Fr Seraphim Rose+ on the Light of Orthodox Truth
“I’m telling you about these Protestants both as a warning of how Orthodox young people can lose the treasure they already have if they haven’t been made aware enough of it, and more importantly, as a means of defining a little better the true Christianity we have and these Protestants don’t have. Some of our Orthodox young people are converted to groups like this, but it works the other way around also — some of these Protestants are being converted to Orthodoxy. And why not? If we have the true Christianity, there should be something in our midst that someone who sincerely loves the truth will see and want.
We’ve baptized several people from this Protestant group in our monastery; they are drawn to Orthodoxy by the grace and the sacraments whose presence they feel in Orthodoxy, but which are absent in their group. And once they become Orthodox, they find their Protestant experience, which seemed so real to them at the time, to be quite shallow and superficial. Their leaders give very practical teachings based on the Gospel, but after a while the teachings are exhausted and they repeat themselves. Coming to Orthodoxy, these converts find a wealth of teaching that is inexhaustible and leads them into a depth of Christian experience that is totally beyond even the best of non-Orthodox Christians. We who are already Orthodox have this treasure and this depth right in front of us, and we must use it more fully than we usually do; it is a matter of spiritual life and death both for ourselves and for those around us who can be awakened to the truth of Orthodoxy. “
– ‘Orthodoxy in America’