I generally do not comment on ecclesiology on social media. I believe that the Orthodox Church is the historic and eschatological Church of Jesus Christ in fullness of truth, beauty, life; but I also see beyond her bounds divided and separated Churches that are the homes of millions of believers. They too, in some way, come under the providence and plan of God. It’s an insolvable mess, yet I have to believe that God is in charge and is using this mess for the salvation of souls and world.
Always, when asked, I direct a person first to a nearby Orthodox Church. That is where I know one will find the apostolic faith and encounter the risen Christ in his eucharistic glory. After that, it’s in God’s hands, as it always has been.
And that is probably more I have said about ecclesiology in the past decade.
When one is in inquirer mode—as some of you, my readers, are—all one can do is investigate, study, pray, listen, obey. As Eli instructed Samuel: “Go, lie down: and it shall be, if he call thee, that thou shalt say, ‘Speak, Lord; for thy servant heareth.’ So Samuel went and lay down in his place.”
John Henry Newman gave this prayer to inquirers:
O my God, I confess that Thou canst enlighten my darkness–confess that Thou only canst. I wish my darkness to be enlightened. I do not know whether Thou wilt; but that Thou canst, and that I wish, are sufficient reasons for me to ask, what Thou at least hath not forbidden my asking. I hereby promise Thee that by Thy grace which I am seeking, I will embrace whatever I at length feel certain is the truth, if ever I come to be certain. And by thy grace I will guard against all self-deceit which may lead me to take what nature would have, rather than what reason approves.
May our Lord guide and protect us and keep us safe in his loving arms.