YiM, I just want to know what you see the history of the "True Church" is. Can you give a brief narrative of the history of the church?
I am also confused how you can believe that the Eucharist is Christ's true Body and Blood, but not accept the Church. The Orthodox say it only happens through the Church, but it seems if you believe in the protestant view of an invisible church. How does an invisible church change the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ? What if your pastor is secretly skeptical of his faith? Does that make the communion he offers invalid? Can anyone consecrate the elements? Once I realized that the Eucharist is the true Body and Blood of Christ, the concept of an invisible church just kind of falls apart.
This would expand too far for me to do this right now. I'll talk about communion at some other point.
Trying to stay in context and stick to some of the points on this thread, at some point and time, somebody convinced those in the church that images on paint and wood (venerated) equated to venerating that person in heaven.
Or to have things similar to an iconostasis
And convinced them to repeat prayers (count them too!)
Also consider the images...
I know you people are smart enough to see the pagan influence on the EO church. Come on folks, use your brain.
There is a huge history of Christianity that is also outside of the RC/EO faith. This isn't a "gates of hell prevailing against it" argument. That verse said by an EO Christian would indicate the EO church as "THE CHURCH" rather than seeing "THE CHURCH" outside of Eastern Orthodoxy.
Look, don't be blind, this is very cut and dry obvious. Look at the buddhist icons, complete with "blessing hand signs", auras (cough cough) halos, etc.
We were commanded by God not to make images in the likeness of things in Heaven, on Earth, or under the Sea. The EO church does make these images, iconodules have killed for these images even. They are pagan of Eastern influence....
JUST like all the funky mysticism. All pagan influence.