I just finished spending close to an hour typing a very heartfelt response from my experience as a convert to the Orthodox Church. I would like to think that it would have been helpful, but alas, when I went to post it, I was then "told" that I needed to log in again. Apparently that message is lost despite my continued typing in the "reply" application. Wonder if that message can be retrieved?
Moderator... can it be? There may be but I have lost postings and not been able to retrieve them, Father A may know how to do it as he is the owner of oc.net---Thomas, Convert Issues Forum Moderator)
At any rate, I agree with the poster who said he has regrets about not having received Orthodox Baptism. I agree strongly. I understand ekonomia, and I also fear its overuse, especially in an American "religious" environment where "christian pluralism" and the poison of RCC-sponsored ecumenism run rampant. No one is exempt from those seductions, it seems. I've had one priest tell me that I would be chrismated because his Bishop didn't want to "offend Roman Catholics".
A pastoral acquiesence, where allowable, to the consciences of those who come seeking Orthodoxy and its Baptism would certainly be welcomed... and even, perhaps, serve as as rebuke (in our wildly ecumenical, indifferentist days) to those who ignore that there was but ONE, original and inviolable Foundation laid upon which Christ builds His Church.. and there is but One Lord, One Faith and One Baptism... and that no other foundation (church) can be subsequently laid, though many have tried, and still do.
I say this from my 41 years experience since a very real conversion/confrontation (pre-Orthodox) at age 21, and the understanding I've tried to cultivate as a result. This is the imprint of MY conscience. I am not advising or attempting to instruct. That would be quite presumptious for a "new" and rather dull convert like myself. I am a catechuman in an OCA parish, but need to relocate, and will do so (God willing) to a town with a ROCOR parish. (And I am not in any way endorsing one jurisdiction over another..as though that would mean anything anyway.)
All said, my faith is to be evidenced by submission to the prescriptions of an Orthodox Bishop in good standing who understands my particular path to his door.
Glory to God in His Holy Church!