The heresy of the Neo-iconoclasts tormented the Ekklesia of God for two decades, from 1975 until 1995, at which point the heresy resulted into a Schism. The Heresiarchs tormented the Ekklesia because they not only disrespected the teaching of the Holy Fathers of the Ekklesia on the subject of the Sacred Icons, but they even violated the delivered Orthodox Faith (teaching) by our Holy Father Mattheos 1st(Karpathakes), the Archbishop of the GOC of Athens and all Hellas. They also were not obedient to the authority of the unanimous Decisions of the Holy Synod of the Hierarchy of the Ekklesia of the GOC of Hellas and Cyprus. Indeed they carried out every means of deceit, slander shameful dealings, they employed distortions and dissemination. Finally, they opened an indiscreet mouth of blasphemy against our Lord Jesus Christ and against the Icon of the Holy Trinity. They then proceeded to the REFUTATION of their signatures from the signed Encyclical 2660/26-2-93, a document of the Synod. In order to consolidate their Heresy, they ended up with ordinations of bishops which were outside the realms of the synod, being lawless, mutinous, and non-Canonical. Therefore, they have been cut off from the Body of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Ekklesia by means of their imperious actions. In addition, they have been condemned to DEFROCKMENT and ANATHEMA by means of the Decisions of the Synods and Canons of the Ekklesia.
Generally, the Heresy of Neo-Iconoclasm professes that we depict only what has material archetype, that the Appearances by God are not to be depicted, that the Classical icons, are “bad copies of the Devil”, that only the Byzantine icons are Orthodox, because, as they say, only the depictions with material archetype, listen oh listen, depict both the Divinity of Christ and the spiritual character of the Saints. They also say that the mechanical reproduction of the icons onto paper desecrates the “mystery” of hagiography. Their allegations constitute the proclamation of Iconoclasm and declaration of blasphemy by saying that Divinity is describable, that it is possible to depict divinity.
In particular, the Heresy of Neo-Iconoclasm professes that:
God the Father is not to be depicted, nor is the Holy Spirit, although God the Father and the Holy Spirit have been revealed in visions; in contradiction to Ekklesia which is commanded to depict the prophetic visions.
They profess that:
The Holy Trinity not be depicted, but instead of it the Hospitality of Abraham,
The Bodily Resurrection of Christ from the Tomb is not to be depicted, but instead of this one the Descent Into Hades.
The Nativity of Christ is not to be depicted without the Mid-wives and the bath font.
The Pentecost is not to be depicted with the All-Holy Theotokos in the center, as the Acts of the Apostles include, but with the two Evangelists, Mark and Luke, and with Apostle Paul, who then was not present nor was he even Christian.
Their allegations iconographically strike against the Trinitological and Christological and Ecclesiastical Dogmas, they eliminate the highest confirmation of our Faith, that CHRIST IS RISEN, and they blaspheme the EVER-VIRGINITY of the All Holy One. Thus the Neo-iconoclasm is proven to be an enemy of Christianity and a defender of Judaism.
The pioneers of the Heresy, however, being sons of falsehood and friends of fraud, circulated and propagate that there did not exist a problem of Iconoclasm, but a matter of having the Archbishop, Andreas, be overthrown by the five (5) Bishops of the Holy Synod.
This precise slanderous dissemination constituted a subject of discussion by the Residing and entire Holy Synod, with the President being the Archbishop of the time, Andreas himself, as it is shown clearly by the MINUTES listed below of the 19th of August 1992, at which time this slander was also condemned by the Synod as being “SATANIC SLANDER”. “The MINUTES record that the rumors of overthrowing the Archbishop are a SATANIC LIE”.
In the following pages we quote the unaltered extract from the original aforementioned MINUTES of the 19-08-1992 Meeting of the Hierarchy, in order that the older ones remember and the younger ones be taught the true events from the Truthful Historic Ecclesiastical Sources. The quote is presented as it was recorded by Archimandrite KirykosKontogiannis in his own handwriting and signed by all the Bishops of the Holy Synod.
From this quoted extract of the MINUTES, but also from the developments of the events that followed, it is ascertained that the rumor regarding the overthrowing of the Archbishop was completely UNFOUNDED, a SATANIC SLANDER. A rumor which the Arch-heresiarchs of the Neo-Iconoclasm and the Pioneers of the 1995 Schism carried out shamelessly: the brothers Maximos, Stephanos and NeophytosTsakiroglou, and EleftheriosGoutzides, Demetrios Katsouras, KirykosKontogiannis and others.
