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« on: August 21, 2013, 03:04:46 PM »

hello,

I have been on the path and journey to Orthodoxy for about 8 years but unable to get to Orthodox services What should I do? I can attend a Lutheran church around the corner from where I live. Should I be Orthodox or Lutheran? please give your input. Thanks
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« Reply #1 on: August 21, 2013, 03:32:21 PM »

Which do you think is the apostolic Church?

(p.s. are there no Orthodox churches at all anywhere around you?)
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« Reply #2 on: August 21, 2013, 03:34:42 PM »


Orthodox, without a doubt.

I'd rather be a single Orthodox, far away from my brethren, but, near to God, than one of a thousand Lutherans.
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« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2013, 03:34:56 PM »

As this is an Orthodox forum, I suspect if this were a poll, it would skew heavily towards Orthodoxy.

Don't you live in Dallas?  How are there not Orthodox Churches in that metro area?

EDIT: I see your profile says Granbury.  It looks like there are 2 parishes about 25 miles from you.
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« Reply #4 on: August 21, 2013, 03:48:50 PM »

I have to have a car or truck to be able to make the commute back and forth from Granbury to Ft. Worth.
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« Reply #5 on: August 21, 2013, 03:52:58 PM »

I have to have a car or truck to be able to make the commute back and forth from Granbury to Ft. Worth.

Here ya go.

http://www.cars.com/for-sale/used/_/N-ma9Zm5d?prMx=6000&prMn=0&rd=30&zc=76048&PMmt=0-0-0&stkTypId=28881&rpp=50&feedSegId=28705&searchSource=SORT&crSrtFlds=stkTypId-feedSegId-pseudoPrice&pgId=2102&sf1Nm=price&sf1Dir=ASC&sf2Nm=miles&sf2Dir=ASC
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« Reply #6 on: August 21, 2013, 03:58:58 PM »

While I had transportation I moved and got an apartment close to St. Barbara's EO church; I attended services for about 5 months but since then moved back to Granbury.

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« Reply #7 on: August 21, 2013, 04:00:51 PM »

Do you have a drivers license? Are you able to purchase a vehicle?
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« Reply #8 on: August 21, 2013, 04:29:36 PM »

Have you asked the priest if there is someone who lives near you who can give you a ride to church? We've been taking a college student to church every Sunday (and other days, like during Holy Week) with us for several years now.
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« Reply #9 on: August 21, 2013, 04:33:12 PM »

Why not give the priest of the nearest parish a call?
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« Reply #10 on: August 21, 2013, 04:34:21 PM »

I am a baptized Lutheran.

My experience with Lutheranism completely turned off me and my brother from Christianity.

It was more of an academic exercise than an experience with God. I honestly don't think I prayed in that Church... but they did give me cookies.

But my experience shouldn't be replicated.

The Solae of Protestantism are contradictory within themselves and the Scriptures. Martin Luther's praxis was calling Mary the Mother of God and venerating her.

Lutherans don't do that today. Lutheranism is everything from homosexual and women priests to hardcore Christianity.

Lutherans also have the same evil doctrines of propitiation, original sin, imputed sin and atonement that Baptists (and Roman Catholics) do.
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« Reply #11 on: August 21, 2013, 04:39:51 PM »


So, I suggest you get in touch with the closest Orthodox Church and priest.  I'm sure someone at that church will be willing to give you a ride to church every once in a while.
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« Reply #12 on: August 21, 2013, 04:41:09 PM »

I have to have a car or truck to be able to make the commute back and forth from Granbury to Ft. Worth.

OK, I am taking back a few posts of mine. It is a bad situation.
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« Reply #13 on: August 21, 2013, 04:49:24 PM »


So, I suggest you get in touch with the closest Orthodox Church and priest.  I'm sure someone at that church will be willing to give you a ride to church every once in a while.

It'd be nice if all parishes had someone like katherineofdixie that was willing to help in cases like this. Or a bus/car ministry specifically for this type of thing. Alas, it is not always to be...
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« Reply #14 on: August 21, 2013, 05:08:40 PM »

Do you have a drivers license? Are you able to purchase a vehicle?

Yes, I have a driver's license. No, I'm unable to purchase a vehicle.
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« Reply #15 on: August 21, 2013, 05:10:39 PM »

Is public transportation an option?
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« Reply #16 on: August 21, 2013, 05:17:55 PM »

On top of that, I'm also dealing with my mom and her opinion of what transportation is for.

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« Reply #17 on: August 21, 2013, 05:23:04 PM »

On top of that, I'm also dealing with my mom and her opinion of what transportation is for.

Your profile says that you are thirty.
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« Reply #18 on: August 21, 2013, 05:33:58 PM »

On top of that, I'm also dealing with my mom and her opinion of what transportation is for.

Your profile says that you are thirty.

So? I still do stuff through the agency of my parents.
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« Reply #19 on: August 21, 2013, 05:38:56 PM »

On top of that, I'm also dealing with my mom and her opinion of what transportation is for.

Your profile says that you are thirty.
Let's not judge. We don't know everyone's situation. But if there's anyone in the area, or he knows any Orthodox friends who could drive him, that would be helpful.
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« Reply #20 on: August 21, 2013, 05:41:19 PM »

Have you asked the priest if there is someone who lives near you who can give you a ride to church? We've been taking a college student to church every Sunday (and other days, like during Holy Week) with us for several years now.
Has he considered getting a job?
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« Reply #21 on: August 21, 2013, 05:54:23 PM »

I was reading another thread and saw this which has to do with this subject inasmuch as the one sided views here.


 "The Orthodox Church" by Bishop Kallistos Ware: "We know where the Church is but we cannot be sure where it is not; and so we must refrain from passing judgment on non-Orthodox Christians."

Course this goes for other denominations which have the same tunnel vision as here.
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« Reply #22 on: August 21, 2013, 06:02:38 PM »

I was reading another thread and saw this which has to do with this subject inasmuch as the one sided views here.

My username is a pretty accurate reflection of what you get with me, but you probably have me beat slightly in that regard.
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I was reading another thread and saw this which has to do with this subject inasmuch as the one sided views here.


