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Doubt and hypocrisy

Doubt and hypocrisy

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Hidden wickedness is more harmful than explicit. Because if they knew the slanderers, it would be easier to avoid their unrestrained languages ​​and unkind arrangements. St. Basil the Great (6, 9).

Let no one be crafty and double-minded, so that his terrible sentence can not be comprehended: "The LORD will destroy all the flattering mouths, the tongue is arrogant" (Psalm 11, 4). The Monk Theodore the Studite (69, 63).

Ananias, who offended the Holy Spirit with double-hypocrisy and hypocrisy, did not remain without punishment (Acts 5, 1-6). The punishment to which he underwent, undoubtedly, extraordinary, and in ordinary life does not happen to see examples of such punishment for dvadushie. But this is not because the present hypocrites are less guilty than Ananias, but only by the mercy of God, who expects correction and repentance from them. And woe betide them, if they do not take advantage of this charity! There will come a time of recompense, when the Lord "will illuminate the hidden things in the darkness and discover the heart's intentions" (1Cor. 4, 5), when for every idle word, especially for the word and deed of hypocrisy, people will fall under the strictest responsibility before God. Therefore, let everyone shield himself with the fear of the Judgment of God, in order to keep himself, both in word and deed, from hypocrisy and double-dealing. Let, at least, fear keep us from sin, from which other, stronger impulses can not hold us. Vissarion, Bishop of Kostroma (114, 209-211).


Many, as a disgrace, act in their own lives, wearing one in their hearts, and others exposing them ... (7, 6).

He is a hypocrite who takes a foreign face for show; being a slave of sin, wears a mask of free (7, 6).

Do you not see what evil is hypocrisy? It is the fruit of envy, because dvuhdushie happens in people mostly for envy. Hiding in the depths of hatred, envious persons pretend to be lovers and are like underwater rocks covered with water and causing reckless unforeseen evil. St. Basil the Great (7, 165).

Would not the crows be ridiculous for you ... if he, having turned white, became a swan? .. And if a man of low morals is noble, will he deserve respect?St. Gregory the Theologian (15, 212).

Abba Apollos did not approve of those who wore chains and took on the form of a special outward reverence. Such people, he said, do it for show and fall into hypocrisy. It is better to tire out the body by fasting, and to create virtues in secret. If we do not have exploits, then at least we will preserve ourselves from hypocrisy. Abba Apollos (82, 69).

... In Russia, many saints wore chains. With the special simplicity and prevalence of the bodily feat in Russian monasticism, wearing the beliefs did not have the significance that it should have had in ancient monasticism. This monasticism was mainly a feat of the soul, and the most dangerous (to him) ... spiritual passions, especially high-mindedness ... Bishop Ignatius (Bryanchaninov) (82, 69).

With all your strength, try not to speak with your mouth alone, having another in your heart (82, 144).

The state is tough when there is holiness on the lips, but in the heart is lawlessness and malice (82, 144).

Whoever has one in his heart, and another in language by cunning, that prayer and feats are vain. With such do not make friends, so as not to get infected with their poison and foul language. With your friends, let them be gentle and become a participant in their purity and glory (82, 185).

The ascent to the cross takes place after the Pharisees and Sadducees have blocked their mouths. The Sadducees serve as an image of disbelief and hopelessness, the Pharisees are the image of cunning, hypocrisy and vanity.Rev. Abba Isaiah (82, 190).

Only if the worshipers of God conduct a virtuous life, they glorify Him in words and deeds. He is exalted. Of course, this does not mean that His own greatness is growing. But through His worshipers and through His great and varied works in creation and the industry of the world, His greatness is revealed to unbelievers in Him (39, 740).

"The Lord said to him," You hypocrite! " Does not each of you loose his ox or donkey from the manger on the sabbath and leads him to drink? "(Luke 13, 15). He justly calls the head of the synagogue a hypocrite, for he showed himself to be the guardian of the Law, but internally he was cunning and jealous: he does not feel indignant that the Sabbath is broken, but because Christ is glorified. St. John Chrysostom (116, 157).

Everyone pays attention not to what we say, but to what we do, and on the verdict, if not explicitly, then in the heart. Therefore, we must have a life that corresponds to the word, and rules of life that are consistent with the teaching, so that, in defeating in words, not be defeated in matters (50, 98).

Not with words ... it is necessary to enchant listeners, but to lead with oneself seeing your life. Reverend Isidore Pelusiot (52, 278).

