Well, admittedly my post was on the side of reticence. But, yes, I will stick with that as my response to the fact that the response to #246 was not "We should feed the hungry" but rather Thank God that we aren't like that Baptist church that only gives food to those who attend a certain service.
P.S. This is probably unnecessary to say, but I'll say it anyhow: I am not Baptist.
Exactly how much of the Gospel am I required to reiterate in any given post? You criticise me for not having said "We should feed the hungry", whereas I took that as a given while reiterating "Freely you have received, freely give".
Giving with strings attached has been an evangelistic tool of your Church for a long time, and the examples I'm personally familiar with are all post-Vatican II. The only surprise about your not having any problems with this method is that you actually came out, owned it, and promoted it. Usually it's difficult to figure out if you believe anything that requires taking a stand, but this was crystal clear.
BTW, quote me properly or leave me out of it. I did not say "Thank God that we aren't like that
Baptist church that only gives food to those who attend a certain service". I said "Thank God. The Orthodox should do that without
requiring anyone to go to church". "Do that" refers, of course, to feeding the hungry (referred to in the previous reply).