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Question 244

How does the Greek Orthodox Church view the American Evangelist movement and it's pastors? Does our Church have any thoughts or policies on the matter? 

 

Answer to Question 244

 

We are two worlds apart.

I was watching a video on youtube a few days ago on Evangelicals and Pentecostals attacking Hank Hanegraaf the famous American radio show "Bible Answer" man who converted to the Greek Orthodox Church. Put his name in and see what these so called Churches think of us, you will be shocked by some of the statements they claim to be true Christianity.

 

We have two main differences with all Protestants which will never allow us to have a proper and respectful discussion with them, they are their beliefs of Sola Scriptura and Sola Fide. Sola Scriptura or Bible only is the foundation of the protestant belief. Every Protestant objection to the Orthodox and Catholic Faiths stems from the Protestant doctrine of Sola Scriptura which has Protestants believing that the Bible is the only infallible rule of Faith, and the Word of God as orally taught by the Apostles and the early Church through Holy Tradition is of no spiritual significance.

 

Their doctrine of Sola Fide has them believing that all they have to do to be saved is believe in Jesus. Thus for them it is a one time thing and because they say they believe in Jesus they are already saved. We on the other hand say that we are saved through faith and works and one cannot exist without the other. This is the message we read in the Bible they claim to believe in yet fail to live by what it teaches. “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?” James 2:19-20