By Theodore Shoebat
The Russian government is telling Turkey to return the most beautiful Church of the Hagia Sofia to the Eastern Orthodox Church. Russian MP Sergei Gavrilov said:
The Russian side… expect[s] from the Turkish side a friendly step – to return the Cathedral to the hands of the Orthodox church of Constantinople … The Russian side is ready to provide financial assistance and enlist the best Russian restorers and scientists’ aid in the restoration of the ecumenical Christian artefact. Such a step would help Turkey and Islam to show that good will is above politics.
This statement and push by Russia demanding for the restoration of the Hagia Sofia to the Orthodox world, is just another sign that the tensions between Turkey and Russia are in realty of a religious nature, and that the sword of the Church is about to be unsheathed and wielded in a glorious holy war for the Sacred Cross against the enemies of Christ. There are numerous vicissitudes in the current tensions between Russia and Turkey; they descend from centuries of wars between Christians and Muslims, and they are all leading to a holy war.
Since the Turkish F-16 shot down the Russian Su-24 bomber, Russia has dissolved its relations with Turkey. Lieutenant General Sergei Rutskoi has made it very clear that all military relations between Turkey and Russia have been dissolved. Moreover, the idea that NATO will intervene in this rising conflict was emphatically denied by Ivashov, based on a statement from NATO itself that assistance for Turkey is not desirous on the part of European leaders:
NATO’s last council on an ambassadorial level, which was convened on Turkey’s initiative, refused to support it and there was even no general statement, which NATO usually provides. Stoltenberg spoke for himself, which means that NATO’s European members are not burning with desire to help Turkey … Now Russia just has to increase consultations with European countries in a bilateral format … Now Russia just has to increase consultations with European countries in a bilateral format
Religious conflict commences once a people, for the cause of their faith, conquer another’s land. As I have said before, geopolitics is only a means to religion. Turkey shot down the Russian plane in order to protect the oil supply lines that it was providing for ISIS. This is what Putin just said recently:
We have every reason to think that the decision to shoot down our plane was dictated by the desire to protect the oil supply lines to Turkish territory, right to the ports where it is loaded onto tankers… We have received additional information which unfortunately confirms that this oil, produced in areas controlled by the Islamic State and other terrorist organisations, is transported on an industrial scale to Turkey.
Turkey needs land, oil and other resources, not for these things themselves, but as means to a religious end, and that is a universal Islamic empire. Land is not the end, but only a means to an end, and that end is religious domination, either on the part of Christendom or on the part of some other religion. The West has been conquered, not by outside forces, but by internal enemies; by sodomites, by feminists and the rebellion of wretched men and women; by materialists and modernists, by the enemies of the Christian Faith who, in the words of de Maistre, “should be hung like housebreakers!”
Christian supremacy has been overthrown by the masses who believe that Christ is inferior to sodomites, by wretched feminists who work for the overthrow of societal order. We look to a camera or a phone and we fixate our lives to these objects as though they are gods, but the Creator of the human eye, more complex than any of these technologies, we treat as though He is only a part of our lives, and not our lives. God is Life; He is the reason for existence, He is existence itself, for without Him, we would have no existence. This is the sentiment for Christian supremacy, and the pillar for empire and domination.
Russia is the most powerful Christian nation in the world. And by Christian I am not talking about a society that is riddled with cults and heresies, I mean a nation that is imbued with the Apostolic Faith, the Church whose lineage can be historically traced back to the Apostles, and ultimately to Christ. A Church whose Founder is historically Christ Himself, and not some novel trend. America is not a Christian nation, it is a secular nation entrenched in the enlightenment philosophy which is just an ideology for rebellion and the anarchy for all evil ideas.
Russia is authentically a Christian nation. Its government is in harmony with a Church of apostolic succession; when the Church needs to fight some evil inundation, such as homosexuality, it will exhort the State to unsheathe the temporal sword and cut asunder the wicked movement, and surely has the Russian obeyed in this measure, and continues to intensify against the demonic sodomite invasion. Russia sees how much ground the sodomites have taken in the US, and they refuse to allow the same to occur in their own country.