 "The Orthodox Church" by Bishop Kallistos Ware: "We know where the Church is but we cannot be sure where it is not; and so we must refrain from passing judgment on non-Orthodox Christians."

Course this goes for other denominations which have the same tunnel vision as here.

Yeah, because you understand the Gospel correctly and all those other people are just Christ-less parochial jerks. 
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« Reply #24 on: August 21, 2013, 06:17:39 PM »

Have you asked the priest if there is someone who lives near you who can give you a ride to church? We've been taking a college student to church every Sunday (and other days, like during Holy Week) with us for several years now.
Has he considered getting a job?

Yes! of course.
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« Reply #25 on: August 21, 2013, 06:30:24 PM »

On top of that, I'm also dealing with my mom and her opinion of what transportation is for.

Does your mother or anyone in your household have a working car?

Do you have an income (from any source)?  Do you have credit?

Can you afford this car?

http://www.carmax.com/enus/view-car/default.html?AVi=0&id=9766664&D=70&zip=76120&sP=NA-10000&pD=0&pI=0&pT=400&pC=200&pB=0&No=0&Ep=fas:results:state:promo&Rp=R&PP=20&sV=List&CD=14+966+240+190+398+15&Q=e47ab11f-baed-4333-9bbd-90b9443b0f9e

Monthly payment + insurance + maintenance + gas = $500 per month

Even if you buy a car for $1,000, you sill need to pay for tax/title, insurance, gas and maintenance.

Before I had a car, my girlfriend at the time took me to church.  4 months after I dumped her, I bought a car that I had for 4 years before trading it in and buying another car.

If you have a valid driver's license, insurable, adequate income and good enough credit, you can drive your own car to any Orthodox church you want.
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On top of that, I'm also dealing with my mom and her opinion of what transportation is for.

Does your mother or anyone in your household have a working car?

Do you have an income (from any source)?  Do you have credit?

Can you afford this car?

http://www.carmax.com/enus/view-car/default.html?AVi=0&id=9766664&D=70&zip=76120&sP=NA-10000&pD=0&pI=0&pT=400&pC=200&pB=0&No=0&Ep=fas:results:state:promo&Rp=R&PP=20&sV=List&CD=14+966+240+190+398+15&Q=e47ab11f-baed-4333-9bbd-90b9443b0f9e

Monthly payment + insurance + maintenance + gas = $500 per month

Even if you buy a car for $1,000, you sill need to pay for tax/title, insurance, gas and maintenance.

Before I had a car, my girlfriend at the time took me to church.  4 months after I dumped her, I bought a car that I had for 4 years before trading it in and buying another car.

If you have a valid driver's license, insurable, adequate income and good enough credit, you can drive your own car to any Orthodox church you want.

I have a driver's license and insurance for driving a 2004 GMC Jimmy Its my mom's car but I use it all the time

However, taking a used vehicle and using it to drive from Granbury to Ft. Worth is another matter entirely
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« Reply #27 on: August 21, 2013, 07:42:38 PM »

I was reading another thread and saw this which has to do with this subject inasmuch as the one sided views here.


 "The Orthodox Church" by Bishop Kallistos Ware: "We know where the Church is but we cannot be sure where it is not; and so we must refrain from passing judgment on non-Orthodox Christians."

Course this goes for other denominations which have the same tunnel vision as here.

Yeah, because you understand the Gospel correctly and all those other people are just Christ-less parochial jerks.  

Please forgive me, I was just stating what I read that Bishop Ware wrote. These seem to be hateful and hurtful when considering other loved ones who happen to go to a different Church. I find it difficult to find love in these views. I am sorry if I was too harsh, but I have heard the same things about Orthodox from others.

Where does it stop, it seems vengeful, maybe we should try love more. I also find it easier to say than do but we must start somewhere.
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« Reply #28 on: August 21, 2013, 08:01:06 PM »

I have a driver's license and insurance for driving a 2004 GMC Jimmy Its my mom's car but I use it all the time

However, taking a used vehicle and using it to drive from Granbury to Ft. Worth is another matter entirely

OK, does the vehicle have a lot of miles which causes its reliability to be questioned?

Road trips require a lot of attention.  Is your mom concerned about your taking the only family vehicle on a long road trip?
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« Reply #29 on: August 21, 2013, 08:06:03 PM »

OK, does the vehicle have a lot of miles which causes its reliability to be questioned?

Yes, the reliability of the vehicle is being questioned.
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I know it's of practical concern, but it kind of sounds like we're trying to sell him a used car, which incidently, is a lot like trying to sell the Orthodox Faith...

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« Reply #31 on: August 21, 2013, 09:18:13 PM »

Please forgive me, I was just stating what I read that Bishop Ware wrote. These seem to be hateful and hurtful when considering other loved ones who happen to go to a different Church. I find it difficult to find love in these views. I am sorry if I was too harsh, but I have heard the same things about Orthodox from others.

Where does it stop, it seems vengeful, maybe we should try love more. I also find it easier to say than do but we must start somewhere.

There's nothing to forgive.  I don't disagree with the spirit of what you're trying to express, but I think you make your case too strongly.  You may think it's necessary to counter the equally strong views of the "other side", but it doesn't have the effect you want it to have: they just reject you all the more as a "liberal" or something. 

There is a difference in faith between Orthodox and non-Orthodox Christians--oftentimes there are many differences.  That doesn't excuse a lack of love on our part for the non-Orthodox: actually, it requires us to love them more, I think.  But love is not incompatible with the truth, nor is truth incompatible with love.  Met. Kallistos may well agree that we shouldn't judge the non-Orthodox, but I don't think he's going to say that they're OK where they are...not without being a hypocrite.   
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« Reply #33 on: August 21, 2013, 09:58:03 PM »

My input is no matter what you choose to be, convenience should not be the main reason or a reason at all. If you don't see a distinction between Orthodoxy and Lutheranism (no pun intended) then it should make no difference to you. I think I already mentioned but will repeat it nevertheless that is convenience was the main factor I would have not remained Orthodox and would also change my name...but I would then not be honest to myself. As Lisa pointed out, I would not mind being the only Orthodox in the city as long as I'm of belief that Orthodoxy is what my soul needs. Peace be with you dear brother whatever you choose. I just hope that you criterion is not what appears to be...If distance is the only obstacle then do you think that is enough for you to make a change? If you beliebe that Lutheranism is what your soul seeks then I am not going to argue you out of that decision. you would know the best what you will choose and why.