What is hypocrisy? According to the word of Christ, hypocrites are likened to "painted coffins that look beautiful from the outside, but inside are full of the bones of the dead and all uncleanness" (Matthew 23, 27). Hypocrites are "decanting a gnat, and absorbing a camel" (Mt. 23, 24), that is, they notice minor sins, but great sins in anything. A hypocrite is one who thinks his own profit is above the law of conscience; a hypocrite is one who contains another in the heart, another in the language, who has the appearance of a saint, and the interior is lawless. The hypocrite is one whose essence is torn in two, one who does not agree with himself. A hypocrite is a geek who has a human image, but demonic thoughts ... He closes the truth from us, or, even worse, gives lies for truth, deception for wisdom, cunning for prudence, another's offense for justice, depravity for commendable decency, and that confuses The sky with the earth and all human affairs fills with gloom and perversion. Plato, Metropolitan of Moscow (105, 356-357).

Calling God God the Father, the Lord, the King, the Protector and the Helper, as in the Lord's prayer, psalms and other songs, those who are faithful to Him pray and sing; well, this is a sign of faith. He is faithful to the Father, the Lord, the King, the Protector and the Helper. But look, are you trying to show obedience to Him like the Father, and have a similar character? The Son is like the Father. Do you work for Him as your Lord? Do not you work mammon (Matthew 6, 24) and other idols? Does not sin reign over you when you call Him your King? Do you seek protection and help from the sons of men and other creatures? You hear that God speaks about the oral confession, but does not come from the heart, with which the heart does not agree, says through the prophet: "These people draw near to me with their mouths, and they honor Me with their tongue, but their heart is far from Me" (Matthew 15 , 8, 29, 13). - You say: "I believe ... in the One Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God" - well. But will you accept his holy gospel with the heart? Do you follow His teaching written in the Gospel? Are you not ashamed of humility, poverty, and patience? Do you bear your cross, which he offers to all the faithful: "If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me" (Mt. 16, 24). Prelate Tikhon Zadonsky (104, 909-910).

"Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy" (Luke 12, 1). A distinctive feature of hypocrisy is to do everything for show. To act in the eyes of others is not hypocrisy, because most of the things that must be done for us must be done for people, therefore, among them and in their sight. Even better are those who contrive to do everything secretly, but not always possible. That is why one can not immediately reproach oneself with the desire to be only seen or act as a show. They may have a sincere desire to do good, but the fact that this is seen by others is a necessary consequence of the actions performed externally. Hypocrisy begins from the moment when the intention is not good to do, but only to show oneself doing good. And this again is not always criminal, because it can be a minute raid of thoughts, which are immediately noticed and run away. But when it is meant to establish behind oneself the reputation of doing good, then here is hypocrisy, which is deep in the heart. When, however, the hidden purpose of benefiting from this reputation is added to all this, there is hypocrisy in all its strength. See, then, every thing that the Lord requires, when he commands you to be careful "from the leaven of the Pharisees." Do good at the will of good to others, according to the will of God, to the glory of God, but about how people look at it, do not care - and you will escape hypocrisy. Bishop Theophan the Recluse (107, 371-372).

Out of hypocritical behavior, a thought pattern and a Pharisaic teaching arise; Pharisaic doctrine and way of thinking bring up a hypocrite (108, 420).

The main distinguishing feature of the hypocrite, the first arrow launched by him into the neighbor, is the temptation and the temptation of the neighbor (108, 422).

Like a worm born inside the fruit, destroys the entire interior of the fruit, leaving only its shell, so hypocrisy destroys the whole essence of virtue (111, 68).

The hypocrite, suffering not very visible to people passions ... covers them with hypocrisy and pretense, is unable to recognize himself as a sinner, as Satan is incapable of it (111, 277).

The hypocrite, trying to satisfy his passions, working wholly to sin, wants to preserve in front of people's eyes the face of virtue (111, 275).

Condemnation of the neighbor is a sign of hypocrisy, according to the All-holy instruction of the Gospel (111, 278).

We are all sinners. Every appearance of a righteous man, both direct and indirect, is hypocrisy. Bishop Ignatius (Bryanchaninov) (111, 278).

When we (the monks of the Nitric Desert) came, the blessed John of Lycopole welcomed us, addressing everyone with a cheerful face, and we asked him first of all to pray for us. Then he asked if there was any of the clerics with us? We answered that no. But he, after examining all, found out that there was a deacon between us. The deacon hid his rank in humility, considering himself, in comparison with such saints, hardly worthy of the name of a Christian, not only of this rank. Pointing to him with his hand, the monk said: "Here is the deacon." When he continued to refuse, the saint, taking his hand, kissed him and, warning him, said: "Child! Do not reject the grace of God and do not lie, denying the gift of Christ. Lies are alien to Christ and the Christian, whether she is told on a small or important occasion. Even if a lie is spoken for a good purpose, and this is not commendable, for a lie, according to the Savior's word, is from the devil (John 8, 44). " The deacon accepted the meek reproof of the old man. "Lavsaik" (74, 132-133).

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