Dear Brothers and Sisters of the Newborn Christ!

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It is known to everyone that God - our Creator and Lawgiver is good and merciful, but also righteous. The Lord, longing for our salvation, calls people to holiness: Be ye Holy as I am Holy”. For good deeds done in His name, He rewards with “a good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over” (Lk. 6:38). To merciful people God shows His mercy, to those crying – consolation. But for sins and lack of repentance, He sends punishment.

The most authoritative source of knowledge about God and His expectations with respect to people are the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. On their pages we find examples of God’s boundless mercy towards people who seek His truth with all their heart. There are, however, no fewer examples of God’s punishment sent to people hardened in sin, who ignored His admonition.

The first example of Divine punishment was the expulsion of our first parents from Paradise, as a result of the original sin. The next punishment of God was the terrible flood that devastated the entire mankind who rebelled against Him. The Lord also punished the proud builders of the Tower of Babel and the fornicators of Sodom and Gomorrah. Jewish people, the only receivers of God’s Law and the Prophets’ revelations in the Old Testament, were punished for their numerous derogations from the Lord’s will. Sins of the masses however, although disgusting and punished by the Lord, were not as terrible as the sins of those who were chosen to serve Him- His ministers.

According to the words of Christ: “To whom much is given, of them shall much be required”.  From the very beginning, God puts His greatest expectations on His chosen people. Since the founding of the Church of Christ they are, without any doubt, bishops and priests. They were appointed to serve as role models, teachers, guardians of the law of God and intermediaries between the Lord and the people. They were given spiritual authority, ability to exercise spiritual power, and will eventually account for their deeds before God. Christ Himself shows that in the parable of the talents. Those who receive two talents, on the day of judgement will have to give back four, whoever receives five will be required to return ten! Woe be those who have buried their talents or misspent them with the wicked.

The layman is tried before God as a layman, while a bishop is tried by a measure that applies to a bishop. Therefore, if the hierarch is holy and righteous, he will experience the greatest glory. But what if he proves to be unworthy of his supreme clerical state? “For to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he shall have an abundance. But from him who has not shall be taken away even that which he has. Then cast the worthless servant outside - in the dark! There shall be weeping and a gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 25: 14-30)

Elsewhere in the Scripture, the Lord speaks to unworthy priests through the prophet Malachi even more bluntly: It is unto you, priests, the following command: If you do not obey and do not take to heart the fact that you have to honour My name, says the God of Hosts, then I will cast a curse on you and curse your blessing and curse them because they themselves do not take it to heart “
In yet another place God says, “Cursed is everyone who fulfills the work of God negligently” (Jer. 48.10)

These words are not just empty warnings. When the Lord’s patience ends, he punishes His priests. The wicked priests Hophni and Phinehas were punished by death. Death has also been sent to their father - the high priest Eli, who turned a blind eye to the godless conduct of his sons.

The greatest sin that remained with no excuse in the eyes of Lord was the so-called ‘religious debauchery’. By this term Scripture describes the betrayal of the True God through contact and joint prayers with the devil-worshipping pagans.
This sin, which the Old Testament priests and high priests perpetrated, scandalized the entire nation. It inflicted terrible punishments of God not only on the offenders, but on all Jewish people and the places they lived in. It happened in the times of the Prophet Elijah, when not even one drop of rain fell on the country for three and a half years.

Church history shows that as result of the sin of not only the individual, unworthy servants of God were being rejected, but ultimately the entire Old Testament hierarchy was afflicted. All priests and high priests were thrown out of the temple of God in Jerusalem for treason and the conscious rejection of God’s Son - the Messiah, who was greatly anticipated by the prophets. God broke the covenant with priests, while their sins of rebellion and obstinacy brought about the curse that fell upon them and the whole Jewish nation.

History is fickle.
Almost 2000 years have passed since the time when the Jews crucified our Saviour and Lord, Jesus Christ. The Old Testament is now history, but the shepherds of Christ behave no better than those to whom God once said:

Woe to the shepherds of Israel who have been feeding themselves! Should not shepherds feed the sheep? They drank milk and clothed themselves in wool, killed greasy animals, but the sheep did not pasture. The weak you have not strengthened, the health of the sick you have not healed, the crippled you have not bound up, the strayed have not brought back, the lost you have not sought, and have used force and harshness with them. My sheep scattered, because they had no shepherd and they became the prey of all the wild animals. “(Jer. 34: 2-5).