PS. There has to be someons who is willing to give you a ride once in a while, especially if you mention it to priest that otherwise you would not be able to attend Divine Services at the Orthodox Church. If not a single person from the parish is not willing to help you then...maybe I should before I start being judgmental towards parishioners for not wanting to help you...
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« Reply #34 on: August 21, 2013, 10:29:57 PM »

OK, does the vehicle have a lot of miles which causes its reliability to be questioned?

Yes, the reliability of the vehicle is being questioned.

Let's say that you had a very reliable vehicle.

Can you drive 50 miles one way, sit through a 90 minute Orthodox liturgy (and coffee hour) and drive 50 miles back home?

Why allow devoting 8 years of your life to becoming Orthodox to go down the drain because you lack reliable transportation?
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« Reply #35 on: August 21, 2013, 10:38:54 PM »

hello,

I have been on the path and journey to Orthodoxy for about 8 years but unable to get to Orthodox services What should I do? I can attend a Lutheran church around the corner from where I live. Should I be Orthodox or Lutheran? please give your input. Thanks

You ask Orthodox, they will say Orthodox. You ask Lutherans, they will say Lutheran (if they're ELCA Lutheran, they will insist on ELCA Lutheran or Methodist or Buddhist or Hindu; it's all the same to them).  Whose opinion is greater?  If you're going to take a poll to determine your spiritual path, then neither option will ultimately satisfy you.  You should want to join yourself to a particular tradition, not to an opinion from people who are biased one way or the other.  You should ask us to pray for you; that is wise. 
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« Reply #36 on: August 21, 2013, 10:45:15 PM »

hello,

I have been on the path and journey to Orthodoxy for about 8 years but unable to get to Orthodox services What should I do? I can attend a Lutheran church around the corner from where I live. Should I be Orthodox or Lutheran? please give your input. Thanks

You ask Orthodox, they will say Orthodox. You ask Lutherans, they will say Lutheran (if they're ELCA Lutheran, they will insist on ELCA Lutheran or Methodist or Buddhist or Hindu; it's all the same to them).  Whose opinion is greater?  If you're going to take a poll to determine your spiritual path, then neither option will ultimately satisfy you.  You should want to join yourself to a particular tradition, not to an opinion from people who are biased one way or the other.  You should ask us to pray for you; that is wise. 

 And if I may add, pray earnestly that God will reveal your path.  I agree with Scamandrius that polling strangers on the interwebs ain't a grand idea.
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Orthodox, without a doubt.

I'd rather be a single Orthodox, far away from my brethren, but, near to God, than one of a thousand Lutherans.
This former Lutheran agrees.
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« Reply #38 on: August 21, 2013, 10:56:53 PM »

On top of that, I'm also dealing with my mom and her opinion of what transportation is for.

Your profile says that you are thirty.
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I moved about 1,200 miles away from my home area in northern California (where all the Orthodox churches are Eastern Orthodox/Chalcedonian; beautiful, full of nice people, but not for me)  to go to a Coptic Orthodox Church (yeah, fine, grad school too, but I did choose the places I would apply to based on the presence or absence of a Coptic Orthodox community in the area). I hate the weather here and some of the people at my parish drive me up the wall (in the most well-intentioned way possible, surely), but I can't say it was ultimately anything but completely worth it.

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Why not give the priest of the nearest parish a call?

I've done that before.  
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« Reply #41 on: August 22, 2013, 05:44:11 AM »

Why not give the priest of the nearest parish a call?

I've done that before.  

What did he say?
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Much of what I know (and continue to learn) about Orthodoxy has been influenced by Kallistos Ware.

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Why not give the priest of the nearest parish a call?

I've done that before.  

What did he say?

It was just an exchange of formality over the phone. "How are you" "Glad you called" etc etc.
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Why not give the priest of the nearest parish a call?

I've done that before.  

What did he say?

It was just an exchange of formality over the phone. "How are you" "Glad you called" etc etc.

Did you explain your situation?
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Why not give the priest of the nearest parish a call?

I've done that before.  

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It was just an exchange of formality over the phone. "How are you" "Glad you called" etc etc.

Did you explain your situation?

Yes, the situation is I need a car to drive to Ft. Worth to attend Orthodox services.
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« Reply #46 on: August 22, 2013, 05:59:07 AM »

At the risk of appearing lukewarm, I would advocate remaining Orthodox but attending church less frequently, until your circumstances change. There are many communities over here that get DL only once a month (and that usually on a Saturday), when the priest from another parish can get there. You can keep up your prayers, do reader services for what you miss, and bide your time. This could very well be another trial that God sends you. Why fall off the wagon after so many years?
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Why not give the priest of the nearest parish a call?

I've done that before.  

What did he say?

It was just an exchange of formality over the phone. "How are you" "Glad you called" etc etc.

Did you explain your situation?

Yes, the situation is I need a car to drive to Ft. Worth to attend Orthodox services.

Did you explain this situation to the priest on the phone?
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« Reply #48 on: August 22, 2013, 10:55:36 AM »

Have you asked the priest if there is someone who lives near you who can give you a ride to church? We've been taking a college student to church every Sunday (and other days, like during Holy Week) with us for several years now.
Has he considered getting a job?

Well, she's pre-med so her academic workload is pretty heavy, and she's also on scholarship - one of which requires her to work as a teacher with Head Start students in an underprivileged area. She also volunteers as a paramedic for the college EMS service.
Perhaps those two could count as a job? She gets a stipend (miniscule) for the Head Start work, and her mother has two other children and works for a hospital food service. They live in public housing. No extra money for a car.
Not sure how she could fit much else into her schedule.
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I'd rather not go to church than be a Lutheran. But there are certainly worse forms of Christianity.
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I'd rather not go to church than be a Lutheran.

