THE SERVANT GENERAL
ECUMENICAL DIALOGUE - 2
June 6, 2015
Finally! Clear moral teaching. No hemming or hawing. Active
homosexuality and same-sex unions are morally wrong and sinful.
Communion is not to be given to those in such situations.
There is no room for dialogue with those who are rejecting
Kudos to the Russian Orthodox Church, which now seems to be
leading the way, in the face of the Roman Catholic Church’s
hemming and hawing.
embracing homosexuality prepare members to accept the Anti-Christ:
Russian Orthodox leader
MOSCOW, June 5, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Churches
that have deemed homosexuality morally acceptable have rejected
Christianity and are preparing their followers to accept the
Anti-Christ, according to one of the leading
figures in the Russian Orthodox Church.
statement came as the Russian
Orthodox Church announced that it is ending "formal contacts"
with the United Protestant Church of France and the Church
of Scotland over those churches' abandonment of traditional
Christian sexual morality. In its statement,
the church said ecumenical dialogue
was pointless after France's United Protestant
Church last month voted to allow pastors to officiate at same-sex
"marriages" and the Church of Scotland approved
ordaining clergy who are in same-sex civil unions.
"The Russian Orthodox Church
holds the firm position based on Holy Scriptures and has repeatedly
declared that [homosexual 'marriage' is] inadmissible for
moral teaching," the statement reads.
Churches that offer to "marry"
homosexuals "trample upon the principles of traditional
The statement explains that over a period of years, the Orthodox
Church has shared her concerns with these Christian bodies
and warned of ecumenical consequences if they adopt same-sex
"Regrettably, the words of warning have not been heard,"
Orthodox officials concluded.
Following the decision, the Very Rev. Fr. Dimitry Smirnov
– the chair of the Russian Orthodox Church Commission
for Family, Protection of Motherhood and Childhood –
told one of the leading Russian television stations the
new moral teachings place these liberal denominations beyond
the pale of Christianity.
"We separated ourselves from them as from the plague,
as it's contagious,” he said. “The Russian Orthodox
Church cannot support with its authority something that is
just an iniquity from the Biblical point of view.”
“These are not Christian communities anymore. This is
another community with its own distinct name of 'LGBT.' Its
future is simple and clear – the 'fire of Gehenna' –
this is just what the Holy Scripture says,”
Fr. Smirnov said.
By rejecting the Christian faith's
immemorial teaching on sexual morality, “the former
Christian peoples are preparing themselves for the solemn
reception of the Anti-Christ."
Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow has stated many times
that gay “marriage”
is incompatible with Christian teaching.
The Chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate's Department for External
Church Relations, Metropolitan Hilarion, explained, "The
legalization of same-sex cohabitations, tolerant attitude
to euthanasia and prostitution, disruption of the centuries-old
institution of marriage and family, pose a clear threat to
the future of humanity."
Archpriest Jason Kappanadze of the Orthodox Church in America,
the "daughter" church of Moscow, called the Moscow
Patriarchate's move "an appropriate statement of moral
clarity," noting that "certain Protestant
denominations that have crossed the line away from Christianity...making
further dialogue impossible."
Kappanadze was careful to point out that the reason for Moscow's
decision is not hatred but its care and concern for the well-being
of all. "We stand with firm love for the salvation of
our fellow human beings!"
Father Hans Jacobse of the American Orthodox Institute told
LifeSiteNews, "People will look at the decision by the
Russian Orthodox Church and think it is unfair. One must understand
that the Russian Orthodox looks
at gay marriage as a grave distortion of God's design for
men and women.”
Fr. Jacobse said the Russian Orthodox Church is concerned
with the long-term societal effects of sanctioning homosexuality.
"The Russians have always been brilliant long term thinkers,"
he told LifeSiteNews. Orthodox leaders believe that legalizing
same-sex "marriage" "will change our understanding
of who God created us to be, and that will have destructive
ramifications for society down the road."
The Russian Bishops’ Council
of 2013 explained that "Dialogue with confessions which
openly defy the Biblical moral norms is impossible."
The Church's Department for External Church Relations "does
not see any prospects in maintaining official contacts"
with such groups.
Noting a tragic liberal trend
throughout the Protestant world and implying
there may be more severing of ties to come, the Moscow Patriarchate
statement read, "We regretfully acknowledge, that today
we have a new divide in the Christian world, not only regarding
theological subjects, but regarding moral issues as well."
The Russian Orthodox Church previously cut ties with The Episcopal
Church in the United States in 2003 after it consecrated an
open, practicing homosexual as bishop. Two years later, it
severed its ecumenical relationship with the Swedish Lutheran
Church after it sanctioned ceremonies for same-sex civil unions
The bishops of the Orthodox Church in America, which together
are called "the Holy Synod," have made several public
statements against homosexuality. "Homosexuality is to
be approached as the result of humanity’s rebellion
against God, and so against its own nature and well-being,"
one such synodal statement from 1992 explained. "It is
not to be taken as a way of living and acting for men and
women made in God’s image and likeness."
Those suffering from same-sex attraction are to be treated
in the Orthodox Church with compassion.
"Men and women with homosexual feelings and emotions
are to be treated with the understanding, acceptance, love,
justice and mercy due to all human beings," the bishops
said. "They are to seek assistance in discovering the
specific causes of their homosexual orientation, and to work
toward overcoming its harmful effects in their lives."
However, homosexuals "who
still want to justify their behavior" are barred from
Holy Communion, "since to do so would not help, but harm
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