I think it is useful to be aware of how our Coptic Orthodox Church has been viewed by Protestants over the years. I will provide a few early quotes in this post. To be honest I have read much of the correspondence of the Church Missionary Society and they plainly and explicitly planned to undermine the Coptic Orthodox Church by the provision of schools and a theological college in which Protestant doctrines would be taught to the young.
i. 1752, Moravian Brethren. "..in all their conversation to endeavour to direct attention to the essence of Christianity ... and teach them how, by means of Jesus' merits, they might obtain rest for their souls, true holiness of life, and evangelical liberty, which leave the conscience unfettered by human traditions".
ii. 1850, Church Mission Society. "The missionaries seem to follow almost too strictly the plan on which the mission was begun, to seek the friendship of the clergy, especially the higher clergy of the Eastern Churches, with a view of influencing them gently, in the hope that by slow degrees they would become convinced of their errors and themselves reform their respective Churches. But the system has failed... Individual conversions [of Copts] must be the aim, as the only means of prosecuting reformation".
iii. 1850, Church Mission Society. "Through the Church Mussuin Society missionaries throughout the Nile Valley, hundreds of persons had their knowledge of the way of salvation corrected, their faith directed away from their own works, to the death and suffering and obedience of the Son of God as the reason and ground of salvation from sin and its consequences".
iv. 1852. "Rev Mr. Leider has done good among the Copts, and the young men whom he has instructed refuse on conscientious grounds to enter the priesthood of this corrupt Church.... The American Missionary Association has resolved to establish a Mission among the Copts".
v. 1896. "[The Copts] must have had some glimpse of the light that illumines the soul and leads up to the throne of God. To help such a people [the Copts] to loosen themselves from the chains of superstition, and to come out of the dungeon of darkness into which their surroundings had imprisoned them, and lead them forth into the light and liberty of the Christian faith, is surely a duty and a Christian privilege".
THIS is what the Protestants thought of our Coptic Orthodox Church while they were busy undermining and corrupting it. They may well have meant well, but their actions made them the enemy of the truth and of the Orthodox Faith. Read all of these short passages carefully. The Protestantism which produces such a view of the Coptic Orthodox Church is not Orthodox, nor truthful. It is a deception and it works, however well meant, to deceive those it persuades.
Is the Coptic Orthodox Church bound by chains of superstition? Are we in a dungeon of darkness? Do we need to find the Christian Faith? Are these attitudes we should embrace? Are the practices of those who hold such views ones which we should easily and readily adopt? Do you see that they had a clear plan to befriend the higher clergy and to persuade them that the Orthodox Faith was error and must be reformed? And when that did not work they changed their plan and began to deceive individuals. All of these plans are published in black and white, the Protestants were proud of all their efforts to win the superstitious Copts to the Christian Faith.