Why do the Orthodox Need the Gospel… #6

(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.)

Yes, everyone in Romania has heard about Jesus.  Yes, nearly 98% of the people in Bucureşti say they are Orthodox believers.  So, do they really need missionaries here sharing the gospel?  Yes!  Here’s reason number six…

Reason #6 – Church?  Why Would I Go There?

Most of the Orthodox people I’ve met in Bucureşti have said they rarely go to church.  Although church attendance is not a prerequisite for salvation, we in the body of Christ need each other.  “And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near” (Hebrews 10:25).  How will Romania ever achieve its God-given purpose and fulfill its destiny as long as those who call themselves believers do not meet together to encourage one another towards righteousness and to worship the One who is worthy?  Yes, 98% call themselves Christians, but most have abandoned their calling.

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