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, September 20, 2009

Road Christians Refuse Birth Certificates

In Chapter 22 of The Russians’ Secret we read about the “road” Christians (STRANNIKI). Here are some excerpts:

...with easier travel, more telephones and amateur radios, FAX machines, email, the net . . . we Christians around the world find it easier than ever to know about and learn from one another.

But do we?

My feeling is that we have all been eager to teach but slow to learn...

We must flee from the world, not from sorrow and pain.

...the more I learn about Russia’s believers, the more I have come to see that they did not flee to save their bodies. They fled to save their souls. Many times that flight did not involve geography at all...

“Things” are traps...

Give up owning a car—You must be crazy! Give up a television set, a computer, a trip to Yellowstone, electricity in the house . . . If I would go on like this someone might throw this book away.

...the “road Christians,” and others like them even gave up their lives for Christ, and the church survived!

The way of the world, not the way of Christ, is crazy.

…What is crazy, Old Believers sitting to fish through the ice near the Arctic Circle for refusing to get a birth certificate, or two hundred million Americans sitting—with the end of time and creation upon them—watching Donald Duck on TV?

Nil Sorsky already knew that we become detached from the world’s things to the degree that we attach ourselves to Christ...