May 30, 2024

True Orthodox Diocese of Western Europe

Russian True Orthodox Church (RTOC)

I shall sooner agree to die than to apostatize in any way from the true Faith and thereby suffer torments of conscience.

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St. Maximos the Confessor

“When all the people in Babylon were worshiping the golden idol, the Three Holy Children did not condemn anyone to perdition. They did not concern themselves with the doings of others, but took care only for themselves, lest they should fall away from true piety. In precisely the same way, when Daniel was cast into the lion’s den, he did not condemn any of those who, fulfilling the law of Darius, did not wish to pray to God, but he kept in mind his own duty and desired rather to die than to sin against his conscience by transgressing the Law of God. God forbid that I should condemn anyone or say that I alone am being saved! However, I shall sooner agree to die than to apostatize in any way from the true Faith and thereby suffer torments of conscience.”
However, when asked by the heterodox (Monothelites) if only he in all the East had the truth St. Maximus said yes…

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