I don't think the evangelicals ever read the Church Fathers. Their lack of praise bands, hands in the air like you just don't care, abortion protests, protests against gay marriage make them extraordinarily suspect today as lenses for authentic Christianity.
I doubt it was for lack of prayer beads or candles. The real issue here was the immense hubris which I hope isn't present in Orthodoxy. All the praying to God like he's a genie, asking for the healing of finances, oh give me a break..
Pentecostals do outreaches on campuses and other places and tend to target college age kids and there is a reason for it. This is the new generation that will raise children, contribute to ministries, etc. It's not necessarily wrong, but the motives behind it may be.
I honestly suspect [ IF Christianity is true ] that many protestants are really doing what God wants them to do and many Orthodox Christians may be too. My issue is with the clergy
of the protestant movements. Because these people are either always trying to guilt trip me into accepting Jesus as the Messiah and the Son of God himself, or get my money. I could stomach the first part of that, but they seem to be preoccupied with the second goal.
Seldom in my life have a I met clergy within the christian faith that humbly gave his plate of food at after the service to a beggar than the time I first met the parish priest at the local Greek Orthodox church. There was no pride in him, nor presumed overextended authority.
I met somewhere around 3 priests due to a horrible accident that my Parish's priest children had been in so he was out of town with his children in a hospital. I met the Presbyter, the Bishop, a Russian Orthodox Monastic [visiting from his skete i suppose], and two other priests. These men seemed humble beyond compare. They let their religion speak for itself.
So often you see Protestant missionaries trying to sneak Jesus into someone's heart like a trojan horse, Jews for Jesus, Messianic Judaism, on and on and on. I don't hate these people, but I do feel like if they'd be honest and simply tell people that they are Christians they would be above some of the hatred they garner.
Protestants deracinate their own heritage by attacking the other branches of Christianity and denying the possibility that the Holy Spirit is present and was present in these churches to begin with. I find this ammusing because it basically erases Christ from the earth for about 1500 yrs. and I thought christians were supposed to be proclaiming him. It's almost like they just want to basically be the early church and let the true early church be nothing. I think it's an unhealthy obsession and using a Bible canon compiled basically by orthodox Christians and then slapping them in the face and saying that they worship Mariam is the most illogical thing I've ever seen.
They want to replace St. John Chrysostom w/ Paster John Hagee, or Billy Graham, or Benny Hinn [ God forbide ], and expect that people are going to not laugh at them when they deny the possibility of evolution. They can't enjoy classical music and have to change the channel to Christian music station when they get into your car. They try to manufacture miracles by praying in tongues. All this stuff is a bunch of magic and sorcery designed to manipulate congregates into thinking it's actually the Holy Spirit. Then there is the lovely theology of original All of this shoots Christianity full of holes, and causes me to run away.
This is why when I began to study Judaism, I concluded Christianity was a brainwashing horrible fertility cult that was really designed to make money. These wealthy celebrity pastors will all have to face God one day. They better hope its the Jewish or Islamic concept of God and not the seat of Christ because that passage in Luke about passing through the eye of a needle applies here.
Forgive me if my writing is bitter, I'm still full of venom...but I go with the truth no matter who it hurts. If I can find scriptural evidence without the manipulations of intentional mistranslation I will accept whatever I find and trust God.