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There are three Lutheran denominations that I know of: ELCA, Wisconsin Synod and Lutheran Synod. Of the three, I do not think that the ELCA is a serious Christian church as it has started to ordain openly homosexual persons.
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There are three Lutheran denominations that I know of: ELCA, Wisconsin Synod and Lutheran Synod. Of the three, I do not think that the ELCA is a serious Christian church as it has started to ordain openly homosexual persons.

ELCA=Methodist
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There are three Lutheran denominations that I know of: ELCA, Wisconsin Synod and Lutheran Synod. Of the three, I do not think that  is a serious Christian church as it has started to ordain openly homosexual persons.

What's with the homophobia? Why is misguided sexual ethics worse than, say, misguided ecclesiology or Sola Scriptura?
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There are three Lutheran denominations that I know of: ELCA, Wisconsin Synod and Lutheran Synod. Of the three, I do not think that the ELCA is a serious Christian church as it has started to ordain openly homosexual persons.

ELCA=Methodist
LCMS=Baptist
WELS=The Sedevacantists of the (American) Lutheran world
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There are three Lutheran denominations that I know of: ELCA, Wisconsin Synod and Lutheran Synod. Of the three, I do not think that  is a serious Christian church as it has started to ordain openly homosexual persons.

What's with the homophobia? Why is misguided sexual ethics worse than, say, misguided ecclesiology or Sola Scriptura?

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There are three Lutheran denominations that I know of: ELCA, Wisconsin Synod and Lutheran Synod. Of the three, I do not think that  is a serious Christian church as it has started to ordain openly homosexual persons.

What's with the homophobia? Why is misguided sexual ethics worse than, say, misguided ecclesiology or Sola Scriptura?

It is not a matter of homophobia; it is action that is contrary to Scripture and Tradition, thus heretical. To illustrate, I did not say that ordaining women to the ministry, as the ELCA does, is heretical. I know that we would not ordain women to the priesthood, but the issue is not settled, at least according to some respected Orthodox theologians. As I understand it, it is possible for an ecumenical council to propose that change and, if the laos agrees, women could be ordained priests. So, the ELCA's decision to ordain women is not as a clear cut issue as allowing same-sex married folks to be ordained; the issue here is that the ELCA took an action that is not ecumenically decided, that is, the ELCA acted unilaterally.

In the matter of actively-homosexual ministers, here is the 2009 decision: "By a vote of 559 to 451, delegates to the denomination’s national assembly in Minneapolis approved a resolution declaring that the church would find a way for people in “publicly accountable, lifelong, monogamous same-gender relationships” to serve as official ministers. (The church already allows celibate gay men and lesbians to become members of the clergy.)" http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/22/us/22lutherans.html?hpw&_r=0

To me the issue is as clear cut as this statement by a Lutheran woman minister: "“I think we have stepped beyond what the word of God allows,” said the Rev. Rebecca M. M. Heber of Heathrow, Fla., who said she was going to reconsider her membership." (Same source as above)
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There are three Lutheran denominations that I know of: ELCA, Wisconsin Synod and Lutheran Synod. Of the three, I do not think that  is a serious Christian church as it has started to ordain openly homosexual persons.

What's with the homophobia? Why is misguided sexual ethics worse than, say, misguided ecclesiology or Sola Scriptura?

It is not a matter of homophobia; it is action that is contrary to Scripture and Tradition, thus heretical.

So is much of what Lutheranism is. Why to highlight sexual ethics while there are numerous even more problematic issues with Lutheranism?
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There are three Lutheran denominations that I know of: ELCA, Wisconsin Synod and Lutheran Synod. Of the three, I do not think that  is a serious Christian church as it has started to ordain openly homosexual persons.

What's with the homophobia? Why is misguided sexual ethics worse than, say, misguided ecclesiology or Sola Scriptura?

It is not a matter of homophobia; it is action that is contrary to Scripture and Tradition, thus heretical.

So is much of what Lutheranism is. Why to highlight sexual ethics while there are numerous even more problematic issues with Lutheranism?

Again, it is not a matter of sexual ethics; it is a teaching that is clearly contrary to Scripture, a rejection of clearly stated words of God. The other problematic issues are a different matter.   
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There are three Lutheran denominations that I know of: ELCA, Wisconsin Synod and Lutheran Synod. Of the three, I do not think that  is a serious Christian church as it has started to ordain openly homosexual persons.

What's with the homophobia? Why is misguided sexual ethics worse than, say, misguided ecclesiology or Sola Scriptura?

It is not a matter of homophobia; it is action that is contrary to Scripture and Tradition, thus heretical.

So is much of what Lutheranism is. Why to highlight sexual ethics while there are numerous even more problematic issues with Lutheranism?

Again, it is not a matter of sexual ethics; it is a teaching that is clearly contrary to Scripture, a rejection of clearly stated words of God. The other problematic issues are a different matter.   

Sola Scriptura is clearly contrary to Scripture, Lutheran ecclesiology is clearly contrary to Scripture, Lutheran soteriology is clearly contrary to Scripture etc. How those are different issues?
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I have been on the path and journey to Orthodoxy for about 8 years but unable to get to Orthodox services What should I do? I can attend a Lutheran church around the corner from where I live. Should I be Orthodox or Lutheran? please give your input. Thanks
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There are three Lutheran denominations that I know of: ELCA, Wisconsin Synod and Lutheran Synod. Of the three, I do not think that  is a serious Christian church as it has started to ordain openly homosexual persons.

What's with the homophobia? Why is misguided sexual ethics worse than, say, misguided ecclesiology or Sola Scriptura?

It is not a matter of homophobia; it is action that is contrary to Scripture and Tradition, thus heretical.

So is much of what Lutheranism is. Why to highlight sexual ethics while there are numerous even more problematic issues with Lutheranism?

Again, it is not a matter of sexual ethics; it is a teaching that is clearly contrary to Scripture, a rejection of clearly stated words of God. The other problematic issues are a different matter.   

Sola Scriptura is clearly contrary to Scripture, Lutheran ecclesiology is clearly contrary to Scripture, Lutheran soteriology is clearly contrary to Scripture etc. How those are different issues?

