Archbishop Averky of Syracuse, Confession of Faith, Constantine Cavarnos, Ecumenism, Metropolitan Philaret of New York, Modernism, Protopresbyter John S. Romanides, St. Philaret of New York, The River of Fire
We are sheep, but we are reason-endowed sheep; therefore, we have a right to speak. As for shepherds, the Good Shepherd has forewarned us that many of them are robbers and thieves who do not enter by the gate. The rational sheep follow the good shepherd for they know his voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him, for they know not the voice of strangers (St. John 10:4—5).
Ecumenism is the voice of strangers. Ecumenist shepherds, as much as they wish to appear to be Orthodox in order to deceive, are in reality wolves in sheeps clothing, working the destruction of the sheep (cf. Matt. 7:15, Acts 20:29). The sheep of Christ recognized with whom they were dealing and removed themselves far from the false shepherds in obedience to the ordinance of Christ, the Apostles, and the Fathers. And the camp of the wolf-like shepherds derisively called them old-calendarists, as the Christians derisively were called Nazarenes in another age. This people who knoweth not the law! But they forgot that the weak things of the world, and the despised hath God chosen to confound the wise (cf. I Cor. 1:27). The Orthodox, the true Orthodox, were always the small flock, always derided, always persecuted. But the Lord said, Fear not, little flock, for it is your Fathers good pleasure to give you the Kingdom (Luke 12:32). What were the first Christians in the eyes of the Hebrews who did not believe, that is, for the vast majority? What were they in the eyes of the heathen who boasted of their worldly wisdom? Ask your conscience and it will respond: They were like the old-calendarists of today.