Oh great, another one claiming to be "True Orthodox".
How nice for you. You live your life according to an internet blog entry entitled "End Time Instructions".
Actually, the title of the blog is called "Orthodox Christian" @ http://orthodoxchristian.blogspot.com
I see. So you equate your pronouncements here on OCnet as being equivalent to the Alpha and the Omega.
No, He is Who He is, the Truth. I am who I am, a simple Orthodox Christian, aware of the many false teachings and innovations within "Orthodoxy".
And as I tell people who try to be condescending- the only person you belittle is yourself by revealing your insecurity.
Actually, the insecurity I face in life has little to do with this or any forum. That would be really sad if I (or anyone else) based anything on the flames and oppositions which are found on these forums, no? That said, I suppose we should keep such people (i.e. Megan Meier) in our prayers.
You're doing it again! How can something be "outside the tradition of the Church" if the Church is practicing it?
I wish I could express the great sorrow that such a statement brings me.
The ecumenical movement is one example of those things "practiced' by some "Orthodox" in the world. The involvement of the Orthodox with other religions is wrong. Just as it is also wrong to introduce innovations and present these counterfeits in the place of that which has been truly handed down to us.
This is the same siege mentality and "faithful remnant" mentality found in any cult from Heavens Gate to Jonestown to Westboro Baptist Church. Which one of them is the true "faithful remnant"?
I'll get to that in a sec. First, let me point out that Christ Our God has the ability to restore that which was lost, my point is His will for our restoration.
Next, I'm sorry, I don't want to drink the cool-aid, I don't own silver shoes, am not awaiting for a Mothership and in the end, I, like the rest of the Orthodox here simply hope to attain eternal salvation through Jesus Christ.
As for the "faithful remnant" thingy, we see the current situation where there are divisions, schisms, innovations and apostasy from the true faith. How much "better" do you think this situation will be after a third of mankind has died by three plagues, and all except those whose names are written in the Book of Life have worshiped the Antichrist?
I shouldn't hope to see such days, but in the end when Christ returns, the "faithful remnant" will in fact be very small. Nevertheless, as God wills.
Nothing. Live and let live I say. But when you come here and do not allow others to live by calling their practices "non-Orthodox", you should expect a fight.
I "do not allow others to LIVE?" Goodness, that's bit of an overstatement, no? It's just a forum, relax.
So if your practices are nothing to me, then the AWR practices should expect the same from you. Oh, but I forgot- your Church is the sole harbinger of all truth.
Wow, I am so NOT the person to argue such things. My point of view has nothing to do with "jurisdictional issues" and everything to do with preserving that which pertains to the truth and to that which is truly Orthodox. My "Church" is not my "jurisdiction", that is erroneous thinking, it puts the "Bride" in a box, I refuse to do that.
The Church is both Militant and Triumphant, she is one, and goes beyond "jurisdictional' squabbles.
So, just to make that really clear, jurisdictional issues do not concern me, innovations and departing from the faith or watching any process of apostasy, does.
Yup. Or may be they actually aren't so different. "My groups ideas are right and everyone else is wrong" is not such a unique claim in the world.
There you go again with the "box". You seem to think this is a "click-thing", some "group" thinking.
Well, I suppose if I have to be part of a "group", I would say it is Orthodox and leave it at that. I only wish that others would leave it whole and uncompromised.
And like heresies are often written. Or are you making the claim that an iconographer is automatically "Equal-to-the-Evangelists"?
Hmm, you know, you have quite a s-t-r-e-t-c-h of an imagination. Where do you get such far fetched conclusions from anyway?
What I am saying is that icons are done by hand and other than depicting the saints, they teach theological truths by means of images instead of words.
Well, thanks for visiting the real world. I hope you decide to stay.
I live in the real world, however, it is my intension to continue (with God's help and grace) to abstain from all forms of innovation and compromise with regards to my faith.