Outside the Church there is no true Baptism nor any other sacrament. For this reason, the Apostolic canons, and those of the Ecumenical Councils, forbid us to pray with schismatics and heretics whether in private or in the Church. They forbid us, under the penalty of defrockment and excommunication, to permit them to function as clergymen in our Churches and assemblies. During the Divine Liturgy, we pray for the catechumens. We believe that we must pray for heretics and schismatics, but we cannot pray with them, for this would be tantamount to yoking truth with error, light with darkness, and joining the sons of the promise with the sons of Hagar who receive not the inheritance.
Apostolic Canon LXV says that if anyone enters a congregation of heretics in order to pray, in case he is a Clergyman he is to be deposed, if he is a layman he is to be excommunicated. The Synod of Laodicea in its thirty-second Canon says: “One must not accept blessings from heretics, which are absurdities, and not blessings.”
Neither must one pray together with heretics or schismatics, according to its thirty- third Canon. Its thirty-fourth Canon anathematizes those who leave the martyrs of Christ out of consideration and go to the pseudo-martyrs of heretics. Moreover, the ninth Canon of the Synod of Laodicea excommunicates Christians that go to the cemeteries or martyrs’ shrines of heretics in order to pray, or for the sake of healing their sick. But neither ought any Christian to concelebrate any feast with heretics, nor to accept any gifts they may send him on their feast days, according to the thirty-seventh Canon of the same Synod of Laodicea.
The True Orthodox Church is Pentecostal and Evangelical, but not Protestant. It is orthodox, but not Jewish. It is Catholic, but not Roman. It isn’t non-denominational – it is pre-denominational. It has believed, taught, preserved, defended and died for the Faith of the Apostles since the Day of Pentecost over 2000 years ago. Genuine Orthodox Church Maintains an unbroken Tradition and Apostolic Succession from Saint Andrew the first-called Apostle.
Genuine Orthodox Christians are the true followers of Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of the Living God, who in His great mercy came into the world and assumed our human nature by becoming a man so that He could save us from our sins by His passion, death, resurrection and glorious ascension to Heaven. Every Genuine Orthodox Christian is a Witnesses to God’s saving action in human history, and the bearers of the Good News of Christ to the ends of the earth.