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His Way (Sermon of St.Metr.Philaret)

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  • Michael Nikitin
    HIS WAY Generally speaking imagine to yourself that three men are travelling along a road, the correct road. They go along and one makes a wrong step and goes
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      HIS WAY

      Generally speaking imagine to yourself that three men
      are travelling along a road, the correct road. They
      go along and one makes a wrong step and goes off into
      a swamp; two of the men proceed correctly. Then a
      second man veers off to the right and begins to
      proceed incorrectly . Now the third man proceeds
      alone. Voices ring out,"Why are you seperated? You
      must reconcile." How shall this be done? The one who
      remained on the correct path on which all the three
      had at first been travelling, ought he to turn off
      somewhere or not? Who should turn back? The ones who
      went astray, correct? So it is here.
      You yourselves know that our Church Abroad never
      split herself off from anyone, and has never swerved.
      She travels the same road as when she was founded by
      His Beatitude Metropoltan Anthony. Those who have
      deviated- let them return.
      Bishop Nektary always says very insistently: " I
      don't recognize the subject of three jurisdictions.
      There is only one jurisdiction-- the Church Abroad"
      The Church in Russia, whatever she may be there-- the
      Moscow Soviet hierarchy and the Catacomb Church--
      that is another matter. At the present time we have no
      direct ties with them-- but here there is the one
      Russian Church Abroad and groups that have split off
      from her. The must think of returning, rather than our
      Church thinking of going over to them, and having
      swerved off the correct path, also allow ourselves to
      be pulled into the swamp. If people now argue so much
      about the subject of jurisdictions, it is, again, only
      for the reason that Truth is not dear enough to them.
      For the sake of some kind of external peace and
      reconciliation such persons are prepared to accuse us
      of not wanting to be reconciled, of harboring bad
      feelings toward those in error. People do not want to
      learn the Truth because they are essentialy
      indifferent to it. They want only external peace,
      like the peace about the communists shout so much;
      about peace for the whole world, in order to cast
      together in one heap principles which are totally
      irreconcilable and which cannot be reconciled. It is
      like trying to lump hot coals together with firewood.
      Will the lie quietly together? It is clear that a fire
      will flare up. So it is here. This artificial,
      external peace will never be achieved. The Lord spoke
      about the very thing through the Prophet: There is no
      peace, saith my God, to the wicked Is. 57: 21 - and
      there will NOT be any!
      (Taken from Orthodox Life page 47-48 No 6 1999)
      Metropolite Philaret


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