In the realm of Faith and morals, the State must obey the Church and exhaust its capacity to destroy any attacks or sinister attempts against the Church or her teachings. Thus, in Russia, they uphold the two swords of St. Peter, the ones held aloft when the Apostle said to Christ, “Lord, look, here are two swords.” (Luke 22:38) The State wields the sword of which Christ told St. Peter, “Put up thy sword into the sheath” (John 18:11).
The sword still remains in the sheathe of the Church, and it can be used at any time when the Church and the State work together to vanquish the forces of darkness. Russia is the nation that is observing this concept more so than any other nation, and here we have wicked politicians, like Carly Fiorna, who want war with this Christian nation. Do you believe such evil? She wants to go to war, not with a nation that is truly pagan and evil, but a truly Christian country that is trying to do right, that is on the verge of abolishing abortion, that is combating the sodomite agenda, that is protecting Christians in the Middle East. This is the nation that this Jezebel of a woman wants to go to war with! What sickness!
And she is not the only one amongst this wicked bunch of heretics. Marco Rubio is now saying that if Russia attacks Turkey that the US must defend the Muslim Turks against the Christian Russians! Do you believe such wickedness? This is so reminiscent of Luther when he sided with the Ottoman Empire against Catholic Christendom. History is repeating itself; same devils, different faces and names. Read what this pimp of a politician, Marco Rubio, said:
It’s important for us to be very clear that we will respond and defend Turkey if they come under assault from the Russians. Otherwise the entire NATO alliance comes into question… If Russia believes that they can respond and retaliate against Turkey because NATO is not going to do anything about it, what they are basically doing is making the argument that NATO is no longer viable, that it is a feckless alliance.
All of the evil that is spewed from theses people’s mouths is like a continuous river of vile sewage, and its heretical origins reveal themselves in the foul vapors that arise from the thick bile of the horrendous streams. This reality manifests itself when these evil people’s words are put up against the beautiful history of Russia and her Christian spirit. Russia is a divinely destined land, consecrated by the presence of monastic saints rendered Apostolic authority through St. Paul in whom was Jesus Christ, for he wrote to the Corinthians, “what I have pardoned, if I have pardoned any thing, for your sakes have I done it in the person of Christ.” (2 Corinthians 2:10)
Jesus Christ bestowed upon St. Paul, in the sublime state of theosis and in oneness with the Apostle, the apostolic authority to confer the sacraments of Eucharist, baptism, confession, matrimony and the healing of souls from the abysmal spirits. Holy matrimony is the target of the demons, who desire to destroy it through the sodomites who they use as mere vehicles, and through the rebellious women and men that overrun the modern world, and it is the armies of the Church, bearing crosses in their hearts and gripping beautifully and rustically carved crucifixes in their hands, who shall fight these callous and sinister brutes, “irrational beasts, naturally tending to the snare and to destruction, blaspheming those things which they know not” (2 Peter 2:12).
And which is the most powerful of nations fighting these children of malediction (2 Peter 2:14)? Who is it, but Russia, that is representing and standing up to the principalities of darkness in high places? Who is fighting the satanic elitists who wish to colonize the whole earth to the dictates of Sodom and Gomorrah, but Russia, with the State and the Church working together to war against the forces of darkness? Putin told the world the truth when he said:
“Policies are being pursued that place on the same level a multi-child family and a same-sex partnership, a faith in God and a belief in Satan. This is the path to degradation.”
What Western leader has ever spoken like this? What leader of the West has ever condemned the worship of the devil, the toleration for homosexuality, and praised the monument of the family? Who else but the leader of Russia? All of these politicians, and all of these “Christian” politicians, they would support the devil before ever going against the satanic religions that have so infiltrated the earth.
