Absolutely not! decisively answers this important question – a question of Christian conscience – the great ecumenical teacher and hierarch, and pillar of our Faith, St. Gregory the Theologian. "One must not value every kind of peace," he says, "for there is a good difference of opinion and the most destructive unanimity. But one must love only the good peace, which has a good intent and unites with God" (Sermon 6).
The dearest thing of all for the Christian is the Truth, for the sake of witnessing to which the Lord Jesus Christ came to earth, as He Himself said to Pilate (Jn 18:37). And for the true Christian there can be only one desirable unity – unity in the Truth of Christ – the pure, undistorted, uncorrupted Truth, without any admixture of diabolic falsehood, not envenomed by any compromise with it. From this point of view, all these appeals for "peace" and "unity" are unacceptable, for they come from people who encroach on our principal treasure – the pure and undefiled truth of the teaching of Christ that has been preserved by us, and who wish to substitute for it a lie which is of the devil. The "unity" which is now envisaged by the enemies of the pure truth of Christ is not unity in Christ. It is that unity which the Antichrist, who wishes to subject all to himself and to found his kingdom on earth, is striving to create.
Everything that now comes from people on the summits of religious, political and communal life, since the time that our Orthodox Russia was trampled in the dust, is nothing else than intense work of preparation by the servants of the coming Antichrist for his future kingdom.
For that reason it is more than ever before incumbent on everyone who wishes to be a true Christian and preserve his faithfulness to Christ to remember the exhortation of the holy Apostle: "See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,redeeming the time, because the days are evil" (Eph 5:15-16).
It must be understood by all rational people that we who wish to preserve our faithfulness to Christ the Savior cannot submit to the church authority which has been established by the God-fighters and which appears as an obedient instrument of the realization of their hellish plans in the world. We cannot be in any kind of dependence on any other church authority beyond the frontiers of our enslaved Homeland which recognizes this enslavement as lawful and has communion in prayer with the minions of the God-fighters in the person of the hierarchs of the Soviet church. We dare not forget that the anathema proclaimed by His Holiness Patriarch Tikhon on January 19, 1918 against the God-fighting Communist power and subsequently upheld on January 28 of that year by the whole Sacred Council of the Russian Orthodox Church has in no way been removed, and up to this moment weighs upon it and upon all those who recognize it as lawful and who in this or in any other way co-operate with it or maintain communion with it.
That is why the Orthodox Christian living in these difficult conditions of contemporary life must with all his might fight for the retention within himself of spiritual life, and the principal means for this is unfailing daily prayer at home and obligatory participation in the communal prayer in church. Disregarding all obstacles, he must set himself a rule of unfailing prayer at home morning and evening, even if it is short, taking as his model if only the prayer rule of St. Seraphim for laymen, and in no case missing even one Sunday or Feast-day service in church, not only the Liturgy, but also the all-night Vigil. From this point of view, the phenomenon widely spread among us, unfortunately, of arranging every kind of festivity and entertainment on the eves of Sundays and Feast-days is completely inadmissible. This is also undoubtedly a ruse of the servants of the coming Antichrist so as to draw Orthodox Christians away from this not-to-be-missed visiting of church services, which is absolutely necessary for the retaining in oneself of spiritual life.
It is criminal to lull oneself with cheery hopes of some kind of "progress" of humanity, of some kind of better future life here on earth. This is the primary deception of the servants of the Antichrist, so as to draw men from thoughts of heaven. The Lord clearly said that no "progress" awaits us, but ever-increasing sorrows and woes, as a consequence of the "abounding of iniquity" and the "cooling of love", and that, when He comes, He will hardly find faith on the earth (Lk 18:8). And the words of the Lord are immutable, as He Himself triumphantly witnesses: "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My words shall not pass away"(Matt 24:35).
------------------------------------------------------------- The above version is checked against SJKP version. Other versions on the internet are probably less accurate. ~jh