Andreas, the Archbishop of the time, was not overthrown by the five (5) Bishops in 1995, the five Bishops being the ones who were defending the veneration of the Holy Icons.Archbishop Andreas was overthrown by the dark Ecumenist mechanism of Neo-Iconoclasm, which in 2002 obligated him to Resignation and Deposition from his position.This overthrowing later evolved into the 2005 division of the Neo-Iconoclasts.
In the continuation, a clear Extract is quoted from the Minutes of the Meeting of the Holy Synod of the Hierarchy of the 19th-8-1992 and, in particular, the relative pages 1, 8, 9.
“ MINUTES 19-8-1992
The Residing Holy Synod was convened in Athens, the 19th-8-1992.
1)His Beatitude (The Archbishop Andreas)
2)Bishop Mattheos of Attika
3)Bishop Nicholas of Piraeus
4)Bishop Pachomios of Argos
5)Chief Secretary (Fr KyrikosKontogiannis)
His Beatitude suggested that fr. Neophytos attend as recorder of the Minutes. The Holy One of Attica opposed the suggestion and said that it is not necessary to have a second recorder. He then proposed the following: That there be an introduction to the hierarchy and if it’s approved (should it be approved fr. Neophytos may attend).
Subjects of Daily Order (proposed)
1)Regarding the Senior Residence in PegeTrikala
2)The Matter of the Committee in Agnanterou
3)Letter by fr. Kassianos
*Note: A little after the beginning of the present Meeting of the Residing Holy Synod, arrived and took part the Most Reverends, the Holy One of Phthiotida, sir Theodosios, and the Holy One of Thessaloniki, sir Chrysostomos.”
Proposition by the Holy One of Thessaloniki:
That their phronema (beliefs) be condemned as heretic.
There was sufficient discussion on the matter the created surge.
That it be published that the Holy Synod, after the latest surge which was provoked from the Neo-Iconoclastic heresy and the false information that apparently the H. Synod is divided and that it is preparing for a schism to happen, declares officially and categorically that it was and is and will be united. Also, the Holy Synod declares officially and categorically that all which is written anonymously, with pseudonyms or even in name, do not express the spirit of the Synod and that the ones signing in name or anonymously carry the entire responsibility. The Holy Synod also declares officially and categorically that the rumors about overthrowing the Archbishop, from wherever they come, either from clergy or monks or lay persons, are a Satanic Distortion with the purpose of dividing the unity of the Body of the Hierarchy.**
All the leaflets, in name or with pseudonym or anonymous which have circulated lately, prior to and after the Encyclical, do not express the opinion of the Synod and are, as of this, blameable and inadmissible because these leaflets are the reason in the Creation of the surge within the Ekklesia and the Creation of the impermissible dissention.
Holy One of Piraeus:
I do not agree with the expression “satanic distortion”. I suggest that it be written “satanic lie”.
** Note: The Holy Synod pronounces the judgment that not only a plan of overthrowing the Archbishop IS INEXISTANT, but that the rumors that the matter is about a plan of overthrowing the Archbishop also constitute a SATANIC DISTORTION and a SATANIC LIE.
The Holy Synod also pronounces judgment that the matter at hand which truly EXISTS is a SURGE being provoked by the NEOICONOCLASM HERESY. The Heresy is EXISTANT, is REAL and is provoking a SURGE among the members of the Ekklesia. ”
“ Therefore, we paternally command that you be obedient to all that has been formulated in the official journalistic instrument of the Ekklesia and not to pay attention to all that has circulated in a most irresponsible manner.
The Residing Holy Synod
† Andreas, of Athens
The Members † Mattheos of Attica
† Nikolaos of Piraeus
† Pachomios of Argos
† Theodosios of Phthiotida
† Chrysostomos of Thessaloniki
*** I agree with the decision in the Minutes of 19-8-1992 and I sign the Minutes.
† Titos of Kozanis and Serbia
I agree with above decision of the Synod
† Gregorios of Messenia
***Note: Because they were not present at the exact Meeting of the Residing Holy Synod, the Most Reverends, Bishop Titos of Kozani, and Bishop Gregorios of Messenia, signed the MINUTES afterwards; subsequent to being updated about the discussion which took place, and the decision taken, and subsequent to having agreed and accepted the Decision: the Decision regarding the matter of the re-growth of the NEO-ICONOCLASTIC HERESY AND REGARDING THE SLANDEROUS RUMORS THAT THERE’S A MOVEMENT TO OVERTHROW THE ARCHBISHOP.
With the signatures of both these two Bishops, the absolute unanimity of the entire Holy Synod is expressed: that the rumors about overthrowing the Archbishop are a SATANIC DISTORTION with the purpose in masking the surge which was created by the emerging problem of the NEOICONOCLASTIC HERESY which in a time of peace, and for no reason, disturbed the Ekklesia of GOD with warfare. ”