And the devil used three tentacles to capture the world.
For the poor atheists Communism, for the rich Masonry and for the believers ecumenism - Monk Paisios of Mount Athos
I am against Ecumenism. Accept others into the Church when they believe only what the Church teaches.
I agree. Ecumenism, at least the way its done today, is not Orthodox.
I believe there are two kinds of ecumenism. One is Orthodox. The other isn't. It comes down to a difference in attitude.
1-Today's "official" ecumenism is not Orthodox, because the mind-set being promoted by the participants allows them to negotiate doctrines, like generals bargaining with territory at the end of a war: "We'll give up this dogma, if you give up that one." The only thing that saves the participating Orthodox churches from being out-and-out heretical, is that, when the reps return with their jury-rigged "joint statements", the churches deny that they represent their "official" position. Then what's the point of all these meetings? to get a few EO theologians with alphabet-soup credentials to compromise their personal faith?
Also, these meetings don't just involve talk, but joint prayers. What good does it do the EO to participate in the prayers of another religion, when the other hasn't accepted Orthodoxy? This is to admit that the god of the other religion (i.e. God expressed through false doctrines) is the same as the EO God.
This type of ecumenism can trace its origins to the 19th century missionary societies. As Europe's colonial empires spread, missionaries would go forth to convert the "unenlightened" natives. But the contradictory preaching of RCs, Baptists, Presbyterians, etc. made the natives laugh instead of convert. Then, the various Western denominations created "international missionary societies" made up of representatives of a variety of denominations. These groups agreed on a common message, made up of the minimum agreed-upon doctrines, to preach to the natives. That's where the ecumenical movement got its start.
The thinking that allowed this to happen was already there in Freemasonry, with its syncretistic ideas. It has antecedents in those compromising Byzantine Emperors who supported one heresy or another; and in the synretism of the pagan Roman Emperors. It is even found in the Bible, among those apostate Kings of Israel and Judah who worshiped false gods alongside the God of Israel.
2-There is also an Orthodox Ecumenism. That's what led to the Ecumenical Synods. The groundwork for such synods was laid, not by political negotiations, but by resistance to the heresies that necessitated the synod. Such resistance included martyrdoms, but also the more quiet, long-term resistance exemplified by saintly bishops like St. Athanasios and St. Basil the Great.
3-Today, we are witnessing, at least at the "official" level, the first kind of Ecumenism. But at the same time, we are seeing at the popular level, the groundwork for the second, Orthodox ecumenism, being laid. Whenever an EO lives his faith so as to be a good example to those around him, he lays that groundwork.