Russia is a flower, with her pedals opening in the spring bloom, after the cold winter of godlessness has ended. The pedals embrace the rays of the sun, and the light that warms its roots, is the light of God. It is the light that brings men to enlightenment, or at times, it is that which brings us to the thirst for enlightenment. The light that brings the nations to soar up to the heavenly mountain, is the very light that enwrapped St. Paul, the very light “by which he knew himself, and for which he had detached himself from all else.” (Gregory Palamas, The Triads, 2.37)
The nation of Russia is entering the Holy Trinity, through the Humanity of the Second Person of the Godhead, Jesus Christ; for it is by the flesh of the Messiah that all flesh can walk across the bridge that keeps us away from the rapacious ocean of the wanton masses, and that leads us to union with the Divine. A nation may become one with God, for Christ said that St. Paul would be used “to carry my name before the Gentiles, and kings,” (Acts 9:15); Jonah taught all of Nineveh and the entire populace conformed to the ways of God, and most especially, we cannot forget the words of our Lord to His Disciples, “teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.” (Matthew 28:19) An entire nation can become one with Christ, for if a individual may be given this grace, so can a nation attain the divine union.
In being baptized the empire of Christendom conforms to the image of Christ, and in being like Christ, sacrifices all worldly desires for the good of the empire, the protection of the brotherhood, and for the honor of God. As St. Peter tells us, “Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.” (1 Peter 2:17) With such an aspiration, the greatest obstacle to victory is shattered — the fear of death.
Christianity is the vanquishment of the fear of death; if you do not fear death, then you fear no one but God. By the submission of death through the Holy Tree where death was defeated, the baptized nation becomes united with God, and an instrument for the divine justice, “an avenger to execute wrath upon him that doth evil.” (Romans 13:4) The most learned monk, Maximus the Confessor, wrote:
“the baptized acquires the use of death to condemn sin, which in turn mystically leads the person to divine and unending life. Such will ensue if indeed the saints, for the sake of truth and righteousness, have virtuously finished the course of this life with its many sufferings, liberating their nature within themselves from death as a condemnation of sin and, like Christ, the captain of our salvation (Heb. 2:10), turned death from a weapon to destroy human nature into a weapon to destroy sin.” (Ad Thalassium 61, 99)
The warring nation, impetuous to the fear of death, endures the suffering of the saint by fighting evil through the labors of battle, like Christ on the Cross warring against Satan. Notice that Maximus specifies that the saints will endure suffering “for the sake of truth and righteousness”. Is that not what a righteous nation does for the cause of God and the Holy Cross?
It will go through wars, it will go through death and persecution, it will go through the mockeries of the world, to destroy and uproot evil. As St. Gregory of Nyssa said, “The victory of true religion is the death and destruction of idolatry.” And this is the mission of the Christian nation and the empire of the Cross, to be the light of the world (Matthew 5:14) and to attack the wicked and the persecutors full on, “Overthrow their altars, and break down their statues, burn their groves with fire, and break their idols in pieces: destroy their names out of those places.” (Deuteronomy 12:3)
The Christian empire, when dealing with the enemies of Christ who introduce perversity, heresy, and other grotesque aberrations, is as the king in Christ’s parable, when he “destroyed those murderers, and burnt their city.” (Matthew 22:7) The nations of the Cross, in participating in the the divine nature of Christ (2 Peter 1:4), “destroy the works of the devil.” (1 John 3:8)
One of the most horrific and dangerous internal enemies of nations that were once Christian, and are a sign of the deconstruction of Christian society, is the toleration for homosexuality, and I am not even particularly speaking of leftists, but more so the self-claiming Christians who are condemning homosexuality while at the same time elusively supporting it. They will say, for example, “I condemn homosexuality, but I love gay people,” or, “they may have this sexual attraction, but as long as they don’t carry it out they are okay.”
