Dear Steve,how do you view your own position since you describe yourself as 'other Christian'?
Jesus is the only truth. I have heard your definition of “truth” presented by Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons. They use the same logic, argument and wording that you have used. It is the language of sects. I do not become involved in sectarian language; I seek to follow Jesus Christ and His Kingdom, as the Apostles and disciples of the first three centuries understood Christianity to be. After that time Christianity became compromised; it was institutionalised and politically aligned with earthly governments. This is not my viewpoint; it is fact.
I have heard members of the Orthodox Church recommend homosexual composers (yourself), and others subscribe to modern day heresies, such as evolution and psychology. If you are the “only bearer of the fullness of the Christian faith
”, then your definition of “fullness” needs explanation. Since you tolerate fools gladly, tolerate me. Although I might not be a genius, I am sure your secure faith will not be found wanting, since you are able to tolerate wife swappers (Mozart) and homosexuals (Tchaikovsky; Bach).
(For a fuller list of homosexual composers, see: http://en.wikipedia...._LGBT_composers
...If you subscribe to the Apostolic teaching, as you say, then do so. If I am a heretic, yet I demonstrate greater apostolic purity than you, a “truth bearer”, than the shame lies on your shoulders, and the praise on mine. You think you can mix light with darkness based on the artistic value you place on the artist. This type of instruction is dangerous to all faith. It allows Satan to roam free among the sheep. Ironically, you allow these homosexuals and God deniers, yet you question me! You appear to be very confused.
The faith that I belong to is the oldest of faiths… It is not the faith of sects and denominations; it is the faith of our earliest fathers. It pre-dates the Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church. When it was formed it was simply called the Way. Later, when Christians fought for supremacy, as Pope Stephen fought against Saint Cyprian, it was broken up into institutions and given names for identification. Emperor Theodosius identified the first government approved institution, and he called it the Roman Catholic Church. Later, the Constantinople Christians fought for supremacy over the Roman Christians, and they are called the Orthodox Church.
No one owns these Patristic fathers; they are adopted into our spiritual life voluntarily. They belong to me just as much as they belong to you, John Wesley, Martin Luther or John Calvin. Our honesty and integrity in living the Way is an evidence of our faith being authentic… our faith is not made authentic simply because we belong to a denomination, as you have it. You have the cart pulling the horse!
I don’t think everyone here wanted to know this about me; but I am happy to identify myself for you all the same. Because you believe your religious label distinguishes you; I think you and I are polarized, as I previously stated. This is not the case with everyone here, because our denominations are merely a vehicle for us to demonstrate our love for God. They do not replace our love for God or our responsibility toward Him. Some here understand that, others do not.