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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Protestants Running to Orthodoxy for Legal Cover

The Mystical and Traditional Schools 

Jean Tauler

Even prior to Jan Hus, the German Mystics were experiencing the presence of God through a personal relationship born out of repentance, and the denial of self. Not the self flagellation practiced by some monks, but the acknowledgment that man's existence is "for Him, and from Him, and to Him." Their connection with God was found, not in church sacraments, but in a direct relationship through the person of Jesus Christ. Unlike Ignatius, who wrote, "where the bishop is, there is the church;" they believed the church was "where ever two or three are gathered together in [His] name," even in a tiny house church (home fellowship)!

The Protection of the Church by the State

Stylized Russian and Byzantine Double Eagles

The Institutionalized Church

According to Orthodox Wiki: "The double-headed eagle is the most recognizable symbol of Orthodoxy today (other than the cross) and was the official state symbol of the late Byzantine Empire, symbolising the unity between the Byzantine Orthodox Church and State, which was governed by the principle of Symphonia or Synallelia, that is, a "symphony" between the civil and the ecclesiastical functions of Christian society." emphasis added <>

But ultimately, the State/Church is spiritually and fundamentally opposed to freedom of religion. "Russian President Vladimir Putin signed legislation this week that severely restricts freedom of religion by prohibiting any religious speech or evangelization outside of places of worship. “This new situation resembles the Soviet Union in 1929. ... “Practically speaking, we are back in the same situation." <>

The Anglican Solution to the Separation of Church and State

The Anglican Church began as a Protestant Movement. But in the early 1800's, primarily due to legal issues, the "Tractarians" began to revert to Catholicism - minus the worship of Mary.
At that time, the government of England was trying to control the liturgy of the church. The Oxford Movement argued that the church had autonomous authority, asserting that its authority was based on the principle of Apostolic Succession.  This succession, by way of the "root" of St. Peter, logically led to the Anglicans reuniting with the Roman Catholic Church - considering themselves to be a "branch" of the Mother Church.

It is sad that the Tractarians were reluctant to profess that their authority to govern the affairs of the church was spiritual in nature - proceeding from God's supernatural appointment of Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors. . . (Ephesians 4:11)  Instead, the Anglicans ran for the cover to the Roman system and embraced many of the Catholic practices. In fact, several of the leaders of the Oxford Movement, like John Newman, forsook the teachings of the Reformers altogether and became Catholic priests - even Bishops.

John Henry Newman by Sir John Everett Millais