It strikes me that there is a sort of mirror-image effect here. I suspect there are a good number of Baptists and other Evangelicals who find it hard to think that an Orthodox is possibly also a Christian (though if pressed, they would probably just about grant it); reading posts by some on the Forum, I gain the impression that almost the exact opposite is also true - that there are Orthodox who consider it very unlikely that any of us Baptists &c are true Christians (that is, are "in Christ" as the scriptures express it). In fact, I believe that there are a good number of Orthodox and of Baptists who are in Christ - and sadly, a good number of both who are not, despite bearing the name. Of the first, it is as it is somewhere written, that Christ is not ashamed to call them brethren: such, as I wrote yesterday, was the clear impression a certain book about the Orthodox Church in Albania under Communism gave me. But what was also remarkable to me about that book was the close similarity between it and the books of Richard Wurmbrand about the Baptists of Romania during the same period. Once again, it would be hard to deny that our Lord was acknowledging them also as his, and living and working among them. I feel a bit like Peter when confronted with Cornelius: if Christ acknowledges them as his, how can I doubt that they are my brethren? Indeed, why should I even wish to?