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Monday
Feb042013

"Orthodoxy" This, and "Orthodoxy" That

Outside of Orthodoxy, have you noticed how the healthiest Christian communities around today are the ones who preach Christ, not their own denomination? They speak of Jesus, not their "Baptist," "Methodist" or "Pentecostal" identities. Yet, all we seem to hear from our pulpits is "Orthodoxy, Orthodoxy, Orthodoxy!" We are obsessed with self-definition through negation.  It is a sick religious addiction. (Orthodox theologian Bradley Nassif)

Reader CSL sends this article by Frederica Mathewes-Green entitled, "That's Not Orthodoxy".  A couple of salient quotations from the article on what Orthodoxy is:

Orthodoxy is a set of prescriptions that when we follow, we advance on the journey to theosis. That’s what Orthodoxy is. . . .

Orthodoxy is what lies within your own power to amend your own life and heal your own soul by the gift of God and the power of the Holy Spirit.

Well, does it lie within our own power or does this transformation come about because of the gift of God and the power of the Holy Spirit?  Hence "Orthodoxy's" fundamental confusion, aka the leaven of synergism.  The apostles say that it is wholly the gift of God.  But to the Orthodox believer, salvation is centered around theosis, and theosis is attained by "following a set of prescriptions."

Furthermore, note how Mrs. Mathewes-Green only illustrates the truth of Nassif's observation.   As CSL notes, there is but one mention of Jesus in the article.  It's all about "Orthodoxy, Orthodoxy, Orthodoxy", not the Gospel.

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Reader Comments (1)

Hi There,
This post has been bothering me so I'll make a comment. The criticism is rather petty. Orthodoxy recognises the legitimacy of the Christology of mainstream Protestants. After all they do claim to affirm the Council of Chalcedon. Even Protestant Trinitarian belief is ok ( except for the Filioque of course). The problem with Protestants lies in the areas of ecclesiology, sacraments, liturgy, aesthetics, etc. What people like Frederica Matthews-Green are doing is drawing attention to these deficiencies under the banner of 'Orthodoxy'. Since they aim their writings at a non-Orthodox Christian audience they like appropriately!
On the other hand, many many evangelicals have denied my Christianity over the years. Yes, they keep on talking about Jesus to me despite the fact I've been a Christian for 45 years. These people view Russia and Eastern Europe as a missionary field that might as well be pagan according to them.
PS: not one, not two but three Baptists over the years, in very separate incidents, have asked me in all seriousness if Greeks still worship Zeus and the 12 gods. This is not a joke. This still happens.

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