Reformation Within Eastern Orthodoxy

The Reformation of Roman Catholicism, worked by God through Martin Luther in 1517 , is known in most of the Western world. What is largely unknown and neglected outside of Romania, is the Eastern Orthodox Reformation which took place in that country in 1924. The essay attached to this blog briefly presents that event, including the theological implications thereof.

I invite Eastern Orthodox believers from all over the world to read the document and to look at the pictures as an evidence of what took place in the Orthodox Romania. I hope that this is going to bring a time of reflection on the Eastern Church’s theology and evolution. I welcome comments within the limits of Christian ethics and civility.

https://reformedorthodoxy.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/reformation-within-e-orthodoxy9.pdf

Responses

  1. Dear brother Paul,

    “Orthodoxy” means “the right faith”. For sure, a real right faith does not need any reformation. The question is: What is the criterion of a right faith? In my view, this criterion is the Holy Scripture, which necessarily includes the apostolic teaching, along with a tradition attested by the Scriptures. I wish you a good spiritual insight in running this blog.

    Serban Constantinescu

    • Thank you brother Serban. Your father came along in the early stages of the Eastern Orthodox reformation in Romania, and was the most trusted partner in ministry of Tudor Popescu the priest. You yourself worked decades later in the same denomination, expounding on the doctrines of grace.

      With appreciation,
      Pastor Paul Dan

  2. Dear Paul Dan,
    My studies were in Private English protestant school, and I have been through their cources and find their efforts to stick to scriputre only takes away christ the living and his myteries that are his gifts to his follower.
    The art of putting a spin does not escape your efforts to make a single priests struggles as a reformation in the Eastern Orthodox Church!
    From what I read, the priest must have known better what are the teachings of the Church on after life! How did he council morners?
    Some of the Children of the Orthodox Church might get decieved and leave behind the most important command ment in John 6:53-end without which no one will have relatioship with Christ… read it carefully as misundersstanding the area could be very costly whnen it matters.
    My the God of Lights on the eve of his Assention and Pentecost enlighten your path to the truth.

    unworth priest
    Fr George

    • Dear Fr. George,

      Sorry for the late reply. Thank you for your testimony about studying in Protestant schools where they did their best to stick with the Scriptures. But in the same time, you make an unwarranted statement both logically and theologically, that sticking with what the Scripture says takes away the living Christ. If the Holy Writings are not the best sources about who Christ is, then what else is? Allow me to quote two verses:

      “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.” (John 5:39,40)
      “And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself. (Luke 24:27)

      I also want to bring to your attention that there are many Orthodox priests who value the Scriptures more than the traditions, and they know that only the Scriptures can reveal Christ.

      Sincerely,
      Paul Dan

  3. Paul Dan,

    Do you practice infant baptism or no?

    • No.

  4. So then you aren’t Classically Reformed, but some form of Anabaptist, Brethren maybe? That seems to be the history of the group you are affilaited with.

    • I misunderstood you. I thought you referred to me personally when you asked the question. Yes, the reformed Orthodox Church in Romania practices infant baptism. However, I am here in The U.S. and I am non-denominational. Thank you for your interest!

  5. I am a Spirit-filled, reformed, Orthodox Christian and priest. Having the mercy, forgiveness and compassion of our Lord Jesus Christ ministered to me by the Holy Spirit of Truth, was told to return to my roots; to re-dig the wells of true Orthodoxy and spread the Gospel message of our Lord Jesus Christ to all who will listen. Thank you for your work in this splendid article and the description of the specific heresies which those in Orthodoxy claim as true without even searching the Holy Scriptures (of which I was one). God bless you and your ministry!


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