Dear brothers and sisters!
Five years have passed since then, when the attempt was made to destroy the Russian Church Abroad. This is ample time to make the final conclusion of the incident. But first I would like to ask: Is aware of those who joined the so-called Moscow Patriarchate, which they lost one of the most precious gifts which the Lord gave His church – the gift of freedom? That freedom, without which no life in Christ? Freedom, in which the relationship between God and man is devoid of foreign “intermediaries” in the form of commitments to the stronger m pa i this?
Russian Orthodox Church Abroad has always called itself a free part of the Russian Church. This is our church remains to this day. We are truly free from dependence on political manipulation of criminal business, surplus property and the continuous need to lie.
If now the Moscow Patriarchate, and with it the former zarubezhniki, seriously consider themselves to be persecuted and are prayers for the cessation of the persecution of them, we continue to call himself a free Church and continually thank God for this freedom.
Connectedness of our former brethren, united by the Synod, headed by Metropolitan Hilarion, extends even to the impossibility of what they declared five years – to announce the completion of five-year plan “nepominoveniya” and deny some of his brothers did not offer the name of the Patriarch Primate MP for devotions. They understand that it threatens to further split. It is obvious that many did not have even five years to come to terms with the fact that Patriarch Kirill now their primate. It turns out yet another fraud on the part of the hierarchy: May 17 has passed, five-year plan is not implemented and extended for an indefinite period, until the fruit is ripe lies are not final.
We conclude, after five years from the date of signing of the union, one: we have seen in the final that really stayed with our fathers, and do not break the thread of continuity through them with the historic Russian Church. At the same time it is obvious that joined the MP joined to everything, from what our fathers swept aside, from which guarded our Church all the years of the triumph of atheism in our homeland.
Because apostasy is now spreading around the i th py and in front of everyone right denied Christian moral values, even the best European and American countries, the importance of Church Tradition is of particular importance. Inevitability of impending new mass persecution of the Christians, who have already begun quietly at the household level: in some of the “civilized” countries can not be openly wear a cross, and the clergy can not wear clothes befitting them. It has long been handed down crucifixes from public institutions and banned prayer in schools. In the so-called advanced countries, “sexual minorities” have more rights than other social groups, and those of their rights are protected by more than, say, the rights of Christians. Children have long been brought up not on the basis of Christian values, but on the basis of humanistic, and even the animals are equalized in rights with men. But perhaps the most dangerous is the formation of what might be called “social Christianity” – get along and are closely intertwined with all other religions, but in fact a forgery by genuine Christianity, and “social orthodoxy,” is inextricably intertwined with m i rum and true orthodoxy is a fake and the true Church. It is obvious that in this new, truly terrible reality of Christians should not keep pace with the index i rum, but should only be faithful to Christ.
We, the bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church, are appealing to anyone who may have heard the words of Scripture: “Dish DRC, kako dangerous to go (…) Thou are the days are evil” (Ephesians 5.15-16). Our way of life should not lie in m i p, with its ruinous illusory values, and to Christ, give us salvation from the dying m i pa and eternal life. We continue to walk the narrow path, on either side of which perish sectarianism and apostasy. Yes, this is our way, the Lord commanded, straight and true!
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