We continue with the Letters of Fr. John (Krestiankin) on the last days and the antichrist.
No injustice in God
Dear Fr. N.!
You have cited a very good passage from St. Theodore the Studite. It speaks to us also about how all people in all times make a choice in their lives—to go by the narrow path, or by the wide one.
There is no injustice in God, nor can there be—otherwise, those who lived before the appearance of this new technological accounting system would have all been saved, while after its arrival all would perish to a man, simply because they happen to live in these apocalyptic times.
The most terrible thing which lies hidden in all this is the confusion and disturbance washing over the faithful. We no longer have any faith in the voice of the Church. However, the mind of the Church is universal and cohesive. The synod made a pronouncement after praying and looking over the problem from all angles, and this is the voice of the Church. But we have no faith, we do not trust this voice, we only listen to private individuals, who, although they may be spirit-bearing, are not guaranteed against mistakes.
Remember the price paid by Holy Patriarch Tikhon to preserve the Church and under what conditions, when it was under pressure from the outside, and troubled from within. What happened to those who followed after the “spirit-bearing” catacomb church, which has now degenerated into a sect? Meanwhile, the Church still lives and does its saving work in the world.
So, forgive me.
Apostasy walks the earth, and we need to hold to the Church, for its Rudder is the Savior Himself.
P. S. For now, there is not one question in the [identification] applications about our faith and hope.
Do not panic before the time
Dear in the Lord M.!
The seal of antichrist will come when antichrist comes to reign and receives power, and becomes the one and only ruler on the earth. Right now every nation has its own head.
Therefore, do not panic before the time, but fear now the sins that open and pave the way to the future antichrist. The current passports are of the same quality as the old ones.
The seal is not external
The second part of your letter is precisely the thing you are afraid of.
Our limping spiritually on both knees, “I cannot live in a Godly way, and often do not want to,” gives wide berth to that seal that everyone fears. The seal is not something outward, but the mind, the heart, and the soul are sealed with sin, so that nothing Godly can enter the soul. While the passports and identification cards are all Caesar’s.
According to the Lord’s words, render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s (Matt. 22:21, Mk. 12:17, Lk. 20:25).
May the Lord give you wisdom!