For the same reason I care if Jack Chick insults me or the Lord Jesus Himself. In your reasoning I should join him? That is utterly ridiculous.
I don't know. Does Jack Chick's insults pang you?
I must say it pangs me to ponder that anyone would suspect my baptism as invalid because of any disagreement they had with my church that is also undeniably apostolic.
Insulting the Lord Jesus Himself is a slightly different matter, i.e. blasphemy.
I don't think Rome thinks your schismatic at all. Are you?
One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. Yep, that's us.
Lastly in all fairness is that last statement really true?
Are you now saying that the first 7 councils are not infallible either?
The are infallible as they repeat what had already been said.
So should we be following Mosaic law (Judaizers),
Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill (Mat. 5:17)
And he saith unto them, Are ye so without understanding also? Perceive ye not, that whatsoever from without goeth into the man, it cannot defile him;
because it goeth not into his heart, but into his belly, and goeth out into the draught? This he said, making all meats clean. (Mark 7:18-9)
think Christ is not also true man (Arianism),
Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. (John 8:58)
But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work. Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill Hm, because Henot only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was Hs Father, making Hmself equal with God. (John 5:17-8)
that His natures are somehow divided (Nestorianism),
and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost; and she lifted up her voice with a loud cry, and said, ...and whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come unto me? (Luke 1:41-3).
that Jesus had no true Human nature (Monophysitism),
For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed (John 6:55)
that Christ did not possess a human will (Monothelism)
And He went forward a little, and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, O My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass away from Me: nevertheless, not as I will, but as Thou wilt. (Mat. 26:39).
and very notably that Icons are idolatry (Iconoclasts).
You see these are just some of the things defined before the Council of Nicea II in 787.
They just commented on what was said before. The heretics just didn't get it.
If the Orthodox hadn't been practicing the development of doctrine with the guidance of the Holy Spirit as Christ promised then Arian or Nestorian would have done it for us.
The word is degeneration, not development, of doctrine.
I agree its ideal to hold fast to the revelation of Christ. By development of doctrine we do exactly that. We are prompted by the Holy Spirit who Christ promised to lead us into all truth are we not? Are we to ignore Him? Hardly. If your Church was such a minimalists as you portrait it to be then why even bother to have a Bishop or a synod? There is no great lack of Pomp in your Church either. IMHO The only reason you balk at development of doctrine at all is because you fear your not lead by the Holy Spirit since the schism.
I have no such fear. Every service we have begins with the invocation of the Spirit to "....come and abide in us...." And since we're not is schism, we're not the ones to worry.
We have bishops because the Apostles appointed them. Have you read St. Clement? St. Ignatius?
There was no lack of Pomp in the Temple either, and the Lord and the Apostles participated in it, as the Gospels and Acts amply show.
I don't use this lack of participation to admonish because I genuinely believe the Orthodox Church is also led by the Spirit by virtue of its apostolic lineage. The real tragedy is that Andrew and Peter got separated in the world and have yet to reunite.
Andrew and Peter are separated? Last I heard Bartholomew and Ignatius were still in communion. I've have to check the diptychs this morning.
Neither do I point fingers at the cause. Whats the point in it that? Both sides own part of that responsibility. Pointing fingers is juvenile and immature. Is that what this forum is to become? A place where true hearts can be revealed?
And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. Just ask the monk.