To recap, Carl thinks ELCA is not a serious Christian church, as opposed to the other two major American lutheran denominations. He later clarifies that this is because ELCA are heretical. It would appear then that the Wisconsin and Missouri synods are not heretical in his view.
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There are three Lutheran denominations that I know of: ELCA, Wisconsin Synod and Lutheran Synod. Of the three, I do not think that the ELCA is a serious Christian church as it has started to ordain openly homosexual persons.

ELCA=Methodist
LCMS=Baptist
WELS=The Sedevacantists of the (American) Lutheran world
Hmmm, I would probably throw ELCA closer to Episcopalian

That's true, but a great many Lutherans are still unhappy with the move to ordain openly homosexual men and women and may still leave the ELCA or force some change.  The Methodists, I realize, have not made any changes to their Book of Discipline with regard to sexual ethics for clergy and laity. But, the Lutherans of the ELCA on the whole, are more low church than high church which puts the more in the Methodist camp than the Episcopal camp.

full disclosure: I can't take full credit for the quip.  The late Jaroslav Pelikan made that particular comparison about the ELCA and Methodists and LCMS and Baptists after his reception into the Orthodox Church.  At that time, neither the ELCA nor the Episcopalians had made any changes to their doctrines on sexual ethics.
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« Reply #63 on: August 27, 2013, 06:08:25 AM »

While perhaps I would be speaking out of line, and I am by no means a very experienced christian - being that the only thread I have made is also in the 'convert issues' forum - it may not be too dishonest to accept and be open about the fact that you are Orthodox, while attending a different church. The nearest Orthodox space to me is some four hour drive, to a Russian Orthodox parish that congregates occasionally in the underground lockers of a catholic church. I attend a catholic church - though, not the mass, by heavenly mercy - to pray and make devotions to the icons, and the like. And there is much to be admired in those churches - the Stations of the Cross and St. Ignatius, and so on. And it is a personal journey for me, also - I am a 'catholic' in this country - that means, I identify as Irish, and not British - and 'Catholics' in this country are persecuted. And my town is 95% 'Protestant' (which means to identify as British, and support the Imperial occupation). There is only one catholic church in this town and it is regularly attacked and having its windows broken and its altars desecrated, and blasphemes written, and more than once bombed and lit aflame. And it is dangerous for me to enter this church, lest I be seen by the wrong people.

So for me it is a holy journey to cross that threshold! Though it is not my Church, merely attending is an act of tremendous devotion to God and to God's Ireland, and against the forces of Imperial evil which wish to distinguish that faith, whether I have that faith or not. And perhaps that is some holy journey (a song we have here goes 'Some say the devil is dead, and buried in Kilarny - I say he rose again, and joined the British Army' haw haw haw).

While it may not be such a crucial thing for you, all I am saying is that I absolutely understand the desire to be in a holy place. And so you should go to that holy place, and pray there, and prostrate before the altars, and if you want get to know the congregation. And there is a tradition in Lutheranism to be proud of - that legend Kierkegaard is an eternal inspiration to me, and the reluctant anti-semite Luther is a hilarious, though completely deplorable, character. So on... It is something that has existed here in our old tangling tradition and it is something to behold. So you may go there and feel holy. But avoid the sermons, or whatever, if they do not please you (they would not please me), and call that priest you are in correspondence with as you like, and enjoy meals of wine and bread, and whenever the opportunity opens to you, make the pilgrimage to the altars of the Orthodox Church, and that would be a tremendous expression of your Will, and the Will of God, surely!

Good luck, etc. and thanks for letting me babble for so long about things I know little about, ahahaha
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Well I think all the orthodox are gonna say orthodox, all the lutherans are gonna say lutheran and on an orthodox forum there will be many more. Do more study, read more fathers, read luther and then read orthodox materials. Maybe of particular importance might be the dialogue between the Lutherans and Patriarch Jeremiah second of Constantinople.
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There are three Lutheran denominations that I know of: ELCA, Wisconsin Synod and Lutheran Synod. Of the three, I do not think that  is a serious Christian church as it has started to ordain openly homosexual persons.

What's with the homophobia? Why is misguided sexual ethics worse than, say, misguided ecclesiology or Sola Scriptura?

It is not a matter of homophobia; it is action that is contrary to Scripture and Tradition, thus heretical.

So is much of what Lutheranism is. Why to highlight sexual ethics while there are numerous even more problematic issues with Lutheranism?

Again, it is not a matter of sexual ethics; it is a teaching that is clearly contrary to Scripture, a rejection of clearly stated words of God. The other problematic issues are a different matter.  

Sola Scriptura is clearly contrary to Scripture, Lutheran ecclesiology is clearly contrary to Scripture, Lutheran soteriology is clearly contrary to Scripture etc. How those are different issues?

To recap, Carl thinks ELCA is not a serious Christian church, as opposed to the other two major American lutheran denominations. He later clarifies that this is because ELCA are heretical. It would appear then that the Wisconsin and Missouri synods are not heretical in his view.

There is only one True Church--the Eastern Orthodox one of the Seven Ecumenical Councils. There are others who have separated themselves from the True Church over the centuries; however, not all heterodox churches are the same when it comes to degree of differences from the Orthodox church. I firmly believe that the OO and the RC are the closest to the EO. I also believe that those churches that take the Bible seriously, even if they differ from the EO, are serious churches. I think most folks are familiar with Blessed Theophan the Recluse's position that was reiterated by St Philaret of New York (see http://blessedphilaret.blogspot.com/2008/09/will-heterodox-be-saved.html. I personally believe that there is more hope for the serious heterodox than the lukewarm ones who have taken positions against the Word of God. It is not a simple matter of heresy, but a matter of considering heresies in context and their consequences. I submit to you that those who try to heed God's Word are less heretical than those who consciously depart from it, break it for a humanist ideal.
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There are three Lutheran denominations that I know of: ELCA, Wisconsin Synod and Lutheran Synod. Of the three, I do not think that  is a serious Christian church as it has started to ordain openly homosexual persons.

What's with the homophobia? Why is misguided sexual ethics worse than, say, misguided ecclesiology or Sola Scriptura?

It is not a matter of homophobia; it is action that is contrary to Scripture and Tradition, thus heretical.

So is much of what Lutheranism is. Why to highlight sexual ethics while there are numerous even more problematic issues with Lutheranism?

