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Someone asked Abba Anthony, “What must one do in order to please God?” The old man replied, “Pay attention to what I tell you: whoever you may be, always have God before your eyes, whatever you do, do it according to the testimony of the holy Scriptures; in whatever place you live, do not easily leave it. Keep these three precepts and you will be saved.”
God will surely deliver His Church from this poison in time as He delivered it from Arianism, etc., and the solution is certainly genuine and full participation in the Divine Liturgy. This fluff can't endure. In 20 years, it will be one more worldly trend that has come and gone while the Orthodox Church and Faith will remain unchanged.
Egyptian-born youth servant whose heart is in the right place but leads the youth astray because he's operating under the flawed assumptions that:1.) Adapting to Western culture = becoming Protestantized.2.) The youth need this stuff or they'll run away.
or congratulate those who are vocal for abdication from the Church. Is this the example we find in Christ? No. If my physical son or father did the most heinous crime or abomination, he is still my son or father. I neither have the right to disown my own family nor should I have the attitude that I can simply abdicate when I don't agree. By definition, this is Protestantism.
I'm not sure I understand the rest of your post though. Are you suggesting that some of the songs we already use are Roman Catholic in origin and must be excised as well for the good of the Church?
I don't think that the Father you quoted would endorse the inclusion of heterodox practice. Rather, he seems to be saying that the Church is for everyone, not that the Church is for all sorts of practices and belief systems.
In the case of the Eastern and Oriental Orthodox, the approach to worship is the same. Our differences with the Eastern Orthodox are minor when compared to our differences with the Protestants. Let's not muddy the waters by trying to conflate the two.
What are you trying to say here exactly? Are you trying to create wiggle room by which some Evangelical/Charismatic practices could be integrated into the life of the Church?
Respectfully, you're accusing me and others of speaking in generalizations above, but here you're speaking in very simplistic terms as if the clergy cannot do any wrong at all and must be acting in the interests of Orthodoxy at all times. Clearly, this is not the case. Did you watch the Pope Shenouda III video above? Did you catch this part?
I love and applaud His Holiness for this courage. (May he plead for the Orthodoxy of our Coptic Church at the Throne of God.) Following His Holiness' example, I'm not going to accept Protestantism in our Church, whoever its advocate may be. If the Coptic Church compromises the Faith buy accepting Protestantism, it will no longer be Orthodox. I trust in God, He will not allow this to happen, but laymen or clergy we must, like St. Athanasius and His Holiness Pope Shenouda III, be diligent.
As I have indicated, I have the utmost respect for the clergy and never attack them or speak disrespectfully of them. However, we can't act as if every priest is in obedience to the Holy Synod on every issue (including this one). For example, the Coptic Orthodox Holy Synod declared in May of 2005 that “No Protestant chorals [singing] and no unorthodox prayers are allowed in Orthodox churches” and yet I've been to Coptic Orthodox Churches where the priest is acting in violation of this commandment. What do you suggest be done in a case like this?