I would like N. to specifically comment on the following, from
Canon 95 of the Holy and Sixth Ecumenical Council:
"As for heretics who convert to Orthodoxy and join the portion of the
saved, we receive them in accordance with the following procedure and
custom: We receive Arians, and Macedonians, and Novatians who call
themselves Catharoi and Aristeroi, and Tessareskaidekatitae otherwise known
as Tetraditae, and Apollinarists, when they submit written statements, and
anathematize every heresy that does not believe as the holy, catholic, and
Apostolic Church of God believes, and are first sealed, i.e. chrismated,
with holy Myron on the forehead, and the eyes, and the nose, and the mouth,
and the ears; and in sealing them we say: "Seal of the gift of the Holy
Please comment, N., where does it say in this Canon that these heretics
(including serious Trinitarian heretics such as Arians) must be baptized by
an Orthodox baptism in order to join the Church?
and, from the same Canon:
"Nestorians are required to make written statements, and to anathematize
their heresy and Nestorios, Eutyches and Dioscoros and Severos, and the
rest of the leaders of such heresies, as well as those who entertain their
beliefs, and all the aforementioned heresies; and thus they may partake of
Please comment, N., where does it say in this Canon that these particular
heretics must be baptized by a true Orthodox baptism or Chrismated by true
Do you consider, N., that these people who were received into the Church
by Chrismation, or simply renunciation of errors, without ever having had
an Orthodox baptism, were truly members of Christ's Holy Church?
This is not revisionist, new-age thinking, or Western-influenced thinking.
This is from a Holy Canon of an Ecumenical Council.
Do you reject this Canon?
If you do, you are not Orthodox.
If you don't, then you must accept the fact that the Church can accept, and
did accept, and does accept heretics coming to it without requiring that
they have an Orthodox baptism, i.e. that an Orthodox baptism is **not** the
only "door" into the Church.
With love in Christ,
Prot. Alexander Lebedeff