Archbishop Averky of Syracuse and Jordanville remarked saying,
“O, how great now is the dulling of conscience even of those people who consider themselves believers-the clouding of their minds and hearts, so that seeing, they do not see, and hearing, they do not hear, neither do they understand with their heart, as the holy prophet said (Isaiah 9:10).
This is the “hardening of hearts” of which he spoke.
But there is in our days an even more terrible phenomenon, encountered more and more often: a more or less conscious decision, for the sake of earthly goods and advantages, to serve the coming Antichrist.
This is the most extreme degree of falling away, from which it is very difficult to arise.”