About the false teachers
- 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
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
To You be glory and thanks always. Amen.