Bishop Theophan of Poltava, of blessed memory, writes, “All has been put to disorder and is worsening. And I grieve over this, but I also rejoice. I grieve because we have no peace, but I rejoice because peace will come! And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (Phil. 4:7); The God of love and peace shall be with you (2 Cor. 13:11). Still, not all peace is to be cherished. For there is wonderful discord, and the most dangerous peace. One must love only good peace, having a good aim and uniting with God. When there is true impiety, one must hasten to face fire and sword without regard to the demands of the time and of rulers (I dare say not only civil but spiritual leaders), and in fact, face anything rather than partake of the wicked brew and become infected.”
Would that more of our Hierarchs and Priests, and even general Orthodox persons, had this understanding. Today it seems that we are willing to sacrifice Truth so as to maintain a false peace. “Peace, Peace, they will say, when there is no peace” (Jer. 6:14).
I’m heartened when I encounter courageous voices, one such voice is that of Met. Luke of Zaporozhye (Ukraine). When so many are willing to turn a blind eye to the destructive works of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, in order to maintain false peace, Met. Luke is willing to speak strong words but true.
Please follow the link below to read his “Open Letter to the Monks on Mt. Athos.”
Also, another good read from the Met. Luke –
How long, for the sake of false peace, will we be willing to silently go along with the anti-church actions of the EP? Thank God that there are still a few men of courage left, such as Met. Luke, Many Years Vladyka!