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After my death our beloved Church abroad will break three ways ... first the Greeks will leave us as they were never a part of us ... then those who live for this world and its glory will go to Moscow ... what will remain will be those souls faithful to Christ and His Church. ~St. Philaret of NY






Jurisdictional Ecumenism

Excerpts from Orthodox Life magazine article, "Visions Outside the Church".
http://orthodoxlifemagazines.blogspot.com/2016/03/1989-5-visions-outside-church.html


•  For an Orthodox reader it is sufficient to know only some of the ecumenical messages given by the apparition to be certain that it is not the Mother of God who is appearing in Medjugorje.  For instance:
 "All the religions are the same before God. God commands in all these religions as a king in his realm.” (Counter-Reformation-Catholic, 201 Eng. ed. Cf. Fr. Blaise, 500 Messages a Vivre, p. 370, Montreal, 1986.) “In God neither divisions or religions count. It is you in the world who have created the divisions because believers have separated themselves from one another.” (Apparition of the Virgin Mary at Medjugorje, Jan Urban [in Czech]. The Catholic Counter-Reformation in the XX Century, Sept ./Oct;, 1987; Nov./Dec., 1985).

 • For the uninformed, this message has a seductive appeal and is in keeping with the “one world” thinking. But as Orthodox Christians we know that to say “all the religions are the same before God” is a denial of Christ as the only Truth. Is it not He Himself who says, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me (John 14:6). Therefore, to say that all religions are the same is a denial of Christ!   . . . 



 The same thing can be said on the level of jurisdictional ecumenism:

"All the fragments are the same before God.  God commands in all these fragments as a king in his realm.  In God neither division or fragments count.  It is you in the world who have created the divisions because believers have separated themselves from one another."

For the uninformed, this message has a seductive appeal and is in keeping with the "one world" thinking.  But as members of ROCOR we know that to say "all the fragments are the same before God" is a denial of our Church as the only true ROCOR. 


 • The Church is one and only she has the fullness of the grace-filled gifts of the Holy Spirit. No matter who, or in what way one has fallen away from the Church, whether in heresy, schism, or in uncanonical gatherings, one loses the communion of the grace of God.


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