Met. Hilarion's Nice Words

After the Eastern-American Diocese Annual Meeting and Pastoral Conference, Met. Hilarion said some nice things in his statement about those of us who didn't go along with union with the MP. I don't know him well, but he seems like a good-hearted person and usually says something nice about us in his official statements. It's appreciated, but as they say, brother, save thyself! You might think you're independent, but your church is stuck in the web of the MP and you will have to go along with what they say. This so-called "All-Orthodox Council" that the Constantinople and Moscow Patriarchs are cooking up may lead to more changes away from traditional Orthodoxy and ROCOR-MP will have to go along.
You already have to cozy up to the OCA and other jurisdictions, and slowly but surely, your message will change and get weak. Joanna Higginbotham, who runs this blog, digs up all kinds of excellent statements from the past. Read the one Archbishop Anthony of Geneva wrote about the OCA. It's short, sweet, to the point, and clear as crystal why our church should not have anything to do with them. The usual answer is, that was then and things are different now. Unfortunately, that's just not true. The truth remains eternal and all the excuses from the ROCOR-MP bishops and clergy about why they deviated from it doesn't change anything.
They talk about us "schismatics" and how we "broke away from the church." Sorry, we never went anywhere! We're still here, holding on to the teachings of the church and celebrating! Staying true to the church throughout all the name-calling and having to start from scratch is a gift from God. It gets you back to the basics of faith, instead of being distracted by beautiful vestments, choirs, and golden domes. It reminds you what your priorities should be and brings you closer to God.
How do we know ROCOR-MP is the one who broke away? Because they turned their back on the main principle of the Church Abroad, stay away from the poison that is the MP until there is real change over there. The founding metropolitans were monks with great spiritual insight. They knew we are all sinners and it's pride that makes you think you can change the heart of another sinner. You can help the other person, but only if that person allows God into his heart, can it be changed. Until then, you pray for them and for us and you stay away to avoid becoming infected by the sinner. The MP talks and talks and makes all kinds of empty promises, but the same bishops are in charge and nothing really changes, no matter how many churches they build.
All this talk from ROCOR-MP about "working from within to bring change" is delusion and a product of the prideful times we live in. Instead of being humble before God, we think we are some superstars and if we just engage the enemy, we can make them see the light. Usually, such people just end up getting used by the enemy.


Joanna Higginbotham said...


Joanna Higginbotham said...

George writes:
"... Staying true to the church ... and having to start from scratch is a gift from God. It gets you back to the basics of faith... "

At first when ROCOR-L abandoned us and joined the MP, it was bitter for me to bear. But the bitter does become sweet. We are starting from scratch just like our first Great Bishops who went into exile. What a privilege to watch God recover His Church and to be a part of this!

Psalm 89 (First Hour): ... let us be glad for the days wherein Thou didst humble us, for the years wherein we saw evils...

Joanna Higginbotham said...

George writes: from ROCOR-MP about "working from within to bring change" is delusion and a product of the prideful times...

The idea of working from within is a trick. I fell for this trick, too (temporarily). God forgive me. After I realized I was unable to go along with the union, I recognized this as spiritual pride. Not a pride before men, but a pride before God.

I suspect that spiritual pride is at the bottom of all prelest (spiritual delusion). Not that ROCOR(MP) is in prelest exactly - maybe most of them are like I was and just mostly hoping they can make a change from within. Even considering it their humble Christian duty towards our Russian brothers. Not a full-blown prelest, but a human prideful tendency that was exploited by the pro-union spirits and certainly came into play to bring about the union.