“I Need to Know the Real Thought of God, Not My Own Personal Opinion”

by St. Nicholas of Japan Sometimes Japanese protestants come to me and ask me to clarify some place in the Holy Scriptures. “You have your own missionary teachers,” I tell them, “Go ask them. What do they say?” “We have asked them. They say: understand as you know how. But I need to know the […]

On Avoiding Destructive Shepherds

Hear, O you bishops; and hear, O you of the laity, how God speaks: I will judge between ram and ram, and between sheep and sheep. And He says to the shepherds: You shall be judged for your unskilfulness, and for destroying the sheep. That is, I will judge between one bishop and another, and […]

Keep an Eye on Your Bishops

by St. Gennadios Scholarios This goes for your priests as well. Keep an eye on your bishops as far as their Orthodoxy is concerned lest they go so far as to teach doctrines against the true faith or celebrate with heretics and schismatics. As far as other things, they act out of ignorance or because […]

On Orthodox Spiritual Leaders

by St. Symeon the New Theologian Plead God with prayers and tears for Him to send you a guide who is dispassionate and holy. At the same time, also study the divine Scriptures by yourself and particularly the practical writings of the Holy Fathers; so that by cross-examining the teachings and works of your teacher and […]

Perhaps, That is Because You Have Never Spoken to a Bishop Before

The emperor Valens, mercilessly sending into exile any bishop who displeased him, and having implanted Arianism into other Asia Minor provinces, suddenly appeared in Cappadocia for this same purpose. He sent the prefect Modestus to St Basil. He began to threaten the saint with the confiscation of his property, banishment, beatings, and even death. St […]

What Do We Mean By “Death To The World”?

by St. Isaac the Syrian “The world is the general name for all the passions. When we wish to call the passions by a common name, we call them the world. But when we wish to distinguish them by their special names, we call them the passions. The passions are the following: love of riches, […]

Why Orthodox Christianity Should Not Change With The Times

by St. Theophan the Recluse It reached my ears that, as it seems, you consider my sermons very strict and believe that today no one should think this way, no one should be living this way and therefore, no one should be teaching this way. “Times have changed!” How glad I was to hear this. […]

On the Saying “Those Whom He Foreknew, the Same He Also Predestined”

“Predestination” is an excuse for sloth: God calls everyone to repentance I have heard many people say: “Because the Apostle says; ‘Those whom God foreknew, the same He also predestined; and those whom He predestined, He also called; and those whom He called, the same also glorified’ (Rom. 8:29–30) what good is it to me […]