The Eastern Orthodox are Charismatics

“Orthodox Christians believe that all true theology must come from the mystical experience of God through prayer and worship, rather than through the intellectual contemplation of God with the mind.”  Rev. John Morris, Archpriest.

This quote makes the Eastern Orthodox sounds like Charismatics, and that is what they are, if one understands the essence of the Charismatic movement to be the exaltation of human experience, thoughts, and feelings above biblical teaching.  To these people the Bible is not by any means the supreme authority in faith and morals.  It is just one part of the religion, subordinate to a higher authority which is tradition, of which the Bible is only a part.

Since the Bible is only a small part of the tradition, it is subordinate to the opinions and traditions of men, which opinions and traditions will inevitably, by an immutable law, rule over God’s word.  This is the way it has always been, and the way it always will be, when God’s word is not supreme.

I was not surprised to learn today that there is a strong move within American Orthodoxy to legitimise perverted sexual relationships.  Indeed, it seems that Metropolitan Jonah may have been forced to resign for his conservative stand on sodomy and lesbianism.  There is a network of laymen, priests, and bishops (no surprises there) that is working to turn the Orthodox Church of America into a copy of the Episcopal Church.

I say that I was not surprised, because any church or other organisation that values human opinion over God’s will always follow the path of evil.  Rome is a nest of paedophiles, despite its conservative face, so why should Orthodoxy be any different?  Neither group honours God’s word in practice, although they honour it with their mouths, just as they always have.

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One thought on “The Eastern Orthodox are Charismatics

  1. “the Eastern Orthodox sound like Charismatics.” An insightful comparison.

    The Orthodox would say that the Bible is central to Tradition, not merely a small part. But you are correct to point out that their words and their practice are not always in agreement. True of many of us, I’m afraid.

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