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12 Responses to "Martin Luther’s Confession of Orthodox Christianity"
  1. Georg Warnecke says:

    actually, luther had no real knowledge of orthodox theology – if you study his works you’ll soon find that it is very hard to make them both compatible (as i.e. the finnish lutheran–orthodox dialogue shows)…
    so – luther isn’t really suitable as a principal witness for orthodoxy.

    • David Kralt says:

      Excellent utilization of a document to assert your comment regarding the truth of the matter and not re-coursing in pompous, egotistical, or pretentious literary ostentatiousness; all the components of Gods in the trinity detest that.

    • Georg Warnecke: Absolutely substantially true. Luther’s main doctrine was a faith alone sola fide unbelief (antinomianism) and his key doctrine was “Be a sinner. Sin boldly”.

  2. Father Bless,

    Thank you for such an insightful article.

    I hope that we make the distinction between Protestant and Western when referring to songs and art. Protestant music preaching false theology must be avoided in an Orthodox setting. Unfortunately, youth usually confuse Protestant with Western thinking that all that is Western is Protestant. As a parishioner in a missionary Orthodox Church in Toronto, I believe that using Western music in such setting is necessary as this is what caters to the needs of those of a Western background/ethnicity. I know that this was not the main message of your blog yet I found it necessary to point that out as such matter is often confused by many youth.

    Seeking your prayers on my behalf

    • Fr. Moses Samaan says:

      Thank you, Andrew, for the clarification. I agree with the concept. I’m also serving at a missionary parish in the Diocese of Los Angeles, and to my surprise, I found converts who really enjoy traditional, sacred Coptic music just as we have many Coptic youth who enjoy Western music more. I suppose it depends on the context. Either way, we have to be careful and precise as you said. Pray for me, as well.

      P.S. Sadly, I think you replied to the wrong article and I’m not sure how to transfer the comment to the right article (which I believe is “I’m Alive and Well.”)

  3. Jfncbfhfhfhfhf says:

    I don’t believe in birth control. can I still join Orthodox?

  4. As a Greek Orthodox Christian from Australia … I have educated a lot of protestants by giving them insight in the early scriptures of the Apostles… and that there is only “one” true apostolic faith which holds the real teachings of our lord Jesus Christ … not the endless Christian denominations which exist today due to the Roman Catholic unrealistic insatiable greed for papacy power… which is the end result of division amongst Christians…Amen.

  5. Debra Polk says:

    I am a member of the United Church of Christ who has recently become interested in learning more about the Eastern Orthodoxy. You post was very insightful. I would like to learn more. Would a non member of your Faith be welcome at a regular church service?

  6. I so appreciate this article! I am recent convert from the Protestant tradition to [Coptic] Orthodoxy. I had a very interesting conversation with a Protestant minister who was completely confused about the history and Tradition of the Church, and dismissed the established structure of the ancient church. The idea that the consensus Church supersedes individual interpretation, the ever-virgin – Holy Mother Mary is venerated and hold a place of high esteem in the Church, veneration of Saints is proper and well established, and almost every aspect of the Orthodox church is a deception of those seeking the truth.

    So, one of my questions to him was “what did Martin Luther think of the Orthodox Church”. My question was sincere because I honestly had no idea. Apostolic succession is well established and deviations from the original church makes practical sense, but the history and doctrine gives legs to what should be intuitive. Also, the precedence of Tradition to documentation is an impossible argument overcome.

    Thank you for bread crumbs this article provides….

    Please pray for me!


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