This is utter nonsense, and it is dangerous because it opens the floodgates of perversity. If sodomite urges are permissible as long as they are not carried out, then someone who has the desire to ravish children may be in the right as long as he doesn’t carry it out. This is why I say that such an idea of toleration will only lead to more toleration of other perverse inclinations. Hence, St. Paul described lesbians as women who “have changed the natural use into that use which is against nature” (Romans 1:26) and sodomites as “leaving the natural use of the women” (Romans 1:27), and then he describes them as “Being filled with all iniquity, malice, fornication,” (Romans 1:29).
All evil is at first conceived in ideas, and from ideas come actions. If the ideas are wicked, from such rebellious urges come more deviant actions. The pedophile has desires before carrying out the desire. Someone who expresses sodomite or pederastic desires should be treated just as dangerous as the active sodomite. This should be done for the protection of children who have so many times fallen prey to these predators and deviants.
In fact, there is no where in Bible where toleration for homosexuality is prescribed. No where. Not even having “gay friends” is ever encouraged. The very opposite is taught and illustrated by Christ Himself. Anytime someone says, “Jesus never talked about homosexuality,” remember these words of Christ, “Remember Lot’s wife.” (Luke 17:32) Remember this wicked women who, for just looking back to Sodom, God turned her to stone. Right after Christ says this, He says, “Whosoever shall seek to save his life, shall lose it: and whosoever shall lose it, shall preserve it.” (Luke 17:32) Those who are still attached to sodomites have not died to the world, they have not emptied themselves, but still seek self-preservation, preservation for the appeasement of the peer pressure of Western society, preservation from being ostracized by the mob and the world.
Isn’t it interesting, that when speaking of detachment, Christ referenced Lot’s wife as an example of someone who is attached to the world? And the example is someone who loves sodomites. The most divisive topic in America is not whether or not one believes in the existence of a god, but rather it is homosexuality. As we get closer to the Apocalypse, the more the world is supporting homosexuality. As it was in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah, so it will be before the end.
We have many Lot’s wives, turning their backs on God and looking toward Sodom, and they will viciously strike back at anyone who believes in the Biblical death penalty for the sodomite wretches. They may be “Christians,” believing in God, as Lot’s wife knew about God, but they are still attached to the sodomites in some perniciously emotional way. And such people, following Lot’s wife, only bring the society further into tyranny. For when Lot lived in the debased society, he was “oppressed by the injustice and lewd conversation of the wicked.” (2 Peter 2:7) Notice what the Apostle says, the injustice of the wicked. The more that sodomism grows in popularity, the more despotism increases.
And which is nation is fighting this injustice? It is Russia, alongside numerous other Slavic Christian nations, such as Poland and Serbia. They have not turned to Sodom, but that they Remember Lot’s wife, they do not seek to save their lives in popularity, but to lose it and combat this darkness.
The children of Israel sojourned from the tyranny of Egypt towards the land of Canaan, where homosexuality abounded, and the holy monastic and hesychast, Moses, being inspired by the mountain of the Lord (Psalm 23:3), commanded them to slaughter the reprobates, and not to turn their backs on God and look to the wicked with sympathy.
The Benjaminites tolerated an entire body of homosexuals who wanted to rape and murder a man, but ended up raping a woman to death, and when Israel wanted the criminals delivered, the tribe of Benjamin “gathered themselves together into Gabaa, to aid them, and to fight against the whole people of Israel.” (Judges 20:14) So many people today have the hearts of the Benjaminites: unwilling to remember Lot’s wife, but ever willing to emulate her, and just like the sympathizers of evil today, instead of going against the evil, they defend the sodomites with violence and vitriol. But what was the punishment for the Benjaminites for their toleration and defense for sodomite wickedness? They were almost completely annihilated.
“And they that were slain in the same place were eighteen thousand men, all most valiant soldiers. And when they that remained of Benjamin saw this, they fled into the wilderness and made towards the rock that is called Remmon. In that flight, also as they were straggling and going different ways, they slew of them five thousand men. And as they went farther, they still pursued them, and slew also other two thousand. And so it came to pass, that all that were slain of Benjamin in divers places, were five and twenty thousand fighting men, most valiant for war.
