Every new ecumenical gathering comes up with something new and spiritually more sinister. This was particularly clearly demonstrated at the last 7th Ecumenical Assembly of the World Council of Churches held Feb. 7-20 of 1991 in Canberra. The main theme of the Assembly was the
Holy Spirit: "Come Holy Spirit, Make New All Creation". It is interesting to note that throughout the history of the Church, all heretics and apostates invariably stumbled against the Holy Spirit. With their words or actions they blasphemed against Him which, according to our Lord Jesus Christ
"shall not be forgiven... neither in this world, nor in the world to come" (Mt. 12, 31-32).
We advise everyone, who is inclined to naive ecumenical fraternization, to make a sign of the cross and carefully read the words of an "Orthodox" bishop quoted below. The sermon, entitled "Orthodox Liturgy" was presented in Canberra by Australian Archbishop Stylianos (Patriarchate of Constantinople). This sermon subsequently appeared as Document N: WO 10. 1, and providentially came into our possession through one of the participants of this Assembly. Judging by marginal notes this person was utterly horrified by what he heard. In view of the extreme importance of this document, we feel compelled to quote from it extensively . The sermon  of Archbishop Stylianos literally reads as follows:
«Although our 7th General Assembly is convened under the characteristic epiclesis of the Holy Spirit to "renew the whole creation", I am afraid that the majority of us contemporary Christians, regardless of denominational orientation, live in great confusion, if not unacceptable ignorance, concerning... the Holy Spirit... In this regard, one could say that Christians of the twentieth century are even less certain about the Holy Spirit than Christian groups or individuals (including the Holy Fathers? - L.P.), disputing the Holy Trinity in the fourth century. ...Although we have produced erudite Trinitatrian essays and also in our public worship are increasingly introducing Trinitarian prayers or direct invocations to the Holy Spirit, the bitter reality is that the Spirit still remains, for the average Christian the "unknown God" - with the exception of course, of our Pentecostal sisters and brothers, whose theology, compared with the Trinitarian doctrine of the Undivided Church (i.e. the Orthodox Church - L.P.), must at least be characterized as a militant "Pneumatomonism". The well-known Orthodox theologian Paul Evdokimov  significantly observed that, while the Son is the image of the Father and the Spirit the image of the Son, the Paraclete remains until the day of the Parousia without any full image which would reveal and testify to Him. This sacred paradox, which at first glance appears to be a disadvantage for the third person of the Holy Trinity, is in reality His deepest personal attribute and grandeur. ... As one may easily see, this our interpretation would without any difficulty comply with the profound spirit of the entire Christian ethics, according to which
the individual and even the whole Church has never received the gifts of the Spirit sufficiently. This is precisely why the well-known characteristics of the Church, being "one, holy, catholic and apostolic", remain until the day of the Parousia both gifts and postulates at the same time.»
(emphasis by Stylianos, underlined by
us - L.P.)
The speech of Dr. Chung, Professor of Theology, a female Presbyterian participant from Korea, in keeping with the theme of this Assembly, was dedicated to a spirit, or "spirits" to be more precise. This speaker presented a show -- a mixture of black magic and spiritualism: surrounded by ritual masks she kindled a flame in her palm accompanying this act by incantations in English. Participants of this Assembly, including 38 messengers from the Moscow Patriarchate, saw and heard, while some of them possibly also participated in this blasphemous act, which began with the words: "Welcome, Holy Spirit! May your rhythm revive us! Come Holy Spirit and make the Universe new!" This was followed by the summoning of the spirits of "infants killed by Herod; the souls of crusaders, aborigines of different countries who died in colonial wars, the souls of people killed in China and Lithuania". She remembered also "the spirit of
the earth, air and water, this spirit crucified by greedy passions of man". At the end of the show she called out: "Come, Spirit of Jesus Who was crucified!" 
After the show, this South Korean ecumenist warmly thanked participants of the Assembly for the attention given to her plenary report. Among other things she said: "I consider that what matters is power. Whoever has the power, gives direction. Who may lead and dictate when we deal with the power of the Holy Spirit? Until now, the right to lead was in the hands of the Church authorities, Holy Fathers, men, scholars, the class of privileged people in civilized countries. I announce that now,
we represent the new, postcolonial generation, we are the
new paradigm, the new wine, which cannot be poured into old wineskins. Yes, we are dangerous! But here too, the Holy Spirit does his part; by renewing the church it helps mankind to survive" 
So, this is the
new paradigm of the new church! The terrible other side of ecumenism, this dark phenomenon of our days which loves to disguise itself in humane, egalitarian and peace-loving garments.
The World Council of Churches which Metropolitan Kirill (Gundyaev) called "our communal house"  has all too-openly bared its anti-Christian essence. This makes it impossible for us to regard this organization and the objectives it pursues, as a manifestation of "Christian love, "striving towards unity", or "witness of Christianity in the secularized world".
The atmosphere of this ecumenical meeting was, it appears, so stifling that it gave rise to criticism even amongst some theologically tolerant and liberal ecumenists-participants.
Ecumenical blasphemy manifests itself in different ways. It is noteworthy also that the same publication of the Sixth Assembly has printed the mocking picture of a Crucifix, among other spiritually ugly ones, as well as the picture of a completed Tower of Babel, as a symbol of peoples once again united (in apostasy?) , and the Bulletin of the Seventh Assembly held in Canberra which has the title "Assembly Line" that bears a very remote relation to religion, contains a smutty image of a female "trinity" .
This Seventh Universal Assembly abounded in impudent challenges thrown at Christianity. Particularly scandalous was the "Orthodox" liturgy conducted on the rostrum of the conference hall. The same rostrum which served as the stage for Prof. Chung's performance, for theatrical performances and also ritual dancing of the Australian aborigines.
