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Conclusion

In the first part, we disclosed that the true Church can be only one. She must, uninterruptedly, emanate from the apostolic Church, cherishing the purity of its faith, and apostolic succession of benevolent spirituality in the clergy. The faithful receive spiritual blessings in the sacraments of the Church, especially in Holy Communion which is, indeed, the Body and Blood of Christ. The Orthodox Church supports these teachings and always has. We briefly examined the foundational apostolic teachings which have remained unchanged in the Orthodox Church, and we examined the various spiritual delusions, born of pride, that have led many to depart from the true Church in a continuous process of fragmentation and increasing error.

Later, we will acquaint the reader with the history of the spread of the Roman Catholic Church, which was, at first, the western branch of the one Church of Christ. The advance of the power-hungry Roman bishops in the 11th century brought about the division between the Roman Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church. Convinced of their infallibility, the Roman bishops gradually permitted new and alien ideas into their church’s teaching and the administration of the Sacraments. The retreat of the Roman Catholic Church from the purity of the apostolic faith gave birth in its turn the Protestant movement, which consists in our time of a multitude of sects. We discussed the origins and beliefs of a few of them, namely, Lutheranism, the Reformed Church, Calvinism, and Anglicanism.

In the second part of this series, we will examine the Baptists, Quakers, Pentecostals, the contemporary "gift of tongues," Methodists, Mennonites, Mormons, Seventh Day Adventists, Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Christian Science sect, "Contemporary Humanism," the pseudo-religious communities and cults, heretics and sects in Russia, Unitarians and "Eastern Rite Catholics," Judaism, Muslims, Buddhism and atheism. In conclusion, we will examine the present research on those groups.


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