The Purpose of God’s Providence is to Unite

by St. Maximus the Confessor The purpose of God’s Providence is to unite, by means of right faith and spiritual love, people who have been separated by evil. To this end the Savior also suffered for us, “in order to gather together the children of God who were scattered.” (John 11:52) (St. Maximus Confessor, Chapters […]

Repentance for the Righteous and for the Heathen

by Hermas of the 70 (1st century) “For the Lord has sworn by His glory, in regard to His elect, that if any one of them sin after a certain day which has been fixed, he shall not be saved. For the repentance of the righteous has limits. Filled up are the days of repentance […]

Tradition: To Follow Where the Church Leads

by St. Vincent of Lerins If someone wants to be protected from tricks and remain healthy in the faith, he must confine his faith first to the authority of the Holy Scriptures, and secondly to the Tradition of the Church. But someone may ask, is not the canon of Scripture sufficient for everything, and why […]

“Messianic Christians”: A Feeble Attempt at Restoring Ancient Christianity

by Abbot Tryphon The “Messianic Christians” are a heretical group whose claim of reestablishing ancient “Jewish Christianity”, is a denial of the Orthodox Church’s claim to be the very Church founded by Christ Himself. These people are simply attempting to reestablish a Church that has already existed, unchanged, since 33 A.D. Like other “denominations”, they […]

“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 the Responsibility for the Scarcity of Preaching

From the book, Preaching Another Christ: An Orthodox View of Evangelicalism by St. Theophan the Recluse  I agree with you that the priests must speak with the faithful more often and converse with them both inside and outside the church. I do not agree, though, that, if this does not happen, the parishioners lack spiritual […]