31 October 2008, 16:48
Renowned missionary compared opponents of the sermon among rockers to Pharisees
Moscow, October 31, Interfax Renowned
missionary Hegumen Sergy (Rybko) compared those
who oppose missionary activity among unformal
youth to Pharisees and urged them to follow the
will of Russian Church hierarchs.
In his interview to Interfax-Religion Fr. Sergy
reminded that Pharisees often blamed Christ for
turning his sermon not to a certain elite, but to
everyone without distinction to gentiles,
publicans, whores and leading them to repentance.
Pharisees - people, who respected the letter of
law, stressed their elitism and believed
Christianity was only for them. Apostles and
martyrs heard the same reproaches. Theres
nothing new under the sun. St. Vitaly preached in
brothels. So, brothels are all right, while young
people are under ban? the priest asked.
Speaking about rock-culture, the missionary
pointed out that rock originally opposed many
canons of this world, evil, injustice... Rockers
position themselves as fighters against basis of this world.
Christianity is also fighting against evil of
the world. We agree in it and I try show rockers
that their protest finds all answers in
Orthodoxy. Theres a direct way from any
unformality, any riot to Christ, Fr. Sergy summed up.
He was decorated with the Russian Church order
for missionary activity among unformal youth.