While I was a catechumen in the OCA, I enjoyed reading Father Thomas Hopko especially his rainbow catechetical books on Orthodoxy. However, his latest ad for Ancient Faith Radio bothers me. In his apparent attempt to reach out to Protestants, it sounds like he has gone quite far out on a limb.
I haven't heard this ad, and I can't find a link to it.
Can you expand on what about it makes you uncomfortable?
Ancient Faith Radio has not played it recently now that it is Lent.
It stated: we have been saved, we have been redeemed, we have ....
It almost sounded like those once saved, always saved protestants.
And that's exactly true. At the same time, we are also in the midst of being saving, being redeemed, etc. Likewise, at the End of Days, those who persevere will be saved, will be redeemed, etc. again. Just as the priest prays at the Liturgy:
"All these things having come to pass for us: the Cross, the Tomb, the Resurrection on the third day, the Ascension into Heaven, the Sitting at the Right Hand and the Second and Most Glorious Coming Again..."
Except that the last event has not happened for us, and we are likewise in the midst of those events during the Divine Liturgy, making them present with us now, and not simply a history.
Fr. Hopko speaks about these things in this manner quite a bit, as do many Orthodox teachers, both ancient and modern.