Tag Archives: Schism

St. Ignatius of Antioch: . . . if anyone follow a schismatic . . .

Icon of St. Ignatius of Antioch“Do not err, my brethren: if anyone follow a schismatic, he will not inherit the Kingdom of God. If any man walk about with strange doctrine, he cannot lie down with the passion. Take care, then, to use one Eucharist, so that whatever you do, you do according to God: for there is one Flesh of our Lord Jesus Christ, and one cup in the union of His Blood; one altar, as there is one bishop with the presbytery and my fellow servants, the deacons.”

— St. Ignatius Of Antioch, Epistle to the Philadelphians, 3:2-4:1, 110 A.D.

St. John Chrysostom: . . . I implore you not to compromise with them on anything . . .

Icon of St. John Chrysostom“I reminded you many times about the atheist heretics (non-Orthodox), and now I implore you not to compromise with them on anything, do not eat or drink with them in the name of friendship, better relations, love or peace, because he who is swayed and compromises with them renders himself foreign to the Catholic (universal) church.”

— St. John the Chrysostom

St. Paul: . . . savage wolves will come in among you . . .

Icon of Sts. Peter and Paul“I know that after I leave savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. Even from your own numbers men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them.”
— St. Paul, Acts 20:29-30

St. Athanasius the Great: If a bishop or priest . . . turns his back on the church . . .

Icon of St. Athanasius the Great“As we walk the unerring and life-bringing path, let us pluck out the eye that scandalizes us-not the physical eye, but the noetic one. For example, if a bishop or presbyter-who are the eyes of the Church-conduct themselves in an evil manner and scandalize the people, they must be plucked out. For it is more profitable to gather without them in a house of prayer, than to be cast together with them into the gehenna of fire together with Annas and Caiaphas.”

— St. Athanasius the Great, PG 26:1257c

St. Maximos the Confessor: . . . when one attempts to give validity to a false faith . . .

Icon of St. Maximos the Confessor“For I reckon it misanthropy and a departure from Divine love to lend support to error, that those previously seized by it might be even more greatly corrupted.”

+ St. Maximus the Confessor, Patrologia Graeca, Vol. 91 col. 465c; as cited in The Panheresy of Ecumenism, by Metropolitan Cyprian of Orpos and Fili (Etna, CA: The Center for Traditionalist Orthodox Studies, 1995), 32.

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St. Anthony the Great: Do not have a single thing to do with schismatics . . .

Icon of St. Anthony the Great“Do not have a single thing to do with schismatics and absolutely nothing with heretics . . . As you know I myself have avoided them due to their Christ hating and heterodox heresy.”

— St. Anthony the Great

St. Gennadios Scholarios: Keep an eye on your bishops . . .

Icon of St. Gennadios Scholarios“Keep an eye on your bishops as far as their Orthodoxy is concerned lest they go so far as to teach doctrines against the true faith or celebrate with heretics and schismatics. As far as other things, they act out of ignorance or because the days are evil and they will give an account to God only.”

 

+ St. Gennadios Scholarios

 

St. Theodore the Studite: For it is a commandment of the Lord . . .

Icon of St. Theodore the Studite“For it is a commandment of the LORD not to be silent at a time when the Faith is in jeopardy.  Speak, Scripture says, and hold not thy peace….”

–St. Theodore the Studite