One of Russia's most beloved priests, Fr. Andrei Tkachёv, is a top notch preacher who doesn't mince words. For an introduction to his life and his work, read his bio here: Popular Hard-Hitting Russian Priest Really Knows How to Preach (Andrei Tkachev)
Fr. Andrei is very well known in Russia. His YouTube channel has 1.32 million subscribers, and over 120,000 people have subscribed to his Telegram channel. Today on his channel, he posted the following message about Russia's religious war with the woke West.
Posted on Telegram (in Russian) by Fr. Andrei Tkachёv on October 12, 2022:
Russia will be hated, if not by everyone, then by many, until the end of time. This is the fate of the New Israel, which is hated again, as it was in ancient times, for being different. God exists and so do His moral requirements. If you have accepted this, you are the New Israel and you are hated by God's enemies. Not all Jews understood why they were hated by everyone around them: Ammon, Midian, Rome, Babylon, and so on.
Hardly one in three Jews was aware that it was for their faithfulness to God, the one and true God, and for their particular way of life that differed from the practices of the Gentiles, that they were hated. But the fact remained, and today that fact will apply to New Israel, Orthodox Russia. Everyone who is friendly with the biblical understanding of the world and has not destroyed his conscience is fine there [in Russia]. . . morally oriented people are doing fine.
The main thing is that legislators and other "chosen ones", in times of peace, constructing the world allegedly on behalf of the people, the main thing is that they need to get closer to the people's understanding of life. For the people as a whole are humbler, simpler, more patient, and more sacrificial than they are. And the people silently, playing with their cheeks, expect from parliamentarians, businessmen and senators simplicity - one; sacrifice - two; real patriotism - three... The list goes on. . . .
The images of Great Martyr George, Archangel Michael, and portraits of the Victory Marshals along with the tsarist generals should regularly appear on the screen and move to the viewer's retina, and from there to the heart.
We are the New Israel, called to a special historical mission and, as in the old days, full of disoriented commoners and corrupted rulers inside. And against us are the modern descendants of Babylon, Egypt and Rome, with their idols, sacrifices and debauchery; swollen with stolen wealth and pride + confident in their impunity.
This is a religious war, in case anyone else is too dumb to realize it.
To understand the essence of Tkachev’s sermons and conversations, it is necessary to listen to them from beginning to end, delving into them and not missing a word. To experience Fr. Andrei's remarkable preaching for yourself, take a look at this selection of Fr. Andrei Tkachev's homilies translated into English.
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