Is the Eastern Orthodox Church the only true church? on November 18, 2013 Get link Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email Other Apps Very helpful video concerning this issue. Church History Systematic Theology Get link Facebook Twitter Pinterest Email Other Apps Comments CanadianDecember 9, 2013 at 11:26 AMPoor Doug, this is dreadful engagement with Orthodoxy, as noted by many commenters and the percentage of thumbs down. I commented several times about 5 months ago. ReplyDeleteRepliesReplyPhil BrownDecember 10, 2013 at 4:32 AM"We have strayed from the Immortal's waysAnd worship with a dull and senseless mindIdols, the workmanship of our own hands,And images and figures of dead men." Justin Martyr, c. A.D. 150(Hortatory Address to the Greeks 16, citing the Sybil, a collection of Greek prophecies)ReplyDeleteRepliesReplyCanadianDecember 10, 2013 at 9:03 AMhttp://onbehalfofall.org/?p=6335ReplyDeleteRepliesReplyPhil BrownDecember 11, 2013 at 5:20 AM"Others of them employ outward marks … They style themselves Gnostics. They also possess images, some of them painted and others formed from different kinds of material. They maintain that a likeness of Christ was made by Pilate at that time when Jesus lived among them. They crown these images, and set them up along with the images of the philosophers of the world, such as Pythagoras, Plato, and Aristotle, and the rest. They have also other modes of honoring these images just like the Gentiles."Irenaeus, A.D. 183 - 186(Against Heresies I:25:6)ReplyDeleteRepliesReplyPhil BrownDecember 11, 2013 at 5:26 AM"From the time of Constantine church discipline declines; the whole Roman world having become nominally Christian, and the host of hypocritical professors [i.e., converts] multiplying beyond all control." (History of the Christian Church, vol. III, p. 8)Socrates and Sozomen [5th century historians] ... date the decline of discipline and of the former purity of morals from [the removal of the office of penitential elder (who heard confessions) in A.D. 390]. But the real cause lay further back, in the connection of the church with the temporal [secular] power. Had the state been pervaded with the earnestness and zeal of Christianity, like the Genevan republic, for example, under the reformation of Calvin, the discipline of the church would have rather gained than lost by the alliance. But the vast Roman state could not so easily and quickly lay aside its heathen traditions and customs; it perpetuated them under Christian names. The great mass of the people received, at best, only John’s baptism of repentance, not Christ’s baptism of the Holy Ghost and of fire."Philip Schaff, 1875(History of the Christian Church, vol. III, sec. 68)ReplyDeleteRepliesReplyAdd commentLoad more... Post a Comment The moderator will review the comments at his earliest convenience.