Again, it is not a matter of sexual ethics; it is a teaching that is clearly contrary to Scripture, a rejection of clearly stated words of God. The other problematic issues are a different matter.  

Sola Scriptura is clearly contrary to Scripture, Lutheran ecclesiology is clearly contrary to Scripture, Lutheran soteriology is clearly contrary to Scripture etc. How those are different issues?

To recap, Carl thinks ELCA is not a serious Christian church, as opposed to the other two major American lutheran denominations. He later clarifies that this is because ELCA are heretical. It would appear then that the Wisconsin and Missouri synods are not heretical in his view.

There is only one True Church--the Eastern Orthodox one of the Seven Ecumenical Councils. There are others who have separated themselves from the True Church over the centuries; however, not all heterodox churches are the same when it comes to degree of differences from the Orthodox church. I firmly believe that the OO and the RC are the closest to the EO. I also believe that those churches that take the Bible seriously, even if they differ from the EO, are serious churches. I think most folks are familiar with Blessed Theophan the Recluse's position that was reiterated by St Philaret of New York (see http://blessedphilaret.blogspot.com/2008/09/will-heterodox-be-saved.html. I personally believe that there is more hope for the serious heterodox than the lukewarm ones who have taken positions against the Word of God. It is not a simple matter of heresy, but a matter of considering heresies in context and their consequences. I submit to you that those who try to heed God's Word are less heretical than those who consciously depart from it, break it for a humanist ideal.
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There are three Lutheran denominations that I know of: ELCA, Wisconsin Synod and Lutheran Synod. Of the three, I do not think that  is a serious Christian church as it has started to ordain openly homosexual persons.

What's with the homophobia? Why is misguided sexual ethics worse than, say, misguided ecclesiology or Sola Scriptura?

It is not a matter of homophobia; it is action that is contrary to Scripture and Tradition, thus heretical.

So is much of what Lutheranism is. Why to highlight sexual ethics while there are numerous even more problematic issues with Lutheranism?

Again, it is not a matter of sexual ethics; it is a teaching that is clearly contrary to Scripture, a rejection of clearly stated words of God. The other problematic issues are a different matter.  

Sola Scriptura is clearly contrary to Scripture, Lutheran ecclesiology is clearly contrary to Scripture, Lutheran soteriology is clearly contrary to Scripture etc. How those are different issues?

To recap, Carl thinks ELCA is not a serious Christian church, as opposed to the other two major American lutheran denominations. He later clarifies that this is because ELCA are heretical. It would appear then that the Wisconsin and Missouri synods are not heretical in his view.

There is only one True Church--the Eastern Orthodox one of the Seven Ecumenical Councils. There are others who have separated themselves from the True Church over the centuries; however, not all heterodox churches are the same when it comes to degree of differences from the Orthodox church. I firmly believe that the OO and the RC are the closest to the EO. I also believe that those churches that take the Bible seriously, even if they differ from the EO, are serious churches. I think most folks are familiar with Blessed Theophan the Recluse's position that was reiterated by St Philaret of New York (see http://blessedphilaret.blogspot.com/2008/09/will-heterodox-be-saved.html. I personally believe that there is more hope for the serious heterodox than the lukewarm ones who have taken positions against the Word of God. It is not a simple matter of heresy, but a matter of considering heresies in context and their consequences. I submit to you that those who try to heed God's Word are less heretical than those who consciously depart from it, break it for a humanist ideal.

I agree but you haven't explained why misguided sexual ethics is worse than misguided ecclesiology etc.
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« Reply #68 on: August 28, 2013, 04:08:02 PM »

Aww, I want to answer that, but I'm leaving for the day.  Sad
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...that was reiterated by St Philaret of New York...

Was he ever canonised by any of the "official" EO Churches?   
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I agree but you haven't explained why misguided sexual ethics is worse than misguided ecclesiology etc.
I see a difference between the two in that if it is misguided eccelsiology, it is a failure to understand the apostolic and patristic teachings.  To a certain extent, we can cut them slack, because they don't know any better.  Most people stay in the church they are born into and never investigate and search out other faiths.  Most modern Christians, don't understand the importance of the history of the Church and the ramifications thereof.  Traditional Christianity, on the other hand, has always taken a consistent position on sexuality.  To turn away from it because it makes one uncomfortable, is an active change that is made.  Perhaps in 100 years when misguided sexual ethics have become normalized in other Christian circles, we will be forced to cut them some slack with the recognition that they just don't know any better, but until then, their active revolution into acceptance of such sinful lifestyles is a conscious decision that is made to forsake what Scripture and Christianity has always taught.

Note, when I say cut them slack, I'm not saying accept what they are teaching, I'm saying if they don't know any better, they need instruction.  For someone who does know better, but actively rejects the truth, reproof is needed before instruction. When heretical Christian groups were just beginning, reproof was needed because they were actively rejecting the Church in favor of their own path. As time passes and those groups have their progeny in those groups and the progeny doesn't know any different, reproof isn't needed as much as instruction.

Hope that makes sense.  That is why I see that two different approaches are needed for sexual ethics vs doctrinal ethics.
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« Reply #71 on: August 29, 2013, 07:13:23 AM »

...that was reiterated by St Philaret of New York...

Was he ever canonised by any of the "official" EO Churches?   

No.  ROCOR was looking into it, but I don't think that came to anything.
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« Reply #72 on: August 29, 2013, 07:45:18 AM »

I know a number of folks who belong to 'liberal' denominations, including ELCA, who are as serious about the Bible as anyone. One of the most compassionate, moral, and committed Christians I've ever known is a member of the ELCA- a meek, kind, and noble soul both in personal settings and in her tireless work in helping others- and no, she is not a conservative holdout. These folks are serious about the Bible, they just interpret parts of it differently. And yes, they interpret wrongly, but to suggest that they are somehow less "serious" or principled is arrogant and ignorant. The double standard here of ecclesiology versus sexual ethics suggests a severe intrusion of political ideology and secular social mores into the Gospel. Well, what else is new.
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I know a number of folks who belong to 'liberal' denominations, including ELCA, who are as serious about the Bible as anyone. One of the most compassionate, moral, and committed Christians I've ever known is a member of the ELCA- a meek, kind, and noble soul both in personal settings and in her tireless work in helping others- and no, she is not a conservative holdout. These folks are serious about the Bible, they just interpret parts of it differently. And yes, they interpret wrongly, but to suggest that they are somehow less "serious" or principled is arrogant and ignorant. The double standard here of ecclesiology versus sexual ethics suggests a severe intrusion of political ideology and secular social mores into the Gospel. Well, what else is new.

