"SEE THEN THAT YE WALK CIRCUMSPECTLY!"
by Archbishop Averky (Taushev)
In more modern language these words of the Apostles are translated
that you behave carefully!?" This does not sound as strong or as
expressive, but for some it might be easier to understand.
In the first century of our era St. Paul the Apostle wrote this to
inhabitants of Ephesus, the ancient capitol city of Asia Minor, who had
been converted to faith in Christ. But of course this most important
caution of the great "Apostle of the Gentiles," like all the Apostolic
writings in general, also applies to us, to the Christians of all times
It is especially important for us "last Christians" living all over
whole world in the present twentieth century to remember this warning.
this time anyone who wishes to remain faithful to Christ the Saviour
a true Christian is surrounded on all sides by an infinite multitude
all possible sorts of temptations and trials, ranging from the very
all the way to the most refined ones, which are at times hard to
but which are especially dangerous and destructive.
The whole history of mankind for the last 20 centuries since the
the Saviour of the World, our Lord Jesus Christ, appeared in the world
nothing but the devil's intense struggle, through people who have
or unwillingly submitted themselves to him, against true faith in
and the saving fruits of the Lord's Redemptive Sacrifice offered by Him
us on the Cross of Golgotha - a struggle to bring about the reign in
world of the enemy of Christ, the Antichrist, as soon as possible.
From this point of view all the events in the world history of
all the twists of so-called "politics" become much clearer and more
comprehensible. To be sure, much of it is cleverly concealed, "black"
called "white" and "white - black". But the Apostle warned us about
when he wrote that "Satan himself is transformed into an angel of
therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as
ministers of righteousness" (II Corinthians 11:14-15). We have
seen this throughout all of the past history of mankind and are
frequently and clearly observing it today. However, if we are not
spiritually blinded by these "ministers of Satan" and do not ourselves
wittingly or unwittingly serve Satan, then by knowing this essential
of the history of the world we can with relative ease make sense of
currently happening and not be drawn into that terrible struggle "to
death" which is being carried on in our times with special intensity
bitterness against our Lord and Saviour and all His faithful servants
But woe to those who remain blind and do not see anything or who,
by serving their own sinful passions, are so distracted by them that
simply do not want to see anything!
But the "ministers of Satan," or, which is the same thing, the
of the coming Antichrist, make use of this spiritual blindness of the
majority of modern people and stubbornly and insistently do their work
genuinely satanic energy. With special efforts and with all available
means, with the aid of all the resources under their control, they bind
forcibly to themselves adepts who are wittingly or unwittingly,
or unwillingly, cooperating with them in creating in the world
circumstances and conditions appropriate for the very near appearance
the Antichrist as the ruler of the whole world and the master of all
How is this being done?
Here is how! Through schools, the press, and spoken propaganda they
spreading skepticism and atheism among people, in every way drawing
away from true faith in Christ and from the true Church, even replacing,
this is necessary and useful for them, the true Church with just the
appearance of it, i.e.: a "pseudo-church." They are undermining all the
supports of moral living, ridiculing and denying the concepts of
conscience, of good and evil. They are systematically instilling and
encouraging dissipation, especially among the younger generation; they
destroying the family by permitting easy divorces and legalizing
they are declaring unnatural sexual tendencies, including even
homosexuality, legal and permissible; they are spreading all sorts of
pornography. Under the pretext of "freedom" and "democracy" they are
weakening firm governments everywhere where they are founded on the
and healthy bases of faith and morality, undermining their authority by
spreading all sorts of slander and insinuations. They are organizing
or at least covert persecution of the faith and the Church, harassing
oppressing believers, who at times are subjected to very cruel
persecution. They are encouraging the growth of crime by neither
nor punishing criminals. Finally, they are trying to undermine the
foundations even of people's material welfare and prosperity by
disruptions in the national economies, inflation and depression, in
to bring people to total despair and a condition of general anarchy,
etc. (Ed. Note: We have personally been witness to some of these
things in California, Michigan and Ohio, to name a few states).
But for what reason are they doing all this?
So that the people brought to hopeless despair will seize on the
Antichrist when he appears as their saviour from all these ills and
troubles, will worship him and entrust him with the fullness of power
all mankind as a dictator, an unchecked commander and master, with
direct their life and death and their very souls.
In what way are the servants of Antichrist attaining their goals?
By taking into their own hands, into their complete and exclusive
possession the chief shapers of modern human life and of that which is
spreading its influence everywhere and is capable of holding people
firmly by seizing governmental power, capital, and the press in all
And recently, when they have been forced to admit that faith in God
in Christ is still strong in people and cannot so simply be rooted out
destroyed, they have not unsuccessfully been taking control of the
into their own hands, trying to become the complete and unchecked
and controllers of people's religious and church lives and even
ecclesiastical discipline to those who refuse to obey them so they can
everyone in their power without opposition or rebellion. (Editorial Note:
This too is something we have been personal witness too in those states
mentioned, and it is even becoming so in many other states of the U.S.A. and
We are observing in the modern world all the things set out so far.
This is why, what is so clearly and obviously happening now gives us
the undoubted and complete right to speak, write and preach about the
approach of the time of the Antichrist's rule. Yet, to tell the truth,
Antichrist is already ruling in the modern world and is fighting
against Christ and His true followers for his own influence and power
But where is he, you ask.
We do not yet see him incarnate in a single, definite person, but
already carrying on his satanic work by means of his many servants. And
such people already began appearing in Apostolic times. Let us recall
Christ's beloved disciple, St. John the Theologian, wrote of this in
first epistle: "As ye have heard that Antichrist shall come, even now
there many antichrists?" (I John 2:18).
