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About the false teachers

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    About the false teachers But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 3, 2003
      About the false teachers

      "But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall
      be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies,
      even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift
      destruction" (2 Peter 2:1).

      Man is at war in this world. Continual is the battle and numerous are the
      enemies. Among the most dangerous enemies belong the false teachers. Only
      if the mind of man is directed toward the Living God will he be safeguarded
      from these dangerous enemies.
           False teachers are either as blindmen or as thieves; first, because of
      their blindness they [false teachers] lead both themselves and others into
      destruction and second, because of their hatred and envy they intentionally
      lead others astray, and hand over both their souls and bodies to the fires
      of hell.
            The Lord Himself prophesied: "Many false prophets shall rise and
      shall deceive many" (Matthew 24:11). The apostle only confirms the words of
      his Lord. Both false prophets and false teachers will sow the seed of
      destruction among the people.
      These are "damnable heresies" by which some will deny their Lord Who
      redeemed mankind by His All-pure Holy Blood. Many false teachers have
      already appeared and have sown many heresies, damnable as tares, throughout
      the world. Brethren, if you know those "damnable heresies" which the Holy
      Fathers condemned at the Councils, then you will be able to recognize the
      principle seed of poison, which the devil through his servants sow in the
      field, over which the Savior had sown pure wheat.

      But even if you know or, if you do not know, direct your mind toward the
      Lord, enclose your mind with the sign of the Cross, call to your assistance
      the Holy and All-pure One [The Theotokos], chosen ones of God and
      especially your guardian angel and do not be afraid. Along with this always
      ask the Church and the Church, being more experienced and victorious
      against all falsehoods, will tell you what is the truth. For you are from
      yesterday and the Church is from time immemorial. Your memory is shorter
      than the memory of the Church.

      O Lord Jesus, You are the only Path, the only Truth, the only Life. O Lord
      do not permit, that we be led by false teachers and to apostate ourselves
      from You.
      To You be glory and thanks always. Amen.

                                                              Saint Nikolai
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