ON BECOMING AND REMAINING AN ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN

ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ ΕΥΛΟΓΩΝBy Fr. Andrew Phillips

A Talk given at the Orthodox Pilgrimage to Felixstowe in August 2001

INTRODUCTION

We sometimes hear people talking about how they came to join the Orthodox Church. Although each story is interesting and may even be extraordinary, I think that the stories of how people remained faithful Orthodox Christians despite temptations may be more helpful. As it is written in the Gospels: ‘In your patience possess ye your souls’.

Moreover, I have called this talk not, ‘On Joining the Orthodox Church’, but, ‘On Becoming and Remaining an Orthodox Christian’. For joining the Orthodox Church or becoming a member of the Orthodox Church, which is concerned with external changes, is not at all the same as ‘Becoming an Orthodox Christian’, which is all about internal changes. And remaining an Orthodox Christian is even more important, which is why I have devoted three times as much time to it here as to becoming an Orthodox Christian.

ON BECOMING ORTHODOX

CONVERSION AND INTEGRATION

Let us define our terms by talking of a number of words which are used in this context. First, there is the useless phrase ‘born Orthodox’. This does not exist. Nobody is ‘born Orthodox’, we are all born pagans. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Orthodoxy. The Best-Kept Secret

By Fr. Peter Gillguist

He who seeks, finds.

He who seeks, finds.

When we came into the Orthodox Church in 1987, I started getting telephone calls from newspaper reporters and radio and T.V. people in cities I was about to visit. Often,they were responding to a news release sent out by a Church where I was to speak. They generally wanted to hear more about our story of 2000 evangelicals becoming Orthodox. They would ask me about charismatics and Episcopalians coming as well.

Then, almost always, before the end of the interview, they would insert, «Well, is this a trend?»

My answer was, «I’m not prepared to say that.» I would often add, «I think it will be one day.» But I felt it would be hype to call it a trend. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »