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THE TRUE CHURCH

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    http://www.holy-transfiguration.org/ THE TRUE CHURCH Christ the Saviour openly said: I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 8, 2004
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      THE TRUE CHURCH



      Christ the Saviour openly said: "I will build my church, and the gates of
      hell shall not prevail against it" (Matt. 16:18). Consequently, He created
      a single Church and not may different churches, else He would have used the
      plural ? "churches." Therefore, it is strange to hear various Christian
      leaders, regarding themselves as authorities on the subject, saying that
      the existence of diverse churches in Christianity ? the Roman Catholic
      Church, the Protestant Church, and others ? is supposedly a positive
      manifestation, for each person can choose for himself a church after his
      own taste, whichever he likes best, whichever suits him most. It is even
      stranger still to hear the words of one such liberal professor, who
      eloquently developed the theme that Orthodoxy, Catholicism and
      Protestantism are one and the same Christianity, but from "different points
      of view." Such an opinion radically contradicts the teaching of the word of
      God, which clearly instructs us: "That all may be one" (John 17:11); "One
      Lord, one faith" (Ephesians 4:5); "Be ye all of one mind" (1 Peter 3:8).


      Bishop Averky Where the spiritual and grace-filled tie with the apostles
      and their successors, and with the Holy Fathers has been broken, where
      various modernisms have been introduced into the faith and its moral
      teaching, in order to "go along with the times," to "invite progress," to
      avoid being "old-fashioned," and to adapt to the demands and fashions of
      this world which lies in iniquity, ? there can be no talk of the true
      Church.


      Where dogmas totter, where the moral teaching of the Gospel is subverted,
      where the canonical structure of the Church that is based upon it is
      shaken, ? there the work of the servants of the coming Antichrist can be
      plainly seen, no matter what they call themselves, or what "Christian"
      garments they adopt.


      The gates of hell will not prevail over the Church, but they are prevailing
      and will quite likely prevail over the many who regard themselves as
      pillars of the Church, as Church history testifies, since they rationalize
      in vain, abandoning unity of thought and unity of spirit with the One,
      Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, and relying on their own ideas and
      opinions which go counter to the teaching of the Church, the holy Apostles
      and the Church Fathers.


      Venerable Averky,
      Archbishop of Syracuse and Holy Trinity Monastery
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