And there remained of all the number of Benjamin only six hundred men that were able to escape, and flee to the wilderness: and they abode in the rock Remmon four months.
But the children of Israel returning, put all the remains of the city to the sword, both men and beasts, and all the cities and villages of Benjamin were consumed with devouring flames.” (Judges 20:44-48)
An entire tribe was nearly fully extirpated, with just six hundred survivors left, all because it defended a mob of violent sodomites. But yet the people of today would have sympathy for the Benjaminites and they would turn away from God and look back to the wicked. But such is the way of Lot’s wife. We must remember Lot’s wife! We must never have dangerous sympathy for the sodomites, even if God were to destroy them all, we must never look to Sodom. This is how serious the matter is, and how evil it is to tolerate sodomites, for look at the severe punishment that is given to the sufferers of this sadistic depravity. The Christian nations must destroy and uproot homosexuality from their nations, and there are so few of them that are emulating the sublime law once followed and enacted in the nation of Israel. Russia is the greatest of them, and I hope that their implementation of anti-sodomite laws grows more and more intense.
I just made this video showing the true Christian response to this sodomite invasion in Russia and Serbia:
The reason why these Catholic and Orthodox Christians in the East, be it in Russia, Serbia or Poland, attack the sodomites is because they believe that God is real. If you truly believe that God is real then you will fight Him. Even if our very lives are in danger, let us never forget: Christ is Life, and our lives do not belong to us, for the life of faith is Christ, the only true life is that which resides in the cosmic mystery of the Divine Savior.
God is reality and truth, and all those who go against Him, war against reality itself, so that they may redefine reality and force us to conform to their depraved fantasies. Thus is the origin of tyranny, and the only way to end is to sever it from the root. Those who are fully depraved and beyond any hopes of rehabilitation, of whom St. Paul wrote, “they liked not to have God in their knowledge, God delivered them up to a reprobate sense,” (Romans 1:28) there is only one solution, and that is the very policy that the divine monastic, Moses, ordered with inspired soul to the Israelites as to what to do with the Canaanites; it is the very solution that the Maccabees implemented on all those who indulged in the sodomite pagan religion of the heathen; it is the same solution that Pope Innocent III exhorted against the zoophilic cult of the Cathars: annihilation.
This solution will never be implemented in the circumstances of modern indulgence and excess. It is only possible in the context of Christendom, where the State and the Church work in a harmony — like a warrior fighting with two swords — with the society, with all three working as one for a single objective: having the entire nation become one with the Holy Trinity. If God became Humanity in the Incarnation of Christ, then entire nations, consisting of humanity, can become one with Him. “The purpose of human life,” writes Pannayiotes Christou, “is the attainment of the absolute good, the attainment of perfection. This is achieved through a long, painful and arduous march which has as a starting point the cultivation of virtue and as an end point the attainment of Theosis. …This is the struggle of all human beings, particularly that of the ascetics, the true philosophers.” (In Markides, The Mountain of Silence, ch. 11, p. 162)
The attainment of the absolute good, that is, Theosis, is the union between man and the Holy Trinity. Notice it refers to this aspiration as “The purpose of human life,” and “the struggle of all human beings”. The writer does not describe it as solely an individualistic objective, but the very purpose of all humanity. Theosis is a universal and collective aspiration for mankind itself. Mankind must become one with God through Jesus Christ, for it is only in the Christ wherein Humanity is one with the Divine in the Hypostatic Union. In the mystical union between man and God, nations thus can be one with God, and in such an ascending state, everything is transcended: Laws, society, culture, art, and everything else, is conformed to God and His will. As the theologian, Jacobus Latomus, wrote:
“since the kingdom and the realm with its inhabitants, we we said above, passed into the body and the right of the Church through holy baptism and through free acceptance of the Christian religion, the kingdom and realm were dedicated, consecrated, and donated with an irrevocable gift to and to his Spouse.” (De Ecclesia, ch. 14, quoted by Bellarmine, On the Temporal Power of the Pope, preface)
The nations that are in the Holy Trinity become a valorous brotherhood, defending themselves from the enemies of God and His Church, and fighting for the preservation of Christendom, in which lies the fear of God, the love for the brotherhood, the honoring of the empire and all people. “Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.” (1 Peter 2:17) The Serbian monk, Thaddeus, when speaking on Christian holy war, said: “We should defend one another, for we are brothers — especially we who are of one Faith.” (Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives, ch. 4, p. 91)
By protecting ourselves, the nations love their neighbors. And our neighbors are not just any nation or person. Christ made it very specific to the Jewish lawyer that our neighbor is the one who does the will of God and works to help and save humanity. The two priests who walked passed the nearly dying man are not our neighbors, but the Samaritan who took the man, treated his wounds and gave him shelter, he is our neighbor. Thus those who are in Christendom are the ones who work for righteousness and to protect humanity from evil forces.
