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The reason Protestantism is so popular and people are flocking to it is, no not the Protestant's faults, it is ours. We as Orthodox are not teaching others about the beauty of our church. Most people think the only two Christian branches are Protestantism or Catholicism, and many Christians have never even heard of Orthodoxy. Now whose fault is that? Are we to criticize the Protestants for "corrupting" people?
Surely it is our fault for not teaching others about the original Christianity or spreading it to others around the world. From the Protestant to Orthodox converts I have met, many express how they were struggling to find the original true Christianity and were so lucky to have found the Orthodox church. Why is this the case? Why do people have to struggle to find us.
As for the youth leaving, we are not doing enough to show the youth how wonderful and rich the Orthodox church is, nor properly catering to their needs - which can be done in a way that does not compromise the Orthodox teaching or tradition. We need to educate the youth and show them why the Orthodox faith is so beautiful -- and how it is not just some thing they do on Sundays because their parents are Egyptian.
I am not supported to work full time on this so I don't have the time.
Pray for me that God will provide the support I need to be able to do this full time and I will be able to. Otherwise when I am supposed to have the time to do it? You have admitted that HG needs help to be able to do it. So how can I?
I think it is important to be on the offense against these beliefs. If you show these people that they lack legitimacy as a church, what can they do? If you utterly crush their beliefs and expose their beliefs, where else do they have to turn? Being passive only says to them that we are fearful and that their accusations are correct. I would LOVE to see that guy try and prove, according to Mt. 16:18, that his church is the church of acts. I would be willing to bet everything I owned that he can't.
Protestantism means to PROTEST, and in this case it means against the church, the sacraments, etc. Because protestantism affords the individual with the ability to believe as they wish, they do just that. Protestantism teaches that all these sacraments and Traditions are works of the devil, that we have been overcome by the devil, why would they want to listen to us? The only people I EVER listened to when protestant, were the Ethiopians I tried arguing with. They told me straight to my face and I was shocked. If it werent for that I would probably still be dead.
I know we cannot ask a priest or bishop to attack anyone, those days of great apologetics are long gone. We probably will not see any more St John Chrysostoms, Tertullians, St Justin Martyr, St Athanasius, St Cyril or any other great defender of the faith. We have adopted the liberal tree hugging attitude in that we care more about hurting peoples feelings than stating the truth. If I treated my child in that way, he would grow up to be a brat. Sometimes, not in every situation of course, you have to be firm, direct, and a bit harsh to get your point across.
I have created a very simple and effective defense of the Orthodox church, one in which the very legitimacy of their church is questioned and no matter how they try and argue it, they soon find out just how foolish their church really is.If you would like to see evidence of this argument, at its most simplistic form, go o Orthodox Purity (on facebook) and watch the video I made of a debate with a Jehovah's Witness.
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