The Christian Post confirmed last week that Hanegraaff, who is also the president and chairman of the Christian Research Institute, was chrismated on Palm Sunday at Saint Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church in Charlotte, North Carolina.Some, such as Rod Dreher, an Orthodox Christian and author of the New York Times best-selling book The Benedict Option, told CP last week that the news of Hanegraaff joining the Orthodox Church is "astounding.""Many evangelicals seek the early church; well here it is, in Orthodoxy," Dreher said."I am sure some will be scandalized by Hanegraaff's conversion but I hope at least some will wonder how someone as knowledgeable about the Bible as Hank could convert to Orthodoxy, and go to a Divine Liturgy to taste and see what it's like."Others, such as Ken Ham and his Answers in Genesis ministry, warned about the points on which Eastern Orthodoxy differs from evangelicalism."Many years of missionary work in Eastern Europe and Russia have led me to conclude that the gospel is not often proclaimed in the Orthodox Church.The secular meaning for the word orthodox is what people consider as generally accepted to be true by most people and what most people believe to be true.So how does this definition tie into what is called Orthodox Christianity?In Rome, one of these torches was made of white thorns, which was believed to keep away evil influences.Fire was regarded as a legitimate witness to a marriage in Greece.The traditional wedding service is firmly rooted in Byzantine ritual and is quite long.
The official Christianization of Kievan Rus' widely seen as the birth of the ROC is believed to have occurred in 988 through the baptism of the Kievan prince Vladimir and his people by the clergy of the Ecumenical Patriarchate whose constituent part the ROC remained for the next six centuries, while the Kievan see remained in the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate until 1686.
What is orthodox for some is not for others who hold to different religious beliefs, customs, and traditions as we shall see.
Let’s examine what Orthodox Christians believe and if they differ significantly from what other, non-orthodox Christians hold to.
Bott II, a member of Lenexa Baptist Church in Lenexa, Kansas, according to Baptist Press.
BRN had reportedly been broadcasting the "Bible Answer Man" since the 1980s, even before Hanegraaff joined the show in 1989."We live in strategic times," Bott told BP.
A wedding without the presence of a torch fire was not considered fully sanctified.