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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=5328 31 October 2008, 16:48 Renowned missionary compared opponents of the sermon among rockers to Pharisees
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      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. There’s
      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. There’s 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.
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