The Church Under Lenin

The Church Under LeninAs bad as the Russian Revolution and the subsequent Russian Civil War were looking to the leaders of the Russian Orthodox Church, things were about to go from bad to much, much worse.

With Lenin now in power, the intentions of the communist Party was to establish a society that would free all of the world’s people from capitalism, exploitation and one of the tents of this new “religion” was the virtual elimination of any of the old “religions”.

The Communists under direct orders from Lenin began a widespread attack on the organized religion and on the Russian Orthodox Church in particular.

Atheism was propagated in the schools of that time and the State began a campaign of terror aimed at the Church. Churches were summarily confiscated by the State and turned into secular institutions and many more were simply destroyed.

Members of the Church were outlawed from the ruling party and many were stripped of their possessions and sent to the gulag or labor camps to be tortured or killed, and yet many more were subjected to various mind control experiments in an effort to break the cycle of religion.

During the first five years of the Bolshevik Revolution, a staggering 28 bishops and no less than 1200 priests of the Russian Orthodox Church were executed.

The attack from the State was not, however, the only thing that the Russian Orthodox Church would have to contend with during those tumultuous years. While the ambition of the state was to exterminate as much religion as it possibly could in Russia, they realized that the Church and worship was far too ingrained in people and would most likely never be eradicated completely.

The opportunity to weaken the most popular church was seized by rival entities and in the early 1920s, the Renovated Church, a reform movement that was supported by the State seceded from the Orthodox Church and brought even more division to the already weakened Church.