OF INTEREST PAGE
On this page we will periodically add documents and links to interesting articles, and thoughts.
The Department of Missions and Evangelism exists to aid Metropolitan
Joseph in fulfilling his mission “to save souls.” Specifically, the
Department seeks to aid our existing parishes, equipping them with
resources and training for the strengthening of the Laity, Readers,
Chanters, and Clergy, as well as assisting in the establishment of
new mission parishes.
To that end, we are developing methods and programs:
to help parish priests with sermon development resources
to work in cooperation with the Department of Sacred Music in helping our Readers, Chanters, and Choir singers to improve their skills in leading our congregations in singing the Liturgy, and other Divine Services
to provide web-based links for priests who wish to direct inquirers to good online resources for inquiry into the Orthodox Faith
to recommend and help implement effective methods of evangelical outreach on the local level
Under newly appointed leadership, the Department of Missions and Evangelism intends to improve this page over the weeks and months ahead, in order to make it useful toward fulfilling the above objectives.
Below are brief summaries of topics important to the Orthodox Church:
The following is an extract from Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry CARM.org
"Error, indeed, is never set forth in its naked deformity, lest, being thus exposed, it should at once be detected. But it is craftily decked out in on attractive dress, so as, by its outward form, to make it appear to the inexperienced (ridiculous as the expression may seem) more true than truth itself." Irenaeus Against Heresies 1.2
The word "heresy" comes from the Greek hairesis which means "choosing," or "faction." At first, the term heresy did not carry the negative meaning it does now. But, as the early church grew in its scope and influence throughout the Mediterranean area, various teachers proposed controversial ideas about Christ, God, salvation, and other biblical themes. It became necessary for the church to determine what was and was not true according to the Bible.
•Adoptionism - God granted Jesus powers and then adopted him as a Son.
•Albigenses - Reincarnation and two gods: one good and other evil.
•Apollinarianism - Jesus divine will overshadowed and replaced the human.
•Arianism - Jesus was a lesser, created being.
•Docetism - Jesus was divine, but only seemed to be human.
•Donatism - Validity of sacraments depends on character of the minister.
•Gnosticism - Dualism of good and bad and special knowledge for salvation.
•Kenosis - Jesus gave up some divine attributes while on earth.
•Modalism - God is one person in three modes.
•Monarchianism - God is one person.
•Monophysitism - Jesus had only one nature: divine.
•Nestorianism - Jesus was two persons.
•Patripassionism - The Father suffered on the cross
•Pelagianism - Man is unaffected by the fall and can keep all of God's laws.
•Semi-Pelagianism - Man and God cooperate to achieve man's salvation.
•Socinianism - Denial of the Trinity. Jesus is a deified man.
•Subordinationism - The Son is lesser than the Father in essence and or attributes.
•Tritheism - the Trinity is really three separate gods.