(Note: Before reading, please understand that I am not attacking the Orthodox Church. In general, they have an amazing understanding of the majesty of God, a deep appreciation for artwork and beauty in worship, a respect for tradition, a love of history, and many more admirable qualities. However, many who call themselves “Orthodox” are desperately in the dark.)
According to statistics, 96-98% of those who live in Bucureşti follow Eastern Orthodoxy, a branch of Christianity that predates even the Roman Catholic Church in many ways. In the coming months, I hope to give you a few reasons for why these 2 million people still need to hear about Jesus. My hope is that this will help you to pray in a more informed way for this population so often unfamiliar to Evangelicals.
Reason #1 – I Don’t Know…
Every Orthodox believer whom I have met during street evangelism admitted he
no idea whether he would be going to heaven or to hell. This should have been
no surprise to me; Orthodoxy teaches that no one can know the destination of his
soul as this is something known only to God. It is true that God in his wisdom is the ultimate authority, but 1 John 5:13 states, “These things I have written… so that you may know that you have eternal life.” Millions in Bucureşti need to know.