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


21 October 2010

Can someone be saved in world Orthodoxy?

Q:  Fr. Seraphim Rose defined the Royal Path as a state of being uncompromising about matters of faith, but also having a loving Christian heart... Can someone be saved in world Orthodoxy?

A:  I don't know.  I don't see how, but I don't know.

An analogy has been made by the Church Fathers that could apply to this question:

When a branch is cut from the vine, no new fruit is produced, but existing fruit can still ripen.

  This might apply to people newly severed from the Church.  

As for people who were never in the Church (many by no fault of their own), generally the Fathers tell us to be content to leave this to God.