It may be easily assumed that this service conducted amongst heretics and outspoken idolaters, was neither a Liturgy of the catechumens, and even less a Liturgy of the faithful.
The meeting in Canberra abounded in abominable acts. A photograph displayed in the third issue of the Bulletin depicts clouds of smoke rising above the bonfire made by aborigines which, according to the text under the photo, "purifies" the participants of the Assembly on their way to a church services .
One cannot help but recall the holy martyrs, the pious Prince Michael of Chernigov and his boyar Theodore (+1246, commemorated Feb. 14 and Sept 20) who preferred martyrdom to walking through the ritual heathen bonfire! The council of the ungodly in Canberra offered a variety of "church services". Besides the "mass" of sodomites there were "silent" services of the Quakers , "hot services" of the Evangelical church, accompanied by jazz music (in the announcement they were referred to as "Go Hot Gospel") . On the rostrum of the conference hall, half-naked African musicians and aborigines with their deafening music were creating, apparently, a distinctive audio background for joint interconfessional "prayers", thus preparing the ground for the "unification of all in eucharistic communion". The words said by Metropolitan Kirill (Gundyaev) are of interest in this connection. We quote them verbatim: "I am deeply convinced that the churches should take with them whatever takes place at the Assembly, carry it within themselves (!), and take it to their people. By doing this they will prove that ecumenism is the movement of churches, and not just of individual representatives of the theological elite who have come to Canberra and who view the results of the Assembly with indifference." 
The results of this last (and the previous) Assemblies of the World Council of Churches are far from irrelevant to all those who love Christ! The path of ecumenism is the path of syncretism that leads to perdition.
According to Archbishop Vitaly (now Metropolitan and the First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad) "here we have ancient Arianism, Monophysitism, Monothelitism, Iconoclasm, Pelagianism, and simply all kinds of perverted beliefs under completely different names of contemporary sects, which have joined together to take the Church by storm. This phenomenon is certainly of an apocalyptic nature" .
Christ's warning words about
"the false prophets in sheep's clothing", who
"inwardly... are ravening wolves" (Mt. 7, 15) are particularly comprehensible to those of us, who witness "Orthodox" hierarchs-ecumenists corrupting their clergy and their flock with this soul-destroying heresy. When accepting Ecumenism, people lose their spiritual vision and will be quite well prepared to receive, instead of Christ, the one who will come in his own name, i.e. Antichrist.
It is hardly surprising therefore that true Orthodox Christians, particularly monks, do not want to have anything in common with ecumenists, including the ruling "Orthodox" Archbishops, who have tainted themselves by participating in this anti-Christian movement.
An upholder of Orthodoxy, St. Joseph of Volotsk, based his canonical views on the idea that hierarchical status is valid only on the condition that hierarchs remain faithful to Holy Tradition. According to St. Joseph,
the principle of church discipline remains intact as long as the hierarchs satisfy the requirements of their high position. As to priests and bishops violating this faithfulness, St. Joseph quotes St. Athanasius the Great:
"It is better to assemble in church for prayer without them than to be cast into hell fire in the fashion of Annah and Caiaphas." Let us remember that St. Joseph of Volotsk himself, in spite of his rank of Abbot, was not afraid to expose the Metropolitan of All Russia who turned out to be a heretic.
Dr. Chung: "Yes, we are dangerous!"
"Receive the Holy Spirit!" calls out this woman in "omophorion" after uttering the name of the Third Person of the Holy Trinity in the feminine gender and energetically blowing into the crowd of participants of the Seventh General Assembly of the WCC in Canberra. 1991.
A picture of completed Tower of Babel -- a symbol of peoples united in apostasy.
A smutty image of female "trinity", found on the Bulletin "Assembly Line" of the Seventh Assembly in Canberra.
Marching through the "purifying smoke" on the way to a church service.
The U.S. Protestant preacher Billy Graham in the patriarchal Cathedral of Theophany in Moscow. 1981.
 May the All-merciful Lord forgive us for reproducing these and the following terrible words!
 Sermon: Orthodox Liturgy by Archbishop Stylianos. World Council of Churches, Seventh Assembly, Canberra, Australia, 7-20 February 1991. Document N: WO 10.1.
 Evdokimov belongs to the Paris school of "Orthodoxy" which essentially is nothing else but a hotbed of all kinds of heresies about which we wrote above.
 We are preserving the spelling of this word in accordance with text supplied with the film about the ecumenical meeting in Canberra referred to previously.
See a few issues of the Assembly Line about the address of Dr. Chung, especially No. 2, p. 1.
 The recording of the film "The Church in the Midst of Canberra"; see also "Plea for Korean Unity", Assembly Line, No. 2, p. 2.
 Assembly Line, No. 10, 19.2.1991, p. 3, col. 5, and also the already mentioned documentary film about the Seventh Assembly of the World Council of Churches.
 Canvas, 4.8.1983 and other issues of this Bulletin.
 Assembly Line, No. 4, p. 2; No. 6, p. 2; No. 9, p.2
 Assembly Line, No. 3, 11.2.1991, p. 5.
 Assembly Line, No. 4, 12.2.1991, p. 29 col. 1.
 Assembly Line, No. 7, 15.2.1991, p. 2, col. 1.
 These words spoken by Metropolitan Kirill during the press-conference in Canberra can be heard in full in the film "Kirrkott keskella Canberra", and also -- in fragments -- in the article "Criticism comes from standpoint of goodwill", which sums up what the Metropolitan has said at the press-conference. See Assembly Line, No. 10, 19.2.1991, p.3, col. 5, 6.
 Archbishop Vitaly "Ecumenism", p. 11.