Spiritual might and means are also given to the clergy with the spiritual power to use it. What are the main issues of the clergy and their means of solving them?
Power means the authority to do something. The clergy has received the true authority to carry out spiritual activity directly from Christ and apostles. Christ gave this authority to the apostles, and they handed over it to their successors through the ordination. Thus, the authority of the servants of the Churches, established by the apostles, is received from the apostolic succession.
The apostolic succession is one of the signs of the authentic clergyman and the absence of that succession is the sign of the false clergy. Similarly, the true Church and the self-proclaimed church differ. The main weapon of the clergy is prayer, of course, with adequate acts. But the importance of prayer is essential. In the Bible, we can recall the prayer power of the prophet Moses. When he was raising his hands to the heavens and praying, the Israelites, who were fighting against the Amalekites at that time, won, and when Moses was tired and lowered his hands, the Israelites were defeated (Exodus 17:11).
The mission of clergy is the salvation of the souls of the people, the spreading of the light of the Gospel of the Lord in humanity, the strengthening of the good and peaceful life of the world and societies, guiding the lives of people according to God’s will.
What can Christianity give to modernity? Alexander Schmemann, a prominent Russian 20th-century cleric, asked this question. His right position is that Christianity cannot give anything to modernity. Christianity is not directed to the ever-changing realities but to the eternity. What is modern today, tomorrow will become outdated and history. What was relevant in the 18th century is already history and past. Consequently, Christianity is not directed at modernity but is directed to the reality which is eternal and everlasting.
With regard to modernity, we can recall the words of one of the great poets: “Being out of modernity means to be a walking dead”. In this sense, the Church is not far from modernity but uses it for its mission, such as technical and technological achievements, the Internet, television, and radio for preaching.
So, the Church through its clergy, with the power of prayer and godly deeds brings its service to believers to lead them to the eternity.
What is the role of the spiritual power in a secular state?
Whatever the kind of the state, the role of spiritual power remains the same. If we mean spiritual power referring to the higher clergy, then except of the priesthood they are yoked to the administrative work of the Church and they work to make more effective the mission of the priests, serving under their spiritual power, to organize the spiritual-ecclesiastical life, to make fruitful the spiritual service ordained by Christ, for the benefit of believers and the brightness of the Holy Church.
Often, some clerics imagine the godly lifestyle as merely a sanctification of life; they give instructions to accomplish the aims of spiritual benefits, to visit the church frequently, to read the Holy Scripture, to receive Holy Communion frequently, to pray.
But the purpose of Christianity is not merely the sanctification of life, but to make worthy of the Kingdom of Heaven. Consequently, Christian faith should not aim for the sanctification of life, but the Kingdom of Heaven, that is, it should concentrate the human look not to the present, but through it to the eternity and should be based on the eschatology and not on everyday life.
A sanctification of life is a way to the eschatology, by which also to eternity and the Kingdom of Heaven. Spiritual power, if we mean a high level of the ecclesiastical hierarchy, is the organizer and supervisor of the mission directed to all above-mentioned things so that the priesthood service may be free of defects, and the Church continues its mission without fail for the sake of human salvation.