Re: Christ is Risen!
- Dear Pastor Vinovskis,
You are right. In that very same conversation with my bishop and
priest, they reminded me that the Orthodox Church is not perfect and
has it's divisions.
Locally in another jurisdiction there has been a lot of controversy
and even in our own parish's history, there has been fighting, but the
big difference I see is that there is a time tested, apostolic even,
process for reconcilliation and self correction.
On the parish level: confession and being reconciled to your brother
before you commune is practiced where I am at and the people have a
deeper relationship with their priests and respect for the office.
On the whole church level, a council of bishops. Much different from
voter's meetings and jockeying between "liberals" and "confessionals".
Episcopal government and the clear view of ordination as a sacrament,
so far from my view, seem to really help with resolving confict. Also
doctrinal issues like the what the LCMS is facing are pretty much
unheard of in my neck of the woods. There might be disagreements even
about money or fasting or whatever, but these are minor and do not
border on breaking with apostolic teaching. Time ends up healing
these conflicts, whereas in churches with more democratic forms of
church government it seems like the churches change with the times in
a more worldly direction.
For what it is worth.
In my parish and in my diocese people are fighting for unity between
jusrisdictions. People fight against their selfish desires to be in
communion with each other. Humility is a virtue that is admired and I
have friends who are not afraid to speak the truth in love to me when
I am wrong. I have never experienced anything like this before.
"Let the righteous strike me, it shall be a kindness and let him
reprove me, it shall be as excellent oil."--- from the Divine Liturgy
of St. John Chrysostom.
Another thing is this. Because doctrinally the Orthodox Church is
steadfast, one can really stand firm and fight for what is right.
Before being Orthodox I felt like I was on a hill of sand.
P.S. I just woke up and am drinking my first cup of coffee. It's
probably too early for me to try to communicate about such things. ;-)
--- In utheransLookingEast@yahoogroups.com, "wrvinovskis"
> Dear Sister,
> As an LCMS pastor, I very much appreciate your family's frustration
> with the controversy and fighting in the LCMS. I, too, from
> time-to-time have been tempted to throw in the towel. I pray God's
> blessing on you in your journey. I trust you will find a safe haven in
> the Orthodox church. Having said that, in my brief interactions with
> Orthodox Christians of various stripes it has become fairly obvious to
> me that there is no lack of conflict and fighting among the Orthodox,
> also. While there may be many good reasons to become Orthodox, I'm
> not sure peace and harmony is at the top of the list.
> God's Peace,
> Pr. Waldemar Vinovskis
> "We feebly struggle, they in glory shine!"
> > >
> > > My husband was a pastor for nearly 10 years in the LCMS. After 9
> > > of controversy and fighting in the LCMS and about a year of intense
> > > study and prayer, we met with Bishop JOSEPH and our local Orthodox
> > > priest. Bishop JOSEPH listened patiently and compassionately to our
> > > situation, concerns and fears. Then he said to us, " Have you ever
> > > thought about your salvation?"
> > >
Yes you have picked up on a great point. Everything is connected.
The Church is the Body of Christ. We are created in the image and
likeness of the Holy Trinity which is completely, perfectly united in
love. The Church and her doctrine and spirit reflect this unity.
One thing I have noticed personally is that my heart, my head and my
soul need to be healed back together. Because of experiences in my
life and my sin, they have become separated so I would not feel pain
or guilt. Growing in unity with God and repentance will bring my self
back together. It hurts sometimes, but it is a healing pain. Like
alcohol poured on a wound.
are --- In LutheransLookingEast@yahoogroups.com, "tharman32"
> I wanted to ask...for me Orthodoxy seems to be more unified in its
> teaching. By that I mean there doesn't seem to be this versus that
> (body vs. soul, faith vs works, Scripture vs. Tradition, etc).
> Orthodoxy seems to teach that this is the Way, and it involves
> several aspects or componets.
> Is this accurate? Or am I off base?
> --- In LutheransLookingEast@yahoogroups.com, BPeter Brandt-Sorheim
> <donpedrogordo@> wrote:
> > Yes, there is fuss and trouble everywhere. That is evidence of
> our need for Christ.
> > But, there is great peace and harmony in my heart, my
> conscience, my soul, since becoming Orthodox. How joyous the
> intercession: "...and grant us Thy great mercy."
> > When a devout family came to me in tears as I left my
> congregation, my words were like those of the bishop: "Please
> understand that I too must seek my salvation." I still pray for
> them. May the Lord behold their piety with His accustomed love and
> > [formerly Pastor] B Peter Brandt-Sorheim
> > wrvinovskis <WRVinovskis@> wrote:
> > There is no lack of conflict and fighting among the
> > also. While there may be many good reasons to become Orthodox, I'm
> > not sure peace and harmony is at the top of the list.
> > ML wrote:
> > Bishop JOSEPH listened patiently and compassionately to our
> situation, concerns and fears. Then he said to us, " Have you ever
> thought about your salvation?"
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