I'm sure I don't have to point out that style does not equal truth.
Listen, I can relate. I was Lutheran born and Lutheran bred, and when I died, I fully expected to be Lutheran dead. As we say around these here parts. That is, my whole family were Lutheran back to Bro. Martin his own self, and the Lutheran Church was a beloved and integral part of my family's faith, identity and culture. You can imagine the glad cries and jubilation that greeted my tentative announcement that I was attending an Orthodox Church. Not. I've been Orthodox ten years or so and my mother still will not discuss the subject with me.
I hate to be the one to tell you this (but you probably already know it anyway), the point is, not whether a faith community has a worship style that resonates with you or may have technical apostolic succession (if you squint and look at it sideways), or even if it looks Orthodox in many ways, it ain't.
That is, it is not the One True Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, established by Christ.
The point is, not how the worship looks or whether you like it, it's whether it is the Church, where the Truth is found.
Accept no substitutes!
I understand that style doesnt equal truth. And I just had a conversation with my mom yesterday (who is currently "church shopping" in the evangelical world) about how she needs to not pick a church because she
likes the music or pastor. Its so common to hear people say "well, I
dont like this, or I
dont like that." I agree thats the wrong mentality and I did not mean to come across that way. But, I do live the liturgy of the Orthodox church. I love the bells, incense, chants, etc. I think what I was trying to say is that these Anglicans introduced me to Orthodoxy. They often joke (but half way seriously) about if theyre going to take steps to become an Orthodox parish. In fact, I dont know of any one Orthodox teaching they would reject.
I guess I am having a hard time understanding (for right now anyways) why it would be so bad if this parish really does teach truth. I know they are frustrated with the different things that go on in Anglicanism, but thats where they are for now.
Like I said, I feel a pull in two different directions. But I feel like whichever route I go, I will be ok. I believe I will be saved and take part in the Kingdom of God. So if I believe that, why not go the route that my family will be ok with?
And with all that being said, on the other hand, I dont want to settle. I want to be Orthodox. This conversation could go on all day, and might not even get anywhere. Just pray for me, if you would.