I don't mean this as a compromise, but as a way to get the message to the non-Orthodox. When you say that "my church is the true church and your's sucks", the person you're telling it to just isn't going to list to a d*mn thing you tell them. For, example, I don't think Fr. Seraphim Rose compromises anything in his short booklet on "God's Revelation to the Human Heart.", but he doesn't flat out say "the Orthodox Church is the True Churhch and the multitudes of Protestant denominations are wrong." What someone means to say and how they actually come across to an audience are frequently two different things.
I believe you are wrong here.
For one thing, no one posted anything even remotely like "my church is the true church and yours sucks."
Nor were there any gratuitous or frequent, pushy assertions made about the Orthodox Church.
When I first began posting over at "Protestants R Us," anyone could view a member's profile and see to what denomination or church they belong. The issue came up and I gave the honest answer: the Holy Orthodox Church is the original, one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.
As a result, some were offended. Others, however, suddenly knew where I stood and why I was posting the things I was posting. Consequently, a number of people expressed interest in Orthodoxy, and a few have even converted.
What is the alternative?
Most of our arguments assert the truth of the Apostolic Tradition as opposed to the very limited and relatively recent (16th century) traditions of Protestantism. In this, our arguments strongly resemble those of the Roman Catholics.
Were we to totally avoid mention of the Orthodox Church, the force of our arguments would lead seekers STRAIGHT TO ROME
Is that what we want?
Most Protestants are familiar only with the Roman Catholic alternative. They know little or nothing about Orthodoxy.
Once we have knocked the very pillars of Protestantism - Sola Scriptura
and Sola Fide
- out from under them, they may begin looking for the historic faith.
What "historic faith" are they going to find if the only one they know about is the RCC?
To ask us to discuss the concept of authority in Christianity without being able to mention the Orthodox Church is like asking someone to go on living without a heart.
There is no Christianity without the Orthodox Church.
If the heretics (and that IS what they are, friends) over at "Protestants R Us" want to ban us, so be it. The devil has been trying to shut us up for about 2000 years.
He will fail, as he always has.
Meanwhile let us look upon this as an honor. We have been having an effect, so we are being persecuted.
Glory to Jesus Christ!