(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.)
I was speaking with someone about Jesus when he bluntly ended our conversation with, “Romania is an Orthodox country.” It’s true many have heard about Jesus and even believe in God, but there is much work yet to do here. So, why do we still need to preach the Gospel in Romania?
Reason #4 – Saved by
Orthodox theology says men are saved by grace from God, but people are taught grace is given only after work is done. The church, for example, teaches that after a man dies, he will not enter heaven until a relative gives an offering. (What if he has no relatives?) Also, if a man realizes he is in sin, he is told to give a donation to a priest in order to release forgiveness. (Didn’t Jesus require simply repenting?) Romanians, even faithful Orthodox believers, need to know that forgiveness is not given based on religious observance but the kindness of Jesus. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).