Actually, I rather like this advice to pray, repent, and sincerely seek God so that we will permit Him to enlighten us. Isn't this what all Christians should be doing? Who's to say this will necessarily lead us to leave our churches and join IPC's? AFAIK, it may lead us to a deeper understanding of IPC's church and why we shouldn't join it.
My piece of advice, repent, and sincerely seek God, and He will surely enlighten you and then, you will see. This is goes to all of you.
This is a rather blatant invitation (a piece of proselytism really) to the Orthodox to leave their Church and move elsewhere. IPC, you ought to be informed that this is an Orthodox Forum. I do not think that the Orthodox appreciate anybody coming here and telling them to move to another Church. By all means provide us with information about the Russian Zarist Church (which I assume is not Orthodox since "Orthodox" does not occur in its name) but please do not invite us to pray and repent and leave our Church. That is what the Mormons tell us to do.
I think this interpretation of IPC's word is not what he wanted to tell us. He simply wanted to say that if we repented and prayed about our Church membership the Lord will show us that we the Orthodox are in heresy and He will lead us to the True Church.
So what if this is what he wanted to say? He didn't actually say this, did he? Why do you feel the need to read between the lines?
left his words intentionally vague and open to interpretation in a plethora of different ways. So we follow his advice...
If it backfires against him, what have we lost?
BTW, Irish Hermit, if you think this post from IPC to be such blatant proselytization, a violation of forum policy, why didn't you report it to the moderators?
Peter, even though I chose the name of Irish Hermit when I joined the Forum many years ago, so long ago I cannot remember why I chose Irish Hermit, I am a priest every moment of my life and in every situation and encounter. It is my "job" to send a warning signal to the faithful when an invitation to leave the Church is offered, and on an Orthodox Forum by a person who had done nothing but attack the Orthodox Church during his time with us. And I should not really need to send a warning to the Moderators; it is their mandate to watch over the list and moderate it, to deal with attempts to entice Orthodox people to leave the Church.
But then you're acting on your definition of the Church, which has essentially branded our traditionalist Old Calendarists as schismatic. This is not conducive to good discussion here, so we essentially don't make any official distinction between churches that call themselves Orthodox with such statements as "this church body is in the Church, but that one is out," nor do we encourage other posters to make such absolute statements without support. This puts on us the responsibility to defend the rights of all Orthodox Christians who otherwise abide by our rules to discuss whatever issues they would like to discuss with us. If you don't like the message, feel free to speak your opinion, but don't assert some priestly prerogative to use bully tactics to defend the Church as you know it.
By all means, allow a poster to post a few messages critical of Orthodoxy but this person is waging a campaign to take people out of the Church. I hope this explanation has anwered your question about why I acted as I did; it is my priestly responsibility.
And it is our administrative responsibility to make sure every poster has the freedom to represent what he believes to be the Orthodox faith. We're not here to protect the Irish Hermitite Orthodox Church against criticism, so we have no responsibility to act against IPC
the way you would like us to act. Again, feel free to speak your opinion, but if you think IPC
is trying to take people away from other jurisdictions into his own, please let the moderators know; don't take the moderation of this forum into your own hands if you don't like the way we do things here.