Hank Hanegraaff Becomes Orthodox

How Should Evangelicals Respond?   On 9 April 2017, Hank Hanegraaff – also known as the “Bible Answer Man” – was received into the Orthodox Church.  His conversion to Orthodoxy surprised many Evangelicals.  Some have reacted negatively.  The blog site Pulpit & Pen posted “The Bible Answer Man, Hank Hanegraaff, Leaves the Christian Faith?”  In the article, Jeff Maples wrote a very negative assessment: The Orthodox Church is a false expression of…

Guilty of Bibliolatry?

  FROM A READER Recently an inquirer, interested in Orthodoxy, wrote to express his frustrations about a conversation he had with Protestants: The problem that I kept encountering while discussing Orthodoxy with these fundamentalist Protestants is that the center of their faith is a book and not the Incarnate God-man, Jesus Christ. For example, one said: “It’s funny how he keeps trying to point to Christ and talk about how Christ is…

Evangelicalism Falling to Pieces?

“2016 State of American Theology Study,” a survey sponsored by Ligonier Ministries and carried out by LifeWay Research, gives an intriguing and sometimes disturbing overview of what Americans believe.  Care was taken to ensure that the 3,000 people who took part in the survey reflected the U.S.’s diverse population. The results of the survey have generated considerable discussion among Protestants.  In a recent article in First Things, Matthew Block bemoaned the spread…

Protestant Reformation in the Old Testament?

A response to Anastasiya Gutnik’s comment 24 June 2016: From Anastasiya: What do you think of Josiah?  In his time the worship of God was corrupt.  So much so that the law was literally a musty, dusty old book found hidden away in the temple.  Upon rediscovering the law Josiah launched a reformation destroying the idols and the altars upon which idolatry was practiced. Does this mean there were none of God’s…

Eschatological Discipleship

Every year in preparation for Lent the Orthodox Church celebrates the Sunday of the Last Judgment.  On this Sunday we hear the Parable of the Sheep and Goats (Matthew 25:31-46).  It is sobering to be reminded that we will all one day appear before the Great Judgment Seat of Christ. When the thrones are set up and the books are opened, and God sits in judgment, O what fear there will be…

Modern Charismatic Movement Similar to Charismaticism in the Early Church?

    by Hal Smith (Guest Contributor) One of the main debates between the modern Charismatic movement and traditional Orthodox Christianity is over which better represents the Christianity of the Apostles’ era. Further, both Orthodox Christians and modern Rationalists see the modern charismatic movement as unreliable in its claims of miracles, because they see those claims as originating in the witnesses’ psychological phenomena, rather than as accurate depictions of material phenomena. Yet…

Baptism = Normative Occasion of Justification?

    From Vance: “In my church tradition, baptism is considered the normative occasion of justification, but not the cause of justification.  Does this view differ substantially from baptismal generation as understood by the Orthodox?” My Reply: Thank you for your interesting question about baptism as a “normative occasion” versus it being a cause of justification. The first thing that struck me about your question is that it is narrowly focused on…