At the beginning of September (n.s.) Bartholomew called together a “Synaxis of the Patriarchates and the Autocephalous Church of Cyprus" at the Phanar in order to coordinate their efforts for the First Ecumenistic Council which they plan to convene shortly. At it, they will most certainly have to deal with a conflict with the Patriarchate of Moscow concerning primacy, but also they will proclaim the heresy of Ecumenism with an alleged synodal decision of Ecumenical (or rather Ecumenistic) force. This is shown by the following excerpt from the message addressed to the faithful of their churches.
“Let us therefore intensify the inter-Christian and inter-religious dialogue for reconciliation. For years the Ecumenical Patriarchate has supported inter-religious dialogue with the other two monotheistic religions according to the decision of the Third Pre-Synodal Pan-Orthodox Conference (1986). We welcome and support this effort especially in these difficult days when violence shakes the land in which the commandment of love and the message of peace were first heard.”
What dialogue of reconciliation? Christians do not need dialogue to convince them to coexist peacefully; the Gospel is clear about this. The Muslims and Jews with whom they wish to intensify dialogue officially through their representatives have no objection to this. But the dialogue is intended to instill in the peoples’ consciousnesses the theory that “the three monotheistic religions” worship the same God. Perhaps the Ecumenists do worship the same god that the other religions worship. This is not, however, the true God which the Orthodox worship.
In this way we can explain the following dichotomy: The Patriarchs show such great love to their brother Papists and Protestants and Muslims whom they take every opportunity to embrace passionately while they simultaneously become enraged at the mere thought of the Genuine Orthodox Christians or the Esphigmenites. Then, of course, they forget everything they said about peaceful coexistence and they are ready to launch a “Holy War”. Perhaps, in the inter-religious dialogues, instead of the Christians influencing the Muslims, the opposite has taken place.
Translated from the Greek
“Trust ye not in princes, in the sons of men, in whom there is no salvation.”
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