"I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else."
C. S. Lewis

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Wolves Dressed in Sheep's Clothing

"Currently, we can see that everywhere, attacks are made ​​against the Church of Christ and the flock of God. When there is an open conflict or persecution exercised against the Church, the enemy of mankind is evident and we see right away which side to defend. The danger increases considerably when the attack comes as the "gentle pressure" of progressive accommodation to this world. It advances little by little, gradually, hiding its creeping apostasy, allowing no one to call out any singular evidence of that gradual change, but the combination of these 'details' suddenly reveal how we move away from the Church, unless we remain constantly vigilant. Yet the worst and most distressing agent of such an attack is from "those who come dressed in sheep's clothing and inwardly are ravenous wolves", that is to say, those who give themselves to an outward zeal for Orthodoxy and, taking advantage of their high position in the Church, seek to destroy it from within the Church of Christ, by submitting "to princes and son of man", teaching or compromising with heresy by a false piety on behalf of mutual love and of piety or by the spirit of human domination. " 

His Grace, Bishop Ambrose (Cantacuzene) of Geneva, +2009

As our Lord Jesus Christ warned His Apostles, "Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves." (Matthew 10:16)

Please forgive my terribly poor translation of His Grace's words. My thanks to the excellent and highly recommended blog, LEXIQUE D'UN CHRETIEN ORTHODOXE ORDINAIRE: http://orthodoxe-ordinaire.blogspot.com/

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