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April 11th, 2016 by Joel Watts

the Orthodox view of salvation v. protestantism

This is a great video. For (real) Wesleyans watching this, you’ll note the eery similarities in defining salvation:

But in reality the Church entrusts to everyone the enormous honour to be responsible for the salvation of the whole world, of this world whose flesh is our flesh and whose life is our life. And salvation for the Church is the liberation of life from corruption and death, the transformation of survival into existential fullness, the sharing of the created in the mode of life of the uncreated.1


Chora Church/Museum, Istanbul,fresco,Anastasis, Harrowing of Hell and Resurrection (Salvation) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I believe salvation is not from hell but to good works (Eph. 2.8-10). Salvation is not a momentary conversion, but a process of ontological importance. It is found in the Creed, but never defined. However, Protestantism usually sees it in terms of avoidance of hell. You’ll here mentioned “we deserved hell” and “we aren’t worthy.” Yet, Scripture never declares these things as well as the Reformers did. For Scripture, and Orthodoxy (and Wesleyanism), Salvation begins with the love of God, ending in the positive, rather than the negative.

  1. Christos Yannaras, Elements of Faith: An Introduction to Orthodox Theology (trans. Keith Schram; Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 2006), 48.
Joel Watts
Watts holds a MA in Theological Studies from United Theological Seminary. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians, as well as seeking an MA in Clinical Mental Health at Adams State University. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).


4 Responses to “the Orthodox view of salvation v. protestantism”
  1. Know More Than I Should says

    If Christians actually lived this, churches would be filled beyond capacity on Sundays.

  2. Thanks for sharing the video. This is an excellent presentation of the gospel in a way that is strikingly different from that of my Reformed church background, with which I’ve been struggling for quite some time. I literally cried when I watched this.

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