5928RE: [orthodox-synod] Re: Interview with Vl. Mark
- Jun 18, 2002Dear Elisabeth,
I am afraid that you constantly make the same error: your compassion to
people whom we like (the believers in Russia or in Serbia in this case),
makes you turn a
blind eye to what threatens them most: heresy. You think that you are right,
you perceive your attitude as a sign of love and humility (the beam and the
However, you erroneously put your "dushevnost'" (human compassion) before
(spirituality, that is the Holy Spirit in us).
For an orthodox, nothing can be thought of outside the
limits imposed by the "dukhovnost'", that is nothing can happen outside the
limits of the
Truth. Everything is second to that. Loving God imposes absolute respect for
His truth, that is excludes totally any concession about his Truth. Failure
respect this principle generates heresies like sergianism and ecumenism.
As you know, the Faith is essential in orthodoxy. "In matters of
faith, no concession can be made" (St John, Chrysostome). In Judaism, people
do not have to believe anything, the Latino-catholic schism originated in an
adulteration of the creed,
which was pushed to extremes in protestantism. Orthodox believers are the
The purity of our faith is our most beloved heritage. Our most sacred duty
is to preserve it.
This infuriates Satan, who has recently increased his pressure on us.
Your attitude relates to the "political correctness" of the world. The world
is agnostic, believes that you have no right to claim that you hold the
truth, or that there is only one truth. Universal tolerance is thus the
natural conclusion of such a concept. If your neighbour believes differently
from you, you must tolerate this and leave him alone, as a sign of respect.
Orthodoxy is totally at odds with this thinking.
As an orthodox believer, you should understand that the position of the
Church is totally different. Our love and compassion for our brothers does
not translate in leaving them alone in their error for fear of offending
them, on the contrary:
1. We love our Serbian and Russian brothers very much because they are
particularly close to us, because we owe them so much and because they have
endured so much physical, moral and spiritual damage. in our parish, since
the NATO aggression, we constantly pray for Serbia, although we know that
the Serbian Church is a member of the WCC.
2. For that very reason, we care for them and we want to help them to
overcome the heresy, which is the most terrible aggression they
are enduring. It is not a shortcoming of theirs, for which we must show
nor is it a sin that we must not denounce, being sinners ourselves.
This heresy is not them, it is foreign to them, it is a poison from the
that kills them. Attacking the heresy is not attacking them but saving them.
3. Identifying the heresy of the MP and of the Serbian Church is not an
aggression against the believers that are in error. On the contrary, in
denouncing the heresies of Sergianism and ecumenism, our Church is like a
physician who makes the diagnosis of an illness that must be cured if those
beloved Russians and Serbs are to be saved.
4. Our faith in our Church, who has identified and denounced the heresy
in the MP and the Serbian Church, is not an expression of pride but one of
humility and obedience to God. We have no doubt whatsoever that our Church
and that the heretics are wrong. We are not tolerant to heresy, and we
believe that there is only one Truth: the truth that has been taught by our
5. If we fall into heresy (God forbid), we expect that we will be helped out
If I have a beam in my eye, I pray God that my brothers and sisters
in the faith help me getting rid of it. Being concerned about the heresy
in which our brothers have fallen is obeying God and being better
Christians than not caring about it. Anyway, we may not have communion with
heretics, as it makes us heretics and separates us from God, who is the
person we love most, more than any human.
In Christ's love,
De : boulia_1 [mailto:eledkovsky@...]
Envoye : mardi 18 juin 2002 12:03
A : email@example.com
Objet : [orthodox-synod] Re: Interview with Vl. Mark
Our Church, since the reprehensible NATO "intervention" (i.e. act of
War) in Kosovo, has been praying for the suffering Orthodox people of
Serbia, where a favorite torture of (Islamic) terrorist Albanians has
been to cut off the thumb and first two fingers of their Serb victims,
so that they cannot proerly form their hands to cross themselves!
Vladyka Antony (Medvedev)of blessed memory was similarly and just as
ignorantly criticised for allowing a Serb bishop to serve in the SF
cathedral several years back.
Let us not forget, as he then noted from the Ambo, the important and
salvationary role the Serb church played in protecting their Orthodox
brethren fleeing the red terror. Indeed, many of our most esteemed
hierarchs were educated in Belgrade (INCLUDING St. John of
To make a gross generalization, Serbs may not all be the most pious of
people, but, again, they are our Orthodox brethren and among the
closest of all, historically, to ROCOR. I cannot understand this
desire to be so isolationist, or this hunger to find fault.
"And why beholdest thou the splinter that is in thy brother's eye, but
perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye?... Thou hypocrite,
cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see
clearly to pull out the splinter that is in thy brother's eye."
In Christ's love,
--- In orthodox-synod@y..., "vladimir kozyreff"
> I am glad to see that all those who speak about Vl Mark describe avery
> knowledgeable and respected person.position.
> I do not have the honour of knowing him, but I insist that he looks
> atypical. Below is one more apparent contradiction about his
> In the "Bulletin" of the German Diocese of Russian Orthodox Church
> February, 2001, an article entitled " Visit to Serbia " describes afour-day
> visit of Serbia by Vl Mark, from February, 4/17 till February, 8/21.The
> report tells about his visiting a few monasteries in which heco-celebrated
> with Serbian priests.Churches.
> The Serbian orthodox church is a member of the World Council of
> The ecumenical movement was anathematised by our church in1983. Howcan we
> reconcliate the anathema of our Church with Vl Mark's communion withthe
> Serbian Church? Again, I cannot understand Vl Mark's positionrelative to
> our Church's.of the
> Do we not expect bishops to act, think and teach following the line
> Church? Is this co-celebration not a clear disobedience to theChurch,
> committed in difficult times by a bishop that incidently teachesobedience
> to his flock? Does this not add to the confusion of an alreadyconfuse time?
> Is he anathema for communed with an anatematised movement? Or not?If not,
> why? Is this a acceptable question to put?from
> Please explain this to me. I am puzzled. In the meantime, 12 priests
> Western Europe were suspended for "disobeying", without having beenheard by
> the Synod and without any explanation to the believers, except thatthey did
> not obey.Archives located at http://www.egroups.com/group/orthodox-synod
> In Christ,
> Vladimir Kozyreff
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