Question St.Paul's epistles describes heretics as people living in some kind of sin which I assume will cause them to go to hell if they don't repent. I don't quite see this in today's heretical churches like Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses who are trying to live righteous lives. Does our church teach they will go to hell in spite of their righteous living?
Answer While the Church leaves the judgment of heaven or hell for each human being to the Divine Judge on judgment day, it holds indefatigably to Christ's teaching that "No one comes to the Father except through Me (John 14:6)." The Eastern Orthodox Church, through its gift of Sacaraments and the Divine Liturgy, is the sole visible means to accepting and living through Christ. Christ tells us in Matthew 7:15 "Beware of false prophets and teachers." All other systems of belief, though they call themselves means to the Savior, the Church rejects as She alone is the vehicle Christ has chosen to lead all humans to salvation.
I am academically and canonically qualified to answer all questions on ethics, ritual, and questions of philosophy as it regards Eastern Orthodoxy. I see that some questions answered here in the site on Eastern Orthodoxy are given a black and white tone. My approach is more [pastoral, which would acknowledge that the human situation does not always come in answers of black and white.
I am a Prelate Protosyncellus in the Eastern Church, and oversee a community of Priests in the Society of Saint Basil, an autocephalous congregation established and approved under Russian Orthodox Primate in the US in 1917.
Publications I have published thirteen books on Philosophy and Theology (see Robert Geis at Barnesandnoble.com or Amazon.com) and have published in scholarly journals
Education/Credentials BA, MA, and PhD, as well as DD