I am an Orthodox Christian priest. I have been Orthodox my entire life and a priest since July 2007. From my perspective, in America at least, we have lost the functional understanding of our Orthodox Christian Faith. We must take seriously that our Traditions have purpose and are not a just a litany of tasks and obligations we must perform. To "boil down" the Faith to that creates an environment I believe is what the Apostle Paul taught against. Glory to God.
In the first sermon of St. John the Baptist, as he was preparing to baptize Jesus Christ, he commanded his followers, “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!” When he spoke about Jesus directly, he admitted he was not worthy even to untie Jesus’ sandals. YET….many of us declare ourselves worthy of every blessing. However, unless we admit that we are not worthy, and that we must repent, we cannot truly welcome the appearing of Jesus Christ into our lives. Without repentance, there is no Kingdom of Heaven.
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