil, to replace the Logos of Christ with the logos of Heraclitus. One of the most prominent decadents wrote, “I want that my boat sailed everywhere, and the Lord and the devil both I am ready to glorify” (Bryusov).

In our time of moral degradation and the legalization of what was previously considered a perversion and disgrace, to live in a Christian manner is already a podvig. Morality is one of the organic elements of religion. With its fall, religion stops being the inner life of man and moves to the periphery of his consciousness. Here there are several possible paths of outcome. First is the struggle for morality and the opposition to the temptations of the world, as to a concentrate of passions, and an atmosphere electrified by lust, pride, and egocentricity, in which man lives.

The second path is Gnosticism and skepticism, as a system of denial, as a comfortable way to escape his own conscience and reflections about the meaning of human existence, while religious teachings and moral principle are perceived as relativistic concepts.

The third path is the satisfaction of warped mystical feelings through Eastern pantheistic religions and occultism. The fourth path is liberal Christianity—a compromise between Christianity and the world, which removes moral responsibility from man. This Christianity is not spiritual joy, but a good mood. It’s like a medicine that does not heal, but reassures the ill that he is healthy, hiding from him that his innards are decimated by cancer. It’s a Christianity with a goose on the spit in Lent and concerts in Holy Week; a Christianity where Heaven and earth change places.

The Gospel is not from the world, but from Heaven—it is the voice of eternity, which opens to us that man himself is created for eternity. The Gospel convicts the world in its sins, and therefore the world hates Christ and His followers.

Modernism is a workshop for the production of false christs, the stainer’s cauldron, in which you can dye Church robes in any color. Modernism has no academic, cultural, or theological foundations. It’s a white flag, thrown in front of the aggression of secularism. However, it corresponds to the sentiment of a significant part of society and they accept it without reasoning; they accept it because they want, instead of harsh realities, to believe in a rosy utopia.

ABOUT THE MENTAL ILLNESS CALLED PSYCHOTHERAPY

September 11, 2017

There is only one cause for neurosis, the alienation from God, and there is only one cause for psychosis, the fear of death.

There is only one therapy for them: Christ and His Church.