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Do you believe in the branch theory?
« on: April 25, 2004, 09:03:38 PM »
I know ROCOR has anathematized it, and so their members can't believe in it under punishment of excommunication, but many in World Orthodoxy believes in it, so I wonder do you?

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Re:Do you believe in the branch theory?
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2004, 09:41:31 PM »
No Orthodox Church teaches the Branch Theory officially. cf. the Toronto Statement of the World Council of Churches.
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Re:Do you believe in the branch theory?
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2004, 09:41:50 PM »
I think we have ourselves a troll and one with a chip against Serge....

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Re:Do you believe in the branch theory?
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2004, 09:45:27 PM »
Saint Philaret the Confessor

"Those who attack the Church of Christ by teaching that Christ's Church is divided into so-called "branches" which differ in doctrine and way of life, or that the Church does not exist visibly, but will be formed in the future when all "branches" or sects or denominations, and even religions will be united into one body; and who do not distinguish the priesthood and mysteries of the Church from those of the heretics, but say that the baptism and eucharist of heretics is effectual for salvation; therefore, to those who knowingly have communion with these aforementioned heretics or who advocate, disseminate, or defend their new heresy of Ecumenism under the pretext of brotherly love or the supposed unification of separated Christians, Anathema!"

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Re:Do you believe in the branch theory?
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2004, 11:36:12 PM »
such is precisely my theory as well Ebor.

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