Former EO priest gives reasons for leaving Eastern Orthodoxy

Former Eastern Orthodox (Joshua Shooping) priest who returned to Protestant Faith explains some key reasons and his book, “Disillusioned”- icons in worship context and the EO demand that one has to venerate them with affection; the over-exalting of Mary in the EO canonical prayers, and the exclusive claims that EO makes for itself as the only true church. It seems also that the tendency of EO communities to become cultural enclaves is also part of the problem. (Greek, Russian, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Serbian, etc.) Shooping has been on Gavin Ortlund’s You Tube channel at least twice and Tony Costa’s You Tube also. (see 3 videos below)

Check out Joshua Shooping’s book, “Disillusioned”. All of his points are documented from EO sources in that book. It seems Amazon or some kind of extension is blocking me from linking to his book here. However, I was able to copy the image of the book.

Shooping is now a Protestant pastor in the Christian & Missionary Alliance Church. (think A. W. Tozer and A. B. Simpson) He knows Church History and the EO sources well and historical theology. He discovered Penal Substitutionary Atonement in the early church fathers.

About Ken Temple

I am a follower of Jesus Christ. I am a sinner who has been saved by the grace of God alone (Ephesians 2:8-9), through faith alone (Galatians 2:16; Romans 3:28; 4:1-16), in Christ alone (John 14:6). But a true faith does not stay alone, it should result in change, fruit, good works, and deeper levels of repentance and hatred of my own sins of selfishness and pride. I am not better than you! I still make mistakes and sin, but the Lord is working on me, conforming me to His character. (Romans 8:28-29; 2 Corinthians 3:16-18) When I do sin, I hate the sin as it is an affront to God, and seek His forgiveness in repentance. (Mark 1:15; 2 Corinthians 7:7-10; Colossians 3:5-16 ) Praise God for His love for sinners (Romans 5:8), shown by the voluntary coming of Christ and His freely laying down His life for us (John 10:18), becoming flesh/human (John 1:1-5; 1:14; Philippians 2:5-8), dying for sins of people from all nations, tribes, and cultures (Revelation 5:9), on the cross, in history, rising from the dead (Romans 10:9-10; Matthew 28, Mark 16:1-8; Luke 24; John 20-21; 1 Corinthians chapter 15). His resurrection from the dead proved that Jesus is the Messiah, the eternal Son of God, the word of God from eternity past; and that He was all the gospels say He was and that He is truth and the life and the way to salvation. (John 14:6)
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