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 The modern state of Church affairs compells us to describe them in the terms of Apostasy, that is the broad movement towards the reign of Antichrist.

The mosaic of various antichristian tendencies is now being transformed into some unity which can be named (for the sake of the present classification) the "New Heresy".

There are now three main apostatic trends that can be considered to be the aspects of one false religion:

1) Sergianism (after the name of metropolitan Sergius, who issued infamous "Declaration" of loyalty of the Russian Orthodox Church to the Soviet government (1927).

Under the term "sergianism" we mean not only the historic trend in the Russian Orthodox Church in 20th century, but the destruction of the Christian consciousness by the effort to combine lie with truth.

This effort expressed itself in the betrayal of the personal christian duty for the sake of the "benefit of the Church".

God did not create on the earth anything higher than the personal consciousness ("I do exist; I know that I exist; and I love this existance of mine and my knowledge of it".- st. Augustin). Only God Himself as a Person is higher than the human personality. That is why the betrayal of one's personal christian duty destroys by one blow both the personality of the traitor and the christian notion of the Church.

The act of metr. Sergius cannot be compared to any Church compromises that took place in the history of the Church (as well as metropolitan Sergius himself to any other historic church figure) because in his case the compromise was meant to be achieved between the Orthodox Church on the one side and the atheistic state on the other. So, the betrayal could not be justified neither by patriotism nor by any affinity between Church and State elites, as it had been the case in Byzantium and zarist Russia.

This compromise can be "positively" explained only from the point of view of the heretical metaphysics.

It should be noted also that the delusion was not of the Russian Church as a whole but of metr. Sergius himself. It separated him from the Church personally as any heresy does.

Antichristianity achieved its great victory in the personal sin of metropolitan Sergius. That was the event of global scale - something that the suicide Kirilloff (see Dostoevsky's "The Posessed") strived for.

This is a fact of enormous importance from any taken point of view. The "New Heresy" was born of the effort to combine lie with truth not in the idea only but in the man and the act.

2) Ecumenism. The false notion of the Church, as the intermediate organism through which (and not in the Person of God) man or the whole mankind are allegedly united with God.

So, the eternal life is thought to be acquired by membership in the Church as organization. That organization may be seen as small and monolite or have different branches, loosely united.

The same model applies equally to those, who reject the existance of the Grace in the St. Sacraments anywhere except their own jurisdiction.

Under the present apostatic conditions it is probably more corresponding with the truth and christian duty for various christian denominations and jurisdictions to remain distinct than to come to the false unity.

3) Propaganda of Immorality; as a product of the trends described above.

We see the immorality not only in the propaganda of depravity launched by private persons, corporations or the State itself, but mostly in the idea of the compatibility of the moral corruption with the religious (christian) values.

This is possibly where "New Heresy" gained most. It became permitted to speak of the alleged "freedom of the Church" and to call the construction of church buildings etc. the "spiritual revival of Russia" irrespective of the mass propaganda of sin as the norm, "sexual training" of children in public schools, catastrofic rate of abortions and social morals as a whole.

In the state that was constructed in Russia after the collapse of the former atheistic state, this "freedom of the Church" is given to the Church organization by the servants of satan under the condition of noninterference of the Church into the state approved propaganda of the mass corruption, pornografy and sin as the norm.

Thus "New Heresy" is the blasphemous distortion of Christianity in the following aspects:

a) The doctrine of a false "god" for whome no difference between good and evil, sin or virtue exists; b) The doctrine of a "church" as a certain organism or collective, entering which a man becomes a part of "god"; c) moral depravity as a cult and rite of this new heresy.

Let us try to depict the process of the evolvement of this tree of lie:

1) the image of God as the outsider of any world problems, neither approving good nor disapproving evil;

2) as a consequence: the false doctrine of Redemption as the restoration of the unity between man and God irrespective of the Truth and Justice.

3) The concept of the Church as the collective intermediate between man and God.

4) On acceptance of this false imaginative doctrine the man becomes deprived of the Personal God and left only with the moral laws apprehended as not established objectively and imperatively by the Highest Person of God, but established by the Church, thus becoming relative and subjective.

"New Heresy" is aimed at the destruction of the personality of its adherent with the latter's participation in the dissoluteness and proclaiming the sin to be the norm.

The ripening of the "New Heresy" creates such situation and spiritual atmosphere in which the it is possible for the church of Antichrist to emerge.

This process and the natural resistance of the christian heart tied with God objectively and not imaginatively provides the division of two Cities - City of God and His adversary.

In this opposition we see one and only lasting division between christians.


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