I also know ELCA members who are most serious Christians. I was not talking about individuals but about the denomination itself who took a stand four years ago that makes the denomination a heretical sect. The denomination crossed a very important step when they decided to ignore clear Biblical injunctions. As for your insinuation that my accusation somehow represents a "severe intrusion of political ideology and secular social mores into the Gospel," you have it exactly backwards. The ELCA is guilty of this, not I. I am truly surprised that you do not see this.
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« Reply #74 on: August 29, 2013, 04:29:50 PM »

I. These folks are serious about the Bible, they just interpret parts of it differently. And yes, they interpret wrongly, but to suggest that they are somehow less "serious" or principled is arrogant and ignorant.

Heretics like Arius and Nestorius were pious and serious men.  They're still wrong and rightfully condemned.
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« Reply #75 on: August 29, 2013, 04:52:18 PM »

Hope that makes sense.  That is why I see that two different approaches are needed for sexual ethics vs doctrinal ethics.

I think this is why your idea fails. There is no difference between sexual ethics and doctrinal ethics. A heresy is a sin too.
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Lutheranism...? Shocked Sounds extremely boring, lackluster, and dull. If you are going down that rabbit hole, why not choose an Episcopal church with a high mass. At least you will have all the bells and whistles of a beautifully celebrated liturgy to keep you mildly entertained until you find a more permanent Orthodox solution.
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« Reply #77 on: August 29, 2013, 05:13:17 PM »

Wonder if there is any public transportation such as buses or trains in the area? Just a thought.

I am sorry the OP isn't able to reach his church at this time. I would suggest maybe looking up the phone number of any Orthodox Church within even a moderate distance, and calling them, and asking them if they have help with transportation. Rather than make a fundamental change in your beliefs, maybe you can get a ride from someone in an Orthodox Church if it's not too far away. In my parish, they have a guy who offers to drive people to Liturgy. (I am sorry I'm not in Texas or I'd direct you to him.) Smiley Often people will try to help if you will ask.

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« Reply #78 on: August 29, 2013, 06:00:08 PM »

Lutheranism...? Shocked Sounds extremely boring, lackluster, and dull. If you are going down that rabbit hole, why not choose an Episcopal church with a high mass. At least you will have all the bells and whistles of a beautifully celebrated liturgy to keep you mildly entertained until you find a more permanent Orthodox solution.

That was the advice given to the Greeks long ago.  I still know of a few octogenarians who hold membership in an Episcopal parish and simultaneously in the nearest Greek Chirch 100 miles away. 
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That was before Episcopalians went cuckoo. I doubt the same advice would be given today.
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Hope that makes sense.  That is why I see that two different approaches are needed for sexual ethics vs doctrinal ethics.

I think this is why your idea fails. There is no difference between sexual ethics and doctrinal ethics. A heresy is a sin too.
I certainly leave open the possibility that I am wrong.  Smiley
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« Reply #81 on: August 31, 2013, 02:02:58 PM »

Many posts on this thread are based on a false premise, namely that there is an organisation on earth which may be called "the only true church". If this were true, then of course the question can have only one answer: one should join that church, even if no other members live nearby. But if true believers, the real 'body of Christ', are scattered through many congregations, then the search must be for fellowship with them, coming as close to 'worshiping in Spirit and in truth' as is feasible in this fallen world.

A facetious answer to the original question might be, "Don't be Orthodox or Lutheran - be a Baptist"; but a serious answer is to search out those who call upon the Lord from a true and pure heart and hold the faith which works by love.
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« Reply #82 on: August 31, 2013, 02:25:38 PM »

Many posts on this thread are based on a false premise, namely that there is an organisation on earth which may be called "the only true church". If this were true, then of course the question can have only one answer: one should join that church, even if no other members live nearby. But if true believers, the real 'body of Christ', are scattered through many congregations, then the search must be for fellowship with them, coming as close to 'worshiping in Spirit and in truth' as is feasible in this fallen world.

A facetious answer to the original question might be, "Don't be Orthodox or Lutheran - be a Baptist"; but a serious answer is to search out those who call upon the Lord from a true and pure heart and hold the faith which works by love.
It is true, wishful thinking notwithstanding.

Christ founded a Church, as in One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic, and promised that the gates of hell would not prevail over her, and He would remain with her all the days unto the end of the age.  Accept no substitute, as outside her there is no worship "in Spirit and in Truth."
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« Reply #83 on: August 31, 2013, 02:27:24 PM »

Lutheranism...? Shocked Sounds extremely boring, lackluster, and dull. If you are going down that rabbit hole, why not choose an Episcopal church with a high mass. At least you will have all the bells and whistles of a beautifully celebrated liturgy to keep you mildly entertained until you find a more permanent Orthodox solution.

Lutherans do have better music, when they actually use it.  The German hymnwriters from the 16th-early 19th century are so much better than those wonks in the ANglican/Episcopal tradition.
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« Reply #84 on: August 31, 2013, 02:36:20 PM »

Many posts on this thread are based on a false premise, namely that there is an organisation on earth which may be called "the only true church".
Why is this a false premise?

If this were true, then of course the question can have only one answer: one should join that church, even if no other members live nearby. But if true believers, the real 'body of Christ', are scattered through many congregations, then the search must be for fellowship with them, coming as close to 'worshiping in Spirit and in truth' as is feasible in this fallen world.
On what foundation do you build your argument that the Church is purely invisible, that the "real 'body of Christ'" is scattered through many congregations?

