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cccc wrote at 2009-05-08 07:50:42
The Eastern Orthodox Church or, more correctly, the Christian Orthodox Church, was founded in the year 33 AD on the Day of Pentecost by Jesus Christ. This church has continued to exist from then, in an unbroken line of succession of Apostles/Bishops, known as Apostolic Succession. This is what gives the Orthodox Church its authenticity and its legitimacy, as it was founded by the Lord Jesus Christ Himself over 2000 years ago.



The Pentecostal movement has a very recent history, and began as an evangelical movement in the early 1900s. Its two main founders were the controversial preacher, Charles Fox Parham, and the African American preacher, William J. Seymour, from Los Angeles, California.



The Pentecostal movement places great emphasis on "speaking in tongues" as being very important, however, the Orthodox Church believes that there is no Biblical foundation for such claims. For example, the Orthodox maintain that Christ Himself never told His disciples to speak in tongues. This is considered to be one of the lesser gifts of the Holy Spirit and is not essential for salvation. St Paul says the greatest of all the gifts is love (1 Corinthians 13:1-13).



The Bible says, "In the church, I would rather speak five words that can be understood, in order to teach others, than ten thousand words in strange tongues." (1 Corinthians 14:19) St Paul tells us that speaking in tongues is only a sign for the unbelievers (1 Corinthians 14:22) and that unless you speak words easy to understand, you will simply be speaking into the air (1 Corinthians 14:9).



The Orthodox Church follows the Biblical teaching that we must be baptized in order to enter the Kingdom of God (John 3:5) and in order to receive forgiveness of sins, and to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38)


Orthodoxy wrote at 2010-03-30 04:44:58
Elder Greg,



i have to disagree with your Opinion in relation to Orthodox churches are simply catholic because fortunately they are not as i will explain below.  



Eastern Orthodox traces their foundation back to the apostles of Jesus Christ himself and the four ancient Patriarchates being Constantinople, Alexandria, Antioch and Jerusalem.



Eastern Orthodox stream of Christianity was developed through the Byzantine Empire in the first few centuries after Jesus and was influenced by the Greek Language and Culture. in 1054 the Roman Pope wanted supremacy and disagreed with Eastern Orthodox Beliefs which caused the "great schism" in which Roman Catholic's split from The Eastern Orthodox Christianity. It comes down to this where Pope John Paul had visited Greece and apologised to the Archbishop of their split from Eastern Orthodox Beliefs.



You also have to remember that Roman's Crucified Jesus on the Cross. Jesus advising his father "Forgive them Father as they not know what they are doing".



There was once Unity. The fullest church of the church of Eastern Orthodox in the first few centuries after Jesus Christ. Roman Pope didn't have to split but greed and supremacy got the best of him unfortunately and that's something Jesus advises going against his word and commandments.  


Ignatious wrote at 2013-05-09 00:32:56
With all due respect I believe the elder is completely wrong in his explaination of Orthodoxy. Ortohdox is NOT the same as Catholic, we do believe in a personal relationship with Jesus. I am glad the Elder stated he has no evidence to back up what he is saying and it is his opinion, because you will not find any evidence to back up his opinion. It couldn't be farther then the truth. If you would like to learn about the Orthodox Church please go to an Orthodox site. It will serve you well, much more then an opinion.


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As a born again, Holy Ghost filled minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I am available to answer questions concerning most all Biblical doctrines, the gifts and fruit of the Spirit, "Pentecostal/Apostolic" issues, and the history of the Pentecostal movement. For more info check out our web site at...
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