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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Practical Differences Between the Orthodox and Evangelicals

 
First Orthodox Cathedral built in Georgia in 1,000 years.

I am a Baptist and a missionary that was on the field for 14 years and I worked primarily in Georgia but other Orthodox countries as well. My experience with culturally Orthodox and faithful Orthodox believers are from these countries in descending order of interaction, Georgia, Russia, Romania, Ukraine, and America. I was inspired by this post from @heavywater on the conversion of the Bible Answers man to Orthodoxy. What I wanted to do here is to lay out the practical differences I found between not just the teaching of Orthodoxy and Evangelicals generally but how the teaching is put to work in the real world. I am a Baptist and I would be a Reformed Baptist, on the question of salvation, to lay down a theological marker.

I am not trying to win or even make an argument here, I am not interested in this post who better reflects the teaching in the Bible or the wishes of Christ, instead I want to lay out how the differences in the teachings of the two churches play out in the lives of people practicing the two faiths. I want to illuminate what motivates the conversions that move people from Orthodoxy to Evangelicalism and what often motivates the reverse. I intend to take a more bottom-up look at what happens here so instead of starting with theology and then working down to the people I am going to start with the people and work my way up to some insights on the theology.

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David French of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America cheer new poll numbers showing that voters in many states with incumbent Democratic senators overwhelmingly want someone new. David explains his concern that evangelicals are showing themselves to be hypocrites and damaging their efforts to share the gospel by defending President Trump in every situation. […]

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Trump and the Evangelicals

 

Ever since Trump’s election, the lopsided statistics concerning Evangelical involvement in his victory have not gone away. They continue to be trotted out as though they were a shocking revelation of some kind of hypocrisy within the Christian right. So, of course, in response to the National Prayer Breakfast, NPR had several guests on to discuss Christianity in relationship to the Trump Presidency.

Larry Mantle began by questioning Professor Marie Griffith of Washington University:

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The Wall Street Journal and National Cruise Review Online are hyping a story about PDT possibly hooking up with a porn star during one of his several marriages. They are hoping to generate outrage among religious conservatives and turn them against a President who has signed the most significant tax reforms in a generation, realigned […]

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OK, this time I checked before I posted, and nothing came back. I am Christian. I regularly attend a “Bible-centered” church in Houston. I do not understand why many evangelical Christians are so fervently for President Trump. I admit that I find Trump vulgar, distasteful and not especially effective as a politician. I did not […]

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Did Evangelicals Really Pick Trump Over Jesus? We’ll ask Erick Erickson. Hugh Hefner has passed away, and leaves a legacy of liberal hypocrisy behind. More

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Pondering the Mormon Question of Election 2016

 

As polling suggests Utah may not vote for the Republican for the first time in 52 years, many wonder why the reddest of states and its prominent socially conservative religious group are drifting away from the party. It’s tempting to chalk it up to a simple answer: last go around, they had one of their own at the top of the ticket and he was expected to assure the public and his party that he is against having multiple wives, but this time, the GOP nominee and party leaders take the position that multiple wives are dandy so long as they’re consecutive, not simultaneous. Glibness is fine for the screamers of cable news, but let’s strive for better. The Mormon question is a complex one. There are theological and cultural influences at play that deserve exploration.

Even among other devout Christians, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints–which from now on I will refer to as Mormons for the sake of clarity and brevity–is considered unusual. As religious belief wanes and socially liberal attitudes enjoy ever wider acceptance [1] Mormons and the religious right have found each other fighting the same enemies, but their alliance is not based on perfect harmony. Media coverage has unsurprisingly focused on the peculiar aspects of the religion, like sacred undergarments and the sinfulness of drinking coffee, while giving attention, that is at most cursory, to the doctrines that are significantly different from other Christian sects.

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I recently read Elie Wiesel’s, Night and A Jew Today and blogged on each of them. If it’s OK, I’m linking those blog entries here, for anyone who’s interested. I’m sure he’s at rest, but I’m sorry he’s gone. He leaves us too soon. We need his voice. I think of David French’s recent article in NRO […]

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The voices are getting louder on both sides. We each have to vote our conscience and I hope it includes soul searching, rather than casting a vote out of just pure frustration. This is worth a read. It is just to the left on the front page – it is titled Doanld Trump Is A […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The Biblical Basis for Self-Defense

 

“See, now I’m thinking: maybe it means you’re the evil man. And I’m the righteous man. And Mr. 9mm here … he’s the shepherd protecting my righteous *** in the valley of darkness. Or it could mean you’re the righteous man and I’m the shepherd and it’s the world that’s evil and selfish. And I’d like that. But that **** ain’t the truth. The truth is you’re the weak. And I’m the tyranny of evil men. But I’m tryin’, Ringo. I’m tryin’ REAL hard to be the shepherd.” 

Jules Winnfield 

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