Hieromonk Gabriel (Avdei), chaplain of the pilgrims of the Holy Dormition Pochayiv Lavra
A believer cannot afford to retreat from Christian principles for the sake of compromise, I’m sure hieromonk Gabriel (Avdei).
Orthodox Christians in Ukraine need to stick to the Truth and not be afraid, because the mother of God will preserve the Church until the end of the century, conveyed the words of the monk of the Holy Dormition Pochayiv Lavra, the spiritual father visiting her worshipers hieromonk Gabriel (Avdei) official website of the Pochayiv monastery.
“You know, we talk to you in a place where the great shrines are for centuries, because of the Pochaev Lavra survived, when almost all of the cloister of the former Soviet Union were closed. Now again, division, political upheaval, the return of the Union on our Western lands. And Laurel standing, praying, everything here goes according to statutes and regulations from early morning until late in the evening”, – said the spiritual father of Pochaev pilgrims.
He stressed that the faithful man cannot derogate from the principles of their faith, because it depends on his fate in eternity.
“We can’t retreat, as the policy to move left, right or to go on some compromises. What’s the compromise? Or heaven, or hell: how can there be a compromise? It is no coincidence that the Lord reminds us: But let your communication be: “Yes, Yes”; “no, no”; anything beyond this comes from evil (Matt. 5: 37). Therefore, we directly apply directly talking, and the believers understand our monastic position,” – said hieromonk Gabriel.
It is sure that you can get out of any community if it goes against the Truth. The spiritual father of the faithful hopes that the initiators of the new Church structure will realize their error and repent in their own corrupt endeavours.
Hieromonk Gabriel recalled that the decisions and the way a real Christian can’t depend on the mood of society or the authorities.
“We can see how changing political leaders, political concepts, some of the idols are replaced by others. But Christ is today and forever The same (Heb. 13: 8). We do not follow the world or against the world – we follow Christ. If the world wants to go with us: please, we are very happy! If against us is a cause of peace,” concluded monk of the Pochaev Lavra.
We will remind, earlier inhabitants of the Holy Dormition Pochayiv Lavra addressed to the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko with an appeal to stop the persecution of the UOC.