Christ as the only and absolute authority "over any prince, over any authority,
- About Sergianism
The Orthodox Church:
1. Recognises Christ as her only and absolute authority "over any
prince, any authority, any power, any domination and anything that
can be named, not only in the present time, but also in centuries to
ome". (Ephes. I, 21)
2. Refers in the internal organisation of her spiritual and moral
life not to definitions of the worldly powers, but to divine
commandments, blessings of the beatitudes, Rules of the Holy Apostles
and Canons of the Councils of the holy Fathers.
3. Loses her status of legitimate Church, if she does not fulfil the
first two conditions.
After the Revolution in Russia, dozens of thousand priests were
murdered or emprisoned in concentration camps for refusing to
collaborate with the communists. Following the death of the confessor
of the Faith, Patriarch Tikhon, the legitimate authority of the
Russian Church moved outside Russia.
In the meantime the Soviet power, in order to subdue the believers to
the communist regime, compelled Metropolitan Sergii Stragorodsky to
serve a power, which had, as its declared objective, the elimination
of any faith.
So, in opposition to the Canons of the Church, a new "Church" was
established, which was going to become the Patriarchate of Moscow.
In 1927 on order of Stalin, Metropolitan Sergii issued his
Declaration, which justified the exaction of the communist regime,
recognised it as legitimate and submitted the Church to it, including
in matters of doctrine and morality.
This Declaration placed the Patriarchate of Moscow in a state of
total dependence vis-à-vis the communist authorities. Nobody could
become a bishop without agreeing to be an agent of the KGB. As a
consequence, the Church, whose leader must be Christ (1) became the
instrument of the regime, in conditions of persecution. Furthermore,
with time, she allowed herself to be more and more infiltrated by a
non-Christian ideology, which is inadmissible (2). So the official
Church in Russia is not the legitimate Church, that it claims to be.
The Patriarchate of Moscow has never until now, even only formally
disavowed the Declaration of Metropolitan Sergii, its founder, and
has never distanced itself from anti-Christian forces, in spite of
all its assertions. At present, forces in Russia try through the
Patriarchate of Moscow to seize all the parishes of the Russian
Church outside of Russia, with their churches and different
Priest Valery Rojnow