the comment I critiqued was not directed at Pat Robertson, but rather at Billy Graham.
Directed at Billy Graham, it was disrespectful and slanderous.
You have both a right and responsibility to point out the absurd and ridiculous and heretical, I agree.
I take no offence at rigorous, hard-nosed debate and discussion; but flippant "cooler-than-thou" comments I will no longer sit back and accept, especially when they are disrespectful and incorrect.
Critique the independent, self-proclaimed, sectarians and do it with the Bible,the Fathers and Holy Tradition, but don't be flippant or toss out lables or engage in cheap name-calling (and I do not mean that you do that, Aserb; I am still directing my commments to the smug, the hip and the so-very-cool with their so-called "edgy" comments).
BUT, and please PAY ATTENTION here fellow Orthodox. There is a world of difference between the historic Protestant denominations and all of these tiny sects, especially the extreme fundamentalist/dispensationalist types on the one hand and pentecostal/charasmatic/healing/health and wealth gospel types on the other hand.
Most of the protestant critiques I read on these boards apply to the second two groups. Historic Protestant denominations like Presbyterians, Methodists, Lutherans, Anglicans, Episcopalians (the ones struggling with whether to leave their church or continue to try to correct it), Congregationalists and even some Baptists have a stucture, a hierarchy (either bishops or bodies like a legislature), doctrinal standards (even if not always adequately enforced), standards for ordination, and standards for order and organization at the local church level and at the regional and national levels. They would not have a clue as to what most of you are talking about when you critique these other groups, lumping them together with all Protestants.
I know alot of these Protestant denominations at the national level have been infected with a lot of liberalism and modernism, but at the local parish level that is generally not the case.
As Orthodox who have found the True Faith, we can challenge historic Protestants' structure (Presbyterian, Congregational, Baptist) hierarchy (lacking in continual apostolic succession: Lutheran/Anglican/Episcopal); doctrinal standards to the degree that they differ (all of them) from Holy Tradition and the ÃƒÆ’Ã¢â‚¬Å¡Ãƒâ€š Ecumenical Councils and the Fathers and their varying understandings of ordination, church order, the sacraments, et al. These can be fruitful, rational, respectful discussions that help them better understand the ancient Faith ( and may some day lead to their converting) and also help us appreciate our doctrines and Tradition better.
Since becoming Orthodox, I have never met or discussed Orthodoxy with a Protestant of this historic type who didn't have the utmost respect for Orthodox worship (especially if they have ever been to a service personally) and Orthodoxy's ancient longevity. In some, I can even detect a hint of envy.
I know there are some sectarian "baiters" that visit these boards. They are nor Protestants so much as sectarians, usually extreme fundamentalist/dispensationalist.
Please learn to distinguish between the two groups. Billy Graham and Pat Robertson would be two individuals who personally demonstrate the differences I have just tried to outline: one a historic Protestant (albeit a Baptist); the other a sectarian (oddly, fundamentalist/dispensational AND charasmatic).