The evil forces of the sodomites, of the Muslims, of the reprobates and the teachers of demonic doctrines, sinister governments that work for the persecution of Christians (including even Western nations that do such things) are not of Christendom, but of the devil. The brotherhood of Christian nations protect each other from the sodomites who prey on children and influence societies through propaganda, and from all antichrist forces, and this is all done through “faith that worketh by charity.” (Galatians 5:6)
One of the most telling indications of the innately inevitable decay of modern society is the fixation on distinguishing individuals. The laws and government of a nation are a reflection, not of an individual, but of the populace. A corrupt government is merely a rotting branch dying from an infected root, and that decaying root is the people. The people must be willing to fight for Christianity if they are going to have a truly righteous and noble government. If you take the current politicians and put them against a population willing to fight and die for their Faith, they would disintegrate. The cause of the corrupt politicians is a populace who sees leaders as ones who will give them a job, pay their debt and support their depravity (abortion, homosexuality and contraception), but truly admirable governors would be established if the people wanted a state that follows the commission of God: “the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of the good” (1 Peter 2:14)
The nation does not live for itself, but to be a light to the world. This is why the 4th century Christian scholar, Firmicus, wrote to the emperors of his time:
“With a pure heart, a devout conscience, and incorrupt mind let your clemency ever fix its gaze upon heaven, ever look for help from God, implore the worshipful godhead of Christ, and offer spiritual sacrifices to the God of salvation for the welfare of the world and your own.” (The Error of the Pagan Religions, 29.4)
Notice that the actions of the State are for the welfare of the world. This is the mission of the nation and of Christendom. The Empire of the Cross is to be an illuminating flame to the world. But what does a light do but dissipate the darkness? The nation cannot be a light to the world unless it destroys evil. This, then, is the mission of Christendom. But again, it comes down to the people.
The people must be willing to fight for Christ and to instill fear into the hearts of His enemies. Do not forget that there is a harmony that makes up Christendom: the Church, the State and the people. The health of the nation is rooted in the zeal of the people, and the flames of this zeal is fueled by the teachings of the Church; the State is that which protects the people and the Church from anti-Christian forces, and the State is directed in this commission by the Church. What keeps this harmony flowing is Christ. As long as Christ is at the center of Christendom, it will never fail. Peter sunk as soon as he feared the waves; and so Christendom will sink as soon as it fears the world.
As long as the people have zeal, then the enemies of Christ will fear and will refrain or think twice before attacking the Lord of the universe. This whole idea of instilling fear into the enemies of Christ may seem foreign to many of you, but the use of fear by the Church, the State and the people, is entirely biblical and orthodox.
The fiery love for Christ must be held by the people to put fear into the Church’s enemies, so that they will hesitate before attacking Christ. The earliest followers of Christ had this very zeal. The enemies of Christ were hesitant to kill Him, for they “feared Him, because all the people were astonished at His teaching.” (Mark 11:8) They feared the people because they were zealous for Christ, and Christ never reprimanded them for their zeal. Why? Because it is of a true believer to be a fanatic.