A facetious answer to the original question might be, "Don't be Orthodox or Lutheran - be a Baptist"; but a serious answer is to search out those who call upon the Lord from a true and pure heart and hold the faith which works by love.
So doctrine is unimportant?
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« Reply #85 on: August 31, 2013, 02:43:58 PM »

Lutheranism...? Shocked Sounds extremely boring, lackluster, and dull. If you are going down that rabbit hole, why not choose an Episcopal church with a high mass. At least you will have all the bells and whistles of a beautifully celebrated liturgy to keep you mildly entertained until you find a more permanent Orthodox solution.

Lutherans do have better music, when they actually use it.  The German hymnwriters from the 16th-early 19th century are so much better than those wonks in the ANglican/Episcopal tradition.
that's why they imported Handel.
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« Reply #86 on: August 31, 2013, 09:55:10 PM »

Lutheranism...? Shocked Sounds extremely boring, lackluster, and dull.

JS Bach and Jakob Boehme... definitely not boring.
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Lutheranism...? Shocked Sounds extremely boring, lackluster, and dull.

JS Bach and Jakob Boehme... definitely not boring.

Schutz, Praetorius, Hassler, Schein, Buxtehude, Telemann, Cruger?  All of them not boring.
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^^^Right, some beautiful hymns sung in a mildly semi-liturgical setting...pass! I'll take the Book of Common Prayer with a high Anglican mass over that any day. 
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Jakob Boehme... definitely not boring.

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« Reply #90 on: September 01, 2013, 01:58:11 PM »

...that was reiterated by St Philaret of New York...

Was he ever canonised by any of the "official" EO Churches?   

There are hundreds of people throughout history who were never canonized.
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« Reply #91 on: September 01, 2013, 02:44:12 PM »

There are three Lutheran denominations that I know of: ELCA, Wisconsin Synod and Lutheran Synod. Of the three, I do not think that  is a serious Christian church as it has started to ordain openly homosexual persons.

What's with the homophobia? Why is misguided sexual ethics worse than, say, misguided ecclesiology or Sola Scriptura?

It is not a matter of homophobia; it is action that is contrary to Scripture and Tradition, thus heretical.

So is much of what Lutheranism is. Why to highlight sexual ethics while there are numerous even more problematic issues with Lutheranism?

Again, it is not a matter of sexual ethics; it is a teaching that is clearly contrary to Scripture, a rejection of clearly stated words of God. The other problematic issues are a different matter.  

Sola Scriptura is clearly contrary to Scripture, Lutheran ecclesiology is clearly contrary to Scripture, Lutheran soteriology is clearly contrary to Scripture etc. How those are different issues?

To recap, Carl thinks ELCA is not a serious Christian church, as opposed to the other two major American lutheran denominations. He later clarifies that this is because ELCA are heretical. It would appear then that the Wisconsin and Missouri synods are not heretical in his view.

There is only one True Church--the Eastern Orthodox one of the Seven Ecumenical Councils. There are others who have separated themselves from the True Church over the centuries; however, not all heterodox churches are the same when it comes to degree of differences from the Orthodox church. I firmly believe that the OO and the RC are the closest to the EO. I also believe that those churches that take the Bible seriously, even if they differ from the EO, are serious churches. I think most folks are familiar with Blessed Theophan the Recluse's position that was reiterated by St Philaret of New York (see http://blessedphilaret.blogspot.com/2008/09/will-heterodox-be-saved.html. I personally believe that there is more hope for the serious heterodox than the lukewarm ones who have taken positions against the Word of God. It is not a simple matter of heresy, but a matter of considering heresies in context and their consequences. I submit to you that those who try to heed God's Word are less heretical than those who consciously depart from it, break it for a humanist ideal.

I agree but you haven't explained why misguided sexual ethics is worse than misguided ecclesiology etc.
The problem seems to be definitional. You look at the ELCA and ECUSA policies and practices regarding homosexual conduct to be "misguided sexual ethics." I look at them as deliberate and willful setting aside of clear Biblical teachings. IOW, they constitute rebellion against God Himself and not measly theological, ecclesiological or ethical differences of opinion. What these two heretical denominations have done is to thumb their noses at God.
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« Reply #92 on: September 01, 2013, 03:12:16 PM »

^^^Right, some beautiful hymns sung in a mildly semi-liturgical setting...pass! I'll take the Book of Common Prayer with a high Anglican mass over that any day. 

You obviously don't know jack about the hey day of the Lutheran Orthodoxy period.  It was as high mass as you can get.  Then the pietists came in and ruined everything.
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« Reply #93 on: September 16, 2013, 01:04:44 AM »

WPM's situation is not a typical situation. Trust him that it is difficult to do many of the things that we would take for granted as being obvious or easy or straightforward.

Wesley, I would go ahead and just send Fr. Basil an email straight-up asking him if he could arrange for someone to come by and pick you up for Liturgy. Based on what you've said, it doesn't seem like that has happened. It is OK to tell him that you need that.
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Jesus said to love God with all your heart, and love your neighbor as yourself, he did not mention denominations.

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32“Well said, teacher,” the man replied. “You are right in saying that God is one and there is no other but him. 33To love him with all your heart, with all your understanding and with all your strength, and to love your neighbor as yourself is more important than all burnt offerings and sacrifices.”

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« Reply #95 on: September 21, 2013, 02:26:22 PM »

  If the Lutheran church takes Christ seriously, if they actually live out their faith, keeping in mind at the last day we will be judged by how we feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and welcome the stranger... that is the most important thing.
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...that was reiterated by St Philaret of New York...

Was he ever canonised by any of the "official" EO Churches?    

There are hundreds of people throughout history who were never canonized.

His canonization is being considered by the Russian Church Abroad. He has not been officially canonized by the Church, yet. However, I'm sure he will be in a few years.
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« Reply #97 on: September 22, 2013, 05:53:03 PM »

  If the Lutheran church takes Christ seriously, if they actually live out their faith, keeping in mind at the last day we will be judged by how we feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and welcome the stranger... that is the most important thing.
The same could be said for any Christian faith.
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« Reply #98 on: April 06, 2014, 01:46:23 PM »

Why not give the priest of the nearest parish a call?

I've done that before.  

What did he say?

It was just an exchange of formality over the phone. "How are you" "Glad you called" etc etc.

Did you explain your situation?

Yes, ... My mom attends a Lutheran congregation right around the corner from where we live.
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