The Stranniki (Russian for Runaways or Wanderers) are the strong Pomorsky Old Believers who rejected prayers for Tsar Peter and all government papers (identification, passports, money, etc). They would not wear clothing contrary to Old Orthodox Russia, nor eat with those of contrary Faith and Practice. Keeping themselves separate from the antichrist society they went far into the Siberian wilderness. This blog is about these people and my effort to conform my life to theirs.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
The Beginning of the End of Old Believers
“But something is bothering the elders of the Old Believer community - something they really didn’t figure on when they moved to Woodburn. This unexpected factor is the influence of the American way of life upon their children. How can Old Believer parents rear their youngsters in the atmosphere of a centuries-old religion when the children are exposed to a world of rock ‘n’ roll, hot rods, drinking and other accouterments of teen-age America?…Semen Fefelov, 33, the father of three children, recognizes the problem of the influence of American life upon the old ways, but he is reluctant to talk about it… Fefelov’s 13-year-old son, Paul, is typical of the younger generation whose contacts with the America of the 1960’s and 1970’s might mean the beginning of the end of the Old Believer tradition”
It is difficult to truly convert to Old Belief, there has always been one way to do it, strictness. Any compromise at all brings dangerous happenings. We all need to live a life of good repentance from all the ways of this world, the ways of our flesh and the ways of the devil. Worldliness is a mixture of all the wicked things. Holiness is distinct from worldliness.