Your first question reduces to, Is baptism necessary for salvation? I believe the answer is No, though I believe baptism is necessary for full obedience.
Your second question boils down to, Is the Holy Spirit received through Orthodox chrismation? Again, we obviously believe the answer is No, else we would all be rushing to undergo the rite. (That is not to say that Orthodox believers are not indwelt or sealed by the Holy Spirit, only that it happened to you, as to us, through your faith, not through a sacerdotal ceremony.)
Interesting. You have expressed a wish to use the very prayers of the Orthodox sacrament of baptism and chrismation in your own denomination's worship, yet you blithely deny the Orthodox teachings contained within them, and ignore their sacramental nature. Not good enough, my dear David. The hymnography of the Orthodox Church is not some pretty exotica to be plucked at and appropriated for esthetic reasons by those whose doctrines and practices are at odds with Orthodoxy.
BTW, have you reached page 177 of The New Day of Creation yet?
The same is true for the Ancient Creeds as well. How can they be recited if they are not believed? The people at those councils didn't have a Baptist understanding when they said "One Baptism for the forgiveness of sins"
as well as with "One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church"
Growing up as a Baptist I never ever recall reciting the Nicene creed. And only recently within the past eight years has the Baptist church that I grew up in started to embrace more and more ancient practices like lent, ash wednesday.......etc. And this was only because of the new pastor they had.....who is only a few years older than myself. He wanted to adopt these practices and the church/deacon board let him.
He is an awesome preacher(and I mean awesome inspirational preacher for he can make you stand, clap and shout without ever telling you to do so. You will just do it on your own because you wanted to.......this is rare now days in alot of black Baptist and Pentecostal churches. Alot of preachers in these churches make you do all these things by simply telling you, and so yes, the current pastor my old Baptist church has is awesome)
, and the Church can sing there butt off too! But there was no way I could stay there knowing what I knew about the Divine Mysteries/sacraments, patristics, church councils, church history...........etc. And so I eventually became Anglo-Catholic where they had icons on the walls, and they sang the whole liturgy. They had incense......etc. That helped me get over alot of things Baptist....like my fear of Icons.......etc, and it really really helped alot in eventually becoming Orthodox too!
It took 10 years to figure out that simply trying to imitate the Early Church isn't good enough
. No, you actually have to be in communion with it as well.
And I believe this is the lesson that the former EOC (Evangelical Orthodox Church)
found out as well. And it's what many within the falling apart Charismatic Episcopal Church International is finding out too, for many of them are either becoming Old Catholics, Roman Catholic, and western rite Eastern Orthodox.
But this often takes time. I had to literally be broken down
in order to accept EO at it's own terms. And it took 10 years for that to happen, and so I'm not worried if it takes pastor David and Father Kevin Orr many years as well.
They are clergymen and so they have other problems to worry about then what I had, for they also have to make a living in supporting their families.....especially if they have children! How will they be able to do that as an Orthodox Christian? Especially if they are accepted as laymen and if there is no guarantee that they would ever be ordained as EO clergy?
And then they might have some theological and cultural issues to work out as well. And this all takes time. .......having the right answers are only part of the solution. There are other factors more practical and emotional that tend to keep people back as well.