ENGLISH VERSION: "We have already stood on a firmly name-glorifying position." Statement of the Synod of the GOC(R) in response to the "anathema against the name-worshipping heresy" of the Synod of Met John (LoBue)
The Autonomous Metropolia headed by Metropolitan John (LoBue), with which our True Orthodox Church is in canonical communion, has officially declared an anathema against name-glorifying and its followers.
This is a hard, unfortunate fact for us!
We have for a long time already stood on a firmly name-glorifying position and are firmly convinced that name-glorifying is one of the most important expressions of the True Orthodox faith – the faith of the Apostles and Holy Fathers. Following St. Ignatius (Brianchaninov) we repeat: “the teaching of God’s power in the name of Jesus has the full dignity of a foundational dogma.”
At our last Local Council (July 14-15, 2014), our Church solemnly proclaimed this dogma – both in the Confession of Faith, and in a special Resolution.
Alas, Metropolitan John has not yet made sense of this question, which is of the greatest importance for the True Orthodox faith; he has not grasped the holy teaching of the Church about the dignity of the names of God. We very much hope that this is a temporary misunderstanding.
At one time we tried in brotherly fashion to admonish him both in private correspondence and in an open Epistle. We tried on the basis of Holy Tradition to show him where he had gone wrong.
Alas, our brother, sincerely beloved by us, has not heeded our admonitions and has made a tragic mistake, leading to the rupture of our ecclesial unity.
We testify that the given anathema against the Orthodox doctrine of the divine dignity of the names of God and against its adherents possesses no spiritual authority and no canonical significance. It is the fruit of human error, and nothing more!
We suggest that you think again, reconsider, and make an intelligent decision. Otherwise, we will be compelled to initiate the procedure of an official cessation of inter-Church communion with you and with the Autonomous Metropolia headed by you!
On the other hand, you, Vladyka John, remain in our heart as our brother, although an erring one. Moreover, we will under any circumstances ceaselessly remember you in our cell prayers, imploring the Lord Jesus Christ that He may enlighten your reason with the Light of His True Faith and join your heart to the great mystery of His name.
We mourn and regret, but cannot sacrifice the truth!
The All-Holy Archbishop of Moscow
The Metropolitan of All-Russia
Primate of the True Orthodox Church
Moscow, January 9, 2015