When the priests and elders wished to assault Christ, they refrained since “they feared the multitude, because they took him for a prophet.” (Matthew 21:46)
In another time, the religious leaders decided not to kill Christ on the feast day, “lest there be an uproar among the people.” (Matthew 26:4; see also Mark 11:32) Thus the followers of Christ did not obligate themselves to be pacifistic, but resistant, to the attacks of Christ’s enemies. They instilled fear, and that fear was effective in restraining the wicked.
A similar situation took place after the Resurrection of Christ, in which when the officers came to arrest Peter and a number of the other Christian leaders, they did not do so in the presence of the early Christians because they feared that they would stone them:
“Then went the captain with the officers, and brought them without violence: for they feared the people, lest they should have been stoned.” (Acts 5:26)
The zeal of the people was go great that they would have stoned officers if they ever saw them arrest St. Peter with violence. This fiery love for God’s Apostles instilled fear into the hearts of the officers, and surely it was effective and not something that was ever reprimanded. The same zeal must be exhibited today. The enemies of Christ must fear us, just as they fear the followers of Jesus at the beginning. Even when corrupt Church leaders are going against Christ, we must act to embarrass and humiliate them, just as I did with Msgr. Michael Yarbrough, as you can see in this video:
Through humiliation and embarrassment, we put fear into such reprobate infiltrators, for the cause of restoring the Church back to its honor.
You may say that the use of fear is against love, but in Christianity, love and fear can work together. We read in Scripture that after Peter killed Ananias, “great fear came on all them that heard these things.” (Acts 5:5) St. Maximus of Turin wrote: “had Peter been able to correct Ananias’ avarice, he would not have punished him, but in punishing him he corrects others. For he wished to punish the one but to instill fear in the many.” (Maximus of Turin, sermon 18.1) In instilling fear, we have correction, and such correction is done for the purpose of love. The law is love, and so to administer the law is done for the purpose love, for “the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from sincere faith” (1 Timothy 1:5)
When Moses slaughtered three thousand Hebrews for worshipping the golden calf, he destroyed a part of the people to instill correction on the rest, and prevent them from falling off the cliff of goodness into the pit of evil. And this was done for the cause of God Who is love. St. Gregory of Nyssa, when commenting on this story of Moses, wrote:
“So if any time someone observes the same evil in many, but the wrath of God is vented not against everyone but only against some, it is fitting that one perceive the correction as administered through love for mankind. While not all are struck, the blows upon some chastise all to turn them from evil.” (Gregory of Nyssa, Life of Moses, 2.206)
The unity of fear and love is exemplified within the knight of Christendom who, through his arms protects the helpless and instills fear in those who may attack them and keeps them from being killed. As the Spanish knight Ramon Llull wrote:
“Love and fear are joined as one against enmity and contempt, and thus the knight, because of his nobility of courage, good habits and the very high and great honour that is bestowed upon him by being chosen, and because of his horse and arms, must be loved and feared by the people. For through love, charity and learning shall be restored, and through fear, truth and justice shall be restored.” (Ramon Llull, Chivalry, 1.6)
Look to the Orthodox people of Russia and you will see a people who do not hesitate to fight for their Faith. This is in accordance to their history, how they fought the Muslims in the Battle of Kulikovo with such zeal and mystical conviction! Before the battle The Grand Prince Ivanovich went before his army, fortified his heart in the name of Christ, and like David, “strengthened himself in the Lord his God (1 Samuel 30:6), and roared with a thundering voice to his men at arms:
“Brethren, better an honourable death than a life purchased by shame; and it were better not to stir against the infidel Tatars at all than, having come, achieve nothing and go back. Let us now cross the Don and there lay our lives for the holy church and the Orthodox faith, for our brotherhood, for Christendom!”
Let such words resound in our souls and our hearts, and let God, brotherhood and Christendom be our goal in this journey back to restoration, a restoration to bring the world back to the power of the Empire of the Cross.