St. Seraphim of Sarov
Sumber Gambar:

Dari perkataan Pdt. Pieter Faraknimella, yang saya tangkap adalah bahwa persentase kekristenan di Amerika turun 12%, namun hanya satu aliran yang tetap bertahan, yaitu Karismatik. Beliau juga berkata bahwa hanya gereja yang mengandalkan Roh Kudus yang akan bertahan, yang berarti hanya gereja karismatik yang mengandalkan Roh Kudus. Gereja-gereja tradisi berarti tidak mengandalkan Roh Kudus karena persentasenya menurun. Saya tidak setuju, karena pada denominasi lain juga mengakui Roh Kudus dan peranannya.

Contohnya adalah perkataan Santo Serafim dari Sarov : “It is the classical teaching of the Orthodox Church, made popular in recent times by Saint Seraphim of Sarov (19th c.), that the very essence of Christian spiritual life, the very essence of life itself, is the acquisition of the Holy Spirit of God. Without the Holy Spirit, there is no true life for man. In spite of our sinfulness, in spite of the darkness surrounding our souls, the Grace of the Holy Spirit, conferred by baptism in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, still shines in our hearts with the inextinguishable light of Christ . . . and when the sinner turns to the way of repentance the light smooths away every trace of the sins committed, clothing the former sinner in the garments of incorruption, spun of the Grace of the Holy Spirit. It is this acquisition of the Holy Spirit about which I have been speaking . . . (Saint Seraphim of Sarov, Conversation with Motovilov).

Penulis: Devon Josiah

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