Every so often, one or another of the Cabinet tells me about the latest shenanigans of Monomakhos or Dreher or Freddie M-G… Look at the above image, kids… that’s what they are. They’re LOUD… they’re PUSHY… they’re righteously and completely “full of it”. Don’t ever argue with such sorts… it’s an utter waste of God-given time. They’re “right”, dontcha know… and they’re not going to change their minds. They wouldn’t listen if God Himself were to come down from Heaven (they’d be like the rich people in the Parable of Lazarus and the Rich Man). So, it’s no surprise that they don’t listen to sinners such as you and me. They actually believe that Orthodoxy has a “step-by-step spiritual plan to achieve theosis“. I’m not joking… one of the jabronies really wrote that one. Barmy, ain’t it?
Remember the original title of the book by Tikhon Shevkunov… “Unholy Holiness”. Holiness is something wild… I don’t mean abandoned… I don’t mean wanton… it’s “wild”… it’s untamed, it’s not “domesticated”. If you see someone preaching that holiness is a matter of reading and study, avoid them, especially if they’re clergy (this is what virtually all the konvertsy spout, unfortunately). The Holy can only be apprehended in life… we must wrestle with it as Jacob did. Otherwise, we’re loud squawking ostriches with our head in the sand (I did choose the above image with malice aforethought).
However, don’t argue with them and don’t get involved in their pinheaded disputes. You have better things to do…