It is not a false narrative just because you say so. We use denominationalism because that it what it is. The Eastern Orthodox church has various national churches - each which considers themselves the supreme church of God. They are denominations in the same way that there are 160 different denominations of the Episcopalian church. The Episcopalian church however does not have its head in the sand like those in the Eastern Orthodox Churches when it comes to denominations. The Episcopalian church still acknowledges where its authority is derived - indeed as all members / congregations of the true church.
I reject your assertion that this narrative serves to unequally yoke heretics with the church. We reject any who are heretics, hence why the LDS and the JW do not worship with the Churches of Christ.
Protestant Churches hold various views on holy communion. None would deny its represents truly the body and blood of Christ. It clearly is not THE blood and body of Christ as when it was instituted by Jesus was very much still alive and all of his own body and blood was present in his own physical body. You can dispute this if you like, as you would probably will, but that is irrational and not faith. In fact it is one of the superstitions that the Orthodox is unable to differentiate from the reality of God. It is a custom and one that follows the mysticism traits of the pagan eastern religions.
The self governing Orthodox Churches are not denominations, we are all in communion with eachother and recognize eachother as Orthodox and Catholic.
I don't need to dispute the eucharist with you, it is unnecessary. All I will say concerning that is we see things very differently, and it is irreconcilable with what we accept as reality.
Remember, Christ Himself said this was a hard teaching.
The church teaches Christianity, not eastern paganism.
The Anglican or Episcopalian church invented the branch theory of the church to justify the existence of a church that broke communion with Rome for the pettiest reason. Martin Luther at least had some good reasons. The Anglican Church exists because some king didn't like being told how to conduct his married life!
Many churches recite the creeds. We frequently recite the creeds in our church.
I reject your lies and misconceptions about protestant churches. Church history has always debated about the one council your church rejects. history as I said above is full of bias. This is one of these parts. The West rejects the East as heretics and the East were excommunicated from the True Church. And on the other hand, the East did the same to the West. I hold to the position of the West and reject the East's position as weak and ill conceived.
There is no "protestant church", so making broad ststements about it is difficult. What can I say? They are all denominations, not catholic.
So you believe in papal supremacy? You think it was right of Rome to alter the creed of the church that it had no right to alter?
If Rome was on the right side of the issue, I might not be Orthodox. I accidently found the Orthodox Church. I had never given it.much thought before. Studying Church history and the writings of the saints is what lead me to Orthodoxy. When it comes to the great schism, it is irrefutable to me that Rome is on the wrong side of history.
The history of the Latin church only gets more blood thirsty and political after the schism. How can you, a self declared protestant even defend the church you claim to be the true church when you yourself are not even a part of it? Of you believe in Rome so much, why don't you join their church?
The Latin Church is heterodox for no arbitrary reason. They demonstrably corrupted the faith.
The Nicean-Constantinople creed is the creed of the church. What does it say? The Holy Spirit proceeds, that is, originates from The Father. The Father is the fountainhead of divinity. To say that the spirit originates in The Father and The Son is an alteration of the creed, and it totally confuses The Trinity. Double procession is a corruption of the faith.
Yes, and this includes many protestants.(died for the creed of the church)
If this is true at all, it was no doubt the corrupted Latin creed, because protestants did not inherit the creed that to this day is used by every Orthodox Church.
May God bless the martyrs who were killed to translate the bible into common vernacular! Something The Orthodox Church has ALWAYS done. Rome on the other hand insisted that everything be done in Latin up until the 1950s.
It is not in line with your understanding - and possibly because your church refuses to provide the reasoning which is found in the West.
As you know, I do not acknowledge the reasonings of the west to be the reasoningsnof the church because the west broke away from the church precisely because they perverted the faith. In no small part due to their reasonings!
They are historical. They might not agree with your position but that is because your church is prejudiced against what the West taught from the beginning.
Most of the church fathers spoke Greek. Very few spoke Latin. That is why the west has disproportionate influence from Augustine of Hippo. Augustine, while undoubtedly a church father, was not right about everything. In the west, he was taken as the authoritative church father.
The fact of the matter is, Church history before the great schism shows very clearly that everything important happened in the east. All the councils were held in the east. Rome was one of many patriarchates, never ruler over all the others.
There are not 30,000 protestant denominations in any event. And many of the so called denominations today are not under the umbrella of Protestantism. The Baptists, the churches of Christ, the Salvation Army, the brethrens are not protestant churches. The only churches which actually fall under the protestant banner are Episcopalian, Luthran, Presbyterian, and the Reformed churches. the others you refer to along with the Charismatic movement and Pentecostal churches are what is known as dissidents. Your ignorance misses the point that Protestant Churches are Confessional churches.
Evangelical, protestant, whatever label they go by, they are not catholic.
Actually, the Anglican(Episcopalian) church likes to say it is catholic. I don't think they like the protestant label that much. The Lutheran Church here in America is so liberalized and wishy washy it hardly stands for anything any more. If Martin Luther were alive to see the church that goes by his name today, he would be hopping mad, I guarantee it. John Calvin was a straight up heretic, and his influence in protestantism is toxic at best. His teachings are definitely not in.line with what the church has always taught, and the presbytarian and reformed churches are his legacy.
What about the methodists? I actually like the Wesleys. They seemed like they were really trying for orthodoxy.