We must defend the purity of the faith, misunderstanding God leads to sin—Metropolitan Onuphry

Kiev, May 29, 2023

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In his homily on the Sunday of the Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council, His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine spoke about why it’s important to maintain a correct understanding of God and the purity of the Orthodox faith.

People sin for two reasons: weakness and an incorrect conception of God, His Beatitude preached, reports the Information-Education Department of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

“The holy Church today remembers the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council, who defended the purity of the holy Orthodox faith, the integrity of the faith,” the Metropolitan said. “Faith is a guide to Heaven, to salvation. If the guide gives incorrect instructions, the person will never reach their goal. Therefore, the Holy Fathers tried to keep this guide pure and untainted.”

The Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council, and of all Councils, labored in the defense of the purity of the faith, the Ukrainian archpastor preached, to protect believers from those sins that are committed out of ignorance arising from a misunderstanding of God.

The Church continues to pray to the saints of the First Council, entreating their prayers to God that He might grant us wisdom, strength, and courage to protect the purity of the faith.

The Seven Ecumenical Councils “reflected the purity of the holy Orthodox faith,” Met. Onuphry said.

He also wished that everyone would try to know God and their faith on a deep level, and to know what God wants from man:

This is very important for a person to know. If we understand this, then many of the obstacles we encounter in life will pass painlessly. Every person was created for salvation, his soul wants to be with God and wants to be saved. If we live like this and labor like this, then we have great hope that when we finish our earthly life, we will inherit the Kingdom for which God created man, which God returned to man after His Resurrection, the Kingdom that is called the Heavenly Kingdom, in Christ Jesus, our Lord.

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