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Ask an Eastern Orthodox Christian: Is Orthodoxy like the newest Christian faiths?

What would you like to know about the Eastern Orthodox Christian faith? Submit your question.

By Nicholas Damascus

Q: Is Orthodoxy like the newest Christian faiths?

I’m assuming that you are already familiar with new age Christian faiths and an explanation of Orthodoxy (the earliest Christian faith) in this article would be too lengthy. So I would kindly refer you to reference the Spokane Faith & Values article on “What is Orthodoxy” to familiarize yourself with the original teachings, practices, and worship of the ancient Orthodox Christian Church.

With the exception of several mainline liturgical Protestant and Catholic faiths, many “newer Christian faiths” only vaguely resemble the Christian liturgical worship practiced in the ancient Christian church. Liturgical worship is the only corporate worship mentioned or practiced in the scriptures.

If a 2nd or 3rd century Christian were transported to the 21st century, they would not recognize the newly practiced new age Christian faiths and worship services of today. Likewise, a new age Christian believer would find themselves lost in the liturgical services and practices of the original Christian Church. Frederica Mathewes-Green provides an excellent overview of the unchanged ancient Christian church worship service still performed today by Orthodox Christians today.

The Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary estimated there are 43,000 organized Christian denominations as of 2012, most of them formed in the last and present centuries. In many cases, these new age Christian denominational faiths profess to be the one true church of Christ and the Apostles, yet are missing many crucial aspects of the original ancient church such as the Eucharist, Confession, Holy Unction and other healing sacraments.

These mysteries of the Orthodox Church aid the worshiper in their brokenness to heal, in the same way that a hospital welcomes and provides the medicine and procedures for a sick and the suffering patient to get well. In the Eastern Orthodox Church, it is believed that if these essential aids are not a part of one’s life, then full recovery may be stifled or inhibited.


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