The above warning was given to me when I first met Orthodoxy in 1986. Today [2009] it is even more perilous, even more difficult to find the Royal Path. For one thing there is a far greater abundance of misinformation. And many materials are missing, and other materials are being rapidly rewritten. For another thing there are fewer than ever guides remaining on the Royal Path, especially who speak English. Hopefully this website will be a place where Newcomers to the Faith can keep at least one foot on solid ground, while they are "exploring."

blog owner: Joanna Higginbotham


jurisdiction: ROCA under Vladyka Agafangel

who did not submit to the RocorMP union in 2007


04 August 2007

Should We Compete For Converts?

How can the Royal Path compete for converts?  We have so little and the OCA has so much!

A person is brought to the Orthodox Church by God.  Not by us.  It is by the person's will, their determination and with God's help that any one enters the Church.  There is nothing we can do to cause a person to become Orthodox.  If a person is being guided by heaven, and possesses the necessary determination, there is nothing we can do or fail to do that would change their course..

Such a person is brought into the fold only through his love for God and Truth.  However, somebody who is also seeking "churchy" benefits and/or protestant ideals, will naturally be drawn to the OCA.  And then there is nothing we can do.  Let them go.

This NEWCOMER'S PAGE on this STARTING ON THE ROYAL PATH BLOG is for us.  So that we have something to give someone who might ask direction of us.   Something we can give them with a clear conscience.  We can't send them to the nearest OCA church with a clear conscience.

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