Just How Old is the Orthodox Christian Church?

Just How Old is the Orthodox Christian Church?

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Question: Ever wonder How old is the Orthodox Church?

Answer:

LISTEN NOW.  If you are a Roman Catholic, your Church shared the same rich apostolic and doctrinal heritage as the Orthodox Church for the first thousand years of its history; since during the first millennium they were one in the same Church.  Lamentably, in 1054, the Pope of Rome broke away from the other four Apostolic Patriarchates ( Constantinople, Alexandria, Antioch and Jerusalem), changing parts of the original Creed of the Church and considering himself to be the universal head of the Church.  Many steps have been taken since then including on-going dialogues to rectify this situation.

If you are Lutheran, your religion was founded by Martin Luther, an ex monk of the Catholic Church, in the year 1517.

If you belong to the Church of England, your religion was founded by King Henry VIII in the year 1534 because the Pope would not grant him a divorce with the right to remarry.

If you are a Presbyterian, your religion was founded by John Knox in Scotland in the year 1560.

If you are a Baptist, you owe the tenets of your religion to John Smyth, who launched it in Amsterdam in 1606.

If you are a Protestant Episcopalian, your religion is an offshoot of the Church of England, founded by Samuel Seabury  in the American colonies in the 17th century.

If you are a Methodist, your religion was founded by John and Charles Wesley in England in 1774.

If you are Unitarian, Theopolis Lendley founded your church in London in 11774.

If you are Mormon (Church of the Later Day Saints), Joseph Smith started your religion in Palmyra, New York in 1829.

If you are of the Dutch Reformed Church, you recognize Michelis Jones as founder, because he originated your religion in New York in 1628.

If you worship with the Salvation Army, you began with William Booth in London in 1865.

If you are Christian Scientist, you look to 1879 as the year your religion was born and to Mrs. Mary Baker Eddy as its founder.

If you belong to one of the religious organizations known as “Church of the Nazarene”, “Pentecostal Church”, “Holiness Church”, or “Jehovah’s Witness”, your religion is one of the hundreds of sects founded by men within the past 100 years.

If you are an ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN, your religion was founded in the year 33 by Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  It has not changed since that time.

Although we have many differences we also have much in common.  It is time for all of us to do some homework to come to the knowledge of the truth.

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Fr. Chris Metropulos

Shaped by a life of service to Christ’s Church, Fr. Christopher has dedicated himself to using all the tools God has placed at his disposal to spread the light of Orthodoxy across America. As Founding Father and host of the Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) and the “Come Receive The Light” national Orthodox Christian radio program, he shepherds a dynamic and rapidly expanding ministry bringing joy, hope, and salvation in Jesus Christ to millions of listeners on Internet and land-based radio around the world in more than 130 countries. Fr. Christopher is the former President of Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and Parish Priest of Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.