6007Re: FWD: The historical position of the Church Abroad
- Jul 1, 2002Father Alexander Lebedeff wrote:
> "In their never-sleeping prayers for one another, in their lovefor the
> Lord Jesus, in their faithfulness to the ideal of the past and f ut u r e
> [original emphasis] Orthodox Russia (Rus') the faithfularchpastors,
> pastors, monks and laymen on both sides of the Iron Curtain areindivisible, as is
> one. Together they comprise the Holy Russian Church --
> indivisible the seamless shroud of Christ."Yes, and quite understandably. At that time, the Church was still
> That was the position of the Church Abroad 28 years ago.
under the oppression of Communist regime. We, the Church Abroad
were praying for our brothers and sisters suffering for their faith,
thinking and hoping that many who were even part of the MP, were
under a great hardship.
And how could we judge our brothers and sisters? How could we ask
them to be martyrs when, we, ourselves, do not know how we would
have acted in such dreadful conditions. We could only pray for them
and for their freedom.
>Is it really?
> It is still the position of the Church Abroad today.
Since 1974, the situation changed quite a lot:
The MP is now officially free from communist oppression, but it
still declares that collaborating with communists, saved the
Church. Instead of liberating themselves from this heresy by, i.e.
regretting their weakness (which we can all understand) or repent,
they proclaim it! As christians, we must forgive sinners but the
sin in itself must be condemned. The MP's official position claims
that the sin (we went with satan momentarily because we wanted to
save the church) was a right thing to do.
I cannot imagine for one second that our Church Abroad "together
(with THIS MP) they comprise the Holy Russian Church -- indivisible,
as is indivisible the seamless shroud of Christ". We are together
with the millions of martyrs of Russia. They, and only they, saved
the Church in Russia.
Am I mistaken?
or is this so difficult to understand?
>Yours in Christ
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