Let Us Stand Firmly Against Those Who Would Destroy the Church and Usher in The Great Reset
Like most of you, I am filled with sorrow as I witness two great Orthodox nations at war with one another. My sadness is only compounded knowing that it was from Kievan Rus’ that Orthodoxy became the faith of the Slavic people. Yet we are witnessing a terrible war that threatens the very unity of our beloved Holy Orthodox Church. The Metropolitanate of Ukraine and the Patriarchate of Moscow have been one united Orthodox Church since the foundation of Christ’s Church among the people of the land of the Rus’, yet this unity is in question because of the evilness of war, laid bare by the sinister plans of dark forces that have set out to destroy Christ’s Church.
For years dark forces have desired the death of Orthodoxy among the land of the Slavs. From before the creation of the Soviet Union, Orthodoxy has been seen as an enemy that must be destroyed. Now it is not Communism that has its sights on the destruction of the Church, but those evil forces that desire a world “without religion”. Their goal is the “Great Reset”, and this can not happen until the Church is divided, and ultimately destroyed.
Overcoming fear and anxiety requires determination and resolve. Blessed Augustine wrote that we must, “Pray as if everything depends on God, and work as if everything depends on us”. Saint Gregory of Sinai counseled that we energize virtues according to our resolve and our determination, and that from this there arises a power of the soul.
Our determination and resolve provokes Christian efficacy that is not only “self efficacy” but ‘God-empowered efficacy.’ Thus, we can join ourselves in concert with the words of the psalmist and say, “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High, who abides in the shadow of the Almighty, will say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my fortress; my God, in whom I trust.’ For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence …” (Ps 90:1–3).
Now is the time when we Orthodox Christians must beseech the Lord as never before. On bended knees we must beg the Lord of the Cosmos to swiftly come to the aid of His Church, and usher in the “peace that passes understanding”. Let us join together in praying for our brothers and sisters in both Ukraine and Russia. Let us ask the Lord of Mercies to deliver His Church from the powers of darkness, and raise her up, once again, to proclaim to the whole world that we worship, united together as one people, that Jesus is Lord, and that He is our comfort and our salvation.
Love in Christ,
About the author
Fr. Tryphon is the Abbot of the Monastery of the All-Merciful Saviour, which was established in 1986 by Archimandrite Dimitry (Egoroff) of blessed memory. The Monastery is under the omophore of His Eminence Kyrill, Archbishop of San Francisco and Western America, of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.