UOC bishop calls heresy teaching that death on battlefield washes away sins
Metropolitan Augustine of the UOC stated that sins are washed away only by the blood of Christ and repentance.
On October 2, 2022, Metropolitan Augustine (Markevich) of Bila Tserkva and Boguslav, head of the Synodal Department of the UOC for Interaction with the Armed Forces and other military formations, called heresy the teaching that a soldier who gave his life in battle, defending his Homeland, is washed away of all sins. The video is posted on the Telegram channel "On the Church and People".
“Those who believe that a warrior is a hero, especially when he gave his life for his homeland, for his neighbours, automatically receive the Kingdom of Heaven by this, that the blood shed on the battlefield cleanses from sin ... This is heresy. Only the blood of Christ cleanses sin. And sins are forgiven through repentance,” Vladyka said.