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.

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Hidng in the Hollows of Rocks

It is up to us to find the secluded God made hiding places if we want to keep separate from this world. There are many hollows and outcroppings of rocks among the trees in the mountains where we can find shelter from the storm. It is possible to find a suitable location where perhaps the rock is part way opened and all we need to do is a little work to hollow it out the rest of the way.

In Judges 15 Sampson hid from the Philistines in a cleft of a rock.

In Exodus 33 God placed Moses in a cleft of rock.

The Old Believers in Romania are called "Lipoveni" which means "those who live or hide among the trees".

Old Believers in the Ural Mountains lived in these caves.

Even if we find such a place we might be faced with enemies finding us again. I believe it is a good example to do all we can to get away from the wickedness, even if they catch us. To do so is actually the most beneficial thing for the soul, we will be stronger without the bombardments of this world. Later on, if we then face the world again, we will have more success. Christ retreated to the mountains every night, should we do less?

There is also the Four Sacred Caves of Christ.