You should know that many hierarchs of the Orthodox Church are convinced modernists. Their views and teachings are no longer Orthodox, but contain a variety of orthodox and heretical, often blasphemous, elements at the same time.
While they do not abandon the Church of Christ, they gradually introduce innovations and “improvements”. Such actions deform pure Orthodox faith and transform it into one that opposes God’s will and it is deprived of the life-giving grace of the Holy Spirit.

Many such hierarchs joined the ranks of Freemasonry. As they secretly follow lucifer, their service to God is illusive and their goal is not to preserve the Orthodox Church. As they do not grasp its spiritual strength, they are not able to, and do not want to lead people to salvation. Worst of all, bishops - Masons, cunningly and consciously seek to destroy the Church of God.

They participate in ecumenical meetings that do not seek to convert heretics nor baptize pagans. They put a sign of equality between the only true Orthodox Church and other, even pagan, religions instead.

“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. You will know them by their fruits. (Matthew 7.15)

If clerics’ work results in the collapse of faith among the people, not in its growth; if they spread false, heretical teaching; if they become examples of wickedness and do not change, they arise as a source of bad fruit, proving their devotion to the devil, not God.

Almost 2,000 years ago, St. Paul the Apostle wrote to the people of Corinth: Meanwhile you allow injustice and harm to happen, even to your own brothers. Do ye not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the Kingdom of God? Do not be deceived! Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor the effeminate, nor abusers of themselves, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”

It is no great mystery that today not only lay people but also numerous clergymen of various position indulge in such sins!!!

Brothers and sisters, we are witnessing an invasion of untamed crowds of Muslims in Europe. They swiftly take control over the towns in which they settle. In 2016 they are expected to settle in Poland, predominantly in the Podlasie region, which is inhabited by the largest Orthodox community.

Is this not God’s punishment for sins, the same as the pagan raids on rebellious Jewish people in the Old Testament?

On March 17th 2015 the Office of the Council of Bishops of the Polish Orthodox Church published information on the closure of the Monastery of Cyril and Methodius in Ujkowice. Since that day over nine months have passed.

The true reason for this terrible attack carried out on us was our opposition to the changes that are about to take place in the Orthodox Church. In fact, these are already being implemented in various spheres of spiritual life.

We are not the only ones on whom the wrath of the traitors of Orthodox faith has been poured in recent years.

In 2005, the Patriarch Irenaeus of Jerusalem has, in the manner of bandits, been prevented from executing his patriarchal office and locked away in his Kelia.
This has been carried out by the present “patriarch” Theophilus, who claims to be “canonical”.
The reason for this attack was the opposition of Patriarch Irenaeus to the sheer heresy of ecumenism, of which he was and is still a strong opponent.
The patriarch is alive only thanks to the help of his spiritual children, who provide him food and other essential products by means of ropes.
None of the other Orthodox patriarchs, metropolitans, or bishops have protested against this injustice, nor taken any steps towards his release!!! They are all silent, and through silence agree to clerical lawlessness.

Brothers and sisters, if you do not wish to lose your faith then do not look at the bad examples of other people or clerics. Strive for holiness on your own instead. Pray as much as possible, obey fasts, confess your sins - not once, or twice a year, but, possibly, often, to be pure and please God. Do it in order to worthily receive the Sacred Body and Blood of our Saviour Jesus Christ, without which you cannot obtain eternal life.

Read the Scriptures and, what is equally important, the lives of the Saints. Through their life examples you will learn how to cope with different situations and find a way to the Lord, how to battle disease and suffering or resist temptations. The Saints will teach you how to benefit from each and every even difficult day and of how the life of a truly Orthodox man should be. They will show the beauty and power of the Orthodox faith. To Russian speakers we greatly recommend: “The Lives of St. Dmitri Rostowski”, or equally invaluable books by Sergei Alexandrovich Nilus.

Brothers and sisters, make good use of the time you have left because it’s quickly running out. If you waste it, you will not get it back.

God sees - Time is running out! Death is persuing - Eternity awaits!

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The Monks of the Monastery of St. Cyril and Methodius
- Property of the Mary the Mother of God - Our Ihumenia
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