The Orthodox Church, is dependent entirely upon revelation and as such her real theologians are not academics at all, but rather the great experiencers of God.

Hence when we have academic clergy presuming to pronounce on the faith, from their height of academe, I would counsel the faithful to run away from them.

Orthodoxy, unlike the Christian groups of the west, is not and should not be the subject of academic thinkers, since academe always employs teaching the questioning of everything, everywhere. For the academic, nothing is a given, nothing is sacred, all must be questioned and challenged.

People have been challenging Christianity since Pilate challenged Christ.

We are based on the revelation that God gave about Himself to man. Such is the entire basis of the Christian Faith.

Once one gets into the realm of the so-called Orthodox thinkers, one immediately senses that the atmosphere has changed. No longer is there certainty. No longer is there holiness, no longer is the Truth paramount. One senses all this, and one senses the patent lack of holiness, it simply isn’t there. This is no place for the Orthodox faithful to be.

There is this stream of non-Orthodoxy streaming in and around the Phanar, Paris, America through Oxford and on to Australia. It has spots in all jurisdictions but is stronger in some than in others. There are now, unfortunately, those in even the most conservative jurisdictions who adhere to these liberal innovatory ideas.

For the Faithful laity and clergy, these are times when one clings to what one knows to be the true Orthodoxy, rejecting all attempts, no matter how vague or indirect they try to be at introducing the ideas of the world into the Church. We are not of this world, there is nothing in it for us. We are longing for the future that God has in store for us, that He has revealed in His revelation of Himself. We have Scripture, the Councils, the Fathers and the stream of Elders down the centuries. We trust all that – and we trust nothing coming from academic clergy and part-time monastic academics who would lead us towards the other path.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s