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Ye Shall Be Hated

Tues­day. [Heb. 4:1–13; Luke 21:12–19] And ye shall be hat­ed of all men for My name’s sake. He who breathes even a lit­tle of the spir­it of the world into him­self becomes cold to Chris­tian­i­ty and its demands. This indif­fer­ence turns into dis­like when one remains in it a long time with­out com­ing to one’s sens­es, and espe­cial­ly after pick­ing up some?where a par­ti­cle of some false teach­ing. The spir­it of the world with its false teach­ings is a spir­it of dis­lik­ing Christ: it is of the anti?christ. It is the spread of hos­tile atti?tudes toward the Chris­t­ian confes?sion and Chris­t­ian tra­di­tions. Ap?parently some­thing like this is hap?pening around us. So far only hol?low roars are sound­ing every­where; but it will not be sur­pris­ing if soon the Lord’s proph­esy will begin, that, they shall lay their hands on you… and per­se­cute you… ye shall be be?trayed… and cause you to be put to death. The spir­it of antichrist is al?ways the same; what was in the be?ginning will be now, per­haps in an?other form, but with the same mean­ing. What should we do? In your patience pos­sess ye your souls. Be patient, with a firm word of con?fession of the truth in your mouth and in your heart.

Saint Theo­phan the Recluse