I have been following a page on Instagram since last year called theoria, i dont know why, I assumed they were an Orthodox page and alot of Orthodox people (layman) I already follow also follow this page. I dont think I have ever agreed with anything the guy on this page has said but somehow I never unfollowed him and the posts appear on my feed now and then, as of yesterday Iv come to the conclusion that the guy is a deceiver, possibly a freemason, I dont know, all the questions he asks and discusses is to cast doubt, the appearance of the man and the way he carries himself and talks I also find a little odd, I will share a link to the page if someone could check it out
Interesting topic, while I can't judge on the Orthodox side, the topic is interesting, how to recognize the deceivers?
In modern society it is always said; well if you have "the right intention"
While Jesus gave us better guidance in Matthew 7:15-20:
"Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them."
If the fruits are bad; division, false teachings the tree is rotten and needs to be cut down and thrown into the fire.
I have that personally with a few public traditional Catholics with quite a large following and influence that constantly sow division in the Catholic church. If you claim to be a Catholic and constantly attack the pope, or claim he is not the pope, and more than half of your content is about bad priests, bishops, cardinals, that's bad fruit, that's bad tree, that's not spreading the love of Christ.
By this fierce rhetoric people as given the false idea to support or to alternatively choose the progressive position. Classic Hegelian dialectics.
And the interesting thing is, that I am judging the media guy to bear bad fruit and he says the pope bears bad fruit. So somewhere we need to discern. It seems love your neighbors like yourself, might be a good principle here. But on the other hand sometimes the tree needs to be cut down and thrown in the fire.