How is it possible unfailingly to discern these "antichrists" who
represent themselves as the "forerunner" as it were of the Antichrist
is going to be incarnate at the end of the ages in a single, definite
St. John the Theologian gives us an indication of this too,
all of us: "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits
they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the
Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesseth that
Christ is come in the flesh is of God: and every spirit that confesseth
that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that
spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and
now already is it in the World" (I John 4:1-3). Of course one must
that in the person of his "forerunner" there are those "many
of whom the Apostle spoke above in the second chapter of his epistle
Today we are seeing an extremely clear, much more so than ever
before, realization of all that of which the holy Apostle wrote in the
century! Since that time how many "antichrists" have appeared who "did
confess Jesus Christ come in the flesh" or confessed Him falsely,
deceitfully, leading people into error and fighting in actuality
true faith in Christ or denying it altogether, or distorting and
corrupting it. But an especially large number of such "antichrists"
appeared in this truly wicked time when these "antichrists," open and
hidden, have in fact completely or almost completely seized all civil
ecclesiastical power, all capital, and the whole press into their own
while decisively eliminating, and sometimes even physically destroying,
everyone who stood in their way, who hindered them in the realization
their intentions and desires.
And they are moving quite intently and decisively toward everything
which they have not yet accomplished, not hesitating at any degree of
cruelty, deceit, and violence, jus! as long as they reach their goal.
These "antichrists" and their supporters, aided by governmental
capital, and the press, are subjecting to themselves and to their
everyone who is spiritually blind or is enslaved by his own passions.
people think only of the unhindered satisfaction of their own passions,
close their eyes to Christ's pure, unadulterated truth, and do not want
read or hear the cautions and warnings of the word of God and of the
God-bearing men and instructors in the faith they are no longer free
spiritually, but one way or another have been enslaved by these
"antichrists" whom they serve and please, employing for this purpose
earthly goods which they desire so much: power, honor, money, luxury,
dishonorable carnal pleasures and satisfactions, in which they find no
boundaries or limits for themselves. (Ed. Note: This is true even today in
California, Michigan, Ohio, New Mexico and other places, even in Canada and
None of the people of this sort like to hear or read about the
they laugh, curse, and spit at you when you remind them of him, for in
their hearts they have already accepted the Antichrist as their guide
benefactor, even though some of them have even been priests and bishops
the Church. In the Apostle's words, "They are of the world: therefore
they of the world, and the world heareth them" (I John 4:5).
Meanwhile all true Christians, and especially true ministers of the
Church, are "not of the world," as the Lord Jesus Christ emphasized in
farewell talk with His disciples at the Las Supper. Here are His actual
words which anyone who would be a true Christian must know and remember
well: "If the world hate you, ye know that it hated Me before it hated
If ye were of the world, the world would love its own: but because ye
not of the world, therefore the world hateth you" (St. John 15:18-19).
Thus the hatred of the world lying in evil is the chief indication
we are on the right course - - - that we are true followers of our Lord
Christ. And vice versa: "The friendship of the world is at enmity with
(St. James 4:4).
This is why any effort on our part to befriend those "holding
at the present time when the "many antichrists" who are openly or
fighting against Christ and His true Church are so obviously in
any effort slavishly to please them, flatter them, and do what they
even to try for some degree of "legalization" from them is a betrayal
Christ our Saviour and enmity towards Him, even if those who act this
are wearing the dress of a clergymen.
In actuality, could anyone imagine Christ's Apostles, or even
Christian believers, feasting at the same table with Annas and Caiaphas
Judas Iscariot after the crucifixion? But what do we frequently see
It was not in vain that the Holy Apostle Paul cautioned us in the
of the Ephesians: "See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools,
as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil" (Ephesians
5:15-16), i.e. "Behave carefully, not as unwise men, but as wise,
good use of the time, for the days are evil."
It seems since the appearance of Christianity on earth there have
been more "evil days" than those we are now experiencing. "Now
everywhere is penetrated and filled through and through with evil" ?
insincerity, deceit, craftiness, and betrayal, even from people whom,
judging by the position they hold and the calling they bear, one would
But here is something strange and sad! Many, very many people, even
though they see and know all this, act like the "unwise" rather than
the "wise," destroying both themselves and others attracted by them
the depths of not just temporal and earthly, but eternal destruction.
We shall not fear the world's hatred towards us, being consoled always
the words of Christ mentioned above, but we shall rather fear lest we
might find ourselves on the way of evil and betrayal. For there is an
infinite multitude of temptations to this in the modern world. How
frequently, literally at every step, may one now encounter people who
only by evil and betrayal in order to obtain for themselves earthly
prosperity, all sorts of earthly goods, and a life according to their
Do they think, these people, of what answer they will have to give
Christ's Dread Judgment Seat, especially if they are in the responsible
posts of leaders of Church or governmental life? At least the very fact
that they do not like to hear about it or remember it or that they
speak of it with some kind of foul ridicule is a testimony to the last thing -
their lack of faith! (Ed. Note: which is exampled by their words and actions). But not even the most clever and evil "politics"
"diplomacy" will save them there!
But each of us ought to give some very deep and serious thought to
everything that has been said in connection with the Holy Apostle
caution, which is appropriate as can be to our time:
"See then that ye walk circumspectly."
Who have ears let him hear..............
To our personal enemies, according to Christ's commandment, we must
everything, but with the enemies of God we cannot have
with the enemies of God makes us ourselves the enemies of God: this is
betrayal and treason towards God, under whatever well-seeming pretexts
might be done, and here no kind of cunning or skillful
can help us!
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